“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 Cooks! showcases new chefs each day, with participants eager to show their delicious handpicked recipes and their quick-thinking in the cook-offs.

The Taste Cooks! features even more mystery cook-offs this year. Competing chefs will be given only half an hour to create a masterpiece from three mystery ingredients, a basic pantry, and a large selection of produce, kindly donated by Charlie’s Produce.

Members of the audience get a chance to participate also: three lucky guests will judge the chefs’ dishes on a criteria including their creative use of ingredients, presentation, tastiness, and overall entertainment. The winning chef will be announced live and will receive a $100 donation in their name towards the charity of their choice. Several charities benefited from last year’s winners, including the Ronald McDonald House, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Emergency Food Network.

Return crowd favorites Jon Maley (ChūcH), Saffron Hodgson “The Aussie” (bushcooking.com), Hudson Slater (Asado Cucina), and Shawn Tibbitts (Tibbitts@FernHill) will be competing on The Taste Cooks! this year. New to the show are welcomed Jan Parker (Jan Parker Cookery), Brittany Erwin (Cooks Tavern), Kris Blondin (Devour), and more!

Another level of excitement and culinary expertise is brought to The Taste Cooks! through second-year emcee Chef Thierry Rautureau, a.k.a. “The Chef in The Hat.”

This event is free to attend, and guests are offered early-bird discounted food and beverage options to experience the best of the Taste of Tacoma®. Some options offered are the Experience Taste Package, which includes Craft Beer & Wine Tasting + Taste It! Food Tickets, and the new Taste It! Food Only Package. The weekend of June 21-23 is sure to be an exciting showcase of local chefs and fantastic food with the Taste of Tacoma®!

For the full line up of The Taste Cooks! demonstrations and cook-offs, or for other Taste of Tacoma® event details, head to www.tasteoftacoma.com.


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 rustic and earthy, with high ceilings, exposed beams and handcrafted glass light fixtures. You can enjoy an intimate night out at a cozy table for two or choose a seat at the spacious bar rail. Regardless, the menu is what sets The Mantel apart.

Each menu item is handcrafted with only the freshest ingredients that are locally sourced. Among the wide selection of starters is the house favorite, Crispy Brussel Sprouts. Perfectly crunchy on the outside, tossed in a balsamic glaze and mixed with heirloom tomatoes, this light appetizer is so well made it will change the mind of any vegetable hater!

Entrée options include signature dishes like the Pasta Bolognese, an Italian sausage and beef Bolognese with thick pappardelle pasta, which was inspired by executive chef Nathaniel Cooper’s time spent living in Italy. Various sandwich options include the popular Millionaire Burger, a classic compilation of Meyer ground beef, bacon, cheddar club sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion on a butter brioche bun. A selection of artisan pizzas range from spicy Italian to organic mushroom.

If you’re a meat connoisseur, try something from the grill. Current options include cedar-plank Pacific salmon, grilled pork chop and a marvelous grilled ribeye. The steak is cooked to perfection with porcini compound butter, paired with bleu cheese mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach.

“I like to develop my culinary style, which I describe as modern comfort food,” says Cooper. “I believe that with the proper and freshest ingredients, you don’t need a lot of spices to confuse the palate.  He adds that one of his favorite recipes to make at the restaurant is a deconstructed pot pie.

The Mantel opened in January 2016 and is currently open to the public. In the near future, however, it will expand its business and go private. If you haven’t had the chance to take your taste buds to elevated places, make sure you stop by soon and experience The Mantel and the Trilogy community.

by: Sarah Grace Persson


19001 Trilogy Parkway E
Bonney Lake, WA