Madrona Mayfair Block Party 2017 Is On The Way!


Talk about blinked and you missed it!

March is already gone and April is in full swing.Before you know it, it will be May, and better yet, time again for Madrona’s annual Mayfair Block Party!

This year, Mayfair will be on Saturday, May 13th, and it’s shaping up to be a fabulous time for the whole family.

As all Madronaites know, Mayfair is our beautiful community’s yearly celebration of Spring with plenty of fun and games with our neighbors.

In 2017, Mayfair is celebrating 41 years of bringing the community together with festive fun, and it looks to be the best Mayfair yet!

The fun starts with the parade line up, starting at Al Larkins Park bright and early at 9:15 a.m., with the parade kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Led by Seattle Firefighters and beloved Charles the Clown, the parade will head to the Playfield, and Charles will put on a great, goofy show everyone is sure to love, at 10:00 a.m. at the Shelterhouse. Don’t slither off after the clownery, because the Reptile Man will be there will plenty of scaly friends at 10:30 a.m.

The whole morning will be packed with activities for the kiddos to have a ball, such as face-painting, bouncy houses, pony rides and much more. Get a balloon animal made, arrange Pots for Tots at Cambium’s booth, or just mix and mingle with other families from right here in Madrona! Learn about goings on in the community such as the Madrona School Playground Revitalization project, visit the Seattle Public Library booth explore all the things the people and businesses in Madrona have to offer.

Of course, all that fun builds up an appetite, so there will be plenty of tasty food to satisfy almost any craving. Indulge in some yummy, fresh spun cotton candy from Madrona Grace or light and airy freshly-popped popcorn from Epiphany Parish. Be sure to peruse the selection of baked goodies, grab a hot dog, and don’t miss the perineal favorite, Imperial Mixup from St. Clouds Restaurant. 

The morning’s events will conclude with a delightful concert from Recess Monkey in the park, the whole family is sure to love.

Mayfair is a Madrona tradition and a community favorite for so many reasons and is brought to us by Madrona Community Council which funds the events through sponsorship, donations, and lots of hard work. The array of enjoyable activities, booths and treats are made possible by generous and fantastic local sponsors including Ewing & Clark, Rock Paper Scissors, Molly Moon’s, Harvard Avenue Preschool, Lakeview Kids Dentistry, Cambium, Riolo Orthodontics, SRG Partnership, St. Clouds Restaurant, Girlie Press and Becky Gelder Designs.

Mayfair is the best way to welcome Spring in Madrona, and It takes plenty of volunteers to make this beloved event happen. If you would like to volunteer, please contact volunteer coordinator Rob Ward at mmayfairvolunteer@gmail.com.

Be sure to join the fun on May 13th and make Madrona’s Mayfair a tradition in your family…if it isn’t already!

Taste Seattle History: Seattle’s Best Steaks At Daniel’s Broiler

Daniels Broiler, situated on the shores of Lake Union, has been a Seattle landmark of fine dining for what seems like forever. With its sweeping views of Lake Union, Queen Anne and Gasworks Park in addition to its incredible menu of USDA prime steaks and chops, all prepared impeccably, Daniel’s has always been the go-to venue for holiday and celebratory meals, fine craft cocktails and some of the best steaks you’ll ever enjoy.

Recently, people have been up in arms as rumors swirled regarding the possible closing of Daniel’s Lake Union location, due to Vulcan Real Estate’s plans to redevelop the pier on which it sits. Those fears were somewhat put to rest this week when the Seattle Times reported that Daniel’s on Lake Union will not close, but will merely move to a nearby location, still along the shores of South Lake Union. It seems fabulous steaks and sweeping Lake Union vistas will remain on Daniel’s menu for years to come, and we’ll drink to that!

Over the years, Daniel’s Broiler has become a local fine dining legend in the Seattle area, synonymous with delicious, high-end meals, superb craft cocktails, incredible views and live music, outstanding service and a seemingly never ending parade of Seattle’s most interesting and beautiful people to be found on any given night, enjoying a bite or a sip. However, many of us who have grown up in the Seattle area, (particularly those of us under a certain age) know very little of the famed steakhouse’s origins.

Daniel’s has been owned and operated by The Schwartz Brothers Restaurant group since 1981, and has changed very little since its beginnings at the Leschi Marina in 1980, but it’s true roots go much deeper than that. Daniel’s Broiler was started by a man named, well, Daniel, believe it or not. Daniel Jack Sandal, to be specific.

Daniel Sandal, a born and bred Seattleite, grew up in The Emerald City’s Wallingford neighborhood, graduated from the now closed Lincoln High School, and got his start in the food industry at the World-Famous Pike Place Market. Daniel’s Grandfather, Dan Zido, founded “Dan’s Better Meats” in Pike Place Market in 1910, and it was there, (in a space at the market that is now known as the home of Italian favorite, Il Bistro) that Daniel began his love affair with meat, as a third-generation butcher.

Eventually the butcher shop moved upstairs in the market, to where you will now find “Don and Joe’s Meats” (unsurprisingly, Don and Joe are related to Dan, and have kept the family tradition of quality cuts alive in Pike Place). Dan took over the family business when his father retired and decided to expand their wholesale business drastically, with their meats soon being featured at Seattle’s finest restaurant, including Canlis, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, The Space Needle and plenty more. He also started a daily-delivered, fresh-ground meat patty service for local favorite burger joint, Dick’s Drive-In, helping to make those burgers we all know and love so darn scrumptious.

In the Early 1970’s, Dan began his foray into the restaurant world as a restaurateur himself, co-founding Benjamin’s with partner Arnold Shain. The success of Benjamin’s fueled Dan and Arnold to continue on in the restaurant game, with the opening of The Gasworks Restaurant, but eventually, they parted ways as partners.

In 1980, at the ripe, young age of 40, Daniel decided it was time to start his own place, a place for steaks and chops so terrific, people would fall in love, and that they did. The vision for the original Daniels Broiler was to be Dan’s own take on the fine dining he had grown up with in Seattle, drawing heavy inspiration from places like Canlis, but staying true to the steakhouse theme with top quality steaks and chops consistently available and prepared perfectly.

Daniel’s was a sort of experiment for Dan, as he had only ever opened and operated restaurants with partners prior to Daniel’s Broiler. He was once quoted as saying “I wanted to see if I could do it, I did it on my own so I didn’t have to deal with other’s dreams and problems and wouldn’t be at anyone else’s mercy.” And do it, he did. Daniel’s Broiler became a success from the very beginning, in its original home, located on the glistening shores of Lake Washington in the Leschi Marina.  At the time, this was a convenient location for Mercer Island and Bellevue residents, until they closed the I-90 entrance and exit on the east side of the tunnels when the second bridge was built.  Today, the original Daniel’s location serves the Mount Baker, Leschi, Madrona, Washington Park, Madison Park and Denny Blaine neighborhoods and a slew of long-time customers. 

Since being purchased by the Schwartz Brothers in late 1981, they have made very few changes to Dan Sandal’s original concept for the restaurant. The Schwartz Brothers did expand the Daniel’s brand to include locations in Bellevue (opening in 1989) and the location we all know and love, on the shores of Lake Union (since 1999), where Dan and Arnold’s first venture, Benjamin’s, once lived.

Dan Sandal passed away in 2012, but left behind a much loved and delicious legacy in Daniel’s Broiler. While many people find success in the Seattle restaurant scene, few reach the iconic status of Daniel’s Broiler, nor do they stand the test of time, untarnished and as beloved as ever the way Daniel’s has.

Daniel’s Broiler has been a Seattle staple for over 35 years, in 3 different locations, and it doesn’t appear that that will be changing anytime soon. While the Lake Union location may be moved slightly to make way for the inevitable growth and changes of a bustling city, it’s good to know it won’t be going far.

Celebrate Girl Power At The 2017 Northwest Women’s Show

Century Link Field is about to get a heavy dose of Girl Power on March 18th and 19th!

The Northwest Women’s Show is coming back and celebrating its 29th year of showcasing the latest and greatest in fashion, health, food and fun!  Enjoy seminars, entertainment, fashion shows, and hundreds of exhibits ranging from food to jewelry to healthcare and beyond.  And don’t forget to grab some tasty snacks and a sip from the Wine & Spirits Lounge, provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

If that doesn’t sound like enough fun, they’ve lined up two full days of fabulous main stage entertainment, plus another stage just for what are sure to be fascinating seminars.

Enjoy live performances including fabulously fun celebrity impersonations from The Wild and Colorful Le Faux Troop, Sexy Northwest Firemen & The Boogie Boot Babes Onstage with KMPS, see what will be hot in 2017 with a Fashion Forecast from Macy’s and more.

The complete list of scheduled seminars is still being updated, so be sure to check the website for more info and to see who you want to hear speak.

Expo Floor Map. Please click here for more details

When you’re not enjoying a great show or seminar, stroll around the exhibition floor and explore booths from lovely companies such as Stella & Dot, Damsel In Defense, Jamberry Nails, LuLaRoe, The Healthy Bra Company, Younique Cosmetics, Pampered Chef, Pure Romance and many, many more.

Be sure to stop by “Celebration Central” for exhibitions from Urban Float, Ideal Image, SubZero Ice Cream, Choukette eclair’art, Mermaid Hair Extensions and more!

This year’s event will run on Saturday March 18th from 9 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday March 19th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Sponsors for this fun and fabulous event include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Virginia Mason Medical, Western Washington Toyota Dealers and BECU Credit Union.

The Northwest Women’s Show is an annual tradition, bringing women from all walks of life together to celebrate the beauty of the feminine, to learn about what’s new and next in fashion, food and health and to just have a good time! With two stages of entertainment and seminars, too many amazing vendors in the exhibition hall to list here, fashion shows and yummy bites and sips abound, The 2017 Northwest Women’s Show is sure to be a splendid good time and a great excuse to celebrate sisterhood!

Tickets are only $17 and are available here.

Buy your tickets before February 28th and save $3!

Taste Seattle’s Best At Arcade Lights 2017!

Round up the crew and head down to the market on Friday, March 24th for a fantastic, fun event that brings together a diverse selection of over 70 local vendors to delight you with tastes of their delectable products. And their vendor list is still growing!

Arcade Lights is a wonderful opportunity to sample and savor delicious drinks, foods and sweet treats, from a wide array of local, small-batch, and artisan vendors. It’s always a fun and festive event, where you can enjoy something local and tasty, try something new and have a blast, under the Arcade Lights!

Each year, Arcade Lights brings together local favorites and new comers to pedal their wears and get you hooked on their goodness, and this year looks to be no exception. Where else will you find Theo Chocolates, DiLaurenti Food & Wine, Hot Lips Soda, Copperworks Distilling, Morning Glory Chai, Woodinville Ciderworks, Diamond Knot Brewing and many more local loves all at the same place? Only in Seattle, and only at Arcade Lights.  Be sure to check out a full list of vendors and brace yourself for taste bud paradise!    

This year’s event is sponsored by Seattle Met, DRY Sparkling and DEI Creative and, as always, proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation which helps to maintain our market and keep the community thriving.

Grab your tickets before they’re gone, and get ready for fun under the Arcade Lights!

Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market, 7:00 pm, Friday, March 24th Tickets-

General Admission – $60
Tickets include tastes of as many of the hand-crafted savory and sweet bites as your heart desires – while supplies last – and include five tokens for tastes of beer, cider, non-alcoholic drinks such as root beer and sodas and wine. Tasting glass included. Additional tokens will be available for purchase.

Early Entry – $80
Limited Early Entry into Arcade Lights 30-minutes before the General Admission crowd! Includes 5 drink tokens, unlimited food, plus early entry at 6:30 pm.

VIP with Early Entry – $150
VIP guests have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, which includes seating, music, and exclusive food and beverage tastings from elite vendors. VIP Guests receive 10 drink tokens and UNLIMITED food, and can enter the VIP Lounge at 6:00 pm to begin celebrating before entering the Main Arcade at 6:30PM with Early Entry. VIP guests can use the VIP Lounge at their luxury anytime throughout the night.

Arcade Lights is a 21 and over only event, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, visit the Pike Place Market website.

Bottlehouse Seattle’s 4th Annual Cider Fete!

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Sunday September 13th from 3pm-7pm

Seattle’s Bottlehouse will be holding its 4th annual Cider Fete!

Cider fans, here’s your chance to sample new brews or old standbys poured by
the folks who make them as we salute Northwest Cider and the culmination of
Washington Cider Week in Bottlehouse’s garden and patio.

Participating cideries include: Alpenfire Cider, Dragon’s Head Cider,
Elemental Cider, Finnriver, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Snowdrift Cider
Company, Schilling Cider, Tieton Cider Works and Whitewood Cider Co.

Ticket includes admission, live music and 10 tasting tickets. Enjoy special
menu items and cheesemonger pairings, as well as our full menu.

$25 in advance
$30 at the door

Advance tickets available at sosh.com

See you there!

Dine Out Madrona Is Next Tuesday April 7

St CloudsThe participating restaurants in this year’s Dine Out Madrona fundraiser make it possible to support the Madrona K-8 PTSA at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Get your morning coffee at Cortona Café or Cupcake Royale/Verite; grab a midday salad or sandwich at the Hi Spot Café; head to happy hour at Bottlehouse; sit down to dinner at St. Clouds, the Madrona Eatery & Alehouse, or Assimba; all topped off with dessert at neighboring Molly Moon’s ice cream. These participating restaurants have generously agreed to donate a portion of the day’s sales to the Madrona K-8 PTSA., so make sure to visit at least one of them on the 7th!

Madrona Blossoms – Needs You!

madrona blossomsMadrona Blossoms needs your help.  Madrona Blossoms has helped beautified the business district of Madrona over the years, but the time has come to pass the baton to organize the baskets. Many people have help keep the Madrona Blossoms going over the years including, but limited to, Suzanne Sheppard, Mike Walker of Hi Spot, John Platt from St. Clouds, but probably the heaviest load has been carried by Marie Doyle and Andrea Matus-Magee.  Marie and Andrea have done the marketing/communication to raise the money, tracked the donations and thanked the donors.  After ten years, Marie and Andrea are ready to step down and are asking for volunteers that can keep the tradition moving forward.  If interested, please feel free to attend the next Madrona Community Council meeting at the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse (corner of Spring and 34th next to tennis courts) on Tuesday night, October 7th, at 7:15 PM or if you prefer comment on this blog and we will pass your name along.

You can run Pritty Boys Pizza in Madrona!

pizzaDo you want to run a pizza restaurant in Madrona?  As many of you know, Pritty Boys Pizza closed, but the business is available for purchase.  We should have known this was coming: the owner’s Madrona home recently went on the market and the rumor is they moved across the lake.

We hope someone buys the restaurant….we already miss the fun family atmosphere, the pizza, and our personal favorite: the broccoli.  First the Madrona Ale House gets rid of their toys, now this!  Madrona families with young children are panicking.

We wish the Pritty Boy’s owners well.  They quietly supported Madrona activities such as Mayfair, Madrona Dine Out for Madrona K-8, and recently paid for a large portion of the holiday decorations for the Madrona business district.

A Bottlehouse Birthday and Farewell To Wilridge’s Barrel

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Madrona’s Bottlehouse, which recently earned the distinction of being voted one of Seattle’s best patios, is holding a series of pop-up events this summer, starting with a celebration of its fourth birthday this Saturday, June 7. Whether you’re a beer or wine fan, Bottlehouse has something for every drinker’s palate, with a good selection of both northwest and European wines and a rotating cast of beers on tap and by the bottle. And what would wine be without its accompanying cheese? Dedicated cheesemongers are on hand to help you pick the perfect fromage, along with greens, toasts and sandwiches, to pair with your drink. For its birthday bash from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. this Saturday, they’ll be offering food and drink specials and DJ Deegan will provide the musical soundtrack to the night.

Wilridge Madrona

When you visit the Bottlehouse, take a last look at the signature wine barrel that has long sat in the front yard of neighboring Wilridge Winery, as the barrel will be officially retired after the winery’s “Bye to the Barrel” party on Sunday, June 22.

The European-made 1,000-gallon barrel, rescued from winery owner Paul Beveridge’s friends’ property near Palo Alto, Calif., has been empty throughout its residence in Madrona, which has played a part in its deterioration over the years. Hot summers caused the staves (the wooden strips that make up the body of the barrel) to dry out and shrink, in turn loosening the metal hoops that keep them in place. Moss and fungus growing inside are contributing to its collapse, and the time has finally come for it to be removed for good. Beveridge said in an e-mail to members of the community council that he is hoping to preserve the portion of the barrel that includes the hand-painted Wilridge logo and display it somewhere in the winery.

Come say your fond farewells and get one last photo with the barrel while enjoying special barrel wine tastings beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the 22nd. 34th Avenue just won’t be the same!

Dine Out To Benefit Madrona K-8 On April 8

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Almost anywhere you eat on 34th Avenue on April 8 will benefit Madrona K-8 School as part of its 6th annual Dine Out fundraiser. Participating restaurants will be donating a portion of the day’s sales to the school, which will be using the proceeds directly to support arts and enrichment programming, including funding two full-time artists in residence from Art Corps, the largest nonprofit arts education program in Seattle.

All you need to do to participate is let the restaurant know you’re there for Dine Out, and enjoy your meal! Participating 34th Avenue restaurants are: Bistro Turkuaz, Bottlehouse, Cupcake Royale/Verite, Hi Spot, Madrona Eatery and Alehouse, Naam, Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria, and St. Cloud’s. Barrio, on 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill will also be participating. Reservations are recommended if you choose a restaurant that takes them.

Dine Out Madrona is sponsored by the Madrona K-8 PTSA.