John Ferri

About John

John Ferri

A native of Tacoma, Washington - Seattle’s smaller sibling to the south - journalist John Ferri has lived everywhere in and around the Pacific Northwest. He started college in Bellingham, lived in the San Juan Islands, and finished college in Pullman, Washington, before living and working for a time in Spokane. He then moved to Florida, where he lived and worked in Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale before returning to the Puget Sound area.

When not working full time as a writer and editor, including stints for The Tama Tribune and New Times, John spent years in the hospitality industry as a fine-dining restaurant server and manager. He counts himself lucky to have worked under some of the most awarded (and even celebrity) chefs and sommeliers in the entire Pacific Northwest.  Although he never obtained his certificate through testing, John has studied wines extensively.  And as a former home brewer, he's a student of craft beer and is immersed in the region’s industry-leading microbrewery movement.

Having grown up amid the natural wonders of the Seattle area, John is an accomplished hiker. Another result of a Northwest rearing is his penchant for strong, dark-roast coffee, which he slavishly grinds and brews at home or enjoys at any Internet café that has great espresso.  You'll only find him there, however, when he’s not in search of the next best deli, wine bar, hiking trail, book shop or brewery . . . or revisiting an old favorite.



Special Interests

John knows a lot about:

  • Craft beer
  • Coffee
  • Hiking

John's Special Recommendations

John says "Don't leave Seattle without sipping and shopping at the winery tasting rooms in Woodinville, Washington, a rural hamlet just 15 miles from Seattle."

10Best Lists by John Ferri

Beer and Breakfast

Run by the beer-encyclopedic owners of Brouwer’s Café in Fremont and Bottleworks in Wallingford, the Burgundian provides the same brew savvy selection and quality in the Tangletown neighborhood. The...


Four Seasons Hotel Seattle a Best 2012 Hotel

Considered by many the best luxury hotel in the city, the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle now has some additional national recognition to further back that claim. Of the thousands of hotels considered, the Seattle...