Chef Jason Wilson may be busy with his award-winning restaurant, CRUSH, and opening a new restaurant, Miller’s Guild, next month, but he always takes time out to cook with his son.
Evening Magazine stopped by the Wilson house to chat about wood-fired cooking at the soon-to-open Miller’s Guild — and Ferrin and Jason put on a show of their own by making “Meatballs with a Chance of Pretzels,” inspired by one of their favorite movies “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Gluten-free pretzels, and even vegetables, add to a delicious recipe that kids can make at home (with supervision). As Jason puts it “There’s really nothing like cooking for those that you are intimately in love with.”
The recipe can be found on the Evening Magazine website.
Miller’s Guild Offers Seats to Pre-Opening Parties
Chef Jason Wilson and team “kickstart” nose-to-tail butchery, dry-aged beef and cask-finished craft spirits, returning the favor with seats at pre-opening dinners and other VIP perks
Seattle— Chef Jason Wilson’s Miller’s Guild is one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2013. With construction not far from completion, the Miller’s Guild team has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their ambitious dry-aging, nose-to-tail butchery, and cask-aged spirits programs. As a reward for supporting these programs, Chef Wilson is offering much-coveted seats to the Miller’s Guild Pre-Opening Dinners that begin on Dec. 4 and a host of other VIP perks. See the campaign here; live through November 17.
Chef Wilson explained, “We are really excited about Kickstarter, because it connects us with people who are excited and engaged in what we are doing. When we came up with these great, but expensive ideas for 75-day dry-aged beef, nose-to-tail butchery of heritage breed livestock, and cask finishing our own spirits, we thought that it would be a great opportunity to let other people who are as excited as us about these ideas get involved with Miller’s Guild.”
What’s in it for Kickstarter partners:
$25 – A logoed Miller’s Guild T-shirt with the phrase “I support Beef, Butchery & Booze.”
$75 – An exclusive seat at one of the pre-opening dinners to experience the wood-fired grill, dry-aged beef and heirloom livestock nose-to-tail butchery program that Kickstarter support helped launch.
$500 – A VIP reservation for two to one of the pre-opening parties that gets supporters not only seats at the dinner, but also a pre-dinner reception and a post-dinner tour of the space, plus the supporter T-shirt.
$2500 – Chef Jason Wilson and Miller’s Guild Chef de Cuisine Kelly Gaddis host an intimate butchery class for 10 featuring an animal from the butchery program, followed by a dinner feast.
Known for modern, technique-driven cooking at his restaurant Crush, Chef Wilson wanted to get back to a more visceral, basic style of cooking. When the opportunity came to anchor a new 76-seat restaurant at the 1926-built Hotel Max, he partnered up with a restaurant dream team including his wife and Crush co-owner Nicole Wilson, ChefStable Group founder and owner Kurt Huffman, and former Best Young Sommelier in America, Jake Kosseff.
The foundation of Miller’s Guild cooking comes from its nine-foot-long, custom-made wood-fired grill that will infuse complex, rich flavors into simply prepared meats, vegetables and fish. Whole animal butchery of heritage breed livestock will use the entire animal for grill cuts, sausage and charcuterie, and bones for stock. Its 75-day dry-aging beef program will highlight a New York steak and a bone-in ribeye for two. Cask-finishing spirits will allow the team to add its special touches to a cocktail inspired by the classics.
About Miller’s Guild
Sometime in December, Chef Jason Wilson will fire up his custom-made, wood-fired Infierno Grill at the opening of Miller’s Guild. The restaurant’s space, within the historic Vance Hotel (Hotel Max), has been stripped to its 1926 bones to reveal not only the history of the building but more importantly the back-to-basics intentions of its James Beard Award-winning chef. Miller’s Guild will open serving dinner only, but will eventually serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily and is located at 612 Stewart Street in downtown Seattle. Learn more at Facebook.com/MillersGuild and Twitter @MillersGuild.
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March brought us the anticipated arrival of top chart movie the Hunger Games and captured the attention of many here in the Pacific Northwest. Now April has arrived and is ready to give last month a run for its money in rolling out a more exciting and satisfying way to enchant diners’ hunger and get those taste buds dancing. That’s right, it’s time for food and wine fanatics to kick off the start of spring with Seattle Restaurant Week here in the Puget Sound.
From April 8-12 and 15-19 (excluding each Friday and Saturday), over 150 of Seattle’s most talked about restaurants will offer a specially prepared three-course dinner for $28 per person, with specific restaurants offering an additional three-course lunch for $15. Each prix-fixe menu will feature an appetizer, entrée and dessert, with at least three options under each course. And yes, to all of you dessert ditchers out there, this leaves you no excuse to pass up the delectable desserts that you’ve secretly been waiting to dive into post dinner!
With over 150 restaurants participating this season, odds are you won’t have to get lucky to discover a new favorite place to dine in Seattle’s sea of culinary expertise. We highly recommend trying a few of our favorites including Cafe Flora (pictured above), Tilth, Golden Beetle, and Crush. Seattle Restaurant Cooperative and the media partner, The Seattle Times, have given this season’s one-of-a-kind celebration a special touch by adding 25 NEW restaurants to partake in the list. Restaurants will now cover more of King County, making it easier to find a restaurant near you.
Invite all your foodie-loving friends, call and make a reservation (not required but highly encouraged) and learn to become your own food critic from an array of delectable dishes in store for you. We’d love to read comments from our readers about the hottest spots you’re finding this year and the best dishes that are making this week a memorable dining celebration!
Be sure to keep up with the action through Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news and some seriously unbeatable giveaways.
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Chef Jason Wilson’s R&R 07.05.11
Ever wonder what chefs do in their off time? They can’t always be mad scientists working away in their kitchens. Even the best of them need a little break to reinvigorate their creativity and James Beard winner Jason Wilson of Crush is no exception. The July/August issue of Northwest Palate shows Jason playing on the Yakima River doing what he does to relax – Fly Fishing! The piece features a recipe from Jason that he conceptualized while wading in the river surrounded by nature.
Grab the issue on newsstands now or order online and see how the natural surroundings of fly fishing are reflected in the recipe. Try your own hand at the recipe or leave it to Jason and enjoy it at Crush. The trout will melt in your mouth with the perfect accompaniments for savoring the remarkable dish – we can attest to that!
CRUSH celebrates six years! 02.15.11
Chef Jason Wilson invites you to join in the celebration. . .
On February 22, CRUSH will be celebrating six years as a phenomenal player on the Seattle culinary scene. Chef-owner Jason Wilson has received national accolades and recognition since the beginning of CRUSH and now Jason invites you to celebrate the growth of the food scene in Seattle by toasting CRUSH and it’s six years of service to you!
For each of the six courses, Jason is bringing back a dish from each year in business. Many will find their favorites from years past and we’re betting that others will kick themselves for missing these dishes and not dining at CRUSH from the beginning. Take a peek at what you could be doing in just one week:
Amuse Trio - “Bacon n Eggs” Smoked Steelhead Roe with Blis Bourbon Syrup & Parsnip Flan
Pasta Course – Housemade Tagliarini with Caviar Sauce, Meyer Lemon & Sea Urchin
Fish Course – Roasted Neah Bay Black Cod with Glazed Pork Belly, Fennel Confit, Spinach & Pinot Noir Sauce
Main Course – Grilled Anderson Valley Lamb Chop with “Tongue & Cheek” Runner Beans Sautéed Rapini & Syrah Sauce
Cheese Course – Pistachio & Point Reyes Fresh Chevre Tart Arugula Pesto, Braised Endive & Muscat Grapes
Dessert – Cocoa Macaroon with Dulce de Leche, Salted Caramel & Pomegranate Sauce, Madelines
The six course, six year anniversary dinner is $72 with an optional wine pairing for $52. Call CRUSH for your reservation at 206.302.7874. Only offered on February 22 and seats are going fast. No really, they are!
Congrats to Jason, Nicole and the rest of the team at CRUSH on a very, very successful six years delivering some of the most memorable food in Seattle. We tip our hats – and our champagne flutes – to you! We are proud to be your partner!
Follow Jason on Twitter @ChefJasonWilson; CRUSH Website.
Theo Chocolate, heart-shaped lobster ravioli, black truffles and raspberry cocktails… it must be Valentine’s Day! No plans yet? We’ve got you covered with dinners, cocktails, cooking and even a pre-date workout with your cutie!
Tilth’s Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake
Spend San Valentino in tidbit bistro’s cozy and rustic setting with a special Spanish and Italian influenced menu featuring five courses for $60 (plus tax and gratuity). Start with the traditional and savory Empanadillas, ground lamb turnovers topped with romesco sauce and shaved parmesan; Lobster Ravioli Alla Panna, heart-shaped lobster ravioli with creamy sauce; Prime Rib With Budino, tender rare prime rib with Yorkshire mini-pudding and porcini mushroom reduction. A special wine and cocktail pairing featuring tidbit’s signature cocktail Cuoro Matte (crazy heart), Chartreuse, vodka, cream, Gianduia is available for $35. Please find full menu attached.
Call 206.323.0840 for reservations. tidbit bistro is located at 1401 Broadway, Seattle. Complimentary parking at Harvard Market while dining at tidbit! www.tidbitbistro.com
Set the stage for romance with an enticing four course dinner at CRUSH throughout Valentine’s weekend. Lovingly prepared by Chef Jason Wilson, the menu features options such as Potato Gnocchi with Perigord Black Truffle and gruyere cream, Main Lobster Salad with Blood Orange and Slow Roasted Wild Salmon and Dungeness Crab-Fennel Salad. Optional menu supplements include Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras ‘Steak’ with wild huckleberries, buttermilk Belgian waffle and endive as well as a Gift of Sweets. The menu will be offered Feb 11-14 in addition to the regular CRUSH menu. The four course menu is $77 per person with an optional wine pairing for $54. Tax and gratuity not included. Please find full menu attached.
Please call Crush for a reservation at 206.302.7874. Crush is located at 2319 E. Madison Street, Seattle. www.chefjasonwilson.com
Chef Maria Hines’ Tilth offers a beautiful four course dinner on Valentine’s Day, leaving room for you and your Valentine to have something different with three options under each course. Enjoy such options as Porcini Crème Brulee, Grilled Dakota Beef Top Sirloin with truffle potato purée and Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake. The menu is offered only on Valentine’s Day for $85 per person with an optional wine pairing for $50. Excluding tax and gratuity. Please find attached the full menu with three options under each course.
Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801. Tilth is located at 1411 N. 45th Street, Seattle. www.tilthrestaurant.com
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Morton’s bar provides the perfect start to any evening with their dark wood finishes and expert bartenders who can shake up a mean one. This Valentine’s weekend they are mixing up a vibrant new cocktail to toast with your special someone! Stay for the best steak in town or head out to your next destination! Available February 11 – 14; $14.
The Red Velvet
2 oz Lindemans Raspberry Lambic
4 oz Prosecco
.5 oz Chambord
1 each Raspberry
In a mixing glass, stir in ingredients with two ounces of ice for five seconds. Strain into Champagne flute. Squeeze lemon peel over glass and discard peel. Garnish with fresh raspberry on a pick.
Call for reservations. Morton’s Seattle is located at 1511 6th Avenue, Seattle; 206.223.0550. Morton’s Portland is located at 213 S.W. Clay Street, Portland; 503.248.2100. Valet parking available. www.mortons.com/valentines/
Impress your date this Valentine’s weekend and cook a romantic Argentinean inspired meal with Estancia Lucia’s delicious specialty foods. Their chimichurri sauce works as the perfect marinade on meat or fish and a great accompaniment to vegetables or as a dip for bread. Start your meal with their Arauco green olives, unique to Argentina, or garnish your martini or bloody mary. Finish off your pasta or meat dish with a drizzle of their San Juan Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a flavor boost and a swirl of fresh aromatics.
Estancia Lucia products can be purchased at DiLaurenti’s, The Spanish Table, Bert’s Red Apple, Pasta & Co., and more! Check out their website for more retail locations and preparation ideas. www.magicroadinternational.com
Get sweaty before your date with Pure Barre! On February 14th show your significant other what you’ve been obsessing over for months now and treat them to a FREE Pure Barre class on Valentine’s Day. Reserve your place in class by signing up online or calling the studio. Offer applies to all regularly scheduled classes held on Monday, February 14th: 6, 8:30, 9:40 a.m. and 12, 5:30 and 6:40 p.m. Don’t forget about Pure Barre Seattle’s drop-in childcare at the IPA learning center all day for $5/child. Contact Ali at IPA.
Pure Barre is located in Bellevue across from The Bravern and in Seattle across from U Village. www.purebarre.com
Check Off Your Holiday List Here! 12.15.10
With just 10 short days until Christmas we wanted to do our part in making things a little easier on you. And so we present… our Holiday Gift Guide! Shop online or pop into one of the businesses below to check off your list in a snap with stocking stuffers, desserts, dining and more!
In search of a unique gift for that chocolate lover on your gift list? Maria Hines has teamed up with seven of her West Coast chef friends and the chocolatiers at Theo Chocolate to give you that unique gift this holiday season! The Chef Session gift box features the following chefs and each of their chocolaty morsels, which they created themselves in the kitchen at Theo Chocolate.
• Maria Hines (Tilth in Seattle, WA) Tamarind Lime Chile Caramel
• Chris Cosentino (Incanto & Boccalone Salumeria in San Francisco, CA) Agro Dolce Brittle
• Naomi Pomeroy (Beast in Portland, OR) Armagnac Prune Ganache & Green Peppercorn Caramel
• Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon in Portland, OR) Carrot caramel
• Holly Smith (Café Juanita in Seattle, WA) Candied Beet & Almond Praline
• Jonathan Sundstrom (Lark & Licorous in Seattle, WA) Pine Resin Ganache
• Jerry Traunfeld (Poppy in Seattle, WA) Huckleberry Pâte du Fruit & Cinnamon Basil White Ganache
As if this deal couldn’t get any sweeter, $15 of each box will go to Food Lifeline, dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. Purchase Theo Chef Session online.
Crush entices you to keep a little something for yourself this gift giving season. When you purchase $500 in gift certificates at Crush (any denomination), Crush will gift you a $100 gift card! Thank yourself for giving smart by treating yourself to Chef Jason Wilson’s enticing and award-winning menu. After all, he’s not the James Beard 2010 winner for nothing, right?
If you feel so inclined to give even more, then gift that $100 gift card to another lucky person on your list. Hopefully they will take you when redeeming! See the menu that you could be giving this holiday season. Email CRUSH or call CRUSH at 206.302.7874 for additional information.
Shopping and holidays, holidays and shopping… the perfect pair no matter how you say it and Mario’s knows a thing or two about shopping. Celebrating their 50th holiday season this year, here are a few of their favorite (and must-have) holiday gifts for him and her!
• Artfully designed earrings by Dean Harris
• Brunello Cucinelli Cashmere Sweaters
• Wonderfully fragrant candles from Lafco
• Vince and Inhabit knit tops
• Perfectly Prada nylon cosmetic bag
• Ermenegildo Zegna sport shirts
• Cashmere sweaters from Loro Piana
• A Hugo Boss 2 in 1 jacket
• Vintage polos from Lacoste
• Hudson jeans in the perfect fit
Visit Mario’s for locations in Seattle, Portland and Mario’s 3.10 at Bridgeport Village.
Morton’s The Steakhouse is known for serving up big, juicy Prime steaks, fresh seafood, generous savory sides, and desserts… hungry yet? All that giving you’re doing is working up quite the appetite and to reward you Morton’s is gifting $50 for every $300 or $100 for every $500 you spend this season on gift cards. Available online or at any Morton’s location. And don’t forget Morton’s other fabulous gifts for the steak lover in your life!
• Morton’s Cookbook Vol. I – Morton’s Steak Bible
• Morton’s Cookbook Vol. II – Morton’s The Cookbook
• Morton’s Cajun seasoning salt
• Morton’s custom crafted, wood-handled steak knives
• Morton’s Titleist Pro V1® golf balls with Morton’s logo
All of this and more available for purchase online.
Pike and Western Wine Shop
Are you shopping local in the Pike Place Market? Need a hostess gift, stocking stuffer or something that will impress? Pike and Western Wine Shop, nestled on the Northeast corner of the Pike Place Market makes it easy for you to pick up that special bottle of wine while shopping downtown or picking up the latest fisherman’s catch or fresh from the farm product. Owner Michael Teer and his team have been pairing people with the perfect bottle of holiday dinner wine, celebratory bubbly, or perfect gift for over 35 years. With wines from around the world and in our own backyard and many special for this season, let them pair a bottle or two for you! See new arrivals, what has the staff intrigued and the hot buys that you can’t pass up this holiday season here. Stop by at 1934 Pike Place, Seattle or call 206.441.1307
Get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution with Pure Barre, an amazing fitness technique that combines Pilates, ballet and weights into a kick-butt workout! Perfect for the fitness buff in your life or for those looking to get back in to shape and mix things up! Pure Barre has tons of ways to work out at home or at the studio. Pick up a special class package deal and some new workout duds and you’ll be the star come Christmas morning! Visit Pure Barre Bellevue or Seattle online to get started!
• pb DVD’s ($18)
• pb socks ($12)
• pb pilates ring ($18)
• pb resistance balls ($20)
• Splits 59 ribbed tanks ($35)
• Mondetta Performance leggings ($65)
• Alternative Apparel Burnout tank ($25)
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