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Cheers to Dad’s Everywhere by Ginger Johnson

Ginger Johnson of WEB  Photo:  Judy Pavlik

Ginger Johnson of WEB
Photo: Judy Pavlik

Beer makes a suitable gift year round. Especially so for holidays like this weekends pending Fathers Day hoopla. I say: help every male celebrate a great day! Here’s some history on where the holiday came from. 

The gift of beer is a welcome treat year round and now is a tasty time to support your local brewery and whoop it up for Dad’s everywhere.

As you grill and cook for Dad, match the flavors of the foods to the beer for delicious results.

  • Does he like a balanced malty beer, like a red or brown? Then treat him to the King Street Brown by Schooner Exact. It’ll pair well with grilled, roasted or sautéed mushrooms.
  • Does he prefer a crisper beer with a bite of hops? Try Georgetown Brewing’s Manny’s Pale Ale with lightly mayonnaisey potato salad. I put chopped green olives in mine for a mildly salty snap too.
  • How about a nice after meal dessert? Lantern Brewing’s Tripel with savory sweet carrot cake will make him smile. 
Ginger and her Dad at a brew fest in MN

Ginger and her Dad at a brew fest in MN

Whatever he may like, make the effort to give him a fresh beer in his glass. Sharing a few different beers with him, for those 21+ years of age, is a delightful and satisfying way to say “Thanks” to Dads everywhere.

I like a pint of one of my Dad’s go-to beers: Leinenkugel’s Original. Cheers to you, Dad, and to fresh beer all across our incredible country –

‘Till the next glass,


The gift of beer is a welcome treat year round and now is a tasty time to support your local brewery and whoop it up for Dad’s everywhere.

Pairing Suggestion: Grilled fresh vegetables like onions, bell peppers (I love red & orange), and squash as you can find them in season – lightly brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with dill weed, salt & pepper are divinely simple, nutritious and tasty. Pour a moderate beer like a Pale Ale or an Amber to complement and not overwhelm the foods.

Event: The well run & fun Washington Brewers Fest is this weekend. Check out the details & come visit Ginger at the bright orange Women Enjoying Beer booth, have a fresh Washington beer and try a cider as well!

If you have questions about the beer industry, food pairings, speaking engagements and events, you can find Ginger at or

Summer Grilling and the Creation of “Beerinades” by Ginger Johnson


Ginger Johnson Photograph: Judy Pavlik

Ginger Johnson
Photograph: Judy Pavlik

Hang on…let me wipe my mouth. After I read the post on grilled salads from Karie earlier this week, nothing else has been on my flavor brain! I’ll be the first in line to create or order a well made steak salad…or scallop salad…and other delicious, creative, healthy and delightful salads.

Here’s the best part: I’m going to share a few ideas on how to increase the flavor quotient of these already sublime salads. Ready for it?? It’s time to bring on the Beerinades ~

Beerinade is a word I coined to indicate the use of beer as primary (or accenting) ingredient in a marinade. Since a marinade is designed to enhance deliciousness as well as tenderize the foods you soak, beer’s a perfect partner. See, it has a slight acidity that lends its talents to making the foods you want even better. How noble!

A few tips in creating Beerinades:

  1. Use beers with complementary flavors.* For instance if you’re prepping for carne asada, use delicate and medium bodied beers. Kolsch, Pilsners, and California Common styles fit the bill.
  2. If you’re grilling or frying some toothsome vegetables, Reds, Browns, and Ambers would be good matches. Their malty backbone will keep pace with the earthiness of the veggies.
  3. One of my go-to styles is chili beers, like Calapooia’s Chili Beer, for red meat, pork, chicken and tofu. It’ll give you extra zing without being bitter.
  4. Robust beers like Porters and Stouts are excellent for slow roasting, grill or slow cooker, as the flavors will caramelize as they cook. Rendering your work to an uber yummy experience.

CAUTION: Be careful of using IPA’s as they bitterness can unpleasantly linger after the cooking process is done. (I’ll share IPA cooking tips in the future.)

Beer and the Grill Photo:  Ginger Johnson

Beer and the Grill
Photo: Ginger Johnson

So grill up whatever you’re tummy desires, create a simple Beerinade, and toss it with those fresh salad ingredients. They’re just begging for the opportunity to shine the salady spotlight on the goods!

Till the next glass ~

Basic Beerinade

  • I part beer of choice, based on flavors desired*
  • .5 part olive oil
  • Add herbs that work well – dried or fresh
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Play around with this recipe idea – it’s infinitely flexible and fun!

Pairing Suggestion:  Chili Beer in the Beerinade for Carne Asada + warmed (on the grill) tortillas, fresh chopped lettuces, cilantro, and mango with mashed avacado, red onion, and lime juice.

A Terrible BeautyUpcoming Events:

Watch for summer beer dinner, tastings and events – like this one Karie & I are giving at Terrible Beauty June 17th. Register here, now – we want to see you there!

…a marinade is designed to enhance deliciousness as well as tenderize the foods you soak, beer’s a perfect partner.

If you have questions about the beer industry, food pairings, speaking engagements and events, you can find Ginger at or

Author:  Ginger Johnson

Edited by:  Karie Engels


Dining on the waves; an evening at Six Seven at the Edgewater

A beautiful place to watch the sunset.

A beautiful place to watch the sunset.

Exploring the Seattle waterfront is a wonderful way to spend the day.  The morning hours at Pike Place Market are spectacular and a short jaunt down the hill will land you at the shores of Puget Sound where you can catch a cruise, check out the aquarium and shop til you drop.

At the end of the day, a refreshing cocktail over looking the Puget Sound and a spectacular dinner prepared by an outstanding team, led by Six Seven’s acclaimed Chef John Roberts, is the perfect way to finish the evening.

Edgewater Hotel, has a grand history, however today’s feature is it’s vibrant Six Seven.  Dining on top of the waves holds an attraction all it’s own, add the stunning views of Elliot Bay and Olympic Mountains and it’s a spectacular few hours of sheer indulgence.

Six SevenThe first day of spring marked the launch of Six Seven’s Spring menu and Six Seven invited a select few food bloggers to sample the Northwest inspired cuisine.  The small selection of dishes we sampled were a fantastic sneek peek in to the full menu and the temptation to return is simply too strong to resist.

Amuse ~ English Pea Boisson; Black truffle creme fraiche and lemon oil

Appetizer ~ Scallop Ceviche; red peppers, micro cilantro, jalapeno, cucumber, crisp spring onion and pharaoh lemon vinegar.

Salad ~ Beet Carpaccio; mizuma, goat cheese, tarragon, green onions, hazelnuts, raspberries, fennel and raspberry reduction

Intermezzo ~ Lemon Sorbet; limoncello and micro mint

Sea ~ Pan Roasted Ling Cod; broccoli rabe, mama lil’s peppers, roasted corn relish, lemon creme fraiche and cilantro vinaigrette

Land ~ Spring Lamb Loin; carrots three ways, arugula, goat cheese gnocchi, baby turnips and mint lamb reduction.

Dessert ~ Meyer Lemon Pie; candied citrus and vanilla chantilly

Taste Washington to feature over 225 wineries at CenturyLink Event Center

The nation’s largest single-region wine and food event is gearing up to kick off March 23 and 24 at CenturyLink event center. This event encompasses an entire weekend of all things delicious. With over 225 wineries, the 16th annual Taste Washington is the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event.

Taste Washington

Taste Washington

Seattle is home to 13 James Beard Award-winning chefs and hundreds of amazing restaurants.  50 restaurants have been selected to represent Seattle’s culinary scene to pair with Washington wine.

If you are ready to absorb as much information as possible, Taste Washington weekend features educational wine seminars on both Saturday and Sunday.  These seminars are led by top national wine personalities and sommeliers as well as demonstrations by renowned chefs.

The Viking Chef’s Stage line up for Taste Washington has been announced.
Local chefs include;

  • Perry Mascitti – Tulalip Resort Casino
  • Bobby Moore – Barking Frog
  • Jason Wilson – CRUSH
  • Matt Brandsey – El Gaucho Seattle
  • Brian Clevenger – Tavolata

Schedules and details will be available on the site soon

March is Washington Wine Month;  Visit  Raise a glass and let’s celebrate Washington Wines.

Wineries   Vineyards   Eats    Tickets   Seminars

Seattle Wine and Food Experience is almost here; you don’t want to miss this!

Pre event CocktailLast week’s pre-event Tweet-up was a delightful prelude to the majestic event, Seattle Wine and Food Experience, happening on the 24th at The Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Tickets are still available, but selling quickly, so heading over their site immediately after reading this post is a fantastic idea.

I do suggest you make it your mission to search out the 3 bites that were tasted by Seattle’s best pre-event tweeters; 12 Moons Asian Bistro served Spicy tuna roll, big eye tuna, English cucumbers and tobiko, Sno Deli served Bánh mì with roasted duck and Terra Vista served Piedmontese beef New York rolls with tobacco onions, horseradish rémoulade, dry Persian gremolata.

Provided by Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Provided by Seattle Wine and Food Experience

In addition to the delightful cuisine and delicious wines offered at the “mini” event, this beautiful little gem was served to and savored by all those in attendance.   Caravella Limoncello, Lychee flavored vodka and Soho Lychee Liqueur.

The following are excerpts from the Seattle Wine and Food Experience site, for more details and information, follow the links at the bottom of this post.  Can’t wait to see you there!

Snoqualmie Casino Lux Lounge;  Classic gaming tables, enjoy a premium wine or craft beer and taste some of the signature dishes from their award-winning restaurants – Terra Vista, 12 Moons Asian Bistro and Sno Deli. (Recognize these restaurants?  See above….. ) Relax in the comfort of the 3,200 square foot lounge as live music plays throughout the day.

SIP Northwest Distillery Square;  SIP has gathered many of the region’s hottest craft spirits makers, so you can sip your way through their latest creations.

Featured Wine Region:  Oregon; The Oregon Wine Board brings together over 30 state producers pouring a multitude of wines including a not-to-be-missed array of gorgeous white wines like Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot gris and Pinot blanc.

Tim’s Cascade Snacks Beer and Cider Exhibit; Sip some cider, imbibe a brew and find out what’s happening in the world of these craft beverages

Cooking with Stella Artois and Diane’s Market Kitchen; Join Diane as she demonstrates the versatility of cooking with Stella Artois and sample the delicious results!

Washington Beef Bistro paired with Chateau Ste. Michelle;  The Beef Bistro features The Barking Frog, The Capital Grille and Andaluca preparing delicious beef dishes featuring Double R Ranch beef along with award winning Chateau Ste. Michelle wine.

Chef in the Vineyard; Meet Chateau Ste. Michelle Culinary Director John Sarich, sample his creative beef bites using Certified Angus Beef and taste through a wonderful selection of Washington’s best wines from Columbia Crest, Red Diamond, 14 Hands and Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Fonte Coffee Bar; Fonté will be offering expertly crafted espresso drinks at the Fonté Coffee Bar. Drop by for a shot and taste why Fonté Coffee was voted “best micro-coffee roaster in the Northwest” by Northwest Palate magazine.

Wines from Around the World;  Learn about the varieties of grapes grown and styles of winemaking in regions throughout Europe and Israel.

Chef Prepared Gourmet Bites;  incredible creations from over 20 of Seattle’s most accomplished chefs representing a global range of cuisines.

Follow the links provided:  Eats,  Drinks,  Exhibitors and Information

To keep updated and informed find Seattle Wine and Food Experience on Facebook and Twitter @SeattleWineFood #SWFE ~ they will be very happy to see you.

Wines and Cuisine Shine at SWFE Pre-event Tweet-up

Last evenings Seattle Wine and Food Experience’s pre-event Tweet-up, held at the beautiful Snoqualmie Casinos Terra Vista, was a dazzling preview of the main event to come.

terra vistaTerra Vista an impressive venue, awed the crowd with it’s Piedmontese Beef New York Rolls Tobacco onions, Horseradish ramolade, Dry Persian Gremolate.  12 Moons  received oohs and ahs over it’s Rainbow Roll:  Big Eye tuna, English cucumbers and Tobiko, however it was Sno Deli’s Banh Mi with roasted Duck that held me enchanted for the evening.

Georgetown Brewery’s  Manny’s Pale Ale was on hand as were the following wineries.

Washington Wines in attendance

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos
  • Kennedy Shah Merlot
  • Milbrandt Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Mercer Estate Merlot

Oregon Wines in Attendance

  • Amity Vineyards Pinot Noir
  • Erath Pinot Noir
  • Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir

The fifth annual Seattle Wine and Food Experience, presented by Snoqualmie Casino, is gearing up to kick off on Sunday, February 24th, 12 pm – 5 pm at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

SWFEThe delicious and vibrant event will feature over 100 wineries from around the globe, more than 20 Chefs serving gourmet bites while guests savor handcrafted drinks and learn and taste at the Food and Beverage Education Stations sprinkled throughout the event.

For more information please visit, find them or follow on Twitter @Seattlewinefood

Taste some brews at Seattle Boat Show’s Sails & Ales, Friday February 1, 2013

Seattle Boat ShowSEATTLE -The Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, the West Coast’s largest boat show, featuring over 1000 recreational waterfront, seminars and accessories, continues through Sunday February 3rd, at two locations; Century Link Field and South Lake Union.

Taste the best of Washington while shopping for your next dream boat.  Enjoy craft beers from select Washington Breweries at Sails & Ales Craft Beer Night, Friday Feb 1,  5 – 9 pm.    Seattle Boat Show 2A Sails & Ales package is $27 and includes one adult admission for the show, valid throughout the day at both locations, complimentary souvenir craft beer glass (while supplies last) and 10 tasting tokens.  Purchase tickets online or at the box office.

Splash, the Seattle Boat Show’s new daring, aerial, acrobatic show soars high above the boats.  Seattle’s most talented aerialists and acrobats wow and delight the crowd below Friday at 7 pm and again Saturday at 3 pm.  Learn more about the Splash performance here.

Ticket prices for the boat show

  • Adults $12
  • Youth ( 11 – 17 ) $5
  • Kids 10 and under Free
  • 5 Day Big Pass $24

Looking for your favorite exhibitor?  Check the list and map their location
Seminars  –  Maps ( Getting There )   –  Features & Shows  –  Purchase Tickets

Wine Adventures in the Northwest ~ February Calendar of Events

Red WineThe first month of the year is coming to a close and I have already filled my calendar with Wine Adventures for the Northwest.  If you haven’t updated your calendar with happenings of the vine yet, it’s time to visit some sites and make travel plans.

Olympic Peninsula Wineries ~ Red Wine and Chocolate

February 9-10 and 16-18 ( Presidents Day Weekend ) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

dark chocolateThe Olympic Peninsula Wineries are pairing red wine & chocolate , featuring a host of never imagined sweet and savory combinations during the annual Red Wine & Chocolate Tour.  “Nothing is more delicious than a good red wine and the right chocolate shared amid the beauty of the North Olympic Peninsula,” says Association President Vicki Corson.

Tickets may be purchased at participating wineries during the event. The $30 ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting and delectable samples of chocolate at each winery during the Red Wine & Chocolate Weekends. This event does not take place at one location. You travel from winery to winery, visiting the ones you are interested in exploring. Tickets are not required to attend this event. A $5.00 wine tasting fee will be charged at each winery for non-ticketed visitors. You must be 21 or over to purchase tickets and/or participate in wine tasting. All ticket sales are non-refundable.  Participants who visit all eight wineries will be entered into a drawing for an elegant wine-themed gift basket.

Winery Brochure  Maps & Directions   Olympic Peninsula Wineries

Columbia Cascade WineriesColumbia Cascade Wineries is also hosting Red Wine and Chocolate, Feb 14 – 18.  All wineries in Cashmere, Leavenworth, Wenatchee and Chelan will be be serving Outstanding Wines and Delicious Chocolate Treats.

More information: 509-782-0708 or  Visit the site here.

FEB 16-18 Columbia Gorge Wine Growers President’s Day Weekend & Winery Open House. A four-day open house with participating wineries of the Gorge for wine tasting, special discounts, food pairings, new releases and more. No event ticket fee, tasting fees may apply. www.columbiagorgewine.comFeb  

Yakima Valley’s Red Wine and Chocolate Event

Wine Yakima ValleyYakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its annual Red Wine & Chocolate event weekend Feb. 16-17. As the oldest wine growing region in Washington state, wineries from Yakima, Zillah, Prosser and Red Mountain will be offering a weekend of divine decadence with the Premier Pass for $30, the only way to experience the depth of the Yakima Valley during Red Wine & Chocolate weekend.

Pass holders will receive access to exclusive pairings, library tastings and tours not available to the public. The pairings continue as the wines featured are available to take home for deep discounts for Premier Pass holders. The $30 Red Wine & Chocolate Premier Passes can be purchased in advance by February 11, or for $35 at wineries during the event weekend.      Info and Purchase Tickets

SEATTLE – The fifth annual Seattle Wine and Food Experience, presented by Snoqualmie Casino, is gearing up to kick off on Sunday, February 24th, 12 pm – 5 pm at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

SWFEThis stellar event features over 100 wineries from around the globe, more than 20 Chefs serving gourmet bites while guests savor handcrafted drinks and learn and taste at the Food and Beverage Education Stations sprinkled throughout the event.

For more information please visit, find them or follow on Twitter @Seattlewinefood

Seattle celebrates last week of Farm Days at Pike Place Market

When the sun is shining in Seattle, the Puget Sound is a gorgeous blue with brilliant sparkles of sunlight dancing on salty waves.  The air is cooling, the colors are changing and one of the best places to spend a sun filled autumn day is at Seattle’s own Pike Place Market.

The market is nine acres of pure shopping bliss.  “The Soul of Seattle” has been operating for more than a century and has an incredible and rich history.   Today there are 200 year round commercial businesses, 190 craftspeople, 100 farmers who rent table space by day and Pike Place Market is internationally recognized as America’s premier farmers’ market.

It had been nearly a year since I had witnessed anyone toss fish around indoors, and the new 175 foot tall Great Wheel on Seattle’s skyline was simply something my photograph collection was missing.  This new iconic addition is one of the largest Ferris wheels in the United States.

We spent the entire day mingling with the crowd, browsing the crafts and jewelry, checking out fresh fish and watching talent laden buskers.   Almost every vendor had a handsome and polite young man standing at their booth corner beguiling shoppers with delectable samples of seasonal fruit, which were far too tempting to pass up.

Vendors are enjoying their last hurrah for the season as Farm Days as the Market comes to a close this week.  Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday are the last days to shop for local fruits, produce and herbs on the cobblestones in the markets North Arcade.  If you have not been to this portion of the market yet this year, it will be perfect weather for touring and shopping, as Wednesday through Sunday’s weather forecast calls for sunny skies and temps in the high 60’s to low 70’s.

Regular Market hours will continue at the Pike Place 1st Avenue level and the Down Under Stores which are open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Market Hours: 9:00 a.m. –  6:00 p.m.

  • Breakfast:   6:00 a.m.
  • Produce and Fish:  7:00 a.m.
  • Official Market Bell:  9:00 a.m.

Down Under Merchants hours are: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Some seasonal hours may vary.  If you are heading to the market to visit a particular vendor, please check the site.   Here are some links you may wish to visit if you are thinking about a trip to the Market:

Location & Directions,  hours,  parking,  news & events,  shopping directory

I would love to have you join me browsing around the Market:

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Bumbershoot Festival 2012 Rocks Seattle Center this Weekend

Late summer in Seattle is a gorgeous event bringing with it boistrous festivals and activities.  Top of the list for this weekend?  North America’s largest urban festival, Bumbershoot 2012.

Now in it’s 42nd year Bumbershoot, Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival is a Northwest icon at the 74 acre Seattle center and thankfully, the weather this weekend has promised to cooperate.   Temps on Saturday and Sunday will be in the  low 70’s and Monday, slightly warmer with sunnier skies.  Pack up the entire family, kids, aunts, uncles and plan to play outside the entire day.

The music line up this year is out of this world and has something for everyone.  A very brief, yes this actually is brief, overview of the scheduled artists is as follows, for the complete list, follow the links at the end of the article.

  • Jane’s Addiction
  • Tony Bennett
  • Skrillex
  • City and Colour
  • Civil Twilight
  • Rebirth Brass Band
  • Prong
  • JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
  • Bombino
  • Karen Lovely
  • Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
  • Many, many more

Youngersoot Kids Zone, is designed for children 10 and under and their caregivers and provides hands on and interactive programs.  For more information, please see the link below.

The food vendor roster is just as impressive and folks young and old will appreciate all there is to taste at this event.  Your mouth will begin to water as you draw close to the Seattle Center, just the aroma as you enter the gate is a fabulous assault on the senses.  Again, I am including a small sampling of vendors, click on the links below for a full list.

  • 99 Potatoes – Burgers, fries and sweet potato fries
  • Athenas – Greek gyros
  • Bahn Thai – Pad thai, curry, chicken, spring rolls, Thai iced tea
  • Ballard Brothers – Salmon, salads, burgers, fries
  • Bambuza Vietnam Bistro – Vietnamese noodles, stir fry, chicken, skewer
  • Ben & Jerry’s – Ice cream
  • Big City Burritos – Vegetarian burritos
  • Corn Roasters – Roasted Corn
  • Earthly Delights – Philly Cheese steak, chicken sandwiches, garlic fries
  • Frankfurter – Hot dogs, sausages and lemonades
  • Maui Wowi – Smoothies
  • Mighty O – Donuts
  • Pico De Gallo – Fish tacos, garlic fries
  • Smokey’s BBQ Grill – Barbeque beef, chicken and pork
  • Smokey’s Ice Cream – Soft Serve Ice Cream

Feeling a bit overwhelmed?  Grab a pen and paper and make a plan of who you want to see on which day, where you want to eat and keep in mind that Budweiser in the Bumbershoot, has beer gardens sprinkled in various locations and if you are in the mood for a bit of the grape, visit the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Tent.

Advance ticket purchases are recommended and will save you some change as well.  One ticket gets you in to all Bumbershoot venues and performances.  Read the Skinny on Tickets, he link at the end of this article, for guidelines and recommendations on arrival and performance schedules.  Kids 10 and under enter at no charge with an adult.  Advance Purchase Prices online are as follows:

  • 3 day ticket, for Saturday, Sunday and Monday  $125
  • 1 day ticket for either Saturday, Sunday or Monday  $50
  • 1 day ticket for Saturday only  $45
  • 1 day ticket for Sunday only  $45
  • 1 day ticket for Monday only $45
  • Service, facilities and processing fees add a bit extra to each ticket price.  Please see site for more information.

Note:  The festival does not have strollers available for rental, please plan accordingly.  Sorry, pet’s are not allowed.

Performance Lineup, Food Vendors, 1 Reel Film Festival,  Youngershoot Kids Zone, Tickets, Parking, Maps of Festival Grounds

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