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Liquor store auction ends, five decades of celebrity chefs throw down for the Space Needle’s 50-year mark, and more.

By Brandon L. Bye April 25, 2012

Photo via Washington state liquor control board.

CAPITOL HILL
The Seattle Gin Society’s inaugural Ginvitational was held Saturday at Cal Anderson Park. Best in show went to an English gin: Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength edged local favorites Captive Spirits, Batch 206, and Sound Spirits. Hopefully next year a Northwest gin will win the top prize.

FIRST HILL
Vito’s two-martini, first-Friday lunch has gone weekly. The lunch menu runs from 11:30 to 3 and includes salads, cannelloni, sauteed clams, a burger, and a grinder. And with $7 martinis, cancelling the occasional Friday afternoon meeting because you overdid it at lunch might start happening more frequently.

LOWER QUEEN ANNE
Celebrate the Space Needle’s 50th anniversary at Sky City with a five-course tasting menu. Five celebrity chefs have each contributed to a menu meant to represent each of the past five decades—Jeff Maxfield (‘60s), Shiro Kashiba (’70s) Kathy Casey (‘80s), Tom Douglas (’90s), and Jason Wilson (’00s). The tasting menu, kicking off May 1, will be offered to the end of May and costs $62 (not $50).

PIKE PLACE MARKET
Mac and cheese contest! Get out your mom’s old recipe box, thumb through for the mac and cheese 3-by-5 card (the one with milk stains and flour all over it), tweak her version how you see fit, and enter to win the Cheese Festival’s mac-and-cheese competition.

EVERYWHERE
The Washington State Liquor Control Board auction for the rights to apply for a retail liquor license ended last Friday, April 20 with 121 winners for 167 stores statewide. The sum of individual bids topped $30 million. According to Seattle PI, the Capitol Hill store fetched over half a million dollars. By June 1, total privatization will take effect and hopefully those “out of stock” notices will disappear.

On Monday, Chef Daniel Boulud tweeted: “don’t remember when was the last time I had #gummybears w/ Alain Ducasse & Guy Savoy!” Even though this has nothing to with Seattle, food nerds should go ahead and click the link anyway.

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