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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.

Barrage Cellars Winemaker Dinner at Russell’s Restaurant and The Loft in Bothell

russells and barrageBarrage Cellars Winemaker Dinner ~ Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7pm

Make plans to attend a very special Barrage Cellars Winemaker Dinner at Russell’s Restaurant & The Loft in Bothell. The special winemaker dinner featuring winemaker Kevin Correll of Barrage Cellars and special menu created by Chef Russell Lowell

  • Brie on Baguette with Guava, Pistachios & Balsamic Reduction
  • 2013 Riesling
  • 2015 Dry Riesling
Seated Dinner
  • Halibut Cheek with Red Pepper Coulis, Paired with 2015 Viognier
  • Wild Boar Medallions With Caramelized Onions & Scotch Bonnet Demi Glace, Paired with 2012 Cabernet Franc
  • Petite Filet & Short Rib, Paired with 2012 Secret Weapon & Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon


  • Chocolate Cheesecake, Paired with Wine Club #3 Syrah
$95, not including tax & gratuity
For Reservations, please call 425.486.4072
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About chef Lowell
Chef Russell Lowell

Chef Russell Lowell

Russell Lowell is the Executive Chef and Owner of Russell Lowell Catering and two of greater Seattle’s most celebrated restaurants: The Garden Cafe at Molbak’s in Woodinville and Russell’s, a rustic, yet elegant restaurant nestled in the North Creek of Bothell.  Russell’s lifelong passion for food began when he was a small boy, exploring the mangrove swamps of Cuba, catching fish and hunting small game. He began his culinary career at the age of 15, cooking under the direction of a French chef in Southern California. Over the next 35 years, he traveled and worked extensively in numerous high-end establishments which led him to become the executive chef for several well-known restaurants across the nation. In the mid-90s, he launched one of Seattle’s most sought-after catering businesses, serving the most distinguished clients in business, politics, and entertainment. In 2007, Russell’s was selected as Seattle’s host venue for the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s Taste America celebration.

Long before it was fashionable to “go green”, Chef Lowell was and still remains a passionate advocate and long time supporter of Washington farms and wineries. He participates in local sorticulture events such as the Annual Snohomish County Focus on Farming, feeding 650 local farmers in support of their efforts to preserve Washington State’s farmland.

In addition to running his businesses, Chef Lowell devotes a majority of his time to numerous community and charitable organizations, such as: the Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, the Fred Hutch Premier Chefs, Swedish Hospital, Virginia Mason, Northwest Medical Teams, Eastside Catholic High School, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Tessera Autism Organization, the American Liver Foundation and many others. Most notably, he has served on the Chef’s Advisory Board for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research.

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 www.tastewashington.org 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 www.tastewashington.org.

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 www.visitseattle.org.

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 www.washingtonwine.org.

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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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.  
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