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O Wines Founder named Woman of Influence
O Wines Founder Stacy Lill was recently named a Puget Sound Business Journal 2013 Women of Influence Award nominee. Now in its 10th year, the Business Journal’s Women of Influence awards program spotlights local business women, community leaders and philanthropists who are a force in the region. The Women of Influence Award honors women within the business community who: have the authority and power to move the needle in their business; are respected for accomplishments within their industries; give back to the community; and are sought out as respected
advisors and mentors within their field of influence.
This year more than 195 nominations were received.
Stacy Lill co-founded O Wines in 2006 with a mission to fund scholarships and help young women improve their lives through education. In 2012, she sold O Wines to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to help grow the brand nationally and raise even more money for student scholarships. She continues to serve as brand ambassador to raise awareness of the Opportunity for Success Scholarship. To date O Wines has raised $175,000 and funded more than 53 student scholarships. Most of the scholarship recipients were the first members of their families to attend college.
“I feel giving back to the community is extremely important which is why I created O Wines,” says Lill. “Providing educational scholarships to deserving young women who would not have otherwise had the opportunity to go to college is making generational and systemic changes in our community.
Given the chance, these young women will grow to be strong positive contributors to our society. My current scholarship students are amazing and they inspire me daily to continue the work I am doing.”
Canadian top winner
Emad Yacoub, proprietor fo the GLOWBAL COLLECTION in Vancouver, B.C. has been named Restaurateur of the Year at the 25th Annual Pinnacle Awards. He will accept the honor Dec. 6 in Toronto.
the awards are organized by Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier magazines. Winner are selected based on their contributions to the image of the industry through civic, educational and community involvement, as well as their efforts in establishing innovative concepts in foodservice or hotel management.
GLOWBAL COLLECTION has 8 restaurants, 2 lounges and 2 take-out establishments. a second laction of the Trattoria will open in West Vancouver next year. The group employs more than 750 people.
In the news
Carrie Mashaney, is competing in Top Chef’s upcoming season, filmed in New Orleans. She is at Spinasse in Seattle, and has been named chef de cuisine at Aragona, Jason Stratton’s soon-to-open restaurant in downtown Seattle.
Bon Appetit announced its Best New Restaurants 2013 and The Whale Wins and Joule in Seattle tied for #9 in the United States, and Portland’s Ava Gene and Seattle’s Bar Sajor were in the Top 50.
Best Farmers Market
No surprises here...in a recent Daily Meal ranking Seattle's Pike Place Farmers' market was given #1 ranking.
Tacoma Farmers' Market took 10th place. Vancouver's (Wash.) was #19, Jefferson County was #47, Bainbridge #62, Port Orchard #63, Olympia #71, Bayview on Whidbey Island was #84, Sequim #89.
Oregon's Gresham took #59, Newport market was #96.
America's Best Food Crafters
View the full list of 2014 Good Food Awards Finalists
The Northwest has had its fair share of nominees as finalists for the 2014 Good Food Awards Jan. 16.
Beer - Deschutes Brewery, Oregon
Grand Teton Brewing Company, Idaho
Ninkasi Brewing company, Oregon
Charcuterie - Fino In Fondo, Oregon
Gary West Artisan Smoked Meats, Oregon
Olympic Provisions, Oregon
Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie, Washington
Tails & Trotters, Oregon
Cheese - Ancient Heritage Dairy, Oregon
Briar Rose Creamery, Oregon
Glendale Shepherd, Washington
Goldin Cheese Artisan Goad Cheese, Oregon
Portland Creamery, Oregon
Chocolate - Fresco Chocolate, Washington
Coffee - Caffe Ladro, Washington
Kuma Coffee, Washington
Olympia Coffee Roasting Co, Washington
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Oregon
Confections - Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery, Washington
Theo Chocolate, Washignton
Xocolati de David, Oregon
Pickles - Firefly Kitchens, Washington
Oly Kraut, Washington
Unbound Pickling, Oregon
Preserves - Kelly's Jelly, Oregon
Lilli-Pilli Patisserie, Washington
Lille Belle Farms, Oregon
Republic of Jam, Oregon
Spirits - Clear Creek Distillery, Oregon
Elixir, Inc., Oregon
Organic Nation, Oregon
Rogue Ales & Spirits, Oregon
The winners in each category will be announced at a gala in San Francisco. Dr. Zeke Emanuel will be master of ceremonies; Nell Newman, founder of Newman’s Own Organics, will give the keynote address; and the awards will be presented by renowned chef Alice Waters.
This year’s 1,450 entries—double the number since the awards launched in 2009—came from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The growth reflects the vitality of the country’s food crafters committed to the values of the Good Food Movement, using sustainable ingredients and supporting their local economies.
“The 200 Good Food Awards Finalists are leading a cultural shift away from business as usual,” says Sarah Weiner, co-founder and executive director of Seedling Projects, which organizes the awards. “They bring the dedication and integrity of true craftsmen to all they do. Their ever stronger presence around the country proves that it can be done—there is a different way to feed our communities.”
The Finalists emerged from a one-day marathon judging session when 225 experts sampled entries in the 10 categories of beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, oils, preserves, pickles and spirits. The top scorers were further vetted to confirm sound sourcing practices, good animal husbandry and transparency in all stages of the supply chain.
The 2014 Awards Ceremony is followed January 18 by the public Good Food Awards Marketplace at the city’s historic San Francisco Ferry Building, where the winners will offer samples and sell their products alongside the hallmark CUESA farmers’ market, the largest in San Francisco.
See the full list of Finalists here.
See the Awards Ceremony and the Marketplace details here.
Chefs Collaborative F2C2
Farmer-Fisher-Chef Connection returns for 2014.
Mark your calendars for Monday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central community college.
Tickets go on sale in January for food producers and buyers.
Food producers who would like their products included on the meal menues and chefs who would like to produce a dish contact Zachary Lyons at email@example.com.
Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual Oregon Truffle Festival Jan 24-26 in Eugene.
This year's activities will celebrate the first harvests of the renouwned black truffle in Oregon and British Columbia, the first harvest in North america of the famous Burgundian truffle.
Also planned is a two-day Truffle Dog Training Seminar, the Grand Truffle Dinner and cooking classes.
Michelle goes national
Michelle sparkling wines from Washington state, previously known as Domaine Ste. Michelle, is now being distributed nationwide.
The Brut, Brut Rose and Extra Dry offerings are crafted int he traditional methode champenoise method.