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I was recently invited to a lovely, intimate blogger event hosted by the wonderful Frantic Foodie, Keren Brown. This gal really knows how to put on an event  – Great people, fantastic venue, engaging content and incredible food!

We were invited to a cookbook signing and Q & A with Michael Natkin, vegetarian food blogger of herbivoracious, and now new author of the cookbook by the same name.

As an event planner I always have to keep diversity in mind when planning my menu. One wants to make sure that your guests’ dietary needs are taken into account when throwing a party and include, at the very least, a vegetarian option.

Whether you are a vegetarian, entertaining vegetarians, or just trying to eat less meat, this cookbook should be in your cupboard! Filled with 150 original recipes, from soup to dessert (and everything in-between!), this collection – with luscious photographs all shot by Michael himself – is a feast for the eyes and taste-buds.

The event was held at emmer&rye on Queen Anne in Seattle, complete with small bites prepared by talented chef, Seth Caswell. So delicious – and all vegetarian! The emmer fries were incredible! And everything was amazingly fresh.

Chef Caswell is committed to bringing his guests the freshest, in season, local foods available – shopping the farmers markets and other small purveyors in order to spend local and support the community.

Adjacent to the upstairs private event space (a wonderful venue for a party!)…

…we enjoyed our snacks on emmer&rye’s newly opened outdoor deck.

What a quaint little space! And so beautiful on a Seattle summer evening.

The deck can be reserved in conjunction with the interior event space or on its own.

I’m thinking what a lovely spot for a girlfriend brunch or a cocktail hour with friends.

Either way, I cannot wait to come back here and enjoy the wonderful ambiance and simply fabulous cuisine 🙂