Saint Martin University Gala

Over 600 guests attended the Saint Martin University Gala to see Chef Carla Hall, former co-host of ABC’s Emmy-award-winning show “The Chew” and competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars”, and emcee RC Smith.

The evening’s menu included soul-food inspired dishes selected by Carla Hall with bold flavors and colors intended to delight the senses. The menu included smashed beet with pistachio oil and chevre, pimento cheese with a buttermilk biscuit cracker, gluten-free cornbread, black-eyed pea salad with smoked ham and hot sauce vinaigrette, mixed bitter greens with smoked steelhead trout, sea island shrimp and grits, slow braised pork short ribs with pickled red onion smashed potatoes, and, for dessert, pecan pie with bourbon Chantilly cream and coffee from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters. The savory courses were paired with specialty wines from Gala wine sponsors Maryhill Winery and Eola Hills Wine Cellars and beer from Gala beer sponsor Top Run Brewing.

The event raised $1.4 million with $645,000 going to the University’s “Feed-a-Mind” scholarship funds.

Holiday Dinner Party Tips

When it comes to planning dinner parties—especially for the holidays—we say keep things simple and focus on enjoying one another’s company.


Personal Touch

Take the time to send an invitation—in the mail, not on Facebook—and then use the same paper and fonts to create a menu for each place setting. In a day when it is easy to send an electronic invite this sets the event apart.


Invest in linens that can be used over and over again. Skip the tablecloth with a turkey or Christmas tree in favor of a beautiful seasonal color. Stick to bold colors and pick up on themes that way—then by default you’ll be staying away from anything overly cheesy.


Don’t overdo it with holiday decor. Opt for simple details, like florals. A few flowers go a long way. They’re fresh, they smell good and they tend to really set the mood.

Outdoor Ambiance

In the Northwest there are many ways to bring the outdoors in. Consider adding elements from the outdoors to a formal table setting to mix things up.


Stick to dishes you love. While it’s tempting to try out a new or elaborate recipe, it’s safer to share entrées, side dishes and desserts that you already know are crowd pleasers.

New Neighbor Guide – Pierce County


new to pierce county? here’s what you need to know

living in pierce county

the legacy of lucky lemay


changing schools after moving to pierce county


giving back in the 253

anthem coffee: community-centric, thankful and ‘loud’


making your house a home

olympic landscape—heart for community

getting settled into a new home


cheers to 30 years—south hill mall marks a milestone


molen orthodontics changes lives one smile at a time

healthy feet are the foundation for a healthy life

health starts where we live, learn, work and play

service, convenience at the heart of light dental studios


asian-inspired food, beautiful ambiance


tacoma nature center celebrating 40 years

off-leash dog park pleases people and pooches


warm-weather wellness tips for seniors

OBEE Opens at Fern Hill and Provides Freebies

O Bee Credit Union is introducing its second unique, pub-style branch to Pierce County with a week of free giveaways. O Bee’s Grand Opening party takes place on Saturday, July 20th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the new branch, located at 8002 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408. The party will feature free Fisher Scones, prizes, free raffles and special guests, the Rainier Grazers and the Berenstain Bears! The week before the opening, O Bee will sponsor free giveaways around town to “pay-it-forward” and encourage folks to visit local businesses in the Fern Hill area. The schedule includes:

Monday, July 15th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am Yummies Donuts – 8042 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408

One free donut per customer while supplies last

Tuesday, July 16th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Little Caesars Pizza – 828 72nd Street E, Tacoma, WA 98404

One free carry-out pizza (cheese or pepperoni) per customer while supplies last
Wednesday, July 17th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Paradise Lanes Entertainment Center – 12505 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444   One free game and shoe rental per customer – first come, first served 

Thursday, July 18th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Dairy Queen – 1925 S 72nd Street, Tacoma, WA 98404

One free small ice cream cone per person while supplies last

Friday, July 19th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Anthem Coffee & Tea – 3609 Market Pl W #101, University Place, WA 98466 

One free medium non-alcoholic beverage of choice per person while supplies last

A leader in providing innovative financial solutions for more than 60 years, Forbes recently ranked O Bee #1 in Washington State on its 2019 list of “America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions.” O Bee continues to change the banking game to members’ surprise and delight.
O Bee’s rich history as the original credit union of the Olympia Brewery is celebrated in the design of the “Pub-Style” branch. Local brewery taps and brass railings are featured along the teller line and historical brewery images complete the décor along with a chalkboard menu with “specials.” “It’s exciting,” said James Collins, CEO. “We look forward to bringing our unique brand of banking to Fern Hill. The word is spreading; we are the best credit union in the state and we’re ready to celebrate,” he added. 

Visit the branch at 8002 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408

Meet Rachel Taylor of Waxing The City

ShowCase Magazine is delighted to announce the opening of Waxing the City at Sunrise Village in Puyallup. We caught up with the owner of the new location to share her ideas here.

What is your passion and why are you opening this new business? People are my passion. I have always loved to help people in any way possible, as a barista working at Starbucks connecting through a simple cup of coffee served with a smile, as a wedding and floral designer, as a fitness instructor helping people achieve their goals and live a healthier life. Keeping people looking and feeling their best is my goal. Confidence is built from the inside out. We help people every day feel and look their best, one Waxing the City appointment at a time. We’re changing lives through genuine love, care and connection.

How do you hope to help your clients and the community? From the moment you walk into Waxing the City, you will see and feel the difference. You will be greeted at the door with a warm smile by our studio coordinator and that’s just the beginning. From start to finish, our customers will feel as if there is no one else and they are the most important person in the world.

What, or who, inspires you? My husband is my biggest inspiration. He inspires me every day to do the unthinkable. Don’t take no for an answer. Keep trying and you will find a way. It may take a different strategy, but keep trying.

What should readers know about Waxing the City? As an exclusive studio devoted solely to the art of waxing, Waxing the City is “serious about smooth.” We offer everything from eyebrows to Brazilian waxing services for both women and men.

To book an appointment, log in to Facebook or call 253-446-6906. The studio coordinator will assist you to ensure that your waxing needs are met.


For additional Information:
Waxing the City
10306 156th St E, Puyallup

Publisher’s Letter

Celebrate Pink This Summer

In this issue of ShowCase Magazine we celebrate summer with a “pink inspired” issue.  Summer is here and that means longer days and pink accompaniments to celebrate the season.  Whether you plan to cruise to the car show, dine al fresco or enjoy a local travel, we invite you to celebrate the season in pink.

Speaking of outdoor pleasures, have you ever taken in a pink sunset from a sailboat – where the skyline is filled with rose color as it sets on the horizon?  We are pleased to feature the historic SSS Odyssey.  Known as Tacoma’s own Tall Ship, the 90-foot sailboat is recognized nationally as a premier youth sailing vessel.

Enjoy the pink color embodied in a regional favorite, the Pacific Northwest salmon.  Chefs Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau will present a tantalizing taste of our favorite fish at this year’s Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival.  We share the dynamic culinary duo’s perspective on creating dishes that speak to our lifestyle and delight the most discerning palates.

Naturally, our story on local dining and shopping fresh produce at farmers markets inspires good health and the local economy.  As follows, our wellness feature is “flush” with approachable sustainable lifestyle tips to improve women’s health.

Check out our pink calendar for local entertainment and cultural events and don’t miss the scoop on our favorite summer destinations for local travel.  We wish you a summer abundant in purposeful living and memories, some of them pink influenced, to celebrate.


Robin Lucas | Publisher