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August 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Von Trapp’s beer hall changes name to Rhein Haus

The hills are alive, with the sound of… trademark debates? Popular Capitol Hill beer hall Von Trapp’s has changed its name on the request of a member of the Trapp family of “Sound of Music” fame. The new name for the 10,000-square-foot space is Rhein Haus, “as homage to the longest river running through Bavaria.”…

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August 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

New Pellegrini Foundation honors Tom Douglas & Jackie Cross at Harvest Dinner

He spoke no English when he arrived here from Italy with his family at age 10, yet he grew up to become a professor of English literature at the University of Washington. The author of “The Unprejudiced Palate” and nine other books on food, wine and “the good life,” he was happiest in the…

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Comments | More in Food and Restaurant News, Upcoming Events | Topics: Angelo Pellegrini, Jackie Cross, Pellegrini Foundation

August 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A tea party: Chef Ethan Stowell creates entire dinner with Tejava

By Nicole Brodeur You may think there isn’t any more room in Seattle for another caffeinated drink. But Tejava (prounounced “tea-ja-vah”) won’t hear it. The unsweetened, micro-brewed black tea (from the folks who brought you Crystal Geyser and Juice Squeeze) pushed into the Northwest the other week in an inventive way: They hired rock-star Chef Ethan…

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Comments | More in Chefs | Topics: Ethan Stowell, Staple & Fancy, Tejava

August 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Goodbye to Stopsky’s and Katsu Burger

New restaurants face long odds to survive. Even the seemingly successful ones, though, can have struggles. The owners of Stopsky’s Delicatessan on Mercer Island announced that Sunday, Aug. 17, will be the 3-year-old restaurant’s final day. “Stopsky’s was a project of the heart whose mission was to reconnect people to Jewish heritage, connect the community,…

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August 8, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Second Helpings: Cafe Juanita

The big news that Café Juanita will be spiffed up and expanded to include a bar, hopefully by spring, came on the eve of the 3.5-star review that appears today in The Seattle Times. Chef/owner Holly Smith told me she has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Kirkland property, which will allow her to make some long-overdue renovations to the 62-year-old building that once housed a winery.

Holly Smith / Photo courtesy of Cafe Juanita

Holly Smith / Photo courtesy of Cafe Juanita

“I’m super excited. It’s been a long road to get this done,” Smith said. “The look and feel of Cafe Juanita is very much loved so I am not interested in changing that really. Adding a bar means guests can come enjoy us in a more spontaneous relaxed manner, or enjoy a drink before or after dinner. Ideally there will be spring and summer seating on the patio with food coming primarily from the bar for that space….There is a lot to do and not a ton of budget…but I’m optimistic that we will do things on the list that guests can appreciate as well as those things necessary that no one ever sees. It’s a house remodel after all and we all know the realities of old houses!”

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Comments | More in Food and Restaurant News, Restaurants | Topics: Cafe Juanita, Holly Smith

August 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Pasta with Jam Sauce

Rachelle, Sarah and Tony of Team Falkor with me, tasting pasta with jam sauce.

Rachelle, Sarah and Tony of Team Falkor with me, tasting pasta with jam sauce.

According to E!Online, the internet has been inundated this week with “thousands of people around the world forming teams of 15 and performing weird, random and fun tasks in the name of breaking some Guinness World Records…and donating tens of thousands of dollars to the charity Random Acts.” You don’t have to tell me.

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Comments | More in Cooking | Topics: GISHWHES, Pasta with jam sauce, Providence Cicero

August 3, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Duvall cheesemaker wins national awards

A small Duvall cheese maker won big at the American Cheese Society 2014 awards. Cherry Valley Dairy received a first-place award for its Dairy Reserve, an aged Jersey cow milk cheese, in the Rubbed Rind category. Its cultured buttermilk won a third place ribbon as well. It was a notable honor for a relatively new…

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