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Category: Awards and Contests
August 22, 2014 at 10:08 AM

World’s most expensive hot dog is made in Seattle

What does it take to make the world’s most expensive hot dog? The entrepreneurs at Seattle’s Tokyo Dog food truck have snagged the Guinness World Records title for the $169 “Juuni Ban” bratwurst topped with Wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffles, and caviar. The Guinness assessment was that “the ingredients list for…

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April 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Seattle coffee queen wins U.S. barista championship

Barista champion Laila Ghambari (center), Phil Beattie of Dillanos (left) and Emilio Lopez Diaz (right). Photo courtesy of Sprudge.com

Laila Ghambari (center), Phil Beattie of Dillanos (left) and Emilio Lopez Diaz (right). Photo courtesy of Sprudge.com

Laila Ghambari practically grew up in the barista business.

Her father, Ali Ghambari, opened the Cherry Street Coffee House when she was a child, and her first jobs were working in his cafes.

It wasn’t until she left Cherry Street to pull shots elsewhere that she started competing in barista championships. But it wasn’t until she came back to Cherry Street as its Director of Coffee that she won her biggest honor yet: Ghambari, 26, was named the 2014 United States Barista Champion at the Specialty Coffee Association of America competitions over the weekend. She had won the Northwest title in February, and she’ll represent the United States at the World Barista Championships in Italy in June.

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April 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Seattle area distilleries win big at the American Distilling Institute

Those whiskey and gin geeks from around the country are in Seattle this week, holed up at the convention center for  the 11th Annual American Distilling Institute conference. A good number of them were sober too, though many local distillers had a lot of reasons to celebrate. More than a dozen craft distilleries in Washington, from Woodinville Whiskey Co. to San Juan Island Distillery took home several medals at the award gala last night.
I was especially happy for Sidetrack Distillery in Kent, which won a gold medal for its “beet spirit.” I think it’s one of the most interesting products in our craft distillery movement. It has an earthy note, almost like tequila. You can even make a margarita with it.

Award list below. Winners from Washington state are in bold.

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March 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Who has the best croissant in the Seattle area? One acclaimed pastry chef gives his two cents

Neil Roberson, the James Beard semifinalist for "best baker" talks about his favorite croissants in the Seattle area. Photo by John Lok/ Seattle Times

Neil Robertson, the James Beard semifinalist for “Best Pastry Chef” talks about his favorite croissants in the Seattle area. Photo by John Lok/ Seattle Times

Right here, right now. I’m calling a moratorium on cronuts /croughnuts.

Our subject today: croissants, as in our bakeries have gotten really good at making them recently. Have you noticed? Who better to discuss this with then Neil Robertson of Crumble & Flake Patisserie on Capitol Hill who’s in the running for the James Beard Award for “Best Pastry Chef” in the country.

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March 10, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Seattle wine master is a Sommelier of the Year

Seattle’s Chris Tanghe, who achieved the prestigious and difficult certification as a Master Sommelier last year, has been named a 2014 Sommelier of the Year by Food & Wine magazine. Tanghe, wine & service director for downtown’s newish Spanish-influenced restaurant, Aragona, made the list of 7 sommeliers nationwide because “he reminds Americans that Spain…

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February 19, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Seattle chefs named James Beard semifinalists

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December 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

2013 Date Night Dining Awards

Amuse bouche at Epulo Bistro. Courtesy: ELD Images

Amuse bouche at Epulo Bistro. Courtesy: ELD Images

Last week, as I was putting the finishing puns on my own “Best Bites of 2013,” the third annual “Date Night Dining Awards” arrived in my inbox, courtesy of Eric and Diana Denson, a pair of avid and discerning eaters (and Seattle Times readers), just regular folks who happen to eat out almost as often as I do.

I first heard from Eric Denson at the end of 2011, the year he and his wife began a tradition of weekly date nights. “The sole purpose of Date Night is to eat our way across the greater Seattle area, focusing on different restaurants than our old favorites,” he explained. For fun, they decided to hand out awards, which they shared with me.

That began a correspondence wherein I eventually learned that the Densons have been married for 30 years. (Evidently date nights work!) From their South Snohomish County home, he commutes to work in Bellingham, she to Seattle. Besides food, they share a passion for belly-dancing, burlesque and baseball. Since 1998, they’ve had weekend season tickets to the Mariners so breakfast or brunch pinch hit for date nights during baseball season .

She collects cookbooks and (says he) is a fantastic cook. He (says she) is a grill master. Both are keen for new dining experiences but aren’t without issues: she is deathly allergic to seafood and no-reservations is a deal breaker for both. “The last thing we want to do after a long work week is drive someplace where we have to sit around hoping to get a table before we nod off.”

“I’d say we are both foodies but Diana is the one who loves dissecting the dishes,” said Eric. “I focus more on the emotional aspects of the experience, while she is the food scientist. It all fits because she is a scientist by trade and I’m a psychotherapist.”

He also takes pretty swell pix as you’ll see. I get a kick out of the Denson’s Date Night Dining Awards and thought you might too. They’ve given me permission to share. Happy New Year!

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