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Dining Out in Seattle: Ethan Stowell’s Tavolàta

Dinner Out: Tavolàta in Seattle

Tavolàta
2323 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Bon Appétit magazine says, “(Ethan) Stowell serves chic, unadorned Italian food in a narrow modern space whose centerpiece is a huge communal table.”

I say, “Mmmmmm. Pork belly.”

So, it’s actually kind of embarrassing how long it’s taken me to get this post up. I was in Seattle in mid-September. As I’m sure you know, it’s now November. I don’t even have a good excuse for that and besides, this meal was absolutely delicious.

Way back in September, while I was up north for the International Food Bloggers Conference, jwa came up Saturday night to hang out, go out to dinner, and drive home with me the next day. We (or rather I) decided on Tavolàta for our meal which was just a short walk from downtown and sounded like we would both enjoy its focus – pasta, pasta, pasta. And really, I can’t even remember the last time we specifically went out for pasta in Portland (this should corrected soon).

Our choices for the evening consisted of Castelvetrano Olives with Citrus, Mint, Chili; Pork Belly with Manila Clam, Tomato, Salsa Verde; Burrata with Arugula, Cucumber and Heirloom Tomato Salad; . . . → Read More: Dining Out in Seattle: Ethan Stowell’s Tavolàta

IFBC 2013 in Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle + Asian Honey Spiced Salmon

IFBC 2013 in Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle + Asian Honey Spiced Salmon

For my last International Food Bloggers Conference post, I’d like to talk about Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, WA.

There was an optional trip on Thursday, before the conference started, to visit the winery and taste some wines. It was a lot of fun and everyone was treated to a tour, wine samples, and accompanying food pairings. But one of the best surprises of the event, was that each attendee was presented with a complimentary copy of Chateau Ste. Michelle Culinary Director John Sarich’s cookbook, Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh & Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates to take home. I’ve already made one recipe from it (my adaption posted below).

In addition, John Sarich of Chateau Ste. Michelle also presented a session at the conference: Food & Wine – practical advice for pairing wine and food, from classic pairings to unexpected surprises.

I attended that (part of a wine tasting double-header along with Wine & Writing: Live Blogging – An Exercise in Writing with Bordeaux Wines right before). During this Chateau Ste. Michelle presentation, I learned a couple of interesting things:

1. Old world grapes . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle + Asian Honey Spiced Salmon

IFBC 2013 in Seattle: Pike Place Market at 5AM

IFBC Seattle: Pike Place Market at 5AM

On Saturday, a group of us attending the International Food Bloggers Conference, led by the knowledgeable and very friendly Chef Barry of Our Community Table. And even though 4:45AM is a god-awful time to meet in the lobby of the W Hotel, I ended up having a very interesting and enjoyable early morning!

When I first heard about this fieldtrip, I thought to myself – I just live in Portland, I’m in Seattle a couple of times a year. I do not need to get up at 4AM tomorrow and go walk to the market and take pictures. I can do that some other time. But then the more I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that on my own I would never do this. And I would never be able to drag my husband to the market that early to go with me. So, what the hell. I went and I’m so glad I did!

The market is kind of magical in the dark, early hours and it was great to be able to take pictures without crowds of people everywhere. Aside from some cheese-making activity at Beechers and . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle: Pike Place Market at 5AM

IFBC 2013 in Seattle + Endive and Arugula Salad with Walnuts and Grapes

Endive and Arugula Salad with Walnuts and Grapes; IFBC 2013

This year, the International Food Blogger’s Conference was held in Seattle, which is only a short $25 (or thereabouts) train ride from Portland. Also, this year Dorie Greenspan was the keynote speaker and since I’m in the French Fridays with Dorie group, this event seemed to good to pass up. Especially since I really enjoyed last year’s IFBC.

I mentioned IFBC and Dorie’s upcoming appearance there to everyone in FFwD and to my delight, a lot of us (Doristas) ended up converging on Seattle to meet up with each other, meet Dorie, eat some food, and drink some wine. It was so much fun!

International Food Bloggers Conference

In addition to all the sessions, food, and excursions, they had a Gift Suite. This is like a crazy black Friday sale where food companies give you tons of their stuff for free (and provide you with cute little canvas bags to lug it all around in). One of my favorite giveaways in the Gift Suite this year were packages of California Endive. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to fly my gifted produce back anywhere, just pack . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle + Endive and Arugula Salad with Walnuts and Grapes

Valentine’s Day Dessert: Sour Cream Raspberry Chambord Cheesecake & a Day at Darigold

Valentine's Day Dessert: Sour Cream Raspberry Chambord Cheesecake

Valentine’s Day Baking Tips & Tricks at Darigold in Seattle
I was recently invited to a dairy baking demonstration at Darigold headquarters in Seattle. And of course, when someone invites you to spend the day in Seattle tasting fancy desserts and pastries made with mountains of cream and butter, the correct response is, “Yes! Of course I will attend!”

Upon arriving at Darigold, we had a butter and sour cream tasting, learned a bit about the company and then it was time for the demonstrations and dessert tastings.

Chef Pierre Fauvet was on hand to take us through the creation of not three or even four desserts but five! Five dairy-rich, decadent desserts. Such a difficult way to spend an afternoon. In addition to Sour Cream Raspberry Chambord Cheesecake, we also sampled Salted Caramel Tart, Cream Puff Swans, Raspberry Cream Tart and Chocolate Eclairs.

I’ve posted the cheesecake recipe below. It would definitely make a wonderful Valentine’s Day dessert, but it does need to chill overnight, so plan accordingly.

Valentine's Day Dessert: Sour Cream Raspberry Chambord Cheesecake

Chef Pierre Fauvet making Sour Cream Raspberry Chambord <span style= . . . → Read More: Valentine’s Day Dessert: Sour Cream Raspberry Chambord Cheesecake & a Day at Darigold