Two Ballard eateries set to participate in Spoke & Food next Tuesday


By Joe Veyera

A pair of Ballard breweries are among the 18 Seattle-area restaurants participating in the fifth-annual Spoke & Food biking and dining event next Tuesday.

Barking Dog Alehouse (705 NW 70th St) and Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way) are encouraging people to bike to and from their locations for dinner on July 29.

Each participating restaurant has agreed to donate 20 percent of all patron revenue from the evening of the event to the non-profit chosen by event organizers.

This year, the Seattle based non-profit Outdoors for All Foundation will receive the evening’s proceeds. The foundation provides year round instruction in outdoor recreation for people with physical, developmental, and sensory disabilities.

Last year, over $6,000 was raised for Bike Works, up from the approximately $4,500 raised for the FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank in 2012, and the $3,200 raised for the Children’s Garden Program at Seattle Tilth in 2011.

According to their website, the top goal for organizers is to influence the culture of Seattle by prompting people to use their bicycle more in their daily life. Other event goals include:

1. To improve our community by creating an event that people can do in their local neighborhoods.
2. To promote a healthy lifestyle by creating an event that requires exercise.
3. To improve our city’s regard for the environment by exposing how easy it is to not use our cars for simple activities such as going to dinner.
4. To raise funds for well-deserving local non-profits.
5. To expose how fun biking to dinner is!

For more information on the event, click here.

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Since when does Peddler have food?
Are they talking about those crappy, pre-made sandwiches?

Stephen Route 61 Rider
Stephen Route 61 Rider

Perhaps Peddler will expand their city-permitted food and drink area to include the adjacent “no frills” Metro bus stop, perhaps provide some seating and hors d’ouevres and beer shots for those of us waiting there. That would be fun!