June 17, 2019

As beverage director, one of the best perks of my job is the opportunity to travel to regions around the world to learn more about my favorite libations. There is nothing like meeting the producers, touring the facilities and observing the environment to understand what it’s all about. On a recent trip to Spain, I…

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May 14, 2019

The weather may change, but the need for a great vinaigrette does not. In fact, what is so incredibly cool about vinaigrettes is just how nimble they can be, says Chef. In summer, you might use citrus on raw fish; come winter that could switch to spices instead. There’s always a vinaigrette—or three—in play at…

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March 5, 2019

If you’re a regular at Heartwood Provisions, you might remember smoked sugar from our s’mores back in the day. There, Chef Varin Keokitvon used smoked sugar in the near taffy-like marshmallow puff. Today, Chef Varin is more likely to use his homemade smoked sugar for baking or for pastry presentations. DIY: How to Smoke Sugar…

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February 5, 2019

In recent years, Seattle’s bar scene has evolved and gained the reputation of being one of the most dynamic in the country. According to Beverage Director Amanda Reed, “the key to a great bar is bartenders who create good vibes with high level hospitality. In a craft cocktail bar, creative drinks made with fresh ingredients…

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Nearly three years in, Chef Varin Keokitvon has assembled what he calls one of his strongest kitchen teams to date. “Everyone works together really well. They’re bringing some good ideas to the table,” says Chef Varin. “They’re fast, efficient, and eager—and great at execution. They’re pretty amazing.” One of his favorite things has been watching…

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January 8, 2019

Whether observing Dry January, No Alcohol November or just honoring the body with a timeout from booze, many are going dry for a day—or a lifetime. While drinking without alcohol has long meant saccharine sodas, tired spritzes, or a lime, and some sparkling water today craft mocktails have come of age. Now spirit-free options are…

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