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Ivar’s Salmon House Cider Pairing and 5 Course Gluten Free Dinner 11.8.12

November 6th, 2012 at Tue, 6th, 2012 at 2:16 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Fall Cider Celebration Dinner
Thursday, November 8, 2012
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
$55 per person
Celebrate the harvest season at Ivar’s Salmon House Fall Cider Pairing  and  5 Course Gluten Free Dinner Event 
Chef Jason Bray has created a delicious five-course prix-fixe,  Gluten Free Menu paired with eight distinct artisan hard ciders from the Northwest.  The menu for the evening includes the following pairings: 
First Course
 Fresh shucked Fanny Bay oysters, apple mignonette
*Paired with Finnriver Artisan Sparkling Cider
Second Course 
House cured Lox, fresh apple, frisée *Paired with Blue Mountain Dry Creek Hard Cider Family-Style
Third Course 
Juniper Braised Niman Ranch Pork Shoulder over creamy polenta, caraway and cider braised cabbage AND
Alder grilled Coho Salmon over Cider braised pork belly, roasted pears,
spinach, wild mushrooms, shaved Grana Padano
*Paired with both Finnriver Forest Fir Cider and Snowdrift Cider Makers Reserve
Fourth Course 
Dueling Cheeses - Creamy goats milk and Pecorino Toscano, apple gastrique,
candied walnuts, Gluten Free crackers
*Paired with: Finnriver Sparkling Black Currant, Blue Mountain Cherry Hard Apple Cider
and Eaglemount Raspberry Cider
 Fifth Course 
Whisky poached pear, vanilla bean rice pudding
*Paired with Tieton Cider Works Blossom Nectar
Limited seating available: 21+ only 
call 206-632-0767 to reserve 
or visit 
or
401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle.
When Ivar's Salmon House contacted me about this event, I asked them if they are currently offering Gluten Free Menu items at their restaurants.  I also asked them their current practices in place to prevent cross-contamination of Gluten. Please go to Ivar's website to see their full service restaurant's menus for lunch and dinner. The Gluten Free items are denoted with an asterisk *. I am sharing with you Ivar's response, in their words below.  "In regards to cross-contamination: We have a minimal amount of natural occurring gluten in our restaurant, our flour is located in one area and that area is for all purpose just used to prepare cornbread and the amount of Soy that we use is fairly minimal as well (I know that there are more instances that Gluten appear but these are the main two for the purpose of our restaurant). The main prep area has a minimal amount of Gluten floating around because we just don't have that many items that are thickened with flour or that have natural occurring Gluten in them. We don't use pre-packaged stocks or agents so there are no 'hidden' Gluten allergens that end up in our dishes. But even more important is that our menu just doesn't have a large amount of Gluten in it, there are many items that can be made gluten free. We also are a raw to cook house meaning that the majority of our items are cooked to order and in that have very little naturally occurring Gluten on our line, we use fresh potatoes, vegetables and such so again there are no 'hidden' Gluten strains floating around. The walk in is separated and divided by produce, meat, fish , etc. so that any item that may be prepped has its own area and is away from the raw items. We sanitize tables and use pot and pan detergent often so the prep areas are cleaned and sanitized so that any strains are minimized and sanitized. Lastly our menu indicates which items have Gluten and which items don't, which is a guide for our guest to make their own decision and then is up to us to follow through with our precautions as to present safe food for our customer. But even after all of this we can not 100% say that what we serve can be free of any allergens. Just like Shellfish allergies, Dairy allergies, Celiac allergies, etc. we take every precaution to not contaminate someone's meal but we do have all those items in our restaurant, so there is no absolute." "With the Cider menu I am taking every effort for this to be Gluten Free using all of the same procedures above." -Chef Jason Bray Ivar's Salmon House
For all of my fellow Gluten Free Foodies out there that are looking to celebrate the Fall season, this sounds like the perfect way to savor it with an amazing 5 course Cider pairing. I hope you can make it this Thursday.  Please be sure to sign up and make your reservation today.  I hope you enjoy yourself and let me know your favorite part of the meal.   I am so happy to know that Ivar's Salmon House and full service restaurants are taking precautions to prevent cross contamination of Gluten and  providing information about Gluten Free food on their menus.   I look forward to going back to an old Seattle icon soon!
Salud!
Lisa 
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