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Taste Washington on the Farm returns with new rustic-chic venues, delightful wines and a dose of adventure

Tickets to Taste Washington’s On the Farm series are on sale now. Three exciting new excursions offer guests the chance for a unique farm-to-table lunch in the greater Seattle area. Go to tastewashington.org to get tickets – limited quantities available.

107-3-43517_jpegmFrom organic farm greens to freshly caught fish, to fruit orchard berries and robust botanicals – the Puget Sound is rich in agriculture. It’s because of our farms that Washington State has one of the most exquisite farm-to-table dining scenes in the country. Each Taste Washington on the Farm experience offers guests a behind the scenes, hands-on experience at a local farm. Tour the property with farmers to learn what it takes to source Seattle’s award-winning eateries with their quality ingredients, sit side-by-side with the chefs who craft your locally-sourced meal, and share sips with Washington winemakers as they perfectly pair their wines.

Lunches take place Friday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets start at $85 per person and include transportation to and from downtown Seattle. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Taste Washington website.

Experience #1 – Wine in the City

10 am – 3 pm  |   Center for Urban Horticulture | Seattle, WA   |  $85

Description Enjoy a gourmet lunch in one of Seattle’s most charming urban farms. Tucked into 16 acres of beautiful gardens is the Center for Urban Horticulture.  Not only is it a working farm, it provides endless opportunities for all ages wanting to learn more about urban farming, plants and the environment.

Featured Chef: Kyle Peterson
Chef Kyle Peterson from Palace Kitchen (Tom Douglas Restaurants) will prepare a delectable meal on-site using produce from the urban farm, supplemented by additional ingredients from Tom Douglas’ Prosser Farm. Chef Peterson has a long history with the Tom Douglas Restaurants – starting as a cook at Seatown, moving to Sous Chef at Etta’s, and then on to work under Chef Nathan Crave (Taste Washington on the Farm 2017 alum) at Palace Kitchen. Chef Peterson lives in Edmonds with his wife, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a backyard full of chickens.

Featured Washington wineries to be announced.

Complimentary transportation to the farm will be provided from downtown Seattle. More details to come.

Experience #2 – Island Dining

10 am – 3 pm  |   Heyday Farm | Bainbridge Island, WA  |  $115

Description Ferry views and a farm lunch provide a true Seattle experience. Tucked into Bainbridge Island, Heyday Farm is a family-owned 25-acre sustainable and historic farm waiting for you to explore. Tour the farm and discover the natural bounty that flourishes in this region, then savor a delightful meal in the Barn prepared by two local chefs.

Featured Chefs
Tad Mitsui, Executive Chef & Proprietor at Heyday Farm, is a native of Bainbridge Island who has always prided himself on sound culinary techniques and sourcing high quality ingredients. His formal training in the Seattle Central College Culinary Academy program opened the door to many opportunities within Tom Douglas’ kitchens. Heyday Farm has provided the perfect opportunity for Chef Tad to return to his roots and plant a seed for the future generations.

Chef Zoi Antonitsas is known for her inspired Mediterranean dishes with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Passionate about food, wine, spirits and hospitality, Zoi has more than 20 years’ experience in the restaurant industry. Her long line of successful roles include Chef de Cuisine at Madison Park Conservatory in Seattle, Zazu Restaurant in Santa Rosa, Presidio Social Club in San Francisco, and a variety of other positions at award-winning restaurants across the west coast.

Featured Washington Wineries

Bainbridge Vineyards  |  Eagle Harbor Wine Co.  |  Fletcher Bay Winery

+ Bainbridge Island Alliance Tasting Table with Amelia Wynn, Eleven, Perennial Vintners and Rolling Bay

Complimentary transportation to the farm will be provided from downtown Seattle. More details to come.

Experience #3 – Flyaway to Wine

10 am – 3 pm  |   Finnriver Farm & Cidery | Chimacum, WA   |   $185

Description Prepare yourself for the ultimate VIP experience. Travel by floatplane to the Olympic Peninsula and touch down at the picturesque Resort at Port Ludlow. A team will greet you dockside with a taste of the region and escort you to Finnriver, a 50-acre organic family farm, orchard and artisan cidery. After the tour, gather in the Cider Garden to enjoy a delicious chef-prepared lunch highlighting seasonal and regional ingredients.

Featured Chef  Dan Ratigan

Originally from upstate New York, Dan Ratigan arrived in the Pacific Northwest at age 14 and worked his way up through many of Seattle’s finest restaurants. Chef Dan took the helm at The Fireside Restaurant at the Resort at Port Ludlow in 2007. His approach is simple: start with top-notch ingredients, prepare them carefully, and send them out of the kitchen in meals that showcase the best the ingredients have to offer.

The Resort at Port Ludlow  The Port Ludlow Inn is a 37-room boutique, waterfront inn inspired by New England’s classic coastal summer homes.

Featured Washington Wineries & Cidery 

Canoe Ridge Vineyard  |  Doubleback  |  Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Kenmore Air will fly guests to The Resort at Port Ludlow where their amazing team will greet the group and shuttle everyone to Finnriver Farm & Cidery. Roundtrip ransportation is included in your event ticket. This is not an overnight excursion.

Taste Washington is produced by Visit Seattle in partnership with Washington State Wine. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and visit www.tastewashington.org for ongoing updates.

About Taste Washington:

Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 230 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 21st annual event will be held on March 22-25, 2018 at various locations in Seattle. The 2018 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Mileage Plan, the premier sponsors are Albert Lee Appliance, Fire & Vine Hospitality, Seattle Met, Lexus, and Total Wine & More. Taste Washington attracts more than 6,400 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and it is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501( c ) 6 organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Nearly 40 million annual visitors spend $7 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates 74,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $718 million in annual state and local tax revenue. Visit visitseattle.org.

About Washington State Wine:

Washington 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 www.washingtonwine.org.

Pike Place Market presents 9th Annual Flower Festival to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend

Show appreciation towards mom with a fresh bouquet of beautiful, locally grown flowers from the Market and a mother-daughter cooking class.

Flower FestivalPike Place Market presents the 9th annual Flower Festival on Mother’s Day weekend on Saturday, May 13 through Sunday, May 14, 2017. The festival features fresh, locally grown flower arrangements from more than 40 farmers of King, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties.

In the early morning hours, tents will be set up on the west side of the cobblestone street of Pike Place to showcase the farmers’ abundant bouquets of tulips, daffodils, irises and peonies. Browse the tents and watch the farmers creatively arrange the flowers; pick up a bouquet or two and enjoy shopping and dining at the Market.

For those daughters looking to get creative with their mother, the Market’s Atrium Kitchen is hosting a Mother’s Day cooking class with Cucina Casalinga on Sunday, May 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. Attendees will learn how to prepare spaghetti alla chitarra from scratch using a traditional Italian tool, chitarra, served with local Manila clams and mussels. After their food is complete, mothers and daughters will enjoy their pasta with Prosecco Adami in the spectacular atmosphere of Pike Place Market.

Also present this year is the Pike Place Market Foundation tent, which will offer another gift option: a Market Charm engraved with mom’s name. Proceeds support the MarketFront expansion and will help provide opportunities for local shops, farmers, and artists, as well as housing and services for seniors and low-income neighbors. The tent will be up on Pike Place on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the Market Charm, go to www.pikeup.org.

 9th Annual Pike Place Market Flower Festival 

Saturday, May 13 through Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
Pike Place Market from Pike Street to Virginia Street

Mothers Day Cooking ClassMother’s Day cooking class with Cucina Casalinga

Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. at
Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen, Economy Market Building, 1433 First Ave

TICKETS: $80 available online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Prosecco Adami will be served to attendees 21 and over.    

For more information on Pike Place Market, visit www.pikeplacemarket.org.

Pike Place Market is Seattle’s original farmers market, founded in 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the U.S. The market operates within a nine-acre historic district and is a bustling neighborhood of hundreds of vendors, residents and businesses, including farmers, craftspeople, independent shops, buskers, and residents, many of whom are low-income seniors, and five social service agencies. www.pikeplacemarket.org

The Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA) is a not-for-profit, public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973 to manage the properties in the nine-acre Market Historic District. The PDA is required to preserve, rehabilitate and protect the Market’s buildings, increase opportunities for farm and food retailing in the Market, incubate and support small and marginal businesses, and provide services and affordable housing for low-income people. 

Stand Up Against LGBTQ Youth Bullying Fundraiser

website_BANNER-1Free2Luv® is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to standing up against bullying and helping to save the lives of our LGBTQ youth community by rockin’ individuality, celebrating equality, and spreading kindness through arts & entertainment. We empower, engage & enlighten youth to be their true, authentic selves and know that they are perfect just the way they are.

FREE2LUV teams up with Celebrity Ambassadors, Youth Advocates and corporations who believe LUV is STRONGER than hate and BRAVER than bullying. We hold hands with our partners to create thought-provoking awareness campaigns, support and produce community outreach events, and create a cool line of cause inspired merchandise designed to create change.

What: Patxi’s Pizza is partnering with Free2Luv by donating 10% of all sales for a day registered in the restaurant, including dine-in, take-out and delivery orders. It’s part of their 52 Weeks of Giving.

Where: Patxi’s Pizza is located in downtown Ballard at 5323 Ballard Ave NW in Seattle. For delivery or carryout, go to PatxisPizza.com or call 206-946-1512.

When: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 11am to 10pm.

Why: According to the CDC, the LGBTQ youth community is 4x more likely than their heterosexual peers to attempt suicide. When people stop in, order lunch for their office, buy a gift card, or even have Patxi’s Pizza deliver, they are standing up to bullying and helping to save lives.

Contact: Jason Gurule at Jason@Free2Luv.org or 512-422-3711. For more info on the fundraiser, go to Eat Pizza, Save Young Lives.  For more information about Free2Luv, go to Free2Luv.org. For more information about Patxi’s Pizza, go to PatxisPizza.com.

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 seattlewineandfoodexperience.com. 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.

A Place in the Sky

Note: No ingestion of mushrooms or peyote took place during the writing of this article.

Linda Eaves

Linda Eaves

Some time ago I was talking with someone close to me and the conversation descended into a very dreamlike landscape. The concrete lines of reality and fantasy blurred and became soft. As I said in the beginning, there were no ingestion of imagination aiding substances involved. I simply allowed myself permission to dream with the occasional reminder that it was perfectly fine for things not to make sense and that I was still in fact sane.

A couple of deep breaths and a few moments of quiet later, a scene emerged and became clear. I’m on a mountain top looking out of my own eyes with the perspective of a first person video game, There’s a landscape of panorama all around me. Mountains, water, valleys, and buildings in beautiful 3-D splendor. My gaze sweeps back and forth and as I look over it all a peace settles over me from head to toe, inside and out.

It’s beautiful. I delight in being there and never tire of looking at it. I know there are allcol tower kinds of friends, connections, and opportunities wherever I look. This energizes me and buoys my spirits. I knew I needed to find a place like this, a personal retreat.

That vision or dream first came to me in 2010 and it stuck with me. It’s my center and retreat. I knew I needed to be able to access and recreate this somehow in my life. This is how I found myself at the Columbia Tower Club, the perfect urban steel and glass mountain top in the middle of downtown Seattle.

The first time I took the two elevators up, then looked out the 75th floor window I became a human window sticker as I saw the familiar landscape stretched out on all sides. I knew I’d found my place.

As you probably have guessed by now, I joined the club and it’s become my second home. I’ve been a member for a year and counting. You can find me there most weekdays stopping in for coffee or to take in a breakfast meeting before I walk to my office, and then again at lunch to sample the newest offerings that our executive chef has up his sleeve.

I like the views no matter what the weather, and it is my utmost pleasure to host guests for happy hours, or invite you to sample one of our great events with the foods and wine to complete the experience. If you’ve never been there before, reach out to me and I’ll make sure you’re taken care of.

It’s my place in the sky, and I don’t mind sharing it a bit.

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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A little rain, a bit of wine and Pike Place Market

The weathermen in Seattle says it’s going to be wet. Being a native Northwesterner means getting out and about this weekend, travelling, tasting and doing a bit of shopping at The Pike Place Market in Seattle, while the rain pours all around us.

Follow the links provided for more information on tickets, maps and directions.

Vinolution 21   $95.00    June 22nd,  6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

West 8th Building ~ 2001 8th Ave, Seattle 98121  206-236-6167

A trendy, cutting edge twist on the typical wine tasting scene, Vinolution 21 will be highlighting new and up and coming wineries of Washington State.  Enjoy music and a live auction while tasting wines from select Washington State Vintners paired with dishes from celebrity and local chefs and sustainable food sources.  Local spirits and beers will also be featured this evening.  Proceeds will benefit The Market Foundation.   www.vinolution.org

Farm Days at The Pike Place Market

The Market is open year round, but June 23rd the farmers take to the streets.  When the Market opened in 1907 local farmers lined the street and every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday through September, Pike Place north of Pine Street will be filled with tents and local farmers.  On Sunday’s Stewart to Virginia Street is closed to vehicle traffic where you can enjoy cooking demonstrations by some of Seattle’s top culinary talent.  For more info and Chef’s bios, please click here.

Wine & Cheese Pairing ~ Spain   $20  June 23rd, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

The Cheese Cellar ~ 100 4th Ave North, #150, Seattle,  98109  206-404-2743

Cheese and other regional foods are paired with an amazing selection of wines from Spain.  Sample wines from several regions with one of the classical wine experts.

You can also enjoy monthly wine and cheese pairings every 2nd Thursday of every month, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  www.thecheesecellar.com

Lobo Hills Wine Co, New Release Tasting    Tasting is free and paired with small bites.  June 23rd, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and June 24th, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lobo Hills Wine Co.  8232 38th Ave NE, Seattle, 98115  206-240-9009

Featuring Lobo Hills new white wines. 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Dry Riesling and the 2011 PGR White Blend.   www.Lobohills.com

A Night of Inspiration on Two Wheels  $25 or 2 for $40  June 27th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Bell Harbor’s Maritime Event Center ~ 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle, 98121 to purchase tickets ultimatebike.eventbrite.com

From 5:30 – 8:30 enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and bike the waterfront (courtesy Gregg’s Cycles) and have special access to ExOfficio merchandise.  At 7:30 an exclusive presentation.  Gregg Bleakney will inspire you with images and insights fro his two year, 18,000 mile bike journey from Alaska to South America.

Events and Tastings Around the Sound

The kids are getting ready to break out of school for the summer and mom and dad, you are going to need a break.  Here are this week’s stellar options.

Casual Wine Tasting featuring wines from Austria

A casual wine and food pairing featuring wines from Austria.  Three wines will be paired with three small plates from chef Doug Wilson, and two of the wines will be offered at great retail pricing.  The host will be Winebow’s Amy Morris, who just got back from Austria this week!

June 12th  6:00 p.m.  at Ten Mercer  Cost is $20.00

10 Mercer Street, Seattle, 98109  Valet Parking available.  206-691-3723 reservations please.  Please mention reserving for this wine event.  www.tenmercer.com

Sommelier Journal presents Antinori Sommelier Challenge

A head to head duel between Canlis’ Nelson Daquip ad SeaStar’s Erik Leidhom as they begin their quest to find the nation’s Top Sommelier.

The event includes a reception featuring Antinori Wines with passsed appetizers from Ten Mercer.  A four course dinner with 3 paired wines chosen by each Sommelier and a years subscription to Sommelier Journal in addition too a copy of the most current issue.

June 15th  6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  at Ten Mercer  Cost is $110 inclusive of tax & gratuity

10 Mercer Street, Seattle, 98109  Valet Parking available.  206-691-3723 reservations please.  www.tenmercer.com

Crime and Pun-ishment ~ A Murder Mystery Dinner

A traditional murder mystery set in the 1920’s Gangster-land.  Mosters, murder and comic mayhem are the theme for the evening.

June 15th  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at French Creek Manor.  Cost is $60 per person with discounts for multiple admission purchases.

French Creek Manor, 9931 167th Ave SE, Snohomish,  98290   888-643-2538 www.themurdermysteryco.com  or grimprov@gmail.com

Art from the Heart Fundraiser for Old Dog Haven and Art for Animals Sake

AFAS believes that through education we can encourage empathy for all living beings, thereby preventing abusive behavior toward animals. We are dedicated to educating under-served populations about animal health, welfare, compassion, and responsible guardianship.

Supplies will be provided, easy step-by-step art instruction of the featured art and your wine tasting for inspiration!

You will also be able to purchase AFAS private labeled wines, with 40% donated to AFAS. Sign up at the attached link – the cost is $45, and all the profits are donated to AFAS.

June16th  3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Cost is $45

Northwest Cellars Winery and Tasting Room, 11909 124th Ave NE, Kirkland, 98034  425-825-9463  Reservations please…class size is limited.   www.NorthwestCellars.com

Fathers Day Grilling with Dad

Lean to cook low and slow backyard grill techniques with Executive Chef Dan Ratigan.  Chef will provide recipes for rubs and sauces and teach guests how to prepare side dishes on the grill to accompany your meats.  Wine pairing optional of robust grill friendly reds from Argentina, France and Washington.

June 17th  3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Cost  $39 – $59

The Fireside at The Resort at Port Ludlow, One Heron Road, Port Ludlow, 98365  360-437-7412  www.PortLudlowResort.com

Wine/Food Pairing, German/Austrian Wine with Arnie Millan

This is an introductory series with Sommelier Arnie Millan to guide you through the basics of wine.  The second half of the class will focus on food and wine pairings with a handout detainling Arnie’s rules of food and wine pairing.

June 24th  3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Cost is $39 per class

Wine World and Spirits, 400 NE 45th, Seattle, 98105  206-402-6086  Advance registration required.  davidl@wineworldwarehouse.com   www.wineworldwarehouse.com  Free parking is available in WineWorld’s lot on the North end of the building.

Come find me on Facebook ~ I would love to see you there.

Experience Taste Washington! this weekend

Taste Washington! is the Nation’s largest single-region wine and food event and is an experience you won’t want to miss.  This year the event has over 200 wineries and has expanded to two days, Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st, to give you a bit more breathing room over last year.  What can you expect to find at this year’s affair?

  • Over 200 wineries ~ more info
  • An outstanding adventure as you search out and sample cuisine from more than 60 of the finest Seattle area restaurants ~ more info
  • Wine Seminars ~ more info
  • Wine Pairings ~
  • Wine Tastings by Vineyards ~
  • Celebrity Chef’s Stage ~ more info
  • And More……

One day attendance is $75 / $125 VIP or to attend two days recommended is $99 / $150 VIP.  Ticket prices include all wine and food sampling and the lineup is the same for both days although the seminars do differ for each day.  More info here…

Attending both days it will be difficult to see and taste all there is at the event.  Even though the two day expansion will allow you to stroll the venue with a more tranquil attitude than last year, you might still need a game plan to tackle such a grand undertaking.  Even though you will be given a map upon entry, you can download the 2012 event program, print and start making lists.  Suggestions, just a couple if you don’t mind.

  • Seminars you would like to see. (Dates and Times)
  • Celebrity Chef’s creating delectable cuisine. (Dates and Times)
  • Wineries you just do not want to miss.
  • Wineries you have not tried before.
  • Wineries you would like to or are hoping to visit.
  • Those on the fringe…you would like to, but if time simply does not permit it’s okay if they fall to the wayside.

The most important thing to remember?  Relax, eat the amazing cuisine provided, drink plenty of water and spit, yes spit, often.

  • Venue:  Century Link Field Event Center, Seattle Washington
  • Days:  Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1st
  • VIP Tasting: 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Grand Tasting 2 – 5 p.m.
  • tastewashington.org

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Puget Sound Events and Tastings

One of the things I love about the Seattle and Tacoma area are all of the events and adventures of every kind on a regular basis.  How would you like to learn more about wine, taste a few brews, invest some time in acquiring more knowledge about bourbon, or perhaps treat your significant other to a special evening?

I will add the link to each site so you can pop in and browse additional information.  If you have additional questions, please comment or email and I will answer as soon as possible.  Enjoy!

Italian Wine Class ~ The North

March 11th 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Sommelier Arnie Millan will conduct a fun and fascinating class on the story of Ancient Wines and the history of the producing region.  Classes will be held in Esquin’s upstairs classroom.

  • $59 per person ~ pre registration is required
  • Free Parking is available in Esquin’s lot on the South end of the building.
  • 2700 4th Ave South, Seattle, 98134
  • 206-682-7374  or wine@esquin.com

Will it Blend?  A Blending Program presented by the Seattle Wine Society

March 11th  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Spend a leisurely afternoon blending and sampling component wines paired with tasty chef creations.  Hands on blending in small groups and then tasting the finished product.

  • $49-$59 per person
  • Flying Fish ~ 300 Westlake Ave North, Seattle, 98109
  • 206-706-3771

Walla Walla Wine @ Sodo Park ~ Seattle

March 12th 6;00 pm – 9:00 pm

Enjoy wines from Walla Walla Wineries ~ mingle with winemakers.

  • $40 per person
  • Sodo Park, 3200 1st Ave South, Seattle, 98134
  • 509-526-3117

Wine 101 ~ Wine Basics for Beginners

March 13th  6:30 – 8:00

Lear more about European and American wines and understand the nature of different grape varieties.  Learn with Sommelier David LeClaire.

  • $24 per person ~ must preregister
  • Wine World ~ 400 NE 45th, Suite 130, Seattle, 98105
  • 206-402-6086

Cedar Grill Monthly Brew Taste

March 13th ~ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Take a journey out to the South Sound and be among the first to sample new appetizers from Cedar Grill’s menu.  This Tuesday’s tasting features Samuel Adams beer.

  • 23631 Maple Valley Black Diamond Road SE, Maple Valley, 98038
  • 425-423-9178

Cabernet from California~Wine World

March 13th ~ 6:30 – 8:00

Learn about and enjoy California Cabernet

  • $50 general public ~ $40 for Explorer Club Members
  • 400 NE 45th, Suite 130, Seattle
  • 206-402-6086

Drinking Lessons ~ Bourbon Whiskey

Every second Wednesday of the month leading bartenders and drink historians and quality distillers deliver a 1.5 hour lesson in the preparation and history of distinct spirits and libations.  Advance preregistration is required as seating is severely limited.

  • $50 per person
  • Sorrento Hotel, Seattle ~ Hunt Club Bar
  • 1st Seating: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • 2nd Seating: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • 900 Madison Street, Seattle, 98104
  • 206-622-6400
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