Food News Roundup

Neighborhood Food News: Seattle’s James Beard Finalists, Restaurant Week Is around the Corner

Plus: A pho-mapping quest, calzones in Magnolia, and more.

By Anne Larkin March 21, 2012

Serious Eats doesn’t hate them…

Grand masters of chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony, will be leading a spring tea gathering on March 24. Beginners are welcome, but a kimono is recommended.

Serious Eats just reviewed Seattle soda company Jones Soda’s Au Naturel drinks—their verdict: “not terrible.” The team also took a crack at Starbucks’ new Evolution Fresh juices, though not in the new Bellevue store.

Neapolitan joint Queen Margherita is now folding pizzas in half and offering calzones. Also new (to Margherita, not to the world): Caesar and panzanella salads.

A little bit of a trek, but this Friday, March 23, a traditional Swedish Easter smorgasbord is going down at Ikea. It costs $10, starts at 5:30, and involves many kinds of salmon and, of course, meatballs.

Seattle Restaurant Week begins April 8, with more than 150 restaurants participating in the three-course, $28 meal deal this year. There are some exciting new additions to the lineup, as well as a QR code contest, Eat and Seek, with opportunities to win gift cards and hotel stays and the like.

Seattle Weekly has teamed up with the Seattle Pho-natics to create the Pho File, a list of all the city’s many pho spots, complete with a overviews of the restaurants’ offerings and atmosphere. And they need help. Contact Hanna Raskin for an assignment, aka a new pho place to try and dish on.

The pared-down list of James Beard Award nominees is finally out, and two out of five of the Best Chef: Northwest nominees are from our city: Matt Dillon of Sitka and Spruce and Jason Franey of Canlis. And Tom Douglas too, in the Outstanding Restaurateur category. Again. Some local food writers got nods too.

It’s Hunger Action Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness about hunger in King County. There are various ways to take part: donate, volunteer, host a dinner party, or go see a fruit ninja contest at the Microsoft Store.

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