Thursday, October 8, 2015

Seattle Chef Edges Out California Competition to Win “Best Poke” at I Love Poke Food Festival

Chef Jerial Calamayan of Kraken Congee takes first place during Hawaiian food festival’s inaugural visit to Seattle

Chef Jerial Calamayan of Seattle’s Kraken Congee has won the title of Best Poke at Seattle’s inaugural I Love Poke Food Festival on October 6. Calamayan edged out eight other chefs to claim the prize, including second and third place contestants Chef Wade Tamura, chef at Facebook’s headquarters in San Francisco, and San Diego’s Chef Chris Aure of Zarlitos, a two-time champion who won the I Love Poke San Diego and Orange County competitions earlier this year.

St. Nicks Holiday Weekend in Woodinville Wine Country

Woodinville Wine Country is kicking off the holidays by opening their doors for three days of jolly festivities and wine tastings! Their annual St. Nick’s weekend begins Friday, December 4, with a special Holiday Wine Tasting at Woodinville’s famous landmark, Molbak’s Garden + Home.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Rainier Beer Brews Up Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival

Win celebrated in run-up to 2nd Annual ‘R Day’ on October 24

Rainier Beer returned home from this year’s Great American Beer Festival with a gold medal, a fitting prelude to the 2nd Annual ‘R Day' celebration taking place on October 24.

The Great American Beer Festival invites industry professionals from all over the world to judge beer via a blind taste test competition. This year, more than 60,000 festival attendees and 240 judges were invited to try Rainier Beer, which won a gold medal for the first time since 1998. In total, more than 6,800 beers were evaluated across 92 categories.

Mark Ryan Wine Dinner at Epulo Bistro

Mark Ryan Winery is pairing up with Edmonds’ Epulo Bistro for a lovely five-course meal with thoughtful wine pairings on Wednesday, October 21. The dinner begins at 6:30pm, and is $110/person, tax and tip not included. Join Nick James and Alex Thorkildsen of Mark Ryan Winery and the Epulo team for a fantastic night of great food and wine—plus a little education!

Monday, October 5, 2015

I Love Poke Food Festival & Chef Competition on October 6

Hawaiian food festival to feature celebrated chef Sam Choy, local chefs competing for title of Best Poke and island-inspired tastings

For the first time in six years of sold out events, the I Love Poke Food Festival & Competition is coming to the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday, October 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. This celebration of Hawaiian food culture, taking place at The Stonehouse Café alongside Lake Washington, will see local chefs face off against one another as they compete for the title of “Best Poke” while guests sample each chef’s poke creation, enjoy additional island-inspired tastes, live music and more.



Daniel’s Broiler-Leschi has sold a staggering 850 bottles of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label since Jan. 1, 2015. Considering the restaurant sold 31 bottles of Veuve Cliquot last year, 850 bottles is quite the feat, especially for a 29 table restaurant.

“When we first started the promotion, we weren’t expecting such explosive results. We wanted people to toast our anniversary with us, and the price of the Veuve was introduced as a fun reminder of it being our 35th,” said Lindsey Schwartz, CEO of Schwartz Brothers Restaurants. “The fact that it has had this amount of success has really been amazing to witness.”

The restaurant has been offering special pricing on the ordinarily pricey Brut Yellow Label in the spirit of their 35th anniversary—just $35 a bottle. Daniel’s Broiler-Leschi will be saying “Cheers to 35 Years” throughout the rest of the year and will continue to offer their $35 deal. With only three months of the year remaining, Daniel’s Broiler is well on its way to making its birthday wish come true: 1,000 bottles by Jan. 1, 2016.

Woodinville Wine Country Invites you to Winecraft (Event)

Harvest your passion for fine Washington wine—and raise a toast to the bountiful fall season—with Woodinville’s most distinguished winemakers at the first annual WineCraft: Harvest Wine Auction, to be held on Sunday, October 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The DeLille Chateau, located at 14208 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

Woodinville Wine Country invites Washington wine connoisseurs to experience the renowned craft of local vintners on a relaxed Sunday afternoon in October. The auction will feature top-tier specialty reserve, new blends and limited-release wines.

Unwind and enjoy live music and hearty bites from El Gaucho. Woodinville’s The Barking Frog will also provide tasty eats throughout the afternoon.

Highlights include:

· Specialty reserve, new blends, and limited-release wine tastings.
· A theater-style auction including wines from more than 15 Woodinville wineries, including Baer, DeLille, Fidelitas, Gorman, JM Cellars, Lauren Ashton, Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series, Col Solare, Patterson Cellars and more.
· Live, festive music from acclaimed classical guitarist Enrique Henao.
· Tasty food pairings, courtesy of El Gaucho and The Barking Frog

Tickets are $60 per person. Tickets can be purchased now at

Friday, October 2, 2015

You’ll Love the Taste of These Greens Naked!

Move over greens, there's a new type of green that are delicate, fresh and add a spectacular taste to your diet. Sweet pea shoots add a satisfying crunch and hint of juicy sweetness to your salad. The Sweet Pea also packs 5 grams of protein per serving! With a flavor-charged blend of special, tender-leaf greens, PEPPERGREENS add a kick of peppery heat to salads.