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Vote Local: Food & Wine's People's Favorite Chef

Last year's polls were such a hit--remember the all-out campaign Canlis put on to get Jason Franey his win?--that again this year, Food & Wine Magazine has come up with a list of nominees and is asking "the people" to vote for their favorite chef.

This year's nominees from the Pacific Northwest include several from Portland, one from Idaho, one from Hawaii, but who are kidding? You want to know which Seattle chefs made the cut.

Blaine Wetzel of Willows Inn

McCracken-Tough of Coterie Room, Spur and Tavern Law

Shaun McCrain of Book Bindery Read more »

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W Seattle's TRACE to Open This Week

The W Seattle

Earth & Ocean, the W Seattle Hotel’s restaurant, was for many years a sort of culinary finishing school; John Sundstrom left E&O to open Lark; Maria Hines cooked there previous to opening Tilth. More recently, though, the restaurant has struggled to find a local audience.

So this month, the W reopens its restaurant with a new name, TRACE, and a new chef at the helm, former Luc chef Steven Ariel. J Read more »

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Le Gourmand to Close, Gracefully, This Spring

Ballard's sweet corner destination for special dinners, Le Gourmand, has just announced that it will shutter June 2nd after 27 years.

I feel a bit of sadness that our city is losing such a beacon of dining; I'm even just a bit more wistful about tiny, oh-so-perfect Sambar nextdoor closing, as it's where some of the finest drinks in the city can be sipped (and the prices are much more user-friendly). And what will become of that marvelous little summertime garden oasis? I have warm, delicious memories of Le Gourmand; I feel lucky to have enjoyed dinners there. Read more »

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Reader, I Ate An Entire Cow

Indulge me as I complain about my job, just this once.

I know, I realize that it's not easy to imagine how eating for a living could be anything but a glamorous, caviar-studded chimera wherein breakfast, lunch and dinner consist of splendid gastronomic fairyland moments of bliss.

It really is that, most of the time. But I'm here to set you straight: while working on January's awesome Burger issue, I am convinced that I ate a cow. Maybe more than one cow. I likely took out a herd of cattle, people. Read more »

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Rooting for the Underdog, Restaurant Version

In the January issue, I review the charming and very delicious Travelers Thali House on Beacon Hill. It's a bittersweet review for me because the restaurant is so good, so welcoming, and the food is lovely in so many ways. But where is everyone? Read more »

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