I agree with Tony—noted Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain, that is. In an interview with the Seattle Times, he said this of the local food scene: “It’s one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting area of the country to eat.”
Recently, I hosted a group of curious food professionals on a 4 day journey into the food culture of Greater Seattle and surrounding areas. After several trips to Seattle, I find that I still have a voracious appetite to explore more of this culinary mecca and its more than 3,500 local, sustainable, wild-caught, delightfully casual food shops, cafes and restaurants.
Our Seattle EatnLearn schedule was a full plate, so to speak, as we literally ate our way through the city and the beautiful landscape beyond on an almost non-stop, whirlwind excursion.
Here’s a peek at some of the highlights:
I greeted our group upon their arrival into Seattle, boarded our transportation, and ventured into town for a fabulous Lunch of Wild-caught Salmon Fish and Chips before our private tour of Underground Seattle and other areas of interest. We headed back to our boutique hotel to freshen up, and then on to a great Dinner at one of Chef Tom Douglas‘ restaurants, capped off by a jaunt to the Great Wheel for some great water-side views.
Day Two was our day to set out on an early morning, behind-the-scenes walking tour of Pike Place Market. We interacted with several merchants at the Market, caught a flying fish or two, and enjoyed a fun and casual lunch of burgers, pizza and salads at The Pike. After a couple more hours of walking, talking, snacking and drinking amazing coffee, we headed to a couple of meetings and to Lunch. We met up at Pike Place a couple of hours later, and following an hour long, chef-led shopping spree, we headed to a nearby cooking school for collaborative cooking experience. We created our meal under the guidance of an expert teaching chef. Tough work—with great results. What a meal. After a memorable dinner featuring fresh-caught local seafood and greens, we headed back to our hotel to get some rest, and to prepare for the next day’s experiences.
Day Three: We enjoyed a light breakfast, then headed into the heart of Seattle to experience some of the best of large and small food retail in the city. One of the major highlights was a visit to the unique Asian Market, Uwajimaya—enjoying a quick lunch at their unique food court. Next, we continued our journey with a cross-town trip to Chihuly Garden and Glass. Our next stop was the iconic Space Needle for a phenomenal view of the Emerald City.
Suspended sculptures at Chihuly Garden and Glass
We also enjoyed a number of other hands-on food-related experiences in the area. Our late afternoon engaged us in several learning and review activities, including a private tasting session at Starbucks The Roastery and Tasting Room. Later, we indulged in a fantastic dinner cruise and games. We wrapped up our evening with a brisk walk back to our hotel and some lively after-dinner conversation.
Day Four: After one more late breakfast, it was time for our deliciously exhausted and energized team to depart for home!
We greatly enjoyed our stay in the Emerald City, and I look forward to exploring its cultural haunts, extraordinary food scene, and pacific northwestern beauty again soon!
Did you know that the original builders of Seattle’s Space Needle planned to build a stork’s nest at the top—only to discover that the city’s climate was far too chilly for the bird to spend time there?
Happy Foodie Friday!