ARTisan Gourmet events to benefit Kirkland arts, culture and heritage

Kirkland Cultural Council sponsors culinary events on Sundays in April and May

The Kirkland Cultural Council and several prominent members of the community are hosting culinary events to benefit the arts. The details of these events are presented in this letter sent to us by Sheila Mickool, member of the the Kirkland Cultural Council:

Several of Kirkland's prominent citizens are privately hosting gourmet fund-raising events in their homes in support of the arts in Kirkland. There are 5 intimate events scheduled for Sunday afternoons in April and May, including one hosted by Mayor Joan McBride and another hosted by City Councilman Bob Sternoff. Bring your friends and family and join us for a series of relaxed Sunday afternoons in support of good food, good company and a good cause.  Details are listed below--tickets are very reasonably priced and space is limited.


Sheila Mickool Kirkland Cultural Council Member

What is the ARTisan Gourmet? The ARTisan Gourmet is a series of fun, handcrafted food events sponsored by the Kirkland Cultural Council members for the benefit of  arts, culture and heritage in Kirkland. Events are hosted by Kirkland residents, including Mayor Joan McBride and City Council member Bob Sternoff, in their own homes.  These fundraisers will support: ·         Public Art in Kirkland ·         Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in Kirkland ·         Kirkland Artists Studio Tour ·         Uncorked ·         Summer music in Marina Park ·         Art Walks ·         Collaboration among arts organizations in Kirkland ·         Advocacy for arts, culture and heritage in Kirkland

How Do I Get Tickets? Tickets are $25 per person for each ARTisan Gourmet event and all proceeds go to supporting the arts, culture and heritage in Kirkland.  Events take place on various Sundays in April and May so that attendees can partake of more than one tasty experience.

Go to and make reservations for the events that you would like to attend.  Places for each event are limited, so order early.  After making and paying for your reservation, you will receive an email containing the address of the event.


Ice Cream Social Are you an ice cream connoisseur?  Sample a variety of gourmet ice creams to see if you can identify various brands.  You also get to make sundaes out of your favorite flavors and toppings, partake of ARTisan cookies and have a grand afternoon indulging your sweet tooth.  Hosted by City Council member Bob Sternoff. Date:  April 3, 2011  3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Location:  Lakeview Neighborhood Direct link to event:

Chocolates on the Hill Chocolates on the Hill will be a sensual ARTisan Gourmet experience of chocolate  Learn how to differentiate brands and styles of chocolate, sip handcrafted chocolate liqueurs and aperitifs, and experience pairings of wine and chocolate.   Enjoy the bliss of chocolate with host Melissa Nelson, Kirkland Cultural Council member. Date:  April 10, 2011     3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Location:  Norkirk Neighborhood Direct link to event:

Sunday Brunch with Mayor Joan McBride Join the mayor of Kirkland for a casual, palate stimulating Sunday Brunch prepared by local chef Dennis DeVere.  DeVere is the owner of Carpe Diem Catering and is a locally renowned chef.  This is a fabulous opportunity to join the mayor in an intimate setting!  Hosted by Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride. Date:  April 17, 2011    Noon Location:  Downtown Direct link to event:

ARTisan High Tea Think about tea parties and you will likely be overwhelmed with thoughts of the British gentry, scenes from Alice and Wonderland, Victorian décor, blue haired ladies, and pinky fingers stuck up in the air.  Change your impression!  Both men and women will enjoy this elegant afternoon tea that includes savory bite-sized sandwiches, scones, sweets, clotted cream and several kinds of tea.  Hosted by Kirkland Cultural Council chair, Leah Kliger. Date: May 1, 2011      4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Location:  Norkirk Neighborhood Direct link to event:

Wine, Cheese and Antipasto ARTisan Gourmet Wine and cheese go hand-in-hand – and for good reason!  When experimenting with various wine and cheese combinations through a planned tasting, one can detect the palate influence of a precise cheese on a particular wine.  Adding an antipasto plate increases the nuances and complexity of the repast.  Pat Heffron, with the assistance of Kirkland Deputy Mayor and owner of The Grape Choice, Penny Sweet, guides us through the subtleties and co-host with his wife, Kirkland Cultural Council member Cathy Heffron. Date:  May 15, 2011     4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Location:  Downtown Kirkland Direct link to event: