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For Seattle residents, Pike Place Market has long been a favorite place to shop for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. Many generations of Jewish families have shopped for traditional foods served during Passover from the Market's highstalls (market-speak for produce vendors), fish and meat markets, and specialty foods stores. 

At various stages during the telling of the Passover story at the seder (the festive holiday meal celebrated on the first night of the holiday), symbolic foods are introduced and eaten. 

Pro Market shopper Linda Elman gave us the scoop on where to shop for Passover: she buys horseradish, parsley, apples, and other vegetables and fruits for dinner at Sosio's Produce; salmon bones and gefilte fish makings at Pure Food Fish; and nuts for charoset (a paste made of apples, nuts and wine) at various nut sellers in the Market.

We asked Harry Salvo of Pure Food Fish to tell us more about gefilte fish. He described it as a combination of fish (carp, pike, and black cod are commonlyused) that is chopped or ground, then mixed with onions, carrots, celery and parsley to make fish meal. The mixture is held together with matzah meal and eggs, then shaped into balls and boiled in a broth. They're served warm or cold with horseradish. Gefilte means "stuffed" in German, and some Passover seder recipes call for the chopped fish to be stuffed into fish skin.

Other seder vegetables consumed during the Passover story include onions, potatoes, and bitter herbs such as endive, freshly ground horseradish root, and stems of Romaine lettuce.

Eggs are central to the seder. You'll find a great assortment of eggs to boil, from little quail eggs to chicken, goose, duck and turkey eggs, at Pike Place Market Creamery. Meats like brisket and chicken can be purchased at Don & Joe's Meats.

PRO TIP: Bring a bottle of kosher wine from DeLaurenti or Pike & Western Wine Shop as a thoughtful gift for the host.

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:

Corned Beef

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!

Cheese

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.

Butter

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!


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