July 18, 2018

Every summer it seems our Heartwood palates turn to agave spirits, particularly tequila. Maybe that’s because,  July 24th,  National Tequila Day is on the horizon. Maybe it’s because tequila seems so right for the coming Seattle sunshine. Or maybe, it’s just because the bar team at Heartwood Provisions needs an excuse. After all, the men…

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June 27, 2018

  As a rule, in Chef Varin Keokitvon’s Heartwood Provisions kitchen inventiveness rules and nothing goes to waste. Even when he could be buying ingredients in bulk, he’d rather DIY. That includes using cream to make his own thick, creamy, tangy crème fraîche from scratch. After he has whipped up a batch—which typically takes three…

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April 10, 2018

Chef Varin Keokitvon is patiently awaiting a change in the global vanilla supply. For years, he has used vanilla with wild abandon. Then, in March of 2017, Cyclone Enawo hit Madagascar, home to most of the world’s vanilla production, and the price of vanilla beans skyrocketed. Gone were the days of tossing a few vanilla…

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June 5, 2017

Recently, beverage director Amanda Reed was thinking spring drinking and Beaujolais—the light, red-fruited, gamay from France—came to mind. If the flavors of fresh strawberries and earthy mushrooms work so beautifully in those wines, she imagined they’d work well in a cocktail too. So, she added some grassy rhum agricole and savory fennel and a fresh…

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