Crockett’s Public House

Crockett’s Public House
118 East Stewart Ave, Puyallup

You might come for a drink, but you’ll stay for the food! Crockett’s Public House was created to be a bar with integrity, serving food with integrity. They’re just a great restaurant wrapped up in a pub which serves high quality food.

The house-baked flatbread appetizer is both crisp and chewy. Accompanied by sweet tomato jam, distinctively flavored soft cambozola cheese and a head of buttery textured sweet roasted garlic, this starter is an array of contrasting tastes and textures.

Spinach is tossed with tart grapefruit, velvety avocado, crunchy sunflower seeds and dried cranberries to create a salad bursting with flavor. The house-made mustard vinaigrette marries the unlikely combination into a top-notch dish. The bleu cheese salad combines greens with generous portions of crisp red flame grapes, sweet caramelized pecans and bleu cheese crumbles.

Mushroom raviolis are made in-house. Filled with earthy wild mushrooms, the entrée is enhanced by caramelized shallots and savory parmesan. The filling for Crockett’s crunch burger makes each bite a mouthful. Tender braised pork roast and beef short ribs are arranged in a bun spread with chipotle mayonnaise and topped with a handful of potato chips. Accompanied by a Napa cabbage-based slaw, it’s a meat-lover’s dream with a bite.

Carrie’s fruit pie is also homemade. More aptly called a galette, each simple tart is a single serving. The dessert is a flat, free-formed crust topped with a thin layer of fresh Fuji apples tossed in cinnamon and sugar. The edges of the crust are folded over into the filling, leaving most of the fruit exposed. The classic treat is topped with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream, served on a plate sauced with caramel.

Crockett’s Public House features food using local, fresh, high quality ingredients, prepared in house and cooked to order. The next time you’re in Puyallup, stop in for a bite.

Mary Morgan

Fall 2011


Community Events: Northwest Corks & Crush
Community Events: Go Red For Women
The Bead Factory
The Songs Her Mother Taught Her
South Sound Theaters: Fall 2011 Preview


Crockett’s Public House
Trapper’s Sushi
The Marriage Of Wine & Cheese

Design & Style

Design Defined
Adding Fall Color To The Garden


The Mistake That Can “Break” A Woman’s Heart
Transformation Salon & Spa

Transformation Salon & Spa

Newly opened spa & wellness center

Looking for a fresh, new look, or a complete transformation? Imagine finding yourself in a salon and spa with an uplifting and beautiful atmosphere—a salon and spa whose primary mission is your total well-being. Transformation Salon and Spa opened in May to provide this unique combination: a bridge between the typical salon and spa and a complete wellness center.

After 25 years in the wellness and beauty industry, Debora Hurter started Transformation Salon and Spa with a vision. “Not only will we be offering full hair, nail and spa services, we also have personal trainers, nutritional counseling, health and wellness coaching, as well as a personal stylist,” says Hurter.

Transformation services are all tailored to the unique individual. This isn’t a beauty salon where one style fits all, Hurter says. “In fact, only one style fits you, and we’re dedicated to finding and honing that vibrant and amazing you—that “transformation” which will reflect your personality, inspire confidence and make you shine!”

The innovative Transformation Spa considers a “transformation” not just from the outside in but also the inside out. “When you feel good, you just shine,” says Hurter. Along these lines, she is careful to consider the impact of products and is progressive in using products that are sulfate-free, paraben-free, and even one that is gluten-free.

We were quick to notice that the staff offers great service and an amazing experience. “Everyone on staff is a true artist!” says Hurter. “It was important to me when I started on this adventure that I had people with great vision and drive. There is so much creativity here, it buzzes.”

At Transformation Salon and Spa, Hurter makes customer service a priority. “The salon and spa have been designed to give you a relaxing, carefree environment. A place where you can close your eyes and forget all your stress, or you can come and kick up your feet and have a laugh! Where personalized care is the rule, not the exception. You will immediately feel the inviting and encouraging atmosphere. Come in for a transformation or just to see what the buzz is all about.”

For further information and to book your appointment, visit
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Lead Grout

The Mistake That Can “Break” A Woman’s Heart

Franciscan Health System’s campaign to save women’s lives doesn’t miss a beat

Every 60 seconds an American woman suffers a heart attack. Every 90 seconds another dies of heart disease. One out of every three 40-year-old women will have chest pains or a heart attack sometime during their lives. These figures, from a 2009 American Heart Association study, sound shocking. But even more shocking is the fact that many of our beloved mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and friends die unnecessarily, for the lack of a call to 9-1-1.

Franciscan Health System is partnering with the Federal Office on Women’s Health to avert such tragedies through an educational campaign called “Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat.” Despite increased publicity in recent years about the need for speed and how to recognize symptoms—which can differ from those men experience—women still don’t seem to think they are at risk.

Dr. Rosemary Peterson, a cardiologist with Franciscan, believes a range of factors, including denial and cultural expectations, explain why 79 percent of women surveyed said they would call 9-1-1 for someone else having a heart attack, but only 53 percent would call for themselves. “Women tend to be caretakers,” Peterson says. “They tend to be really busy taking care of everybody. Then there’s the ‘I don’t want to bother anybody.’” One patient, embarrassed by her messy house, cleaned it before calling 9-1-1.

Peterson says that 85 percent of muscle damage will take place within the first one to two hours. “We call that ‘the golden hour.’ If you can get to somebody within the hour you feel so lucky, because you can do a lot to save muscle. When the muscle is dead it doesn’t revive. Dead is dead.”

The most common symptom in both men and women is pain or discomfort in the chest. But women often experience less typical symptoms, such as pain in the back, neck, jaw, shoulders or arms; shortness of breath; nausea and vomiting; breaking out in a cold sweat; or unexplained fatigue—sometimes present for several days.

Carrie Rice remembers sitting in her doctor’s exam room one day in 1993 – when she was 54 years old and under a lot of stress – and worrying about sounding paranoid. There because of a stubborn respiratory infection, she decided to tell the doctor about the “funny feeling” in her chest—not severe or crushing pain.

“It was a pulsing sensation,” Rice said. “It would start under my breast bone and radiate out evenly in all directions. And when it got to my elbows, ears and belly button, it would stop.” It turned out that the artery on the left side of her heart had a 75 percent blockage. She feels lucky to be alive today at age 72, because she spoke up. If it happened again, she would call 9-1-1.

Peterson’s most important message to women is, “If something doesn’t feel right, you need to get it checked out. Call 9-1-1.” For more information, visit, where you will see the campaign’s logo: “Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat.”

Candace Brown

Adding Fall Color To The Garden

Set your fall landscape ablaze with color. Planting trees, shrubs or even perennials adds welcome color to your fall landscape.

Create a colorful canopy by adding sourwood trees. Sourwood can reach heights of 30 feet while providing several seasons of color.

The orange fall color of paperbark maples complements its reddish brown exfoliating bark. Use it as a single specimen tree or in small groupings for maximum enjoyment.

If raking leaves is not your favorite pastime, consider growing a ginkgo tree. The beautiful fan-shaped leaves turn a clear yellow in the fall. Once the leaves start falling, they all drop in a day or two.

Shrubs are great options for small-space gardeners or those looking to add fall color at eye level. The common witch hazel leaves turn yellow in the fall and as they drop, they reveal the fragrant yellow blooms, leaving an unexpected pleasure.

Whether large, small, weeping or spreading, there is a crab apple tree suited to most landscapes. As the leaves turn yellow and drop in the fall, the fruit take centerstage. As the fruit soften over the winter, the birds move in, adding color and motion to your landscape.

Don’t forget to add a bit of color at ground level. Bergenia is a four-season perennial with white or pink spring flowers. The large leaves turn bronze, wine or deep crimson and persist through the winter.

Also look for fall bloomers. Asters and mums are traditional favorites, but there are many more to consider. The small orchid-like flowers of the toad lily line the stems or top the branches, while the delicate blooms of Japanese anemone rise above the rosette of leaves. Both are sure to amaze your visitors.

Take a bit of time to enjoy this colorful season and plan to add fall color, from the ground up, in your landscape.

Gardening Expert Melinda Myers

Design Defined

What is design as it relates to our habitats? There isn’t an easy answer to that question. Design encompasses everything from space planning to material choice and beyond. But the experts do agree on one thing—the most successful projects begin and end with well thought-out design.

Design Is Experience
There’s a first time for everything, including a major renovation. Yet just because you have never built a home, remodeled your kitchen or landscaped your yard doesn’t mean the project will be one great unknown after another. Having experienced professionals guide you through the process is invaluable.

Consider retaining a professional landscaping firm. “Your investment in a professional landscape design plan can often pay for itself by helping you avoid misdirected or unplanned work,” advised John Sullivan of Olympic Landscaping.

Even with the most talented design team, expect some detours along the way. No one can know with absolute certainty what is behind the walls or below the ground. And even the best-designed plans often need some tweaking as the project moves along.

“Clear, concise communication and education have been our best tools to reduce the stress that is involved in the remodeling/design process,” owners from Phase II Construction remarked. “By letting our clients know what to expect and what’s coming next, they can look to it with anticipation and comfort in having an idea of what is to come.”

Design is Possibility
Design, after all, is where it all begins. Design is creating the space that reflects who you are and meets your lifestyle needs.

Design is also what translates ideas, abstract feelings and lifestyle into a blueprint for a remodel or new construction. It isn’t always easy for homeowners to envision what a good entertaining space will look like, or how to express a desire for an inviting gathering space in square footage. Designers and other construction professionals can make that leap from ideals to actual living spaces.

With endless options available today, clients walk into a showroom and quickly get overwhelmed. “I tell them it’s a layering process starting with the species of wood in cabinetry and flooring, then moving to solid surfaces, countertops, tile selections and ending with the perfect paint palette,” Stefanie Brooks, Interior Designer, said.

Scott Bergford, president of Scott Homes, agrees. “After twenty-five years in the building industry, I have learned that it is easy to help clients avoid pitfalls by simply asking good questions and learning about what a client’s needs are, what is really important to them and helping them navigate through the process.”

Design is Life
Design isn’t just what our spaces look like. It is how they feel and how they work. Design is a kitchen that is functional, a living room that is inviting and a backyard that allows you to be productive while enjoying the space. Design is the chair you curl up in with a good book (or maybe, now, a Kindle). It’s the table where you play Battleship with your cousin every Christmas. It’s the yard fountain which greets you with a calming sound as you enter your yard on a crisp fall morning.

“Most clients don’t want what everyone else has; that is where being creative and digging into untapped resources is important.” says Stefanie Brooks. “Creating a space that is unique to the client and the character of their home gives them a sense of comfort and something to be proud of each time they walk into their home.”

The spaces that we live, work and play in have a power to influence us in many ways,” commented John Sullivan. “Design is about our lives. Creating beautiful spaces with well throughout designs, well they just fit like a glove. Incredible fit gives us a sense of well-being and, ultimately, a beautiful, functional space enhances our lives.”

In the end, design is the detailed road map to creating form or structure, emphasizing features such as appearance, convenience and efficient functioning. A well thought-out design will save you time, energy and open the door to creative possibilities which fit the way you live. Finding a design expert has an important impact on how you develop the design plan for your spaces.

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Leah Grout

The Marriage of Wine and Cheese

Cultivating a deep appreciation for wine and cheese together takes time. Just as wine and cheese need time to develop, we must also take time to purposefully appreciate this 4,000 year marriage. I propose that you approach pairing wine with cheese by thinking about the components and character of each, and by concentrating on a single wine and a single cheese over time. Luckily, we’re in fertile ground for this: The Northwest is in the midst of a rebirth and explosion of artisanal cheese and wine.

Why Pair Wine and Cheese?
We take the marriage of wine and cheese for granted. But why? Because cheese can make mediocre wines taste downright delicious!

On one level, they each soften the excesses of the other. The acidity and tannins in wine will often balance the richness of cheese and vice versa. This sets the stage for the greatest aspect of this combination: the synergy that results from complementary and contrasting flavors.

Perhaps there’s something to the historical development of wine and cheese as foods that yield such wonderful matches. After all, as products of fermentation, they both arose out of a need to combat spoilage and thus allow for longer storage. The greatest examples of wine and cheese are intimately tied to specific places that evolved through decades or even centuries of trial and error, such as Napa Valley or Prosser, Wa. Not surprisingly, people describe both wine and cheese in the same nomenclature—fruity, acidic, robust—and enthusiasts engage in elaborate tasting rituals to appreciate their flavors.

Making the Pairing Work
Finding successful wine and food matches is empirical— you won’t know what works until you actually try them together. Those handy cheese and wine cards can be useful to narrow wines down, but in the end you really learn only by tasting. When our team tastes a new cheese, we think of four things in the following order: texture, components, flavor and character.

These are the ways that most sommeliers go about matching wine with food. But I would add another: match the character of the cheese to the wine. Specifically, if you’re serving an artisan cheese—made from local milk by a single person or small team and aged in a local area—try to find an artisanal wine, one for which the producer grows the grapes himself, makes the wine, and ages it at the estate. Similarly, if you’re serving a cheese made from raw milk sourced from pastured animals, try to find a wine with a similar pedigree, such as one made from grapes sourced from a single vineyard. Not only are these pairings poetic, they are usually quite congenial.

The single greatest thing you can do to enhance your appreciation of wine and cheese is to visit a vineyard or a dairy.

Making the Pairing Mature
As living things, both wine and cheese develop over time. One of the most rewarding ways to enjoy them together is to taste that development. Find a cheese and a wine that you like and stick with it for a while. Buy a wheel and taste how it changes over the weeks.

Cultivating an appreciation of wine and cheese together never ends. Taste with a sense of purpose, connect the people and places with the food they produce, and you’ll live better.

Leah Grout

Trapper’s Sushi

206 39th Ave SW, Puyallup

16908 SE 269th Pl, Covington

Sushi Town
20649 State Route Hwy 410, Bonney Lake

Origami, cloisonné, calligraphy, flower arranging and silk weaving— all are art forms associated with Japanese culture. Japanese food preparation is also an art.

Trapper O’Keeffe began making sushi over 16 years ago. In 2004 he began his own venture, Sushi Town, which will be celebrating its sixth anniversary this year.

A traditional starter, tempura combo is deep fried vegetables and shrimp. Crispy asparagus, carrots and sweet potatoes are served with ponzu sauce, a tart, salty blend of citrus and soy sauce.

The earthy undertones of miso soup are enhanced with the addition of firm tofu and scallion garnish. Cucumber salad tossed in soy and lemon juice dressing is sprinkled with sesame seeds.

For those who are not sushi lovers, Trapper’s offers teriyaki—chicken, beef and shrimp. Sushi and sashimi are accompanied by luxurious, meaty, octopus seaweed salad. The slightly chewy octopus contrasts with the crunchy seaweed. Maguro (tuna), shiro maguro (albacore), sake (salmon) and ebi (shrimp) are firm and fresh. The fish are accompanied by hot wasabi and thinly sliced pickled ginger.

Japanese mochi ice cream is small rounded scoops of the frozen confection wrapped inside tender, rice-based mochi. It’s available in either strawberry or mango.

Sushi Town’s specialty is rolls. Through the end of September the “Russell Roll” will be on the menu. Named after an autistic son of a friend of Trapper, 100% of proceeds will go to the organization “Autism Speaks.” The special creation is a tempura roll with yellowtail and a special sauce, topped with green onion and tobiko.

“I participate in charitable activities because I like to give back. I feel very fortunate to be able to help. My staff and I like being able to feel good about our stores knowing that we give back to our community,” O’Keeffe commented.

The restaurateur’s past philanthropic activities include collecting 1,200 pounds of food for local food banks; a breast cancer fundraiser donated 100% of proceeds for one day of sales for all three stores, generating over $10,000.

“Basically I like to give back and it makes us feel good” O’Keeffe explained. “It is always better to give than receive.”

Mary Morgan

South Sound Theaters, Fall 2011 Season Preview

“A delicious pairing.” “Two peas in a pod.” From culinary masterpieces to the best of friends, there’s nothing better than two singular sensations combined to make the perfect pair. That’s especially true this fall on the stages of the South Puget Sound; theaters all through the region are starting the season with a powerful one-two punch of quality entertainment and thrilling storytelling.

Read on for the Fall 2011 theater season, where musical and theatrical pairings will delight and charm, terrify and mystify, or make your heart sing with nostalgia and timeless sentiment.

Two Extraordinary Women and Two Holiday Spectaculars: The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts sets the standard with two unique pairings. Fall brings two women who are masters of their craft: a Celtic musician and an outrageous comedienne. Órla Fallon of Celtic Woman brings her harp and beautifully sung traditional Irish airs to the Broadway Center stage in October. In November, legendary powerhouse Joan Rivers sounds off with her trademark wit and a lifetime of experience in the entertainment industry.

For the holiday season, enjoy the unique pairing of the classical and the whimsical. Gather up your sugarplums and soldiers for Tacoma City Ballet’s Christmas favorite, “The Nutcracker,” and then treat yourself to the Seattle Men’s Chorus: The Big Band Theory. This year’s chorus performance, which has become a Northwest tradition, will combine jazzy Christmas tunes with the geeky shenanigans of characters from TV’s “The Big Bang Theory.” (Get your tickets early for this annually sold-out show!)

Two-Month Celebration: Throughout September and October, The Washington Center for the Performing Arts brings you CenterFest, a festival of community and the arts. CenterFest includes an art show and live auction event, a tea dance, and a grand gala performance you won’t want to miss: Lorna Luft in Songs My Mother Taught Me, a celebration of the songs of Judy Garland. In this acclaimed multimedia spectacle, Luft combines beloved songs with a daughter’s loving reminiscences in a riveting musical event.

Two Lost Souls: Lakewood Playhouse loves to open its season with mystery and intrigue, and in Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” you’ll get a dose of the supernatural too. Two young boys become unlikely heroes as they fight to save their families from Mr. Dark and his thrilling, terrifying carnival for lost souls.

Later at Lakewood Playhouse, another lost soul winds his way through London’s dangerous underworld of thieves and villains: Oliver Twist, the orphan boy of Charles Dickens fame. With unforgettable characters and musical numbers like “As Long as He Needs Me” and “I’d Do Anything,” the play “Oliver!” brings the boy to love and family at last.

Two Ghost Stories With Heart: After beginning its season with the engaging, neurotic overachievers in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (in which the kids are played by adults), Tacoma Little Theatre moves into darker territory just in time for Halloween. In a stylish retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Victorian horror story “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” even the evil Hyde can love and be loved.

For the holidays, another well-known ghost story, comes to life in “A Christmas Carol,” with Charles Dickens himself as host. The story is told in Dickens’ own parlor, with his family and friends acting the parts and reminding us all of the true Christmas spirit.

Two Audience Favorites: Harlequin Productions celebrates its loyal audience this fall, remounting a favorite from the past and continuing a beloved seasonal tradition.

In the 10-year anniversary edition of the classic romance, “Cyrano de Bergerac,” you’ll revisit the man who is everything a hero should be: courageous and eloquent—but ugly. Too ashamed to reveal his love to the beauteous Roxanne, Cyrano helps the handsome but inarticulate Christian win her heart. From battleground to balcony, the play is an elegant, tragic tale you won’t want to miss.

After Cyrano, Harlequin stages “Stardust Serenade,” the next installment in its original holiday series. South Sound audiences have made the Stardust gang a regular part of their holidays for more than 15 years. Join the fun with swingin’ WWII-era tunes, zany comedy and nostalgic holiday cheer for the whole family.

Two Big Dreamers: Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre immortalizes in song two radically different women who both knew how to cause a stir. First up, “Saving Aimee” takes you to 1920s Los Angeles with Aimee Semple McPherson. This new musical uses real events to tell the story of a charismatic evangelist whose famous quest to save a million souls was outshone only by her constant presence in the tabloids.

Next, the 5th Avenue transports you even further back in time, to a very different sort of dreamer. A sumptuous production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” whirls you into a fairy tale world of song, dance and true romance. See it for the first time or the 50th and sing along to all your favorites, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible” and “The Prince Is Giving a Ball!”

With so many exceptional pairings on stage this fall, you’ll want to leave room in your calendar for multiple nights at the theater. After all, one good thing certainly deserves another.

Emilie Rommel

The Songs Her Mother Taught Her

Lorna Luft honors her mother, Judy Garland, in an emotional one-woman show

Lorna Luft’s show business career began at age 11 alongside her famous mother, Judy Garland, who died a tragic death before Luft finished her teens. On September 30, during CenterFest 2011 at Olympia’s Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the vocalist will share “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” a tribute to Judy Garland.

After Garland’s untimely death, Luft went on to achieve her own fame as an actress, recording artist, producer and best-selling author of “Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir,” published in 1999. Many friends—including Barry Manilow, whom she calls her “best friend for 40 years”—urged her to create this show, which the Los Angeles Times described as “heart-stopping and thrilling—an incandescent revelation not to be missed.”

In a recent interview, Luft expressed her feelings:

You said that at first the idea of doing this show was too overwhelming and personal. What made you finally feel ready?
We all get to a time in our lives where we feel comfortable with our past. I was in my late 40s when I started the book. Then I made the mini-series, which was very successful. We were nominated for 13 Emmy awards and we won five. I thought, okay, now I can really look at this amazing library of music and be okay with it, be comfortable, and pay tribute and just make sure that I put a show together that was the truth, that was entertaining.

It must have been an intensely emotional experience, the first time you did the show. How do you get through it time and time again?
It’s not how I get through it, but how the audience gets through it. You see, I know what’s coming next. When I can see the white Kleenex coming out I know I’ve done my job. I’ve told the truth. I’ve done what I’m supposed to do.

How long did it take to create, and what were some of the challenges?
About six months. We had to go through an immense plethora of material—movies, radio shows, and television shows. I was introduced to Ken and Mitzie Welch who had written all of the Carol Burnett shows. I needed somebody to help me write and direct. These two extraordinary people did that, and it was a fantastic journey.

What will the audience take away from this show?
They will take away a personal story about a mother and a daughter. This show pays tribute to one of the greatest entertainers and legends of this business, and I was lucky enough that she was my mom. It’s not just a concert of a bunch of songs thrown together. It has a beginning, middle, and end. It’s a mini-theatrical show. I guarantee you’ll have a great time.

Candace Brown