Category Archives: Around the Sound

Taste Washington: Seattle’s Premier Wine and Food Event Kicks Off Today

Annual Event Pours Exceptional Wine, Offers National and Local Chef Tastings and Creates New Excursions 

Taste Washington IIHundreds of wineries, restaurants and related exhibitors from throughout Washington State all under one roof for one adventurous weekend.

Seattle’s premier wine and food event, includes four exciting days of tastings, experiences, eating and learning, March 31 through April 3rd, 2016.

Here is what is on the docket:

Red & White Party (March 31) 7 to 10 p.m. at AQUA by El Gaucho

An elegant affair in your red and white best at AQUA by El Gaucho. Enjoy exclusive pours from 25 Washington State wineries and culinary pairings from Executive Chef Wesley Hood.

Taste Washington on the Farm (April 1) sold out

Three unique lunch excursions join together local farmers, Washington State winemakers, Seattle celebrity chefs and artisan cheese makers.

The New Vintage (April 1) 7 to 10 p.m. at Motif Seattle Hotel

The New Vintage is stylish, energized and undeniably fun. This upbeat event is complete with a backdrop of celebrity chef tasting stations, DJ Tina T and winemakers.  This year’s event will feature a new rosé lounge, serving up a variety of Washington rosé wines and new chefs: Derek Ronspies of Le Petit Cochon, Steven Ariel of Trace, Jason Stratton of Mamnoon, Stuart Lane of Artusi, David Yeo of The Triple Door and Audrey Spence of Frolik Kitchen. 

Seminars (April 2 and 3) 10 a.m. to noon at Four Seasons Seattle Hotel

Taste Washington seminars feature renowned experts from across the nation leading in-depth explorations of Washington State wine. 

Grand Tasting (April 2 and 3) The event you don’t want to miss.  Hours vary from 1 to 5 p.m. at CenturyLink Field Event Center

The 19th annual Taste Washington features more than 225 Washington State wineries pouring their favorite wines and more than 65 Northwest restaurants serving specially-prepared bites throughout two days. VIP and General Admission tickets available.

Now in its 19th year, Taste Washington is the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event and the premier showcase of Washington State wines and culinary experience. The event will be attended by more 5,000 people and will feature more than 800 wines and an estimated 200,000 wine pours.

Hotel Packages: Taste Washington Hotel Packages are offered at 14 Seattle-area hotels, encouraging visitors to drink, eat, learn and stay in Seattle.

* Limited Grand Tasting tickets still available. All Friday Farm Lunches and Saturday and 2-Day VIP Grand Tasting tickets are sold out. The Red & White Party, New Vintage, select Seminars and Grand Tasting tickets are still available. 

Visit to learn more about ticket purchases, wine and food exhibitors, seminars, hotel packages or to download the Taste Washington event program.

About Taste Washington:

Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 19th annual event will be held on March 31- April 3 at various locations in Seattle. The 2016 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Airlines; the event feature is Stella Artois; the premier sponsors are Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, Albert Lee Appliance, AQUA by El Gaucho, Muckleshoot Casino, Seattle Met and Total Wine & More; the magnum sponsors are Fonté Coffee Roaster and Jaguar Seattle; and the patron sponsors are Visit Walla Walla, Voya Financial Advisors, Peninsula Truck Lines, Portland Monthly, So Delicious and Chef Works. The specialty feature is Michelle Sparkling. Taste Washington attracts almost 5,500 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit

About Washington State Wine:

taste wa wine monthWashington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit

Seattle Seahawks to receive 2014 Moyer Foundation Humanitarian Award

Champions for ChildrenOn May 15, the Seattle Seahawks will receive The Moyer Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian Award during the Foundation’s annual Champions for Children Annual Giving Luncheon at the Washington State Convention Center. More than 500 people are expected to attend the noon luncheon, where former Seattle Mariner pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, will speak on behalf of their Foundation, which they started in Seattle nearly 15 years ago. Seahawks offensive tackle, Russell Okung, and Vice President of Community Relations, Mike Flood, will accept the award for the team.

The Seahawks are being honored for their excellence both on and off the field, recognizing the team’s commitment to giving back to the Seattle community and celebrating the sense of community spirit generated by the team’s dedication to “The 12th Man.” Past recipients of the foundation’s annual Humanitarian Award have included Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez, Washington native and Philadelphia Eagle Jon Dorenbos, and ski-legend Warren Miller.

The Moyer Foundation’s Champions for Children Annual Giving Luncheon – its largest signature event in Seattle – brings together community members, civic leaders and corporate partners to celebrate and support the Foundation’s mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction.

Tickets – There is no charge to attend the event, but you must register to ensure your seat.  Suggested minimum donation is $150. RSVP Here.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

10:30 am – 1:00 pm (detail below)

  • 10:30 am         Media Availability
  • 11:00 am         VIP Reception
  • 11:30 am         Event Doors Open
  • Noon               Lunch and Awards Program Begins
  • Jamie Moyer, Co-Founder and Vice-President, former Seattle Mariner and World Series Champion Pitcher
  • Karen Moyer, Co-Founder and Vice-President
  • Mike Flood, Seattle Seahawks Vice President for Community Relations
  • Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks Offensive Tackle

Washington State Convention Center (6th Floor – Ballroom 6)

800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA, 98101

Interested in becoming a table captain or event sponsor?  Please contact Catherine Porciuncula at or 206.298.1217.

Around the Sound: Third Annual Seattle Modern Home Tour

Newton by Eric Cobb

Newton by Eric Cobb

Be ready to ooh, aah, gawk and gasp. The 2014 (third annual) Seattle Modern Home Tour is happening this Saturday, March 22nd. It runs from 11am to 5pm. Cost is $30 in advance (online until Friday) and $40 on the day of. Kids under 12 can accompany parents for free. There are 6 homes on the tour; 5 are in Seattle and 1 giant brand new spectacular home is in Issaquah.

The Modern Home Tours give people a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own city via self-guided driving tour. This a delightful, fun-filled day of local sight-seeing and open-house-style visits for anyone who loves architecture, interior design, real estate, or simply checking out the inside of their neighbors’ homes. While participating homeowners get to show off their cool, modern dwellings to neighbors for a day, it is the Seattle architects that really get the spotlight in this city-wide gallery of their work.

The Seattle Architecture Foundation is the Modern Home Tour’s local non-profit partner– for the third year in a row and will assist in staffing the tour.

Highlights of the tour include:

A gorgeous home in Leschi Park, originally built in the ‘80s, and recently renovated by Robert Hutchison to remain faithful to the original geometry, but showcase a new vocabulary of architecture.

In Maple Leaf, see the inside and out of local notable architect James Chiarelli’s personal residence, built between 1948 and 1950, but renovated by the current owners to update the interior while honoring the original design. The home is a bridge between classic mid-century and today’s modern themes; it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Washington Heritage Register, and as a City of Seattle Landmark.

The awe-inspiring Magnolia-neighborhood penthouse apartment in a complex designed by Eric Cobb that features engaging expansive rooftop terraces for outside living with views of Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier.

A second home by Eric Cobb, stretching across the full southern end of the Madison Park block, that features amazing open light-filled spaces and impressive-but-carefully-controlled outdoor decks and terraces. This home was a highlight of the 2012 tour!

A very impressive one-story mid-century home in West Seattle, designed by Richard Bonner, that features fantastic open spaces, a huge kosher kitchen, and an angled wall to match the direction of nearby Fauntleroy Way.

Find more information and purchase tickets here and view a sampling of the homes below. For a more detailed list please visit: Modern Home Tours

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Annual Washington State Wine Awards Recognizes Industry Champions

2014 (bigthumb)_WineAwardsSeal_Black_2014The 12th Annual Washington State Wine Awards yesterday honored the restaurants, retailers, hotels, tourism professionals and distributors whose work has played a vital role in shaping Washington State as both a favored home and destination for those who enjoy outstanding wines.

More than 100 nominations were received, and winners were selected for their impressive menus, innovative educational programs and marketing efforts, as well as their commitment to excellent service.

The Washington State Restaurant, Retailer and Tourism Champions of the Year are the most prestigious awards, recognizing industry leaders who show the strongest support for Washington State wine. Meanwhile, the Washington State Wine Grand Award commends individuals and organizations that designate menu and wine list
space for Washington State wines while providing ongoing promotion and education.

Other awards honor special categories, such as Sommelier of the Year and Best Wine Event featuring Washington Wine. Meanwhile, the Walter Clore Honorarium is given to an individual who has demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the Washington State wine industry.

“The Washington State Wine Awards are a way to say thank you to our champions,” said Steve Warner, president of Washington State Wine, which organizes the awards. “We can grow the best grapes and make the best wine here in Washington, but we cannot be truly successful without support from these outstanding individuals and organizations. They help us continue to build momentum for Washington State wine.”

2014_GobletThe 15 businesses and individuals recognized as leaders by the Washington State Wine Awards will be featured in a full-page ad in March in 10 key publications: Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, Sunset Magazine, Seattle Met, Seattle Magazine, Sip Northwest, Elle Decor and Wine Press Northwest, as well as the 2014 Washington State Wine Tour Guide.

Winners received prizes ranging from certificates and wine carriers to etched magnums. Two recipients were awarded custom goblets designed by Julie Conway of Iluminata Art Glass Design in Seattle.

Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow emceed the event, during which attendees were able to taste wines from 70 Washington State vintners.


Restaurant of the Year
The Marc Restaurant (Walla Walla)

Independent Restaurant of the Year
Russell’s (Bothell)

Restaurant Group of the Year
Schwartz Brothers Restaurants (Western Washington)

Sommelier of the Year
Jeff Lindsey-Thorsen of RN74 (Seattle)

Best Event featuring Washington Wine
“Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship,” created by Anthony’s Restaurants (Washington and Oregon)

Retailer of the Year
Total Wine & More (nationwide)

Independent Retailer of the Year
Full Pull Wines (Seattle)

Retail Group of the Year
PCC Natural Markets (Seattle)

Retail Salesperson of the Year
Dan McCarthy of McCarthy & Schiering Wine (Seattle)

Hotel of the Year
The Westin Bellevue Hotel

Tourism Champion of the Year
Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau

Tourism Concierge of the Year
John Cooper of Yakima Valley Tourism

Distributor of the Year
Cru Selections (Washington)

Distributor Salesperson of the Year
Jason Harris of Young’s Market Company (Washington)

Walter Clore Honorarium
Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery (Woodinville)

Grand Awards:

  • Anthony’s at Columbia Point (Richland)
  • Anthony’s at Pier 66 (Seattle)
  • AQUA by El Gaucho (Seattle)
  • Barking Frog at Willows Lodge (Woodinville)
  • Bistro San Martin (Arlington)
  • Canlis Restaurant (Seattle)
  • Compass Wines (Anacortes)
  • Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue
  • Daniel’s Broiler Prime Steaks and Chops of Bellevue
  • El Gaucho Bellevue
  • El Gaucho Seattle
  • Hotel Vintage Park (Seattle)
  • Impulse Wine (Seattle)
  • Metropolitan Market (Western Washington)
  • Port Ludlow Resort
  • RN74 (Seattle)
  • SkyCity at the Space Needle
  • Sullivan’s Steakhouse (Seattle)
  • Sun Mountain Lodge (Winthrop)
  • Swing Wine Bar (Olympia)
  • The Dining Room at Sun Mountain Lodge (Winthrop)
  • The Fireside (Port Ludlow)
  • The Herbfarm (Woodinville)
  • The Metropolitan Grill (Seattle)
  • Tulalip Bay Dining at the Tulalip Resort and Casino
  • Valley Cafe (Ellensburg)
  • Visconti’s of Leavenworth
  • Visconti’s of Wenatchee
  • Visit Seattle
  • Washington Athletic Club (Seattle)
  • Willows Lodge (Woodinville)
  • Yakima Valley Tourism

Awards of Distinction:

  • Acqua Via (Olympia)
  • Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar (Tacoma)
  • Assaggio Ristorante (Seattle)
  • blueacre (Seattle)
  • Breadline Cafe (Omak)
  • Bridgewater Bistro (Astoria, Ore.)
  • Café Veloce (Kirkland)
  • Chandler’s Crabhouse (Seattle)
  • Churchill’s Steakhouse (Spokane)
  • Demetris Woodstone Taverna (Edmonds)
  • FAR-EATS (Seattle)
  • Inn at Ship Bay (Orcas Island)
  • Ivar’s Acres of Clams (Seattle)
  • Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing Restaurant
  • Ivar’s Salmon House (Seattle)
  • LOCAL 360 (Seattle)
  • Masselow’s Restaurant (Airway Heights)
  • Pike Brewing Company (Seattle)
  • Purple Cafe and Wine Bar (four locations – Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville)
  • Ray’s Boathouse (Seattle)  Salty’s at Redondo Beach (Seattle)
  • Salty’s on Alki (Seattle)
  • Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar (Redmond)
  • Steelhead Diner (Seattle)
  • The Barrel Thief (Seattle)
  • The Lincoln Center (Spokane)
  • The Rainier Club (Seattle)
  • The Station Pizzeria (Woodinville)
  • The Triple Door (Seattle)
  • Wild Ginger (Seattle)
  • Wild Ginger at the Bravern (Bellevue)

Six Seven’s 12 Days of Super Seahawks’ Menu Kicks off Today

Six Seven Lounge

Six Seven Lounge

If you have been following our site long enough you know how much I adore Seattle’s Six Seven Restaurant.  The cuisine is excellent, the view is break taking and the seductive lounge is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy gorgeous waterfront scenery while sipping exquisite cocktails and tasting the Happy Hour menu.

The Edgewater Hotel is in the spirit of the game~In honor the Seattle Seahawks’ 12th Man, The Edgewater Hotel is celebrating the Seahawks return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2006 with ’12 Days of Super Seahawks’.

Six Seven Dining Room

Six Seven Dining Room

Each day, for the 12 days of Super Seahawks’, Six Seven and the Edgewater Hotel will have special offers to keep the fans in the 12th Man Seattle Seahawks Spirit.   The 12th Man ’12 Days of Super Seahawks’ menu launches today and runs through Super Bowl Sunday, February 2.

  • Beast-a-Rita ~ Patron Margarita with Blue Curacao float – Jan 22
  • Mac n’ Cheese ~ Quarterback Russell Wilson’s favorite meal – Jan 23
  • Blue Tea ~ gin, vodka, white rum, Cointreau, Blue Curacao and 7-up – Jan 24
  • Trio of sliders ~ one mini patty melt, one mini cheddar burger and one mini Rueben – Jan 25
  • Emerald City ~ Malibu coconut rum, Midori, Blue Curacao, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and splash of 7-up – Jan 26
  • Beast Burger ~ two beef patties topped off with crispy onion rings, bacon, cheddar, fresh tomato, lettuce and pickle – Jan 27
  • Bombay Sapphire Gin Martini ~ Bleu cheese stuffed olives – Jan 28
  • Hawk Wings ~ half dozen crispy wings with blackberry sauce – Jan 29
  • Golden Tini ~ Six Seven signature pineapple martini – Jan 30
  • Hawk-fries ~ crispy French fries with garlic, parmesan and chive – Jan 31
  • Hilliard’s “The 12th Can”  ~ a hometown favorite – $3 in celebration to #3 – Feb 1
  • Seahawk Salumi plate ~ assorted cured meats, cheeses and grilled bread – Feb 2

All items are $12 unless noted.

Wines and Cuisine Shine at Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Are you ready for the “experience” of a lifetime?  I can scarcely  believe it’s been a year since the last Seattle Wine and Food Experience, the premier showcase for wine, food and spirits in the Northwest.  In it’s sixth season, this year’s event is  Sunday, February 23, 2014 (12-5 pm VIP, 1-5 pm General Admission) at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Throughout the gastronomical event guests will learn about and taste a wide offering of quality products through “experiences” and event features.

“What makes Seattle Wine and Food Experience unique in the marketplace are the ‘experiences’ that guests encounter, ” said Jamie Peha, president of Peha Promotions, TableTalk Northwest and producer of SWFE. “Guests have the opportunity to educate themselves about beverage and culinary products from the Northwest and beyond, talk to producers and taste samples from a variety regions and growing industries.”

Featured “Experiences” to date at the 2014 event include:
Photo Courtesy of Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Photo Courtesy of Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Featured Wine Region: Woodinville Wine Country – Taste wine from Washington’s up-and-coming destination wine region with more than 30 of Woodinville’s wineries (and all of Washington’s AVAs) including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Lauren Ashton Cellars, Patterson Cellars and many more.

The QFC Advantage Lounge – In this lounge environment complete with leather sofas, guests will enjoy bites from Murray’s Cheese, Boar’s Head Meats and Simple Truth Crackers and sips of luxury wine brands including Chateau Ste. Michelle Single Vineyard Designates, Spring Valley Vineyard, Col Solare and Northstar Winery. You know it’s going to be good!

Northwest, California and International Wines – Get taste of wine regions from the Northwest and beyond with sips from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California and international wineries (including Italy, France, Argentina, Spain and Portugal). With more than 800 wines available to try from the world’s top producers your palate is in for quite a tour.

SIP Northwest Distillery Row – Take a run at Sip Northwest Distillery Row featuring many of the region’s hottest craft spirits makers as well as global brands. Sip through their latest creations and learn how grains and botanicals become whiskey, vodka and gin.

Tim’s Cascade Snacks Beer and Cider Exhibit – Local favorite Tim’s Cascade Snacks will be serving up its famous salty chips and popcorn that pair great with regional ciders and brews. Discover the new developments in the world of these craft beverages.Les Dames d’Escoffier Alley – This year’s beneficiary Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle, brings together it’s talented membership for a special experience at SWFE. Get a taste of the beverages, food and specialty products from talented members of Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle including Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill, Gelatiamo, Gnocci Bar, Kaspar’s Special Events & Catering, Macrina Bakery, McCrea Cellars and Serafina Osteria & Enoteca. Les Dames d’Escoffier raises funds for scholarships for women in the culinary, beverage and hospitality industries, and also supports community-outreach programs and sustainable-agriculture projects based in Washington state.

Washington Beef Butcher Block – Washington Beef presents a unique opportunity to “Crave, Cut & Create” your way to a perfect beef meal. Experience and savor beef’s flavor when prepared with care and paired with complimentary flavor profiles in dishes from Andaluca, bin on the lake, BOKA Restaurant + Bar and The Georgian.

Top Pot Doughnut and Coffee Bar – Grab a sweet treat at the event and revive your palate, with a stop at the Top Pot Doughnut and Coffee Bar. Try a hand-forged doughnut and cup of Top Pot Coffee. For an added bonus, grab a sample cocktail from Sun Liquor Distillery.

Chef Prepared Gourmet Bites – Guests can savor the incredible creations from more 25 of Seattle’s most accomplished chefs representing a global range of cuisines. Featured restaurants include Andaluca, Anthony’s Pier 66 & Bell Street Diner, bin on the lake, BOKA Restaurant + Bar, The Capital Grille, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill, Dirty Oscar’s Annex, Far-Eats, The Georgian, Gnocci Bar, Gracie’s/Hotel Deluxe, The Hollywood Tavern, The Hunt Club, Kaspar’s Special Events & Catering, La Bodega, Macrina Bakery, Miyabi 45th, Purple Café & Wine Bar, Racha Thai, Ray’s Boathouse, Serafina Osteria & Enoteca, Tai Foong USA, Tilikum Place Café, Trellis Restaurant and Volterra.

Chef in the Vineyard with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates – Meet Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Culinary Director John Sarich, sample creative bites and taste through a wonderful selection of Washington’s best wines from 14 Hands, Anew, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, Michelle and O Wines. Seek out their displays in local QFCs for a special ticket discount.

Event Feature: Stella Artois – With more than 600 years of Belgium brewing experience, Stella Artois is best known for its detailed method for pulling a pint and their “special” Stella Artois chalice. Enjoy a sip of Stella Artois and its other world class brands including Cidre, Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Brun and Leffe Blond.

Northwest Travel Magazine – Test your palate with a blind comparative tasting of the same varietal from different AVAs. Northwest Travel contributor Cole Danehower will be hosting this fun and interactive experience.

Tickets for this year’s event are on sale now at General Admission tickets are $55. New this year is an optional VIP ticket is available to guests for $65 and includes one hour early entry, custom event tote bag, wine glass and tasting plate, plus, an opportunity to win a variety of prizes including a wine trip weekend for two to Woodinville Wine Country, tickets to July’s Wine Rocks event and more. Ticket prices include access to all areas of the event. No one under 21 will be admitted and ID is required.  
Follow Seattle Wine and Food Experience on Facebook and stay updated on the foods, wines and activities as we move closer to the event.

Chef Russell Lowell bringing Mythology to Life with Winemaker Dinner



Magick and mystery, exquisite cuisine and ambrosial wines.  Be astounded by The Cabiri, a mythos physical theatre group,  as they soar through the air and mingle among guests at The Loft at Russell’s.

Chef Russell Lowell invites you to dine inside a mystical world while enjoying a delectable four course meal with wine pairings by Sleight of Hand Cellars.  The menu and wines are exquisite, the entertainment, full of mythology.

Chef Russell Lowell

Chef Russell Lowell

Tres Fromage.  Paired with 2010 Enchantress Chardonnay.  Sourced from French Creek Vineyard in the lower Yakima Valley, this wine is mineral driven, and full of spice and green apples, along with a citrus zest note to the finish.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup with Duck Confit & Creme fraiche.  Paired with 2010 Archimage.  Aged for 20 months in 50% new French oak, it is dark crimson red with expressive aromas and flavors of black cherries, cola, creme de cassis, vanilla, maple syrup and ripe berries.

Rack of Lamb with Demi Glace & Balsamic Gastrique and Yukon Gold Potato Galette. Paired with 2010 Illusionist.  The color is  a deep red/black and it’s nose is classic Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of tobacco leaf, blueberries, spice box, fresh roasted coffee beans, and vanilla.

Sleight of Hand Cellars

Sleight of Hand Cellars

Chocolate Pecan Pie with Caramel Anglaise & Whipped Cream.  Paired with 2011 Levitation Syrah.  Aromas and flavors of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, and fresh cocoa.

Event Details

  • The Winemaker Dinner and the Cabiri Aerial Dance Performers
  • Saturday November 9th , 2013 at 7:00 pm
  • Russell’s Restaurant & Loft, 3305 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA  98021  Map and directions

Ticket Options

  • (A) $125 per person, not including tax or gratuity
  • (B) $1200 for a VIP Front Row Table for a group of eight, not including tax or gratuity

Reservations please call:  425 486 4072  or visit

Food Blogger Conference in my Backyard…

I loved to watch the Lion fish and sea horses swim around in the tanks for as long as I could until being shooed out of the dining room….

My mom worked as a pantry cook at The Wharf Restaurant and I was always up for riding into “the big city” with dad to pick her up after her shift from seven to three in the afternoon. It was a huge restaurant and I’d get lost on purpose when the place was empty during the lull before dinner. If mom was running late with clean up, I’d gladly explore the banquet rooms, look out the huge windows at the fishing boats, and my favorite stop was the Mermaid Room, one of the two bars there along with the Moby Dick to sit at one of the high backed booths. I remember the bartender who’d make me a fancy drink (soda pop with a ton of maraschino cherries) complete with plastic sea horses which I joyously and greedily collected. I didn’t want to leave, much to my mother’s frustration as she’d had enough of the place and had to be back early the next morning. There are some cool pictures of The Wharf and other classic local restaurants in the book Seattle’s Historic Restaurants. Seeing The Wharf’s dining room pictures brought back a lot of great childhood memories.

Old postcard, main dining room view. Circa pre 80's??

Old postcard, main dining room view. Circa pre 80’s??

Note: Here’s another vintage Wharf postcard I just found. ~ So cool!

Both of my parents worked or were involved in the hospitality industry in some sort of form, and I was born and grew up into it. We even had a restaurant of our own, a steak house for a short time. Food, restaurants, and hotels are as welcoming and natural to me as breathing.

Coming full circle in 2013 I’m beyond excited to attend my first International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) at the W Hotel. It’s my birthday present to myself, tickets purchased months ago and the time is finally here. It’s extra special and full of nostalgia because it just happens to be one block up from another place mom worked. This is becoming more than a bit  – surreal. The place is called Bernard’s on Seneca and I’m not certain it’s even open anymore, but it used to be called The Bavarian Haus. See thumbnail. My image searches yielded some good finds. In this picture the view would be if you were standing on the north side of Seneca street halfway up the block between 3rd and 4th avenues. Can you guess from this old photo where the W Hotel currently sits?


Another vintage postcard circa 50’s or 60’s. Click to make it bigger.

Perhaps I’ll tell you folks the story about bringing my pet chicken to the Bavarian Haus for a visit – mom loved that one too. I was very attached to that bird.

As I wrote this I finally had a chance to settle down after a busy summer, and reading through the IFBC agenda and participant packet got me excited all over again. Living in downtown Seattle just a couple blocks from the W will make it great to simply walk down the hill right to the conference. I’m not sure what I want to do and see first, besides everything. I’ll most likely end up going with the flow, making sure to bring my journal to take notes as they happen about all the wonderful people that I’m going to meet. Looking forward to seeing you there!

“Organized by and Zephyr Adventures, IFBC was the first-ever conference for food bloggers, first held in May of 2009. The series focuses on three themes: Food, Writing, and Technology. This event will feature high-quality educational sessions, personal networking opportunities, and what 95% of attendees say is the best food and wine of any blogging conference.”

Sweet Sensations wins “Best Right Bite” at Emerald Queen’s Taste of Tacoma

Taste of Tacoma

Taste of Tacoma

Taste of Tacoma kicked off today with a shot of fantastic weather, delicious cuisine and runs the entire weekend.  With 29 restaurants, 4 music stages, amusement rides, a comedy club and wine tasting, the whole family will enjoy spending the day at Point Defiance Park.

Hope Heart Right Bite

Hope Heart Right Bite

This year I had the pleasure of being asked to be one of the judges for Hope Heart Right Bites, the festivals healthy food options menu.  These bites are easily identifiable on the menu by the featured logo.

28 bites were sampled, some were hits, some were misses, all were missing the nutritional information, which made it a tad difficult to discern how healthy each bite   actually was.  Each bite was scored on the following categories;

  • Appearance
  • Aroma
  • Flavor
  • Preparation / Animation / Culinary Display ? Overall Organization / Service & Cleanliness
  • Nutrition

The winner this year with their delicious Humus Platter was Sweet Sensations.  The combination of flavors complimented each other very well, and the colors were gorgeous which brought the score for Culinary Display above all competitors.

If you are heading out to Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma this weekend,  you can find more information here   It runs all weekend, June 28 -30 at Point Defiance Park and admission is free.


Seasonable Cuisine Cooking Demo with Tacoma Food Co-op

Tacoma Food Co-op

Tacoma Food Co-op

TACOMA:  Tacoma Co-op’s first cooking class with Produce Director Rhys Hansen will highlight local farmers June bounty.  The demonstration’s focus will be three vegetarian recipes prepared by Hansen, which will take place at Tacoma’s Epworth LeSourd United Methodist Church, located at 710 South Anderson Street, Sunday June 30th 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend with a very minimal ticket price of $5 for members and $8 for non-members.  Please visit for additional information and registration.   You can also follow Tacoma Food Co-op on Facebook and Twitter

A food co-op is a consumer cooperative that applies a firm emphasis on community and community involvement. A co-op can say “this is your store” to its members and mean it because well, it is. It is a member owned retailer with an incredible amount of member involvement. Members pay dues, for the TFC the dues are a one time, $100. For this members have the ability to have a voice in the operation of the store by attending meetings and even running for positions on the board. Other co-ops have gone so far as to offer seniors (62 and over) free membership as well as those severely impacted by the economy.

Retailing groceries is a highly competitive business with moderate margins, which means there is very little wiggle room. Members are asked to volunteer their time to work in the store, which is key in controlling costs. The work is diverse and includes every aspect of keeping the doors open from manning cash registers, stocking shelves, cleaning, opening and closing and even landscaping. The members will be working side by side with each other and striving to attain the same goal which is of course the success of this enterprise.

Who can shop at the store? Everyone can shop at the Tacoma Food Co-op. You don’t have to be a member to shop at the store. Come shop, come be nourished, come enjoy the experience and the community. It is your co-op Tacoma…just for you!

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