Sip & Savor: Week of July 17

Happy Hour for Good

Aside from plopping down on the couch, we think the next best after-work activity is happy hour. So why not raise a glass in the name of relaxation while also raising money for a local cause? Tomorrow (June 18), head over to the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle for drinks on the waterfront with live music. Lake Union Rotary is putting on this event, and the proceeds for will benefit the Gage Academy of Arts in Seattle. Tickets are $30 and include two drink tickets.

It’s That Time of Year Again

Bite of Seattle is back starting Friday and running through Sunday with more than 60 restaurants, pop-up vendors, and libations. New this year is the Gladiator of the Grill barbecue competition. Bite of Seattle has been running since 1982 and now draws nearly half a million people over the three-day epicurean bonanza. The event is free to attend and you can find a map here.

Award-winning Seattle Restaurant to Close

In 2008, James Beard Award-winning chef Jerry Traunfeld — who made headlines as the executive chef of The Herbfarm in Woodinville — opened the thali-style restaurant, Poppy. Yesterday, it was announced that Traunfeld has decided to close Poppy and step back from the demands of owning a restaurant. The last day of service will be Aug. 4. Traunfeld and his husband also plan to move to California.

“Closing Poppy and leaving our beloved Seattle community was not an easy decision,” said Traunfeld in a written statement. “Stevie and I came to this decision together. We always thought we would move to Palm Springs at some point, and we intuitively felt like this was the right time. A restaurant is a dynamic entity with a distinct lifespan, and we felt like this was the time to appreciate the run we’ve had with Poppy and end on a good note.”

The restaurant was sold to the couple who own Altura Restaurant, and they have plans to open something new within that space.

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