Seattle Made Week: That's a Wrap!

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🌟 #SeattleMadeWeek2018 —That's a Wrap!

Wow! Our 4th Annual Seattle Made Week—a week-long celebration of the amazing products made right here in Seattle and the talented people who make them—was an absolute blast! Thank you to everyone, especially our sponsors, partners, volunteers, and staff who made it possible!

Seattle Made Week 2018, by the numbers:

  • major public-facing events: Taste, Future, and Brewers!

  • 1000s of residents and visitors sipped, noshed, shopped, or shared

  • 50+ Seattle Made members got in the game at 11 different venues

  • 51 students toured 13 Seattle Made production facilities

  • 5,700 (ish) sample dishes and pours were served at Taste of Seattle Made, including 14 member collaboration dishes

  • 14 Meet the Maker demos, pop-ups, and talks citywide

  • 22 sponsors and volunteers made it all possible!


🙏 Our Sincerest Thanks!

We could never pull off this week of events without the support of our community. Huge thanks to our Seattle Made Sustaining Partners who make all of our work possible: BECUPort of SeattleCentral Co-opCity of Seattle Office of Economic Development, and Vulcan, Inc.

To our event, in-kind, and youth-tour sponsors: Central Co-opAlliance for American ManufacturingThe Collective SeattleThe Pike Brewing CompanyRedhook BrewlabTheo ChocolateCity of Seattle Office of Economic Development, Port of Seattle,  Mighty-O DonutsBeecher's Handmade Cheese, and The Wood Technology CenterPhew!

Thank you to all of our Seattle Made Members who created and served up collaborative dishes and poured samples at Tastehosted youth tours, and shared their craft and knowledge. And last but certainly not least, thank you to our wonderful community volunteers, you are all amazing!


📸 Event Photo Galleries—Like, Tag, & Share!

Taste of Seattle Made at AXIS Pioneer Square, October 5th | Event Photos | Photo Booth Photos! 🦄

Future of Urban Manufacturing at The Collective Seattle, October 9th | Event Photos

Seattle Made Brewers' Shoptalk at Redhook Brewlab, October 11th | Event Photos

Seattle Made Youth ToursTour Photos


Seattle Made Week Partners & Sponsors: Thank You!

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Seattle Made Guest Artisan Market at Pike Place Market!

Game of Chefs 2018: Meet the Chefs!

We're excited to announce the line-up of chefs for our second annual Game of Chefs competition on July 25th! Returning champion Chef Carolyn Ferguson of Belle Epicurean will defend her title against two new challengers renowned for their passion for beautiful, soulful cuisine—Chef Varin Keokitvon ofHeartwood Provisions and Chef Wayne Johnson of FareStart! Read on to learn more about this year's chefs, The event will be emceed by the legendary Chef in the Hat, Thierry Rautureau and hosted by Tom Douglas' Hot Stove Society!

TICKETS ARE LIMITED, and proceeds will benefit our programming to build a vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive local economy. This is event is pure fun, we hope you will join us!

   Chef Carolyn Ferguson   Chef Carolyn holds the distinction of being the first female American to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu Paris with the top honor in Le Grande Diplôme. After launching critically acclaimed Maison Bleu in New Orleans, Carolyn found her way back to Seattle where, in 2005, Belle Epicurean was born with the mission of bringing an authentic Parisian Patisserie experience to the Seattle market.

Chef Carolyn Ferguson
Chef Carolyn holds the distinction of being the first female American to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu Paris with the top honor in Le Grande Diplôme. After launching critically acclaimed Maison Bleu in New Orleans, Carolyn found her way back to Seattle where, in 2005, Belle Epicurean was born with the mission of bringing an authentic Parisian Patisserie experience to the Seattle market.

   Chef Wayne Johnson   Chef Wayne is known for his longstanding commitment to training homeless and disadvantaged individuals for jobs in the culinary field. He oversees FareStart's food philosophies, concepts, and menus across all restaurant, catering, and foodservice businesses. Previously he was Executive Chef at Ray's Boathouse, Andaluca Restaurant, and the prestigious Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.

Chef Wayne Johnson
Chef Wayne is known for his longstanding commitment to training homeless and disadvantaged individuals for jobs in the culinary field. He oversees FareStart's food philosophies, concepts, and menus across all restaurant, catering, and foodservice businesses. Previously he was Executive Chef at Ray's Boathouse, Andaluca Restaurant, and the prestigious Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.

   Chef Varin Keokitvon   Chef Varin's thoughtful approach to food is demonstrated in developing menus as a collection of tastes, memories, travels, techniques, and ingredients as well as his Laotian heritage. His last tenure before Heartwood was head chef of retail operations at FareStart, where he trained homeless and disadvantaged adults while overseeing catering and restaurant accounts.

Chef Varin Keokitvon
Chef Varin's thoughtful approach to food is demonstrated in developing menus as a collection of tastes, memories, travels, techniques, and ingredients as well as his Laotian heritage. His last tenure before Heartwood was head chef of retail operations at FareStart, where he trained homeless and disadvantaged adults while overseeing catering and restaurant accounts.

Press Release: Game of Chefs is July 25th!

Seattle Good Business Network is hosting its second annual Game of Chefs on Wednesday, July 25th. Guests are encouraged to bring their appetite for an evening filled with delectable dishes, signature cocktails and mocktails, and locally produced beer and wine. The event, sponsored by BECU and numerous local food and beverage producers, will take place from 6-9:30 p.m. at Hot Stove Society—a cooking school operated by Tom Douglas Restaurants at 2000 4th Avenue. 

 Chefs face off during the 2017 Game of Chefs!

The event features Dine Around Seattle and Seattle Restaurant Week chefs as they face off in a healthy competition to create the tastiest and most innovative dishes from a pantry of Seattle Made products and Pacific Northwest produce. Legendary chef and emcee Thierry Rautureau (thechefinthehat.com) will invite attendees to cast their votes alongside local celebrity judges to decide who will take the 2018 Game of Chefs crown!

Returning champion Carolyn Ferguson of Belle Epicurean will defend her title against two new challengers reknowned for their passion for beautiful, soulful cuisine—Chef Varin Keokitvon, former FareStart chef and the creative spark behind downtown restaurant Heartwood Provisions, and current FareStart chef Wayne Johnson, known for his longstanding commitment to training homeless and disadvantaged individuals for jobs in the culinary field. As chefs create their dishes in real time, appetizers will be provided by Hot Stove Society, featuring Seattle Made ingredients from The Kitchen Imp, Firefly Kitchens, Tom Douglas' Rub with Love, Good King, Ballyhoo Hot Sauce, and more! 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the makers and chefs and pick up some treats at the Seattle Made marketplace and silent auctions. Tickets are $125 and are available for purchase on Stranger Tickets (bit.ly/gameofchefs). All proceeds will benefit Seattle Good Business Network and its programs.

Photo Credit: Nataworry Photography

Dine Around Seattle and Seattle Restaurant Week are consolidating!


 Dine Around Seattle and Seattle Restaurant Week, two biannual celebrations of Seattle-area cuisine, are unifying into one premier promotion dining experience flying under the Seattle Restaurant Week banner. Additionally, in January 2018, we will introduce the first seasonal event, showcasing local shellfish!

Bringing together Seattle Restaurant Week and Dine Around Seattle allows us to provide not only the best regional prix fixe dining event for our local foodies and acclaimed chefs, but also to introduce a creative line-up of seasonal events showcasing what’s fresh and local throughout the year!

Beginning this fall, Seattle Restaurant Week will expand to three weeks, running Sundays through Thursdays for dinner (all restaurants) and lunch (select restaurants) from Oct. 15 – Nov. 2. Check back here in mid-September for a line-up of participating restaurants!

See the press release for more details.

If you are a restaurant interested in participating in either the Fall event or the Shellfish showcase this January please see our Restaurant FAQ Page.

Meet our Game of Chefs Contenders!

We've got quite the showdown. 

On July 26th we’re hosting our first-ever Game of Chefs, a creative cook-off between three of Seattle’s best chefs. Our contenders will be using ingredients from a basket of Seattle Made products and a pantry of staples from Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market.

Facing off will be:

Alvin Go -  Ethan Stowell Restaurant Mkt. 

Alvin is Chef at Mkt, but he got his professional start with a degree in chemistry and several years in a research lab before changing course at culinary school in Chicago. He started in one of the best kitchens in the city for four years before coming to Seattle. After working for Bon Appetit at both Seattle University and Amazon, he rose to run one of the cafes - but he missed restaurant kitchens and landed with Ethan Stowell Resturants where he is now at Mkt.

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Will Gordon - Huxley Wallace Collective Restaurant Westward

Will Gordon is the Chef de Cuisine at Westward, where he’s been for the past ten months. Prior to that, he served as sous chef at How to Cook a Wolf and has also cooked at Crush and Spring Hill in Seattle, and at San Francisco’s Incanto for Chef Chris Cosentino. Will has degrees in Political Science and Spanish, and is a PNW native, growing up on San Juan Island. His basic cooking philosophy is food should be simple, but focused and thoughtful.

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Carolyn Ferguson - Belle Epicurean

As a native Seattlelite, Carolyn Ferguson had one dream: to bring her most beloved things together. When you slip into Belle Epicurean you get the unique opportunity to experience the magic of Paris and the joy of fantastic French cuisine, in the comfort of the rainy city we all know & love. Carolyn holds the distinction of being the first female American to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu Paris with the top honor in Le Grande Diplôme. After launching critically acclaimed Maison Bleu in New Orleans, Carolyn found her way back to Seattle where, in 2005, Belle Epicurean was born with the mission of bringing an authentic Parisian Patisserie experience to the Seattle market.  

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Our first annual Game of Chefs event is right around the corner!

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We’re excited to announce the Seattle Good Business Network’s first annual Game of Chefs party and fundraiser!

Three of Seattle’s most innovative chefs including Alvin Go of Ethan Stowell's Mkt., Will Gordon from Westward of Huxley Wallace Collective, and Caroyln Ferguson of Belle Epicurean will face off in a culinary competition to create fresh dishes from a pantry Seattle Made products, plus locally sourced staples from Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market.  

Watch every move July 26th in Pike Place Market’s state-of-the-art Atrium Kitchen while connecting with others celebrating the diverse businesses our community brings to the table!
 

The PARTY also includes . . .

Due to the intimate size of our venue we have limited tickets available. Be sure to purchase well in advance.

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Success at Seattle Sewn's Kick off party: Fashion Evolution

We had an incredible turnout on June 6th for Fashion Evolution, our fund and awareness raiser for Seattle Sewn, our collaborative effort to strengthen local sewn-goods manufacturing. We raised nearly $7,000, but more importantly, we brought together manufacturers, designers, product developers, civic and workforce leaders, all committed to a vibrant and ethical sewn-goods economy.

Abundant thanks to The Riveter for hosting, to Madres Kitchen for the delicious bites, and to all those who contributed to our shop-for-a-cause marketplace and silent auction, including FILSON, Freeman, Prairie Underground, NUBE9, Silvae, Metamorphic Gear, Satsuma, SCHAI, IMPWEARhome, and Ash + Ames. Check out the fabulous photos by Nataworry here. Interested in learning more? You can read about the initiative here and follow us here.