Cuisine

Basilico Ristorante Dabbles in Cocktails

Basilico Ristorante, known for hand-made pastas and traditional Italian fine dining, has recently added aperitifs, digestives, liqueurs, and a couple of cocktails to its menu. Until now, the restaurant has had an extensive wine list to pair with your Pappardelle in Wild Boar Sauce, but has not been able to serve a Martini or glass […]

Ten Favorite Washington Wines For The Holidays

The best wine is one you love to drink and share! Although Washington wine country has been producing premium wines for only a scant 50 years, each year these winemakers deliver an ever more impressive portfolio of world-class wines. With the holidays just around the corner, which wine will you be serving? Abeja, pronounced “ah-BAY-ha” […]

The Star of the Neighborhood: Cooks Tavern

Named by readers as a new favorite in the ShowCase Magazine 2017 readership poll, Cooks Tavern has quickly risen to stardom with its cozy neighborhood atmosphere and mouthwatering menu. Located near the Proctor neighborhood in North Tacoma, Cooks Tavern will easily become your go-to spot any day of the week for breakfast, lunch or dinner. […]

Rein Haus German Food in Tacoma

As you enter what was once the Titus Will auto dealership, you notice a complete transformation. The space is huge (approximately 14,000 square feet), but it has been redesigned to be cozy and warm. A massive fireplace fills the center of the room with wraparound seating. Accents include Belgian wood doors, crystal chandeliers, reclaimed SeaTac […]

Local Artisans Share Handmade Sweets

Deb Smith and Cindy Uhrich began exploring the idea of opening a small business long before retiring from South Puget Sound Community College, where the two friends worked for over 20 years. They wanted to remain active in the Olympia community while putting to use their unique, but complementary, backgrounds: Smith, as a talented instructor […]

consistent and delicious: crockett’s

“Puyallup’s favorite gastro pub––you might come for the drinks, but you’ll stay for the food!” That’s the big claim that Crockett’s Public House makes on its website. But with chili-braised chicken tacos, fire-roasted lamb chops, and lobster macaroni and cheese, the claim is easy to believe. Initially a pub focused on serving exceptional drinks, Crockett’s […]

red wind’s seafood restaurant: destination dining with a local address

At Nisqually Red Wind Casino’s Seafood Restaurant, guests enjoy the freshest catch in the Pacific Northwest, says Executive Chef Roberto Los Banos. With an established reputation in the area, the restaurant is popular among sushi lovers, as well as fans of well-presented, traditional seafood fare. The sushi and noodle bar, featured on the menu Tuesday […]

The Mantel, Culinary Ascent

Are you ready to take your love of food to new heights? The Mantel is a sophisticated neighborhood restaurant that delivers traditional meals with a unique flair. Located at Trilogy at Tehaleh, the resort-like community in Bonney Lake, The Mantel will have you feeling right at home in its lodge-inspired atmosphere. The attractive décor is […]

Amazing Smells at 222 Market

Opened last November, 222 Market features local and regional artisans in a European market-style setting. Husbandand-wife owners Gray and Joy Graham say they opened the business to add vitality to downtown Olympia with a fun and inviting marketplace of local and sustainable foods. As you walk into the quaint but bustling building, you immediately smell […]

St. Martin’s Brings Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai to the Northwest

Ming Tsai’s passion for cooking was forged in his formative years. Tsai was raised in Dayton, Ohio, where he spent hours cooking alongside his mother and father at Mandarin Kitchen, their family-owned restaurant. Ming Tsai is the James Beard Award-winning chef/owner of Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon. Both are located in Massachusetts and feature Tsai’s […]

Mixing it up with Ming Tsai

  ShowCase Magazine caught up with James Beard Award-winning Ming Tsai for an interview. The chef/owner of the Massachusetts restaurants Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon is the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Simply Ming, now in its 11th season. Tsai has also written five cookbooks, including the interactive Simply Ming […]

Rhein Haus German food in Tacoma

As you enter what was once the Titus Will auto dealership, you notice a complete transformation. The space is huge (approximately 14,000 square feet), but it has been redesigned to be cozy and warm. A massive fireplace fills the center of the room with wraparound seating. Accents include Belgian wood doors, crystal chandeliers, reclaimed SeaTac […]

Local Family Provides Seafood Harvested Boat-To-Table

“Sassy Seafood is literally my dream that came to life,” says company owner Libie Cain. “I met my husband 20 years ago when he was a Bering Sea crabber. I was working at a design firm in Seattle. So I traded my high heels for Xtratufs boots and my pantyhose and skirts for hooded sweatshirts […]

Celebrate at the New Cheesecake Factory

Tacoma has a new favorite restaurant. With its upbeat European décor, The Cheesecake Factory is known for its extensive and innovative menu, generous portions, distinctive upscale décor and legendary desserts. The first Pierce County location opened its doors this past December, with an immediate following. Upon entering, guests are greeted with enthusiasm and the hospitality […]

the mantel, culinary ascent

Are you ready to take your love of food to new heights? The Mantel is a sophisticated, neighborhood restaurant that delivers traditional meals with a unique flair. Located at Trilogy at Tehaleh, the resort-like community in Bonney Lake, The Mantel will have you feeling right at home in its lodge-inspired atmosphere. The attractive décor is […]

amazing smells at 222 market

Opened this past November, 222 Market features local and regional artisans in a European market-style setting. Husband-and-wife owners Gray and Joy Graham say they opened the business to add vitality to downtown Olympia with a fun and inviting marketplace of local and sustainable foods. As you walk into the quaint but bustling building, you immediately […]

nine of our favorite washington wines

With the holidays approaching, it’s not too early to think about what wines you will serve your holiday guests. Hamilton Cellars hamiltoncellars.com Champoux Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, 2012 Aged in 50% new French oak barrels, this wine has a distinct peppery spice nose with flavors of rich, dark fruit. The oak con-tributes subtle vanilla notes […]

sweet treats for this holiday season!

The holidays are filled with sweets. You have to splurge sometimes, right? We’ve compiled our favorite sweet treats to savor and share. Dessert Fondue Melting Pot Tacoma Melted chocolate fondue is served with fresh strawberries, blondies, bananas, pineapple, marshmallow treats, pound cake and brownies. Gluten-free dipper plate available on request. 2121 Pacific Ave, Tacoma 253.535.3939 […]

Asado

The tango. Gaucho crafts. Soccer. Siestas. Argentina is rich in culture, but you need not hop on a plane to enjoy authentic Argentine fare. Located in the heart of the Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue business district, Asado boasts traditional cuisine from the South American country. Loosely translated, asado means “Argentine barbeque” and is a classic method […]

batdorf & bronson coffee roasters celebrates 30 years

An anniversary is a time for celebration and Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters is celebrating three decades of delivering exceptional coffee and customer service. Based in Olympia (and with a couple of locations in and around Atlanta, Georgia), the coffee company has strived for excellence not only in offering a quality product but in serving […]