Delicious Events

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Aug 2009

My Dinner with Julia

Julia Child's birthday was on August 15, the towering mentor to generations of food lovers in this country would have been 97 years old. Usually it's an annual event that garners plenty of its own attention, with media tributes and themed dinners in countless homes across America. But this year was a little different. THE movie -- Julie & Julia -- was released a week prior. An overflowing stockpot of discussion, reflection, praise, and controversy flowed in virtually ...

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Aug 2009

What a phenomenal Saturday morning it was yesterday. It was such an honor to be asked to judge the Ready Set Go...Cook (friendly) competition at the University District Farmers Market, an annual affair that pits two Seattle chefs against each other using their pick of items from market vendors. My cohorts on the judging panel were Joe Gruber, Executive Director of the University District Food Bank and Joane McIntyre from Rents Due Ranch, a longtime market ...

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Jul 2009

Just around the corner, on August 23, is one of the best chef-farmer food events in town each year. This will be the 5th annual Incredible Feast, an outstanding chance to visit with  farmers you see at the weekly markets around Seattle, in a setting that's not quite as frantic as a busy market day! Each of the 30 or so participating farmers showcases one or more of their signature ingredients, cooked up into a delicious treat by the chef ...

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May 2009

A week from today I'll be in one of my favorite places on the planet. Oh, how I wish it were Paris! But a very close second to Paris in terms of places that make me happy, serene, inspired, and revived is Orcas Island. Right here in my own back yard, a short drive and glorious ferry ride away. I've been going to Orcas for most of my life, it's a place that evokes the most profound ...

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Apr 2009

I always loved summer camp as a kid. For many summers my folks dropped me off at Camp Killoquah north of Everett for a week of canoeing, swimming, archery, making sand candles, singing camp songs. I can't remember much about what I did last month, or the name of someone I met at a meeting last week, but I can remember those darn camp songs. Why is that? The food? Well, not much sticks with me about the food. Aside from ...

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Mar 2009

When you hear "Edible Book," what comes to mind? Me, I guess I'm just too literal for my own good. When I got an email a couple months ago about next weekend's Edible Book Festival, I thought it was just a colorful, creative way of referencing a gathering of cookbook writers and buyers. But others? They hear Edible Book and think "One Hundred Spears of Solitude," "20,000 Leeks Under the Sea," "The World According to Carp." And when they interpret ...

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Mar 2009

Wow. Ten years already. I was at, if not the first, definitely the second Cask Ale Festival put on by the Washington Brewer's Guild. In fact, I think this festival was among the earlier ventures the Guild took on after forming in the late 1990s. The first cask festival had a couple dozen breweries participating and they quenched the thirst of about 400 beer lovers. The first year I went with a pal who'd done some homebrewing in the past (which ...

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Feb 2009

These days more than ever, it's nice when you can make a dollar spent go farther. If you're a fan of wild Northwest salmon and have an interest in supporting the livelihoods of the people who work to bring food to your plate, here's a delicious opportunity for you to do good by eating well. Thursday February 26, Elliott's Oyster House is hosting a Yukon Salmon Feast to benefit the families where the Yukon River flows, source of those spectacular Yukon ...

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Feb 2009

One of these years I'm going to make it down to the Artisan Cheese Festival myself, though this probably won't be the year. I first learned about this cheese-lover's dream weekend when doing research on Sonoma County food events for a magazine article. I've actually done a couple of articles on Sonoma County, both very much making me wish I could spend more time down there. Tickets are now on sale for the 2009 proceedings, which happen March 20 to 23 for ...

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Feb 2009

This wine "holiday" has become one of the highlights of the year around our house. For me and my friends, it will be Open That Bottle Night number three, though the occasion is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. I was just slow to catch on! Open That Bottle Night is a celebration of wine developed by the wine writers for the Wall Street Journal, Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher. Here's this year's call-to-arms, getting readers in gear for the spirit ...