News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Locally organized Spoke and Food returns July 30

July 23rd, 2013 by master

The fourth annual Spoke and Food, an event created and organized by Maple Leaf residents Garett and Heather Slettebak, returns from 5:30-9:30 p.m. July 30 and again includes a stop at Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon, 8917 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Participants are asked to bike to one (or more!) of the 20 host restaurants participating in the event, which also includes nearby Duke’s Chowder House in Green Lake, Vios in Ravenna, Peaks Frozen Custard in Roosevelt, and plenty more if you’re willing to ride a little farther.

From the website:

Participation is easy. All you need to do is to bike to and from one of our participating host restaurants on the evening of our event. Invite your friends or family to meet you, bring your neighbors, pack up your kids or go at it alone.

Each of our participating host restaurants have agreed to donate 20% of ALL of their patron revenues from the evening of the event directly to the local non-profit that we select each year. This means 100% of the funds raised via the restaurants go to helping a local Seattle area non-profit. The 2013 Spoke & Food event will benefit the Bike Works non-profit.

Last year, participants helped raised more than $4,450 for FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank.

Do you plan to participate in this year’s Spoke and Food? How far do you plan to ride?

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Will Spoke & Food riders come to Maple Leaf?

May 12th, 2011 by master

When we last spoke with Maple Leaf residents Garett Slettebak and Heather Berger (pictured at right), the founders of the annual Spoke & Food fundraising event were optimistic they’d be able to get a few Maple Leaf restaurants involved in the event by this year.

The event, which takes place June 28 this year, encourages people to forgo using cars that night and instead ride their bikes to participating restaurants, which then will donate 20 percent of revenue from that evening to the Children’s Garden program at Seattle Tilth.

So far, no Maple Leaf restaurants have signed up to participate, and Slettebak has set a deadline of tomorrow, May 13, for restaurants to join in.

However, there are some nearby restaurants participating, if you’re up to working off some calories on the ride home. So far, participants include:

Which Maple Leaf restaurants would you like to see participate?

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Tomorrow's Spoke & Food has roots in Maple Leaf

June 28th, 2010 by master

Maple Leaf restaurants may not be participating in Tuesday’s inaugural Spoke & Food event, but the founders, Garett Slettebak and Heather Berger, just happen to be Maple Leaf residents.

Photo courtesy Garett Slettebak and Heather Berger

The couple moved here in March, and since then have been vigorously planning not only the “evening of dining & bikes” that will benefit the nonprofit Lettuce Link, but also their nuptials just four days later.

How have they found time to plan both at the same time? Slettebak tells me via e-mail:

“We don’t know. We didn’t originally plan for the Spoke & Food event to be the same week as our wedding, but that said, we didn’t want to wait. We thought about postponing the event a year but instead concluded that if we would commit to both, we’ll find a way to get them both done. It has been harder than what we both expected it to be, but both events are so important to us that we’re having a fun time preparing for them. Our friends and family have been amazing in the support they have given.”

Spoke & Food encourages people to bicycle to one of 14 Seattle restaurants, each which will donate 15% to 20% of the proceeds from participating diners to Lettuce Link, a program of Solid Ground. Participating restaurants include:

  • The Scarlett Tree (Ravenna)
  • Fiddler’s Inn (Wedgwood)
  • Cantinetta Restaurant (Wallingford)
  • Blue Star Cafe & Pub (Wallingford)
  • Barking Dog Alehouse (Greenwood/Phinney)
  • Naked City Brewery & Taphouse (Greenwood/Phinney)
  • Dad Watsons (Fremont)
  • Montlake Ale House (Montlake)
  • Louisa’s Cafe & Bakery (Eastlake)
  • The Stepping Stone (Ballard)
  • Snoose Junction Pizzeria (Ballard)
  • The Hi-Life (Ballard)
  • Mulleadys Irish Pub (Magnolia)
  • Porterhouse (West Seattle)
  • And by the time next year’s event rolls around, Slettebak is optimistic that Spoke & Food will add some Maple Leaf restuarants to the list, especially since he and Berger still are getting to know the neighborhood. [Read more →]

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    Celebrate North Seattle and more this weekend

    June 11th, 2010 by master

    Maple Leafers likely don’t cross the freeway as often to go to AMC Loews Oak Tree Cinemas now that Thornton Place Stadium is open, but Celebrate North Seattle aims to help you learn more about many of the other businesses in Oak Tree Village and along the nearby stretch of the Aurora corridor.

    The free community block party, which takes place from 2-6 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Oak Tree Cinemas, 10006 Aurora Ave. N., will feature entertainment for the whole family including music from Sid Law, inflatables, children’s games and food. In addition, door prizes and gift bags will be provided by a variety of local businesses and community groups.

    “This is just about getting to know each other so that we can build a flourishing community,” said event spokesperson Casey Ties, a member of Epic Life Church, which is one of the three main sponsors of the event. “It’s a really simple concept of knowing who our neighbors are and seeing the good that’s in North Seattle and seeing the good that’s along Aurora.”

    Other main sponsors of the inaugural event are Oak Tree Cinemas and Northwest Face, but Ties said about 10 smaller businesses also are sponsors and will have tables at the block party to help you learn more about them.

    What else is going on this weekend?

    • Also on Sunday, bicycling group Spokespeople is leading a bike ride from Northgate Mall to Ben & Jerry’s at Green Lake. Meet at 1 p.m. at the south end of Northgate Mall from Northeast 103rd Street, or give ride leader Cindy Riskin a call at 206-817-0746.
    • In the mood for a marching band? Then according to our neighboring Ravenna Blog, this is your lucky weekend. Starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, the 100-plus-member Roosevelt High School marching band will parade through the Roosevelt neighborhood, finishing with a miniconcert about 2:30 p.m. at Roosevelt Square. [Read more →]

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