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Friday, March 24

Various Locations in the Seattle Region

Seattle has one of the most vibrant farm-to-table dining scenes in the country.

Surrounded on all sides – from shellfish farms in Puget Sound to fruit orchards in Eastern Washington – Seattle’s restaurants thrive on the Pacific Northwest’s bounty. At Taste Washington on the Farm, you’ll explore the region’s beautiful products alongside local chefs, winemakers and farmers. Head out on curated excursions to the farms supplying Seattle’s award-winning restaurants with quality ingredients.

Each unique excursion will pair a local farmer with a chef and Washington winemakers. First, tour the property with its farmer. Then, hear directly from chefs and winemakers as they serve you a lovely lunch made from the farm’s products and paired with Washington wines.

Stay tuned for the 2017 Taste Washington on the Farm experiences – coming soon! In the meanwhile, please take a peek at last year’s experiences below.

21+ event

2016 Farm Experiences

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Experience #1
Cheese heaven in the foothills of Mount Rainier
Mountain Lodge Farm, Eatonville, WA
Description

Visit Mountain Lodge Farm in Eatonville, where Nigerian Dwarf and La Mancha goats graze freely, making for cheese that expresses the region’s unique “terroir.” Hear about the owner’s passion for making small batch, hand-crafted chevre and aged cheeses.

Featured Chef

Dezi Bonow from The Carlile Room, a Tom Douglas restaurant, gets raves for his inventive preparations of Northwest ingredients, often highlighting produce grown on the company’s thriving Prosser Farm. Watch Chef Dezi marry his culinary skills with the offerings from Mountain Lodge Farm.

Special Guests

Veteran farmer Wade Bennett, of Rockridge Orchard and Cidery will sample apple cider from his nearby orchards.

Featured Washington Winery

Wine and cheese? Say no more. Fidélitas winemaker Charlie Hoppes will pair and share wines from his portfolio.

Transportation

First-class transportation and guiding will be provided by Evergreen Escapes. Cascadia’s premier tour company, Evergreen Escapes blends the best of the Pacific Northwest’s natural wonders, boutique wineries, and urban enchantments into small group, day tours and custom, private escapes.

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Experience #2
Urban Farming
Seattle Tilth Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands
Description

Let’s urban farm! Just south of downtown lives Seattle’s largest urban farm: Seattle Tilth’s Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands. A vibrant, ever-growing 8-acre plot of row crops that are tended by volunteers, including at-risk youth. It’s been around for nearly 20 years, yet not many know about this innovative effort. Learn how Seattle Tilth grows food organically and restores the natural wetlands habitat that runs through the middle of the farm, while supplying fresh food for the community. Seattle Tilth celebrates food that is kind to the earth, fair for farmers and good for you.

Featured Chefs

Maria Hines (Tilth, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle) and Tamara Murphy (Terra Plata) are pioneers of the farm-to-table dining movement, supporting local producers long before it was trendy. They’ll share their stories about how they got hooked on this craft. Chefs will prepare a special dish using Seattle Tilth’s local resources and celebrate sustainable agriculture.

Special Guest

Amy Pennington is a cook, an author and an urban farmer. She is the author of Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen, Apartment Gardening, Apples from Harvest to Table, and Fresh Pantry. Amy runs GoGo Green Garden, an urban farming service specializing in organic edible gardens for homes and businesses and is here to share her wisdom and celebrate urban farming.

Featured Washington Wineries

Winemakers from our Seattle urban winery community, Ryan Crane (Kerloo Cellars) and Jody Elsom (Elsom Cellars) will pair wines from their portfolios with the offerings of Chef Maria and Chef Tamara.

Transportation

Transportation is not provided for this experience. Directions and parking information to follow.

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Experience #3
Going Underground in Woodinville
Woodinville, WA
Description

Washington state’s most explored wine country is home to a diverse 18-acre farm run by Trellis Chef Brian Scheehser, who also makes cheese, beer and wine. He’ll talk about his approach to making the most of his produce beyond the growing season, preserving much of his harvest and sharing samples of that bounty.

Featured Chefs

Chef Brian will collaborate with Chateau Ste. Michelle’s talented culinary team and tap into the farm’s offerings to craft unique plates to enjoy.

Special Guest

Salmon harvester, Nelly Hand and Orca Bay Seafoods will come round out this perfect Pacific NW experience with a water element. A commercial fisherman with a passion for connecting the goods of the sea to the people of the land, Nelly will share her stories and filet some fresh salmon on-site!

Featured Washington Wineries:

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Head White Winemaker David Rosenthal and Andrew Januik Wines’ winemaker Andrew Janiuk will share their stories and their portfolios throughout lunch.

Transportation

First-class transportation and guiding will be provided by Evergreen Escapes. Cascadia’s premier tour company, Evergreen Escapes blends the best of the Pacific Northwest’s natural wonders, boutique wineries, and urban enchantments into small group, day tours and custom, private escapes.