Friday, October 14, 2011

Seattle Met Magazine Writes on The Coterie Room's Poutine

Photo of Poutine at The Coterie Room by Seattle Food Geek.

Thanks to Chris Werner for the write-up ( ) on Chef McCracken and Tough's Poutine at The Coterie Room: 

"Word from a trusty source says the kitchen at the Coterie Room is whipping up the best, most precise plate this city’s seen for some time. Curious, I called chef-owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough to learn more about it. Here, they break down their newfangled approach.

The fries-- They’re of the steak variety (larger, they allow optimal mopping of gravy without losing heft). They’re blanched and cooked a bit longer so as to stay crisper, then tossed in chives, salt, rosemary, and oil—lending “an herbaceous note to the potato.”

The gravy-- this, say McT, is the clincher. The sauce is rich with pork trotter and braised pork shoulder, and reduced to a consistency so exact it took them a week to perfect. (They wanted to ensure it coated the fries evenly rather than just sit on top.) “It’s almost like a demi-glace.”

The cheese-- Beecher’s. Breaded then fried and lightly salted. The result: a crispy outside, gooey inside.

The dressing-- An assortment of herbs and spices, lemon juice, oil, and salt and pepper makes for an herby and fragrant finish. They say the freshness helps nullify that uh-oh gut bomb sensation one often experiences post-poutine."

The restaurant is open for dinner beginning at 4pm and keeping the doors open late. Reservations plus valet makes this a great weekend destination: M U S T   H A V E   P O U T I N E.

Thank you again Seattle Met.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Food & Wine Magazine Is Aging Whiskey: Woodinville Whiskey Co. Age Your Own Whiskey Kit is on the Counter

Many thanks to Morgan for the "Mouthing Off" story in today's Food & Wine magazine.

Morgan writes, on week one's aging, "Whenever I tell people that I’m from Kentucky, the response is always, “Whiskey or horses?”—not altogether an unfair question. (It’s horses, by the way.) Generally, American whiskey doesn’t stray too far from the Kentucky-Tennessee border. That’s why, when I opened a package from Woodinville Whiskey Company, I was doubly mystified. Not only had they sent a Washington State whiskey, but a Washington State age-your-own whiskey kit, complete with two bottles of unaged whiskey, an adorable miniature barrel and a funnel. Curious, I decided to give it a go and I’ll be reporting on any changes over the next few weeks."

So looking forward to hearing more about how the aging goes.

Thanks Chelsea, Megan and Morgan of Food & Wine magazine for the great story on our client Woodinville Whiskey Co. ( The article may be read online here: