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November 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Chefs Matt Dillon and Blaine Wetzel celebrate Noma’s Rene Redzepi in Seattle

Revelers under the tent in Occidental Square. Photo: Nancy Leson

Revelers under the tent in Occidental Square. Photo: Nancy Leson

Matt Dillon/Photo by Ken Lambert

Matt Dillon/Photo by Ken Lambert

Dinner under a tent in Seattle in November? Call it foolhardy, even crazy, but also call it sold out—at $200 per person no less. Four hours after Lara Hamilton sent an email in mid-October to her Book Larder mailing list announcing the November 18th event, not a ticket was left. The draw was a chef trifecta. James Beard Award-winner Matt Dillon was cooking with Blaine Wetzel of Willow’s Inn, dubbed “one of ten restaurants in the world worth a plane ride” by the NY Times.

The guest of honor was Copenhagen chef Rene Redzepi of Noma, which held the number one spot on the list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” three years running beginning in 2010. That’s the year “we went from zeros to heros,” said Redzepi in Seattle, one stop on his U.S. tour promoting his latest book, A Work in Progress. (If you missed him last night making chocolate-covered chicharones with Jimmy Kimmel and actor Idris Elba, watch it here. It’s hilarious!) Addressing the 160 people who braved Seattle’s rain and chill on Monday night an impressed Redzepi said, “This would never happen in Denmark.”

Rene Redzepi (center) signing books in Seattle/Photo: Nancy Leson

Rene Redzepi (second from left) signing books in Seattle/Photo: Nancy Leson

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Comments | Topics: A Work in Progress, Bar Sajor, Blaine Wetzel

March 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Seattle cookbooks and chefs win Beard nominations

Several Seattle authors and chefs were on the list when finalists for the prestigious James Beard awards were announced Monday morning. For cookbooks, Michael Natkin’s Herbivoracious was a finalist in the Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian category, and The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle was nominated for Baking and Desserts. Modernist Cuisine…

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Comments | Topics: Blaine Wetzel, Ethan Stowell, James Beard awards