Taste of Washington This Weekend!

The much anticipated Taste of Washington is here this weekend! Two days filled with countless tastes from over 200 wineries all over Washington State. Held at the convention center, this year’s Taste of Washington will allow attendees to sample some of the finest wines they already love, and try something completely new and unheard of. Navigating the list of vendors might be somewhat of a struggle, not to mention all of the amazing restaurant vendors that will be providing yummy samples of their finest bites, so if you’re planning on attending, be sure to make the most out of your two days. Wines will be uncorked tomorrow starting at 2pm for the public, and 1pm for the VIP list. There will be seminars presented by restaurateurs, sommeliers, and sponsors. Canalis, the 2011 Washington Wine Restaurant of the year, is presenting a food and wine pairing seminar, forking over their best kept secrets on the best wine to pair with your meals. If you missed any of your favorite wineries on Saturday, don’t stress because you’ll be able to repeat your entire experience Sunday afternoon with a 2nd day of sipping and sampling the best of the Northwest. You can even attend Tom Douglas‘ seminar on Sunday, (also a food and wine pairing class) and afterwards head over to the Viking Chef’s stage and watch him slave away in the kitchen to create one of his famed dishes right before your eyes. For more information, or to order tickets now visit the Taste of Washington.

Magnolia Pub Celebrates St Patty’s with Sophistication

When most people think of St Patrick’s Day, we associate it with a cold pint of Guinness, and a lot of green food coloring and attire. But this year on March 17th, a local Magnolia Pub is pulling out all the stops to create a white table cloth event for diners on this festive St Patrick’s Day. Mulleady’s Irish Pub is putting together a 3 course prix fix menu of traditional Irish cuisine, including champ croquettes, a lamb mushroom stew, and of course a decadent portion of corned beef. When the term “Irish Pub” is thrown around, one can usually assume the stereotypes will follow, but this Magnolia gem is aiming to standout among the others on this festive holiday weekend.

SDOT Encourages Neighborhoods to Apply for Mural Projects to Slow Traffic

There are several well known outdoor works of art like the Olympic Sculpture Park, and other murals around the Seattle area that are pleasant for the surround community members and those passing through. But now the SDOT is suggesting that these murals can hold a whole new purpose, and informing Seattle communities that painting murals near intersections can slow traffic when there are no stop signs, or yield signs in sight.

The SDOT is encouraging community members to apply for mural funding and submit designs for approval, with at least 60% of members in the community in agreeance with the mural. First, members must submit an area for approval that has no nearby traffic control devices and the area will be reviewed to determine if a project is feasible. Once the area is approved, residents in the community can work out a design, and approval may take up to two weeks. For more information on how to get a mural submitted in your neighborhood, click here.

Help Bring an Off-leash Dog Park to Magnolia

Later this year, Magnolia Manor Park  will be the official site for a brand new off-leash dog area. Funding for the project has originally allowed for a 16,000 sf OLA area, (off leash area) which is relatively small in comparison to most dog parks in Seattle; but Magnolia dog owners are petitioning for a bigger space. The updated plan is set for 21,000 sf, including a small dog area & “chuck it” throw zone. Think more Pet Palace vs. Pee Patch. Magnolia Dog owners have come together on the Manor Park’s Website to recruit more funding for their fuzzy friends, and they need more help to make it happen. If you’d like to join the cause, find more information to donate here.