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Thanks to the more than $212,000 raised from Murray Aid benefits held around the globe, King 5 reports that the cost of bartender Murray Stenson's

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Murray Stenson Update; Hilltop Ale House and Canlis Host Benefits

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Thanks to the more than $212,000 raised from Murray Aid benefits held around the globe, King 5 reports that the cost of bartender Murray Stenson's recent heart operation will be covered. Stenson is recovering at home following successful surgery.

Seattle's restaurants and bars continue to band together in support of members of the community experiencing health problems, including Hilltop Ale House employee Catherine, who goes by Cat. The Queen Anne View reports that Cat is recovering after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day. The Upper Queen Anne pub is contributing a big chunk today's food and drink sales to her physical therapy and in-home care.

Later this month, Canlis is hosting "Breaking Bread: A Benefit Dinner" and after party to support 32-year-old Restaurant Zoe chef Matt Farrer as he battles colon cancer.

On Sunday, January 27 at 6 p.m., a five-course tasting menu and wine flight will be presented by chefs Farrer has collaborated with over the course of his career, including James Sherrill from Restaurant Zoe, Jason Wilson from Crush, Bill Morris from the Rainier Club, Blaine Wetzel from the Willows Inn, and Jason Franey from Canlis. All proceeds from the $250 a head event will be donated to Farrer's medical fund. Call (206) 298-9550 to reserve a place at the table.

An after party at 1927 Events at 1927 3rd Ave. will be held from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. The $20 door admission includes two drink tickets and food, featuring a pair of whole roasted pigs and picnic-style sides. Again, all proceeds go to Farrer.

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