May 31, 2018

It’s the annual Negroni Week and bartenders across the United States are shaking up gin, campari, and vermouth—and giving back. The week long event, which runs June 4th to the 10th, uses cocktailing to raise money for a range of nonprofits. Since launching in 2013, Negroni Week has raised nearly $1.5 million dollars for charity….

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May 30, 2018

The mighty geoduck (goey-duck or güēˌdək) is seriously a Pacific Northwest thing. In fact, the giant mollusk, with its very phallic syphon, is native only to the West Coast. Here, the clam’s shell may grow to nearly eight inches in length; its giant meaty neck has been known to grow in excess of three feet….

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May 15, 2018

Heartwood Provision’s Chef Varin Keokitvon is always up for an adventure. Laotian by birth; a Seattleite by upbringing, his culinary prowess crosses cultures and he loves a good culinary challenge. For instance, when he heard about Spain’s Cocinando con Trufa —the international cooking contest for cooking with truffles—he had to enter To be considered, every…

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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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March 6, 2018

Once upon a time, chartreuse was exclusively the providence of monks in France. Today, it can be found in bars across the world. And yet, the herbal liqueur remains shrouded in mystery. Only one order, at the Monastery of the Grand Chartreuse just north of Grenoble, holds the recipe. Here, just two monks are entrusted…

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February 21, 2018

It’s a gluttony of riches, and there’s just two days to explore them all. On March 23rd through March 24th some 230 wineries and 65 restaurants will descend upon CenturyLink Field Event Center for The Grand Tasting. You likely can’t taste all 900 Washington wines being poured and every salmon-something-small-plate at Taste Washington, but that…

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