Friday night has never looked so good.

At The New Vintage, discover your new favorite Washington wine while tasting mouth-watering bites crafted by some of the city’s most celebrated chefs. Sneak into the Rosé Lounge and indulge in this of-the-moment varietal, then dance the night away.

Stylish, energized, and undeniably fun, The New Vintage is a fresh approach to Taste Washington weekend that you won’t want to miss.

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2016 Featured Chefs     

Aarti Sequeira<
Aarti Sequeira
Host of Aarti Party

Aarti Party

The host of Food Network’s Aarti Party, Sequeira competed on and won Season 6 of The Next Food Network Star in 2010. Since then, she has appeared on numerous Food Network and Cooking Channel shows including Chopped All-Stars, which she also won. Born in India and brought up in the Middle East, Sequeira grew up among varied food cultures. In 2014, she published her first cookbook, Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul, in 2014.

Derek Ronspies
Derek Ronspies
Chef/owner, Le Petit Cochon

Le Petit Cochon

Raised in Florida, Derek Ronspies was always drawn to the kitchen. In 2005, he enrolled in the Florida Culinary Institute and soon after, took a position at Café Boulud in Palm Beach, where he worked until 2007, when he joined his brother at his Seattle restaurant, The Art of the Table. After a few years of traveling, Ronspies returned to Seattle in 2013 to open the meat-centric Le Petit Cochon, which quickly garnered glowing reviews from the city’s food writers. He’s inspired by the fresh, unique produce and proteins available in the Northwest and cultivates deep relationships with the farmers he sources from.

Jason Stratton
Jason Stratton
Executive Chef & General Manager, Mamnoon


Jason Stratton began his career at the early age of 16 at Seattle’s Le Gourmand restaurant. While attending Evergreen State College, he worked at the now-closed Avenue One until moving to Cafe Juanita in 2002, where he served as a line cook and then a sous chef. In 2008, Stratton left for a 6-month sabbatical to Granada and upon his return, became co-chef at Poppy, where he worked until joining Spinasse in 2009. While at Spinasse, Stratton was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs for 2010 and opened both Artusi and Aragona, a James Beard semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2014. Since September 2015, Stratton has been General Manager and Executive Chef of Capitol Hill’s Mamnoon.

David Yeo
David Yeo
Chef, The Triple Door

The Triple Door

David brings 30 years of experience as an Executive Chef in 5 Diamond hotels to his new role as Executive Chef of Wild Ginger, the Triple Door and Tiffin. He recently served as Executive Chef at the Sheraton Hotel LAX and prior to that, he worked as the Corporate Executive Chef at Chaya in LA, the oldest restaurant in the world, with 400 years of restaurant history originating in Japan.

Jenn Louis
Jenn Louis
Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern, Portland

Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern, Portland

Jenn Louis is the executive chef and co-owner of Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern in Portland, as well as Culinary Artistry, a full-service catering business. She has appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and other publications. Louis was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2012, and her sophisticated, seasonally-focused cooking style has earned her semifinalist honors for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Northwest Award in 2010 and 2011. Louis has a new concept opening in Los Angeles in mid-2016.

Steven Ariel
Steven Ariel
Executive Chef, TRACE


Chef Steven Ariel brings a rich collection of gastronomic experiences to W Seattle. Born in Honolulu, his extensive knowledge of the kitchen and wine pairings comes from his study at the University of Hawaii, the Thai Cooking School in Bangkok and a course at the Court of Master Sommeliers. In 1995, Chef Ariel helped open Alan Wong’s Honolulu and later became Chef de Cuisine at The Pineapple Room, where he garnered kudos from Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, and more. After a move to Seattle in 2006, Chef Ariel worked as Executive Sous Chef at the renowned Canlis, then as Sous Chef at Cafe Juanita. Most recently, Chef Ariel was Chef de Cuisine at Chef Thierry Rautureau’s Luc.

Stuart Lane
Stuart Lane
Chef de Cuisine, Spinasse and Artusi


Following a creative writing degree from Western Washington University, Stuart enrolled at Bellingham Technical College and worked at a local Italian restaurant. He graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts and in 2004, he left for Costigliole d’Asti to attend the Italian Culinary Institute in Piemonte. He later staged at the Hotel Monte del Re in Dozza, Italy. Upon returning to the U.S. he worked at Cafe Juanita as a prep cook, pastaoli, and finally, Chef de Cuisine. In 2010, Stuart came to Spinasse as Co-Sous Chef. In 2011, Stuart left for an Executive Chef position at Cuoco. He returned to Spinasse in 2013 and now oversees the menus at both Spinasse and casual Italian eatery and bar, Artusi.

Audrey Spence
Audrey Spence
Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails

Frolik Kitchen

Audrey was born and raised in the north end of Seattle; she loved cooking and food from a young age. She began working for a local catering company when she was 15 and quickly fell in love with not only the culinary process, but also the culture of the kitchen. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, she returned to the city to launch her career within the Tom Douglas family of restaurants, where she worked for 10 years. Now, as the creative force behind Frolik’s menu, Audrey continues to hone her love of Northwest ingredients and affection for fun and flavor on the plate.

2016 Participating Wineries     


2016 Participating Restaurants     


2016 Featured DJ

  • Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, DJ Tina T has quickly gained recognition in some of the most high profile clubs in the country. Tina T has been able to seamlessly merge her Hip Hop and turntablist background with the forward movement of the EDM scene.
    Tina T has toured all over the United States with a bevy of hot corporate endorsements, and has held residencies at some of the most famous Las Vegas nightclubs including Prive, Tao, Voodoo and Tao Beach, with headlining performances at Lavo, Pure, Rain, and The Bank, securing herself the title, 3 years running, of Las Vegas’ Best Female DJ. Tina has become in demand as the “go to” DJ for exclusive VIP private parties for the likes of Jessica Simpson, Rachel Roy, Rob Dyrdek, Lil Jon, and has shared the stage with artists: Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Ludacris, Run DMC, Billy Idol, Lady GaGa, Too Short, Black Eyed Peas, Sir Mix-a-Lot,, DJ AM and Steve Aoki. Learn more about DJ Tina T at

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