As we plunge into a cozy season of gathering and giving thanks, we’re finding plenty of ways to enjoy life while feeling good about our choices, too. We pooled info on some upcoming events that support meaningful causes, and also learned not-to-be-missed tips from local medical experts related to Breast Cancer Awareness Month (toward the end of the article). 

Located in the Four Seasons downtown with a view of the Seattle Great Wheel and Elliot Bay, Goldfinch Tavern has a prime location. The atmosphere is classy and ideal for date night or an intimate dinner with friends and family. In our experience, hotel restaurants can be hit or miss, but we came with slightly higher expectations since Goldfinch is a partnership with Ethan Stowell restaurants complimented by Four Seasons service.

Bramling Cross is the newest edition to Ethan Stowell’s restaurant empire, clocking in at number twelve.

This American gastropub opened in October and is located in the heart of Ballard. Bramling Cross offers over 50 bottled beers and ciders and 8 draught selections that are always local, some from down the street. We came for brunch on a chilly Saturday morning, about 15 minutes after they opened. No reservations were needed at 10:15 am, but by 11:30 am, it had started to fill up.

Ethan Stowell ventures out to keep it cool, cheap and choice with his new Ballard pizzeria.

You guessed it. Ethan Stowell and his team of culinary experts are at it again in Ballard (with more soon to come under “The Grubb Brothers” production name), this time with hand-tossed leafy salad, house-made spaghetti or gnocchi and, of course, lavishly doughy pizza.