Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Seattle Met Magazine’s Style Editor Declares Film Festival in a Box A Classic Gift

Laura Cassidy reports:

“Inside the pizza-box like packaging, a themed film fest of indie flicks awaits. Zombies, maybe? Love stories? Documentaries, anyone? Watch ’em, discuss ’em, call one the best, one the worst, bond over your hatred of the villain, stay up all night dissecting the plot lines. Like a middle school counselor intent on you sharing your feelings, IndieFlix wants to get you talking about stories and characters. It’s the flip-side of the fun factor, the dinner-and-a-movie thing’s higher calling.”

Thank you Laura for your spot-on style.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

AOL's Shopping Editor Picks IndieFlix " Film Festival in a Box" Game as One of the Holiday's Best Quirky Gifts

Click on blog title above to read the editor's top picks. And thank you Gina Nguyen of Aol.

The game is available at lots of great shops like Santa Monica's Fred Segal and Seattle's University Bookstore plus online at Drugstore.com and more.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Not a Bad Day: when you get to design ads with images like this

Random Acts of PR Kindness: Got Ink for Seattle Wine Shop

It's always fun sharing the love! I enjoyed tipping Wine Spectator magazine off on the great shop Portalis in Ballard. Now read the article BEYOND THE GLASS that resulted (by clicking blog title above).

Thank you Sharon McDonnell, as always. And congrats to Portalis.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Best Chefs, Dana Tough and Brian McCracken, Demo Their Technique for Star Chefs

Video - Fried BĂ©arnaise StarChefs.com

Take a look at the Chefs of Spur in Seattle, Dana Tough and Brian McCracken, who will walk you through the making of their Fried Bernaise on Beef Carpaccio with micro mustard. Great work Chefs!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

November's Seattle Mag Includes Designer Rosanna Bowle's Book on Its Must List

Thank you Rachel et all for including tableware designer Rosanna's book in your "Nest: Seattle Magazine’s November 2010 Must List". We so apreciate it!

It read, “With its foul weather and fowl focus, November calls for feathering your nest. Prep for the holidays with local dishware queen Rosanna Bowles’ new entertaining tome, Coming Home: A Seasonal Guide to Creating Family Traditions (Stewart Tabori & Chang, $27.50), a season-by-season guide to family gatherings complete with tabletop inspirations, tips for creating traditions and Bowles’ home recipes, including a killer caramel pie.”

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The 9.2 Million Readers of Cooking Light Magazine Learn About Spur "On the Forefront of the Food Revolution"

Phenomenol. That's what it's like to crack open that new issue of Cooking Light magazine and see Chefs Dana Tough and Brian McCracken's culinary philosophy laid out for more than NINE MILLION food lovers. Described as "standing at the forefront of the food revolution in Seattle" Chef Tough states, "With the scene we have here now, there's no room for mediocre food."

Thank you to writer Jason Sheehan for interviewing Spur (www.spurseattle.com) for the story, "Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Seattle." To read all six pages you'll have to pick up a copy of the November issue. But to read the portion on Spur, click on over to the Spur blog and check it out by clicking on the blog title above.

Seattle Times Northwest Source Reports on GOOD Budget Cuts

Journalist Alison Brownrigg-Roth recently paid a visit to client American Cutting Co and today wrote about it in the Seattle Times saying, "The space... is urbane, comfortable and unpretentious. Exposed brick walls and wood floors lend historic charm, and iPads, Wi-Fi and a coffeemaker at the reception desk make the space feel like home. (Hot chocolate and tea are also available.) American Cutting Company is the rare salon where both men and women will feel comfortable, and where you won’t have to empty your wallet to get a great cut."

To read the entire story and see the photos by Barbie Hull of the salon's space, please click on blog title above.

Thank you Alison for the great coverage!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rainier Oncology: South Sound's cancer experts since 1988

Healing and health. Modern technology. Expert care. And a genuine warmth.
Rainier Hematology-Oncology is committed to providing top-notch medical care, based on the most up to date research to folks in the South Puget Sound region. They love their neighbors and believe that a great community deserves great medical care.

Check out the new website we helped them with by clicking the blog title above and get to know the team at Rainier. We sure are glad we have. They're a true inspiration.

talented Tavern Law earns top honors from GQ magazine

Best bars in America? In their October issue, GQ magazine has picked their favorites with Seattle's own Tavern Law making the list.

Thank you to Kevin Suntumuang for the hard research sipping at the bar at countless establishments across the nation. We're honored that the secluded upstairs of Tavern Law (dubbed Needle & Thread) was recognized.

Congratulations to Brian McCracken, Dana Tough, Nathan Weber and the Tavern Law team. Click on blog title above to read more about it!

cancer care in Bonney Lake: Rainier Oncology expands

As reported in the Courier Herald newspaper, Rainier Oncology & Hematology has opened a new office in Bonney Lake for patients looking for quality care even closer to home.

"Rainier Hematology-Oncology, a clinic specializing in blood and cancer care, has established an interim office in Bonney Lake. The clinic is the sister branch of an established Puyallup location and both are subsidiaries of Northwest Medical Specialties in Puyallup. Northwest Medical Specialties’ executives decided to expand the Rainier Hematology-Oncology brand into Bonney Lake when they realized that approximately 30 percent of the Puyallup location’s patients came from the Plateau area. The result has been a high level of interest in the new office. An Enumclaw office will open soon as well. It is scheduled for later this year."

Click blog title above to read the entire article.
To learn more about the doctors and their cancer care, Rainier Oncology is online at www.rainieroncology.com

Thursday, October 7, 2010

AOL column Walletpop features Money Saving Tips from Seattle's Dr. Richard Baxter

The article is “10 Drugstore Products Doctors Don’t Recommend” in AOL’s Walletpop. Click on blog title above to read Dr. Baxter's take on vitamins. Stirring up a storm he says nix the vitamins: get your fill from food instead.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Nathan Weber of Tavern Law Wins Mai Tai Master Award

Seattle Metropolitan magazine held a Mai Tai challenge with the City's top bar talent. The drinks were judged by "the people" and the pros. Who won? Nathan Weber of Tavern Law in both categories.

Seattle, meet your new Mai Tai Master: Nathan Weber. Congrats Nathan!

Nathan's walk of fame by Barbie Hull.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

the magic of Nathan's winning Mai Tai revealed

Seattle Met magazine lets you in on Nathan's secret recipe. Click on blog title above to read the story.

Make one at home and let us know how it is.

Photo by Barbie Hull.

Daily Candy Reports: Head to American Cutting Co Today

Today's Daily Candy WEEKEND GUIDE picks the City's top Events and Diversions. Topping it is AMERICAN CUTTING CO. PHOTO SHOOT THURSDAY.

The story reads, "VOGUE.

What: Downtown salon offers a shampoo and cut for $22, blowouts for $25, and gratis postbeautification photo shoots. (Web-size digital pics are free; four-by-six prints are $5.)

Why: You know you need a new profile pic. Plus, the first 30 DailyCandy readers in attendance today will receive a gift card good for a free cut/shampoo/condition/styling, a free Blow Dry Bar service, or $10 off any product/service of $30 or more.

When: Photo shoots and half-off all services, today, 1-3 p.m. Salon hours, Mon.-Wed., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs. & Fri., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 1123 First Ave. (206-395-2060).

Thank you Daily Candy. Click on blog title above to visit American Cutting Co's website.

Photoshoot Thursdays occur one Thursday a month. After today's special, the next one is scheduled for Thursday, October 21. So book now!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

a story called The Good Life shines spotlight on client Haffner

Writer Cheryl Reid-Simons reports on Cathy Haffner of BetterBecause and her vision to "find happiness in the everyday". It's a terrifc article for Seattle University's magazine.

Click blog title above to read the entire story which starts, "Cathy Haffner, ’83, traded in the stress and demands of corporate life and started a movement that is rooted in happiness—finding joy and contentment in everyday life. Plenty of people daydream about rebooting their lives, but it's rare to find someone who actually does it. It's rarer still to find someone who does it while perched on one of the highest rungs of the corporate ladder.

But that's exactly what Cathy Haffner, '83, did two years ago, quitting her job as senior vice president..., co-writing a book and launching an inspirational movement to promote the little and big things that make life better. In the process she traded boardroom presentations to executives for workshops in women's shelters and book club meetings. And she says her life is better because of it."

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Fountain of Youth: Dr. Richard Baxter on KING5’s Evening Magazine

For those who haven’t yet read “Age Gets Better With Wine-New Science For A Healthier, Better & Longer Life” by Dr. Baxter, Jim Dever’s recent interview captures the highlights of the key ways wine supports health and longevity. Thanks Jim for the great and informative interview!

Monday, August 23, 2010

there's a new crew in town: American Cutting Co and its star stylists poised to take on downtown

Frizzy hair stand back. Bad roots take cover. Lackluster locks-- be forewarned. Check 'em out! Click link above.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Amazon.com's Al Dente Muses about a Dinner at Spur (that they wished they'd been at)

A.J. Rathbun swept in and wrote a lovely story on the recent bourbon dinner at Spur... a five course feast showcasing the talents of Seattle's top bartenders and the skills of our City's best chefs, Brian McCracken and Dana Tough (also of Tavern Law). We love the article and were so thrilled to get top-billing on the site's front page too. Thank you A.J. (and p.s you too R.D)!

To read the entire article, THE BEST COCKTAILS I NEVER HAD, please click blog title above.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Rosanna's book gets front of book coverage in Fall / Winter Seattle Bride mag

Thank you to Sally Farhat Kassab for the lovely placement of dsigner Bowle's new book in the gorgeous new issue of Seattle Bride magazine. Paired with Ali Basye and Lorna Yee's The Newlywed Kitchen, Rosanna's book Coming Home is showcased in the article, "Eat, Drink and Be Married".

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Served Raw online magazine: GASTROPUB Your Saturday Night (with Spur) article

Served Raw wrote in their story yesterday, "Gastropub Your Saturday Night: Create a one-of-a-kind dinner party by offering guests seasonally driven food along with perfectly paired cocktails a la Spur Gastropub in Seattle. When the word beer doesn’t come up once during a gastropub interview, one may scratch her head. We went along with it and were pleased to discover that Chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough of Seattle’s Spur Gastropub and Tavern Law focus their diners’ experiences around seasonally driven food and cocktails. We endorse skipping the brews and Yorkshire puddings in favor of their inventive combos. With a little inspiration, you can pound out an off-roaded gastropub meal of your own at home."

Click on blog title above to read the interview with Chefs Tough and McCracken. And thank you so much for the wonderful feature Shirley!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bye Bye Hubbie; Hello New Face- AOL’s StyleList Chat’s with Dr. Richard Baxter on Plastic Surgery Trend

For her StyleList story on post-divorce “vengeance” plastic surgery, AOL’s Grace Gold spoke with divorcees and their surgeons to dig into the trend. Since Seattle’s Dr. Baxter sees post-divorce or post break-up clients almost daily he was delighted to weigh in noting that while surgery can boost self-image and confidence, it won’t fix life’s problems or even save a marriage. Click on blog title above to read the full story.

Monday, July 12, 2010


When former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor's pub, the Daily Beast, handpicked their top nine restaurants for summer, we were thrilled to have Spur touted in the top. Chef/Owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough have been wowing audiences with their inspired cuisine since opening nearly two years ago. Congratulations team and thank you Daily Beast!

Click on blog title above to read the other eight picks by Daily Beast's "The Hungry Beast".

Friday, June 4, 2010

Seattle Picks Sneaks in a Visit to Tavern Law

Thanks to Seattle City Picks for doing a nice little write-up on Tavern Law today. (Note to all who'd like to sneak upstairs- advance reservations are typically a must as this private room's open limited nights (and hours)).

The story reads "Roaring Twenties: We might have been flappers in another life—dancing all night with a glass of champagne and a long string of pearls, while wearing a fringed dress. It calls to us—so much more than “this life” scenarios of frizzy hair and a soggy fleece—especially in May.

Tavern Law might have given us a way to recreate some of that speakeasy feel. On a tip from a friend, we picked up the unmarked phone in the corner and inquired if they had room upstairs for two. We’re buzzed inside and discover a dimly lit hidey-hole of velvet settees, wavy old mirrors and unfinished wood floors that make us forget our less-than-glamorous attire. You won’t find a cocktail list—instead the bartender asks the flavors we prefer and whips up something different every time. On this particular evening, we sipped a smoothly blended concoction of gin, egg whites, lavender and sweet and sour.

The only thing missing was a long cigarette holder to twirl between our fingertips. And of course, that fringed dress and string of pearls.

Tavern Law
1406 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Quack: A University of Oregon Grad Like our Grandad

Our father's dad (pictured here in the hat) was a Duck football player, coach plus UW Husky coach. My mother-in-law Caroline Dickey was a proud Duck too and our client Rosanna, another card-carrying Duck, makes dishes. The UO's alumni magazine talks about Rosanna Bowles today saying,

"Rosanna Bowles ’79 Company Garners Global Appeal- Accomplished designer Rosanna Bowles ’79 is an Oregon native and lives part time in Gearhart, OR. Rosanna started her successful dishware company in the Pacific Northwest in 1982 and since then has racked-up awards and honors, plus seen her dishes carried and covered around the globe, everywhere from the gift shop at Buckingham Palace to Oprah's "O List.”

This Spring Rosanna has her first book coming out with the New York publishing house ABRAMS who publishes best sellers by foodies like Alton Brown and Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney. Hitting shelves this week, Rosanna's Coming Home is a guide to recapturing and reestablishing soulful life experiences that to often have faded from our world. Rosanna's sharing an inspiring compilation of recipes, tips, experiences, and life lessons that highlight the beauty and significance of tradition and ritual.

Former UO President Dave Frohnmayer weighs in….

“This elegant book invites the reader to explore new ways to create family traditions. I was immediately taken with the creative photography, wonderful recipes, and the focus on family occasions that will become more lasting traditions when carefully nurtured through Rosanna’s advice. This is an immensely practical book with a wonderfully poetic feel.” Dave Frohnmayer"

Thanks UO.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Health.com-4 Tips for a Healthier Summer Tips from Haffner & Hutchinson

Hip Hip Hooray! Haffner & Hutchinson’s tips are on Health.com in a great little slide show that illustrates a few quick tips for a healthier summer. Our life is Better Because of Health, without a doubt!

View the slide show at

Monday, May 31, 2010

Health magazine full-page feature on Better Because

In every issue, Health features the best new advice, tricks and products for stress-free joy-filled days.

We’re thrilled that Better Life Experts Cathy Haffner and Ginny Hutchinson co-authors of “Better Because of You” share their tips on how to switch into summer mode in the June issue of Health. And while here in the Northwest we’re still waiting for summer’s appearance, these simple tips do help us get in the mood.

For more tips and inspiration, pick up a copy of “Better Because of You” online or at your local bookstore. Want a personalized copy? Ginny will be signing copies June 5 at the Barnes & Noble in Bellevue, WA.

Thanks Kimberly Holland for including our clients and for the beautiful page!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Seattle Times Showcases Farmers Market Collection from Rosanna Inc

In her story on al fresco meals Alison Brownrigg wrote today, "Local ceramic designer Rosanna Bowles of Rosanna, Inc. creates pieces that add that "certain something" to a tabletop, and advises that "The best set table reflects nature's beauty. Set a table that allows nature to take center stage."

Her new line called Farmer's Market (from $20), covered with illustrations of carrots, garlic, peas and olives, is so fresh and alive with nature's beauty that it actually might give the real food a run for its money.

"Use vintage cotton or linen tablecloths that will give a fresh-off-the-clothesline feel," Bowles continues. In order to set the mood, she suggests "placing many clear small votives with tea lights down the center of the table or a clear hurricane candle holder to keep the candle lit. Dine at dusk, a magical time when nature is at its best.""

We so appreciate you including Rosanna Ali. Thank you!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Soulumination Shines on KING5's New Day Northwest

One of our favorite local non-profits was featured yesterday on the great new local show New Day Northwest. Margo's niece Angie is part of the Soul team, and this is an endeavor led by amazing souls on a mission to help families deal with terminal illness through photography. Great job Lynette, Matt and Tara!

Might we say how happy we are that there is still local coverage for soft news, community issues, and causes such as this? Thank you KING5 for shining the light on the good stuff going on in Seattle.

Click here to watch the segment: http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/94831939.html

Monday, May 24, 2010

Tableware Designer Rosanna Bowles New Book Featured on iVillage

iVillage has long been a destination for the upwards of 31.4 million unique vistors the site welcomes. This week, first-time author/long-time designer Bowles has her new book Coming Home: A Seasonal Guide to Creating Family Traditions featured there with a slideshow sharing a number of recipes from the book. Inspired by her mother, Bowles shares family recipes as well as her sweet and stylish ideas on bringing more depth and love into the home through the everyday (take something as simple and essential as Spring Cleaning) to the ever-so-special (a glimpse into Rosanna's Italian escape with family and friends).

iVillage writes, "Find Your Way Home: You may know Rosanna Bowles for her fun, flirty line of dishware, but her charming teapots and bowls represent a larger goal—to create family traditions that restore the home to its essential place in your family's life. In her cookbook Coming Home, she shares seasonal rituals, celebrations and more than 50 recipes that will help bring your family together."

Buzz by your local book seller or big box bookstore to snap up a copy of the designer's debut book. You'll find it displayed on the table right between Julia Childs and Martha Stewart. Not bad at all.

Thank you iVillage for the wonderful story on Rosanna. To read the story, please click blog title above, which will take you straight off to iVillage.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Rosanna Chats on Healthy You Radio Show

Didn't have time to tune-in for designer Bowle's radio interview about her new book Coming Home and the ways in which we can enrich our lives with rituals and family? Click on blog title above to listen to the show and get inspired!

Thanks Healthy You for a great show.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Richard Baxter, MD Interviewed by WebMD on Anti-Aging

After a recent speech about the hot topic of wine and beauty in Washington DC for the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Washington, D.C. Dr. Baxter was interviewed by Denise Mann about the latest anti-aging weapon. His prescription (backed with significant scientific evidence): “A glass of wine a day and your skin will glow”. Not to mention you’ll likely add 5 years to your life.

To read the full interview, click here.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

so, you want to be an artist?

Santa Fe based artist Jill Whitmore gives excellent advice on how to make a living doing what you love: ART. Part of the article reads, "What made you realize you could earn a living as an artist? "An epiphany I had back in Seattle about fifteen years ago. At that time I owned a housekeeping business. In a moment of feeling “struck by lightning” I remember knowing that “I can do and create whatever I want!” I moved to Southern California shortly after that realization, and apprenticed with a stained glass artist for several years. During that period of time, I started becoming self-supporting as a full time artist.""

To read the entire article on our client, please click on blog title above and contact Margo to learn about Jill's art.

Fused glass piece by Whitmore: 2.5 feet dimension.

A health tip from Rosanna Bowles new book goes viral: #1 item on Glamour website that weekend

What a delight it was to collaborate with Sarah again, resulting in a wonderful tip from author and tableware designer Rosanna Bowles really sparking with Glamour magazine readers. The piece was called, " The Brilliant, Zero-Calorie Way to End Pre-Dinner Snacking (I Can't Believe I Didn't Think of This!)".

It read, "Are you guilty of nibbling, sampling and snacking before dinner? I am! When I'm cooking, I'm constantly taste-testing, which isn't a bad thing, but it can start to add up calorically. But, I recently read about this terrific tip to zap pre-dinner munching that totally works (I tried it last night) in the loveliest new book ...

I recently checked out designer Rosanna Bowles new book Coming Home: A Seasonal Guide to Creating Family Traditions (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Bowles is a designer whose tableware line (photo below), Rosanna, has been an Oprah Winfrey favorite, but her book, packed with tips, ideas and more than 50 recipes, proves that she's also wise in the ways of healthy, mindful living and eating.

In the book, she shared a little trick she uses, while cooking up big feasts for family and friends, that helps her avoid overeating before dinner (and by the look of her svelte frame, I'd say the trick works!):

"Hot water in a mug! This is a great drink to enjoy while you're cooking dinner. It suppresses your appetite to help you feel full until dinner's ready. Also, try drinking hot water during the day instead of flavored drinks. It's good for the body and keeps you warm. Be sure to use a pretty porcelain mug, which makes even plain water feel special."

I heard a similar tip from a yoga teacher once, and it wasn't until reading Rosanna's book that I decided to try it recently, and yep, it does seem a little boring to sip hot water, but oddly, it works!"

Thank you Vitamin G and Glamour!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough Awarded the Innovation Award Last Night

The Seattle Weekly brought the chefs on stage last night of the sparkly fun Paramount Theatre, to received the Innovation Award at the Voracious event. After plying 1,000 folks with their foie, the two scooted on stage to much applause. David and Phil from Tavern Law anchored the other side of the vast room, pouring cocktails for crowds of folks. Their spiced drink was so delicious. What a great night!

In addition to the big award, critic Sheehan also cited Spur as having the BEST DISH OF THE NIGHT at this crazy-big event with, we're talking, serious food. He wrote, "But the single best dish of the night? I gotta give it to the boys from Spur who came strong with tiny, beautiful little foie gras torchons, each about the size of a piece of Botan rice candy, set with a little brioche tuille handle and topped with a dab of rhubarb jelly and a shiso leaf which, together, looked like a cherry on top. The foie itself was silky and perfect, the texture like eating a mouthful of butter. And with a dash of rhubarb to cut the fattiness, it was as close to a single, perfect bite as anything I had last night. I was honestly stunned by how good it was."

Congratulations to Spur Gastropub and thank you to the Seattle Weekly.

Photo of the Seattle Weekly's Julien Perry and an incognito Jason Sheehan (I didn't catch him on film sans mask) on stage Wednesday night.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tavern Law Honored as Best New Bar at Seattle Magazine Event

A Monday evening trek to the gorgeous Chateau Ste Michelle in Woodinville, WA netted chef/owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough a Best New Bar award from Seattle magazine. Manager David Nelson couldn't make it that night, but editor Rachel Hart Rios is shown here with McCracken and the two of us.

Congrats Tavern Law and thank you Seattle magazine for the recognition.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Best Selling Cookbook Author Braiden Rex-Johnson on Dishware Designer Bowles' New Book

Braiden is a best-selling cookbook author; a regular contributor to Pacific Northwest, The Seattle Times Sunday magazine; and a columnist for Wine Press Northwest and Amazon.com's Al Dente blog. In her Northwest Wining & Dining she offered a lovely recap of author and designer Rosanna Bowles' book launch this month: "Once the crowd quieted down, Rosanna thanked her daughter, Howard Schultz (yes, THE Howard Schultz of Starbucks fame, a close friend), John Granen (the photographer who followed her all over the world taking pictures of her for the book), Dr. Pepper Schwartz (well-known sociologist and Rosanna’s agent), but most of all her mother. 'My mother, who is no longer with us, was my muse and role model and the love of my life,' she said. 'All I am doing is passing along her legacy to you.'"

To read the entire article written by Rex-Jonson who is also a judge for the James Beard Foundation annual awards, please click on: http://bit.ly/d4TMT9 Thank you Braiden! Photo by Braiden.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Gayle O'Donnell's Nearlywed Radio with Preston Bailey

The Seattle wedding scene has a new resource with the only radio show dedicated to nearly weds. Gayle O'Donnell of All About Weddings & Celebrations and her co-host Greg Lowder are talking it up with experts each and every week on KKNW and recently featured event designer for the stars and royalty, Preston Bailey, who shared tips from his latest book, "Preston Bailey Celebrations". Preston's been on Oprah and has his own show “Preston Bailey Mr. Fabulous” so it really is a major coupe and testimony to Gayle's extraordinary talent as a leader in the wedding biz that Mr. Fabulous agreed to an appearance on Gayle's new show.

To hear the interview, catch up on all the shows, or see what's next pop over to

photo of a Preston Bailey wedding from InStyle.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Dr. Richard Baxter in UK Observer

Why the dip in plastic surgery last year? Is it a trend that's due to the recession or is something more at play in the USA? Paul Harris' article in the Sunday London Observer featured Dr. Baxter's perspective on the recent release of the 2009 US cosmetic surgery stats. Baxter's take?

The economy did indeed cause folks to defer surgery in 2009, and rely on less expensive procedures such as Botox and fillers for another year. But let's face it, Baxter says, these less invasive procedures can only help for so long, and he is already seeing signs of a rebound this year as folks experience "frugality fatigue".

Read Paul's entire article here:

Monday, March 15, 2010

DETAILS Magazine Includes Tavern Law in JJ Goode's Bed and Breakfast Story

Writer Goode, wrote up a great piece on morning after breakfasts plus "'Day Drinking'-- the best ways to wash down your breakfast--and potentially get an A.M. party started."

He included David Nelson's "Antoinette" cocktail plus the recipe which is:

Combine 3/4 oz each of St-Germain elderflower liqueur, Strega, and freshly squeezed lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake with conviction, strain into a Champagne flute, and add enough Champagne to fill. Garnish with a lemon twist. (206.322.9734; tavernlaw.com)"

Thank you DETAILS and cheers, with conviction!

The Puget Sound Business Journal mentions Rosanna's New Book!

Columnist Patti Payne shined a light on Rosanna Bowles' debut book saying, "Check out the April issue of Family Circle magazine for a nice mention of dishware queen Rosanna Bowles' new book Coming Home. Bowles is a fitting name for what she does. She stared her business in her Mountlake home more than two decades ago and has been feature done the Home Shopping Network, and in the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and elsewhere."

Thank you Patti.
Photo at book launch party by Lori/Team Photogenic.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Spencer and Braiden with Kat and Margo

It's always a treat seeing Spencer and Braiden-- she's the author of many cookbooks you likely have on your shelf plus blogs and writes about food for the Seattle Times and more. If you haven't already, do go visit Braiden at www.northwestwininganddining.com.

And to all my Oly friends, she will be doing a booksigning, discussion of food-and-wine pairing, and sample recipes from her Pacific Northwest Wining & Dining book at the Bayview School of Cooking in Olympia, Washington, on Friday, May 23, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Red Ticking will Carry Rosanna's book soon

The delightful Red Ticking shop in Madison Valley will soon be carrying Rosanna Bowles' new book, Coming Home, with photography by John Granen. Just take a look at this great photo Granen shot of Rosanna's youngest en route to the ocean from their Gearhart beach house!

To visit the Red Ticking blog, whih is a true favorite, please click on blog title above.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

nearly 3.5 million Family Circle magazine readers get the news about Rosanna's new book

We love collaborating with the accomplished international houseware designer Rosanna Bowles who started her successful dishware company in Seattle in 1982 and since then has racked-up awards and honors, plus seen her dishes carried and covered around the globe, everywhere from the gift shop at Buckingham Palace to Oprah's "O List" (twice thus far, but whose counting).

Her debut book, Coming Home, is a guide to recapturing and reestablishing a soulful life. In it, Rosanna's sharing an inspiring compilation of recipes, design tips, experiences, and life lessons that highlight the beauty and significance of tradition and ritual. Th ebook's published by Stewart Tabori & Chang/ Abrams and is hitting shelves next week.

And, look at this, Family Circle mag has already run an excerpt on it. Hurrah!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dr. Baxter Tapped by Smart Money mag

In the Wall Street Journal published "Smart Money" mag, our client Dr. Richard Baxter weighed in on a new way cost-cutting consumers can safely shrink the price tag for plastic surgery. Here are his top money-saving tips to help folks get the most bang for their buck:

"1. The Heidi Montag Approach
If you’re thinking about having more than one procedure, combining them into one surgery will save money. In this case, Heidi Montag had the right idea, although most would consider ten hours of surgery too much for both a patient and a surgeon.

2. The High Price of Rent
Just like the cost of renting an apartment, the cost of plastic surgery varies by geographic region. NYC is the most expensive because the cost of operating a practice there is more pricey. So shop around and consider traveling to another US city for the best price. This makes the most sense if you have a close friend or relative in another part of the country that you can stay with while you recover.

3. Do-Over’s Are Costly; Get it Right the First Time
Watch out for shortcuts that may lead to bigger problems and more expenses in the long term. Getting it right the first time will save money in the long run.

4. The High Price of Fame
The most expensive plastic surgeons are charging for their reputation and all the marketing costs associated with it. You should pay for the procedure, not the advertising or the doc's vacation home. On the other hand, when prices are at the low end it is fair to question where they are cutting expenses to keep the price down.

5. Apples to Apples
When comparing prices, make sure you are comparing apples to apples, in other words look at the total price tag of all the associated costs including the surgical facility, anesthesia and follow-up care. For example, the advertised costs of some "brand name" facelifts don't include anesthesia or all of the elements of a traditional full facelift in their pricing."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

From New Delhi to Paris: Age Gets Better With Wine Buzz Builds

Wine and health continues to be a hot topic for researchers and oenophiles alike, that's for sure. The evidence? Dr. Richard Baxter's recent speech in New Delhi to the Indian Wine Academy plus the award from Gourmand World Cookbooks giving Baxter's new book "Age Gets Better With Wine: New Science for a Healthier, Better & Longer Life" the nod for Best Wine & Health Book in the United States. Will it be chosen best in the world? Let's just say we're sorely tempted to go to the Paris Cookbook Show in February to find out!

In the meantime, pick up a copy at your local Barnes & Noble or Borders or go to http://bit.ly/BaxterAmazon

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sold Out in Seattle

Kudos to Olivier Wevers, PNB Principal Dancer and Artistic Director of Whim W'him, the new dance company launching this weekend at On The Boards with 3 SOLD OUT performances! Can't remember the last time this has happened in the local dance world. Lots of great buzz online (including today's Daily Candy Weekend Guide) and in print about Olivier.

A big shout out to the folks at Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle magazine, Seattle Metropolitan, Seattle Times, and Seattle Weekly for cheering WW on! A big thanks also to Stacia at the Mayflower Park as well for housing a last minute visiting Artistic Director.

Margo is a Board Member of Whim W'him and has been marketing with gusto. For more news on Whim W'him keep watching www.whimwhim.org

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Better Because Shines on Daily Grommet

Authors of the Book Better Because of You, Cathy Haffner and Ginny Hutchinson, are featured on DailyGrommet.com's blog today with an inspiring bunch of tips on bettering yourself in 2010. Share your own story TODAY on what make's life better, and you may win a copy of this great book that's being snapped-up by industry leaders, CEOs and folks like all of us who are seeking simple tips on making our lives just a little bit better. (Recent author appearances at Nordstrom stores have attracted hundreds and hundreds of people hungry for this kind of info.)

Daily Grommet's editor wrote, "We recently found inspiration in the story of two women, Ginny Hutchinson and Cathy Haffner, who’ve launched a movement they call better because. These two friends and former bankers recently left their high-powered corporate jobs and created better because -- a platform, they say, for inspiring positive change through individual actions. Today, they’re sharing a post based on their book better because of you (and giving away a copy to one lucky reader). Hope it inspires you as we dive into a new decade!"

Thanks Daily Grommet! Click on the blog title above to read the story about Better Because... and don't forget to share what makes your life better.

Friday, January 1, 2010

1/28/10 NEWS


Seattle, WA -- The Chefs of Spur got the nod from industry leader Gayot publications today, being designated together as "one" of the country's Top Five Rising Chefs.

Gayot just announced, "While their peers were partying and procrastinating, these chefs kept their eyes on the culinary prize and paid their dues at an early age. As a result, they are now top chefs at restaurants across the country before their thirtieth birthdays. This year, we have actually discovered six talented young professionals, as two of them form a powerful pair despite their tender years. Look for these half-dozen chefs to continue their culinary careers as top toques in restaurants near you, as well as on television."

Highlights of the editor's review read, "The fresh, creative menu by chef-owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough stretches culinary boundaries and appeals to adventurous palates with bold, concentrated flavors and surprising textures."

Also included in Gayot's Top Rising Chef line up with Spur's McCracken and Tough were Kevin Gillespie of Top Chef Season 6 fame and Woodfire Grill (Atlanta), Summer Genetti of Palace (Cincinnati), Daniel Giusti of 1789 Restaurant (D.C.), and Sylvain Delpique of David Burke Townhouse (New York). Read about the awards at: http://www.gayot.com/best-restaurants/bestyoungchefs.html

Brian McCracken and Dana Tough are the chefs of both Spur Gastropub and Tavern Law. Spur Gastropub has been honored on Food & Wine's magazine's "Go List" of the world's best restaurants and Condè Nast Traveler's "Hot List" of best places around the world. Food & Wine also included Spur in the “Where to Go Next” feature on the country’s six best gastropubs to visit and described Spur’s salmon as having “the ultimate silkiness”. In addition to being cited for the best dishes and drinks of 2008 and 2009 by Seattle magazine, The Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times-- Seattle Metropolitan magazine recognizes Spur as having "some of the most innovative mixed drinks in town". Seattle magazine described them as having "the most delicious barhopping snack” and Draft magazine put Spur on their list of Five Best New Gastropubs.

GAYOT.com publishes news and reviews on the best restaurants, hotels, spas, travel destinations, movies, automobiles and other lifestyle topics. Gayot Publications also produces www.novusvinum.com (for the wine and spirits enthusiast), www.thefoodpaper.com (comprehensive epicurean information) and www.qualiteas.com (a delicious brew of tea products, books and shops).

Photos are available for press use. Media inquiries to Kat and Margo at spellmans@spurseattle.com 206.755-2341 and on Twitter @KatSpellman