Fall 2010


Community Events: Corks & Crush
Community Events: Thurston County Chamber
South Sound Theaters: Fall 2010 Preview
Hilltop Artists: Transforming Lives Through Glass Blowing


Harmon Brewery & Eatery
The Melting Pot

Design & Style

Light The Way


Simple Pleasures Of Wenatchee

Simple Pleasures of Wenatchee

Looking for a shot of sunshine this fall? Wenatchee Valley has the perfect mix of sun (over 300 days of sun annually!), beautiful vistas, wineries, gourmet food, fresh produce and simple pleasures that beckon the independent traveler, couple or the entire family.

Beautiful Vistas
After checking out the abundance of produce stands and apple groves in Wenatchee, it’s time to take in an amazing evergreen oasis at Ohme Gardens. Don’t miss the breathtaking views of the Columbia River Valley below, as seen through the 70 year old cedar and fir trees. Nearly a mile of natural stone pathways traverses the hillside gardens, ushering you past towering cedars, firs, lush foliage, mesmerizing waterfalls and tranquil pools. Stone benches located throughout the grounds provide ample opportunities to savor the beauty of the serene gardens.
3327 Ohme Road, 509.662.5785, ohmegardens.com

Few wineries in the Northwest provide a more sweeping romantic view than from the gazebo perched high above orchards at the Saint Laurent Winery. Gardens and a creek surround the tasting room that is tucked inside a craftsman-style house. The estate vineyard has bountiful crops of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Riesling and Chardonnay grapes grown through sustainable practices under the eastern Washington sun. Saint Laurent 2008 Lucky White is the best selling table wine at a consumer friendly price point.
4147 Hamlin Road, Malaga, 509.888.9463, saintlaurent.net

For dinner, head to Fame’, a boutique restaurant where the smell of flavorful food envelopes the senses upon entering. An Italian-inspired restaurant in an intimate venue featuring seasonal ingredients, handmade pasta and Mediterranean dishes. Owner Rebecca Condota is living her dream and it is apparent in her culinary presentation and the unique mixture of tastes and tantalizing contrasts in her dishes. Favorite dishes include the roasted vegetable Mediterranean lasagna and “El Mare”, a rich, buttery scallop chowder with fresh lavender. With high intensity, flavor-packed cuisine in an intimate setting, Fame’ offers the whole package.
601 South Ward Ave, 509.888.5332

Coming of Age
Challenge yourself to learn the art of aging gracefully by taking your lessons from gourmet cheese. Alpine Lakes Cheese’s organic cheese making workshops fit the bill. Lace up your shoes, as the class is interactive and involves a stroll around the farm and a “meet and greet” with the goats that produce the milk used in the organic process. Walk through the entire cheese making process in a few hours and come away hip to the complexities surrounding organic cheese and armed with recipes that allow you to “ripen” your own wheels of cheese at home. Cheese making is an exercise in patience, from waiting for the milk to curd, to lingering in the drying process and many steps in between. Owner Catha Link makes the process accessible and interesting. No wonder this class is a local favorite.
509.548.5786, alpinelakescheese.com

Light The Way

Stand out prom 2010 scholarship winner, Kayleigha Holten

Now and then, you meet people who instantly knock your socks off! You know in the first ten minutes that this person is going to do great things with their time, passion and talents. Stand Out Prom awards a scholarship to female graduating seniors who embody these qualities and are pursuing a career in the arts. Christy Pelland, a member of Stand Out Prom’s Board of Directors, comments “We’re looking for that ‘it’ factor but also an overwhelming desire to give back and share those gifts with the community. We found all that and more in this year’s winner, Miss Kayleigha Holten, from Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup.” For further information, please visit standoutprom.com.

Q: What are your plans after high school?
I hope to study abroad in a London theatre, receive my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in theatre lighting, and pursue a career in theatre that is enriching and fulfilling. I want to work on Broadway or in large professional theatres, then return to school for my Master’s in education so I can teach high school drama. I never want to stop learning, and I never want to lose the passion of creativity.

Q: What do you hope the viewer gains from the experience of your work?
Members of the audience should leave a production with a sense of ownership in the show they have just witnessed. Theatre is about real life. Through my lighting, I want the viewer to gain a better understanding of him or herself.

Q: Why is theatrical lighting important?
Lighting sets the mood for the entire production. Should no change in lighting hurl the hero, John Valjean, from the smokey blues of the Toulon prison into the grey, impoverished streets of Paris or the dank greenish hue of the sewers below, he might as well remain forever in captivity, lacking the means to convey his
vehemence upon the stage. Lighting can make or break a show.

Q: How do you measure success?
If, when the final curtain falls, someone in the audience feels their life has been enriched by the feelings I attempted to communicate through my lights, I have succeeded. After Les Mis an elderly man approached me to express how the lighting had moved and inspired him. That night I cried tears of success. I just want to reach people.

Leah Grout

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot
2121 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

For more than three decades, The Melting Pot has defined the fondue niche across the American dining scene.

A fun and interactive dining experience, fondue is a communal dish shared at the table in a pot over a small burner. To create The Melting Pot’s spinach artichoke appetizer the server mixes two cheeses—pungent Italian Fontina with, as its name suggests, buttery Butterkase—with spinach, tender artichoke heart petals, and ample garlic, sweetened by the cooking process. Provided for dipping are three varieties of bread, tortilla chips, tart Granny Smith apples, and crispy carrots and celery. Other appetizer options include Fiesta Cheese Fondue, made with jalapeno peppers and salsa; the traditional Cheddar Cheese Fondue is also available.

The Melting Pot house salad is composed of crisp greens, cheddar cheese, hard-boiled eggs, mild scallions, fresh tomatoes and crunchy croutons. The house dressing is sweet and tangy, reminiscent of honey mustard.

Main courses may be simmered in a variety of preparations. Coq au Vin is flavored with fresh herbs, mushrooms, garlic and burgundy wine, while Fondue Court Bouillon is a homemade seasoned vegetable broth. Recommended by our server was Mojo Fondue, a Caribbean-seasoned bouillon flavored with garlic, tangy citrus and cilantro.

The signature selection combines filet mignon, shrimp, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, chicken breast and cedar plank salmon.
The French Quarter is made up of filet mignon, chicken breast, and shrimp, all seasoned with spicy Cajun spices and partnered with Andouille sausage. Or, try the Land and Sea or Pacific Rim entrees.

Entrees are accompanied by potatoes and mushrooms. Among the several condiments presented are aromatic and tangy yogurt curry dip, sweet, gingery plum sauce, teriyaki, parsley and chive seasoned green goddess spread, and Gorgonzola and port sauce.

Chocolate S’mores fondue is creamy milk chocolate topped with marshmallow cream, flambéed, and garnished with crushed graham crackers. For dipping are sweet ripe strawberries, dense pound cake, creamy cheese cake, brownies, bananas, and marshmallows. Other sweet conclusions are Yin and Yang, a half dark chocolate and half white chocolate fondue and flaming turtle, a decadent milk chocolate, caramel and chopped pecan blend, flambéed tableside.

At The Melting Pot, fondue truly becomes a memorable four-course dining experience where patrons can dip into something different—and discover all the ingredients for a unique dining experience including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and signature fondue dinners.

Mary Morgan

Harmon Brewery & Eatery

Harmon Brewery & Eatery
1938 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

An American restaurateur once said, “It all comes back to the basics. Serve customers the best-tasting food at a good value in a clean, comfortable restaurant, and they’ll keep coming back.”

Tacoma’s The Harmon does just that. The brewpub’s casual, welcoming atmosphere combined with inviting, reasonably-priced fare keeps diners returning.

Easily enough for two, the savory hummus appetizer is presented on a platter. It is accompanied by tender pita wedges, mild artichoke hearts, and lively feta. Sweet roasted red peppers and meaty Kalamata olives also supplement the flavorful starter. The garlicky chickpea spread is garnished with tomato wedges and cucumber slices. Other appetizer options include crab cakes, coconut prawns, and nachos.

Beer samplers (either flagship or seasonal) are served on undersized skis, complementing the brewery’s ski motif. The Harmon prides itself on being the hub of craft brewing in downtown Tacoma. Eight beers can usually be found on draught, including the award winning Puget Sound Porter and The Brown Pt. ESB. Other brews are Point Defiance IPA, Pinnacle Peak Pale Ale, and Mount Takhoma Blonde Ale; their names reflect the Harmon’s commitment to the Puget Sound area.

Dinner salads include grape tomatoes, shredded cheddar, and red onions tossed with mixed greens. The house dressing is a balsamic blend; a combination of honey mustard dressing and balsamic vinaigrette emphasizes the sweetness of both the rich, sweet vinegar and the amber nectar, complemented by the subtle pungency of mustard.

Fish tacos are made from the catch of the day, cooked to the diner’s specifications. Spicy blackened halibut chunks are wrapped in flour tortillas; a cilantro sour cream dipping sauce accompanies them. The coleslaw side is not over-dressed and a hint of horseradish can be detected in the cabbage salad.

A halibut sandwich, served on a hamburger bun with roasted red pepper, dill pickle and red onion, contains an unexpected ingredient – brie. Since a small amount of the strong, distinctive cheese is used, it does not overwhelm the delicately flavored fish. Crispy garlic parmesan fries are served with both entrees. Also available are burgers, sandwiches, chicken pesto linguine, and top sirloin.

The eatery’s peanut butter pie is made in-house. A slab of peanut butter ice cream atop a chocolate cookie crumb crust is sprinkled with chopped peanuts and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Ask for two forks—the generous whipped-cream garnished portions are more than enough to share. Other dessert choices are New York cheesecake and Lou’s Chocolate Mountain Surprise.

Just across the street from The Washington State History Museum, The Harmon is a favorite spot for downtown business folks, local residents and tourists alike. Whether you’re making reservations for a big party or in the mood for a casual dinner, the Harmon welcomes you.

Mary Morgan

Hilltop Artists: Transforming Lives Through Glass Blowing

In her widely-acclaimed studies on grief, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote, “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

How apropos that metaphor is for Kit Evans, the Executive Director of the Hilltop Artists program. She shines with hope, an inner beauty, and a resiliency much like the glass art she sees struggling children create.

A non-profit established in 1994 with the help of Dale Chihuly, the Hilltop Artists program helps youth learn the art of glass blowing, mosaics, fused glass, pottery and beadwork—a rich, involved genre of arts that is deeply rooted in the history and beauty of the City of Tacoma. The program serves a diverse group of youth and is especially effective with those who are searching for ways to connect and belong. Hilltop does targeted outreach in communities that are dealing with high risk factors related to poverty, neglect, homelessness, substance abuse, and violence, serving youth ages 12-20.

“By keeping arts front and center, it reinforces the focus of our program and demonstrates that art is necessary for whole living. It has a use and a function. It also has the ability to transform lives,” says Evans.

Evans’ career in non-profit spans 35 years. “For years, I’ve worked in programs dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault, and AIDS.” Now, as Evans runs a program that provides tuition-free classes and instruction for over 500 students each year, her strengths include visioning programs, finding support and building partnerships with donors and community. “And hiring world-class staff!” she is quick to point out.

Evans is especially enthusiastic about the Arts Connect program they offer. In partnership with Pierce County Juvenile Court and collaborating community organizations, they reach out to court-involved girls ages 11–19 living in Pierce County. Their effort responds to the need for a program that supports girls during the challenging time of court-ordered probation by helping them forge lasting, healthy connections to the community. “Currently, the girls are working on a beautiful series of pottery. And this fall, they will be glass-blowing, showing and selling works at Wilson High School.”

Bi-annual holiday and spring student glass show sales events and on-going fundraising are key in keeping Hilltop Artists viable and growing. Donations are crucial too. “The philanthropic community in Tacoma is astonishing,” claims Evans. “Commencement Bank, a Tacoma bank, is a key commercial supporter of our program—they are our biggest corporate sponsor every year and they have never wavered. Even during a recession. We are also very generously supported by Dean Allen Catering, the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation, The Sequoia Foundation and the Gottfried & Mary Fuchs Foundation. We also receive tons of support and advice from the people who work there. It is an amazing community.”

To find out more about this program and opportunities to get involved contact Vicki at 235.571.7670, by email at vtetzlaff@hilltopartists.org, or online at hilltopartists.org.

South Sound Theatres: Fall 2010 Season Preview

2010 marks a big year for many of our South Sound theatres, with special anniversaries, new partnerships to celebrate, and a stunning array of ambitious productions in the works. Big, splashy musicals? Victorian thrillers? Family ties and the never-ending search for identity and community? From Olympia to Seattle this fall, a Big Night at the Theatre will be all about Big Ideas.

And at Christmas time, put that remote down and walk away from the TV! All across the South Sound, theatres present new holiday classics in live song and dance—all brighter, merrier and more twinkling than Technicolor.

The fall season kicks off with a Big Idea and a double dose of inspiration: Both Olympia’s Washington Center for the Performing Arts and Tacoma’s Broadway Center for the Performing Arts are known for serving up a veritable feast of music and dance spectaculars. This year, both venues will dish up a special treat with the critically acclaimed musical, The Color Purple. Based on the Pulitzer-prize winning novel and the unforgettable film of the same name, The Color Purple celebrates the power of love to conquer despair, violence and oppression. You’ll be touched, both by the story and the joyful score filled with ragtime, jazz, gospel and blues.

For the Washington Center, this production of The Color Purple is the first of three big shows touring nationally and landing in Olympia. In January and February, don’t miss the Broadway favorites The Wizard of Oz and A Chorus Line (all touring shows are special short engagements, so get your tickets early). Looking ahead to the New Year at the Broadway Center, get ready for Spring Awakening, the ground-breaking, adolescent-angst, rock musical—and winner of eight Tony Awards.

This fall, Harlequin Productions celebrates its 20th anniversary season by shaking up the classics. The season begins with an exciting new adaptation of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. If you think you know the dark tale of man’s battle with science and morality, think again. Six actors will transform into twenty-one different characters, including four different versions of the menacing monster, Hyde.

The Harlequin’s annual Shakespearean production, The Taming of the Shrew gets an American Western make-over. Sweet Bianca is rarin’ to get hitched, but Dad won’t consent til sister Kate finds a fella who can handle her. Can a rough n’ tumble stranger bring the stubborn Kate to pasture? Don’t bet on it, pardner.

Even Charles Dickens gets a boost, with A Stardust Christmas Carol. The latest installment in the wildly popular Stardust series is set in post-WWII Manhattan, back in the ol’ Stardust Club. Come for the swingin’ tunes, and stay for a zany spin on the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Lakewood Playhouse spices up their traditional fall mystery with a new play featuring some old friends: none other than Holmes and Watson themselves. Written by a Western Washington playwright, Sherlock Holmes and the Doom of Devilsmore gives Holmes fans a brand new mystery to stimulate the grey matter.

Speaking of old friends, cozy up to your favorite angels and shepherds when Lakewood brings you The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Is it possible for a few kids to ruin an entire church pageant? (Hint: In the UK, the original title is “The Worst Kids in the World.”)

Starting early this fall, Tacoma Little Theatre’s season takes on mystery, musicals and… a spelling bee? First up, the two-man cast for Sleuth sets the bar, leading you through the ultimate cat-and-mouse game. Two mystery writers, deadly rivals and the perfect murder—but for whom?

Another intimate production of an entirely different nature follows: Eleemosynary (pronounce it “el-ee-mos-y-nary”) explores the complicated ties between three generations of exceptional women. A mother, daughter and spelling-champion granddaughter learn to trust and to take a chance together.

TLT ends the season with a bright, shiny bang— Annie tells the famous story of the spunky orphan with heart. Even in the depression years of New York, Annie reminds us all to stand up for our dreams… after all, “Tomorrow’s only a day away!”

Further north, Seattle’s landmark 5th Avenue Theatre is celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season! The fall line-up is a perfect representation of their 2010-2011 season, which includes new works and classic favorites.

The party starts with In the Heights, a Tony and Grammy award-winning musical set in Manhattan’s Washington Heights. It’s a vibrant urban community, where big dreams mingle with old traditions and the characters are ready for change. But what do you take with you and what do you leave behind? More importantly, what do you make your own?

The 5th’s holiday show can answer one of those questions: What do you take with you? Your Red Rider BB Gun! Get ready for A Christmas Story: The Musical!, the brand new stage adaptation of a popular American tradition. It’s Christmas in the 1950s, and 10-year-old Ralphie will do anything for that perfect gift. All your favorite moments are there, along with a new score and—are you ready?—a leg-lamp chorus!

Whether you’re brushing up on your classics or looking for new favorites, you’ll be sure to find it on a South Sound stage this fall. The coming season is packed with heart, courage and magical storytelling. Big Ideas? You bet… an array of shows to captivate any audience.

Community Events: Thurston County Chamber

“The Sky’s the Limit” – Chamber Foundation Auction

Over 250 community members enjoyed an “out of the box” chamber auction in celebration of the Chamber’s 27th Foundation Auction. The evening’s festivities included a buffet dinner and three auctions— two silent and one live. The live auction featured a New Orleans vacation for two, including airfare. Proceeds from this lively event go to support the Thurston County Chamber Foundation.

Community Events: Corks & Crush

Northwest Corks & Crush took South Puget Sound by storm on May 22nd! Celebrating four years of fundraising success in collaboration with Washington wineries, Northwest Corks & Crush blended fine wines, coveted auction items, live music and extraordinary community members to benefit our community’s health. This year we raised our glasses and paddles for Cardiac Care at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital with participation from twenty Northwest wineries and over 400 guests. The community responded with amazing generosity and closed the night out with live music from Shelley & the Curves and a great dance party.