I feel like we have been looking forward to it forever, and as the excitement mounts, it’s somewhat a relief to say: There is less than a week to go until the big Seamless in Seattle show at the Seattle Art Museum on Wednesday, June 8. Designers are finishing off their top-secret challenge looks, models have been selected and now we just need you there to join in on the fun.
Two recent food trend stories hit my radar within minutes:
First Food and Wine declared that the "Farm to ___(fill-in-the-blank)" construction had effectively jumped the shark with the phrase "farm to tumbler" to describe cocktails made with fresh, seasonal produce. A. Greed. I just wish there was an acronym for the Local.Sustainable.Organic.Seasonal contingent. S.O.L.S.? (Too bad those words don't all start with Z's, amIright?)
That story led me to read Eater NY's 10 Dead Food Trends story, and boy is that a study in Us vs Them.
Must Experience New StyleSeattle Fashion CompetitionWednesday (6/8) - Our annual Seamless in Seattle competition is jumping off the pages and onto the runway. This year, the top 12 finalists will debut their work in front of a live audience and judging panel at Seattle Art Museum. Each designer will present four looks, the last of which will be crafted two weeks prior, as part of a design challenge (à la Project Runway). Winners will be revealed at the end of the night! (Vote for the “reader’s choice” winner on our Facebook page.) 7:30 p.m.
Late night eaters will be happy to know that the Capitol Hill Night Market kicks off this Saturday, June 4th, in the block between Pike and Harvard, featuring a sampling of Seattle food trucks including Pai’s, Buns on Wheels, Curry Now!, Street Treats, Fusion on the Run, and Lumpia World. Capitol Hill Night Market, Pike & Harvard, Saturdays, 9:00 p.m-3:00 a.m.
The old Olympic Sculpture Park Farmers Market has found a new home. The market will debut next week and will take place in the Whole Foods’ parking lot on Thursday afternoons, perfect timing for commuters heading home from work. The market will initially feature 30 local vendors with the hope to expand it to 40 during peak harvest season. Info: Interbay Farmers Market,Whole Foods Parking Lot, Thursdays 3:00-7:00 p.m, starting June 9th.
Spotting one of Seattle's master chefs prowling amid the vibrantly-colored ruffage of Pike Place Market is kind of like catching a lion stalking its prey: you don't want to make a peep lest you interrupt his deep concentration; one false move and the epiphany surrounding the preparation of a fiddlehead fern might get spooked and fly away.
(Men doing what men do)Patience grasshopper. Watch these men do nothing while everything happens in the pan. caramelized onions make princes out of frogs. Add some to salads, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, soups. Written instructions can be found here.
Hey, didja know? We run a column in every single issue featuring a local producer! Some months it's a farm, as it is this month: Skagit Sun grows those incredible ruby red Shuksan strawberries you'll be eating by the handful later this month.
There was excitement last fall when the news broke that Greg Atkinson, the former Canlis chef, cookbook author (his sixth book, At the Kitchen Table, is due this fall and he's long been a contributor to Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Times Sunday
Our editors are still recovering from GelatoGate 2011, the week-long orgy of ice-cream eating that preceeded our June issue (on newsstands today). Our award-winning and downright awesome food editor Ali Scheff made the picks, our fantastically talented art director Sue Boylan called in the props, and then it was ice cream everywhere for two weeks here at SeaMag.
(A taxing meeting for Cynthia)Consider purchasing eggs from pastured hens at one of Seattle's farmer's markets. Eggs rasied in fresh air with access to greens, bugs and worms produce specatular eggs that are far superior nutritionally. The flavor is dazzling. In this video Jane demonstrated The Joy of Cooking method of poaching the incredible edible egg. Vortex required.