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Category: Fairs, Festivals, Special Events
July 3, 2014 at 6:15 AM

What are the best restaurants for watching July 4 fireworks?

Photo courtesy of Westward From about the minute Westward opened on Lake Union in August, diners were thinking about how good Seattle’s July 4 fireworks show would look from its dock (pictured above.) The good news: There’s a big viewing party planned there for Friday, with a paella dinner, sides, lots of beer, wine and sangria,…


Comments | Topics: A Terrible Beauty, Duke's, Fourth of July

January 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Women Stars of Food & Wine? Seattle has them in abundance


Ericka Burke of Volunteer Park Cafe is one of the "Women Stars of Food & Wine" Photo by Ernie Sapiro Photography

Ericka Burke of Volunteer Park Cafe is one of the “Women Stars of Food & Wine”
Photo by Ernie Sapiro Photography

I know it’s hard for anyone in this town to think beyond a certain date with destiny this Sunday, but, hey, what are you doing the Sunday after the Super Bowl?

February 9th is the date for “Women Stars of Food & Wine,” an afternoon soiree showcasing dozens of Northwest women chefs, winemakers and sommeliers at the newly remodeled Columbia Tower Club. Fittingly, the event supports the Women’s Funding Alliance, a group that invests in organizations “working to promote progressive change and social justice for women and girls.”

News of this foraging of female talent coincided with reading Julia Moskin’s piece, “A Change in the Kitchen,” last week in The New York Times about the ascendancy of women in New York’s top kitchens. Moskin writes:

“A leading kitchen run by a woman is no longer newsworthy. But it is not quite commonplace, either; the tag “female chef” is still applied to Anita Lo, Barbara Lynch, April Bloomfield, Dominique Crenn (the first woman in North America to have a restaurant with two Michelin stars) and dozens of others. Certainly the most visible chefs are men, a fact made clear in November by a Time Magazine spread that showcased its choice of the world’s most influential chefs, with not a woman among them.”

Thinking back over the 20 years I’ve been covering the Seattle restaurant scene, it struck me that our city has been ahead of the curve when it comes to women heading kitchens: Monique Barbeau, Emily Moore, Kathy Casey, Chris Keff, Tamara Murphy, Holly Smith, Maria Hines, Renee Erickson and Rachel Yang are a just a few prominent names that come to mind. I contacted some of them to get their thoughts.


Comments | Topics: "Women Stars of Food & Wine", Providence Cicero, Seattle Uncorked

December 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Mudhoney to play at Full Tilt Ice Cream

Photo by Jenn Gibson

Photo by Jenn Gibson

Step aside, Cherry Garcia. Full Tilt Ice Cream has developed an ice cream flavor for storied grunge band Mudhoney, and the band — fresh off a 25th anniversary show with Pearl Jam — will play at the indie shop’s flagship branch in White Center on Wednesday.

Justin Cline and Ann Magyar, co-owners of the hangout known for creative local flavors and pinball games, are longtime Mudhoney fans. Cline said he had a friend at Sub Pop Records who helped him get in touch with frontman Mark Arm to see if band members would be into having their own dessert. He brought down some samples, band members picked the favorite, and they wound up doing honey cinnamon with a fudge swirl. “We use Shipwreck honey, which is a hyper local honey producer here in West Seattle,” Cline said.

More or less as a joke, Cline said, he then told band members that if they ever wanted to play an ice cream shop to let him know.


Comments | Topics: Full Tilt Ice Cream, Justin Cline, Mark Arm

September 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Festival celebrates the bounty of the San Juans

Orcas Island is one of my family’s favorite escapes. Never been? Check out this scenery and see what you’ve been missing:


CrowValleyFarmOrcasIsland San Juan islands sheep at sunrise



Harvest season is a great time to get acquainted with the San Juan Islands and if you need an excuse to hop a ferry consider this: The Great Island Grown Festival is underway. Designed to celebrate the bounty of the San Juans, as well as showcase the farmers, distillers, entrepreneurs, and chefs who make the most of it, the festival includes two weeks of workshops, demonstrations, tastings, tours, farm-to-table meals and more.


Comments | Topics: Providence Cicero, San Juan Islands, The Great Island Grown Festival

July 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Free Slurpees today! But, uh, the line in Kennewick might be kinda long

7-Eleven stores are giving away free Slurpees today. (Photo courtesy of 7-Eleven)

7-Eleven stores are giving away free Slurpees today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. (Photo courtesy of 7-Eleven)

Look at your calendar, folks. Note that it’s  7/11, which means Slurpees are free today at participating 7-Elevens in celebration of the company’s 86th birthday. Kennewick, we are looking at you.

Put your hands together (clap, clap, clap) for the 7-Eleven store in west of downtown Kennewick, which sells more slushy drinks than any other store in America. More than a 1,000 a day! What’s in the water in Kennewick? Literally. Do they not drink tap water to quench their thirst?


Comments | Topics: slushy drinks, Tan Vinh

July 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Chefs and growers team for summer dining events

Summer means gardens going wild and farms fertile with produce. The fields’ yields bring chefs and growers together for special events in and out of town. Here are a few coming right up that got my attention and deserve yours:


A table set for dinner in the field.

A table set for dinner in the field. Photo: Sno-Valley Tilth

Doing anything this Saturday night? There are still a few seats left for this summer’s first in a series of Farm-To-Table dinners at Sutra Farm. Yes, Sutra, Wallingford’s superb vegetarian restaurant, has a country place. The 5.5 acre spread is situated about an hour northeast of Seattle. Chef Colin Patterson says the idea started last year and every dinner was a sell-out.  This year there will be three: July 6, July 20 and August 24 (all Saturdays from 4:30-8:30 p.m.)


Comments | Topics: Frank's Oyster House & Champagne Parlor, LloydMartin, Sno-Valley Tilth

July 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Kirkland Uncorked: where I’ll thrill to the grill. You coming?

A grill’s gotta do what I grill’s gotta do, and I’ll be checking out the excitement at Kirkland Uncorked this weekend, where you’ll find me Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Tasting Garden, emceeing the annual grill-off at the Weber Grill Stage. With beautiful Lake Washington as a backdrop, I’ll join Pat Donahue (executive chef…


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