Tuesday, June 19, 2007

'Food & Wine' Taps Sitka & Spruce's Dillon

IN THE NEWS: In its July 2007 issue, Food & Wine magazine foodandwine.com features its prestigious Best New Chefs of 2007 list, including: Ian Schnoebelen of Iris in New Orleans, Sean O' Brien of Myth in San Francisco, Paul Virant of Vie in Western Springs (Ill.), Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon in Portland (Ore.), Gabriel Bremer of Salts in Cambridge (Mass.), Gavin Kaysen of El Bizcocho in San Diego, April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig in New York City, Johnny Morris of Komi in Washington, D.C, Steve Corry of Five Fifty-Five in Portland (Maine) and Matthew Dillon of Sitka & Spruce in Seattle. ... The mag also features Seattle's "outsider" chefs, including wild food champion Johnathan Sundstrom of Lark. ... A Florida-based restaurant chain is putting out feelers that it wants to greatly expand its reach, the Denver Business Journal reports. Earl of Sandwich, founded in 2004 and based in Orlando, says it's looking for franchisees around the United States, including Denver. Other cities on the company's radar screen include Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, San Francisco (including Oakland and San Jose), Dallas/Ft. Worth, Seattle, Columbus, Nashville, San Diego, Cleveland, St. Louis and Sacramento. The company's president, Michael Grodi, said the goal is to add more than 100 locations a year. A former executive at Denver-based Quiznos, Grodi was named president and CEO of the sandwich chain in January. Quiznos sued Grodi and Earl of Sandwich in federal court in Denver in April, alleging Grodi would hurt Quiznos by disclosing their trade secrets about selling sandwiches to his new employer. Grodi left Quiznos in May 2006. He has denied Quiznos' allegations. ... The one-and-a-half-year-old smoking ban has had a "minimal effect" on the Washington bar and tavern business, according to state officials, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. Gross business income for taverns and bars grew 0.3 percent in 2006, compared with a 1.1 percent average annual growth rate from 2002 to 2005, according to the state Department of Revenue. Voters passed Initiative 901 that took effect in December 2005. ... The Seattle Times' Nancy Leson gives her outdoor dining picks and fondly recalls her years visiting Pike Place Market, while Providence Cicero visits Baguette Box (626 N. 34th St., Seattle; www.baguettebox.com) ... Leson also reports, "Steve Rosen and James Allard, the tech-boom entrepreneurs who brought us the ever-(r)evolving Blue C Sushi, have another project in the works: Boom Noodle, which borrows its name from the Japanese phrase "my boom" — used to describe one's latest obsession.Their boom is a Japanese noodle house that spans 4,500 square feet of high-profile slurping space anchoring the new mixed-use building at 12th and Pike. The Capitol Hill restaurant and bar (1121 E. Pike St.) is slated to open in September, as is the third Blue C Sushi (www.bluecsushi.com) at Alderwood Mall." seattletimes.com ... The P-I's Leslie Kelly gives two stars in her review of Madoka (241 Winslow Way W., Bainbridge Island, madokarestaurant.com), blogs about the opening of Cafe Presse (1117 12th Ave) and also stops by Tandoori Hut (2616 Second Ave.) seattlepi.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman reviews Rose Petals Restaurant (6901 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.), while the paper blogs about The Redwood (514 E. Howell St). seattleweekly.com ... The Stranger's Bethany Jean Clement reviews Boat Street Cafe and Kitchen (3131 Western Ave). thestranger.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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