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July 17, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Ain’t no free lunch, but Pike Place Market has a good deal

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Can’t get to Pike Place Market for lunch? If you work downtown, chefs and producers will bring the market to you a handful of days these summer, ready-to-eat. Starting Wednesday (July 18), chefs and producers are creating $5 lunches using as many market goods as possible, which they’ll sell at different spots around downtown. The July 18 debut menu is from Tom Douglas Restaurants, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (or while supplies last) at City Hall Park, 450 Third Ave. Douglas’s executive chef, Erik Tanaka, was out shopping at the Pike Place farmers market branch at City Hall today for tomorrow’s meal, including ingredients for a salad with mixed greens, mixed herbs, blueberries, potatoes, peas, and beets. (There’ll be some sort of protein there too, but they’re still figuring out what that will be.)

“For many of (the chefs), sourcing at the market is just what they do every day,” said market spokesperson Kelly Lindsay. The idea with the lunch special is to “celebrate and showcase” what’s available at Pike Place, and remind people that it’s an affordable option. (Pike Place is subsidizing the lunch “a teeny tiny bit” to keep the price at an even $5, Lindsay said. The five-spot does also get you market coupons and a shopping bag.)

Here’s the schedule. After the July 18 lunch, the next one will be prepared by Marche chefs on Aug. 1 at Cascade Playground, 333 Pontius Ave. N. Then comes Matt’s in the Market on Aug. 15 at Westlake Park, 401 Pine St. Tom Douglas Restaurants returns Aug. 29 at the Starbucks Center in SoDo, 2401 Utah Ave. Steelhead Diner chefs will cook on Sept. 12, but they haven’t figured out the location yet — check the market website for updates.

Photo: Erik Tanaka, courtesy of Pike Place Market PDA

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