Foodie Friday: Sunset Supper in the Market and a Cantaloupe Cooler recipe

Working as a chef for fifteen years, I can remember working all summer long in a hot kitchen. Barely seeing the sunlight while my friends and family were out enjoying the Pacific Northwest’s all too brief summer. So naturally any time we got a chance to work an outside catering event we would jump at the chance. One such event I had the privilege of working was the Sunset Supper in the Pike Place Market, a great event that supports a great cause.

Well it just so happens Brown Paper Tickets is selling tickets for this years installment which takes place on Friday, August 17. Sunset Supper in the Market has all of the important elements of a great summer event: food, libations, contests, music, and dancing. On top of all of that the proceeds support the work of the Pike Market Medical Clinic, Senior Center, Child Care & Preschool and Food Bank – vital services utilized by thousands of Seattle’s low-income and elderly residents.

If you aren’t able to attend this event or are not in the area don’t be sad; there are tons of great events happening this summer all over the place. Here are a few that caught my eye:

Sunday, July 29 I Carts and a Cold OneEugene, Oregon

Friday, August 3 I 3rd Annual Paella in the ParkTraverse City, Michigan

Friday, August 3 I Summer Fruit Desserts 2.0 – Now We’re Cookin’Evanston, Illinois

Saturday, August 4 I Endless SummerPortland, Oregon

Wednesday, August 8 I Summer BBQ SeriesCarlsbad, California

Sunday, August 12 I Farm Table Dinners @ Green Dirt FarmWeston, Missouri

Friday, August 17 I Sunset Supper at the Market – Seattle, Washington

Now don’t think for one minute I forgot you hard-working kitchen types or those of you that are putting on your own events. I have included a recipe for one of my favorite things to drink in the heat or really, anytime for that matter. Remember, a recipe is just a guideline so feel free to make it yours by adding a few of your favorite berries, substituting sweeteners, or adding your favorite liquor or sparkling wine. There is an infinite number of combinations to try. I hope you enjoy!
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The 3rd Annual Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival and Other Great End-Of-Summer Music Festivals!

I hate to say it but summer is almost over. We’ve already started to feel the autumn chill in the air here at Brown Paper Ticket’s home base of Seattle, Washington. The bummer is that the end of summer also means the end of summer music festivals. We’ve ticketed some great ones this summer and there are still a few left to go before fall hits.

One that looks especially great comes from the folks over at Porterhouse Productions in Traverse City, Michigan. They’re the folks behind popular events like Paella in the Park and the Up North Fourth Festival and they’ve once again secured a solid lineup of great music and delicious local libations for the 3rd Annual Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival happening this weekend. Musical headliners include folk rocker Martin Sexton and the Grammy-nominated Rebirth Brass Band from New Orleans. There will be over fifty breweries pouring tasty malt beverages and a cider, mead and wine court. The festival will also feature a silent disco tent where festival-goers dance to music spun by popular local DJs broadcast via a FM-transmitter to wireless headphones. The silent disco tent allows up to 200 dancers to shake their things in what appears to be total silence to the outside observer. The festival is billed as a “celebration of craft beer, local harvest and live music” and it sounds like the perfect way to say goodbye to summer. Tickets are flying out the door so pick yours up right over here before their all gone.
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