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Photo by Nels Carlson/Jones Family Farms.

The Belon's are back

Jones Family Farms have successfully brought back San Juans European flat, or Belon, oysters.

Following near extinction on the West Coast the grower has released its first generation of Shoal Bay flats, spawned and grown in its lagoon on Lopez Island.

Buy these bivalves while you can. Supply is limited and will only be available through the end of the year.

 Chateau Ste. Michelle and local restaurants raising a glass, fund a scholarship

When dining out this fall help support the future Washington winemakers and grape growers while enjoying Chateau Ste. Michelle wine. Chateau Ste. Michelle is partnering with Washington restaurants to support the seventh annual "Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship" program to benefit Viticulture and Enology programs at Washington State University and other Northwest universities. More than 200 restaurants will participate in the "Raise A Glass, Fund a Scholarship" program, which runs now through the end of December 2014.

"We are proud that our local restaurant community has helped us raise $250,000 to support future growers and winemakers of the Northwest," says Ste. Michelle Wine Estates President Ted Baseler. “These local Viticulture and Enology programs are critical for the Washington wine industry to continue to produce world-class wines for decades to come."

In 2008, Chateau Ste. Michelle launched the Raise A Glass, Fund a Scholarship program donating a portion of wine sales to Viticulture and Enology programs at Washington State University, and affiliated community colleges throughout the Northwest. To date, the program has raised $250,000 for Northwest universities offering grape growing and winemaking degrees. The money helps fund scholarships, research, faculty and equipment.

Growing Washington's World-Class Wine Industry
The Washington wine industry is the second largest premium wine producer in the country. It boasts more than 800 wineries, over 350 wine grape growers and employs over 27,000 full-time workers.

Thank you to the supporters of this year's program!

Participating Restaurants to Date:

View Raise A Glass, Fund a Scholarship VIDEO

Kathy Casey tapped in top 10

Kathy Casey has been named as one of the Top 10 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years by Cheers Magazine. Kathy along with celebrity mixologists, bar owners, and cocktail enthusiasts were chosen for their direct impact on raising the bar in the cocktail culture.

Touted as the original "Bar Chef" by fellow Top 10 “King Cocktail” Dale DeGroff, Kathy has been an early pioneer in the bar-chef movement, bringing the kitchen to the bar, and elevating the cocktail scene worldwide.

She is the owner of Kathy Casey Food Studios® – Liquid Kitchen®, a global food, beverage, and concept development agency.

Happy Hour at Chippy’s Fish and Drink

Chippy’s new happy hour is Monday - Friday 5pm - 6pm. The menu offers delicious sea snacks like the Oregon Bay Shrimp Cocktail and Smoked Clam Dip for $5 each, and the Fried Oyster Sandwich, St. Jude Tuna Salad Sandwich, and selections of fish & chips (including True Cod, Rock Fish, and Oysters) for just $8 each. Sides like Mushy Peas, Caraway Coleslaw, or Fries all go for $3 a pop! Happy hour drinks include Rainier and Tecate for $2, along with a handful of great Northwest beers, and a cider, on tap for $3.

Dine Out Vancouver starts Jan. 16

Canada's largest annual food and drink festival returns to Vancouver Jan. 16 through Feb. 1, 2015.

While chefs cook up mouthwatering menues, organizers are crafting out-of-the-box culinary events and hotels are offering special rates and packages.

Just some of the options:

Street Food City - a lunchtime gathering of the city's best food carts.

Brunch Crawl - a series of tasting tours of Vancouver's brunch hotspots.

The Grape Debate - a wine-centric debate with top industry experts sparring with facts and humor.

Six Course Discourse - a rapid-fire presentation of the city's top chefs along with food and wine tastings.

Dinner at the Birdcage - a drag show with dinner in a swank caberet space.

More than 230 restaurants are participating at C$18, C$28 and C$38 price points. Menus will be revealed and reservations open on Jan. 7.

More than 20 hotels are offering rooms priced at C$78, C$108 and C$138.

Paul Mackay of El Gaucho Retires

El Gaucho CEO Paul Mackay announced his retirement, passing his crown to son Chad Mackay. Paul was in the restaurant business for over 40 years, and the El Gaucho group currently has five restaurants. Chad has plans to add restaurants in Oregon and Alaska, and to expand the Inn at El Gaucho.

Wildwood Spirits Gets Best In Show

Wildwood Spirits Company, owned by John Howie and Erik Liedholm, received a Best In Show award at the 2014 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition for their Kur Gin, in addition to a Silver Medal for Stark Vatten vodka.

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