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Give the Ultimate Gift this Holiday Season: A Weekend Pass to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience

All You’ll Really Want for Christmas is Food and Wine

Looking for a unique, affordable and delicious gift idea this holiday? Give the gift of the ultimate Seattle culinary experience with tickets to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) weekend of events on February 24 – 26.

The newly-expanded weekend features three events: POP! Bubbles & Seafood, Comfort (NEW) and the Grand Tasting. A total indulgence for foodies, the weekend includes more than 300 of Seattle’s best chefs from gastro pubs to fine dining establishments, distillers, local cider and brew masters with more than 600 wines making this Experience the perfect holiday gift for the food and wine lover in your life.

Need more convincing? Here are the top 5 reasons to attend each event:

POP! Bubbles & Seafood  Friday, February 24, 2016 at McCaw Hall

  1. Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Cava, Cremant and more than 40 kinds of bubbles to sample
  2. World-class seafood, including oyster bars, from 20 of Seattle’s best chefs
  3. Saber-Off Competition featuring local celebrities and incredible tunes by DJ Dubreezy
  4. The Callebaut Belgium Chocolate Lounge featuring bites from Seattle’s top pastry chefs
  5. Dozens of Reserve Red wines from top wineries

Comfort: Seattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews  Saturday, February 25, 2016 at Fremont Foundry

  1. Comfort is the newest and coziest addition to the Experience
  2. Mac & cheese, burgers, doughnut wall, fried chicken and many more comfort foods
  3. More than 50 craft beers, ciders, bubbly and more to quench your thirst between tasty bites
  4. Do-it-Yourself Bars: Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary, s’mores, fry potato bar and more
  5. Rock out with your friends to tunes by DJ Branden Landon and take photos in the Shutterbus

The Grand TastingSunday, February 26, 2016 at McCaw Exhibition Hall

  1. More than 500 wines, plus tastes from distilleries, beer and cider, Oh My!
  2. Fare from 25 local chefs and 25 specialty food makers
  3. Explore the Celebrity Modern Luxury Lounge for a chance to win a cruise!
  4. Yakima Valley Craft Food and Beverage Exhibit
  5. The Savor Experience from San Luis Obispo County
  6. The Sweet Suite–Indulge to your heart’s content
  7. The “Pearls” of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates with wines from Canon 13, Intrinsic, Mamma Mia and more
  8. Taste from Nicky Farms exotic meats, Heritage Meats Butchery Block and Sustainable Alaska Seafood
  9. Buy your favorite wine, beer, cider and spirits from the QFC product store benefitting Les Dames d’Escoffier

Seattle Wine and Food Experience, presented by Seattle magazine, brings the city’s vibrant culinary and beverage scene to life. The Weekend Pass ($220) is the best deal for that special foodie on your holiday shopping list. For more details on the events including pricing packages, visit seattlewineandfoodexperience.com.

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About Seattle Magazine

For more than 50 years, Seattle magazine has chronicled the life and dynamic changes of one of the most innovative, forward-thinking cities in the United States. With a readership of more than 191,000 and a circulation of 46,000, it’s the most subscribed-to city magazine in Washington state, connecting locals and newcomers to the best local food, travel, wine, beer, spirits, design, arts, culture, people, businesses and tech the region offers. Seattle magazine is published by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Publications which also publishes Seattle Business, Seattle Bride and 2 custom publications locally as well as dozens of other titles across the country. Learn more at seattlemag.com and at tigeroak.com.

About Les Dames d’Escofier Seattle

The event benefits Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle, a 501c3 non-profit organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy, and philanthropy. Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle focuses on raising 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.

Seattle Wine and Food Experience returns – February 20 – 21, 2016

Tickets On-Sale for two-day celebration of food, wine and craft beverages


Courtesy SWFE

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) is back February 20-21, 2016 with two epicurean events: POP! Bubbles & Seafood (Saturday, Feb. 20) and the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting (Sunday, Feb. 21). Tickets go on sale November 2, 2015 at seattlewineandfoodexperience.com.

“The Seattle Wine and Food Experience connects producers to enthusiasts and supports the community,” said Jamie Peha, event producer and president of Peha Promotions. The 2016 experience is the eighth annual show and benefits Les Dames d’Escoffier as it features a number of talented authors, chefs, brewers and winemakers from the benefactor. “I can’t wait to share more details as the event evolves daily and is becoming an entire weekend of culinary immersion.” said Peha.

Pop! Bubbles & Seafood, presented by Seattle magazine on Saturday, February 20 will be held at the luxurious McCaw Hall and brings together the bounty of Pacific Northwest seafood for a one-of-a kind Seattle experience. Many of the region’s top culinary talent will prepare tasty bites using fresh and sustainable seafood from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and local seafood companies.
Seattle Caviar along with The Oyster Room presented by Taylor Shellfish is sure to be a hit with multiple varieties to taste while exploring new preparations and recipes. Cynthia Nims, president of Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle Chapter, cookbook author and culinary expert will debut her new book Oysters! Recipes that Bring Home a Taste of the Sea.

What about the bubbles, you ask? Expect more than 30 sparkling wines from around the world including: Washington sparkling, Spanish Cava, French Champagne, Italian Prosecco, Alsatian Cremant plus seafood friendly white wines and craft hard cider and local beer. New this year is the Reserve Red Room and the Chocolate Salon by Cacao Barry.


Seattle Wine and Food Experience

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting is an epicurean event and returns on Sunday, February 21 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Premier sponsors include QFC (Quality Food Centers) and Seattle magazine and this year’s featured regionYakima Valley Tourism. SWFE brings back more than 190 leading wine brands, craft brewers, cider makers, distillers and chefs. Gourmet bites from artisan restaurants, farmers and food purveyors highlight the Northwest’s diversity of flavors.

Insights into the experiences that await you include: Ste. Michelle Riesling Challenge, Northwest Wine Academy Wine School, Heritage Meats Butchery Block and the Brews and Ewes by Stella Artois and the American Lamb Board. Be sure to seek out the Northwest Travel and Life Experience showcasing agri-tourism highlights from six Northwest regions, Martindale Travel & Tours, Celebrate the potato with Tim’s Cascade Snacks and the Washington Potato Commission and Acqua Panna/San Pellegrino. Watch for updates and new announcements on the website or via our social media channels. Plan ahead and don’t miss your opportunity to experience the latest culinary trends, learn about regional and local foods, taste wines from a number of wine regions and expand your knowledge of the latest craft beverages.


POP! Bubbles and Seafood

Where:                   McCaw Hall (321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109

When:                     Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hours:                     6 – 9pm

Price:                       $75 per person

Seattle Wine and Food Experience – Grand Tasting

Where:                   Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (300 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109)

When:                     Sunday, February 21, 2016

Hours:                     VIP: 12 – 5pm / General Admission: 1 – 5pm

Price:                       WEEKEND PASS – SWFE VIP and Pop!: $140

VIP: $75 per person

Early Bird General Admission: $55 November 2 – 8

General Admission after November 8: $60

Get the most out of this tasting weekend and attend both events with the SWFE Weekend Pass package. Tickets on sale November 2, 2015 at www.seattlewineandfoodexperience.com. This is a 21-year or over event, all admitted must have a valid I.D. No children or babes-in-arms will be admitted.

About Seattle Wine and Food Experience

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience is a deluxe showcase for wine, beverage, food and lifestyle in the Northwest featuring more than 100 wineries pouring 500 wines from the Northwest and beyond. For a complete list of participating vendors and the wide variety of products to sample at this years event, please visit the website at www.seattlewineandfoodexperience.com.

About Les Dames d’Escofier Seattle

The event benefits Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle, a 501c3 non-profit organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy, and philanthropy. Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle focuses on raising 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.

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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 SeattleWineandFoodExperience.com, find them onFacebook.com/SeattleWineandFoodExperience or follow on Twitter @Seattlewinefood