If the recession is still raging, it wasn’t apparent at Taste Washington Sunday, March 27 at Qwest Field. Of the 200+ wineries there, there were dozens that have just released their first wines—jumping into the wine business fray with vigor. A few of my new favorites are miniscule, but just as passionate about producing excellent wine with Washington’s premium fruit, as larger and more well-known favorites.
Here are a few:
I became acquainted with Portland artist Anna Peters after seeing her work in a Seattle show last year. I love her work—pieces of found wood that she festoons with old photos, cartoon images, lots and lots of tiny nails, bits of maps, old linoleum, and the shiny name plates from retro cars (think: Impala, Pinto, New Yorker). Since buying one of her pieces, I've gotten to know her a bit (we hung out with a bunch of kids and dogs on a windy Manzanita beach last summer), which of course makes me love her work even more.
Take part in this annual spring garden ritual and choose from the largest selection of organically, sustainably and locally grown vegetable starts in Seattle. Beginning and long-time gardeners alike will not want to miss this event! Shoppers can choose from over 50 varieties of tomatoes and 20 varieties of peppers, rare and heirloom organic veggie varieties, an extensive selection of culinary herbs, edible flowers, and drought tolerant perennials. These plants are hand-selected by the Seattle Tilth garden experts to perform well in our Pacific Northwest climate.
We swear, there is something in the water in Ballard: every year when we tally up the votes for our Seamless in Seattle contest (this year’s deadline coming up April 16, entry details here), an astounding number of finalists have Ballard-based New York Fashion Academy stamped on their resume.
At only 28 years old, Nicole Richie has become a Hollywood trendsetter thanks to her fashion sense. She recently visited Seattle’s flagship Nordstrom store to celebrate the launch of her new apparel line, Winter Kate (her daughter's middle name). Over 400 fans participated in the meet-and-greet and the downtown Nordstrom nearly sold out of the Winter Kate line by afternoon (don’t worry fashionistas - more Winter Kate will be arriving and is also available at nordstrom.com).
The North Casacdes Insitute last weekend kicked off its Sourdough Speaker Series with an enchanting talk by one of the best known landscape photographers of the Pacific NW, Lee Mann. Growing up on a rural third-generation stump ranch in the Skagit Valley, Mann was felling trees and trapping his supper by his teen years.
One of my favorite boutiques, Ballard’s Velouria, opened a sister store on Capitol Hill in December. The airy, light-filled space is ideal for showcasing local designers such as Deco Modiste and Lekkerlife (both lines currently offer color-saturated dresses that are perfect for special occasions, $120-$148). The new store also carries men’s and children’s clothing - a first for Velouria. The Seattle-based designer, Michael Cepress, creates men’s neckwear ranging from bow ties ($68) to full-length skinny or wide ties ($45-$70).
If you are one of the thousands of fans of Chef Matt Dillon, The Corson Building restaurant and the small urban farm that encircles it, here’s a chance to learn how Dillon does it, based on the garden’s natural seasons. A seven-month gardening and cooking series with Dillon and organic Master Gardener and NPR personality Willi Galloway starts April 14 at the restaurant.
Seattle Tilth, a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources, has a full slate of informative hands-on workshops coming up this week and next for those ready to dive right into some serious spring gardening.
Assemble Gallery & Studio is a gallery, workspace and retail store all rolled into one (we’ve been big fans since they opened last fall—check out our story on the unique space here). The store offers everything from handcrafted stationery to books, but on a recent visit I learned that Assemble is also on the cutting edge for fashion—literally.