• Maria Hines’ Tilth Celebrates 10th Anniversary! 08.25.16


    Ten years ago Maria Hines opened Tilth — the groundbreaking, New American destination restaurant that was the second certified organic restaurant in the country. It quickly became nationally known, earning Maria a James Beard Award Best Chef Northwest along the way. Celebrate this Seattle culinary treasure with a 10-course Anniversary Dinner with wine pairings, September 1st or 2nd.

    Since its opening in September 2006, Tilth has upheld its commitment to serving certified organic, brightly-flavored New American fare and supporting local business along the way. The restaurant, in its first ten years, has received an abundance of rave reviews and accolades including the James Beard Award previously mentioned, being named one of the top 10 restaurants in the nation by Frank Bruni, food critic of the New York Times and appearances by Maria on Top Chef Masters, Martha Stewart and Iron Chef (she won!).

    Tilth Fromagerie Blanc

    Seattle Met captures the journey, achievements and more, writing of Tilth, “the revolution it helped ignite has changed things forever.” As Maria’s first restaurant, it propelled the farm-to-table movement in the northwest by highlighting important, local purveyors including farms, ranches and fishing vessels.

    Noted for calling out purveyors by name on the menu since the early days, the 10th Anniversary Menu is no exception. The 10-course menu features many of the long-time purveyors including King’s Garden Summer Melon Salad, Loki Seafood Salmon a la Plancha and Skagit River Ranch Braised Pork Belly.

    Maria Hines in Tilth Kitchen

    Sip and savor while reminiscing through a 15-page scrapbook profiling some of the producers that helped build Tilth’s outstanding first decade. It also showcases the most requested recipe, dishes that were staff favorites but just didn’t take in the dining room, and more!

    The 10-course Anniversary Dinners cost $150 per person; full menu here. Reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

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  • Tilth Turns Seven with BBQ + Bourbon this Saturday 08.28.13

    Tilth Dining Rm from door

    What better way for a chef to celebrate seven years of making it in the highly competitive restaurant world then by featuring two of her favorite things – BBQ and bourbon! In those seven years, Maria Hines has accomplished a lot, from winning a James Beard Best Chef NW award to making the New York Times list of best new restaurants in 2008. She’s also opened two more restaurants as well!

    Seattle magazine says, “mark your calendar” for this Saturday afternoon, Aug. 31, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Maria will be trading in her Chilled Cucumber Soup and St. Jude Albacore Tuna Croquettes for Pulled Pork Sliders, Braised Greens and Ham Hocks, and Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef Ribs.

    In true James Beard award winner style, guests will experience sides such as Bone Marrow and Tomato Jam on Toast and Kohlrabi and Cabbage Slaw, dishes that Seattle Met has been dreaming about since first announced!

    See the full ELEVEN item menu here and then make your reservations for the family-style bbq, just $45!


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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!

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  • Maria Hines to open Golden Beetle in late Feb. 01.03.11

    You may have already seen today’s news on Eater National, Seattle Met, Seattle Weekly, My Wallingford, My Ballard or a host of other websites, Twitter and Facebook pages, but yes, it’s true, Maria Hines of Tilth has officially announced her second restaurant! Ballard will be the lucky recipient of Golden Beetle, come late February. Check out the full details in the press release below and stay tuned for other exciting news about Golden Beetle, its menu, craft cocktails and journey to becoming certified organic.

    For Immediate Release


    Award-winning Tilth chef-owner adds second restaurant

    SEATTLE – (Jan. 3, 2011) – Maria Hines, chef and owner of Tilth restaurant, will be opening a second restaurant slated for late February. The restaurant, Golden Beetle, will draw on the spices and strong, robust and earthy flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean. Much like Tilth, Golden Beetle will source locally organic and seasonal products. Guests can expect a lively, bustling bar and restaurant atmosphere. Golden Beetle will be located at 1744 Northwest Market Street in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

    Hines recently announced her intention to open Golden Beetle and has now finalized her location lease. Hines is known for her commitment to locally organic and sustainable practices at Tilth, which will also be maintained at Golden Beetle. Tilth is one of only two Oregon Tilth certified restaurants in the country and Hines will seek this certification for Golden Beetle as well, meaning that 95 percent of what is purchased will be organic.

    Cultural influences of the Golden Beetle menu are rooted in Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The food will be rustic with spices such as sumac, fenugreek and ras al-hanout seasoning dishes as well as offering some heat spiced dishes. The selection of ingredients will also be reflective of the Eastern Mediterranean with an emphasis on small game birds, lamb and rabbit. Beef will be featured as skewers and meatballs in place of a large steak offering. Fish and vegetarian items will also be represented at Golden Beetle.

    The menu will focus largely on small plates with a more freestyle presentation that will be representative of what the menu reads. Larger entrée plates will make up approximately one-third of the menu and bare more resemblance to a composed and focused presentation. Overall, the menu will encompass elevated “street food” from the cultures in which it draws, slightly resembling a gastropub menu versus the elegant dishes found at Tilth.

    Craft cocktails will receive a strong emphasis and beer and wine offerings will feature Northwest selections that complement the menu’s flavor profiles.

    Hines’ interest in Eastern Mediterranean cuisine is rooted in her travels to the area, often due to her interest in rock climbing. “The food from these cultures really resonated with me. It is a bold and exciting departure from Tilth’s New American menu and demands a different type of creativity. It opens me up to exploring different flavor profiles and cooking techniques, which is incredibly exciting to me as a chef,” said Hines.

    Given her interest in the cuisine, the concept for a bar and restaurant seemed like a natural fit in Seattle. Eastern Mediterranean influences are not often seen in Seattle, especially with an emphasis on locally organic.

    Maria will split her time between Golden Beetle and Tilth. She recently promoted the Tilth sous chef, Jason Brzozowy, to chef de cuisine.

    Maria Hines is a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef of the Northwest of 2009, as well as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs of 2005. In 2008, the New York Times deemed Tilth one of the best new restaurants in the country.

    The name, Golden Beetle, is rooted in a celebrated 27 ingredient spice mixture from Morocco, ras al-hanout, which includes dried golden beetle, a Spanish fly that is considered an aphrodisiac. Golden Beetle will be open seven days a week beginning in late February. The seasonally changing menu and craft cocktails will focus on the flavors and spices of the Eastern Mediterranean. Golden Beetle will offer knowledgeable and friendly service in an elevated bar and restaurant setting with a hip, vivacious atmosphere that allows guests to sit back and relax, and enjoy exquisite food that has been prepared with a sustainable conscience. Golden Beetle will be located at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle, WA.

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