Before Jean Thompson took the helm at Seattle Chocolate Company a decade ago, the scene wasn’t too far from her regular duties wrangling young kids at home. Communication was strained, facilities were in disarray, and opportunities to advance were being missed. After years of unsound financial investments and general mismanagement, the state of Seattle Chocolate Company was dismal, and the company’s leadership was resigned to let the failing ship sink.
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There was a collective heartbreak this week as news spread of the loss of the great Rocky Yeh. Friends from every corner of the world gathered online to share stories of Yeh’s love and laughter; remembering moments that made Rocky such an extraordinary force in so many lives.
When the door finally opened on the Portland Cocktail Week tiki event at miniature golf mecca, Glowing Greens, guests streamed down the stairs into the dark of the black light. Bartenders from Seattle’s Rumba were glowing with neon paint, ready to shake and pour for the rush of crowd. As we packed ourselves in for the wait, perusing menus and adhering light-up bracelets and necklaces to ourselves and our accessories, conversations began between friends and strangers.
Long layovers happen to all of us at some point. Most airports have upgraded enough to include a hotel or two, maybe a spot for a shoulder massage or a few restaurants with better-than-mediocre food. If you’re flying through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with a long layover ahead, leave your luggage in storage and enjoy the best of Seattle’s southside.
To adventures big and small. It jumped out at me as soon as I read it. I was downtrodden when I arrived in Boise in September of 2016, lost and weary from a year of heartbreak and personal loss. But it was at Meriwether Cider where I found renewed inspiration next to their incredible Foothills Semi-Dry.
Chef Breanna Beike will be the first to tell you she had a good reason for naming her restaurant, “Heritage.” The vibrant chef shares her culinary inspiration with joy – the memories of cooking with her Mom, the gardens of her grandparents, the desire to celebrate the fruits and labor of the local community.
Even after two decades in the Pacific Northwest, I still had the idea that Woodinville wine country was a far off place in the distance somewhere on Seattle’s Eastside. Across the bridges, past Mercer Island, over Kirkland and Kenmore, beyond Bothell. In a galaxy far, far away. But it’s closer than you think.
As we embark on a tour of the city blocks one sunny spring morning, historian Robert Sung gives an impassioned pitch for his Chinatown neighborhood. In the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia, the area still hums with activity, even after the sixty or so years he’s seen of its evolution.
Chicago welcomed the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards, Fäviken serves its last season of meals, and chef José Andrés expands with new Disney World locations.
The bottles of Freeland Spirits are as distinct as the taste and tale behind their creation. Inspired by the familiar downpour of Oregon rain, the drop-shaped vessels hold an alcoholic pour full of botanicals based in farms and family.
Denmark announced its ‘Gastro 2025’ initiative, including a new culinary academy in partnership with chef Rene Redzepi. Food & Wine takes a look at 19 great restaurants to work for. Plus sustainable cachaca practices with Novo Fogo – and the growth of non-alcoholic drinks!