One of Seattle’s BEST food & drink events returns this weekend with FOUR special Seattle Wine & Food Experience opportunities

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience offers FOUR events this February (one of these experiences is already sold out). There’s something for just about everyone.

Events include:

THURSDAY FEB 21: Comfort at SODO Park

FRIDAY FEB 21: Pop! Bubbles & Seafood at The Sanctuary  (Sold out!)

SATURDAY FEB 22: The Grand Tasting at Bell Harbor (VIP tickets are sold out but General Admission are still available)

SUNDAY FEB 23: Sunday Supper at Block 41 (NEW this year!)

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Details:

COMFORT

I’ll be heading to Comfort on Thursday on a friend-date with my pal Paul Levy (yes, contrary to When Harry Met Sally beliefs, men and women CAN be friends).  I’ve been to the venue, SODO Park, for a wedding before and am exciting to see what they do with the gorgeous space for Comfort! From the menu online, the dishes I’m most excited to try are: Tulalip Casino’s Mom’s After School Grilled Cheese, Mountaineering Club’s cucumber dish, Catina Lena’s Beef Kimchi Quesadillas. and Smith Brother’s Milk and Cookie station (seriously how cute is this photo?!) For drinks, I’m excited to sip 2 Towns Ciderhouse Pineapple Cider and Made Marion Blackberry Hard Cider, Finn River’s Black Currant Cider, Perihelion Brewery’s Lost in Space Sour Cherry Ale, and Woodinville Whiskeys.

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POP! BUBBLES & SEAFOOD

This event was truly delightful last year and I’m excited to learn more about sparkling wine and champagne with my friend Joy. The venue is awesome – if you haven’t been to The Sanctuary in downtown Seattle yet and have tickets for this event (or can buy some off someone – this particular event is now sold out), you are in for a treat! I love seeing how creative restaurants get with seafood offerings. I’m most excited to try: Eat Good Group’s “Pine Cured Steelhead Crudo with Wild Mushroom, Tempura, Elderberries and Cocoa,” Ivar’s “Smoked Coho salmon, goat cheese mousse,
roasted Anjou pears, Belgium endive spear” and Salty’s “Beet Cured Ora King Salmon Crudo, Fried Caper Aioli, Fennel, Red Onion and Cucumber, Charred Lemon Vinaigrette, Warm Baguette.” I don’t have enough insight on bubbly wine to know which wineries I should be most excited for – feel free to let me know on my facebook post!

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THE GRAND TASTING

The Grand Tasting is a jaw-dropping good time. I’ll be working with some of my inspiring clients this Saturday, so won’t have a chance to make The Grand Tasting this year but YOU should go. It’s one of the most fun food & drink events that the city offers – there is a joy and laughter in the air throughout this event due to the creative displays and layout, an immense amount of food and drinks to experience, and the playful sense of exploration you get to enjoy as you delight your tastebuds. #SWFE Grand Tasting last year was one of the most memorable food/drink event I have ever experienced, and that’s saying a lot!

Check out Seattle Mag’s awesome guide with tips and tricks to make the most out of this event here. “More than 200 vendors will be clamoring to share their food and drink with you—your challenge will be making the most out of this festival of wine and local eats. Fear not: we wouldn’t leave you unprepared in the face of such a momentous occasion. Take a peek at our step-by-step game plan designed to help you maximize your experience. You may not have known it at the time but mapping out your trip to Disneyland was just training for Seattle Wine and Food Experience” – Seattle Mag

Check out photos from 2018’s Grand Tasting here.

SUNDAY SUPPER

This event is brand new to #SWFE this year! I’m so thrilled to be attending this event with my husband this coming Sunday. I haven’t been to Block 41 yet but will be sure to report back! I’ve had great food from Spinasse and Mamnoon in the past so am excited to see what they bring to the table along side chefs from General Harvest Restaurants, Sawyer, Ciudad, and Eden Hill.

Here’s the scoop:

“A curated list of Seattle’s best chefs will come together to create a once in a lifetime dinner experience, with each chef serving up an inspired course as part of an epic immersive meal.”

  • 5:00 pm: Doors open for cocktail hour – Enjoy cocktails, bubbly and appetizers as guests arrive
  • 5:45 pm: Dinner seating begins upstairs
  • 6:00 pm: Sunday Supper kicks off with a beautiful six-course meal and wine pairings
  • 8:00 pm: Chefs’ After Party! Join us downstairs after supper for an after-hours bash complete with late night snacks, entertainment and desserts by Tulalip Resort Casino’s Nikol Nakamura and Salt & Straw

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I’m hydrating NOW in preparation for this weekend of delicious fun! Thanks to #SWFE for hosting these events! I look forward to sharing photos and reviews of my favorite bites and sips during and after the fun.

What are YOU most excited for during the weekend of Seattle Wine & Food Experience? #SFWE

Tickets here.

RSVP and invite friends on the Facebook Event Pages.

Check out photos from last year’s events here.

Photos via Seattle Wine & Food Experience.

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Experience the wines of the Walla Walla region at McCaw Hall on February 25

Wine tasting events can be one of the most fun ways to connect with a date or a friend. You don’t have to be an expert wine taster to enjoy sipping different varietals and you’ll leave with some new favorites in mind!

Taking a trip to Walla Walla specifically for wine tasting is a fun experience in itself, but if your February is as busy as mine has been, you’ll be excited to hear that you don’t have to go far at all to taste a wide range of wines from Walla Walla.

Tickets are available now for the Walla Walla Wine Tasting at McCaw Hall in Seattle Center on February 25 from 5:30pm to 8pm! Get your tickets here.

In addition to discovering wineries I’m not familiar with, I’m excited to specifically experience pours from  Dusted Valley (so good!) and Seven Hills winery.

My suggestions for a attending a wine-tasting event:

  • bring a water bottle – stay hydrated!
  • have your phone charged – take photos of labels you like the most
  • when sipping your wine when you talk to the winery folks at a particular booth, stand a bit to the side so they can answer questions while they pour wine for the next person in line
  • have a bit of food before your go – this event is just light hors d’oevres

Here’s a list of everyone who will be there:

Connect with 50 Walla Walla Valley wineries and winemakers and sample, side-by-side, the wine crafted from the unique growing sites of the Walla Walla Valley AVA and surrounding areas.

 

Participating Wineries

Abeja
Adamant Cellars
ALUVÉ
áMaurice Cellars
Amavi Cellars
Armstrong Family Winery
Balboa Winery
Bledsoe Family Winery
Brook & Bull Cellars and Vital Winery
Browne Family Vineyards
Cadaretta
Caprio Cellars
College Cellars of Walla Walla
DAMA Wines
Dunham Cellars
Dusted Valley
Elephant Seven
Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State
FIGGINS
Five Star Cellars
Forgeron Cellars
Foundry Vineyards
Gifford Hirlinger
Kontos Cellars
Lagana Cellars
L’Ecole N° 41
Locati Cellars
Maison Bleue Winery
Northstar Winery
Otis Kenyon Wine
Pepper Bridge Winery
REININGER Winery
Rôtie Cellars
Seven Hills Winery
Sinclair Estate Vineyards
Sleight of Hand Cellars
Solemn Cellars
Spring Valley Vineyard
Tamarack Cellars
Tempus Cellars
Tertulia Cellars
The Walls
Three Rivers Winery
Tranche
Trust Cellars
Walla Walla Vintners
Watermill Winery
Woodward Canyon
Zerba Cellars

Tickets here. 

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RSVP to the Facebook event page here.

Special thanks to the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance for hosting me at this event. I look forward to discovering new-to-me wines! 

 

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is a nonprofit wine industry membership organization whose primary mission is to build an internationally acclaimed Walla Walla Valley wine brand among consumers, media, and trade by providing marketing programs on behalf of member wineries, vineyards, and partners. The Wine Alliance functions as the leading informational resource for consumers, media and trade interested in learning more about the Valley’s wine industry.

 

 

Giveaway! Enter to win two tickets to “Restaurant After Hours” at Seattle Aquarium

“Eat. Meet. Repeat.” The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is bringing back one of their most popular networking & food events this month and now is your chance to enter to win two tickets to the event!
Network with other Seattle-area folks and enjoy bites from local businesses including Mt. Townsend Creamery, Honest Biscuit, The Confectional, Ivar’s, and much more. Plus, this event takes place in a dynamic venue: the Seattle Aquarium. This 2019 event is Wednesday, February 27 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. You can snag early-bird priced tickets now (price goes up on February 20).
Want to enter to win two tickets?
You can enter on Facebook and Instagram! <— Check out these links to enter.
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Giveaway ends 2/11/19 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Giveaway is not sponsored by Facebook or Instagram.

Love Whisky? The Whisky Extravaganza comes to Seattle for one night only on November 9.

Whiskey lovers: mark your calendars and get your tickets now for The Whisky Extravaganza coming to The Rainer Club in downtown Seattle Friday, November 9, 2018.

This Friday night tasting  will showcase “the world’s most prestigious whisky brands, including Highland Park, The Glenrothes, Glenfiddich and Brown Forman.” Attendees will also enjoy a delectable stationed dinner which includes menu items such as risotto, pasta bolognese, vegan pumpkin panna cotta, and a wide range of other dishes (see the main site for Seattle’s full menu).

Also included in your ticket, should you wish to attend, is a master class with award-winning author and whisky expert Lew Bryson and Glass Revolution’s Raj Sabharwal. If this interests you, be sure to sign up for the masterclass after purchasing your tickets.

Tickets here.

What’s your favorite whisky? Let me know in the comments below!

New to whisky tasting? Here’s advice the #whiskyextravaganza shared in a recent tweet with a beginner’s guide to tasting.

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Images via The #WhiskyExtravaganza website.

Love cider? The BIG Cider Summit Seattle features 150+ ciders – Sept 7 & 8.

Calling all fellow cider lovers! South Lake Union is the place to be this Friday & Saturday, September 7 & 8, 2018, for a special Cider Summit Seattle event.

This year, ticket buyers will have twice the amount of tasting tickets than they had last year, which gives you a chance to try even more delicious ciders (50+ producers will be pouring 150+ ciders, cider cocktails, and apple spirits). 75% of the producers are from the Northwest and the event will also feature some international ciders to sip. This is the event if you love cider – you’re sure to leave with some new favorites and knowledge about this wonderful drink.

You’ll also be able to enjoy bites from sponsor Capitol Cider (locally owned gluten-free restaurant on Capitol Hill).

This event is both Friday and Saturday and you can attend both days with one ticket! General admission tickets include 16 tasting tickets and VIP tickets include 24 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase. Details and tickets here.

Already going? RSVP on the Facebook event page here and invite friends!

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Support University District Food Bank by drinking wine and beer on July 27!

If you don’t regularly worry where your next meal is coming from, I encourage you to support a local food bank and help others in need. One great way to do this is through an upcoming experience, Seattle magazine’s tasting event Red, White & Brew” 2018 at Seattle Center on Friday, July 27! Proceeds of this event, produced in partnership with Washington State Wine,  will go to University District Food Bank.

I’ll be taking my mom to this delicious tasting event, where we will enjoy sips of wine and beer from over SIXTY award-winning wineries and breweries (scroll down for a list!) and bites from a variety of local restaurants.

Tickets here. 

Pro-tips for this event:

  • Eat a little something before. The bites are usually just that – you’ll want some food in your belly so you can enjoy the right amount of sips. I usually bring some nuts or a bar in case I need it (this is, after all, a drink event, not a food event).
  • Have your phone charged (hashtag #RWBSea). Snap photos of the wines and beers you love the most so you can find them later (not all events allow for sales onsite)
  • Bring a water bottle! Some of these events have great water sponsors, but when they don’t, you’ll be glad you have some with you.
  • Bring a bag or purse to keep flyers and any swag you might pick up
  • It’s ok to spit (or pour out). These events are about enjoying and discovering great wines and beer. You don’t have to drink the entirety of what’s in your glass. You’ll enjoy the experience more if you pace yourself and delight in the tasting experience
  • When talking with a pourer, you can position yourself a bit to the side to allow them to continue to pour to others while they talk with you. Be courteous to other attendees while you learn.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll likely be standing and walking a lot – seating is rare at these types of events
  • Treat a friend! Tasting is more fun with a pal. Since this is for a good cause, get a ticket for you and a friend as a way of saying thank you while giving back.

About the event (in their own words):

Join us at Seattle magazine’s tasting event of the summer: Red, White and Brew! Sample from local wineries, breweries and restaurants under the sun at Seattle Center.

Now in its seventh year, the event honors the winning wineries showcased in Seattle magazine’s Washington Wine Awards selected by a panel of the top local sommeliers and wine professionals. Red, White & Brew will also feature the winners from Seattle magazine’s second annual Beer Awards.

*PLUS! Proceeds from the event will go to University District Food Bank. Want even more ways to contribute? Bring a nonperishable food item or make a donation to enter to win the Red, White & Brew prize package with all proceeds going to University District Food Bank!

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PARTICIPATING WINERIES
Abeja
Ambassador Wines of Washington
Andrew Will Winery
Avennia
Betz Family Winery
Canvasback
DeLille Cellars
DenHoed Wine Estates 
Dusted Valley
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Forgeron Cellars
Guardian Cellars
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Kerloo Cellars
Kevin White Winery
Lauren Ashton Cellars
Long Shadows Vintners
Northstar
PepperBridge Winery & Amavi Cellars
Savage Grace Wines
Syncline Winery
Tenet Wines
The Walls
Tranche
Treveri Cellars
Two Vintners
Upchurch Vineyard
Woodward Canyon

PARTICIPATING BREWERIES
Chainline Brewing Company
Elliott Bay Brewing Co. 
Fremont Brewing
Icicle Brewing Company
Matchless Brewing
Pike Brewing Company
Redhook Brewery
Seapine Brewing Company
Silver City Brewery
Stoup Brewing
Sumerian Brewing Co.
Two Beers Brewing Co.
Urban Family Brewing
Wander Brewing

Bananas! On now at Can Can Culinary Cabaret

Brandon and I are heading to the Can Can Culinary Cabaret in Pike Place Market in Seattle this week to check out their new show “Bananas!” and explore their menu!

This sounds delightful, don’t you agree?

About the show:

Can Can goes Bananas! for a limited engagement this Spring! Seattle’s only underground and Parisian-inspired Bohemia becomes a steamy oasis beckoning warmer weather. Feast on a specially curated Pike Place Market-fresh menu and handcrafted cocktails as the Can Can Dance Company entertains – burlesque, comedy, song, cabaret, and more. Inspired by riot time classics like “Cry-Baby” and “Grease,” Can Can’s Bananas! is a special paradise, and who doesn’t love a good vacation?

Tickets and more info at thecancan.com

Facebook event page here.

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Hungry for even more info: here you go:

Can Can becomes a steamy oasis beckoning warmer weather with its limited engagement production, Bananas!, which opened to a sold out crowd on Friday night at the intimate Pike Place Market venue. Inspired by 1940s Brazilian bombshell Carmen Miranda and all-time-favorite cult classics like “Grease” and “Cry Baby,” Bananas! boasts a newly refreshed, seasonal dinner and drink menu and the Can Can Dance Company’s unique brand of playfully bawdy entertainment. Bananas! will run May 4 – June 24, 2018 (press inquire for access) and both group and single tickets are available online now at TheCanCan.com, including special ticket packages for both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Seattle’s only underground and Parisian-inspired Bohemia woos summer in the Northwest with its captivating, tropically infused evening of burlesque, comedy, song, dance, food, and then some. “One of our most popular shows was called Flamingo – we produced it in 2015,” Chris Pink, Can Can artistic director comments. “Ever since then, we’ve had endless requests to bring it back, so we decided to combine last summer’s hit Ice Cream with Flamingo to create something new because, let’s face it, we could all use an early dose of summer! We think Bananas! has all the right kinds of tiki, beachy goodness – and quite a few bananas.”
Audiences can look forward to a uniquely sourced soundtrack packed with a variety of remixed, remastered, and enhanced vintage tracks brought back to life from the electro swing of Dime Cat, the 1960s sounds of Caterina Valente, to Elvis Presley, Louis Prima, and so much more. The seasonal dinner menu features a variety of new additions including a market fresh Halibut with Lime Coconut Sauce and Pistachio Crusted Lamb with Sweet Potato and Asparagus, and the cocktail menu has also been refreshed as well. Try a Bees Knees gin cocktail or one of the absinthe favorites, Death In The Afternoon. For complete menu details, please visit TheCanCan.com.
ABOUT THE CAST
The Can Can Company of dancers for Bananas! (playing evenings only) features co-producer and principle emcee Jonathan Betchtel aka JonnyBoy (BFA Cornish College; Can Can: Wonderland, French Kiss); Elise Landles aka Fair Elise (BFA Cornish College; Can Can: Ice Cream, Wonderland); Shadou Mintrone aka Shadou (Spectrum Dance Theatre; Can Can: Romeo + Juliet, Wonderland Brunch; This Is Halloween), Lindy Lou Smith aka Lindy Lou (Eugene Ballet Company; Dance Theatre Oregon; Can Can: Magnificent Matinee, This Is Halloween), and Jennifer Jones aka JJ Jones (National Tour of Dirty Dancing; PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company).