Weddings in Woodinville: Willows Lodge

by Shona Milne on March 22, 2015

Always a favorite stop on Weddings in Woodinville is Willows Lodge. Married with Michelle had the theme In The Garden. The wine was from Efeste.


Taste Washington: Not Just Wine

by Shona Milne on March 19, 2015

Elite Chefs on the
Alaska Chef’s Stage

The Alaska Chef’s Stage features top local and national chefs cooking live on-site in a state-of-the-art kitchen built right on the Taste Washington show floor. Enjoy as talented chefs demonstrate their cooking skills and offer culinary tips.

View the complete lineup of participating chefs on the Alaska Chef’s Stage, and see what you have to look forward to.

2:15 p.m. – Chef Marco Canora
Hearth, Brodo, and Fifty Paces
Marco Canora is the force behind the James Beard-nominated Hearth restaurant in New York City’s East Village. Learn how to compare a variety of bone broths and perfect the craft of making them at home.

3:00 p.m. – Chef Peter Serrano
Muckleshoot Casino
Peter Serrano has brought the family traditions from his native Philippines to the kitchen at the Muckleshoot Casino. Enjoy as he prepares delectable sweet bites sure to tantalize your taste buds.

4:00 p.m. – Chef Steve Cain / Michael Kelley
El Gaucho Seattle / Anheuser-Busch
Learn how to pair some of Belgium’s finest beers, including Stella Artois, with specialty cheeses, Theo Chocolate and signature El Gaucho dishes prepared by Chef Cain.

2:15 p.m. – Chef John Tesar
Knife – Dallas
John Tesar is a two-time James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” semifinalist and “Top Chef” contestant known for his innovative cuisine at Knife, his Dallas restaurant.

3:00 p.m. – Chef Gavin Stephenson
The Georgian at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Gavin Stephenson is an award-winning chef who has a cooking style that marries a simple and contemporary Northwest philosophy with the sophistication and elegance of classic French technique and preparation.

4:00 p.m. – Josh Reynolds / Michael Kelley
Bluebird Microcreamery / Anheuser-Busch
Indulge your taste buds with unique pairings of some of Belgium’s finest


Woodinville Wine Events: March 16th-31st

by Shona Milne on March 15, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Castillo de Feliciana – March 20th - Beat the Geek Trivia

Michael Florentino Cellars – March 21st – Spring Release Party

Matthews Winery – March 21st – Sauvignon Blanc and Claret Release

Pomum Cellars – March 21st & 22nd – 2012 Tinto Tempranillo & 2012 Syrah Release

Sparkman Cellars – March 21st & 22nd – Barrel Tastings

Tenor Wines – March 22nd – Chardonnay, Malbec, and Syrah Release

Chateau Ste. Michelle – March 22nd – Sip & Savor – March Tournament Pairings [click to continue…]


Tate’s List is a great resource for the food and beverage industry. The site continues to add more features.

Tate’s List, the network for the food and beverage industry, unveiled its Marketplace Tuesday, February 24th, at its most recent industry tasting event and first chef competition.  More than 300 people from the greater Seattle restaurant and bar industry were in attendance to hear the news and sample local products, which are now for sale on the Marketplace.

For the first time in the Northwest region, owners, chefs, and managers in the industry can take advantage of the Tate’s List Marketplace as a one-stop shop to buy and sell food, beverages, equipment, supplies, and real estate.

“The Tate’s List Marketplace has the potential to be a game changer for our local food and beverage industry.  As a small, independent beverage producer, the marketplace gives my products visibility to a bigger audience than ever before.”

- Lexi, Founder of Old Ballard Liquor Company Distillery

“As Tate’s List continues to bridge the gap between vendors and the industry, the Marketplace provides one more way local producers can get their products in front of restaurants and bars.”

- CEO and Founder, Tate Rogers [click to continue…]


Dine Around Seattle: March 1st-31st

by Shona Milne on March 3, 2015

It’s that time of year again; Dine Around Seattle is in full swing. Dinners are $33.00 and lunchs are available at some of the participating restaurants for $18.00. The promotions are available Sunday through Thursday. It’s very popular and I highly recommend making reservations.  Some Eastside restaurants are participating:

Bothell - Preservation Kitchen

Kirkland - Beach CafeBeachHouse Bar + GrillLe Grand BistroRistorante ParadisoTrellis RestaurantVolterra

Redmond - Blu Sardinia

Woodinville - Barking Frog


Weddings in Woodinville: DeLille Cellars

by Shona Milne on March 2, 2015

As always, classic elegance at DeLille Cellars for Weddings in Woodinville. The theme of Gold and Glamourous from wedding planner Event Success.


Woodinville Wine Events: March 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on March 1, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – March 5th – Girls Night Out – Wine Trivia

Castillo de Feliciana – March 6th – Beat the Geek Trivia Night

Elemental Hard Cider – March 6th – Tap Room Launch – $10 large pizzas all evening, $1 off draft cider pints, and music by The Oh’Reallys….6-9pm

Chateau Ste. Michelle – March 6th – Sessions Concert

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – March 8th – Somm Sunday

The Woodhouse Wine Estates – March 11th – Corks and Canvas

Russell’s Restaurant & Loft – March 12th –  North of 95 Winemaker Dinner [click to continue…]


Weddings in Woodinville: JM Cellars

by Shona Milne on February 22, 2015

We were whisked off by Butler Transpartation to our next Weddings in Woodinville stop at  JM Cellars next. The theme was Come Dance With Me from Wedding Planner MG Davis Events. A canopy of white paper lanterns mixed with sparkling chandelieres with a backdrop of lush green landscape give a lovely garden party atmosphere. The black and white colors with a sprinkle of gold and silver were crisp and clean with Sinatra and 50′s music in the background just pulled it all together. Sign me up for this one.


Weddings in Woodinville: Columbia Winery

by Shona Milne on February 20, 2015

My second stop on Weddings in Woodinville was at Columbia Winery. The theme was Winter Sunrise with crisp orange, pink and coral colors by Wedding Planner Pink Blossom Events.


SWFE: The Best of the West

by Shona Milne on February 18, 2015

SECOND ANNUAL Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards REPRESENT THE BEST OF THE WEST

California’s Michael David Winery takes Best in Show with its 2012 Cabernet Franc; Medals Awarded to 166 Wines from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) is pleased to announce the results of its second annual Wine Awards. More than 65 wineries submitted 190 wines for the awards in a variety of styles from red and white to sparkling and dessert. The wines were tasted and awarded medals by Great Northwest Wine’s tasting panel, led by longtime Northwest wine journalists Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman. The panel judged the wines under blind conditions, not knowing the producers, region of origin or prices. Wines were awarded gold, silver and bronze medal and 10 were given top honors:

  • Best in Show: Michael David Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Lodi
  • Best Red: Michael David Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Lodi [click to continue…]