Ethan Stowell’s June Charity Cook-Off = Barbecue

Benefiting The Fetal Health Foundation

SEATTLE, May 30, 2013—The next Ethan Stowell cook-off is coming right up—this time a special Father’s Day edition: BARBECUE! An assemblage of Seattle’s best chefs and home cooks will rally at Tavolàta on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, fighting for the title of Barbecue King. It’s an anything goes competition this time around—whatever barbecue means to the cook, from southern-style ribs to Korean BBQ to grilled salmon.
When is comes to barbecuing, whether you cook in a restaurant kitchen of not, you are a professional. The competitors include: Manny Arce of Poquitos, Rocky Yeh, Dan Braun of Oliver’s Twist, Tobie Robinson of Parsnips Catering, Thomas Marshall, Joseph Conrad of RN74, Darren Vengroff (who holds the Gumbo title from January of 2008), Jim Romdall of Vessel, Joe Jeannot of the Jopra Show, Kirby Winfield, and Ethan Stowell.

Guests will be given a scorecard to taste and rate all the different barbecue as the evening goes along, and the winner will receive a $200 gift card to Ethan Stowell Restaurants. The cook-off begins at 6pm and cost is $50/person. The cost includes barbecue galore, potato salad, coleslaw, and tap beer. Smack talk is most definitely encouraged. Reservations are highly recommended, as previous cook-offs have consistently sold out. For reservations, please call Tavolàta at 206.838.8008.

In the past, these cook-offs—ranging from Fried Chicken Frenzy to Meatloaf Madness—have been wildly popular and included scores of local chefs such as Ericka Burke of Volunteer Park Cafe, Mark Fuller of Ma’Ono Fried Chicken & Whisky, and Bill “Oyster Bill” Whitbeck from Taylor Shellfish—to name just a few. Home cooks have been known to smoke the pros, and most of the cook-offs center around down home classics—gumbo, mac and cheese, chowder, and the like. Past cook-offs raised thousand of dollars for charities including the Boys and Girls Club of King County, PAWS, Northwest Harvest, FareStart, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Save the Date:
Sunday, September 22 (NEW DATE)— Fried Chicken
Sunday, November 17—Mac and Cheese

The Fetal Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3), national non-profit and the only one of its kind serving as a liaison between families whose babies are diagnosed with intrauterine fetal syndromes and the medical teams that provide their care. Since inception in 2006, Fetal Health has provided support and information through its online repository of fetal diagnostic information, as well as financially supporting more than 300 families through Travel Grants when immediate travel for lifesaving treatment has been necessary. Fetal Health focuses on providing parents with information to help them serve as the best advocates for their babies and their families. For more information, visit

Opened in January of 2007 by chef Ethan Stowell, Tavolàta is an urban Italian eatery located at 2323 Second Avenue in Seattle’s bustling Belltown neighborhood. Sublime house made pastas, simple Italian cuisine, and a 30-foot communal table (tavolàta) that runs down the center of the narrow room keeps the crowds coming back. Tavolàta offers a full bar and a selection of Northwest and Italian wines. Tavolàta serves dinner seven nights a week from 5pm to 11pm. A happy hour bar menu is offered from 5pm – 7pm every evening. Tavolàta has a small patio for seasonal dining. For more information or reservations, call 206.838.8008 or visit

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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