You may have heard the news that Danielle Custer, director of TASTE Restaurant, has left her post at SAM's culinary work of art to take her talents on the road in the form of (swoon!) a gourmet grilled cheese truck.
In a chat I had with Custer the other day, the chef-turned-manager-turned-consultant-turned-chef-again told me a bit more about what she envisions for her new truck, Monte Cristo, which has really been seven years in the making.
This Saturday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation opens its public visitor center at its swish new headquarters across the street from Seattle Center (440 Fifth Ave. N). Seattle mag editors got to tour the beautiful space on Wednesday with chief admin officer Martha Choe.
With snow in the mountains and sun in the forecast, we're poised on the brink of a perfect snowshoeing weekend.
No slam on skiing, but sometimes I tire of the schlep of it. Lift lines, snarled parking lots, car packed to the hilt with thousands of dollars worth of gear...every now and then, I want a winter sport that doesn’t require a strategy.
At the Space Needle’s beer tasting event Tuesday night, 10 local breweries offered up free tastings of beer, brewed just for the evening’s competition. Attendees, a diverse crowd described as “foodies”, were asked to vote on each beer, judging on overall impact, appearance, aroma, “surprising flavors” and innovation. The votes would be tallied and a winner selected by the end of the evening.
Let’s get over the midday, midweek slump with some cheery news: The Vintage Closet has emerged from its recent remodel and is now open again for your boot needs. One of my least best kept secrets, the revamped little Closet now has room for 200 vintage boots on the new, Western-style shelves. Grab your cash, and scoot over there.
Lucky us! We've been invited to a special event atop the Space Needle today, where 10 breweries from around Puget Sound are hoping to see their product selected as the official beer of the Space Needle’s 50th Anniversary. The chosen brew will be served at Sky City (the Space Needle’s restaurant) and at other celebratory events throughout 2012.
There's nothing worse than having to move during the Super Bowl. One should remain planted and copiously fed; that's basic Super Bowl protocol. (Exceptions will be made for pit stops and trips to the keg-erator, of course). Once I've claimed my spot on the couch there's no way I'm getting up unless a toddler is bleeding or the smoke alarm goes off. So I prepare ahead of time, which means dips, chips and the sandwiches of my youth, all of which are extremely easy to prepare at home, or buy locally, depending on your pregame energy level.
Not that there's anything wrong with a great family-style supper or winemaker dinner, but let's face it, they're so commonplace these days they don't do much to catch the eye of your average food writer suffering from press release fatigue. My hat goes off, therefore, to the refreshing and creative thinking behind the following two food events. Their existence is like a cool, crisp glass of naturally-brewed ginger ale the morning after a few too many glasses of that lush Columbia Valley red.
We’ve got some buzzy news and updates to keep in mind as the weekend approaches:
Don’t forget: This Saturday and Sunday, Clementine's in West Seattle is hosting a (pretty amazing) trunk show of Sustalux’s stellar vintage attire. From the chatter I’m hearing, I’d suggest getting there Saturday to score the best deals, because it will be busy. More info on last week’s post.
KCTS 9 announced today that they have selected local food and gardening expert Amy Pennington to host the Seattle version of Check, Please!, a reality TV concept that lets everyday folks play food critic for a day.
From Cody Ellerd Bay's original post about the show:
If you’ve never seen the show, which also runs in Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Kansas City and South Florida, it operates like this: One person nominates his or her favorite restaurant, and then two other people are sent there to review it. After their anonymous visits, the reviewers get together to discuss their meal and rate the restaurant. They cover everything from the latest hot spots with superstar chefs to the hole-in-the-wall that’s been serving you your favorite fish and chips for years.
I met Amy Pennington fairly recently at a memorable fundraiser for Seattle Central Culinary Academy (although, before my time, Seattle mag covered her gardening exploits in several issues).
She was responsible for mixing cocktails and preparing dessert at the party. Both were delicious, but what I remember most was her spunky personality and great sense of humor. I predict her presence on the show will ground the conversation of Check, Please! in territory local food lovers can really appreciate.
More about Amy, from the press release, after the jump: