Dine Well – Done Good!

Pictured Above: Laura Smith and Michele Flinn of Windermere Real Estate Co. presenting a check to Lindsay Carlisle, Victoria Austin and the staff at Seattle Food Lifeline, on behalf of the Windermere Foundation.

Last June, Windermere Real Estate Co. teamed up with neighboring restaurants to Dine Well – Do Good.  Each Monday night in the month of June, Windermere Real Estate Co. matched tips made to servers – up to $3,000 per night – to raise money for Food Lifeline, via the Windermere Foundation.

Thanks to the generosity of Windermere agents, diners, and the participating restaurants, the Windermere Foundation collected $12,000 in donations. According to Lindsay Carlisle, Community Engagement Officer for Food Lifeline, $12,000 can provide approximately 48,000 meals to our hungry neighbors.

Food Lifeline is the food bank to food banks. They rescue millions of pounds of surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants; then deliver this healthy and nutritious food to nearly 300 food banks, shelters, and meal programs across Western Washington. Through their own ingenuity and clever practices, a single $1 donation can provide the equivalent of four complete meals.

Please join us in continuing support to our local restaurant businesses who helped make this idea a reality. Browse through the following list of participating restaurants and stay tuned for the next edition of Dine Well – Do Good!

The Beach House
1927 43rd AVE E, Seattle, WA 98112

Ballard Loft
5105 Ballard AVE NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Bramling Cross
5205 Ballard AVE NE, Seattle, WA 98107

Bryant Corner Café
3118 NE 65th Street, Seattle WA 98115

Cactus
4220 East Madison Seattle, WA 98112

Fiddler’s Inn
9219 35th AVE NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Kabul Afghan Cuisine
2301 N. 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

Kizuki
319 NE Thornton Place, Seattle, WA. 98125

Mioposto
3426 NE 55th Street, Seattle, WA 98105

Rock Creek
4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Sand Point Grill
5214 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Serafina
2043 Eastlake AVE E, Seattle WA 98102

Sushi Kappo Tamura
2968 Eastlake AVE E, Seattle, WA 98102

Varlamos Pizzeria
3617 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

The Watershed Pub & Kitchen
10104 3rd AVE NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Do Good While Dining Out During the Month of June

This month Windermere Real Estate Co. has teamed up with neighboring restaurants to Dine Well – Do Good.  Each Monday night in the month of June, Windermere Real Estate Co. is matching tips made to servers – up to $3,000 per night – and 100% of these funds will be donated to Food Lifeline, via the Windermere Foundation.

Food Lifeline is the food bank to food banks. They rescue millions of pounds of surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants; then deliver this healthy and nutritious food to 275 food banks, shelters, and meal programs across Western Washington. Through their own ingenuity and clever practices, a single $1 donation can provide the equivalent of four complete meals.

Please join us in supporting local restaurant businesses while also supporting Food Lifeline and the crucial work they do. Browse through the list of participating restaurants and set your Monday night menu for the month of June!

The Beach House
1927 43rd AVE E, Seattle, WA 98112

Ballard Loft
5105 Ballard AVE NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Bramling Cross
5205 Ballard AVE NE, Seattle, WA 98107

Bryant Corner Café
3118 NE 65th Street, Seattle WA 98115

Cactus
4220 East Madison Seattle, WA 98112

Fiddler’s Inn
9219 35th AVE NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Kabul Afghan Cuisine
2301 N. 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

Kizuki
319 NE Thornton Place, Seattle, WA. 98125

Mioposto
3426 NE 55th Street, Seattle, WA 98105

Rock Creek
4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Sand Point Grill
5214 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Serafina
2043 Eastlake AVE E, Seattle WA 98102

Sushi Kappo Tamura
2968 Eastlake AVE E, Seattle, WA 98102

Varlamos Pizzeria
3617 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

The Watershed Pub & Kitchen
10104 3rd AVE NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Why We Love Seattle Series: Dick’s Drive-In

Seattle has a plethora of locally sourced, gluten-free, vegan, and organic food available, but let’s be honest, sometimes you don’t want any of that. Enter Dick’s Drive-In – for every Seattleite’s favorite $2 non-organic, extra-gluten, cheese-filled burger.

The first Dick’s opened in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood in 1954. Little has changed since then, including the large, revolving “Drive-In Restaurant” sign beckoning to the hungry masses with a clear promise of the type of food they serve. And prices are astoundingly inexpensive: $3.10 gets you the biggest burger on the menu.

Notorious for being a “cash only” establishment for decades, they recently decided to finally start accepting credit and debit cards in September 2016. This is a big deal for those of us who rarely carry cash, and for a restaurant known for being steadfast in their constant reluctance to change. The last time the menu changed was in 1982, when they started serving Diet Coke and stopped serving orange soda.

What is it about Dick’s that makes them so special? They will tell you it’s their product: The beef patties are “fresh, never frozen, and delivered locally every day.” Their fans will tell you it’s more than that. They have an enviable compensation rate for employees that includes 100% healthcare coverage for anyone working over 24 hours per week and their children, college and trade school scholarships, childcare assistance, paid community service hours, and a very strong commitment to helping homeless youth and families in the Seattle area.

More than six decades after the first Dick’s opened its doors, there are now six locations around the Seattle area, each open seven days a week until 2:00 am, so your greasy burger cravings can be gratified pretty much any time, day or night.

Seattle Restaurant Week

Sunday, October 16 marks the return of Seattle Restaurant Week.

Seattle is home to a lot of notable restaurants, but there are also some lesser known hidden gems, some of which you can experience during Seattle Restaurant Week. While you can enjoy a dining experience year-round, Seattle Restaurant Week is an excellent time to visit your favorite restaurant—or get to know a new one. Restaurant Week centers on special two- and three-course menus at participating restaurants. Order from these special menus and you’ll enjoy a meal that’s among the finest the restaurant has to offer, yet surprisingly affordable.

This year 146 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $32, and many also offer three-course lunches for $18. Whether you’re hungry for sushi, Italian, Mediterranean, vegetarian or Northwest’s best, there are a variety of delicious meals to be had. Reservations are not required, but strongly encouraged and can easily be done online at OpenTable. But don’t delay because Seattle Restaurant week only runs until October 20. For more info and a list of restaurants, visit: srw.seattletimes.com