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We have some special guests at the next Foodportunity.  I have attached the press release and photos  from the ever so talented Jackie Donnely Baisa , check out her post for more photos.

Foodportunity Networking Features

Cookbook author Kristine Kidd and

Portland Restaurateur Cathy Whims

Monday, January 31st 6:00 PM

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

The next Foodportunity networking event will be held on January 31st at 6 PM at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom in Downtown Seattle.

Los Angeles-based celebrity cookbook author Kristine Kidd will appear on a Q&A panel, beginning at 7:45 PM, on the topic of  “Chef’s Home Table” : an insight to what you will find on their table.

Kidd is a longtime magazine editor, food blogger and recipe consultant. She is the author of Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Fresh & Fast,( (coming in January, 2011) Cooking at Home and six other cookbooks. Kristine Kidd was the food editor of Bon Appétit for more than 20 years.

Other panel members include Cathy Whims from Portland’s Nostrana, Jason Stratton of Cascina Spinasse, Wayne Johnson of Andaluca and Amy Pennington, the food writer and gardener who launched will moderate the panel.

Tom Douglas, awarded National Restaurant of the Year by Bon Appetit magazine and a national James Beard nominee for Restaurateur of the Year, will provide his Palace Ballroom facilities to host the event and serve a selection of appetizers alongside treats from several of Seattle’s most talked about restaurants including Luc & Rover’s, Nostrana (PDX), The Inn at Langley, Marjorie, Lecosho, Blackboard Bistro, and Bastille Café & Bar.

Attendees can also enjoy beverages (wine and beer) from a cash bar.

The event is the latest of Keren Brown’s Foodportunity events for the food and hospitality industry. It is a one-stop networking event providing opportunities for lasting connections and business relations in the Seattle food scene.

The event will be sponsored by Whole Foods Market, which will provide information at the event about its new 28-day “Eat Right America” program, based on a healthy diet of nutrient-dense whole foods (mostly plants) and healthy fats. (Additional details below)

The first 40 Foodportunity ticket-holders to send an email to will get a seat at the 8:30 PM “speed networking” session.

Foodportunity is open to food journalists, bloggers, food companies, public relations professionals, restaurateurs, farmers and all food-passionate people.  Early bird admission is $25 (including all fees) through Brown Paper Tickets, general price $32 Purchase tickets early as all past events have sold-out.

Palace Ballroom is located at 2100 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 in Downtown Seattle. More information is available online at

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Keren Brown, aka Frantic Foodie, is the founder of the highly popular networking event known as Foodportunity as well as other food-related educational events. She also organizes monthly events for Seattle food bloggers, creating lasting contacts and connections. Keren’s food events information can be found at Frantic Foodie in the Seattle P-I , and on the events page of In April 2010, she was named “Doer of the Week” by

About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, NASDAQ: WFMI), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 58,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 13 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2010, the company had sales of more than $9 billion and currently has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.


We believe in promoting the health and wellness of our customers, Team Members and community through education and support.

Every Whole Foods Market in North America and the UK is committed to your health. No matter where your favorite store is located, you’ll find a variety of options to help you get started on a healthier lifestyle plan, including:

Culinary Education Classes and Series

“Getting Started” programs:

Eat Right America™ 28-Day Program

The Engine 2 Diet™ 28-Day Health Opportunity


Plant-strong™ –

Simply put, eat mostly plants. No matter what type of diet you follow — including those that incorporate dairy, meat and/or seafood — eat more plants, like raw and cooked vegetables, fruits, legumes and beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Eat a colorful variety of plants to ensure you’re getting the best nutrients for your body, which leads to feeling satiated.

Whole food

Choose foods that are whole, fresh, natural, organic, local, seasonal and unprocessed. Eliminate the consumption of refined, highly processed foods and foods void of nutrients, such as artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats

Healthy fats

Get your healthy fats from plant sources, such as nuts and avocados. Minimize extracted oils and processed fats. If eating a diet that includes animal products, choose leaner meats and seafood as well as low-fat dairy products

Nutrient dense

Choose foods that are rich in nutrients when compared to their total caloric content; also known as foods with a high nutrient density

Build your menus around plant-based foods to ensure highly nutrient-dense meals. Choose foods with a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants. Look for the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) scoring system to guide you on healthier choices

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Written by franticfoodie

I am Keren Brown (note: Keren with 2 E's). I love living in Seattle, I think the weather here is fabulous and spend my days writing, organizing and planning food events. Read about Seattle food events, recipes or just immerse in the food obsession. Check out my other blog in the Seattle PI

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