Seattle Spoke & Food Event Tonight

It may appear to be a dreary wet morning, but that shouldn’t stop any diehard Seattleite from going out tonight  for the third annual Seattle spoke & food event! Grab your raincoat and bike to one of the participating restaurants between 6-10pm tonight, and 20% of your bill will be donated to the FamilyWorks food bank and resource center. FamilyWorks is a Seattle based food bank that intends to nourish and strengthen local families by connecting them with the support, resources, and community they need.

The restaurants participating in the event tonight seem to be spread all over the major neighborhoods in Seattle, so if you live in and around the city, you shouldn’t have trouble finding one near you. Participating restaurants include Serious Pie on South Lake Union, St Clouds in Madrona, The Shelter in Ballard, Julia’s in Capitol Hill, Stumbling Goat Bistro in Phinney, Emmer & Rye in Queen Anne, and Duke’s on Green Lake among others. For a bike map of participating restaurants, or for more information click here.

2012 Farmer’s Markets Summer Season Updates

If you weren’t out enjoying this lovely turn of the weather this weekend you were one of few; as the sun starts to come out, so do the summer crops and the local farmers markets will open in a few weeks with a ton of fresh new produce. The 2012 farmer’s market season took off running this year, with some markets already up and others soon to follow in the next few weeks. The surrounding Seattle areas will have a few new faces like the Shoreline Farmer’s Market that will open June 16th and will close down others like the

Photo Courtesy of Zachary D. Lyons, copyright from the 2011 Wallingford Farmer's Market

Georgetown market, who didn’t see enough foot traffic the last few years, but hopes to return in the fall with more people coming in and out of the neighborhood. Keep in mind the U District and West Seattle Markets run year round; here is a list of openings to look out for when you’re in the neighborhood:

Burien: 11am-6pm Thursdays

Columbia City: 3-7pm Wednesdays ( and will open early to chefs only to check out the loot before the crowds, from 2-3pm)

Lake City: 3-7pm Thursdays, beginning June 14.

Phinney: 3-7pm Fridays, starting June 3rd.

Madrona: 3-7pm Fridays beginning May 18th.

Magnolia: 10am-2pm, Saturdays starting June 9th.

Queen Anne: 3-7:30pm Thursdays, beginning June 7th.

Wallingford: 3:30-7pm Wednesdays beginning May 30th, (opening early for chefs only from 3-3:30)


Sunny Weekend for Madrona Mayfair

As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, the much anticipated Madrona Mayfair festivities kick off this weekend and the weather is looking like it’s going to be heating up for a fun filled Mother’s Day weekend. The weather forecast for Saturday May 12th is blue skies and sunshine, with a high of 75 and it may even hit 80 on Sunday! Mayfair events will kick off in the morning, with activities as follows:

Pancake Breakfast and last minute tricycle decorating at Madrona K8 beginning at 8am

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Face Painting sponsored by Harvard Avenue School featuring Tangerine Tales

The 34th Avenue Parade begins at 9:30am, led by Charles the Clown and the Seattle Fire Department

Pony Rides will begin at 9:30am sponsored by Ewing & Clark – 4 ponies will be on the basketball court. Bring helmets if you have them!

2 Bouncy Houses in the tennis courts sponsored by Seattle Parks and Rec, and many many more activites throughout the day!

Along with the events of Mayfair, there will be concerts, artisan booths and sales throughout the afternoon for the Madrona Block Party along 34th Avenue; find an extensive schedule of the concert lineup here.

This year the 2012 Madrona Mayfair is sponsored by The Madrona Community Council, BOOM, Ewing & Clark and Harvard Avenue Preschool among others.


New Restaurant Opening in Madrona: Med Mix

The popular European favorite in Pioneer Square Mediterranean Mix announced that it was expanding into the Central District a while back and we’re pleased to announce the restaurant opened last week in Madrona with a slight change in name; Med Mix. The new eatery offers entrees such as gyros, burgers, falafel, as well as pizza, sub sandwiches and several other combos great for lunch hour if you’re working in the neighborhood.

The Beehive Bakery had previously leased the space, before closing it’s store front last November and before that a Philly cheese steak shop had served on the premise. But the real stipulation surrounding the restaurant’s location is the murders that took place on this corner, 23rd and Union. It’s also been a common corner used for drug exchanges and where a previous Seattle Mayor was beaten in broad daylight. Residents to the neighborhood are hopeful the new restaurant will bring a better future for the corner. For more information on Med Mix click here.