the mantel, culinary ascent

Are you ready to take your love of food to new heights? The Mantel is a sophisticated, neighborhood restaurant that delivers traditional meals with a unique flair. Located at Trilogy at Tehaleh, the resort-like community in Bonney Lake, The Mantel will have you feeling right at home in its lodge-inspired atmosphere.

The attractive décor is rustic and earthy, with high ceilings, exposed beams and handcrafted glass light fixtures. You can enjoy an intimate night out at a cozy table for two or choose a seat at the spacious bar rail. Regardless, the menu is what sets The Mantel apart.

Each menu item is handcrafted with only the freshest ingredients that are locally sourced. Among the wide selection of starters is the house favorite, Crispy Brussel Sprouts. Perfectly crunchy on the outside, tossed in a balsamic glaze and mixed with heirloom tomatoes, this light appetizer is so well made it will change the mind of any vegetable hater!

Entrée options include signature dishes like the Pasta Bolognese, an Italian sausage and beef Bolognese with thick pappardelle pasta, which was inspired by executive chef Nathaniel Cooper’s time spent living in Italy. Various sandwich options include the popular Millionaire Burger, a classic compilation of Meyer ground beef, bacon, cheddar club sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion on a butter brioche bun. A selection of artisan pizzas range from spicy Italian to organic mushroom.

If you’re a meat connoisseur, try something from the grill. Current options include cedar-plank Pacific salmon, grilled pork chop and a marvelous grilled ribeye. The steak is cooked to perfection with porcini compound butter, paired with bleu cheese mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach.

“I like to develop my culinary style, which I describe as modern comfort food,” says Cooper. “I believe that with the proper and freshest ingredients, you don’t need a lot of spices to confuse the palate.  He adds that one of his favorite recipes to make at the restaurant is a deconstructed pot pie.

The Mantel opened in January 2016 and is currently open to the public. In the near future, however, it will expand its business and go private. If you haven’t had the chance to take your taste buds to elevated places, make sure you stop by soon and experience The Mantel and the Trilogy community.

by: Sarah Grace Persson

19001 Trilogy Parkway E
Bonney Lake, WA

Tacoma Art Museum: Prestigious Portraiture

We have all seen portraits—but wait until you visit “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today” at Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibit is composed of 43 innovative works from a Smithsonian competition.

With a dazzling variety of media, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media, the portraits explore powerful themes and challenge imaginations. The museum exhibit is on view through May 14.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the Smithsonian’s exhibition to TAM and to the region,” said Stephanie Stebich, the now former executive director who was instrumental in bringing the exhibit to Tacoma. “Portraiture is one of TAM’s collecting strengths. Portraits carry meaning that everyone can relate to. These portraits tell stories of national concerns that resonate in Tacoma too.”

Unique stories revealed in the portraits include experiences in family and parenting, fragility of childhood, migration, race and gender, health care, poverty, and at-risk youth. The artists, as one placard states, “reveal the diversity of experiences that connect us.”

Prepare to be impressed by the large-scale works, the unique collections that express an artist’s experience, the diversity in the portraits, and the representations of current national issues. This is a show that inspires thinking on multiple levels. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite portraits.

First prize in the Smithsonian competition went to Amy Sherald of Baltimore for an oil on canvas titled “Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance).” The artist grew up in Columbus, Georgia, aware of the “appropriate” behavior expected of her as an African American girl. The girl in the portrait is set on a dreamlike turquoise background. Sherald used light gray paint to “omit” skin color so her subject appears both realistic and otherworldly.

The triennial competition for contemporary portraiture and this Outwin 2016 exhibition are possible because of a gift from the late Virginia Outwin Boochever, a Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery volunteer and benefactor. More than 2,500 artists submitted entries in this fourth iteration of the competition.

This is the first time the show has traveled away from the Smithsonian gallery. Tacoma Art Museum is the first stop and only West Coast stop on a national tour. This is your opportunity to see portraits as you have never seen them before.


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1701 Pacific Ave

Tacoma, WA 98402

amazing smells at 222 market

Opened this past November, 222 Market features local and regional artisans in a European market-style setting. Husband-and-wife owners Gray and Joy Graham say they opened the business to add vitality to downtown Olympia with a fun and inviting marketplace of local and sustainable foods.

As you walk into the quaint but bustling building, you immediately smell fresh bread in the air. The longstanding Bread Peddler bakeshop and café is a great meeting spot and a place to enjoy breakfast and lunch.

Next door, fresh coffee is brewing and pleasantly paired with crepes. The Creperie offers buckwheat crepes made in the tradition of Brittany, France, and from locally sourced ingredients. The refined yet down-to-earth setting makes The Creperie a favorite on our list.

If you smell something sweet, it may be coming from Sofie’s Scoops, where owners Sofie and Chris set out to make gelato the best way they could, from fresh and local ingredients. Gelato in a waffle cone is our favorite.

Meat lovers will appreciate the smell of bone broth upon arrival at the Broth Bar by Salt Fire and Time. For those in need of “healing nutritional support,” says its website, this is a place for “a positive and delicious experience of daily wellness in the form of traditional foods….” With housemade floral kombucha on tap, this is a one-stop shop for wellness on the go.

Pantry at the Market is the place to stop in for a snack or grab items for home. All foods sold in the Pantry are sourced for their locality and their sustainable practices—and of course their flavors!

Stop and smell the flowers, literally, at Fleurae, where owners Carissa and Iana have established a floral design and gift shop. Their beautiful space is packed with fresh flowers, bouquets to go, handmade wreaths, candles, antique pillows and local artisan gifts.

At Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, the bounty of the local tides is celebrated and sold. Says owner Austin Navarre: “We are providing food that is fresh, local and sustainable” with a menu that changes daily.

Blind Pig Spirits craft distillery offers in-house distilled alcohols from Washington-grown products. Local owners Lesa, Ray, and Fred set out to make a splash in the distillery community by offering small-batch spirits, with quality ingredients. They know that fermentation doesn’t have the best scent, but don’t worry, they say—it’s all part of the process. The in-house distillery features a tasting room, production and bottling facility, and retail sales of its products and branded merchandise.

To experience all the sights and smells of 222 Market, visit 222 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA, 98501

Pacific Medical Opens Lacey Clinic

As part of its effort to better serve patients along the Interstate 5 corridor, Pacific Medical Centers, or PacMed, has opened a new clinic in Lacey. In a partnership with Providence Medical Group, the Lacey clinic is located in more than 30,000 square feet of renovated space. It is the 11th facility for PacMed in the Puget Sound region and the 11th primary care facility for Providence in southwest Washington.

The new clinic offers the following services:

  • Immediate care (open 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends)
  • Primary care (including pediatrics and OB/GYN services)
  • Laboratory and diagnostic imaging
  • Diabetes and nutrition services
  • Physical therapy
  • Palliative care

The new Lacey clinic also provides greater access to health care for the 9,500 active-duty and retired military families living in Thurston County, through the U.S. Family Health Plan. As the only provider of USFHP on the West Coast, PacMed offers the region’s active-duty family members and retired military personnel with a civilian option to health care at no added cost, improving both access to health care and the overall quality experience.

The headshealth-beauty of both PacMed and Providence spoke highly of the partnership between their two health care organizations. Medrice Coluccio, regional chief executive of Providence Southwest Washington, noted the value of expanding its primary care base to “help build healthier communities, together.”

Likewise, PacMed CEO Linda Marzano had this to say: “We are excited to join Providence to increase access to exceptional care in the Lacey ommunity. Through our proven model of care, we create excellent outcomes for patients to support them in living their best and healthiest lives. This is something both our organizations value and see as our duty to the communities we serve.”

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LIV ON Starring Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Amy Sky

Three superstars team up for LIV ON, a concert experience with the power to heal heartache with hope and gratitude. Grammy winner Olivia Newton-John, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Canadian singer/songwriter Amy Sky team up for the inspirational concert at the historic Pantages Theater on February 17, at 7:30 p.m. 

LIV ON is built around the experiences that Newton-John, Chapman, and Sky who believe what matters most in life: love, loss, hope, and healing. With songs such as “Stone In My Pocket” and “My Heart Goes Out To You,” the three friends have put the purpose of the LIV ON Project into song. Having all experienced life changing losses, the project blossomed out of both their unified grief and their resolute desire to heal and help others. The LIV ON Project takes the listener on a journey of remembrance, toward one of inspiration and hope.

“We found that any time we shared a vulnerable part of us, we felt such an overwhelming feeling of kinship and relief, that we were not alone with our pain,” Newton-John said. “We hope these songs that came from the depths of us, will offer a place of comfort to others.”

This very special performance is meant to help lift the hearts of others going through their own hardship, whatever the cause. LIV ON also brings listeners epic songs such as Nielsen Chapman’s “Sand and Water,” and several brand new songs, including the title track, “Liv On,” which was born of their own exploration into the pain of loss, the growth that follows, and eventually the journey toward renewed joy. 

To purchase tickets call the Broadway Center Box Office at 253.591.5894, toll-free 1.800.291.7593, online at

Gift Guide 2016 – Give the gift they will all love!

10230 Main St, Bellevue
A celebrated Pacific Northwest company. It takes four glass artists and three layers of glass to create each one-of-a-kind glass cup, votive or bowl. With each Glassybaby purchase, a portion of the proceeds goes to charities dedicated to healing.
patagoniaPatagonia Baby
Reversible Down Sweater Hoody
Reversible, lightweight, hooded jacket insulated with Traceable Down features a solid color on one side and jolly print on the other.
~$83 – $119
fransFran’s Chocolates
10036 Main St, Bellevue
Hand-crafted artisan confections from a Pacific Northwest staple. The Bellevue location is an elegant European-style shop with selections by the piece, luxurious gift assortments and paired dessert wines.
baconSir Francis Bacon
Sampler Pack
When they love bacon you can’t go wrong with a sampler pack that features plenty of bacony delights. This is going to put a satisfied smile on their face, but don’t be surprised when they want more and there’s none to be had because it’s just a sampler.
fitbitFitBit Charge
The FitBit can be worn all day and night, and it will track Dad’s activity, even his sleeping. It will show with objectivity whether he is getting enough activity each day, and it will also track his sleep to see if there is something he can do to make it better.

Winter 2016



Zoobilee 2016 – Octopus’s Garden Gala
Hands On Children’s Museum
West Coast Debut of 30 Americans
Skating into a Brighter Future
Homeless Backpacks
America’s Automotive Trust


Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters Celebrates 30 Years in Business
Sweet Treats For This Holiday Season!
Nine of our Favorite Washington Wines to Enjoy This Holiday Season

Design & Style

Gift Guide 2016


Outpatient Total Joint Program

West Coast Debut of 30 Americans

tamThe critically acclaimed, nationally traveling exhibition 30 Americans made its West Coast debut at Tacoma Art Muse-um this fall. Featuring 45 works drawn from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami—one of the largest private contemporary art collections in the world—30 Americans will be on view through Jan. 15, 2017.

The exhibition showcases paintings, photographs, installations, and sculptures by prominent African-American artists who have emerged since the 1970s as trailblazers in the contemporary art scene. The works explore identity and the African-American experience in the United States. The exhibition invites viewers to consider multiple perspectives and to reflect on the similarities and differences of their own experiences and identities.

“The impact of this inspiring exhibition comes from the powerful works of art produced by major artists who have significantly advanced contemporary art practices in our country for three generations,” says Stephanie Stebich, executive director of TAM. “The stories these works tell are more relevant than ever as we work toward understanding and social change.”

Characterizing TAM as a “safe space for difficult conversations through art,” Stebich adds that the museum will hold open forums and discussions during the run of the exhibition, offering ample opportunity, she says, for community conversations about the role of art, the history of racism, and traumatic current events.

Rock Hushka, TAM’s chief curator, expects that for some viewers, this exhibition will be comforting and exciting; for others it may be provocative or uncomfortable. He said the museum will have gallery prompts that invite visitors to examine their own identities and how it affects their reactions.

What will you see in 30 Americans? Works by seminal figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Carrie Mae Weems will be on view alongside pieces by younger generations of artists such as Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas and Kalup Linzy. Woven through many of the works are evocative themes of race and black identity in America, the struggle for civil rights, popular culture and media imagery.


For additional information:
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

Skating into a Brighter Future

skateSkateboards twist in midair, landing with a crash. Smiles, hollers and 400 youth fill the space each month, an old ware-house across from Tacoma’s popular Opera Alley. Welcome to Alchemy Skateboarding & Education Center. It’s so much more than meets the eye.

Alchemy Skateboarding is a nonprofit dedicated to “providing opportunities for youth to learn and grow through skate-boarding.” The mission shapes athletic programs, mentoring, experiential learning opportunities, a leadership training program, safe drop-in facility and Go Skate Tacoma, an annual citywide celebration. Alchemy even teaches courses in three high schools in the Tacoma School District.

“A skateboarder will crash and fail 100 times before they get a trick done well. They are very tenacious,” said Ben Warner, executive director. “They believe if they keep on working, they’ll get it right. They are innovative and brilliant. We just try to teach them the words and give them an authentic mirror so they can see who they really are.”

This resiliency and persistence is channeled into empowering youth to engage civically, participating in the community to create positive change.

The vision for Alchemy began in 2009 when a small team, led by Warner, em-barked on a trek to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs by longboarding across the country. The team skated from coast to coast, visiting clubs along the way to benefit youth participants.

This transformative journey developed their awareness of the power of skateboarding. From urban centers to desert villages, the team witnessed the unique power of skateboarding and its ability to build strength and confidence in youth.

Need a gift for that hard-to-shop-for teen? How about personal skateboarding lessons? Looking for a unique way to celebrate a birthday? Rent Alchemy’s indoor park for the party. All proceeds benefit the youth program, where no child is turned away. Be the “cool” relative and give a gift that gives back to at-risk youth.


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Homeless Backpacks

backpackHere’s how the seed of an idea blossomed into massive results that benefit thousands of students throughout the South Sound.

“A group of friends and I were having dinner, and someone brought up an encounter with a homeless person,” recalls Kelly Wilson, a founding board member and chairwoman of Homeless Backpacks. “Then the conversation turned into ‘What can we do?’”

The answer: Fill backpacks with survival goods to help the homeless. Accompanied by Lt. Chris Ward of the Lacey Police Department and a photographer from The Olympian newspaper, Wilson’s group ventured out to a homeless encampment two days before Thanksgiving. Their story wound up on the paper’s front page the next day.

“The phone started ringing at 6:30 the next morning with people calling to ask how they could help,” Wilson says.

Next, the Housing Authority of Thurston County asked the women to participate in the agency’s annual homeless survey. When the data shook out, the group realized one surprising statistic: More than 600 homeless children live in the Olympia area.

“We knew if we were going to do something,” Wilson emphasizes, “helping those children is what we wanted to do.”

A renewed Homeless Backpacks program came together in 2006, partnered with the local food bank and refocused on providing food for middle- and high-school-age children in the free and reduced lunch program. The organization decided to provide backpacks filled with supplemental week-end food for those students. To receive their supply and re-turn backpacks for refills, students would meet weekly with school counselors.

“It took off like wildfire,” Wilson says. “Last year we served more than 430 students a week.”

Today the program serves more than 600 area students and has inspired similar programs in Ma-son, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. Besides food, cash donations and sponsorships, the all-volunteer team stages an annual spring “Flapjacks for Backpacks” breakfast and a fall dinner and auction. The organization is also on the “contribute fund drive” list from which many companies and state workers can choose to fund local charities.

“Our commitment is that the kids don’t have to worry about where their food comes from so they can focus on their schoolwork,” Wilson says, “and, ultimately, to end homelessness—because every day they stay in school is another day in the long run that they won’t be homeless.”

To donate, attend the fall dinner and auction, or learn more about the Homeless Backpacks program, visit