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Canlis Debuts Parking Lot Drive-in Movie Theater with Burgers and Snacks
Going out for dinner and a movie is possible again at a social distance. Though it’s still closed for dine-in services, Queen Anne’s iconic fine-dining destination Canlis has opened its parking lot as a drive-in movie venue, offering dry-aged burgers, nachos, popcorn, ice cream sandwiches, and other snacks. Tickets are $50 per car, with 100 percent of those sales going to Black Farmers Collective, an organization of urban food system activists. This week’s films (“Just Mercy,” “Get Out,” “Back to the Future II,” and “Groundhog Day”) sold out within minutes, but tickets go on sale Friday at 3 p.m. for another round of flicks, including “The Muppet Movie,” “Do the Right Thing,” and “Top Gun.” Swedish and the Seattle International Film Festival helped out on the project, which is only open this week and next. “It’s just a fun collaboration,” says restaurateur Brian Canlis.
Capitol Hill Farmers Market Reopens, and There’s Preordering Available
After several months of being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Capitol Hill Farmers Market is preparing to open again this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. It follows the reopenings of other Neighborhood Farmers Markets around the city, including ones in Ballard, the U District, and Columbia City. All markets have instituted strict safety guidelines, including reconfiguring layouts, telling customers not to touch products, and eliminating hot food. Now, there’s a virtual pre-ordering system that has just launched in partnership with the app WhatsGood, allowing shoppers to pre-pay online in one transaction, thus limiting contact with vendors and other people at the market.
Tilth Chef Maria Hines Offers Meal Kits with Mini Video Cooking Lessons
This week, James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines of the organic-focused Wallingford restaurant Tilth is offering an interactive takeout option. Diners can order meal kits for curbside pickup or delivery, complete with pre-measured ingredients — and then watch a 15-minute pre-recorded video of Hines giving step-by-step instructions on how to cook each dish. The full recipe list and schedule is available at the restaurant’s website, and include items such as fire roasted whole trout with truffled asparagus salad and farro risotto with onion cream, preserved lemon and spinach.