Cuisine

Ten Washington Wines for the Holidays

With over 900 wineries and thousands of lush vineyard acres, Washington State is home to some of the country’s prime grape-growing regions and every year provides delicious, award-winning wines. We would like to share ten Washington wines that we feel are perfect to enjoy during the holidays this year. NATALIE BENSON Reds Jet Black, Syrah, […]

Art of the Table

Restaurants have opened up a new way to savor art—on a plate—food that will intrigue, impress and immerse you in a sensory experience like no other. We’re lucky to have such talented culinary artists in the South Sound, serving delicious and beautiful plates. The following restaurants offer an experience that is both aesthetically elevated and […]

Oktoberfest Northwest Celebrates 15 years

Oktoberfest Northwest, the three-day Munich-style Oktoberfest celebration, with German bier, delicious food, and live entertainment,  takes place on Friday through Sunday, October 4th-6th, 2019, at Washington State Fair Events Center, in Puyallup WA. Oktoberfest Northwest is the perfect festival for guests who want a taste of a traditional German Oktoberfest with delicious foods, German biers, […]

Take Your Appetite on Your Next Trip to Mt. Rainier

A visit to Mt. Rainier in the fall is like no other. The colors are breathtaking, and that’s not all. If you’re planning a visit soon, and you love tasty, fresh food, consider spending the day on a chef-led, farm-to-table tour. The tour will have you gathering ingredients from local micro farms, farmstead creameries and […]

Northwest Fresh: In the Mood for Sushi?

Sushi is cultural and artistic and can be wonderfully addictive. The Japanese dish begins with bite-sized cakes of cold boiled rice flavored with rice vinegar. The cakes are rolled in seaweed with, or topped with, raw fish, vegetables or egg. Sushi does not always mean raw fish. But raw fish—sashimi in Japanese—is the most popular […]

Olympia Goat Dairy Crafts Award-Winning Cheeses

“We like to say that our cheese is a love letter to our community.” In this simple statement, Rachel Taylor-Tuller encapsulates the spirit of Lost Peacock Creamery. She’s a first-generation farmer, veteran and chief milkmaid at the creamery. Her husband, Matthew, is known as the head cheesemaker. At the couple’s micro dairy in Olympia, Lost […]

The Bite Cooks!

Take a look inside a professional chef’s kitchen at The Bite Cooks! from Friday through Sunday, July 19th-21st, 2019, at Seattle Center, in Seattle Washington. The Bite Cooks! will feature high-energy mystery ingredient cook-offs and culinary demonstrations by some of the Seattle area’s best and entertaining chefs. The Bite Cooks! lineup changes each day, with […]

960 Degrees of Cool

Cocktails are making their mark in the South Sound. The craft cocktail scene is enjoying quick-pour growth, both in quantity and quality. Matriarch, En Rama and Devil’s Reef are just a few of the first-class, cocktail-first bars that have opened in the past year-plus. The latest addition to this superior party pack is Bar 960. […]

Getting Fresh with Farm-to-Table Dining

One of the best parts of dining out is reading through a menu full of delectable dishes. Each description makes you hungrier as you try to decide from an array of appetizing options. But do you ever wonder where that food comes from? Or if it’s fresh? Fortunately, many dining establishments are making a shift […]

Cooking it Up with Carla Hall

Carla Hall is best known as co-host of ABC’s popular, Emmy Award–winning lifestyle series The Chew. And on Nov. 2 she will bring her love for cooking to the Saint Martin’s Gala in the university’s Marcus Pavilion. Hall won over audiences when she competed on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef: All Stars and shared […]

“The Taste Cooks!” Celebrates Local Chefs with Taste of Tacoma

Take a look inside a professional chef’s kitchen at The Taste Cooks!, presented by Albert Lee Appliance, on the weekend of June 21 through 23, 2019, at the Point Defiance Park! Some of Tacoma’s best and most entertaining chefs are in the lineup to compete in high-energy mystery ingredient cook-offs and culinary demonstrations The Taste […]

A Taste of Mediterranean Sunshine

Experience the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean at Gertie and the Giant Octopus. Drawing on the cuisines of Italy, France and Spain, this intimate restaurant in Gig Harbor enables you to experience a wide range of seasonal small plates. The origin of this endeavor was one of happenstance and good fortune. After working as a […]

Best Places to Brunch in South Sound

We all love brunch, right? You get to sleep in and then enjoy tasty food prepared by someone else. And cocktails are practically a requirement! Add hanging out with friends or family and you simply can’t beat it. From laid-back greasy spoons and quaint cafés to upscale restaurants serving tantalizing brunch buffets, here are a […]

The Meridian Café has Re-Opened

More than a year after a roof fire forced its closure, Meridian Café is open for business. A perennial breakfast-and-lunch spot in downtown Puyallup, the surrounding communities are thrilled their beloved cafe is back open for breakfast and lunch. Owner Shaun Brobak said there was never a doubt he would reopen – thanks in great […]

Mama Stortini’s to Open New Location

An old local favorite restaurant is getting a fourth brand-new location this May. Veteran restaurateur Roger Stilson is bringing his popular Mama Stortini’s Restaurant and Bar to Federal Way. This well-loved restaurant offers an extensive full-service food and beverage selection in all of their locations. “We are excited to bring Mama’s Italian favorites to Federal […]

Texas de Brazil

When you walk into Texas Brazil’s brand new Tacoma location you notice the swanky, striking ambiance. Texas Brazil offer a rodizio-style dining experience, and unique blend of Brazilian culture with generous Texas hospitality. The vibrantly decorated 5,500 square foot restaurant offers 105 seats and a unique dining experience. Featuring an open-grill kitchen, an expansive salad […]

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 […]

Restaurants Serving up a 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]