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It’s finally here, it’s Friday!

Yesterday I noted that Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut a day for the rest of the year for people who have been vaccinated. And today I bring you news of another offer that doesn’t require proof of vaccination (but it’s probably a good idea to wait until you have one to do this). 

The city of Redmond is offering $100 to anyone who books a two-night stay. Now there are conditions — this offer is only good at participating hotels and restaurants — you can find more details here. But hey, if you need a weekend getaway, why not Redmond — home of Microsoft? I wish I could say more on Redmond’s merits but the extent of my knowledge are the Panda Expresses located around 60 Acres where I’d fuel up before soccer tournaments. 😬

We’ve got a Q&A with The Pastry Project, the Sounders’ new secondary kit, and for Evergrey Extra members only, a weekend guide — so keep on reading!

What Seattle is talking about

We're not telling you to do anything...but Hood Famous's cheesecake is just that good. 😋 | Tag @the_evergrey or use #theevergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @intentionalist_

How a hotline is helping immigrants through the pandemic. The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) is a coalition of organizations that formed in response to the election of Trump. Its hotline was used to report sightings of immigration enforcement agents. But when the pandemic hit, the hotline became a resource for folks to get information about rental assistance, COVID testing, and access to food. (KUOW)

The lucky ones. One in four Washingtonians has had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, 3 million people are eligible in the state and another 2 million are eligible next week. Many who aren’t eligible, however, have gotten a dose thanks to persistence and a bit of luck. Anyone tried their luck at getting a leftover vaccine? Let us know. (The Seattle Times)

Hide the matzah and break out the Manischewitz, Passover is here! Once again, the holiday will be scaled back but that isn’t a reason to skimp on the food. Here are four places you can get a hearty meal of brisket, matzo, and even gefilte fish (if that’s your thing) from and skip the cooking this year. (Eater Seattle)

Have a drink with...The Pastry Project

Photo courtesy of The Pastry Project | Pictured: Heather (L) and Emily (R)

We were so excited to speak with Emily Kim and Heather Hodge from The Pastry Project yesterday. If you missed it, you can find the video here

Emily and Heather met while working at Molly Moon's and together they created The Pastry Project — a 14-week training program offered to folks who face barriers to education and employment in the industry. The completely free program is funded through donations, subscriptions, classes, and events. Follow them on Instagram @thepastryproject_.

Tell us briefly what you do.

Emily (Cofounder and Community Impact Director of The Pastry Project): Heather and I both do so many roles right now, and work together on most things, but I work to form and maintain our community partnerships. This includes our hiring partners, our recruitment partners, or marketing, pop-up, and collaboration partners. I work with our giving partnerships and I run our social media. I work with Heather to come up with fun new Pastry Kit ideas, new bun flavors and what classes would be fun to teach!   

Heather (Cofounder and Culinary Director of The Pastry Project): I develop all of the recipes at The Pastry Project, from student recipes, to Pastry Kits, to pop-up products. I also teach all of our public and corporate classes. I teach the students in our free training program. I also do all of our ingredients and packaging ordering. Emily and I work to decide what kinds of pop-ups we’re going to do, what our next Pastry Kits will be, and what collaborations we think would be fun! 

What's your favorite part about your job?

Both of our favorite parts right now is that we get to be involved in every aspect of the business! We get to decide what we want to do, what we want to create, and how we want to give back to our community. We constantly ask ourselves, is this fun? Do we want to do this? Is this something that’s needed? 

What's your favorite hidden gem in Seattle?

We can’t wait to go back to Bush Garden for a drink and karaoke! 

Where are two places you'd take an out-of-town guest?

We love Musang, both for the food and for all of the things they do in the community! We also love Kedai Makan, and anywhere in the International District.  

If you were to give a piece of advice to a newcomer to Seattle, what would it be?

Take time to explore Seattle neighborhoods – they’re all so different and unique! Chances are the places you’ll come to love most will not be in your backyard! Find some Seattleite foodies or explorers to follow on Instagram for ideas of what to do and where to go!

If you could change anything about Seattle, what would it be?

On a serious note, if we could change anything, we’d reduce the wealth disparity between the richest individuals and the poorest in the city and provide all the resources necessary for everyone to have housing and healthcare. 

On a fun and foodie note – we’d love more street food and street vendors!

Who or what are 5 Seattle people or organizations more people should know about?

Ujamaa Food Circle and Seattle BIPOC Organic, Spice Bridge, Casa Latina, Intentionalist and Laura Clise, and 

Michaela Ayers and Nourish 

Keep your eyes out for their next subscription box and upcoming classes. You can also donate to the program at any time on their website.

Know someone we should 'have a drink with...'? Let us know by emailing us at hello@theevergrey.com!

We put our planning skills to use for Evergrey Extra members

Need help planning? We got you

If you like our “Things to do” section then you’ll like our “We planned your weekend” guide we give exclusively to Evergrey Extra members. Every Friday we give members a suggestion on something to watch, listen to, read, go to, and eat. Want in on the next guide, round of I Spy, and other exclusive content? Become a member today!

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Today

📓 Learn about the houseless crisis with the Seattle CityClub's Civic Boot Camp (Online)

Tomorrow

🖍️ Join a Hummingbird Draw-Along with a Scientific Illustrator for Kids! (Online)

🗣 Tune into this live stream with mayoral candidate Colleen Echohawk and Rainier Beach Town Hall (Online)

Monday

🐦 Who’s calling, please? Learn how to listen to the birds (Online )

Tuesday

🍄 The spring season for morels is here, prepare for hunting with Salish Mushrooms. (Online)

✨ Learn how to access + expand your intuition in this playful workshop (Online)

🍰 Hear from pastry chef and author Zoë François whose new book is out now (Online)

Wednesday

📖 Virtual Trivia Event for Reading Partners Seattle (online)

One more thing …

The Sounders unveiled their new secondary kit for the upcoming season and it’s an homage to Jimi Hendrix — and to say we love it would be an understatement. You can grab one of these kits for yourself and proceeds from the first 30 days (up to $50,000) will be donated to five local nonprofits including the Northwest African American Museum and the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation

Things are looking up folks, remember to wear a mask, and go enjoy your weekend. ✌️

— Grace at The Evergrey

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