Cold Treats And Warm Hearts At Seattle’s Gelatiamo

Is it ever too cold for ice cream? Honestly, it seems very hard to imagine a scenario in which a delicious, creamy scoop (or two…or three!) of icy cold sweetness doesn’t sound like the perfect treat. Whether you’ve worked hard all week (or day), just finished a terrific workout (it’s called balance, right?!) or the mood just strikes, ice cream is a fabulous choice for a little indulgence, and one most folks can agree on. That is, until you meet ice creams’, intense, delicious and downright beautiful Italian cousin, gelato.

By now, gelato is not a totally unfamiliar word in people’s vocabularies stateside, but many have not actually tried the heavenly concoction, or if they have, they’ve usually purchased it from a grocer’s freezer aisle (no disrespect, but pre-packaged is never as good as fresh, no matter what food you’re talking about). Lucky for us Seattle-ites, we have authentic, amazing, life-changing Italian gelato, homemade, from scratch, DAILY, within reach.

 

Gelatiamo. The name alone indicates the deep love and passion for the art of gelato owner Maria brings to her craft. (if you can’t tell, it’s a combination of the word gelato and “ti amo”, Italian for “I Love You”) One taste of this frozen flavor symphony will have you hooked and likely, in love.

 

Located in a cozy corner space on 3rd and Union, nearby to Benaroya Hall and Tom Douglas’ Wild Ginger, Gelatiamo is a delightfully charming space, manned (or wo-manned) by an equally charming and delightful staff. You are welcomed upon entry with a ’hello’ and a smile warm enough to melt the frozen treats you came for by the lovely staff, eager to help you find your flavor. The environment is very warm and comforting, with a very European vibe, plenty of windows for wonderful natural light, accents of dark wood and charming black and white photographs of the owner hard at work gracing the walls. It’s a very soothing and welcoming space.  
One look around the place will give the sweet-loving indecisive types among us anxiety- the choices are plentiful…and not limited to gelato.  It seems Gelatiamo caters to almost any sweet tooth, offering fabulous baked goods baked in the Italian tradition, including many specialty Italian dessert favorites not common in most bakeries, along with their signature gelato-cakes (much more elegant and delicious than anything from carvel!), and of course, a wide array of gelato.
Every item they serve is handmade daily, from scratch, in house (you can even see the stairs leading down the where the magic happens) from the owners own recipes and recipes that have been in her family for generations. You can taste the years of work, time and dedication that have gone into perfecting not only her gelato, but her cannoli, available filled with traditional custard or chocolate, her Saint Honoré, a traditional Italian cake unlike any you’ll find most places stateside, and at holiday time, her renowned and acclaimed panettone.
Gelatiamos’ owner Maria Coassin began planting her roots in the Seattle food scene back in 1996 when she first opened Gelatiamos’ doors. The only member of her family to have left Italy, she comes from a long line of bakers, with her family having bakeries in northern Italy dating back over 200 years. As a youngster, she saw the demanding life of being a baker, especially the long hours and early mornings, and decided that life was not for her. After marrying an American and moving to the US, she eventually settled in Seattle, and decided it was time to bring her lifelong love of gelato with her.
She knew she had her work cut out for her. Gelato was still relatively unfamiliar to many in the US and what we did have available in the states, was not very good. Maria decided to travel back to Italy to learn the craft the best way possible, from the masters. She spent several months in Italy, taking classes and being mentored by gelato master Pino Scaringelle. It is thanks in no small part to Mr. Scaringelle that Maria does more than just ‘make gelato’, she creates recipes, which is vital to truly well done gelato.
The first winter she opened for business, her father came to visit, bringing with him several family recipes from their long-standing bakery business. Even though Maria insisted Gelatiamo was NOT a bakery, he decided to make some baked goods to sell, including what has now become their famous and hotly sought after panettone. Ever since, the baking component of the business stuck (and we should all be grateful for that!).
Today, Gelatiamo has been a staple of Seattle’s ever growing restaurant scene for 21 years. That’s 21 years of making and serving gelato, baked goods and expertly brewed coffee to Seattle’s increasingly discerning public. Maria is well known and hailed for her incredible baked goods and is considered a gelato master. She travels several times a year to teach others the art of crafting recipes and other essential skills to making truly exceptional gelato.
In 21 years, they’ve never moved, though their location on 3rd and Union has undergone some cosmetic changes in recent years, improving and maintaining the classic elegance of the space Maria has envisioned and established from the start, and transporting her guests, if only for a moment, back to her original home of Italy.
Gelatiamo has a little something for everyone and is truly a gem we in Seattle are lucky enough to claim. If you’ve ever wandered the busy streets of Seattle on a brisk March day and dreamed of that perfect trip to Italy (you know, the one you can’t quite afford yet), consider popping into Gelatiamo for a little something sweet and a perfectly brewed Café Latte. You’ll almost never know the difference.

JOSEPHINE: Homemade Takeout Food

Traci, Josephine cook, prepares to roast brussel sprouts with preserved lemon.                                 Video: Rustic studio in L.A. /posted on Josephine site

A made-in-the-kitchen small business revolution is occurring in Capitol Hill and neighborhoods across Seattle. Josephine, an Oakland, CA-based startup which recently expanded to Seattle in 2016, believes in empowering home chefs to reach their local community, while supplying good meals to neighbors. This blog post happened because of a glowing comment from a current Josephine customer, Jordan L., in Capitol Hill. He enthusiastically recommended their service (see his referral below).

From customer Jordan L.

The two who started this business, Charley and Tal, named it after meeting initially at the warm, welcome home of a mutual friend’s mother Josephine, who invited them over regularly. This spawned discussions over meals about the value of home-cooking and whether we were losing that connection in our world.

 

A reoccurring comment about the Josephine service is that it connects neighbors to other neighbors; sometimes people you wouldn’t meet in your day-to-day, busy life. Customers come pick their food up in a chef’s warm, welcome (and safety-certified) kitchen, after signing up for free at the Josephine site.  After entering your zip code on the site, you will be able to see where chefs are located in your area. Once a week, members receive a newsletter showing the week’s food offerings from different kitchens, and how far they are away from your location.

Weekly Food Offerings near Capitol Hill (varies weekly). Photo: Josephine

This method requires meal planning on your part, since it’s not a delivery service, but many people say the homemade food quality is excellent. Chefs often have repeat customers. The choices are vast: ethnic dishes (that might not be available at restaurants in that neighborhood), vegan, gluten-free, baked goods and American comfort food, to name a few.

Community at cook Akiko’s home. Photo: Josephine / The Seattle Times

“We provide healthy food options, where the money stays in the community,” says Simone Stolzoff, Director of Communications, at Josephine. “You can buy food that reflects individual cooks’ culture; the most authentic representation of what they would feed to their own families.” Dishes are served a la carte, and cooks set their own prices, typically ranging between $8-12 per full meal, according to Stolzoff. In the Seattle area, including Capitol Hill, the local network extends as far north as Lynnwood and as far south as Tacoma.

Cook Shui Zhu’s creations. Photo: The Seattle Times / Josephine

Those approved to cook for Josephine decide what they want to cook and how often, and carry a WA food handlers licence as certification. They pass a safety inspection from Josephine, and two Masters of Public Health are on staff to check-in with new cooks before ever posting their offerings. Mark Bittman, of PBS and cookbook fame, also sits on Josephine’s board. Small business owners receive 90% of the revenue, while 10% goes to Josephine for maintaining the website, marketing home cooks’ meals, and creating a credit payment process for them.

It isn’t always smooth sailing. Although meeting standards for food safety, they have run into problems with government regulation, previously receiving “Cease-and-Desist” orders in California. But legislation continues to be developed and proposed.

A May 19th, 2016 NPR article mentions that Willard Middle School in Berkeley, Calif., has a student-run operation (with supervision) which has partnered with Josephine for the past 3 years. To date, it has brought in over $100,000 in revenue to the school, and is very popular with the locals.

Willard Middle School uses the produce from its school garden to create meals through Josephine.  Photo: Teresa Chin/Youth Radio on NPR.org

As Simone Stolzoff commented upon Josephine’s mission, “More than anything, it’s about connecting people and bringing them together.

 

“Little Big” Yum Headed To Capitol Hill

A Portland favorite is heading our way this Spring!

Portland’s native Little Big Burger has big plans for its sister city to the north, with intentions to open several locations in the greater Seattle area, including one right here in Capitol Hill.

The Oregon chain intends to keep its delicious reputation in tact when it expands up north, featuring root beer floats made with creamy Tillamook ice cream, scrumptious truffle oil fries and their signature burgers made with 100% natural Cascade Natural Beef, stacked high and full of flavor.

All this locally sourced goodness, and with prices to boot! If you haven’t made the trip to one of the original locations in Portland, you’ve been missing out on some grade A taste and quality at incredible prices, with a savory cheeseburger coming in at under $5, including your choice of cheese, brioche bun, ¼ lb of natural beef and all the traditional toppings, Not to mention a generous portion of truffle fries for under $3!

In case you’re not sold on the exceptional quality and value of LBB, read this from their website:

“lbb burgers are made with a 1/4 lb. of cascade natural beef, brioche buns, local cheeses, fresh veggies and camden’s catsup.  everything is delivered fresh daily, and cooked to order in an open kitchen. please note that all burgers are cooked to traditional medium unless otherwise requested”!  

That’s right, not only are these burgers affordable and tasty, they are made fresh to order, with locally sourced ingredients delivered fresh daily. Unlike most burger joints, LBB offers you choices to really customize your burger, many available at no additional charge. Not a fan of cheddar? That’s cool, they’ve got swiss, chèvre, bleu or pepper jack on deck to make your burger just the way you like it. Watch the crew make your burger fresh, right in front of you in an open kitchen, well within view of the dining area. With quality, fresh ingredients, they’ve got nothing to hide.

Little Big Burger will be a perfect addition to the Capitol Hill scene, joining other burger biggies such as 8oz Burger Bar, Lil’ Woodies and LBB will be just up the street from the Japanese Burger Phenomenon Katsu Burger. The Hill seems like the perfect location for LBB to land, as it has become kind of the center of trendy dining in the city of late. But, as mentioned previously, they will be putting in locations across Seattle. They’ve even signed a lease in Green Lake, making that 2 LBB sites slated to open here this spring.

Most of the details pertaining to the Green Lake LBB location remain to be seen, but the Capitol Hill location is expected to be the PDX exports Seattle Flagship location. Coming in at about 2,500 square feet and located right on the corner of 12th and Pike (in the New Beryl Apartments) the Cap Hill location is set to be one of LBB’s biggest locations to date.

Look forward to more information about PDX’s Seattle take over and learn more about Little Big Burger here

Taste Seattle At Arcade Lights 2017!

Round up the crew and head down to the market on Friday, March 24th for a fantastic, fun event that brings together a diverse selection of over 70 local vendors to delight you with tastes of their delectable products. And their vendor list is still growing!

Arcade Lights is a wonderful opportunity to sample and savor delicious drinks, foods and sweet treats, from a wide array of local, small-batch, and artisan vendors. It’s always a fun and festive event, where you can enjoy something local and tasty, try something new and have a blast, under the Arcade Lights!

Each year, Arcade Lights brings together local favorites and new comers to pedal their wears and get you hooked on their goodness, and this year looks to be no exception. Where else will you find Theo Chocolates, DiLaurenti Food & Wine, Hot Lips Soda, Copperworks Distilling, Morning Glory Chai, Woodinville Ciderworks, Diamond Knot Brewing and many more local loves all at the same place? Only in Seattle, and only at Arcade Lights.  Be sure to check out a full list of vendors and brace yourself for taste bud paradise!    

This year’s event is sponsored by Seattle Met, DRY Sparkling and DEI Creative and, as always, proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation which helps to maintain our market and keep the community thriving.

Grab your tickets before they’re gone, and get ready for fun under the Arcade Lights!

Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market, 7:00 pm, Friday, March 24th Tickets-

General Admission – $60
Tickets include tastes of as many of the hand-crafted savory and sweet bites as your heart desires – while supplies last – and include five tokens for tastes of beer, cider, non-alcoholic drinks such as root beer and sodas and wine. Tasting glass included. Additional tokens will be available for purchase.

Early Entry – $80
Limited Early Entry into Arcade Lights 30-minutes before the General Admission crowd! Includes 5 drink tokens, unlimited food, plus early entry at 6:30 pm.

VIP with Early Entry – $150
VIP guests have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, which includes seating, music, and exclusive food and beverage tastings from elite vendors. VIP Guests receive 10 drink tokens and UNLIMITED food, and can enter the VIP Lounge at 6:00 pm to begin celebrating before entering the Main Arcade at 6:30PM with Early Entry. VIP guests can use the VIP Lounge at their luxury anytime throughout the night.

Arcade Lights is a 21 and over only event, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, visit the Pike Place Market website.

Get In The Halloween Spirit With Events This Weekend

Halloween is quickly approaching and there are several events happening this weekend on Capitol Hill to get you in the Halloween state of mind before the 31st. DCF 1.0

  • If you’re feeling like a big spender, a $100 ticket will get you in to the Haunted Halloween Party at the rumored-to-be-haunted Stimson-Green Mansion this Saturday, October 25. The ticket price gets you admission to the party, signature cocktails, appetizers, sweet treats, and entertainment including a DJ and a live burlesque performance. Costumes are required! Buy tickets here.
  • If that’s a little too rich for your blood, the Halloween Pub Crawl on 15th Avenue East is also happening on the Saturday the 25th. The crawl kicks off at Smith at 5:00 p.m. and will also visit Coastal Kitchen, the Hopvine, Liberty, Harry’s Bar (at Olympia Pizza), and wraps up with a costume contest at The Canterbury.
  • For the little ones, Hilloween is Capitol Hill’s kid-friendly event, taking place at Cal Anderson Park on Saturday the 25th. Get there at noon for carnival games,entertainment, and face painting; followed by a costume parade at 3:30; and trick-or-treating on Broadway from 4:00-7:00. Kids in costume will also get a free pizza slice from Pagliacci! RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.

Halloween Pub Crawl On 15th Next Saturday 10/25!

15th Ave Pub CrawlThink of next Saturday’s 1st Annual 15th Avenue Halloween Pub Crawl as trick-or-treating for grown ups, except instead of candy you’ll be collecting delicious beers and prizes at bars and restaurants up and down 15th.

Put on your costume and start the night off at Smith at 5:00 p.m. After that, the crawl will move every 45 minutes, starting with Coastal Kitchen (don’t forget to eat a few oysters…or a dozen), followed by stops at the Hopvine, Liberty, Harry’s Bar/Olympia Pizza, and the Canterbury. The person with the best costume will get a special prize, so make sure to stick around until the end!

Sneak Peek Of The New Canterbury Space

There’s a rumor floating around that the reincarnation of the Canterbury Ale House will at long last be opening tomorrow (check their Facebook page for the official word), but in the meantime check out these photos we took at last night’s soft opening. Although the space retains its medieval influence with the inclusion of lots of wood and metalwork; murals featuring dueling knights; and a stained glass window depicting a sword and shield, it bears little resemblance (in a good way, we think) to Ye Canterbury of Olde.

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The medieval theme continues with decorative murals.

Ceilings have been raised creating a much more open feel.

Ceilings have been raised creating a much more open feel.

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A stained glass window

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Another view of the bar area and very medieval-looking chandelier.

A look at the seating.

Seating and wood paneling.

It’s Halloween; Don a Scary Costume, Save at These Local Restaurants/Bars

With Halloween right around the corner, Seattle restaurants are taking advantage of the festive scary scenery, and rewarding  cladly dressed Seattleites with specials on food and drink around town, from now until October 31st. Check out the list of establishments who actually prefer if you’re dining in Zombie attire than suit and tie this week.

Boka will be offering happy hour prices on all food and drink items to all diners dressed in Zombie attire this Saturday October 27th! Zombie diners are also encouraged to head over to the Thrill the World dance off in Occidental Park to break the record for biggest “Thriller” performance.

Belltown Pub will be hosting a Dracula PJ party with Halloween food and drink available, and no cover charge from 9-close on October 27th.

Linda’s Tavern is having a 50’s themed Halloween mixer on October 31st, with guest DJ King Dude. Party begins from 8pm-close, with free entry. Costumes strongly suggested.

Cupcake Royale Place your order of 12 or more cupcakes on or before October 30th for your big Halloween party, and receive a free pint of Cupcake Royale ice cream.

Cafe Flora will host a pumpkin decorating event on Saturday from 10am-2pm in Washington Park, perfect for your little ones. Pumpkin bread, pancakes and spiced cider will be on hand to snack on during the festivities. Costumes are welcome!

Elysian 2012 Pumpkin Beer Festival This Weekend

In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, the folks over at Capitol Hill’s own Elysian Brewing Company are hosting a Pumpkin Ale Festival this weekend, taps open at 7pm tomorrow evening.

There will be over 60 variations of Pumpkin beers, with 13 from Elysian, and an actual pumpkin will be tapped each day, filled with a secret Elysian brew. There will be food carts on site to fill hungry bellies, pumpkin carving contests, and costumes are certainly encouraged. The event will actually be held at the Elysian Sodo location, so come on down and enjoy the fall drinks. For more information, visit the Elysian Brewery site.

Lil Woody’s is Serving Free Burgers Monday!

Noted as one of the best burger joints in Capitol Hill ever since it opened a year ago, Lil Woody’s is showering the neighborhood with their yummy burgers on Monday afternoon, in celebration of it’s 1st birthday.

To celebrate, Lil Woody’s will be serving up their famous burgers from 2-5pm on August 27th, along with other party favors from their neighborhood friends. The favors will include gift certificates from Pike Street Fish Fry,  Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Cafe Vita, Via Tribunali Pizza, Uber, and Alive and Well, among others. Guests coming for freebies should expect a long line of patrons gearing up to join the party! Lil Woody’s burgers are made from Painted Hills meats, hand cut fries from Northwest potatoes, and seasonings and sauces made in-house. Their milkshakes are even made with Seattle favorite Molly moon’s ice cream! For more information about the free burger giveaway, visit Woody’s.