Staple and Fancy Mercantile Announces Participation in Serving up James Beard Promotion

Photo credit to: Ethan Stowell Restaurants

SEATTLE— In honor of the 25th anniversary of the James Beard Foundation, chef Ethan Stowell’s Staple & Fancy Mercantile will join restaurants across the country to pay homage to culinary pioneer James Beard and his influence on American cuisine and culture, from September 1 through September 30.

As a participant in the national Serving Up James Beard promotion, Staple & Fancy will donate $1 from each “fancy menu” sold to the James Beard Foundation Silver Anniversary Scholarship Drive, which supports aspiring culinary students in their pursuit of success in the hospitality industry. 
Staple & Fancy Mercantile, located at 4739 Ballard Avenue NW in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, is restaurant number four of celebrated chef Ethan Stowell. Opened in August of 2010 and housed in a beautifully renovated early 1900’s building, this intimate restaurant showcases Stowell’s simple Italian inspired cooking style. The restaurant offers an a la carte or “staple” menu and the popular chef choice or “fancy” menu that’s a one-of-a-kind, multi-course dining experience with dishes created from unique sourced products, local seasonal ingredients, and house-made pastas. The small bar is perfect for snacking and offers a tasteful selection of aperitifs and cocktails. The wine list is Euro-centric with a thoughtful selection of Northwest wines. Staple & Fancy is open daily from 5pm – 11pm. For more information or reservations, call 206.789.1200 or visit

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America’s diverse culinary heritage and future. A cookbook author and teacher, James Beard was a champion of American cuisine who helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by offering a variety of events and programs designed to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster a deeper understanding of our culinary culture. These programs include educational initiatives, food industry awards, an annual national food conference, Leadership Awards program, culinary scholarships, and publications.

In addition to maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs, the Foundation has created a robust online community, and hosts tastings, lectures, workshops, and food-related art exhibits in New York City and around the country. For more information, please visit You can find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices, become a JBF member at, like the James Beard Foundation on Facebook, and follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter and Pinterest.

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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