Home to powerhouse chefs Tom Douglas, Ethan Stowell and Kathy Casey, Seattle has no shortage of talent-just visit the 10Best Restaurant list and go from there. It is also no secret that the focus of the food scene is a celebration of all things Pacific Northwest, like its seafood, local farms and native ingredients (and let’s face it, superior ingredients make all the difference.)
Pair this with Seattle’s eco-consciousness and you get food experiences like James Beard Award winner Maria Hines’s certified organic restaurant, Tilth. Featuring New American cuisine prepared with certified organic or wild ingredients sourced from local farmers, this down to earth restaurant is located in a remodeled craftsman house in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood and is known for their personable and knowledgeable staff. The intimate setting and kind service welcomes you to enjoy a glass of local organic bio-dynamically and/or sustainably produced wine along side a fresh, masterfully prepared meal.
Tilth in Wallingford — Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Keeping in the theme of farm-to-table dining, travel northeast to the town of Woodinville for your next meal at The Herbfarm, where their own kitchen garden and nearby farm provide the restaurant with fresh, seasonally unique ingredients. At The Herbfarm, your 5-diamond dinner could stretch into a several day event if you book and overnight suite which you very well may need after the pre-dinner Wine Cellar Open House, outdoor hosted garden tour, 9 courses and 5 or 6 matched wines. The ever-changing menu featuring thematic dinners inspired by the Pacific Northwest is a sight to be seen and the whole experience something to be savored. Dinners last around 5 hours and require reservations and a deposit. Check the website and choose from the listed themes and dates.
The Herbfarm in Woodinville — Photo courtesy of The Herbfarm
Savor Seattle Food Tours are also not to be missed. With 5 different tasting tours to choose from including one of the iconic Pike Place Market, do yourself a favor and make a reservation to get to know Seattle’s culinary best, the behind the scenes scoop on the city’s best food and drink. Outside of the city, the beauty of nature abounds. Consider a 3-day, 2-night trip kayaking, camping and eating your way around the San Juan Islands. Gourmet meals are cooked-to-order at your camp as you take in some of the best wildlife and sight seeing in the state.
Be sure to round out your Seattle tour d’ food with several neighborhood farmer’s markets (I recommend the Ballard Farmer’s Market, every Sunday, rain or shine) and several food truck stops. Just because you’re on the go doesn’t mean you can’t eat well-or stick to your organic ways. The answer to the call for fresh, quality food has hit the streets. Many food trucks including Parfait, a from-scratch ice cream shop, BUNS, a mobile kitchen featuring gourmet burgers, and Beloved Mexico, fresh, authentic Mexican food on wheels, all use natural and organic ingredients.
Farmer's Market — Photo courtesy of Garden Show Blog
For more food events and resources check out Fresh-Picked Seattle’s website before your trip. Here you can find local events by topic (wild food & foraging, family & kids cooking, canning & preserving, etc.), a food events calendar, farmers market information, food blogs, specialty food stores, cooking classes and wine tastings to schedule- in between meals, of course.