Promotions help Seattle-area diners support Washington wine

By on October 28, 2014
Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant and Satay Bar in Seattle will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014.

Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant and Satay Bar in Seattle, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, participates in Seattle Restaurant Week. (Photo courtesy of Wild Ginger)

SEATTLE — This fall, there are a number of restaurant promotions in the greater Seattle area that wine lovers in Washington can to use to enjoy a fine meal at a discount and give them a little extra to spend in support of the state’s future winemakers.

This week marks the second half of Seattle Restaurant Week, a promotion throughout King County where more than 170 restaurants offer three-course dinners for $30. Some provide a two-course lunch for $15.

seattle-restaurant-week-logoThe website allows hungry wine lovers to search by neighborhood. And while it’s billed as Seattle Restaurant Week, the territory of participating restaurants ranges from Tukwila in the south, to Snoqualmie to the north and Woodinville to the east.

Many of these restaurants are longtime supporters of the Washington wine industry. They include three participating Anthony’s Restaurants as well as Café Flora, Tom Douglas’ Dahlia Lounge, El Gaucho, Flying Fish, icon Grill, McCormick & Schmick’s, Ray’s Boathouse, RN74, Salty’s on Alki Beach, Salish Lodge and Wild Ginger in Seattle and Bellevue.

In Woodinville wine country, the options include Barking Frog and Purple Café and Wine Bar, both of which accept reservations via the Seattle Restaurant Week website.

And each day of the program, one lucky person will win a $50 gift certificate to spend with a Seattle Restaurant Week partner. Click here to enter the drawing.

Seattle Restaurant Week ends Thursday, Oct. 30, but it is scheduled to return in April.

Dine Around Seattle runs Nov. 2-30

Barking Frog in Woodinville, Wash., led by executive chef Bobby Moore, ranks as one of the state's top destinations for Washington wine and regional cuisine.

The Barking Frog in Woodinville, Wash., led by its charismatic executive chef Bobby Moore, ranks as one of the state’s top destinations for dining in Washington wine country. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Next, the biannual Dine Around Seattle promotion begins Nov. 2 and runs Sundays through Thursdays through Nov. 30.

dine-around-seattle-logoThe program, a collaboration with the Seattle Good Business Network, offers three-course, prix-fixe lunches for $18 and three-course, prix-fixe dinners for $33.

The list of participating restaurants is slimmer, but options still include the likes of Barking Frog, Flying Fish, icon Grill, Monsoon, Ray’s, Toulouse Petit and Steelhead Diner.

If you miss out next month, Dine Around Seattle returns in March as part of Washington Wine Month, which is highlighted by the 18th annual Taste Washington on March 28-29.

Raise A Glass, Fund A Scholarship

Throughout the rest of the year, more than 200 restaurants from Anacortes to Olympia will be partnering with Chateau Ste. Michelle in the Raise A Glass, Fund A Scholarship program.

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In 2008, Chateau Ste. Michelle began donating a portion of its sales through restaurants to viticulture and enology programs at Washington State University and affiliated community colleges throughout the Pacific Northwest that offer grape growing and winemaking degrees. The money helps fund scholarships, research, faculty and equipment.

“We are proud that our local restaurant community has helped us raise $250,000 to support future growers and winemakers of the Northwest,” Ted Baseler, president of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, said in a news release. “These local viticulture and enology programs are critical for the Washington wine industry to continue to produce world-class wines for decades to come.”

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the President and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for a decade. He is a frequent wine judge at international wine competitions throughout North America and orchestrates 10 Northwest competitions each year.

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