• Kirkland Farm to Table Dinner spotlights local chefs for a great cause, August 26 08.18.17


    The second annual Kirkland Farm to Table Dinner returns this month on August 26 on the beautiful Carillon Point Plaza, overlooking Lake Washington. For the second year, Chef Jason Wilson (of The Lakehouse, Miller’s Guild and Civility & Unrest) will be cooking authentic, delicious, craft-cooking, and this year he’s invited fellow chefs to cook alongside him, including chefs from The Herbfarm, Cedarbrook Lodge, DERU, and the Woodmark’s Bin on the Lake.  This year’s outdoor dinner includes a silent auction with an exciting array of experiences to bid on, from a craft cooking class to a two-hour cocktail experience at Civility & Unrest, all of the proceeds benefit Food Lifeline. The dinner and silent auction take place on Saturday, August 26 from 6-10 pm. The best part – there are still a few tickets available!



    This year’s 5-course dinner is a celebration of local culinary talent; with each course spotlighted by one of the notable chefs showcasing their distinct cooking styles, interpretation of local summer ingredients, and signature cooking techniques.



    The carefully curated menu is focused on locally sourced ingredients and includes wine pairings from Brian Carter Cellars:



    Verbena Glazed Summer Melon with Haas Avocado, Sliced Culatello, Charred Scallions and Garden Herbs. Roy Breiman of Columbia Hospitality.



    Steel Wheel Farm Heirloom Tomatoes with Steelhead Roe and White Owl Farm Hen Yolk.  Jamie Casady and Jordan Cooper of DERU and Little Brother



    Smoked Salmon Granola with Pit Roasted Sweet Corn. Chris Weber of The Herbfarm



    Grilled Columbia Valley Beef Rib with Corn, Summer Bean Salad and Crispy Onions. Chef Jason Wilson of The Lakehouse, Civility & Unrest and Miller’s Guild



    The Last of its Season Pickled Rainier Cherries and Grilled Washington Apricots with Vanilla Sponge Cake, Champagne Gastrique and Washington Honey Ccremeux. Frank Rog of Kirkland’s Woodmark Hotel


    This memorable evening is sponsored and hosted by The ICON Foundation, as a benefit for the non-profit organization, Food Lifeline, dedicated to ending hunger through sustainable action. To learn more about Chef Jason Wilson and the Kirkland Farm to Table Dinner, visit


    Join some of the areas most talented chefs and dine al fresco for a great cause! Tickets here.







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  • Bite of Seattle Returns this Weekend – What to Check Out! Jul. 18-20! 07.18.14

    This coming weekend, today through July 20, the community-gathering, food frenzy, Bite of Seattle returns and it promises to be better than ever!

    First and foremost come big changes at the traffic-driving Alley! For the first year ever, The Alley will be hosted by Chef Jason Wilson:
    Where: Alki Courtyard
    When: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday
    What: Multi-course meals prepared by Seattle’s best restaurants (Menu changes daily)
    Price: $10 admission
    Beneficiary: Food Lifeline

    That’s right, the award-winning Miller’s Guild and Crush chef/owner Jason Wilson will be hitting the grill and coordinating his restaurant friends for delicious bites to benefit Food Lifeline as the new host of The Alley (read more in The Seattle Times)!, The Alley will take place this weekend (Friday-Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Alki Courtyard (North side of Key Arena). For only $10, you are guaranteed a multi-course meal consisting of top-notch bites from a selection of the area’s finest restaurants as well as the city’s up and comers, including Ravish, Skillet Diner, Salty’s, Pinkabella Cupcakes, Manhattan, and more!

    The menu changes every day, but as host of the event, Chef Jason Wilson will serve up his savory Niman Ranch Beef Brisket with Washington blueberry corn mojo every day.

    All of the proceeds from The Alley will benefit Food Lifeline, a local hunger relief organization that directly feeds hungry people of Western Washington. For every $1 donated, Food Lifeline can provide a full day of food to one individual. There will also be more opportunities to donate to Food Lifeline at The Alley.

    Other events not to be missed include The Bite Cooks! with Chef Thierry Rautureau!

    The Bite Cooks!
    Where: Rooftop of Fisher Pavilion, just south of the International Fountain at Seattle Center
    Friday: Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Saturday: Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonté Café, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: Sam Crannell of LloydMartin, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    What: Live cooking entertainment showcases and recipe handouts.
    Price: Free admission

    Watch some of our favorite chefs perform in cooking demonstrations and live cook offs this weekend! This year, The Bite Cooks! is at a brand new location outdoors on the Fisher Pavilion rooftop. Come by the event for FREE to enjoy cooking demonstrations and programming segments prepared by Seattle’s finest chefs. Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik. Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonte Café, and Sam Crannell of LloydMartin are all making appearances this weekend and are ready to whip up their best dishes and tease your senses! Not to worry, they’ll be handing out recipes so you can recreate your favorite dishes at home!

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  • Restaurant Week Chefs Gather To Fight Hunger 08.31.10

    We’ve been busy ramping up for Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW), coming October 17-28, but we haven’t been so busy that we couldn’t hold an SRW fundraiser for a great cause: Food Lifeline!

    Last Tuesday, August 24, over 70 chefs gathered at the picturesque Olympic Sculpture Park to raise donations for hunger in Western Washington. SRW also gave out $1,000 worth of restaurant gift cards through a raffle supported by donations to Food Lifeline. The chefs posed for pictures, including one that will appear in Pacific Northwest Magazine this October. Keep your eyes peeled, but in the meantime, check out the below photos of some of the best chefs in the area.

    Thanks to all of the chefs that were able to attend!

    Photos by I CANDI Studios.

    Chefs gather for Food Lifeline

    Jason Wilson of Crush + Maria Hines of Tilth

    Chef John Howie (Seastar, SPORT, John Howie Steak) and Camilla Bishop, Food Lifeline director of development


    Chefs from Tom Douglas Restaurants

    Thierry Rautureau (Rovers, LUC), lends his hat to John Howie for the raffle.

    Seattle Restaurant Cooperative has a little fun during their Seattle Restaurant board member photo shoot: John Howie, Ethan Stowell, Jason Wilson, Chris Keff, Maria Hines. (Board members not pictured: Pamela Hinckley of Tom Douglas Restaurants and Mark Fuller of Spring Hill)


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  • Restaurant Week Holds Food Lifeline Fundraiser 08.23.10

    Seattle Restaurant Week Holds Public Fundraiser for Food Lifeline August 24
    Chefs Celebrate with Fundraiser and $1,000 Gift Card Raffle

    WHAT: Seattle Restaurant Week is ramping up for the Oct 17-28 celebration by holding a community food drive and fundraiser for Food Lifeline on Aug. 24, 10 to 11 a.m. With over 120 restaurants participating in Seattle Restaurant Week, chefs will gather to celebrate the county-wide promotion at Olympic Sculpture Park and collect non-perishable food and monetary donations for Western Washington hunger relief through Food Lifeline.

    The public is invited to attend this free event, mingle with up to 124 chefs of local restaurants and donate to Food Lifeline. For every piece of non-perishable food and for every dollar donated the donor will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win $1,000 worth of gift certificates to Seattle Restaurant Week restaurants.

    WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 24. 10 to 11 a.m.

    10 to 10:45 a.m.: Donations accepted

    10:20 a.m.: Welcome speeches by Seattle Restaurant Cooperative and Food Lifeline representatives

    10:30 a.m.: Group chef shot

    11 a.m.: Raffle drawing

    WHERE: Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

    The event will take place on the Moseley Path near the main entrance of Paccar Pavilion (corner of Western Avenue and Broad Street).

    WHO: As many as 124 chefs from Seattle Restaurant Week, Seattle Restaurant Cooperative, representatives from Food Lifeline and attending public. Please find the full list of Seattle Restaurant Week participants attached. 

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Of the more than 675,000 people Food Lifeline serves each year, 37% are children. The food and funds collected from efforts such as Seattle Restaurant Week will go toward feeding hungry children in Western Washington. These efforts are especially important for hungry children during the summer months, when school meal programs are unavailable and food bank supplies run low.

    Among the key findings in Hunger in America 2010’s Western Washington report:

    • 42% of individuals visiting emergency food programs reported they have to choose between paying their rent or mortgage and food.
    • 38% of households surveyed reported having one or more adults working, and of those who have worked or are working, 19% have or have had managerial or professional jobs.
    • Out of the adults at agencies who pick up food, 22% are uninsured, and 53% had unpaid medical or hospital bills.
    • 54% of households are currently receiving SNAP benefits. These benefits usually only last 2.4 weeks.

    Seattle Restaurant Week is a county-wide dining celebration intended to thank the dining public for its support while providing restaurants an opportunity to present a high-quality menu that will attract regular diners and new guests. The promotion has grown from 106 restaurants in the inaugural spring 2010 promotion to 124 participants for the second promotion this fall, Oct. 17-28, Sun. through Thurs. only.

    The chefs will be gathered at approximately 10:30 a.m. for a group shot to be used for Seattle Restaurant Week marketing purposes. Media is welcome to take photos of the group, film or interview chefs throughout the event.

    About Food Lifeline

    Food Lifeline is a local hunger relief organization, efficiently serving the Western Washington area by using 95 percent of revenue to directly feed hungry people. Last year the organization delivered 19 million meals to hungry people through its network of nearly 300 food banks, meal programs and shelters. Food Lifeline is also a member of the national organization, Feeding America. For more information about Food Lifeline or to make a tax-deductible donation, log onto or call 206-545-6600.

    About Seattle Restaurant Week

    Seattle Restaurant Week, held twice annually, offers diners a $25 three-course menu and optional $15 three-course lunch, Sunday through Thursday; excluding Friday and Saturday, at participating area restaurants. The promotion is open to any King County restaurant that can offer a value driven menu for $25. Seattle Restaurant Week is operated by the Seattle Restaurant Cooperative, a non-profit association united to represent local area restaurants. Seattle Restaurant Cooperative board members include restaurateurs from Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Flying Fish, John Howie Restaurants, Spring Hill, Tilth and Tom Douglas Restaurants. For more information visit the website, launching Sept. 16 at, on Twitter @SeattleRW and Facebook

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