Enjoy The Flavor of Seattle THIS Week
We take a brief break from the Lotus Land of Victoria, B.C. to bring you the following upcoming event announcement:
The Flavor of Seattle – a marketing alliance cooperative for small, local restaurants who lack their own savvy marketing departments – was founded in 2008 by foodie entrepreneur Julien Recoussine. Julien worked in the tourism industry at Disney World in Florida for ten years before moving to Seattle in 1995; once in Seattle, he worked as a pastry chef at Hoffman’s Fine Cakes & Pastries in Kirkland, then in sales, marketing, and advertising for the Eastside Journal, and does consultancy work for dot-coms and start-ups (online advertising) as well as consulting with advertising companies for Entertainment Book and for Fish Bowl Advertising. He loathes deep-discounted coupons – which he sees as devaluing the experience and meal – and wanted to create an enticement to try good, local restaurants for the first time (and hopefully get them hooked so they become repeat customers). Given that Seattle is chocked full of a plethora of unique neighborhoods and that Seattleites tend to “eat close,” Julien is encouraging we “eat around” a bit more; in other words, still eat local … just not too local. For $35, you get a one-time $25 off a bill valued at $50 of more (not including tax) at any one of 20 participating restaurants (and counting) such as Olivar (Julien gave your Hedonista a card, which I confess I have yet to try, but certainly will).
Want to get you own card? This Thursday, July 15, dear hedonists, you can get a card and enjoy good food while helping to mitigate what is perhaps the worst oil spill in Earth’s history – the May-June Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Flavor of Seattle, MVMGR Real Estate, and Stigmare Couture Marketing have partnered to bring you an “evening among the clouds” at the Columbia Tower Club (so business casual, please) to benefit The Nature Conservancy (a leading charity aiding the Gulf of Mexico oil spill zone). You can find this Oil Spill Wildlife Rescue event on Eventbrite. Tickets cost $35 a piece and will get you the following: hors d’oeuvres, 10 raffle tickets per guest, a performance by magician “Ace of Illusions” Nathan Jester, and a Flavor of Seattle local dining card (a retail value of $35 in and of itself, complete with over $500 in restaurant savings.) Pat Cashman will Emcee, Karen Anderson, State Director of The Nature Conservancy and Kathy Fletcher, Executive Director for People For Puget Sound will provide updates on what’s happening on both coasts.
Flavor of Seattle was a leader in getting this July 15 event off of the ground. Given it’s penchant for supporting local restaurants, why are they a lead sponsor for a tragedy that is taking place on the other side of the United States? Because Flavor of Seattle’s founder, Julien Recoussine is a French-born-U.S.-nationalized Rotarian with friends who moved to Seattle from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Those friends mentioned how, both after the hurricane and now, after the oil spill, restaurants are one of the first businesses approached to help – and they accept the challenge. Further, Seattle understands the critical connection to wildlife as a region’s cultural identity and thus relates to the current plight of Americans on the other coast.
So head on out an support a love of wildlife – and local cuisine.