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The Food & Drink section brings you news about the Seattle restaurant and bar scene such as openings, closings, news about chefs and advice on where to go for a great meal or happy hour.

Last Build Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:53:22 -0700


Avocado prices are the pits after production shortfalls

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:35:16 -0700

A shortfall in production in California, the leading U.S. avocado grower, has kicked up wholesale prices in recent weeks — which means you may soon be paying more for fresh guacamole and avocado toast.

5 late-night Seattle happy-hour deals not to miss

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:00:00 -0700

These new late-night happy-hour deals hit just the spot, from $2 tacos to wild boar Bolognese.

Getting drought-relief hay to Northern Plains no easy task

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:13:06 -0700

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Farmers around the country are donating tons of hay for ranchers whose livestock are suffering from the drought in the Northern Plains, but the officials and groups lining up the aid aren’t finding it easy getting the feed to the region. North Dakota’s Agriculture Department has issued a plea for truckers […]

Amazon’s booming South Lake Union still awaiting its dinner crowd

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0700

Some hopeful restaurateurs may have jumped the gun in South Lake Union, where recent closures show a healthy lunchtime and happy-hour bustle from Amazon’s workforce has yet to carry over into evenings and weekends.

Pop-up New York City dinner draws thousands, all in white

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:42:03 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — A pop-up dinner featuring white-clad guests who brought their own tables, chairs and food has drawn thousands to the plaza outside New York City’s Lincoln Center. The event, known as Diner en Blanc, French for Dinner in White, is an annual foodie tradition. Organizers say there were 45,000 people on the […]

How much sugar in that cola? Panera to list it on its cups

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:36:02 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Panera Bread will start listing the amount of added sugar and calories on the cups for seven drinks, including cola and iced teas. The move is the latest by the company to appeal to Americans who are increasingly concerned about what’s in their food and drinks. Panera and other restaurant chains […]

Please go fishing, Washington state says after farmed Atlantic salmon escape broken net

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:00:02 -0700

Thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon were accidentally released into the waters between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, and officials are asking people to catch as many as possible. Tribal fishers, concerned about native salmon populations, call the accident “a devastation.”

Seattleites swamp hands-on cooking classes

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Local classes sell out quickly, thanks to more and more people hungry for culinary skills (and possibly camaraderie).

Got 3 meats? Now you have 12 meals.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Have a ton of leftover ground beef? Chicken? Pork? Don’t fall into the old standby habits — try these recipes instead.

3 surprising Seattle restaurant closures — plus 11 more

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:00:39 -0700

Meanwhile, some are slated to reopen, and some have already been replaced — and new restaurant openings continue at an unprecedented pace.

Facebook, Amazon become weapons in restaurant-ordering arms race

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0700

The stakes are high in the cutthroat U.S. restaurant industry to make ordering technology as effortless — and fun — as possible.

Drink to your health? It depends on how much drinking you do, study shows

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0700

Researchers have confirmed a long-suspected (but much-disputed) relationship between drinking and death: that, for most, consuming a little alcohol is better than drinking none. But throwing back too much is way worse than sipping just the right amount.

California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:42:10 -0700

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday. Farmers use chlorpyrifos (klor-PHIR-e-fos) to kill pests that attack a wide variety of crops like grapes, almonds and cotton grown in California, the nation’s agricultural leader, as […]

The Rhône Revolution, Part Five: The B team of Washington reds

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0700

They don’t figure into GSMs, but cinsault, counoise and petite sirah add their own value and complexity to our state’s wines.

Confused about protein? Let’s clear up a few myths

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Are we eating too much protein? Not enough? Nutritionist Carrie Dennett wants to clear some things up.

At Seattle Mamak, find a mélange of Malaysian flavors

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

A mix of Malaysian and Chinese-influenced dishes populates the menu at this food truck in South Lake Union.

Austrians first in Europe to make bacon on industrial scale?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:15:12 -0700

VIENNA (AP) — Austrians were making bacon thousands of years ago. And a researcher says they were probably the first in Europe to do it on an industrial scale. Hans Reschreiter of Vienna’s Museum of Natural History says DNA traces from more than 6,000 pig bones at what was a prehistoric slaughter house near the […]

Pennsylvania steakhouse to change name in lawsuit settlement

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:48:02 -0700

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania eatery that was sued by a New York City steakhouse for trademark infringement has agreed to change its name. Owner Robert Dickert will change the name of Scranton’s Carl von Luger Steak & Seafood to Carl’s Prime. The Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice reports ( ) the change is the key […]

Wisconsin senator wants feds to probe Mexican resort alcohol

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:12:11 -0700

MILWAUKEE — A U.S. senator from Wisconsin is urging the State Department to investigate reports of tainted or substandard alcohol at Mexican resorts. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported about travelers becoming sick after drinking alcohol at resorts south of the border, including a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman who died in January after being pulled from […]

The all-day Café Hitchcock is poised for success

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Part of Chef Brendan McGill’s expanding restaurant family, Café Hitchcock has a promising pedigree, location and menu, as it seeks to become a morning-to-night hangout.