Deep in the heart of the Pacific Northwest lies Seattle, Washington. Seattle produces a bevy of fantastic chefs, bartenders, and winemakers, and we’re here to report on it all. Restaurants, chefs, wines, and alcoholic pours making waves.

Jean Thompson, Seattle Chocolate Company

On Marketing and Meltaways: Seattle Chocolate Company CEO Jean Thompson

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.

Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Washington []

Adventures Through Woodinville Wine Country

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.

Skillet Street Food, Seattle

Daily Blender Exclusive: The Business of Food Carts

Growing at mind-boggling rates, mobile vendors have sprung up in cities across America, leaving city and state lawmakers scratching their heads and scrambling to enact new regulations, while traditional restaurateurs are left baffled at how to manage the customer ebb and flow due to this increasingly popular sector of the culinary world.