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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. http://elgaucho.com/index.html

Nov. dine around Seattle

Dine Around Seattle, the popular twice-yearly annual event, has added 14 new restaurants to its extensive roster of area dining. From classic downtown establishments to favorite neighborhood joints, Dine Around Seattle encourages locals to explore Seattle’s cuisine at an inviting price.
 
Dine Around Seattle runs November 2 through November 30. Three course prix-fixe dinner menus are offered for $33, with many offering lunch for $18, Sundays through Thursdays at 58 participating restaurants. Prices do not include beverages, tax, or gratuity, and Sunday brunch and Thanksgiving are excluded.  Diners interested in making reservations can do so at www.dinearoundseattle.org.

 
Restaurants joining the promotion this November include Bar Cantinetta, BeachHouse Bar+Grill Madison Park, Bell + Whete, Billy Beach Sushi & Bar, Cafe Lago, Corretto, Flying Fish, LloydMartin, Moksha, Poppy, Quality Athletics Sports Bar and Restaurant, Tray Kitchen, Urbane, and vittles Neighbourhood Bistro & Bar.
 
Presented by the non-profit Seattle Good Business Network, this fall Dine Around Seattle celebrates 12 years of delicious dining and great deals, supporting small business and our local economy. “There are a number of dining promotions that happen throughout the year in Seattle and all offer diners a great deal,” said Seattle Good Business Network Co-founder, Christine Hanna.  “What sets Dine Around Seattle apart is our commitment to neighborhood restaurants and locally sourced fare. We are selective about who we invite to be part of the promotion, and place increasing importance on sustainable, local cuisine. Where our food comes from is just as important as where we eat it!”

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.

 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: https://www.ste-michelle.com/pub/emails/pdf/Raise_A_Glass_Participating_Restaurants.pdf

View Raise A Glass, Fund a Scholarship VIDEO

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.

James Beard Public Market for PDX

A public-private partnership has been put together to bring the James Beard Public Market to Portland in the coming years.

the daily, year-round, indoor-outdoor marketplace will have a teaching and demo kitchen and event space designed and managed by Bon Appetit Management Company. Plans are also to add an edible garden on the rooftop.

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