The Ballard Chamber of Commerce is offering the Ballard Urban Picnic, or BURP, for the consideration of the neighborhood's collective stomaches.

BURP, which runs from noon to 9 p.m. on May 1, will cram Ballard Commons Park with a lineup of mobile food vendors, a beer garden with proceeds going to the Ballard Food Bank, live music, bouncy toys, skateboard demonstrations, community booths and an outdoor showing of Pixar's "Ratatouille."

Food vendors include Dante's Inferno Dogs, Anita's Crepes, Veraci Pizza, Skillet, Here & There and Parfait Ice Cream. The beer garden is being furnished by Maritime Pacific Brewery.

The Ballard Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers for BURP. Click here to sign up.

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The third annual Community Oyster Roast is on May 9 at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse with two seatings at the shoreside location with a spectacular view of the Sound are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Proceeds will go to the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance to support its work to keep the Puget Sound clean.

Tickets, advance purchase only, are $50 for all the roasted oysters you can eat, CasCioppo Bros. sausage, coleslaw, baked beans, beverage and rhubarb crisp for dessert. Slurp up at the Oyster Raw Bar as an added bonus.

Foot stomping entertainment will be provided by The Tallboys.

The Oyster Roast, based on the popular roll-up-your-sleeves southern tradition, features sacks of fresh Taylor oysters in the shell dumped on hot metal plates over outdoor grills and covered with wet coffee sacks until juice starts to bubble out of the shells.

Then they are shoveled onto platters and delivered to tables where they need a nudge from an oyster knife to release the top shell and seductive aromas.

Attendees are urged to bring a favorite oyster knife; oyster knives can also be purchased onsite.

Sausages and side dishes are served family style.

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Michael Harthorne

The Golden Gardens Bathhouse will be the site of the third annual Community Oyster Roast May 9 to benefit the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

Dessert Extravaganza!

Bridge Park invites you to an afternoon Dessert Extravaganza
Featuring Chef Colleen Steele, award winning choclatier!
Reservations ARE required Call (206) 938-6394
European pastries & chocolate sculptures

Additionally you can enter at the facility to win FREE RENT FOR LIFE!


Bridge Park Retirement Community
3204 S.W. Morgan Street
West Seattle, WA 98126
Phone: 938-6394

Raw Vegan Nutrition and Brain Training Seminar

Raw Vegan Nutrition and Brain Training Seminar
Education - Lecture
Thursday, March 18, 2010
6:00pm - 9:00pm
701 5th Avenue #7600 Seattle, WA 98104
This double header lecture will feature Tim Van Orden, who will educate you on the amazing health benefits of raw vegan nutrition and PJ Glassey, author and workout DVD creator, who will teach you how to rewire your brain to stop the diet yo-yo once and for all!  read more »


Columbia Tower Club
701 5th Avenue #7600 Seattle
Seattle, WA 98104

The Fremont neighborhood has attracted the unusual for a long time, and The Flying Apron Bakery at 3510 Fremont Ave. N. is no exception.

The Flying Apron is Seattle’s only organic, gluten-free and vegan bakery, and this week they held an informal gathering to thank their friends and talk about their future plans.

In January, the business was sold to a group of three investors who share a strong commitment to maintain the bakery's unique status as well as expand it's business.

The new owners are Ethan Hernandez, Erik Chelstad and Jeff Silva. Silva and his wife previously owned a bakery and café in Seattle, and his ongoing management of Crohn’s disease has given him a very real perspective on food and nutrition.

Hernandez is from a family of Seattle-based entrepreneurs, and having a daughter with severe dietary restrictions has strengthened his commitment to helping others that need to be mindful of their eating requirements.

Chelstad, like Ethan, has had a hand in many Seattle-based startup companies and is excited to be working on organic, sustainable food production.

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Patrick Robinson

The new ownership of Flying Apron Bakery in Fremont is expanding its wholesale efforts and looking at new recipes for their all-vegan bakery products.

Norse Home Pancake Breakfast

Swedish pancakes, bacon, sausage and other great side dishes will be served. Adults: $10. Children 5-12 years: $5.


Norse Home
5311 Phinney Ave. N.

Crown Hill's Thai Siam served more than 150 meals to people in need Feb. 23 at Seattle's Union Gospel Mission.

"At this time, and at other times when the economy is not so good, people need some help," said Nancy Bhokayasupatt, owner of Thai Siam.

It was the second time Thai Siam, located at 8305 15th Ave. N.W., has served food at the mission. The menu was rice, vegetables with peanut sauce and chick en with plum sauce.

"(Having Thai Siam come) was a blessing," said Ryan, a member of the mission's recovery program. "It touches my heart to have people from the community give their time and do something. It shows that they care and it's a reason for me to not give up."

Bhokayasupatt said Thai Siam has been serving food to those in need on the streets for about 20 years. But, they recently started serving inside Seattle's Union Gospel Mission because the mission treats people with dignity and serving food on the street could be a mess, she said.

The mission is only one of a number of beneficiaries of Thai Siam's annual fundraising efforts, said Sharon Thomas-Hearns, public relations manager for the mission.

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Courtesy of Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

Mark Dunlap, a member of Seattle's Union Gospel Mission's recovery program, shows off the meal provided by Crown Hill's Thai Siam Feb. 23.

Jolly Roger Taproom Grand Reopening

Maritime Pacific Brewing Company is proud to announce the grand re-opening of its Jolly Roger Taproom at its new location. Beer specials and a new dinner menu plus all your old favorites will be available.


Jolly Roger Taproom
1111 N.W. Ballard Way

Taste of Gluten Free Foods Event

Seattle based importer Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods will host a gluten-free tasting event at Savour Specialty Foods. If you are someone with a restricted diet or if you are just curious about the health benefits of eating gluten-free products, please join us! Ritrovo owner Ilyse Rathet will be on hand providing delicious samples of Ritrovo pastas, sauces, oils and much more.


Savour Specialty Foods
2242 N.W. Market St.

Valentine’s Benefit Dinner for Alzheimers

The menu is Alaskan King Crab for $20 or Prime Rib for $16. Please call 206.783.7791 for reservations. It’s a Valentine’s Day celebration, and we will crown a King and a Queen. The music to dance to is Fever.


Salmon Bay Fraternal Order of Eagles
5216 20th Ave. N.W.
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