Restaurant Insider

Monday, 12/09/2013 6:44 PM
After a few soft-opening dinners over the weekend, Spinasse and Artusi owner, Jason Stratton, is finally ready to launch Aragona. She opens to the public tonight at 5pm for dinner, with lunch service following in the coming weeks. Chef (and Top Chef contestant) Carrie Mashaney is helming the kitchen.
Thursday, 12/05/2013 10:08 PM
It's high eggnog latte season, it's true. But I prefer more filling ways to warm up. If, like me, you can't seem to shake the chill--and the forecast is for frozen temps until Monday--here, a few ideas for how to warm up from the inside out.
Monday, 11/25/2013 7:35 PM
It all began a year ago last September. I was chatting with Sun Liquor barman Erik Chapman about his homemade eggnog for our December issue. I'd heard very good things about his boozy nog, which he makes the weekend of Thanksgiving and ages for a month. But I'd never tasted it; he only serves it on Christmas eve and Christmas day and for me, it's pretty hard to sneak away at those times.
Wednesday, 11/20/2013 7:06 PM
Several restaurants we've been eagerly anticipating are opening just in the nick of time for the big holiday eating-out season.
Friday, 11/08/2013 6:58 PM
As I impatiently await the opening of Aragona, the Spanish restaurant from design-obsessed chef and owner Jason Stratton (Artusi, Spinasse), Stratton kindly sent over several pictures he took of the food and the space. Not to mention the westward view (above), which isn't too shabby, either. Here, a peek at what's on the menu, and a taste of how the place will look and feel.  
Friday, 11/01/2013 9:43 PM
You’ve got to love a book with a happy ending. The award-winning Microsoft Cookbook has raised more than $175,000 for FareStart, the culinary career training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged people.
Wednesday, 10/30/2013 9:11 PM
I'm back with another entry in the Tough Life journal. This time, I, along with the other editors of Seattle magazine, was treated to several dozen still-warm, just-baked cookies from Robin Wehl, who's opening her first cookie shop, Hello Robin, in early December on Capitol Hill's 19th Avenue.
Tuesday, 10/29/2013 3:10 PM
Affable celebrity chef Michael Symon is the special guest at this year's St. Martin's University Gala on Saturday, an annual event that raises scholarship funds for students with a live cooking demo and both live and silent auctions. This will be the eighth year of the gala, and the third with a celebrity chef as the focus, with St. Martin's alum Armandino Batali acting as the driving force behind that initiative.
Friday, 10/25/2013 4:05 PM
Our Best New Restaurants 2013 feature is hitting newsstands now (look for Mackelmore on the cover!) and while I'm excited--I love the challenge of putting the top 11 in order, and this year I snuck one last restaurant in there at the last minute (can you guess which it is?)-- I'll admit to a touch of trepidation.
Wednesday, 10/16/2013 4:08 PM
As the bridge-and-tunnelification of the Pike-Pine corridor steadily pushes residents of the Hill out of the area, especially on weekend nights, businesses are branching out into other corners of the hill. We watched the wave hit the crest of the hill three years ago, leaving the Melrose Market in its ebb. Then 12th was conquered (Ba Bar, Presse & Stumptown, Von Trapp's). Now everyone's got 19th in their sights. In the next few months, two new restaurants will open, one will expand, and a grocery will move in.
Tuesday, 10/15/2013 1:18 AM
UPDATE: Lara Hamilton just got in touch to tell me that, five hours after tickets went on sale, this event is officially sold out. Woah.
Wednesday, 10/09/2013 8:24 PM
I once overheard George Page, owner of Sea Breeze Farm, answer a question from a customer at the West Seattle farmers market, and I'll never forget what he said.  The customer walked up, briefly glanced into the coolers, and then asked Page, "so are you certified organic?" To which Page replied, "we're so far beyond organic, man." The customer walked away without buying anything, but I couldn't help but grin.
Tuesday, 10/01/2013 5:12 PM
It's really the best when you can fight for something you believe in by eating really well. And drinking, too. With your friends. That's the story this Thursday, October 3rd, when you can choose between two neighborhood restaurant hops (one in Ballard, the other in Capitol Hill) to raise funds to support 522, the initiative to make labeling of GMO foods the law.
Monday, 09/23/2013 5:42 PM
I spent the last three days and nights ingesting a crazy amount of food and bev at FeastPDX, the Bon Appetit-sponsored food fest in the Rose City. It was the festival's second year; I attended last year as well. And while I had no complaints about last year, overall I think this year's festival was better: more events, a few free events, some very good tasting panels and speakers, and of course, the primo events: the Sandwich Invitational, Night Market and High Comfort.
Wednesday, 09/18/2013 4:42 PM
This weekend, the biggest and best Northwest food festival is taking place in Portland. Seventy food media and at least that many star chefs--from Philly, New York City, Charleston, Austin, LA and Seattle--are taking over the Rose City for Feast Portland, a nonstop food blitz: tasting events, lectures, wine and beer events, collaborative dinners, and woah, are there some after-parties. But if you're not already going, you're not going, since almost everything's sold out.