Sophie’s Scoops Opens A Storefront Location

Any day is a good day for Sophie’s Scoops. There are so many reasons why Sophie’s hyper-local gelato is a taste sensation. Each small batch is lovingly made with ingredients sourced from the community. Owners Sophie Landis and Chris Proctor unite their culinary and business skills with great attention to detail and a whole lotta love.

“We make everything,” they both say. Sophie’s Scoops pasteurizes the milk which gives incredible freedom to make its own gelato base and flavors. TUNaWerth Creamery in Tenino supplies the milk. “Our gelato is farm fresh,” emphasizes Sophie. Other ingredients are sourced from nearby farms such as Johnson Berry Farm. Cookies are made by the Bread Peddler and coffee comes from Olympia Coffee.

The new storefront, with significantly more space than the original location, gives Sophie’s Scoops an expanded operational kitchen. It’s where Chef Chris gets to do gelato magic. With years in the restaurant business, he appreciates the creativity that goes into each batch. With in-house pasteurizing, it’s possible to use small quantities of seasonal ingredients for a unique blend. A friend’s garden supplied mint which became Free-Range Mint. Naming gelato is almost as much fun as eating it.

Two customers were seated inside savoring their cups of gelato. One was temporarily lost in a memory of the recently made Key Lime Pride, featuring Sophie’s lime curd and graham cracker crumbs topped with a vanilla whip. It was zingy, tangy, and wonderfully balanced. “You can get order envy,” one says. That’s when you wish you ordered what your friend got after you taste it. Don’t worry. You can always take a container home for later. 

Sophie’s Scoops has its own truck for mobility as well as use at special events. There are also two bikes complete with umbrellas. Sophie had fun using the bike at Oly Fed’s golf tournaments and uses it for other outside activities. “It’s fun to interact with people,” says Sophie.

Sophie and Chris invite you to visit their new digs. You can also order a coffee drink and check out the fun t-shirts and reusable totes. Sophie’s Scoops is truly a community business. Scoop a little deliciousness into your life. 

Get more details on the Sophie’s Scoops Facebook page.

Sophie’s Scoops 

510 State Street

222 Market Street

Mary Ellen Psaltis

Westerly Home delivery food service expands to Tacoma

Tacoma now has a new healthy and delicious home food delivery service as Westerly Kitchen has now expanded to offer their gourmet services to the city’s residents.

Born from the kitchen and imagination of Chrissy Hunt, Matt Hunt and Annalicia Schwab, the owners developed this meal delivery service because they “believe in the importance of good food and the power of delicious meals prepared with whole ingredients. When you continuously fuel your body with the right nutrients, you will feel your best. [There’s] no calorie counting or fad diets with Westerly meal delivery.”

Our publisher, Robin Lucas, recently tried the meal and she was delighted. Not only were the meals nutritionally dense, [but] they were really delicious. I was a little reserved, but now my husband and I are big fans.” It feels good to eat well. Healthy habits simply make happy people,” says Lucas.

To learn more about this healthy and nutritious food, visit Westerly Kitchen.

Anne Burrell: Chef at Saint Martin’s Gala

Celebrity Chef Anne Burrell is bringing her A-game to the popular Saint Martin’s Gala on November 5. “I love making things that feed the soul as well as the body,” says Burrell, whose cooking keeps the attention on simple, seasonal, and flavorful. “Making soulful delicious food feels like a hug from the inside– very satisfying,” she adds.

You might recognize Burrell from her spiked hairdo or one of her many Food Network appearances. She is designing an exquisite five-course menu for the black-tie affair. “When I cook for a small group, I really try to focus on the people I am cooking for and make things that I know that they will love!” says Burrell. Of course, there will be a larger audience at this event, but she remains clear that making interesting, tasty food can still work to please the Gala guests.

Burrell is a chef, passionate teacher, TV personality and author, to name a few of her roles. What does she do when she’s not planning another grand event or filming with Bobby Flay? With great enthusiasm, she confided in a few of her personal pastimes:

“I love to sing karaoke. Like LOOOOOOVE! It’s a great and fun way to blow off some steam! It doesn’t matter if you are not a great singer, you just have to commit to it. My husband and I regularly sing karaoke at home. We have a blast doing it!” exclaims Burrell.

She also shares, “I love to knit. I knit during my downtime, like when I’m watching TV. I always like to keep my hands busy. During the pandemic I started knitting baby blankets for friends. I think I am currently working on blanket 21! That’s a lot of kids!”

“I have two Maine Coon cats that I am absolutely addicted to!” says Burrell. “Their names are Nutty Nancy Crazy Pants and Marcia Marcia Marcia. They are the most loving and entertaining kitties. I can’t imagine life without them! When I travel, I miss them terribly.”

“And lastly, I am a huge New York Rangers fan! I go to a lot of games. I ALWAYS wear a jersey and never ever leave a game early–even when they are losing.

It’s going to be a fabulous and entertaining evening with Chef Burrell.

For Additional Information
Saint Martin’s University


Savor Summer at Swing Café and Wine Bar

Locals return over and over to Swing Café and Wine Bar, where the attractions are many. Summer
enhances your visit. “We invest money into the patio every year,” says owner Nicole Butigan, adding,
“The entire patio is so cheery and pretty.” She starts plants and flowers from home and transplants
them at the restaurant. The large exterior seating area has removable windowed panels to protect diners from blustery evenings or unexpected precipitation. More outside areas are set around the edge of the property that overlooks an epic panorama of the Olympic Mountains rising from the distant edges of Budd Bay. Capitol Lake stretches out below, and diners can see the hum of the downtown’s activities.

The scenery offers a magnificent backdrop for selecting one of the intriguing cocktails, all named after favorite songs. The rosemary in the Smoke Gets in your Eyes cocktail comes from the garden. If you would rather have a glass of wine, Swing has 30 or so bottles of wine available for a pour. When you are wavering on your selection, consider a flight which gives you three different wines in two-ounce servings. Read through the ten flight options ranging from French bubbles to noteworthy reds. There’s even a dessert trio.

Swing’s food menu won’t take too long to read, but the plethora of possible flavors and combinations can make it hard to narrow down. That is simply another reason for a return visit. Have fun sharing everything, even the appetizers and small plates. The fire-roasted pepper salad shines with lemon-infused ricotta and mint. Peppers, cucumbers, and walnuts create a symphony of tastes and textures.

The asiago and rosemary fondue pairs well with friends and a drink. Slow-roasted beef brisket is always popular (perfectly tender) but there is also rack of lamb, salmon, chicken and a few more choices. End your meal with the chocolate fondue, a dark chocolate ganache, fresh fruit, and housemade cookies.

Life doesn’t seem to slow down, but you can sip and savor an evening at Swing. Linger at one of the fire tables and watch the stars come out. The Wine Cellar downstairs makes an intimate space for your private event. Call or make reservations online.

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Swing Café and Wine Bar
825 Columbia St SW, Olympia


The Taste of Tacoma Moves to Puyallup

The Taste of Tacoma has a new home at the Washington State Fair Events Center, July 1-3, 2022. Since 1986, The Taste of Tacoma has been the South Sound’s “Ultimate Summer Get Together.” Now known as The Taste Northwest, the event will continue to feature nearly 200 food and specialty vendors, live entertainment on three stages, local chef cook-off battles, outdoor beer gardens and a retro roller rink.

This food and entertainment event is sure to have something for everyone: restaurants and specialty food vendors serving a variety of culinary delights from around the world; Beer, wine and specialty cocktails and tequila tasting available at four beer garden and pub locations; unique products to shop in the outdoor marketplace; chef mystery ingredient battles; a variety of games and activities that provide good old-fashioned fun for kids and adults, including the retro roller rink, axe throwing and a giant slide.

The event runs daily 12-9 p.m. Event admission is free, but exclusive tasting, parking and activity packages can be purchased online, in advance. Packages are not available for purchase at the event and are only available through June 30. For more information click here

Shop Fresh and Local at Olympia Farmers Market

Shopping at the Olympia Farmers Market can be a great way to get to know your community while supporting your local economy. Open year-round with three distinct operating seasons, it’s a great addition to your weekly shopping routine. The market is open Thursday to Sunday, April through October for High Season, Saturday and Sunday in November and December for Holiday Season, and every Saturday in January through March for Winter Season, always 10am to 3pm.

Founded in 1975, the Market has been in its current location at the top of Capitol Way in downtown Olympia since 1996. With four dedicated full-time employees and a volunteer board of directors comprised of vendors, they are committed to their mission “to promote and encourage the development of local, small-scale agriculture and ensure a dynamic market balance for small, local growers and others to make available their products to residents of this community.”

The open-air, barn-inspired building provides protection from the weather and space for over 100 unique small businesses from the South Sound region to connect directly with customers in the community. Visitors to the market will find fruit and produce, artisan foods, wine, plant starts, cut flowers, pasture-raised meats, dairy, baked goods, seafood, jams and preserves, confections, handcrafted gifts including jewelry, woodworking, textiles, ceramics, glasswork, photography, local art and more. Free daily live entertainment can be enjoyed at the Market main stage with ample seating and space to enjoy delicious foods from the eight restaurants. The Market also has over 200 free two-hour parking stalls, accessible restroom facilities, and three ATM’s for customer convenience.

The Market accepts new farmer and food processor applications year-round and new crafter applications annually from December 1-31.

Olympia Farmers Market

Dancing Goats Coffee in Tacoma’s Brewery District

When Dancing Goats Coffee Bar opened in the Brewery Blocks, Tacoma residents and UW students were treated to a great coffeehouse with a modern look not seen in their other Washington locations. The chic and cool-looking store features their fresh roasted coffee blends as well as the highest level of service.

The development at Brewery Blocks revitalized dining and retail space in the historic area of downtown Tacoma. Visitors enjoy outdoor café seating, ample parking and pedestrian-friendly streets with widened sidewalks featuring native landscaping. Located off the Thea Foss Waterway Bridge, Brewery Blocks also includes office space and residential lofts making their motto “Live. Work. Play.” a reality.

This district was highly attractive to the Dancing Goats team because of its accessibility to students, museums and the downtown workforce that visits Tacoma every day. According to Becci Ryder, Dancing Goats’ director of business strategy, “We wanted to be a part of the hustle and bustle of a downtown that is the hub of the community and bring our “Right Way” approach to the area.

“Our coffee sets us apart. We roast it fresh and it never sits on our shelves,” said Ryder. Batdorf & Bronson, parent company to Dancing Goats, visits coffee farms around the world to secure the best product. Each Dancing Goats store orders what they need for the week and only then is it roasted and shipped to their 10 locations in Washington and Atlanta, Georgia.

Located at Commerce and South 21st Street, the 2,000+ square foot Dancing Goat Coffee Bar offers indoor and patio seating and is open 8am to 6pm. The location features the Dancing Goats blend which brews well as espresso or as a drip.

Dancing Goats Coffee


Cynara Restaurant & Lounge

Find harmony of body, mind, and spirit when you sit down for a meal at Cynara Restaurant and Lounge. Check your stresses at the door and unwind. Olympia native Christian Skillings’ second restaurant offers a Mediterranean flair with emphasis on the integrity of every ingredient you experience – from drinks to dessert and everything in between.

Take your time to peruse the list of handcrafted cocktails. The towering bar wall is well stocked with marvelous whiskeys, ryes, malts, gins and intriguing amari and aperitifs. Your server welcomes your questions. Be daring or order an old favorite. Old and new world wines are available by the glass or bottle. 

While you are chatting over your libations, order a sharable appetizer such as the Cynara Toasts. Grilled rustic bread slices are topped with savory and/or sweet bits like chevre, grapes, basil, and pistachios. There are four varieties that can be ordered in any combination. 

Dishes from Cynara’s kitchen are made from scratch using many locally sourced ingredients, all selected with thought and care. For the serious meat lovers, Cynara uses Royal Ranch ribeyes and filet mignons where every bite is worth savoring. For a change of pace, choose the lively Moroccan lamb stew, which maintains its popularity. The plainly named cauliflower main dish is anything but. Nestled atop a lemony, basil quinoa salad, a roasted cauliflower head is layered with pomegranate balsamic, apricots, Aleppo toasted hazelnuts and honey. Tasting is believing. 

Hopefully, you’ve paced yourself and made room for the chocolate marquise or the baklava crumble. 

Cynara keeps its values in mind at all times. The bar is set high for service that is gracious, efficient, knowledgeable, and professional. Your time there is meant to exceed expectations. You might also appreciate that Cynara works to minimize its environmental footprint through recycling, composting and energy-efficient practices. 

Share a table with your friends and loved ones for a time of rejuvenation and connection, something we all can use more of these days. Cynara is open for lunch and dinner and has space that can accommodate larger groups or a special event. It is located in downtown Olympia and easy walking distance to the Farmers Market.

Cynara Restaurant & Lounge
500 Columbia Street NW, Olympia


Olympia Farmers Market Spring Schedule

We’ve all been looking for a way to get more involved in the community, and our local farmers markets are a perfect way to do just that! While the Olympia Farmers Market has been operating on reduced hours over the winter, we are excited to announce that the Market is, as of Thursday, April 1, returning to its “High Season” schedule. With this schedule, the Market is open from Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Senior Day will once again be offered on Thursdays, with special discounts for those 55 and better. 

Though the Olympia Farmers Market has been open on Saturdays these last few months, April marks the beginning of the growing season and welcomes beautiful spring weather to enjoy. This season, the Market will feature even more vendors offering local vegetables, Washington grown fruit, prepared food, and artisan crafts. 

For more information, visit


Primo Grill: Farm to Table Mediterranean Food

Primo is a 6th Avenue institution in Tacoma, operated for the last 22 years by husband-and-wife team (chef) Charlie McManus and Jacqueline Plattner. Open for dinner seven nights a week, Primo is the perfect spot for a family dinner, celebration, business meeting or date night.

The menu is anchored by savory Mediterranean appetizers including fried brussels sprouts with balsamic syrup, sauteed calamari with garlic saffron sauce, thin crust pizza made with a decade-old sourdough starter, house-made pastas such as pumpkin ravioli, and an entrée section featuring steaks, pork chops, lamb and duck.

“What we do is pretty simple. We take high-quality ingredients starting with olive oil, produce, and local seafood and craft it into a Mediterranean-by-Northwest menu that is consistent, tasty and approachable. You can be sure that if wild king salmon is available, it will be featured on our menu.”

After more than two decades in the restaurant industry, McManus and Plattner have seen many changes. From a move in 2014 from 6th and Pine to 6th and Oakes, to the advent of the food network and a much more sophisticated and educated diner, Primo is at the forefront of Tacoma restaurants with quality food, service, and attention to detail.

Once less adventurous eaters, foodies are now commonplace with popular TV chefs as their guides. According to Chef McManus, “Spaghetti carbonara was on our menu years ago, with little fanfare. Guests were unsure of what the dish actually was. We’ve added it back in recently and it is selling like crazy. Even some of our youngest guests are well educated on this dish.”

“While the pandemic has been very difficult and allconsuming at times, we have been fortunate with a loyal and supportive clientele who value Primo and have helped us weather the storm.”

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Primo Grill