July 2015


Seattle’s Hidden Kosher Meat Restaurant

Folks that keep Kosher in Seattle often lament the lack of a meat restaurant. You may not know that we actually do have one, it just isn’t open very often. The Summit at First Hill Retirement home opens its doors to the public a few times a year.

A meal from earlier this year (also included Wine/Beer & Dessert):


  • Spicy tuna rice cake
  • The Chef’s version of a Seahawks gameday favorite he’s calls the Stadium Kau Kau


  • Savory beef cheek enchiladas
  • Fresh Chilean sea bass
  • Handmade gnocchi with rich lamb ragout.

We went a few years ago and it was really great food and a great atmosphere! The next one is September 1st, the cost has ranged from $60 to $70, and you can contact Chris Eager at The Summit for more information (206 456-9705).


A Flash Mob Shabbat Dinner Experience?

Flash Mobs and Shabbat Dinner are phrases that don’t usually go together. But, Seattle has such an experience more than 10 times a year. The Shabbat Dinner Crowd is an email list that people join to host and attend Shabbat Dinners at people’s houses. Its tagline is that it is a “Flash Mob Shabbat Dinner Experience” The rules are simple:

  1. Dress code is casual. Jeans are recommended :-)
  2. Dinners start at 7:30 PM.
  3. Bring two dishes to share — an entree and a side — at least enough to feed your family plus a couple of other folks
  4. Desserts are left to the imagination of the attendees. If you have a dessert you’d like to share, bring it.
  5. Please respond to the entire list to indicate that you are going to attend.
  6. Most important – come over and have a good time!

We’ve been a number of times over the years — the dinners are fun and a great way to meet new people.  Bellevue’s Jeffrey Kay started it and maintains the list. He’s always looking for new hosts and attendees — you can join the list by clicking here.


Federation Announces 2016 Funding

This from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle‘s Web site:

For Fiscal Year 2016, which began July 1, 2015, the Federation Board of Directors awarded 53 Community Campaign grants totaling $2,152,648. In addition, $91,201 was allocated to the Contingency Fund, Emergency Capital Needs Fund, Research Fund, Taglit-Birthright Israel, and Welfare Funeral Fund.

What and how the Federation funds things changes year over year (for example, they may fund a new program one year, but not the next), but it is interesting to see trends over time for some local programs:

Program 2014 2015 2016
UW Hillel $130k $115k $110k
All Schools Funding $306k $257k $212k
Jewish Community Center $170k $195k $136k
Jewish Family Services $315k $258k $273k



QFC Adds More Kosher Selections at Three Locations

Last week, the Va’ad sent out this notice:

Last week we shared the news of the agreement reached between the Vaad and QFC stores to significantly expand their offerings of kosher foods and services. Much has already been implemented and I would like to update you as to what to expect in the coming weeks.

The kosher meat section at the North Mercer Island QFC has been doubled with increased selection and variety.

Kosher pareve Pas Yisrael breads are being baked and are available for purchase at the North Mercer Island store. It is expected that kosher pareve Pas Yisrael cookies and challah will be available for sale at this location no later than Tuesday July 7. QFC expects to begin baking cakes in 4-6 weeks. All items that will be baked in the kosher bakery at QFC North Mercer Island will be kosher pareve and Pas Yisrael. They will be placed in a special section and can be distinguished from other kosher dairy baked goods and other kosher pareve baked goods available for sale as follows. Items baked in the kosher bakery at this location will be in sealed packaging that will bear both the QFC Bakery label and the Seattle Vaad kosher pareve symbol. A Vaad letter of certification will be posted on this special section.

The kosher deli at this location is already offering many items for purchase with selection to be expanded within 1-2 weeks. As of Friday July 10, the deli will be able to fill bulk orders for pickup for synagogues or individuals. An order form is available at the store or call the deli to place orders.

Chalav Yisrael milk, yogurt and cheese are available for purchase at the North Mercer Island location. Many new selections have been added to the kosher wine section.

The QFC store at 2707 Rainier (near Seward Park) has created a kosher frozen foods section with products available now for purchase. The kosher baked goods section and kosher wine selection will be expanded and enhanced. These changes will occur within the coming 1-2 weeks.

We are in discussions with QFC concerning possible additional new kosher selections and options in the North Mercer Island store, the University Village store and the Rainier Ave. store in the coming weeks. Look for updates in the near future.

My take: Yay! Kosher bakery options are back!