We had the chance to drop in at the Uptown Metropolitan Market a few weeks back as part of their continuing 10-year celebration of their location at the foot of the Queen Anne hill.
On this particular evening, we sampled the pairings of bites created by the Metropolitan Market culinary professionals and several of the Pike Brewery’s offerings, including the seasonal Pike Vita’s Blonde Coffee Ale, a Metropolitan Market exclusive release.
I was concerned about beer tasting as I am much more of a whiskey kinda gal and I didn’t want to do any disservice to the generous invitation. I was very pleasantly surprised and delighted with the depth of flavor and smooth taste of Pike’s Blonde Coffee Ale. It was a perfect taste companion for the Metropolitan Market’s bites. The cheese sauce featuring Pike Brewery’s Kilt Lifter Ruby Ale brought immediate thoughts of an inspired version of mac and cheese for a winter’s evening.
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 4 tbsp flour
- 1/2 cup Pike Kilt Lifter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 8 oz. Irish Cheddar, shredded (or substitute Beecher’s Cheese)
- 4 oz. cream gouda, shredded
- 1/4 cup stone ground mustard
- Melt butter on medium heat until foamy, then add flour, whisking to remove any lumps and cook 1/2 minutes until it becomes lightly browned
- Slowly whisk in beer and milk, and turn heat to low. Stir until mixture begins to thicken.
- Add in cheese and mustard, and stir until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little move milk.
Looking for sweet goodies and stocking stuffers? The Uptown location has expanded its gourmet candies and chocolates, including regional and international varieties. They have added a featured section of sugarfina sweets in an exclusive partnership with the Los Angeles area luxury candy boutique and have enlarged their kitchen and cooking section for a greater variety of selection.
This Saturday, December 10th, the Uptown location is hosting a tasting event from 1-4pm. ‘Taste of Metropolitan Market: Leg of Lamb Dinner’ with a sampling rotisserie lamb and a full host of delicious sides.
If you are in the city and near Queen Anne Hill, either for a performance at PNB or the Seattle Rep or just are planning to visit, we recommend stopping in at the Uptown Metropolitan Market for some holiday shopping. They are offering a free 2016 Holiday Handbook to help you with all your holiday preparation needs and some great entertaining ideas. Download it or pick one up in store.
Beginning December 21st, the Culinary Artists will swap their traditional chef whites for bright cherry-red ones. They are in store as ‘roaming culinary concierges’ to help you find the ingredients and solutions you need for all your holiday cooking. Look for their RED COAT SERVICE in all Metropolitan Market stores from December 21st to the 24th to help with holiday shopping, recipe ideas, and menu planning.
Happy, yummy holidays to you!