Discover New Tastes At The Cheese And Meat Festival

Meat and cheese.  Cheese and meat.  They go together like bread and butter, like rhythm and blues, like Kayne West and being a douche.  If you agree, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Cheese And Meat Festival, coming to McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.), this coming Saturday, April 29 from 7 – 9 pm.  

This celebration of charcuterie and artisan cheeses paired with local wines, ciders and beers features several local artisans, including Salumi, Jellyfish Brewing, Mollusk, FinnRiver Cidery and many, many more.

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Safeco Field Menu Updates For The 2017 Mariners Season

Spring has finally arrived in the Northwest and that means, of course, the return of baseball.  For the past few years, I’ve kept you up to date on what delicious craft beers and gourmet food choices you can expect to find each Seattle Mariners season at Safeco Field.

Well, it’s that time again and I’ve been invited back to check out some new offerings for this year’s menu. Ethan Stowell has, once again, partnered with Centerplate and the Seattle Mariners to bring you some amazing creations including: Seattle ‘Wings’ (Taylor Shellfish Farms fried oysters with Frank’s RedHot sauce), authentic Oaxacan chapulines (toasted grasshoppers with chile-lime salt seasoning), and frozen custard cookie sandwiches.

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The Beer Junction Celebrates Their 6th Anniversary

 

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Finding a good tap and bottle shop around Seattle isn’t all that difficult.  We’re fortunate to have several options for where to go beer shopping while enjoying a few pints on tap at the same time.  One of those places that stands out for me in particular, however, is The Beer Junction in West Seattle.  Offering Seattle’s largest selection of more than 1,300+ different beers (plus cider and mead) and an incredible 70 taps of beer, cider, mead and wine, The Beer Junction has become my favorite after-work destination to enjoy a few cold ones from their always excellent and diverse tap selection and check out what’s new in bottles and cans.

Each year, as their anniversary approaches, The Beer Junction teams up with a local brewery to create a special anniversary beer to help them celebrate.  Last year it was Cinq Houblon, a Saison brewed by Sound Brewing out on the Kitsap peninsula.  The year before that it was Black Sands Coconut Cream Imperial Stout, from Fort George Brewing in Astoria, Oregon.  I’m still aging a bottle of that one in my cellar at home.

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Full Throttle Bottles Sold – Taps To Be Added

 

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We’re fortunate in the Seattle area to have lots of great craft bottle shops around where we can find our favorite craft beers and ciders, and discover new ones from breweries and cideries both near and far.  One such bottle shop is Full Throttle Bottles.*

Nestled in the heart of Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, Full Throttle is a specialty beer and wine (and cider and mead) store that manages to carry an impressive selection of craft beers, craft ciders, wines and meads for you to choose from, despite its somewhat small size.

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Gourmet Sandwiches Highlight Safeco Field’s 2016 Menu Updates

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Last year at about this time, I attended a food and drink preview at Safeco Field for the 2015 Seattle Mariners season.  It was an impressive spread with a wide variety of options like crab sandwiches, burgers, gourmet hot dogs, flatbread pizzas and more, plus a wide array of locally sourced craft beers, wines and even high end cocktails.

Well, I’ve been invited back again this year for the 2016 food and drink preview, and I’m eager to see what delicious new items and what new and returning craft beers and other drinks I’ll find available for this season.  One thing is for sure, a big feature of the 2016 menu will be gourmet sandwiches, using high end ingredients like Beecher’s Cheese, Hempler’s Bacon and Baker Boys Northwest Brioche Bread.  I love a good sandwich, so that sounds pretty good to me.

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Food And Drink Preview For The 2015 Mariners Season At Safeco Field

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Today I was invited to join a group of several other local journalists down at Safeco Field for an in-depth preview of the new food and drink options that will be available for the 2015 Seattle Mariners season.  With the home opener coming up in just five days, this was a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at all the new high-end food and drink options that Mariners fans will have the opportunity to enjoy at the Safe this year.

Last year’s offerings included delicious choices like Apple Wood Smoked Salmon Chowder, ‘Dirty’ Tots With Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar, Carlton Farms Pork Belly & Bay Valley Picked Peppers, and Fish & Chips With Manny’s Pale Ale Batter among other selections; plus cask beers from local Northwest breweries like Georgetown Brewing CompanyOakshire Brewing Company and others.

This year I was eager to return and try some of the new choices chef Ethan Stowell and his team had come up with, and to sample a few of the new craft beer choices available this season.  The featured brewery at Safeco this season is Seattle’s own Pike Brewing Company, but you’ll also find options from other local breweries like Black Raven Brewing (CBM Sponsor), Schooner Exact BrewingFremont Brewing and many more.

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Mariners 2014 Season Food & Drink Preview Event

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In an article posted here last week, I told you about some of the new food and drink choices coming to Safeco Field for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season, including choices from: Swingin’ Wings, Sound Seafood, Hot Cakes Deserts and Georgetown Brewing.  This past Friday, April 4th, I was invited to a preview event at the Safe to sample some of these new food and drink options.  I’d like to thank the Seattle Mariners and Centerplate for the invitation and the opportunity to get a little taste of what the fans can expect to find when they attend a Mariner’s game this season.

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Chocolate And Beer – The Perfect Combination – UPDATED 2/9/2013

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2013 is here.  The holidays are behind us, and Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  That means Love is in the air, but it also means that Pike Brewing Company‘s annual Chocofest is fast approaching.

Each year since 2009, Pike Brewing has hosted this wonderful event, which features dozens of chocolate, wine, spirits, cider and mead vendors pairing their libations with chocolatiers, restaurateurs, bakers, and cheese-makers, culminating in an evening of love-inspired gastronomic delights.  Or, as Pike puts it: “a virtual orgy for food and drink lovers!”  All proceeds from Chocofest 2013 will benefit the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance – which helps protect the waters of Puget Sound both now and for future generations.

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