Sip & Savor: Lunar New Year

Indulge in Lunar New Year at Monsoon Bellevue

This week, Monsoon Bellevue is serving up a special menu for Lunar New Year — or Tet, as it’s known in Vietnamese. Chef siblings Eric and Sophie Banh said the Tet holiday is very important to them and it will “subconsciously affect the rest of the year.” The menu boasts sticky rice and mung bean cakes, “happiness dumplings” filled with red bean and served with ginger syrup, and braised pork shoulder in coconut water with longevity egg.

This truly special menu is one you won’t want to miss. It’s available until Jan. 26.

Meet Acclaimed Chef and Author Angie Mar at Renton Technical College

Renton Technical College is cooking up a tasty fundraiser with major star power on Jan. 28 to support the school’s culinary program. New York chef Angie Mar, owner and chef at the famed The Beatrice Inn in Manhattan, will be joined by sommelier and radio show host Christopher Chan. Former Washington First Lady Mona Locke will be the emcee.

The first event at 5 p.m. is the Butcher + Beast Bash, where people can meet Mar and celebrate her new cookbook release. Students will do cooking demonstrations, and appetizers paired with wine will be served. Tickets include a copy of Mar’s book, Butcher + Beast: Mastering the Art of Meat. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.

The 7 p.m. Celebrity Chef Dinner is sold out, but you can be placed on a waiting list if there are cancellations by calling 425.235.2415. Tickets for the reception and dinner are $300 and $500.

Tasty Mocktails for Dry January

With these mocktails, you won’t even miss the booze. Lately, restaurants have stepped up their non-alcoholic offerings with playful menus that celebrate fresh flavors. Making your own mocktails is super easy, though, and will elevate any occasion. Try your hand at these simple recipes.

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