November 14, 2018

Brussels sprouts have been on the Heartwood menu since day one. Initially, they were largely served as sides, albeit in multiple ways. So popular was one of these executions that it moved from beyond just best supporting actor to a starring role in our bar snacks program. Those Brussels sprouts—tossed in an umami-rich sauce and…

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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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January 11, 2017

It’s the New Year, new resolutions have been made, and many of us are taking a sober look at the world. Or, at the very least, at our glasses. Whether you’re going dry for January or just want something refreshing yet alcohol-free, Beverage Director Amanda Reed has a decadent solution: a shrub drink. A shrub…

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