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Food Seattle Select Guide: Top 2 Food Events in Seattle this Fall

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The summer is over so it now time for fall. Seattle restaurants are the place to be for these two great events: Seattle Restaurant Week and Dine Around Seattle

Lets first look at Seattle Restaurant Week with the help of their press release:

From 106 restaurants in the inaugural celebration to 126 restaurants for the upcoming fall celebration, Seattle Restaurant Week will once again offer three-course dinners for $25; some offering lunches for $15. The fall celebration will be held October 17th to 28th, 2010 Sunday through Thursday only, and feature some of the area’s finest and most notable restaurants, from downtown hotspots to neighborhood favorites. 10 days and 126 restaurants – it’s time for King County residents and visitors to dine for a deal.

“The growth of Seattle Restaurant Week is a testament to its meaningful impact for restaurants and its positive response from diners. We couldn’t have asked for a better inaugural run,” said John Howie, Seattle Restaurant Cooperative board member and chef-owner of Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar (Bellevue and Seattle), John Howie Steak and SPORT Restaurant and Bar. With only 10 days and 126 restaurants, reservations are encouraged as the inaugural promotion left many diners without a reservation to their restaurants-of-choice.

Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

Seattletimes.com lends its expertise of years of managing restaurant promotions to Seattle Restaurant Week and works in conjunction with the Seattle Restaurant Cooperative to execute the promotion. The new Seattle Restaurant Week website, created by Seattletimes.com, is even more consumer-friendly with diners being able to search for restaurants by meal period, neighborhood and name, making it easier to navigate the 126 Seattle Restaurant Week choices.

Maria Hines

Seattle Restaurant Week, held twice annually, offers diners a $25 three-course menu and optional $15 three-course lunch, Sunday through Thursday; excluding Friday and Saturday, at participating area restaurants. The promotion is open to any King County restaurant that can offer a value driven menu for $25. Seattle Restaurant Week is operated by the Seattle Restaurant Cooperative, a non-profit association united to represent local area restaurants. Seattle Restaurant Cooperative board members include restaurateurs from Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Flying Fish, John Howie Restaurants, Spring Hill, Tilth and Tom Douglas Restaurants.

Once you are full from that event, you do not have much time before Dine Around Seattle begins. Their press release explains the event:

In keeping with the time of year for dining celebrations around fall harvest, Dine Around Seattle is pleased to announce that POM Wonderful will be the presenting sponsor for their November 2010 event. Dine Around Seattle brings Seattle’s best chefs together to showcase their food and their restaurants at a price that adds value to the dining experience. During the month, participating restaurants will incorporate fresh pomegranates into at least one of their dishes and create a signature POM cocktail to be featured on their dining and bar menus.

Now in its ninth year, Seattle’s successful, bi-annual dining promotion (March and November) has become so woven into the culinary culture of our area that it is eagerly awaited by locals, as well as visitors, many of whom make their trip to Seattle to coincide with the month-long event. From November 1st through November 30th, Sundays through Thursdays, Dine Around Seattle offers diners a chance to enjoy prix-fixe dinners for $30 and prix-fixe lunches for $15.00 at some of Seattle’s most delicious establishments. This price does not include beverage, tax or gratuity and menus will not be available on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24th, 2010. Each restaurant will decide whether they will offer lunch, dinner or both, but all meals will offer 3 courses with choice selection among appetizers, entrées and desserts. Beginning October 15th diners can access information, menus and pomegranate recipes at the Dine Around Seattle website.

Jason Wilson

The relationship between Dine around Seattle and POM Wonderful is well-matched. “This partnership is an ideal opportunity for POM Wonderful to start a dialogue with both Seattle chefs and consumers during National Pomegranate Month- the height of our pomegranate season,” says Daniel Portolan from POM Wonderful. “Local chefs will showcase their talents in creating unique, delicious ways to incorporate our sweet-tart Wonderful variety pomegranates into dishes while consumers will be able to experience the culinary versatility of our fresh fruit.” Steelhead Diner from the Pike Place Market will be featuring an Organic Spring Mix Salad with Lavender Goat Cheese and Crispy Fried Pomegranate, while their sister restaurant, Blueacre Seafood, will conjure-up a Pomegranate Sorbet in White Chocolate Waffle Cone for dessert.

The partnership between Dine Around Seattle and POM Wonderful will include a Pom a’licious Cocktail Contest. Signature POM cocktails will be created and available for $7 at participating restaurants. Diners will be encouraged to taste and vote for their favorites online at dinearoundseattle.org or seattlemet.com/pom. All entries will have the chance to win a 6-day, 5 night trip for two to the Island of Cyprus in the POM Voyage Sweepstakes. For more information on the sweepstakes, visit pomwonderful.com.

Click here to see Participating Restaurants to date.

Sponsors: POM Wonderful, Charlie’s Produce, Starbucks Coffee Company, American Lamb Board, ASMI, Merlino Foods, Mt. Hood, Urban Spoon, Smith & Greene. Media partners Seattle Met, Seattle Weekly, KOMO Newsradio.

We here at Food Seattle hope you enjoy these two great events

Images and Seattle Restaurant Week press release supplied by Heather Jensvold of Evado/PR

Dine around Seattle press release supplied by Lissa Gruman, Gruman & Nicoll Public Relations

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