10 Favorite Washington Wines

Some of the best Washington state wines have been described as having the structure and finesse of the Old World while displaying the flashy and ripe fruit of the New World. We’re pleased to present our third annual list of favorite Washington wines—perfect for sharing with friends and family this holiday season.

DeLille Cellars
delillecellars.com
Malbec, Red Willow Vineyard, 2015
Nearly opaque in color, redolent of blueberry, licorice and eucalyptus, with plenty of energetic acidity and fresh fruit flavors to complement its complex tannic framework.

Alexandria Nicole Cellars
alexandrianicolecellars.com
Affinity Albariño, Columbia Valley, 2017
Laden with gorgeous notes of Meyer lemon and lime zest, it leaves just enough room for the nuances of fresh-cut nectarine and orange blossom to shine through.

Col Solare
colsolare.com
Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, 2015
Aromas of black cherry, berry and dark chocolate fuse with smooth notes of vanilla and spice, finished with the long lingering flavors of cocoa, black fruits and anise.

Gramercy Cellars
gramercycellars.com
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2014
Red flowers with a combination of red and black fruit, gravel and tobacco—a perfect balance of Old World finesse, liveliness and earth with New World fruit and power.

Gamache Vintners
gamachevintners.com
Estate Boulder Red, Columbia Valley, 2015
Tasty, toasty and tart, this table-ready blend is entirely estate-grown. Dark cherries on the nose with delicious flavors of raspberries and spices to complement this unique blend of varietals.

Brian Carter Cellars
briancartercellars.com
Corrida (Spanish for “bullfight”), Columbia Valley, 2014
Tobacco, licorice and black cherry dominate in this exotic Spanish blend, followed by elegant, streamlined fruit flavors.

Garrison Creek Cellars
garrisoncreekcellars.com
Malbec, Les Collines Vineyard,
Walla Walla Valley, 2013
A brilliant bouquet of dark fruits dance on the palate with subtle hints of vanilla and spices on the finish.

Kiona Vineyards
kionawine.com
Estate-Bottled Riesling, Red Mountain, 2014
This bottling uses fruit from the winery’s original 1975 plantings. Aromas of jasmine, flowers and lime lead to off-dry, lightly spritzy, stonefruit flavors that linger.

Lauren Ashton Cellars
laurenashtoncellars.com
Proprietor’s Cuvée, Columbia Valley AVA, 2011
A dark and luxurious blend whose depth and complexity echoes aromatics of black currants, black cherries, plum and cocoa, with a hint of spiciness and a touch of minerality.

Matthews Winery
matthewswinery.com
Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, 2017
Rich but bracing, ripe and chewy, with plenty of bright acidity on the finish. Lots of tropical notes—pineapple, guava, mango, grapefruit—with a touch of lime or creamy lemon.

Romantic Restaurants Serving up a Great Date Night

When you need to get that special night right, sharing a delicious meal is a universal rite of courtship at any stage of a relationship. Whether celebrating a significant occasion or simply connecting over a flirty dinner, these South Sound restaurants shine at setting the table for romance.

KELLY LENIHAN

Ruston Way

Harbor Lights
2761 North Ruston Way
253.752.8600
anthonys.com/restaurants/detail/harbor-lights
Renowned for its colossal portions of seafood and picture-perfect views of Commencement Bay, this waterfront delight has been home to hundreds of proposals and anniversaries.

Lobster Shop
4015 Ruston Way
253.759.2165
lobstershop.com
A South Sound favorite, the restaurant’s stunning waterfront view, fresh seafood and tasty cocktails serve up the perfect backdrop for date night.

WildFin American Grill
5115 Grand Loop
253.267.1772
wildfinamericangrill.com
An elegant restaurant with a romantic view of Commencement Bay provides the ideal setting for a casual, yet elevated dining experience—a sublime feast for the senses.

Tacoma

Citron European Bistro
10716 A St
253.212.1153
citron.restaurantwebexpert.com
Classic French dishes served alongside European and German gems provide a wonderful dining experience.

El Gaucho Tacoma
2119 Pacific Ave
253.272.1510
elgaucho.com
A classy restaurant with a swanky speakeasy vibe complete with a pianist playing quietly in the background. Many of the desserts are showstoppers.

Over the Moon Café
709 Court C
253.284.3722
overthemooncafe.net
This award-winning restaurant serves up a fine dining experience in an atmosphere of understated elegance.

The Cliff House
6300 Marine View Dr
253.927.0400
cliffhousetacoma.com
An elegant dining room with panoramic views.

The Table
2715 6th Ave
253.327.1862
thetabletacoma.com
A sublime dining experience paying homage to the rich culinary history of the Pacific Northwest.

Gig Harbor

JW Restaurant
4107 Harborview Dr
253.858.3529
jwgigharbor.com
JW offers an exceptional dining experience in which no detail is overlooked and southern hospitality prevails. This small, intimate eatery is a seven-time Best of the South Sound winner.

Puyallup

Marzano Italian Restaurant
516 Garfield St S
253.537.4191
dinemarzano.com
Classic Italian dishes in a lovely, romantic setting.

Toscanos Italian Grill
437 29th St NE
253.864.8600
toscanospuyallup.com
Fresh from the farm, vineyard and sea, dishes are simply prepared and served with style.

Olympia

Gardner’s
111 Thurston Ave NW
360.786.8466
gardnersrestaurant.com
A quaint historical building replete with rustic hardwood floors, exposed beams and its famous stained glass window serve to create an intimate setting just right for a romantic dinner.

Well 80 – Olympia’s Hottest New Brewery

Well 80 Artesian Brewing Company opened its doors March 19 in downtown Olympia. Complete with a restaurant and a 10-barrel brewing system, Well 80 is a brewery and brewpub built on the site of one of Olympia’s famous artesian wells. In addition to tasty craft beers, Well 80 serves pizza, burgers and sandwiches, all with a unique twist, in its all-ages restaurant.

Co-owner Chris Knudson is enthused by revitalization efforts bringing a new sense of excitement to downtown Olympia. He also points to a number of craft breweries in the area that have surfaced in the past few years. Three Magnets Brewing, Matchless Brewing and Top Rung Brewing are joining local staple Fish Brewing Company.

“Olympia’s history is built on beer,” Knudson says. “There’s a growing brewing community here and we’re happy to be part of it.”

Knudson is speaking of Leopold Schmidt, a politician and brewer from Montana, who traveled to Olympia in 1895 to observe construction of the Washingtonstate capitol. After being introduced to Olympia’s artesian water, he proclaimed, “With this water, I can brew better beer than ever!” The next year, at the foot of Tumwater Falls, the Olympia Brewing Company was born. Its beer was made with water from the artesian wells made famous by the slogan “It’s the Water.”

At Well 80, all of its “Well Made” beers are brewed in-house by experienced brewers. The company also features a series of rotating guest taps supporting the local brewing community. You might find Triceratops Pennsyltucky Lager, Cascadia Elderberry Porter, or Whitewood Cider Co. Olivia Newtown-Jonathan cider blend.

Well 80’s goal is to follow in the footsteps of Leopold Schmidt, Paul Knight and all the other pioneers that made great beer from some of the best water in the world.

KELLY LENIHAN

For Additional Information
Well 80 Artesian Brewing
514 Fourth Ave E, Olympia
360.915.6653
well80.com

Up Your Culinary Game With a Cooking Class

Have you thought about how many meals you prepare for your family each week? Or how you pull off preparing tasty, healthy meals week after week without any formal training? Whether you’re a novice or an experienced home cook, if you’ve dreamed about upping your culinary game, why not take a cooking class and impress the loved ones gathered around your table!

Bayview School of Cooking
Located at Bayview Thriftway, BSC offers a tantalizing array of culinary classes for adults and children. The emphasis is on the fresh flavors from the Pacific Northwest and other ethnic flavors from around the world. In addition to its own team of instructors, BSC invites regional chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs to guestteach. Its specialty, multicourse dinners with wine/beer pairings, are a real treat.
Bayview School of Cooking
516 West Fourth Ave, Olympia
360.754.1448
bayviewschoolofcooking.com

Metro Parks Tacoma STAR Center
Among other amenities, South Tacoma’s Activity and Recreation Center has kitchen facilites perfect for hands-on cooking classes. The focus is on teaching family-friendly recipes and techniques. Classes are usually limited to 15 attendees, and community members can receive a discount by purchasing a STAR pass.
Metro Parks Tacoma STAR Center
3873 South 66th St, Tacoma
253.305.1022
metroparkstacoma.org/cooking-nutrition

Toscanos Italian Grill
Chef Tom Pantley serves up a demonstration-style cooking class and dinner at Toscanos every other month or so. He covers a variety of cooking techniques and styles to help attendees acquire the skills to increase their enjoyment of cooking for friends and family. Cooking classes include a four course dinner, wine sample, recipes and instruction. Chef Tom has been staging these entertaining, informative classes for over 25 years.
Toscanos Italian Grill
437 29th St NE, Puyallup
253.864.8600
toscanospuyallup.com

Ready to add new recipes to your regular meal repertoire and learn how to prepare delicious foods for every occasion? Choose a class that meets your interests and let’s get cooking!

KELLY LENIHAN

Asian-Inspired Food, Beautiful Ambiance

From the moment you enter Indochine, you feel as though you have been transported to an exotic locale. The indoor water feature fills an unassuming fish pond surrounded by rich wooden tables and benches. Warm lighting and Asian-inspired décor help set the mood. And an open floor plan invites guests to interact with one another.

While the ambiance is certainly a draw, it is the food that keeps guests returning time and time again. Known for its fusion of all Asian cuisines, Indochine creates dishes that are inspired by Thai, Chinese and even Northwest cultures. Toasted seasame wraps, a mouth-watering Indochine favorite, features chicken caramelized with roasted cashews, peanuts, sweet mango and aromatic basil served with flaky flatbread. This interpretation is requested by guests over and over. Each menu item is carefully constructed by the chefs to be not only delicious but visually stunning, says Becca Bergstrom, assistant manager. “There is a lot of heart and soul on these plates,” she says. Gluten-free options are available too.

An attentive and knowledgeable staff greets you at the door and answers questions about the current menu, potential wine pairings and popular cocktails. The environment seen in the front of the house is echoed in the kitchen, where staff members are always experimenting with new ideas. “We have quite a few ethnic backgrounds in our kitchen and it really shows in the amazing food we put out every day,” says Bergstrom. She notes that all of the desserts are handmade each day, ensuring a fresh ending to each incredible meal.

Perfect for banquet parties, date night or a late lunch, Indochine offers beautiful dishes that will please palates of all preferences.

ANDREA LERUM

Indochine
1924 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
253.272.8200
indochinedowntown.com

Guide To Al Fresco Dining & Water Views


One of the best ways to enjoy dining at a restaurant where the scenery is as fine as what’s on the plate. To greet the official arrival of summer and to serve as a guide from now through the fall, here’s a sampling of our region’s best dining destinations, from casual outdoor seating to high-end dining experiences with stunning views. Bon appétit! -KELLY LENIHAN

OLYMPIA
Anthony’s Homeport704 Columbia St. NWanthonys.com
Budd Bay Cafe525 Columbia St. NWbuddbaycafe.com
Dockide Bistro & Wine Bar501 Columbia St. NWdocksidebistro.com
Waterstreet Cafe & Bar610 Water St. NWwaterstreetcafeandbar.com
TACOMA
Anthony’s at Point Defiance5910 N. Waterfront Dr.anthonys.com
Boathouse 199001 S. 19th Stboathouse19restaurant.com
Cliff House6300 Marine View Drcliffhousetacoma.com
Sel229 St. Helens Ave
The Fish Peddler on Foss Waterway1199 Dock Stfishpeddler-tacoma.com
The Social Bar & Grill1715 Dock Stthesocialbarandgrill.com
Chambers Bay Grill (University Place)6320 Grandview Dr. W.chambersbaygolf.com
RUSTON WAY
CI Shenanigan’s Seafood & Chop House3017 Ruston Waycishenanigans.com
Duke’s Chowder House3327 Ruston Waydukesseafood.com
Fish Brewing Pub & Eatery5108 Grand Loopfishbrewing.com
Harbor Lights2716 Ruston Wayanthonys.com
Katie Downs Waterfront Tavern & Eatery3211 Ruston Waykatiedowns.com
Lobster Shop4015 Ruston Waylobstershop.com
Ram Restaurant & Brewery3001 Ruston Waytheram.com
Wildfin American Grill5115 Grand Loopwildfiamericangrill.com
GIG HARBOR
Island View Public House & Market7102 Ray Nash Dr. NWislandviewmarket.com
JW @ The Boatyard3117 Harborview Dr.jwgigharbor.com
Morso9014 Peacock Hill Avemorsowinebar.com
Netshed No. 93313 Harborview Drnetshed9.com
The Green Turtle2905 Harborview Drthegreenturtle.com
Tides Tavern2925 Harborview Drtidestavern.com
STEILACOOM
Topside Bar & Grill215 Wilkes Sttopsidebargrill.com
SUMNER
Sorci’s Italian Cafe & Enoteca1012 Ryan Avesorcisitaliancafe.com
Windmill Bistro16009 60th St Ewindmillbistro.com

Meet Reknowned Chef Roy Yamaguchi

Culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi is regarded as an international culinary visionary and the creator of Hawaiian fusion cuisine. The founder and owner of Roy’s restaurants will be Saint Martin’s University on Nov. 3 to host Saint Martin’s Gala 2018: Hawaii and Pacific Islands.

Born in Tokyo, Yamaguchi had his first taste of seafood bought fresh at seaside piers on Maui, while visiting his grandparents. It is these fond memories that would shape his future career. At 19, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York as a master chef. After moving to Los Angeles, he served as executive chef at La Serene. Yamaguchi then decided to head closer to his roots. He moved to Hawaii and opened the first Roy’s in 1988.

Yamaguchi’s numerous accolades include the prestigious James Beard Award. He hosted six seasons of the television show Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi. He is also the author of three cookbooks.

The following are excerpts from our interview with the renowned chef.

What is your best-kept cooking secret?
A lot of hard work at the end of the day. I love what I do. We make sure that people come first. Our people and the people who come through the doors are always the priority.

Why is good food important to the next generation?
Cooking with your kids is important because then they get used to having good food. I recommend bringing kids to the restaurant early so they learn to talk with the server—and also learn about manners and nutrition. Food is an international language, it’s a tool to connect all of us.

Why is the presentation of your dish so important?
People eat with their eyes. We like [the dishes] to look picturesque so our guests savor every bite.

Why are you excited to be cooking at the Saint Martin’s Gala?
I’m excited to be a part of the educational environment. At Saint Martin’s we will be able to have fun and do some inspirational cooking.

What should our readers know about you?
I love music and I’m a drummer. Playing the drums is like working in a kitchen. Everyone plays a part in the production of food in the kitchen, and in a band everyone plays a part in the harmony of the band.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information and to purchase tickets:
Saint Martin’s Gala
stmartin.edu/hawaiigala2018

Taste of Tacoma: The Taste Cooks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn to Cook from the Best Chefs in the Northwest at The Taste Cooks! Take a look inside a professional chef’s kitchen at The Taste Cooks! presented by Uber Eats and Albert Lee Appliance, at Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU, at Point Defiance Park on June 22-24 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.  The Taste Cooks! stage will provide high-energy culinary demonstrations by some of the Tacoma area’s best and entertaining chefs.

Chef Thierry Rautureau aka ‘The Chef in the Hat’ will take the reigns as emcee for The Taste Cooks! bringing a new level of excitement and interaction to the stage with his extensive culinary experience, and, engaging and unique personality.  “I am very excited to participate in the Taste of Tacoma for the first time.  I look forward to socializing with many great local chefs, whom I have not had a chance to meet, and also to have fun engaging with the audience at the Taste!” Rautureau said.

The Taste Cooks! lineup changes each day, with chefs eager to share their delicious handpicked recipes. The Taste Cooks! kitchen stage is a fully-equipped professional stage, courtesy of Albert Lee Appliance. During the chef demos, the audience can get a real ‘taste’ of what it’s like to be inside a professional chef’s kitchen. All recipes will be available for the audience to take, to try at home.

The Taste Cooks! features ‘more mystery cook-off’s this year with select chefs competing in The Taste Cook-Off! where their culinary skills will be put to the test. The competing chefs are given 30 minutes to create a masterpiece from three mystery ingredients, a basic pantry, and a large selection of produce, kindly donated by Charlie’s Produce.

Three lucky audience members will be selected to critique each chef on their dish and performance. The criteria: creative use of ingredients, presentation, tastiness and overall entertainment. The winning chef will be announced live and will receive a $100 donation towards the charity of their choice.

Notable chefs participating on The Taste Cooks! stage include return crowd favorites, Jon Maley (ChūcH), Saffron Hodgson “The Aussie’ (bushcooking.com), Hudson Slater (Tacoma Yacht Club), Taani Maama (Boathouse 19), and, new to The Taste Cooks! are Sam Mardis (Chambers Bay Grill), Shawn Tibbitts (Tibbitts@FernHill), Jeff Pratt (Goodwill’s Neighborhood Bistro), Jo Seoung (Hilton Garden Inn), and more!

NEW!!!  The Taste Experience Package, combines two of the Tastes’ premier attractions, South Sound Bites + Craft Beer & Wine Tasting at one discounted price. The Taste Experience Package includes:

  • Trip through South Sound Bites – 1 Plate with 5 ‘Large Tastes’ for a great cause benefiting Emergency Food Network – includes a bottled water.
  • VIP Fast-line access to South Sound Bites
  • Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Starter Package – souvenir tasting glass and 5 beverage tickets – beer or wine.

Taste of Tacoma 2016

With Metro Parks Tacoma Destination Point Defiance project underway, Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU has taken steps to ensure an easy and affordable option for guests by providing a FREE Taste Express from Tacoma Community College to the festival and back. Park FREE & Ride FREE. It will run throughout the day (6/22-24) starting at 10:30 a.m. to take guests to & from the festival (guests should note there may be a wait during peak hours of the event). The last shuttle will depart Point Defiance Park 30 minutes after closing each day. Festival hours are Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11am to 8pm

For more information:      www.tasteoftacoma.com

 

Truckaroo: Washington’s Food Truck Event

Mark your calendars to join us at the Washington State Food Truck Association’s annual Truckaroo event, on June 16th from 11am to 4pm. Their mission is to celebrate the uniqueness of street food while incorporating local ingredients, to promote the interests of small business owners, and to raise funds for the association’s legislative efforts. The Washington State Food Truck Assoc. advocates for all mobile food vendors and hopes to continue its local and state-level policy work. Their work demonstrates how street food can bring communities together.

Truckaroo will take place at the Bates Technical College- South Campus. Bates offers one of the only culinary food truck education programs in the state. This acclaimed program is run by a previous student, Chef Richard Houle. It consists of 40-credits and covers everything from sanitation and food safety basics to cost control, food truck menu development  and creating a business plan.

The Washington State Food Truck Association will also partner with USO Northwest to continue to support our military service members and their families. The partnership provides programs and services designed to meet the individual needs of today’s military. The USO operates two of its own food trucks as well, mainly for special events that are aimed to provide support to those who need it the most.

The whole family can enjoy food trucks, trailers, carts and pop-ups, locally made beverages, and traditional street entertainment on campus, and kids enter for free. The food vendors also offer a military discount. Advance tickets can be purchased for $5 through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/truckaroo-tickets-44078769787.

They need sponsors, local artisans, street entertainers, demos, and volunteers to make this event possible.  If you’d like to participate or find more details, visit the website here:   https://www.wafoodtrucks.org/truckaroo    Twitter: @wafoodtrucks

 

Happy Belly’s Healthy Options

Since 2014, Happy Belly has been offering unique, healthy options to South Sound residents in search of fresh, delicious meals. Happy Belly owner and executive chef Jennifer Johnson has created a thriving casual-dining establishment that has a loyal following and new converts every day. It features Johnson’s unique perspective on balance in daily living and feeding one’s mind as well as one’s body through a variety of nutritious foods.

Johnson is always looking for new flavor combinations for her dishes. “I am inspired by the way the senses work together—the smell of crushed tomato leaves, the ultra-sweetness of fresh pineapple, salty sea water, the dry feel of crumbling tobacco leaves, the silky feel of apple skin. I create food I wished was made for me and that I want to share with others,” she says.

This spring, Happy Belly is all about revitalization and renewal. Coming out of winter, the focus will be on lighter dishes and herbjuice fusions. “We’re excited for the coming sun and citrus,” says Johnson, noting “a kaleidoscope of color and flavor in blossoms and berries, mint, basil, cilantro, ginger, tropical notes and earthy beet, turmeric and greens.”

In addition, Happy Belly’s Kitchen Self-Sufficiency class series starts up again in March. The series will help you sharpen your knife skills, discover alternative flours and sweeteners, tackle multimeal preparation, and explore flavor combining.

For Johnson, connecting with and caring for her guests and staff has brought her more success than she could have ever imagined. “Listen to the community. They’ll tell you exactly what is needed,” she says. “Then my job is to deliver it in a creative, tasty and affordable way that keeps bringing them back. Also, smiles, kindness and positivity are contagious. Everyone can use more of it.”

HILARY RYAN

For additional information:
Happy Belly
1122 Market Street
happybellytacoma.com