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Tamara Wilson PR https://tamarawilson.com wisdom. press. results. Wed, 29 Apr 2020 13:39:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Sweet Memories https://tamarawilson.com/2014/07/sweet-memories/ Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:08:02 +0000 http://tamarawilson.com/?p=2705

One of my earlier memories is the cherry tree in a vacant lot next to our home in Tacoma. I was too little to reach the branches. As I grew, the tree grew, too, and the cherries always seemed out of reach. Now it’s a simple matter of stopping at an outdoor market for cherries that just keep getting larger and sweeter with each passing year. And they’re good for you, too! 

Bunny The Blogger

Be a GREAT Guest This Holiday! https://tamarawilson.com/2012/12/be-a-great-guest-this-holiday/ Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:42:44 +0000 http://tamarawilson.com/?p=2451  

Lucky you! You've been invited to join someone at their home for the holiday!  That means you don’t have to cook, clean, plan, shop or stress and just get to show up and be a GUEST.  So what does it take to be a great guest and get invited back?
Here's a list of do’s and don’t from the party pro:
1.     Ask your host if they want you to bring something.  DO exactly as they ask, don’t improvise they are counting on you
2.     Send a hand written note or even better, a forced bulb that will bloom in January
3.     Sit where your host asks, there is a reason…don’t quibble
4.     Bring a favorite holiday story that’s PG and remember to ask the person next to you what their favorite thing is about the holiday 
5.     If there are children, buy a holiday book (yes hardbound) and watch how happy it makes the adults 
1.     Don’t use your hosts kitchen to prepare the food you brought, bring it ready to go
2.     Don’t bring cut flowers and then ask for a vase when you arrive, if you want to bring a spray of fresh flowers bring them in a vase or potted bulbs
3.     Don’t tell R rated jokes in front of people you don’t know
4.     Don’t get drunk and fall under the host, you will NOT be asked to return
5.     Try everything on your plate (do not tell anyone about your food allergies or your gluten free diet, just avoid it if you think it’s going to kill you)
By the way, these are all reminders to me as I get ready to head to my sister's house tomorrow night for a holiday dinner.  Thankfully, I have been asked back! 😉
Tamara’s Top Three Party Tips https://tamarawilson.com/2012/12/tamaras-top-three-party-tips/ Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:00:44 +0000 http://tamarawilson.com/?p=2446 As a party pro for over 30 years I have found there are only three basic things that guarantee a good time for all.


  1. Eclectic guest list (neighborhood butcher, hot UPS driver, friends from church, those nice people you met last week in bar and neighbors)

  2. Food and beverage (nothing too fancy and forget the veggie platter from Safeway no one eats it)

  3. Never run out of ice (and if you have top load washing machine, put the beer and wine in there add ice and it will drain)


If you want to be invited to some of the best parties in 2013 sign up for the Velvet Rope and join the party!

The New Rules of Flirting: Featuring YOURS TRULY! https://tamarawilson.com/2012/11/the-new-rules-of-flirting-featuring-yours-truly/ Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:30:10 +0000 http://tamarawilson.com/?p=2427 (original article)

The New Rules of Flirting

The Science Behind the Wink and the Smile; Men Overestimate Women's Interest


Tamara Wilson considers herself an equal-opportunity flirt. She banters playfully and purposefully with her butcher (who sharpens her knives at no extra charge), with security officials at the airport (one let her onto a flight even though she'd left her ID at home) and her female UPS driver (who now leaves the packages on the porch).
"I've used my big, blue eyes and smile to get everything I ever wanted," says Ms. Wilson, 52 and the owner of a Seattle marketing firm. "Flirting opens doors."
Flirting can cause problems, too. Ms. Wilson was no longer invited to a colleague's exclusive Christmas party after she engaged in some racy repartee with a married male guest. And she says she may have lost clients because they misunderstood her "verbal volleyball."
Is it still OK to flirt? Many of us like to flirt on occasion with friends, co-workers or passing acquaintances. When you are in a committed relationship, though, flirting is more complicated. What constitutes acceptable flirting depends not only on your intentions, but also on how your significant other feels about it. (Hint: If you are keeping it secret, you are probably flirting with disaster.)
How can you tell if a person is flirting, or just being friendly? It isn't easy. The uncertainty is what makes it exciting.
Experts define flirting as ambiguous behavior with potential sexual or romantic overtones that is goal-oriented. In other words, we flirt with a purpose. But because we're testing the waters, we don't let on what that purpose might be.
Most of us know flirting when we see it, though. It may be verbal, in the form of compliments, bantering and teasing, or it can be a smile, a steady gaze, a toss of the hair or a hand on the arm. And, of course, it can be an email or a text, with all those smiley, winky faces.
You can thank evolution for all of it, including the cheesy one-liners. ("Going my way?" a nice-looking man in a suit recently asked me in Miami, as I got into my convertible.) Scientists say flirting developed to further the human race, by helping males to find a mate and females to evaluate a potential partner and his commitment before moving forward.
Research shows people flirt with one of no fewer than six different reasons. Some people still are looking for a mate, of course. But we also like to flirt because we enjoy it. This kind of flirting "is kind of like racquetball," says Dave Henningsen, professor of communication at Northern Illinois University whose research and reading of the literature identified these six goals. "It's fun, and we do it together so we build our relationship."
Sometimes we want to explore what a romantic relationship with the person might be like. Or we want to reinforce or increase intimacy in a relationship we are already in. We may want to boost self-esteem—whether it's our own or the other person's. And some of us flirt to get what we want—a dark art that Dr. Henningsen refers to as "instrumental flirting." (I "admired" a pilot's watch at the gate before a flight once and found myself upgraded to a much better seat.)
Flirting with your spouse can keep a marriage healthy, says Brandi Frisby, professor of communication at the University of Kentucky. Her research found committed partners flirt with each other to minimize conflict and communicate as if in a private world. She also found partners who flirted with each other were more satisfied and committed to each other.
Outside a relationship, though, it's easy to misread cues. In a 2009 meta-analysis of 15 studies, Dr. Henningsen, of Northern Illinois University, who co-wrote the study, found men often overestimate the female's interest and interpret flirtatious behavior as more sexual than intended.
Dr. Frisby, of the University of Kentucky, has looked at flirting differences between the sexes and found when women flirt in a sexually suggestive way, men find them more attractive. But men who flirt this way are seen as pushy and less attractive.
Maybe this is what went wrong for David Bakke, who is 46, single and the editor of a personal finance website. He recently told an attractive pharmacist at his local drugstore in Atlanta that he noticed she wasn't wearing a wedding ring. "She explained that one, it was none of my business, two, that she was only there to fill my prescription, and three, that my flirting efforts were highly unprofessional," he says.
And so Mr. Bakke learned a valuable lesson: "As a male, you must be very careful of the extent to which you flirt with someone," he says. "If you overextend yourself, so to speak, you could ruin a golden opportunity."
Bonnie Russell, a publicist for attorneys from Del Mar, Calif., says attending high school in Waco, Texas, she learned to flirt from "big-time, Texas-size flirts." She banters playfully with everyone: men, women, children, couples in line at the movie theater, the policeman who wrote her a ticket (it didn't work).
Ms. Russell admits to a few mishaps. Once, she says, she was loudly upbraided by an Air Force Second Lieutenant for not "respecting an officer" after she failed to realize that he wasn't flirting back. And at a party, the wife of a man with whom she was flirting suddenly appeared and icily informed her that she was flirting with her husband. Ms. Russell says her response was to laugh good-naturedly and reply: "My, you have good taste."
But Ms. Russell has had her flirtation successes, too, such as the time she wrote a "fan email" to a defense attorney who had been interviewed on TV repeatedly about a case that went on for months. Ms. Russell told him she admired his compassion, respect for the victims and directness with reporters—and added that she thought he was handsome, too.
Only after the man wrote back and asked who she was did she mention that she was a publicist for attorneys. "But you certainly don't need me," she added. He hired her.
"Sometimes you get your way, sometimes you don't," says Ms. Russell. "But flirting is a fast, inexpensive way to have a better day."
—Write to Elizabeth Bernstein at Bonds@wsj.com or follow her column atwww.Facebook.com/EBernsteinWSJ.
Spill It! – June 2011 https://tamarawilson.com/2011/06/spill-it-june-2011/ Mon, 13 Jun 2011 22:24:26 +0000 http://tamarawilson.com/?p=2177 Winter and spring have taunted us with only a few sunny days and we’re feeling entitled to some conspicuous consumption of the cocktail kind, whether inside or out. We’ll happily don some sunglasses, slip on a springy shift, and show a little skin—even if we have to spray on tans over our sun-deprived legs! Bring on the patios, the happy hour, and fair-weather drinks and we’re there.

Jerzy's Wine Bar

New owner brings global wine list to Eastside

Jerzy’s Wine Bar & Bistro is settled in a charming red 1940s house and recently re-opened under new ownership with revamped décor and a fresh menu. The cozy and inviting restaurant is situated in the heart of downtown Redmond, bringing locals an exceptional European-American dining experience with a standout global wine selection. Lauritol Merlot, straight from the vineyards in Bordeaux, is a softer, fruity vino that pairs exceptionally with red meat, pasta or pork. If you tend to stick to whites, be sure to get a glass of Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc with dinner. The crisp, refreshing taste of this medium-bodied nectar is perfect for a warm summer night on the outdoor patio. Take time to appreciate the local happenings and escape monotony in Jerzy’s quaint, garden-esque outdoor patio.

16727 Redmond Way
, Redmond
. 425.658.1765
www.jerzyswinebar.com. Follow Jerzy’s on Facebook.


Metropolitan Market

Cheers to 40 years with wine tasting festivities

Join Metropolitan Market for complimentary wine tastings at several locations featuring their new releases – MM Rose #4, White #5 and MM Red #12 and their exclusive Savoureux Pinot Noir ’09 along with other unique Washington Wines and fine imported wines. At the tasting, wines will be paired with Northwest food partners including Salumi Artisan Cured Meats, Boat Street Pickles and Artisan Handmade Cheeses. Finish your tasting with Gelatiamo Gelato.

A sneak peek:
MM Rose #4 – Zestily rendered with heady aromas and crisp mix of red berries, citrus fruit, and fresh cut flowers and herbs; excellent with salmon, grilled meats or poultry and side salads.
MM White #5 – Fashioned for summer delights with waves of mixed citrus, melon, and pear tamed by notes of flowers, lime leaf, mineral and lively, focusing acidity.
MM Red #12 – A five-grape blend, with a substantial helping of Malbec with its sturdy structure and subtle herb and mineral complexity lurking behind ripe, wide-open dark berries and black plum fruit.
Savoureux Pinot Noir ’09 – From the Willamette Valley, layered with an almost European sensibility with notes of black cherry, raspberry, earth, smoke and spice into a coherent and elegant package.

Wine Tastings:
Thursday, June 9 from 6:30-8:30pm at Kirkland
Wednesday, June 22 from 6:30-8:30pm at Admiral
Friday, June 24 from 4:00 -7:00pm at Proctor
Wednesday, June 29 from 6:30-8:30pm at Uptown
Thursday, June 30 from 6:30-8:30pm at Kirkland

For more information, please visit www.metropolitan-market.com. 
Follow Metropolitan Market on Twitter @MetMarket and Facebook. 


Pearl Bar & Dining

Washington Wine Festival dinner with Bookwalter

Pearl is hosting an intimate winemaker dinner featuring Bookwalter Winery on Thursday, July 7 at 6pm. Chef Bradley and his talented culinary team will be crafting a special menu to be paired perfectly with a selection of Bookwalter’s fine wines.

This exclusive wine dinner honors the celebration of the 20th Annual Wine Weekend presented by the Washington Wines Festival. Tickets are $200/person with proceeds benefitting Camp Korey and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. Space is limited so sign up early to reserve your seat!

Visit www.washingtonwinesfestival.com to order tickets or call 206.236.6167.

700 Bellevue Way NE, Lincoln Square, Bellevue. 425-455-0181.
www.PearlBellevue.com. Follow Pearl on Twitter @PearlBellevue and Facebook.



Introducing Brunch at Munchbar

Munchbar has finally launched its Sunday brunch menu! The Brunch at Munch is sure to become the go-to hotspot for rehashing details about the weekend’s events, complete with a Bloody Mary Buffet and an all-you-can-drink champagne bar to soothe that hangover. For all of you meatheads out there, give the protein shake with vanilla or chocolate Met-RX a try, mixed with your choice of fruit and non-fat milk – the perfect compliment to any muscle shirt.

New cocktail concoctions have also been added to the dinner menu, including a collection of Domaine Chandon champagne cocktails (peach, elderflower, and pear ginger); the Brazilian Bikini Wax with Cachaça, fresh lime & watermelon juice and simple syrup; In the Rough, a mix of Absolut Wild Tea Vodka and fresh lemonade; and the Stoned Sailor with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Orange Curacao, apricot jam and peach bitters. Deliciously refreshing!

Located at 505 Bellevue Square, adjacent to the sky bridge at Lincoln Square, Bellevue. 888-68MUNCH. www.munchgroup.com/bellevue.

Follow Munchbar on Twitter @MunchBellevue or Facebook.


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Spill It! – May 2011 https://tamarawilson.com/2011/05/spill-it-may-2011/ Wed, 04 May 2011 20:50:00 +0000 http://tamarawilson.com/?p=2152 Metropolitan Market

April Showers bring May Rosé

We have waited six excruciatingly long months to see the sunshine again, but have waited even longer for the release of Metropolitan Market’s Rosé #5. At only $8 a bottle and $88 per case, this springtime favorite is impossible to pass up. Experience the crisp, light flavor of this new addition on a sunny evening on the deck (or a rainy afternoon indoors). Pairing best with salmon or chicken, the versatility of this blush wine makes it a viable option with any meal. However it may get consumed, this refreshing Rosé will have you coming back for more!

For more information, please visit www.metropolitan-market.com.
Follow Metropolitan Market on Twitter @MetMarket and Facebook. 



When in Rome Bellevue

With Cinco de Mayo looming, Munchbar™ has the perfect pairing of Mexican flavor to spice up your Cinco. A relative newcomer on the Bellevue scene, Munchbar™ has quickly become the go-to spot for eclectic drinks and fun innovations. Sip on the ever- popular Munch Margarita, a traditional drink with a Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila, Grand Marnier and fresh lemon & lime juice. But let’s be honest – not everyone can handle their tequila! For those folks, Munchbar™ offers a refreshing Mojito. This sweeter spirit mixes Bacardi Silver Rum with mint, lime and sugar. Come rediscover why you love May 5th with festive offerings!

Located at 505 Bellevue Square, adjacent to the sky bridge at Lincoln Square. 888-68MUNCH.
www.munchgroup.com/bellevue. Follow Munchbar on Twitter @MunchBellevue or Facebook.


Pearl Bar & Dining

Spring’s Specialty Cocktails

Always the innovators, Bradley and Mikel proudly unveil Pearl’s newest cocktails just in time for the spring sunshine. Craving a sweet release at the day’s end? The Prickly Pear features a succulent combination of pear purée, kiwi, spiced rum and agave nectar and is sure to put some pep in your step! Those who gravitate toward light, refreshing drinks will go crazy for the Cucumber Mojito. Cucumber rum muddled with lime juice and fresh mint leaves join forces in this delightful drink. Zesty, flavorful and unique best describe Pearl’s Zumo Margarita. Infusing apricot purée, agave nectar and fresh orange zest into the traditional margarita ingredients brings about a creative mixture of tangy sweetness in this cocktail. Whether you prefer sweet or sour, dive into summer with a Prickly Pear, Cucumber Mojito, or Zumo Margarita from Pearl

For more information and reservations, please call us at 425.455.0181.

700 Bellevue Way NE, Lincoln Square, Bellevue.
www.PearlBellevue.com. Follow Pearl on Twitter @PearlBellevue and Facebook.


Powerhouse Restaurant and Brewery

Celebrate Spring with Gourmet Sips!

Powerhouse is sprucing up spring with all-new craft brew drink offerings. Can’t decide between dessert or another round? Who says you have to choose? For a twist on an all-American classic, try the fresh ale milkshake featuring in-house brews. Or, escape to Ireland (via drink) with Powerhouse’s Car Bomb, combining creamy vanilla ice cream with Strong Arm Stout, Jameson Whiskey, and Bailey’s Irish Cream. For chocolate lovers, get your fix with the Roasted Porter Chocolate Malt – rich chocolate ice cream doused with roasted porter and 100% barley malt. Only at Powerhouse will you find these intoxicatingly sweet treats; part drink, part dessert.  

454 East Main, Puyallup. 253-845-1370.
www.powerhousebrewpub.com. Follow Powerhouse on Facebook.    


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Spill It! – April 2011 https://tamarawilson.com/2011/04/spill-it-april-2011/ Mon, 04 Apr 2011 21:26:31 +0000 http://tamarawilson.com/?p=2102 Metropolitan Market
Get Your Washington Wine On
We came, we drank, we voted! In the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, Seattle Magazine named Metropolitan Market the “Grocery Store with the Best Selection of Washington Wines.” With more than 1,200 different wines and beers to choose from, it should come as no shock that Metropolitan Market has their local vino covered as well! But don’t worry about having too many options – highly trained, experienced and passionate wine stewards are on hand seven days a week help you find just the right one (or two, or three!).
For more information, please visit www.metropolitan-market.com.
Follow Metropolitan Market on Twitter @MetMarket and Facebook

Pearl Bar & Dining

Spring Winemaker Series with Chateau Ste. Michelle April 12
Prepare yourself for the ultimate Northwest culinary and wine tasting experience at Pearl Bar & Dining in Bellevue. Executive Chef Bradley Dickinson will be pairing up with James Beard Award Winning Chef John Sarich of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery to create a sensational menu crafted to match perfectly with the innovative wines of Chateau Ste. Michelle. The reception begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Pearl always offers complimentary valet parking at the Westin Hotel. 

For more information and reservations, please call Pearl at 425.455.0181.
700 Bellevue Way NE, Lincoln Square, Bellevue.
www.PearlBellevue.com. Follow Pearl on Twitter @PearlBellevue and Facebook.


Powerhouse Restaurant and Brewery

Light and Crisp Springtime Brews
Opening day for Mariners baseball is almost here, and with spring comes seasonal craft brews to quench the thirst of rowdy fans. In addition to the seven staples always on tap, Powerhouse will be offering new spring beers that are sure to be crowd pleasers. Early “hits” so far? The Brass Monk, a Belgium Strong Pale Ale with a light and crisp taste that will leave you wanting more.
Stop in on Tuesday for the special of the day featuring any fresh brewed ale for $2.50.
454 East Main, Puyallup. 253-845-1370; www.powerhousebrewpub.com. Facebook.


Munch Happy at New Happy Hour
Munchbar™, known locally for its home comfort food with high quality, local ingredients and unique taste pairings is now exclusively offering happy hour Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Featured items include $4 draft beers and well drinks, as well as half off a variety of munchies including Popcorn Chicken, Chicken & French Toast, and Tipsy Mussels. Firmly believing that no one should go to bed hungry, Munchbar™ will serve the same specials at Reverse Happy Hour from 9 p.m. to close, Monday through Wednesday.  

Located at 505 Bellevue Square, adjacent to the sky bridge at Lincoln Square, Bellevue. 888-68MUNCH. www.munchgroup.com/bellevue. 
Follow Munchbar on Twitter @MunchBellevue or Facebook


Terra Vista

Spring Wine Pairing from Columbia Valley
Terra Vista, the fine dining establishment at Snoqualmie Casino, features the fare of Chef de Cuisine Bruce Dillon and his talented team. In their just-out-of-the-oven early spring menu, Columbia Valley wines steal the spotlight, with special menu pairing suggestions and by-the-glass opportunities including:
  • 2009 Columbia Crest Grand Estate Chardonnay $8/gls
  • 2006 Forgeron Cabernet Sauvignon $13/gls
  • 2007 Hightower Merlot  $12/gls
  • 2006 Doyenne Syrah DeLille $15/gls
  • 2007 Spring Valley Uriah Red Blend $19/gls
Taste incredible menu features designed especially for the unique qualities of these wines, from Chive-Goat Cheese and Caviar Tart to the Wild Caught King Salmon Steak. From farm to table, let Terra Vista cuisine and wine options warm up your spring!
37500 Southeast North Bend Way Snoqualmie. 425-888-1234 www.snocasino.com.
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Spill It! – March 2011 https://tamarawilson.com/2011/03/spill-it-march-2011-2/ Wed, 16 Mar 2011 18:23:04 +0000 http://tamarawilson.com/?p=2037 Anthony’s Restaurants
Oyster wines during Oyster Festival
March is the month we let bivalves be bivalves and love them for it during Anthony’s Oyster Festival! Discover your favorite: Olympia, Kumamoto, Bakers and Pacific varieties (including Penn Cove and Barron Points) on the half shell, and more in appetizers and entrees at lunch and dinner.  Oyster lovers can enjoy a bottle of one of the featured “Oyster Wines” at half price when ordered with oysters.  Join the fun each Friday evening at 6:00pm for our Oyster Slurp contest!  Enjoy Oyster Festival throughout all Anthony’s Restaurants except Harbor Lights, Anthony's Woodfire Grill, Olympia Hearthfire, and Bellingham Hearthfire. Now open in Anacortes and coming to Lynnwood this fall!
For more information and our locations, please visit www.anthonys.com.
Follow Anthony’s Restaurants on Twitter @AnthonysRestsNW and Facebook.

Metropolitan Market

The Blue Sangria – a spring color burst!

This is a great way to get the conversation flowing and everyone in a party mood. The swimming-pool-blue color refreshes even before your guests take their first sip. 
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 large lime
  • 3 large strawberries
  • 3 large sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bottle (125 ml) dry white wine
  • 2/3 cup blue Curacao
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 cups seltzer
  • Ice cubes
  1. Wash fruit. Thinly slice orange, lemon, and lime and remove any seeds. Thinly slice strawberries. Place fruit in large pitcher
  2. Add mint, cinnamon stick, sugar and white wine. Stir until sugar dissolves. Pour in blue curacao and orange juice and stir until combined. 
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours.
  4. Add seltzer. Pour sangria into large wine glasses. Add ice cubes and marinated fruit! 
  5. Metropolitan Market has more than 1,200 different wines and beers to choose from, as well as a knowledgeable staff on hand to help you find just the right one.
For more information, please visit www.metropolitan-market.com.
Follow Metropolitan Market on Twitter @MetMarket and Facebook.  

Pearl Bar & Dining

Spring Winemaker Series with DeLille Cellars

Bradley and Mikel invite you experience a winemaker dinner featuring Pearl’s contemporary Northwest fare paired with DeLille Cellars’ acclaimed selections. This small, dedicated winery located in Woodinville carries a bold mission to make the very best handcrafted, Bordeaux style red and white wine in Washington State. Decide for yourself and meet the owner in the process for a convivial affair. 
Thursday, March 31
Reception at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
 $75 per person, 21 and older, please
Enjoy complimentary valet parking at the Westin Hotel 
Please call 425-455-0181 to make a reservation
700 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 50 (Lincoln Square), Bellevue. 425-455-0181. 
For more information, please visit www.pearlbellevue.com.
Follow Pearl on Twitter @PearlBellevue and Facebook.

Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Headlong White Dog Whiskey – Smooth. Flavorful. Unexpected. 

Headlong White Dog Whiskey from Woodinville Whiskey Co. is sure to become a classic addition to everyone’s liquor cabinet. This unique un-aged whiskey is a stand out on its own, but use it in a classic cocktail such as a Brown Derby, and you have the makings of a sure-fire party!  
Brown Derby
1.5 oz Headlong White Dog Whiskey
.5 oz Honey Syrup (2 parts honey thinned with 1 part hot water)
oz Grapefruit Juice
Dash of Angostura Bitters (optional)
Shake well with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Tasting Room Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m
16110 Woodinville Redmond Rd. NE, Suite 3, Woodinville. 425-486-1199.
For more information, please visit www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com.  
Follow Woodinville Whiskey Co. on Facebook.

Il Fornaio

March Wine Events

Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m., your chance to savor five, much-loved Col Solare and Marchesi Antinori wines–and be among the first to taste Col Solare’s unreleased 2007 vintage–has arrived! A passion for Cabernet Sauvignon brought winemaker Marcus Notaro to Col Solare with its 2003 vintage, but his history with the winery at Red Mountain dates back to 1995. He’s worked closely with Tuscany’s legendary Antinori family and keeping in mind a “taste first” winemaking philosophy. The evening’s selections will be paired thoughtfully with five, authentic Italian courses by Il Fornaio Chef-Partner Franz Junga.
$49 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity)
For reservations, please call (206) 264-0994
Come taste the nectar of Tuscany through its much-loved wines on March 17. The fun and storied wines of Tuscany are a treat, as shared by Unique Wines Company’s Erin Thomas. The line-up includes La Lastra 2009 Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Fattoria dei Barbi 2006 Brusco dei Barbi, San Felice 2007 Chianti Classico, and Rocca di Frassinello 2007 Poggio alla Guardia Maremma Toscana. Tastes are accompanied by a spread of delicious Il Fornaio antipasti from Chef-Partner Franz Junga. Admission is only $10 per person.  Tasting begins at 6 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. in the Café in the Pacific Place Atrium. Must be 21 years of age or older.
600 Pine Street, Seattle. 
For more information, please visit www.ilfornaio.com. Follow Il Fornaio on Twitter: @IlFornaio_sea or Facebook Fanpage
Volunteer for Seattle Dances! https://tamarawilson.com/2011/02/volunteer-for-seattle-dances/ Fri, 11 Feb 2011 19:18:05 +0000 http://tamarawilson.com/?p=1960 Be a part of an exhilarating fundraiser to transition Seattle's homeless into permanent housing by volunteering on March 12 at Plymouth Housing Group's Seattle Dances!

Your time during this second annual smash event at Fremont Studios puts you behind the scenes to help the dance-packed competition and gala flow smoothly.

Volunteers may choose between daytime or evening shifts. For details, contact Plymouth Housing Group's Diana Delimitros Argeres,

Community Outreach Manager at 206-374-9409 x 146 or dargeres@plymouthhousing.org.



Evening of Hope 2011 raises $555,743 for The Market Foundation https://tamarawilson.com/2011/02/evening-of-hope-2011-raises-555743-for-the-market-foundation/ Wed, 09 Feb 2011 17:40:26 +0000 http://tamarawilson.com/?p=1956 Way to go!


The Seattle Hotel hosted its14th Annual "Evening of Hope" held at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel on Feb. 5. The smash fundraising dinner and gala auction raised $555,743 to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation for its second consecutive year and celebrated the work of honorees Sheri and Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company.


"The Seattle Hotel Association members were honored to have the Market Foundation as our encore beneficiary and to salute the work that Howard and Sheri have done both for the Market Foundation and the Market itself," said Howard Cohen, Seattle Hotel Association president, and vice president and general manager of Best Western Executive Inn, Best Western Loyal Inn and Sixth Avenue Inn.


The crowd roared with excitement during the live auction in The Fairmont Olympic Hotel’s Spanish Ballroom.  Auction items included one-of-a-kind, compelling getaways, dining opportunities, and luxury gift items. Top bids went to the Starbucks "Tree to Cup" Costa Rican Coffee Adventure, which sold three times for $14,000 each; the “Afternoon Tee” golf, dining and overnight package with local celebrities – Tom Douglas and Craig Schafer, sold for $10,000; and the “Night to Remember for 12” dining and overnight package at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, which sold for $8,000.


Howard and Sheri Schultz were honored for their continued support of the Seattle community at they celebrate Starbucks’ 40th anniversary. The celebration of their work transcended the business of coffee and applauded the connection to community that the Schultz’s have fostered in their service to others. For more than a decade, Sheri Schultz has led the Schultz Family Foundation and tirelessly advocated for at-risk youth and families, locally and abroad, among other causes.


The Market Foundation will receive proceeds from ticket sales, the “Raise the Paddle” bidding, and auction purchases. The funds raised will support the Market’s four human service agencies – Pike Market Child Care & Preschool, Pike Market Medical Clinic, Pike Market Senior Center, and Downtown Food Bank.


"Our mission would be impossible without the support of our community partners like the Seattle Hotel Association, especially as the demand for the Market's human service agencies continue to grow," said Marlys Erickson, executive director of the Market Foundation. "This money will help us transform the lives of the 10,000 low-income and elderly residents of downtown Seattle who rely on these services each year."


The Evening of Hope Gala Committee wishes to thank its generous sponsors: Gold Sponsors – USA Today and Tomlinson Linen Service; Silver Sponsors – Bogard & Johnson LLC, Clise Properties, Inc., Red Lion Hotel Fifth Avenue, Premera Blue Cross, Safeco Insurance, and Starbucks Coffee; and Bronze Sponsors – The Commerce Bank of Washington, Inn at the Market, Green Suites Hotel Solutions, and Turner Construction.


About The Market Foundation

The Market Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the traditions and diversity of the Pike Place Market neighborhood by supporting the Market's human service agencies – Pike Market Child Care & Preschool, Pike Market Senior Center & Downtown Food Bank, and Pike Market Medical Clinic. Since 1982, the Market Foundation has raised over $16 million for these agencies, which serve more than 10,000 low-income, homeless and elderly residents of downtown Seattle each year. For more information, visit www.pikeplacemarketfoundation.org.


About the Seattle Hotel Association

The Seattle Hotel Association is a nonprofit, volunteer organization comprised of 58 member hotels located in the City of Seattle. The Seattle Hotel Association works to promote the economic well being of the hospitality industry in Seattle. It supports strategies to encourage the Seattle job creation in tourism and other industries, and a safe and clean city environment for residents, workers and tourists alike. The Association has promoted charitable donations by individual hotels since 1996 and is the force behind the annual Evening of Hope Gala. The Association has raised more than $5 million in its charitable efforts to date. Learn more at www.seattlehotelassociation.org.