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Seattle Wine and Food Experience

29 Feb

Seattle Wine and Food Experience was the weekend of February 20th. It kicked off on Saturday night with the 2nd annual Pop Seafood and bubbles event at Mccaw Hall. A never ending display of seafood and different kinds of bubbly were available to attendees.

There were over 40 sparkling wines from around the world and each had their own distinct taste. Some wineries in attendance were Folio Wine Partners, Gruet Winery, J Wines, Martini and Rossi, St Michelle Wines, Trinchero Family Estates, Martedi Winery, Otis Kenyon, Robert Ramsey Cellars and many more. Pairing these with the seafood made an amazing delight.

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With these wines were 16 of some of Seattle’s best chefs’ seafood. Some delicacies were Anthony’s Pier 66 oysters topped with creme fraiche and caviar, Chef Shota Nakajima’s smoked crab with miso vinaigrette, Chef John Roberts’ Tuna Poke with mango, pineapple, wasabi pudding, avocado and lime and much more. There was an oyster bar as well, which was excellent.

Dahlia Bakery, Ethan Stowell Restaurants and more were downstairs with yummy desserts.

The next day was the big event Seattle Wine and Food Experience with wines in Yakima, California, Oregon, and Washington regions. Some wines that I tasted were Columbia Crest, Chateau St Michelle, Browne Family Vineyards, Naked Winery, Dobbes Family Estate, Michael David Winery and more. I thought all were pretty good. If you were in the mood for hard liquor or beer and cider, there was also a section for that.

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There is not enough room in this blog to mention all the food that was present. I wasn’t able to taste all of it because my stomach had it’s limits. I will just mention a few that were quite memorable to me. Chef Thoa Nguyen made an amazing scallop crunch roll that was my second favorite food from this event. I loved Chef Daniel Cox’s dirty rice. I also really enjoyed the potato hash station, which had chicken, veggie, and nacho potato hash, my favorite being veggie out of the three. Chef Wayne Johnson made a yummy jambalaya. Seattle Culinary Academy gave us shots of cauliflower soup, which was excellent. Thai food was present as well with Racha Noodles’ curry chicken. My favorite dish of the event was made by Local 360. It was their Central Texas brisket with all the fixins. Their barbeque sauce was a delicacy.

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With all you can eat and drink from the finest wineries and best chefs, you won’t want to miss this event every year. It is one of my favorites. It has something for everyone and it’s the perfect event for both foodies and wine connoisseaurs.

InterIm ICDA Gala Fundraiser

10 Jul

On June 11th 2011, the Refresh 2011 Annual Dinner and Auction for InterIm CDA took place. This fundraiser was at the Grand Hyatt and at least 200 people were in attendance.

There was a live auction, silent auction and a Dessert Dash at this event. I was responsible for the dessert dash. My responsibilities included procuring desserts, creating map of pick up sites, meeting with Fundraising Manager and Event Planner, Nancy Ko and board members to discuss logistics, shopping for decor, and set-up of dessert dash table.

I called Seattle restaurants and bakeries with good reviews on Yelp to ask for donations to this auction as well as visit their businesses.

During the dessert dash, each guest at a table gives money to their table’s “money pot”, and the table with the most money gets first pick of a dessert of their choice.

The Dessert Dash raised over $4100 for InterIm CDA. This organization provides community development and low-income housing for the International District. It was my pleasure to be part of such a great cause.

Thank you to all the dessert donors listed below…

The Palomino

Jodee’s Desserts

Seattle Pie Company

Odd Fellows

Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company

Tuttabella

The Essential Baking Company

Sweetness Catering

Meena Mathis

Top Pot Dougnuts

QFC

Pete’s Perfect Toffee

Luxe Lollies

Ray’s Boathouse

Bakery Nouveau

Irwin’s Bakery

Piroshky Piroshky

Macrina Bakery

Richard Loo

Tom Im

Julie Lee

Special thank you to all the volunteers that helped set-up for the dessert dash. Thanks for your hard work.

For more information on InterIm ICDA go to http://www.interimicda.org.

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