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Northwest Stir January 2015

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WA Wine Awards winners

Washington State Wine rewards businesses and individuals for their continuing support of Washington State wines. Restaurants and retails are the reason why Washington wines are turning heads and capturing attention and praise. Impressive menus, educational programs, marketing efforts and excellent service play a vital role in growing interest in Washington State wines.

Best Washington Wine event: Wine World

Best Independent Restaurant:  Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar @ Westin, Bellevue

Best Restaurant Group:  Anthony's

Hotel of the Year:  marcus Whitman

Sommelier of the Year:  Chris Horn, Purple Cafe

Walter Clore Honorarium:  Ned McCarthy, McCarthy & Schiering

Retailer of the Year:  Full Pull Wines

Restaurant of the Year:  AQUA by El Gaucho

Tom Douglas joins Beard leadership program

Tom Douglas, Seattle chef and restaurateur, is one of nine culinary leaders who are donating their time and funds to participate in the James Beard Foundation’s 2015 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant program. The new extended deadline to apply is January 16

Women with a background in hospitality or the culinary arts are invited to apply for a chance to participate in a six- or twelve-month mentor/grantee program. Other top chefs and/or restaurateurs participating as mentors include: Kevin Boehm, Boka Restaurant Group, Chicago; Kevin Brown, Lettuce Enterain You, Chicago; Rohini Dey, Vermilion, Chicago & NYC; Matt and Kate Jennings, Townsman, Boston; Anthony Lamas, Seviche, Louisville; Donnie Madia, Nico Osteria, Chicago; and Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC.

Douglas will offer a Twelve-Month Program, Back- and Front-of-House at one of his Seattle restaurants.

Applicants must be 21-years-old or over, and have at least two years of experience in the hospitality industry; either in back-of-house or front-of-house. Deadline for submissions has been extended to January 16, 2015. For more information about applying, please               

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