Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sauced: Spur Gastropub’s David Nelson stars in column

Writer Jessica Voelker of Seattle Metropolitan magazine profiled David in her Sauced column. Click blog title above to read the entire profile. Here's an excerpt:

"Behind the bar. Five Questions for the Bartender: David Nelson. Spur's tender-aged bar genius waxes philosophical about fortified wines and good hygiene.

David Nelson, the alarmingly young, intensely talented Bar and Restaurant Manager at Spur Gastropub, began his culinary career flipping burgers at Burger King. He first came to Seattle seven years ago to study philosophy at Seattle University, but found existential ease behind the bar at Ethan Stowell’s Union, where he worked from late 2003 to 2007. After stints at Campagne and now-defunct Marjorie, he opened Spur, in 2008, with chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough. Since then, Nelson’s sometimes foamy, sometimes fruit-muddled, always perfect cocktails have become known as some of the most innovative mixed drinks in town.
“My life is pretty much consumed with eating and drinking.” Says Nelson. “When I am not behind the bar I spend my time with my girlfriend, read philosophy books, or research spirits, wine, beer, and food. While it is true that we ‘eat to live,’ I believe that I live to eat and drink well."

Name three reasons you live in Seattle.
The awesome summer.
The people.
I love my job."

Photo of David Nelson by Barbie Hull for Spur. Voelker’s photo caption reads: “Nice tats. David Nelson shows off some arm art along with La Rocio--an egg-white foam with red wine, lemon juice, sugar, tequila, and fruit.”

Thank you Jessica for a fun look at David who we adore.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sprouted Broccoli from Oxbow Farm

Click blog title above to learn about Oxbow Farm, their CSA’s, and at what markets you can find them.

I spent a sunny afternoon in Carnation this week with Chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough of Spur Gastropub in Seattle. The Chefs were touring Oxbow Farm with farmer Luke Woodward, in preparation for a July dinner there with the incomparable, touring Outstanding in the Field group. Delighted to be included, wonderful Luke sent me home with overwintered parsley and sprouted broccoli. We sautéed the broccoli, stems and leaves and all, in a bit of EVOO and garlic. Finished with a bit of crushed red pepper, it was almost nutty and so delish.

Thanks for introducing us to something new Oxbow!

Photo by Kat of Oxbow Farm’s sprouted broccoli.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Swoops into Seattle and picks our favorite shop Red Ticking to join in

Click blog title above to see one of our client Red Ticking’s great pieces available for sale on .

1stdibs is the world's most searched market place for antique and mid-century modern furniture. It covers Philadelphia, Atlanta, all of Texas, Houston, Dallas, and now Seattle. Red Ticking’s one of the first shops hand-selected to be part of this terrific online shopping experience. Those of you who know our client Pamela Robinson recognize her exquisite taste. Point in case? This circa 1900 French piece is a bed canopy, known as a "ceil De Leit". Pam hooks us with her photos and description of this wonderfully rare piece found in the south of France and featuring truly exceptional carving.

Read Pam’s blog to learn more about her Madison Valley Shop and be certain to bookmark and browse it frequently.

We always knew Seattle was a design capitol!

Note to friends: my birthday’s in August if you’d like to snap this piece up for me. ;)

Photo of French Bed Canopy by Red Ticking.
Kudos Pam.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONG event comes to Seattle for the first time

Click blog title above to register for one of Lance’s LIVESTRONG Seattle races or events and to learn more about participating or supporting the organization

All of us know survivors and have friends and family battling cancer. Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG organization does a terrific job supporting and inspiring survivors with resources, advocacy, research and more. We’re proud that Kat’s hubby Stuart Miner is on the LIVESTRONG Seattle Organizing Committee for the June 21st events. Feel free to email Stuart if you need more info too:

Remember, the Tour de France starts July 4 in Monaco this year. Tour de Lance!

Photo of Lance Armstrong and Bob Roll by Stuart Miner. Photo of Stuart with Bob Roll by Stuart Miner.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

our client Ginny Hutchinson meets Venerable Tenzin

What a delight! We’re thrilled to be working on an exciting new project with Ginny Hutchinson who recently met The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi. More details will come about our collaboration with Ginny and Cathy Haffner, but we just had to share this photo of Ginny with the Venerable Tenzin.

He is the Director of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also serves as the Buddhist Chaplain at MIT. At the age of ten years, he entered a Buddhist monastery in Rajgir near ancient Nalanda University and was subsequently ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is his spiritual mentor. He received his spiritual training in India, Nepal, and Japan under the guidance of several eminent teachers.Venerable Tenzin lectures internationally and is also President of The Prajnopaya Foundation, a worldwide humanitarian organization.

Photo courtesy of Ginny Hutchinson.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Read about our client’s tips on “Eating Better for Less Money” in this feature on MSNBC

We all need to cut costs these days but shouldn’t lose sight of the importance of healthy eating. We were thrilled to connect Keith Schorsch, of, with a writer for Best Health magazine. Read the story about his recovery from Lyme Disease and his and wife Jennifer’s tips on managing a busy life while maintaining and promoting healthy eating with their family.

Click the blog title above to read the MSNBC story.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Dr. Baxter in WebMd Feature on Natural Skin Care

We’re delighted to see Dr. Richard Baxter mentioned in Suzanne Wright’s article on WebMd. It’s a primer for natural skin care products; one that we’ll reference in the future for sure.

Dr. Baxter believes that antioxidant botanicals are the next “big thing” in skin care, but that right now it is important that consumers really pay attention and sort out the hype plus know the source of products. There is evidence that some natural ingredients may be contaminated with heavy metals, and if not adequately purified they may contain other botanical compounds that are toxic. Remember, natural doesn’t automatically mean safe or better; hemlock is natural and poisonous. So, for now it’s better to stick with known sources and lab products.

Baxter’s favorite natural ingredients? Clearly resveratrol is the most extensively studied but coffeeberry, silymarin (milk thistle) and possibly rhodeola are promising compounds. Vitamins as antioxidants in skin care are relatively worthless, so don’t waste your money on them. And a cup of tea or coffee won’t hurt either.