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Breaking Bread

Please join Seattle’s restaurant community to show support for Chef Matt Farrer with Breaking Bread, a benefit dinner at Canlis Restaurant on Sunday, January 27 at 6:00pm.

Breaking Bread event

Matt Farrer, a  much-loved figure in the Seattle restaurant scene and chef at Restaurant Zoe, is  facing a difficult battle with cancer. Farrer is revered by many not only for his cooking skill but also for his infectious enthusiasm and positive energy. Many of Farrer’s friends, present and former colleagues, chefs, and restaurant owners – including Brian and Mark Canlis and Scott Staples – have joined forces to hold this benefit dinner and after-party to help raise funds for his medical care.

“Breaking Bread” will feature a special five-course tasting menu prepared by Seattle chefs that Farrer has worked with in the past, including: Jason Franey of Canlis Restaurant; James Sherrill of Restaurant Zoe; Jason Wilson of Crush; Bill Morris of the Rainier Club, and Blaine Wetzel of Willows Inn. The all-inclusive dinner also includes a wine flight designed by Canlis sommeliers Nelson Daquip and Phillip Dunn.

In addition to the dinner, there will be a public after-party at 1927 Events from 9pm-2am, with a $20 entrance donation.

Dinner R.S.V.P’s can be made by calling (206) 298-9550.

Posted by Kathy Casey on January 16th, 2013  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts

Ballard Hot Spot: Root Table

Today, we have guest blogger and newest KCFS Editorial/PR Intern Meredith McKee sharing her recent visit to Ballard’s Root Table.

Hi there! My name is Meredith and I am a newcomer to the Ballard area. Moving here all the way from Virginia, adjusting to the Pacific Northwest lifestyle has been challenging but exciting. I have been a professional photographer for the past 5 years and am looking forward to exploring what Seattle and Washington as a whole has to offer! My fiance and I are having so much fun checking out all of the fantastic restaurants in the Ballard area and feel lucky to be a part of such a cool neighborhood!

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure eating at Root Table. Located on NW Market Street, Root Table provides a casual yet funky vibe, perfect for a date or night out with friends. This intimate space boasts unique interior design with literal “root” tables made from slabs of knotty wood accented by the flicker of candlelight.

Known for their delicious Asian-fusion small plates, my friends and I opted to share 5 tapas dishes – grilled steak bites with panang curry, stuffed mushrooms, scallop bites, curry corn fritters and grilled prawns with Asian pesto. All were delectable with the perfect amount of spicy kick. If I had to pick one as my favorite, I would have to choose the curry corn fritters. These sweet corn cakes are served with a sweet and spicy chili peanut sauce and pack a satisfying crunch.

I just love tapas style meals – getting to taste several different dishes, sharing tasty bites and lively conversation. You aren’t consumed by individual entrees, but rather have the meal you are sharing as a topic of conversation. We topped the dinner off with a pint of local Seattle beer and a trip down the street to Cupcake Royal. Sounds like a perfect night out in Ballard to me!

To make some tasty Thai-inspired appetizers at home, try Kathy’s recipe for Kinda Retro Bacon-Wrapped Ginger Shrimp with Spicy Thai Cocktail Sauce – because who doesn’t love bacon? -Meredith

Posted by Kathy Casey on January 10th, 2013  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, appetizers

Doomsday is near…so let’s have a drink!

Well, the clock is rapidly ticking down… no, not just to Christmas, but to the end of the world! That is, if you believe that the end of the 5125-year Mayan Calendar cycle signals the end of the world.

Everyone from Mayan scholars to NASA have assured folks that we’re not on-course to collide with any rogue planets. And there’s not really anything in Mayan history or lore that foretells of the world’s destruction at the end of this cycle, but there are still a good number of people battening down the hatches in preparation for this potentially impending Apocalypse.

Whether the end of the Great Cycle signifies something cataclysmic or not, I think it calls for a cocktail! After all, if it doesn’t happen, we get to celebrate. And if it does, we’ll probably need a sip of something fortifying anyway!

For the end of the world as we know it, shake up an I Feel Fine. Made with reposado tequila, earthy sage and honey syrup (in homage to the traditional Mayan honey liqueur), this cocktail is sure to keep you in bright spirits. Cheers! – Kathy

I Will Be Fine
Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen™

I Feel Fine
For more cocktail inspiration, ideas and recipes, check out my blog and cocktail show Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen.

Makes 1 cocktail

1 leaf sage
1 1/2 oz reposado tequila
3/4 oz honey syrup *
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
Garnish: fresh sage leaf

Tear sage leaf and drop into a mixing glass. Measure in the tequila, honey syrup, and fresh lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, cap and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh sage leaf.

*Honey Syrup: mix 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup warm water together until the honey is dissolved. Refrigerate up to 7 days.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen™

Posted by Kathy Casey on December 20th, 2012  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, Cocktails, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, events

TEDDYx Cocktail

Associate Mixologist and Director of Sustainable Programs Dänny Ronen made a d’lish signature cocktail for this year’s TEDx Napa Valley “Speaker Dinner” event in between bar training at the Fairmont Makati. Staying true to the “Connected” theme, he uses Tapatio Tequila, Benedictine, Panutsa Filipino cane sugar and Del Maguey Minero Single Village Mezcal with a dash of orange bitters. Dänny demos how to make this cocktail during a web interview for TEDx Napa Valley (he makes the drink around the 46 minute mark). Looks libatious, Dänny!

Cheers! -Kathy

TEDDYx Cocktail Makati Philippines

TEDDYx Cocktail is served

TEDDYx “Connected” Cocktail
Makes 1 drink

2 oz Tapatio Reposado Tequila
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Panutsa Filipino cane syrup
1/4 oz Del Maguey Minero Single Village Mezcal
1 dash Regan’s orange bitters
Garnish: orange peel

Measure ingredients into a mixing glass. Fill the glass with ice until 3/4 full. Stir vigorously until mixture is cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Spritz orange peel over drink then drop into cocktail.

Recipe by Dänny Ronen.

Posted by Kathy Casey on December 5th, 2012  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, Cocktails, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, Tasty Travels, events, videos

Foodportunity – October 2012

Calling all Seattle Foodies! Frantic Foodie Keren Brown has planned the next Foodportunity for next Monday, October 22nd from 6-9pm at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom! Tasty nibbles will be available from participating partners, including Peaks Frozen Custard, Tulalip Casino’s Tulalip Bay, Zinnia Bistro, and more.

This event is open to all food lovers from food journalists, bloggers, public relations professionals, restaurateurs, farmers, companies and all food-passionate people. Make sure you buy tickets in advanced as this will be a hot event!

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 17th, 2012  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, Cocktails, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts

Unique, Hand Crafted & Sweet

Seattle loves its decadent desserts, treats, and bites. There’s no mistaking that!

For those that love a hot, gooey, cake, there’s a new place in the Ballard ‘hood to indulge that sweet tooth.  Autumn Martin’s Hot Cakes: Molten Chocolate Cakery is the sweet spot!

Autumn has been selling her molten cakes at the Ballard Market where they gained a huge cult-like following. When demand got super-high, she decided it was time to open up a brick and mortar operation of her own.

Hot Cakes is every dessert lover’s dream, described as “part soda fountain, part dessert café, and part bakery.”

Aside from her molten cakes, Autumn serves up delectable cookies like Bacon and Oatmeal to Smoked Chocolate Chip. Then there are her sweet and savory pocket pies – my favorite is the Cherry Fig Fennel – yum! Need something to wash them down? No worries – you can sip on one of their boozy milkshakes – cool combos include extra dark caramel, espresso and rye whiskey as well as smoked chocolate and scotch.

You can also try making your own gooey cake at home. My Oozy Chocolate Grand Marnier Cakes combines bittersweet chocolate chunks with Grand Marnier liqueur for a truly decadent and oozy cake. A truly decadent dish to finish off a great dinner.

So next time you’re in Ballard, check out Hot Cakes for a sweet bite! -Kathy

Oozy Chocolate Grand Marnier Cakes with Glazed Blood Oranges
Photo from Dishing with Kathy Casey

Oozy Chocolate Grand Marnier Cakes with Glazed Blood Oranges
You can make the cake batter up to two days in advance and portion into custard cups or a baking dish. Cover with plastic and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Makes 6 servings

Glazed Blood Oranges (recipe follows)
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small chunks
10 tablespoons (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons) butter
5 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup Grand Marnier

Make the Glazed Blood Oranges up to 1 day in advance and chill.

Preheat an oven to 400°F. Spray 6 small glass custard dishes or ramekins very lightly with nonstick vegetable spray and set aside.

To make the cakes: In a double boiler or medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water, combine the chocolate and butter. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until the butter and chocolate are just barely melted. Remove from the heat and stir until completely melted.

In another bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, flour, and Grand Marnier. Fold in the melted chocolate mixture. Refrigerate batter for 2 hours or up to overnight.

To serve: Divide the batter evenly among the custard dishes. Place the dishes on a baking sheet and bake for about 18 minutes, or until the cakes are set but the centers are still very, very soft. Let cool for 3 to 4 minutes and serve immediately. Run a knife blade around the rims of each of the custard cups, turn the cakes out onto individual plates top side up, and spoon Glazed Blood Oranges over and around the cakes.

Glazed Blood Oranges
3 very large or 4 small blood oranges, or substitute regular oranges
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur, optional
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup sugar

Cut a thin slice off the ends of each orange. Holding an orange with a cut end resting on a cutting board, cut the rind off the orange all the way around, using downward cutting motions. Repeat with remaining oranges. After you have cut away all the rind and white pith from the oranges, slice them in 1/4-inch slices and flick out any seeds. Place the orange slices in a large, shallow glass or stainless bowl or baking dish. Sprinkle with the Grand Marnier.

In a small saucepan, combine the lemon juice, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil 1 minute. Let cool, then pour the lemon syrup over the sliced oranges. Cover the oranges with plastic wrap and let them marinate, refrigerated, for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 4th, 2012  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, dessert

Dishing with Kathy Casey: The Newsletter

Farewell Summer; Hello Fall!

Things have been busy, busy here at the Food Studios & Liquid Kitchen! It’s been non-stop action with things like huge recipe development (pizzas and cupcakes and burgers – oh my!). And when I wasn’t up to the gills in pizza toppings and dough, I was traveling from Miami to New Orleans to Newport Beach!

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Tasty Travels

Happy 10th Anniversary Tales of the Cocktail!
Can you believe that it’s been 10 years since the first Tales? Neither can I! Towards the last week of July, cocktail professionals and enthusiasts of all levels flocked towards New Orleans for the booziest week ever. Full of libatious parties, informative seminars and lots of tastings, it is the place to be in late July!

Ladies NightRemy Cointreau USA’s Karlyn Monroe, myself and Speed Rack co-founder Lynnette Marrero out on the town in between industry parties doing some tequila shooters!

After days filled with seminars and tastings, it was time for party central! First off, I headed to the fun-filled first-ever Macallan Ice Ball Plunge! Bartenders from the world over came for this fundraiser to support the Museum of the American Cocktail. Party attendees got to watch industry leaders take a bone chilling plunge into an icy pool, inspired by the Macallan Ice Ball. Don’t worry…everyone got to warm up and stay toasty afterwards with a fun drink to sip on!

Macallan
Looks chilly!

(Photo courtesy of Drink of the Week)

Then it was off to the Employees Only (an international renowned cocktail bar in New York) party in New Orleans where
they took over New Orleans’ One Eyed Jacks. The gang behind Employees Only made it a night to remember, especially with in-party fun like an EO Tattoo Bar – industry professionals who received an EO tattoo were guaranteed a first drink for free
for life when visiting the New York Bar! Yowza!

EO
The Employees Only gang holdin’ it down!

Then there were special tastings like “Brunch with an Italian Twist.” Lead by fellow mixologist Francesco Lafranconi, this
particular brunch featured amazing Italian liqueurs, amaros, and aperitifs to try, in-between delectable bites. Two of the most memorable tastes were of Zabov Liqueur (an egg yolk liqueur) similar in style/texture to a zabaione and Toschi’s Fragoli Wild Strawberry Liqueur, which I am totally in love with now.

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(Photo from The Tasting Panel magazine)

Liquor
One of the seminar tastings that I attended on liquors…that was a lot to sip!

In between the wild parties and tastings, I got to sneak away for a special lunch at Hotel Monteleone’s Criollo Restaurant & Lounge – which by the way, the hotel has totally redone their bar and restaurant and it is fantastic! Open for breakfast and lunch, they just recently added a dinner menu! Led by Chef de Cuisine Joseph Maynard and Executive Chef Randolph Buck, Criollo’s (Spanish for “Creole”) dishes are infused with traditional Creole flavors and spices.

Criollo
A Softshell Crab BLT…one of the many tasty dishes served at Criollo!

Tales is also about celebrating the rich and vibrant cocktail culture worldwide and awarding those who should be best recognized for their excellence. During the Spirited Awards, I was more than happy to cheer for all the winners whom I am all big fans of: Liquor.com for Best Cocktail Writing – Non-Book, David Wondrich for Best Cocktail Writing – Author, Jim Meehan for his The PDT Cocktail Book for Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book, and so many more. And congrats to the always fabulous Gaz Regan for receiving the Helen Davis Lifetime Achievement Award. It was definitely a great Tales and I am looking forward to next year’s!

The Ultimate Flavor Experience in Newport Beach
Every year at the Flavor Experience, culinary experts, corporate taste makers and restaurant owners come together to discuss and taste the emerging flavor trends and ideas in the culinary world. Hosted in Newport Beach, California, associates Heather Jones, Danny Ronen and I presented during opening night the Monin BYOC (Build Your Own Cocktail) bar where we featured my Honey Lemon Collins and my Agave Lime Margarita! BYOC attendees could add in any sorts of flavors like Citrus Blood Orange, Bella (red and yellow bell peppers, Ginger Syrup, and a Habanero Lime Syrup), and so on!

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The Monin Build-Your-Own-Cocktail Bar at Flavor!

The second night we shook up drinks at our Flowers & Herbs Bar – featuring Garden Inspired Cocktails! From cocktails like my Rose Tequila Sage, Picking Flowers Champagne Cocktail, Zen Blossom and Strawberry Lavender Shag, tasters had a garden variety of drinks to sample.

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Gardening for my bar display!

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The Liquid Kitchen team keeping things HOT in Newport Beach!

(Our silly chili pepper photo!)

Then I headed home…
…to judge the 3rd Annual Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Competition – Washington Regional Finals held at my Food Studios. Out of thousands of Washington entrée recipes, contest organizers narrowed it down to the 5 lucky contestants to battle it out at my Food Studios. It was a tight competition – all the dishes were super tasty – but only two could be picked to move on to the next round. So congratulations to Washington’s own Sandra Gray and Rebecca Cameron! They move on to the grand finale held in Napa Valley for the grand prize of $10,000 and a year’s worth of fresh Foster Farms’ chicken! Good luck, we’ll be rooting for you both! Make sure to visit Foster Farms’ website for the final winning recipe. Check out blogger Traca Savadogo’s fantastic recap of the event of the Washington finals.

Judges
Guest Judges Jamie Peha, myself and Cynthia Nims… and a lil’ Foster Farm’s Chicken!

Serious Sippin’ with the Liquid KitchenTM

Season 3 of Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen is airing weekly. This season started off with great summer cocktail videos and recipes like my Bloody Good Balsamic Mary (perfect for using that garden produce) and Housemade Bitter Lemon with Gin as well as cocktails for a crowd like Metaxa Sangria. Upcoming episodes like Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned (bourbon, REAL maple syrup, and bitters) and Fair Isle (scotch, Cocchi aperitif, fresh grapefruit juice and bitters) will be great to toast the fall weather. And if you’re an oyster lover then stay tuned for my video on Citrus Splashed Taylor Shellfish Oysters on the Half Shell served alongside an aquavit-based Citrus Scandi cocktail. New episodes air every Tuesday on Small Screen Network or catch them on YouTube.

Bloody Good Balsamic Mary
Get creative with your garnishes for brunch in a glass.

Makes 1 drink

1 1/2 – 2 ounces Bloody Good Vodka (recipe follows) or your favorite vodka

4 ounces Balsamic Mary Mix (recipe follows)
Garnish ideas: assorted olives, sliced salumi, cheese, fun pickled veggies, rosemary sprigs

Fill a large Old Fashioned or tall glass with ice. Measure in the infused vodka and Mary mix. Stir. Garnish with an assortment of tasty garnishes on a pick.

Bloody Good Vodka
Makes 1 1/2 cups, enough for about 8 drinks

1 1/2 cups vodka
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
1 small sprig fresh basil
1 small sprig fresh thyme
5 peppercorns crushed
1 small dried red chili (if you like it hot)
2 cloves garlic

Combine all ingredients in a 4-cup glass jar. Cover and let infuse at room temperature for 24 – 36 hours. Strain the vodka, pressing out as much liquid as possible, and discard the solids. Store in a bottle, tightly capped, for up to 6 months.

Balsamic Mary Mix
Makes about 4 cups, enough for about 8 drinks

1 vine ripe tomato
1/2 ea red bell pepper, halved and seeded
1/4 ea English cucumber
1 cloves garlic
3 cups tomato juice
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. prepared horseradish (or use fresh grated done on a micro plainer)
1/4 tsp. freshly ground or coarse black pepper
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. celery seed

Combine all ingredients in a Vita Mix Bar Boss Advance blender cup. Blend on setting #3. Mixture should be almost smooth – but a few particulates are remaining for texture. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid KitchenTM

Tasty & Libatious Reads

Sip Northwest
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, make sure you pick up the latest issue of Sip Northwest Magazine! The fall Harvest Issue covers posh tailgating, farmer’s markets, d’lish pumpkin ales and more. Make sure to check out my column Shake Swizzle & Stir where I share a quick recap of who represented the Northwest at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail, as well as share some of my tasty cocktail recipes. How about a P-Town Martini (Imbue Bittersweet Vermouth and Aviation Gin) to whet your whistle?

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UrbanSpoon
UrbanSpoon
recently launched their Urban Guides, a fun new way of finding all the hotspots in town. When they approached me for my fave eateries and bars, I was more than happy to share! I cover some of my d’lish destinations in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. Make sure to check it out!

Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History
Ever wondered why absinthe was banned in several countries? Or how gin almost ruined the British empire? Author, wine and spirits guru, and NPR radio host Mark Spivak answers those questions and more in his new book Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History. Writing about the elusive history of the cocktail culture, he guides readers in a fun adventure covering twelve iconic
spirits. To top it all off, he shares lots of d’lish cocktail recipes, including my Rye’Invention and Rosemary Mandarin Sparkle! You can pre-order now so make sure you save yourself a copy!

Iconic

Food & Wine Cocktails 2012
For all you cocktail enthusiasts, make sure you pick up the annual Food & Wine Cocktails 2012! This book covers all the classic cocktails, including inspired sips. I contributed this year with my take on the classic French 75! Make sure you pick up a copy today.

New Restaurant Hot Spot and New Cocktails!

Good friends Michelle Quisenberry and Chef Don Curtiss have opened their 2nd location of the popular Ballard’s Volterra Restaurant, featuring Tuscan-inspired cuisine in Kirkland, Washington! I was more than honored to be part of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Volterra
(Photo courtesy of the Seattle PI blog)

Volterra Kirkland is open nightly for dinner service from 5:00 – 11:00pm and beginning in October 1st, will be available for lunch service and happy hour as well as their famous Sunday Brunches! Don’t forget to check out Kirkland’s new cocktail menu, featuring Italian-inspired sipping like my Asti Cucumber Collins (vodka, fresh lemon juice, simple, Cocchi Americano and soda bubbles, topped with cucumber foam)!

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Where’s Kathy?

Sip for SIFF
Earlier this month my team and I were thrilled to make the signature cocktail for the annual Sip for SIFF event, supporting Seattle International Film Festival. Attendees sipped on my Liquid Kitchen Ultimate Champagne Cocktail with Honey Lemon Cointreau Foam.! This year the event raised over $90,000! Way to go!

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Jason, Heather, Me and Erwin at Sip for SIFF

Come see me at – Battle of the Chefs
Thursday, October 11th from 6:00 – 9:00pm @ Bradlee Distributors

Luxe Interiors + Design & Bradlee Distributors in Seattle is hosting the second annual Battle of the Chefs event. This “Iron Chef” style competition will pit six teams against each other in a one-hour cook-off! I’ve been asked to be a celebrity judge and am looking forward to tasting all the dishes. Make sure you buy your tickets for this fun event!

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I’m a model at – Ruby Room’s Annual Fashion Show
Saturday, October 13th at 5:30pm @ Seattle Center Fisher Pavillion

The Ruby Room is a wonderful nonprofit organization that helps provide formal gowns to high school girls who are unable to purchase their own dance attire. Their Annual Fashion Show & Auction is an exciting evening where local designers create and show-off some fun designs. There’ll be a DJ to spin fun music, tasty food and more. Yours truly will be modeling Not Your Mama’s Aprons down the runway! Make sure you get your tickets soon!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading our summer adventures and here’s wishing you a delicious Fall! – Cheers, Kathy


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SkyCity Restaurant’s Fresh Faces of the Future Dinner

This year the Space Needle celebrates it’s 50th year anniversary. I was honored to be chosen and contribute to a special Tasting Menu served the entire month of May at SkyCity at the Needle restaurant. The Tasting Menu was such a hit that they’ve decided to bring it back for the month of October… with a special twist!

Fresh Start

Starting on October 1st, SkyCity will be featuring dishes highlighting Seattle’s future culinary stars. Professional chef instructors and students will be joining SkyCity’s Executive Chef Jeff Maxfield in creating a special Tasting Menu.

The Tasting Menu will feature 5 dishes for only $62, with proceeds supporting each participating culinary program. Make sure you book your reservations soon for this tasty month!

Posted by Kathy Casey on September 24th, 2012  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts
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