August 3rd, 2011


Contact: Michi Suzuki

Suzuki + Chou Communimedia



SEATTLE – Aug. 3, 2011 – Hsiao-Ching Chou, co-founder of Suzuki + Chou Communimedia, has accepted a position as the director of communications for the Institute for Systems Biology. Michi Suzuki, co-founder and principal, and senior account manager, Colin Baugh, will continue to operate the agency as Suzuki + Chou Communimedia.

“While I have enjoyed working with Michi to promote some of the best restaurants in Seattle, I was presented with an opportunity I couldn’t refuse at ISB to work with brilliant scientists whose cutting-edge research will help find cures for terrible diseases and eventually prevent them,” Chou explained. “The prospect of being a part of the team at ISB and helping to grow the global profile of the institute is the kind of challenge that turns the wheels in my head. I also look forward to exploring fields outside of the food industry.”

Suzuki added: “I am thrilled for Hsiao-Ching, because she’s always thinking about ways she can contribute to the community. In this case, she’s going to help bring attention to research that will help change healthcare and people’s lives. We’ve had a blast working together these past four years and she will be missed.”

Chou’s last day at Suzuki + Chou is Aug. 22.

Tots-n-Tunes Rocks the Kindie Music

June 16th, 2011

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WHAT: Tots-n-Tunes “kindie” music festival features the bands that form the Kindiependent collective and headliner, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready For Naptime Players.

WHEN: Aug. 21, 2011, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center

TICKETS: Adults, $10; kids, free.

BANDS: Justin Roberts and the NR4NP, Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew of the Presidents), The Harmonica Pocket, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, The Board of Education, Johnny Bregar. Band info:


FOOD: Chipotle Mexican Grill will be selling $2 tacos throughout the day. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Seattle Center Foundation. From 10-11 a.m., Grand Central Bakery will be providing early concertgoers some jam and bread.

RAFFLE PRIZE: VIP package from the Seattle Mariners (4 Commissioner’s Box tickets, name on scoreboard, autographed item, pre-game photo on field with the Mariner Moose and a chance to watch batting practice)

SPECIAL GUEST: From 12-3 p.m., the Mariner Moose will be available for photos and fun.

BENEFICIARY: Proceeds from the event benefit the Seattle Center Foundation and its The Next Fifty program.


Hsiao-Ching Chou

Suzuki + Chou Communimedia


Tom Douglas’ $15 Salmon Dinner Fundraisers

May 16th, 2011


All Proceeds from $15 Tickets Benefit Seattle Parks Department

SEATTLE – May 16, 2011 – Tom Douglas Restaurants is hosting Salmon-Chanted Evenings at Victor Steinbrueck Park this summer to help Seattle Parks and Recreation create a more welcoming atmosphere for locals and tourists to gather. The series of four dinners, one per month June through September, will feature a buffet-style feast for $15 per person. All of the proceeds will benefit the parks department and help support a park concierge at Victor Steinbrueck Park.

“Victor Steinbrueck Park is in one of the best locations and has one of the best views in all of Seattle, yet it has chronic problems with negative and criminal activity, especially in the evenings after the Pike Place Market closes,” said Victoria Schoenburg, of Seattle Parks and Recreation. “The salmon bakes are a wonderful way to bring people into the park for a delicious and fun dinner that fits perfectly with the local color of the market.”

Pamela Hinckley, CEO of the restaurant company explains, “We have a deep commitment to the Market and believe that businesses have a responsibility to be involved with their community. The park needs the oversight of all its neighbors and we hope the salmon suppers will activate a partnership between the parks department and residents and businesses.”

In addition to supporting an informational cart with a park concierge at Victor Steinbrueck Park, the funds will help provide an oversized chess set for the public to enjoy and free gardening classes through Seattle Tilth. Tom Douglas Restaurants hopes to draw at least 400 parks supporters for each of the Salmon-Chanted dinners.

Dates for Salmon-Enchanted Evenings

June 11

July 9

Aug. 13

Sept. 10

Time: 5-7 p.m.

For tickets or to volunteer, visit:

About Tom Douglas:

As a chef, cookbook author and restaurateur, Tom Douglas has been an integral member of the Seattle food community for more than 20 years. His first restaurant, Dahlia Lounge, opened in 1989, and now there are 12 restaurants all located in or near downtown Seattle. Tom has received numerous recognitions, including the James Beard Award for “Best Chef Northwest” and “Best Americana” for “Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen” cookbook, as well as Restaurateur of the Year by Bon Appetit Magazine. Tom has product lines that include the Rub with Love spice rubs, sauces and snack mix, and the Tom Douglas by Pinzon wares for the kitchen. Tom’s wife and business partner, Jackie Cross, oversees the company farm in Prosser, Washington, which supplies more than 2,400 pounds of produce per week to Tom Douglas Restaurants. For more information, visit

Tiger Mother Debate Continues to Roar

January 26th, 2011

Suzuki + Chou partner Hsiao-Ching Chou has been contributing her two cents about the Tiger Mom debate.

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Sexy Feast

January 17th, 2011

sexy feast

Do you read the Sexy Feast column in the Seattle Weekly? Watch it come alive!

Sexy Feast offers an appetizing approach to learning more about romance and relationships. You’ll discover how two sensual pleasures in life—food and sex—are connected, and what food can teach us about our sex lives. Sex educator and food writer Jay Friedman will be working with the restaurant’s chef in designing a delicious, multi-course meal full of “lessons in love.” You’ll walk away with a happy stomach and an inspired mind, along with some tips and techniques to enhance your current or future relationship.

So what happens at a Sexy Feast? Imagine a winemaker dinner: a great menu featuring fabulous food and wine pairings. At Sexy Feast, you’ll enjoy similarly great food and drink, but instead of a winemaker explaining the pairings between courses, a sex educator explains the sexual content of each course. It’s fun, it’s safe, and it’s playful. Come as a single person, a couple, or as part of a group of friends. After feasting on this unique culinary experience, you’ll have food for thought for future possibilities in the kitchen…and the bedroom.

JAN. 23

Café Lago

6 p.m.

$80 per person for 5 courses including wine; tax and gratuity extra

2305 24th Ave. E.

Reservations: 206-329-8005

FEB. 12

Willows Inn

6 p.m.

$150 per person for 5 courses with wine; tax and gratuity extra.

2579 West Shore Drive

Lummi Island, WA 98262

Reservations: 360-758-2620

(Willows Inn was just named one of the top-10 places worth a plane ride by the New York Times.)

FEB. 27

5 Corner Market Bar & Kitchen

details to come

Jay Friedman is a professionally certified sex educator and multi-year nominee as “Lecturer of the Year” on the college lecture circuit, where he’s shared his insights and outbursts on love, sex and dating for more than 25 years. He’s also an accomplished food writer and restaurant reviewer, co-editor/author of the recently released Fearless Critic Seattle Restaurant Guide. Fascinated by the connections between sex and food, Friedman writes the weekly “Sexy Feast” feature for Seattle Weekly’s Voracious blog (and a new feature on noodles called “The Mein Man”), and a regular feature about sex and food called “Hot Plate” for Edible Seattle.

Matt’s in the Market on Throwdown

January 12th, 2011

Tune in to Food Network on Jan. 26 for a new episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay, which features Seattle’s own Matt’s in the Market. How do owner Dan Bugge and chef Chester Gerl handle the throwdown? You’ll have to watch to find out.

BluWater Bistro Giving Away Dinners

December 20th, 2010

Know any needy families who could use the gift of Christmas dinner? Nominate them for the chance to enjoy a hosted Christmas dinner at BluWater Bistro. To nominate, email the following information before 5 p.m. on Dec. 23 to

  • Name of family.
  • Number of members.
  • In 150 words or fewer, explain why they deserve a night out.
  • Your name and contact info.

Other details:

  • The names and circumstances of the nominees will remain confidential.
  • The selected families will receive notification by midnight on Dec. 23.
  • Families have the choice of having dinner on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and at either the Greenlake or Leschi locations of BluWater Bistro.

Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

BluWater Bistro will be open to the public on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Menu

Starter: Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette or Mushroom Truffle Soup

Choice of:

Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, Turkey or Honey Ham, with all the trimmings

Dessert: House-Baked Pumpkin Pie

Cost: $28.95 adults; $12.95 children 12 and under

Reservations: Leschi, 206-328-2233; Greenlake, 206-523-3985

For parties of 15 or more, please call 206-344-4757.

Hours: Christmas Eve, 4-10 p.m.; bar open till 2 a.m.

Christmas Day, 2-10 p.m.

Cafe Lago’s Free Cooking Classes

December 8th, 2010

Cafe Lago’s free cooking classes have been so popular that chef Jordi Viladas has extended the offer:

Free Cooking Classes

Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Space is limited to 20 people. To reserve, call 206-329-8005.

Dec. 13: Linguini with fresh clams and orecchiette with broccoli rapini
Dec. 20: Butternut squash ravioli with sage butter sauce

Jan.10, 2011: Lago’s legendary lasagna
Jan. 17: Eggplant Parmigiano and Chicken Parmigiano
Jan. 24: Pasta and sauce pairings. Amatriciana with linguini and Fettuccine alla Norma
Jan. 31: Stuffed red peppers and Fettuccine with meatballs

Give the Gift of Food

December 6th, 2010

Media contact: Jamie Hinz,

Need a gift card or an edible gift? Here are some options.


Matt’s In the Market, located high above the cobblestone streets of Seattle’s Pike Place Market, will be open for lunch on Christmas Eve. Enjoy seafood sourced from the Pike Place Fish Market in dishes from Executive Chef Chester Gerl. For the full menu, visit or call 206-467-7909.

With the holiday shopping season officially in full swing, remember to pick up the gift that lets you give and receive, the Chipotle gift card. Simply purchase $25 or more in gift cards at any Chipotle Mexican Grill between now and December 24, then bring your receipt in on your next visit for a free entree.

Stop by Betty and Crow Restaurants on Queen Anne for celebratory drinks and bites or stay for dinner and enjoy their refined comfort foods like Steak Frites, Pan Roasted Chicken or Italian Sausage Lasagna. For the full menus visit or


An indulgence for the host/hostess after the party, High 5 Pie’s Piejars feature an all-butter crust paired with sweet and savory pairings like Cherry Almond Crunch, Spiced Plum Walnut and Mac-n-Cheese. High 5 also offers seasonal pies, Flipsides and Cutie Pies in Sweet Potato, Caramel Pecan and Pumpkin fillings. Holiday order deadline is Dec. 22. For more information visit

With three Seattle locations, Grand Central Bakery is an easy stop for a hostess gift. Try the Panettone, Gingerbread Kugel, Bourbon Pecan Pie or Snowflake Shortbread, Fig Rugelach and Gingerbread People gift bags. For more information visit
Media Contact: Jamie Hinz


Seattle’s sauciest food truck, Marination Mobile, offers four affordable catering options ranging from unlimited tacos to its full menu plus a special menu item. All catering options feature Marination’s award-winning Hawaiian-Korean cuisine. For more information visit

Let Street Treats make your holiday a breeze. Come to the truck for dessert party platters, sweets for gift baskets, and even dessert catering. It accepts pre-orders for pick up at the truck, or you can hire Street Treats to bring the truck to your event. For more information visit

Specializing in an eclectic menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and more, Here and There Grill has something to please every appetite. Owner, Julie Malcolm, can bring her truck to you, design hors d’oeuvres for your private event and work with you to create a special menu. For more information email

Cafe Lago co-owner, Jordi Viladas, is available for at-home cooking classes. Learn how to master Cafe Lago’s specialities like meatballs, pasta and sauce pairings, lasagna and more. Cafe Lago also offers catering for any venue or home. For pricing and availability call Cafe Lago, 206-329-8005.

Halloween at Havana

October 15th, 2010

Night Riot FINAL[4]