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Weekly Round-Up September 15th – 18th: El Gaucho Steaks!

El Gaucho Steaks, Iconic Market Box, Pike Place Market

El Gaucho Steaks are back and ready to take your next dinner to a whole new gourmet level!

Steak Week is back, baby! El Gaucho steaks make their triumphant return to the Iconic Market Box, and we are more excited than ever. This week’s box was designed to create a fancy, gourmet night out from the comfort of your own kitchen. From fresh potatoes and broccolini to balsamic glazed mushrooms and roasted cacao dark chocolate bark, this will be one food box you will never want to end!

El Gaucho

Looking for a restaurant where every night is Steak Night? Look no further than El Gaucho, the Pacific Northwest’s premier steak house and restaurant. From a classy night out with friends or family to celebrating an anniversary, El Gaucho is always sure to impress with its amazing 5-star service and breath-taking food and drinks. While the pandemic and statewide shutdown has obviously put a damper on Seattle’s dining scene, the classic Seattle restaurant partnered with Savor Seattle earlier this Spring to allow El Gaucho steaks available to the public outside the restaurant for the first time in its history.

Today, we get to do it again in this week’s Iconic Market Box. Each box comes with two 8oz. 28-day-aged Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin filets. If that’s not tempting enough, each box comes with a tin of El Gaucho’s Diablo Spice Seasoning to amp up the heat and the flavor. Need some expert cooking inspiration? Check out the awesome video above! Follow El Gaucho on Instagram @elgauchohospitality. (Take note all you steak lovers – these filets are available for additional add-ons with your weekly box!)

Le Panier

If you love the smells of fresh-baked croissants and French press coffee, then you will love Le Panier in Pike Place Market. Started in 1983, the bakery blends together precise French technique with the local bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Signature items include the classic French baguette, almond croissants, and macarons. Today, as Pike Place Market reopens, it is still the talk of the town, with lines still out the door.

This week, you will find Le Panier’s demi baguette in your Iconic Market Box. Soft on the inside and
crunchy on the outside, it is everything you want in a classic French baguette. Cut and serve as is or lightly toast with garlic salt for a gourmet carb on the side. Follow Le Panier on Instagram

Middle Fork Roasters

Savor Seattle Blend. Iconic Market Box, Pike Place Market

In 2009, a close-knit group of friends and coffee-lovers decided to put their passions first and began roasting coffee in the heart and soul of Seattle’s coffee scene. Since then, they have been regularly active in their community, giving back whenever they can and working with other businesses to help make their own coffee dreams come true. In fact, Middle Fork Roasters are responsible for providing the beans to many businesses around Seattle, including those in Pike Place Market.

We’re psyched that Middle Fork created the Savor Seattle Blend – a combination of Brazilian and
Sumatran beans, delivering a bold yet buttery body with rich chocolate undertones. This laid-back blend provides an incredibly clean finish that is perfect for easing into your morning routine. Every Iconic Market Box includes a 1 lb. bag of whole bean coffee. Follow Middle Fork Roasters on Instagram @middleforkroasters.

Michou World Class Deli

A favorite among the crafts line vendors, artists and pretty much everyone who works in the Pike Place Market, Michou World Class Deli makes another appearance in this week’s iconic Market Box. Michou’s bounty of panini-style sandwiches, soups, dips, desserts, and salads are beloved for their use of great quality ingredients, and lines are common in the morning and during the lunch rush. This week we feature a caramelized onion dip and balsamic glazed cremini mushrooms. Add the dip to your baked potato! The balsamic glazed mushrooms are a great side or topping with your El Gaucho steak. Follow Michou Deli on Instagram @michoudeli.

Joe Chocolate

Joe Chocolate, Iconic Market Box, cacao nibs

Do you love chocolate? Do you love coffee? Then you will love Joe Chocolate – literally the best of both worlds. Owners Sam Tanner and Peter Keckemet came up with the concept of coffee-infused chocolate for a class project at the University of Washington, and later made the concept a reality as an energizing trail snack for their thru-hiking friends on the Pacific Crest Trail. As a two-man operation, they would make their chocolate product after hours using the back kitchen of Spuds Fish & Chips. Since then, they have grown significantly in size and popularity, and were able to open their first café and factory in Pike Place Market in 2019. Joe Chocolate uses simple ingredients, and always avoids artificial sweeteners or preservatives. They source fair-labor chocolate and co-op Latin American coffee beans. Not only is the chocolate delicious, but it will wake you up – one bag of Joe Chocolate is equivalent to two cups of coffee, or 90 Mg of caffeine!

Lovers of the outdoors, the company sponsors those who lack the financial resources to hike the Pacific Crest Trail through their Caveman Dirtbag Sponsorship. It provides 8 care packages for hikers with cash, food, gear, and equipment needed for the journey. They want to make sure a lack of funds doesn’t keep anyone from enjoying the Great Outdoors.

Each Iconic Market Box comes with 1 bag of Joe Chocolate Roasted Cacao chocolate and an additional bag of Cacao Nibs. You will love the dark chocolate bark made with small-batch roasted espresso, crunchy roasted cacao nibs and a dash of sea salt. Try it for dessert, and sprinkle your nibs over your steak for a crunchy aftereffect! Follow Joe Chocolate on Instagram @joechocolateco.

Pappardelle’s Pasta

Ever been asked to sample a piece of chocolate pasta in Pike Place Market? If so, it was probably by the kind folks at Pappardelle’s Pasta. Located in the Main Arcade, Papardelle’s is known for their wild and creative assortment of flavored dry pastas, olive oils and sauces. Originally started in Denver, Colorado by Bill Curtis and David Bowen in 1984, the business was bought by a couple name Paula and Jim in 2002 and soon expanded into Pike Place Market in 2006. Since then, the pasta stall has been a major part of the market experience. Their famous pasta was served in the White House in the early 1990s, and was even tasted by the Pope!

Besides fresh and dried pasta, the company also produces gourmet olive oils and vinegars. Their OMG! Sundried tomato balsamic dipping oil is a perfect pairing with your demi baguette. Try it drizzled over steak or salmon for an added touch of gourmet paired flavor! Follow Pappardelle’s Pasta on Instagram @pikeplacepasta.

Frank’s Quality Produce

Frank's Quality Produce, fruits, Iconic Market Box,

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, there is no better place than Frank’s Quality Produce, located at the Corner Market Building of Pike Place Market. Three generations of the Genzales’ family have had a presence in the Pike Place Market, starting with Frank “Cheech” Genzale in 1928, and now Frank Jr., the current owner and operator of Franks’ Quality Produce. Locals choose this stall not just for the high quality of produce, but because of the people that make this stall so special. It is not a rarity to find team members recommending recipes or describing flavors of veggies unfamiliar to those who pass by or visit. It is that kind of quality service that keeps locals loyal, and why we love working with this amazing family-owned small business.

Each week, Iconic Market Boxes include a box of produce, curated by Frank Jr. and his team. The
produce changes based on availability and season, ensuring that our customers get the best produce available – much fresher and better than what you find at the grocery store! Follow Frank’s Quality Produce on Instagram @franksqualityproduce.

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