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Culination will Bring Kathy Casey into Your Kitchen

Today’s guest post is by Marisa Ingram.

Marisa has been an indispensable part of the Foodportunity team for the last two years.
She has a lifelong passion for home baking and a growing interest in all things fresh, local, organic, and seasonal. Though a native Washingtonian, a love for history took her to Charleston, SC where she obtained her degree in English from the College of Charleston. She works in human resources by day, but would love to give it all up for a life of travel.

deviled eggs

Wouldn’t you love to have a professional chef with you at home in the kitchen?

A new tech startup, Culination, would like to help you do just that. I had the pleasure of attending a preview party for Culination, hosted by Kathy Casey at her Food Studios, where I learned about this up and coming “online collaboration between home cooks and culinary professionals.”
One of the primary features of Culination is connecting you, at home in your kitchen or on the go with your mobile device, with a professional chef who can help you learn how to cook – one of whom is Kathy Casey herself. While the internet is flooded with recipes, not many of them actually teach you how to cook, Culination would like to help you bridge that gap via multimedia lessons. Culination was conceived in part from its founders’ desire to educate. And what better topic than food – something we all share – a universal connection point. Culination will be launching an Indiegogo campaign on April 9th. Sign up here for the most up-to-date information on this exciting venture.
As host for this event, Chef Kathy Casey treated us to a sampling of several of the delectable deviled eggs in her new book “D’Lish Deviled Eggs.” If you haven’t checked out this book yet please run out and get a copy – it won’t disappoint. Each deviled egg that I tasted was packed with a phenomenal amount of flavor in a perfectly sized and visually appealing package. A favorite was the Chipotle deviled egg and I look forward to preparing it in my own kitchen very soon – as well as many others. Stay tuned for more on this delightful cookbook . . .

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Far Eats is Now Open in Belltown

Geogy Chacko, the chef and owner behind Belltown’s Far Eats was the chef part of the team that created the original Beba’s Delis, and the Chutneys group of restaurants. This Indian restaurant offers Chaats, savory small plates or snacks with dishes like Curried Penn Cove Mussels, Scallops Fenugreek Lamb Burgers with Masala Fries, Cilantro Calamari, Curry Leaf Beef, Eggplant Bombay and Goat Chili and Black Pepper Chicken drizzled with Honey. The prices range from $5.00- $14.00.

The hours start at 11 am and continue until the evening with a thali lunch (11 am-2pm) and a happy hour menu from 4pm-6pm. Far Eats is located at 2301 5th Avenue, Seattle WA. The phone number is 206-770 3287.

Far Eats will be at Foodportunity on Monday June 25. Come meet the chef and taste some of what this restaurant has to offer.

Owner and Chef Geogy Chacko

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Seattle’s Hidden Treasure : The Art Institute of Seattle’s Portfolio Restaurant

Where do you find an unforgettable view and delicious food at a reasonable price created by the chefs of our future?

Portfolio Restaurant located on the 5th floor of the Art Institute of Seattle is a hidden treasure near the water. Beautiful views of Elliott Bay, white table cloths and fabulous food all come together harmoniously. Lead by Chef David Wynne, culinary students get to practice their trade and diners benefit from a 3 course dinner for $23 plus tax, a la carte is available as well. No tips allowed but donations to the scholarship fund are accepted (though not required). The menu is seasonal and local and Washington wines are available by the glass. If you want to learn the basics of wine tasting, call and ask about the wine tastings lead by Sommelier and Restaurant Manager Dieter Schafer where you can taste 6 wines for $12 on Friday evenings.

To make reservations, call Portfolio restaurant (206) 239 2363, 2600 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121. Note: The best time to come is at least a few days into the quarter when the students have gotten adjusted. Fall Quarter opens October 12 and continues to Friday, December 9.

For more about where to shop and eat as well as insider tips on the Seattle food scene, pick up a copy of my new book ” The Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle.”

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Seattle Food Scene Tips and Gilt Giveaway

What is the one question that people ask me when they meet me and learn that I work with food?

“What makes the Seattle food scene different?”

I have to say, it is community. It is a lack of distance between the chefs and the people. The chefs are approachable, friendly and everyone is connected somehow. Chefs take the time to say hi if they can and there is overall support, the customers support the chefs, the chefs support the purveyors, the chefs like to mingle with their customers and first name basis is pretty common in the food world.

I love exploring this city, so here is a giveaway to get you exploring.
But before that, I thought that you would like to catch up on where to go.

Photo credit: Jackie Donnely Baisa

I compiled of list of some recent posts with a glimpse into the Seattle food scene.

A visit to the Herbfarm

Have you been to the Melrose Market?

Looking for new places for lunch? Find them here

Want to learn how to make cocktails? Follow Kathy Casey’s show.

Food Lovers’ Launch party and fundraiser for Farestart

And the ultimate list

Wait! Do you know about Gilt? Do you know about Gilt City Seattle? I have a 50 dollar gift card to giveaway,

When I heard Gilt City was coming this way, I was flabbergasted. I have a love-love relationship with Gilt. I have been a member of the site getting their daily deals for over a year. Every morning at 9 am, or whenever I can, I check their website for the deals. There is just something liberating about seeing beautiful stuff in the morning. They have everything from bedding to clothes to weekend getaways. And Gilt City Seattle recently launched with tasting menus to some of the favorite places, special cocktail evenings, movie passes and more. You need to be a member so check it out.

You can follow them @giltcityseattle on twitter and sign up for their website, here is the friend link for you to sign up. And now for the giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me about your favorite place to eat in town. I am thinking the place that you go when you need a bite, it doesn’t have to be fancy. The place you drive to after a bad day at work or just where you go when you need a snack.

How to enter and win $50 at @GiltCitySeattle
1) Each comment is one entry.
2) Each Facebook share is 4 entries (Make sure to tag the Food Lovers Guide to Seattle page so I know)
3) And each twitter share is an extra entry (@foodloversea or @franticfoodie)

Got it! The winner will be announced on Monday next week.

To order my book or get more information, click here.


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Andaluca’s New Changes

I recently received some news about Andaluca, the romantic Spanish restaurant in downtown Seattle.

Andaluca will no longer be serving lunch but will continue to focus on dinner.

Craving lunch? No worries. Oliver’s Lounge and Bar, located in the same building, the Mayflower Park hotel will be serving some of the signature items from Andaluca.

Recent contestant on the food network’s Iron Chef America and executive Chef Wayne Johnson explains “I feel that by adjusting our hours, attention and creativity can be focused on our expanding dinner business.”

For more about Andaluca and Chef Wayne Johnson, click here

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What’s for Lunch?

The options for evening dining in Seattle may be overwhelming but quick and inexpensive lunches are sometimes harder to find. Paseo is my favorite on-the go- option (if you don’t count the time waiting in line) but I am always interested in extending my list with new choices to try.

Serafina, Eastlake’s romantic Italian hideaway now has a panini window, where you will find options like the Porchetta, made with roasted porchetta on Macrina ciabatta with pickled onion and salsa verde, or the Salami made with fontina cheese and artichoke olivada on baguette as well as the Caprese with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto and balsamic on housemade focaccia. The sandwiches are priced at 8 dollars.

Homey and inviting Dinette on Capitol Hill has been serving sandwiches since the beginning of summer, owner and chef Melissa Nyffeler knows how to dress up any sandwich with items like the Cubano; Carlton Farm’s braised pork shoulder, smoked pork loin, caramelized onions, gruyere, red pepper and mustard, or the Curry Chicken Salad made of free range chicken, dried apricots, blood orange mayo & pickled carrots. The long list of sandwiches are priced under 9 dollars.

And just this week, Blue Moon Burgers opened a Capitol Hill location on Broadway, where they serve Long Valley Ranch’s 100% Pasture Raised Beef served in a myriad of ways; with signature burgers like the Blue Hawaiian with Teriyaki Glaze, pepper jack cheese and a grilled pineapple ring or the The Code Blue, two beef patties topped with 4 slices of bacon, 2 slices of cheddar cheese, peanut butter, sweet red onions and the special Blue Moon sauce on brioche. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available.

Lunch has never been easier. Pick up your sandwhich and find a spot to enjoy the sun while it is still visiting.


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Chef Wayne Johnson on Iron Chef

July 31st at 10pm on the Food Network Channel.

Chef Wayne Johnson of Andaluca Restaurant will be debuting on the Food Network mega hit Iron Chef America this Sunday, July 31st. Chef Johnson will be challenging Iron Chef Michael Symon with ingredients yet to be revealed.

The show will air on the Food Network Channel on Sunday, July 31st at 10:00pm ET/PT as well as August 1st at 1:00am ET/PT and Thursday, August 4th at 11:00 pm ET/PT. Tune in to find out if Seattle’s Johnson can beat the tough Michael Symon.

Chef Wayne flew to New York to take part in this hugely popular show of culinary creativity. “Talk about a thrill,” states Chef Wayne, “This is a dream, to showcase my style and skills for such a large audience. It will be great fun to watch, as I don’t even know the judges’ results.”

Due to contractual obligations, Chef Wayne Johnson can’t disclose specifics (including ingredients) about his episode of Iron Chef America. However, following the airing on July 31st, Chef Wayne Johnson will be rolling out a private Iron Chef dinner, complete with a question and answer period.

Under Chef Wayne’s culinary supervision, Andaluca Restaurant has won numerous awards including Chef, himself, being named one of six ‘Top Chef’s in America’ in Black Enterprise Magazine. At the helm for over 11 years, Chef Wayne has been a solid community leader in the Seattle area, participating continuously with Food as Art, March of Dimes and African American Kidney Awareness. He is currently the vice president of Culinary Wonders USA, a non-profit that cultivates minorities in culinary arts. Andaluca is located at 407 Olive Way, Seattle, WA, 98101 next to the Mayflower Park Hotel. Andaluca provides complimentary valet parking for all guests and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A complete biography of Chef Wayne Johnson is available online at:


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