December 8, 2015

At Heartwood Provisions inspiration comes from a host of sources: what’s in season, what the season makes us yearn for, and a lifetime of experiences. For Chef Varin, who was born in Laos, raised in the U.S., and cut his culinary teeth at local restaurants in Seattle, this experience includes a cooking scholarship in the Mediterranean….

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November 25, 2015

Not all of Chef Varin’s work happens in the kitchen. An avid outdoorsman, Varin can be found fishing and foraging on a regular basis.  Below, he gives us a glimpse into his life on the Puget Sound—recipes and all. Chef Varin: “In the fading hours of fall and winter daylight, Seattle’s waterfront illuminates with lights beaming…

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November 17, 2015

In October, Amanda Reed joined hundreds of other beverage industry insiders from around the country at Portland Cocktail Week. The educational convention is arguably the second largest in the United States, after New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail. The trip began in an Amtrak car reserved exclusively by Brown-Forman (makers of Woodford Reserve.) Then it…

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October 20, 2015

Some of the most compelling conversations we have in the restaurant seem to happen after the shift ends. Topics range from to the best three star Michelin rated dinner we’ve experienced to the best dive joint in Seattle to hit late at night. The variety of venues, personalities, flavors and ingredients from around the world…

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September 29, 2015

Spend enough time in the Pacific Northwest culinary scene and it’s soon apparent; Seattle has one of the most unique, complex, and varied palates in the U.S.  Here, we view dinnertime as social hour, dining as an extension of our local identity, and local forests and waterways as our own personal farms. We as Northwesterners…

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