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Tidbits: Miscellaneous items of interest

Lately, my mailbox seems to be brimming with news releases.  I’ve picked a few things to share that Seattleites may find interesting. 
Two new places are opening tonight and both are on my list of "must get to soon!"
Many of you are probably familiar with Rover’s, Thierry Rautureau’s gorgeous dinner house in Madison Valley.  His new venture, Luc, a more casual café and bar located just a few steps from Rover’s.  I’m very excited for this opening.  The more casual setting will make the Chef in the Hat’s wonderful food much more accessible on a regular basis. 
2800 E Madison
Madison Valley
Pinxto has moved into the former home of Txori which (sadly) closed a few weeks ago.  It sounds like they will have a similar style and since the new owners were regulars at Txori I’m expecting to feel right at home the first time I visit.  They have promised "Spanish-style tapas with a northwest flair."
2207 2nd Ave
Giving Back
A few ways you can help non-profit programs in our area.
Stamp Out Hunger – Postal Carriers Food Drive May 8th
This Saturday you can leave bags of non-perishable food by your mailbox for pickup.  About a week ago you should have received a blue bag in your mailbox.  All you need to do is fill it and leave it by your mailbox by 8:00 am and the carriers will do the rest.  It’s a pretty easy way to do some good! 
Via Tribunali and Caffe Vita Sponsor "5 @ 5" Starting May 12th
This is multi-date promotion taking place on 5 Wednesdays starting May 12th.  The events feature free Margherita pizzas and $3 Peroni beer.  The proceeds from beer sales will benefit a different biking organization each week and the events are held at a different Via Tribunali location each week.  It’s not as confusing as it sounds!  You can get full details and information on the Via Trib blog.   Here’s the schedule and the organization which will benefit each week: 
      • Wednesday, May 12 Georgetown 5-7PM Bike Works
      • Wednesday, May 19 Capitol Hill 5-7PM Garage Cycling Team
      • Wednesday, May 26 Queen Anne 5-7PM Trips for Kids Seattle- a Cascade Bicycle Club Program
      • Wednesday, June 2 Belltown 5-7PM Bicycle Alliance of Washington
      • Wednesday, June 9 Fremont 5-7PM The Bikery  
Other Events of Interest
A couple of other things that look interesting or fun. They are actually both benefits, too
KCTS Cooks Light and Healthy
I have to admit that I generally cringe at recipes that fall into this category.  I generally think that if you are cooking well, with good ingredients your menus and meals will balance themselves out and you won’t have to really worry about "light and healthy".  Still, I know it is something we should all be aware of.  As often happens this is a fund-raising program for KCTS, although you are not required to contribute.  The fun part of this program is that most of the presenters are "normal" people – home cooks – with good ideas and skills.  It’s a chance to see that you don’t need to be a chef to create wonderful food.  Having said that there will also be some demonstrations by professionals. 
The program first airs on Saturday, May 15, 11:00 a.m. and will be live.  It then repeats on Saturday, May 15, 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 16, 1:00 p.m. It’s a 4-hour program so you may want to view parts of it over the three dates and times.  Read more on the website
Triple Sip at Triple Door
From the press release… 
June 26th, KEXP and The Triple Door present the 5th Annual Triple Sip, Washington’s premier wine event benefiting KEXP. This one of a kind event creates a lavish festival of world-class food, wine and musical performance: this is not your standard wine tasting experience. Triple Sip features 47 wineries from six countries, a three course dinner prepared by Wild Ginger Executive Chef Nathan Uy, and a live performance from surf punk band Man or Astro-man?.  
Tickets are $225 and can be purchased at the Triple Door Box Office: 216 Union St or by calling 206.838.4333.  A portion of the proceeds benefits KEXP. For all the details, including a full list of wineries see the website

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