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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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,…

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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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September 13, 2016

It’s not just for salads anymore. At Heartwood Provisions we cook with it, we dress with it, we even finish with it. Extra-virgin olive oil is the highest quality olive oil you can buy. It’s unrefined, which means it hasn’t been altered by heat or chemicals, it has more of the olive taste than other…

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August 2, 2016

Tomatoes. Sauce never had it so good. Nor, for that matter, did salads or gazpacho. Especially given the beauty that is a fresh-off-the vine heirloom tomato. Take a look at the menu and it may be obvious: Chef Varin Keokitvon is a fan of tomatoes, and especially when it’s an heirloom tomato. What’s the difference?…

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