From imported wheels of cheese almost as big as your head to chocolate creatively paired with whiskey, Pike Place Market is a fun destination to find inspiration for St. Patrick’s Day and possibly a pinch of good luck (or pinch of spice for that perfectly seasoned corned beef).
Here are some of our ideas to celebrate:
A visit to Don & Joe’s Meats is a must for those on the search for quality corned beef and a knowledgeable butcher. Interested in preparing corned beef from scratch? Opt for a prime cut of beef brisket and incorporate it with a few healthy pinches of aromatic seasonings such as peppercorns, all spice, coriander and mustard seeds from MarketSpice. Since the brisket takes several days to cure, give yourself plenty of time with preparation. Laslty, don’t forget corned beef’s BFF, cabbage!
Here’s a spot with a great selection of imported and domestic cheeses, including everything for your St. Paddy’s Day themed hors d’oeurves platter: Quality Cheese. We recommend Kerrygold’s famous Dubliner cheese or aged cheddar with Irish whiskey. If you like to enjoy your cheese with crackers, they also carry an assortment of crunchy goodness including flavors such as Irish rye & linseed and Irish mixed-seed.
Stop by The Pike Place Market Creamery and grab a stick or two of natural Irish butter made from grass-fed cow’s milk. This all-purpose ingredient can add just the right amount of comfort and decadence to almost any meal. While you’re exploring a land of ubiquitous lactose and eggs, check out the great selection of non-dairy items as well.
Tea, Treats and Whiskey
Treat yourself to a nice cup O’ Irish breakfast tea accompanied with a buttery shamrock shortbread cookie at Perennial Tea Room located in Upper Post Alley. For you chocolate lovers, try a bar infused with a distinct and smooth hint of Irish whiskey.
Food, Fun and Music!
If you’d rather have a professional take the lead in the kitchen, try out a St. Patrick's Day Cooking Class at the Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen. Chef Joe will be serving up an Irish-inspired 4-course meal including “Corned Beef Coddle & Colcannon with Irish Whiskey and Irish Bread pudding with Jameson Caramel Sauce” on this spirited day. Purchase your tickets here before spots fill up!
Lastly, to celebrate St. Paddy’s in song and spirit, head down to Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub in Post Alley and share an amusing story with a stranger or friend over a pint. Don’t forget to wear green!