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.
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.
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.
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.