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Seattle Chefs and Restaurants Nominated for 2014 James Beard Awards
Feb. 19 – More than two dozen Washington state chefs and restaurants were nominated as semifinalist for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards. Aragona and Bar Sajor are both nominated for Best New Restaurant while others are recognized for Outstanding Chef, Best Pastry Chef, Outstanding Wine Service, Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional and Best Chef in the Northwest. The finalist in each category will be announced in mid-March and winners will be announced on May 5.

Taste Washington 2014 Tickets and Hotel Packages Now Available
Jan. 16 – Tickets and hotel packages for the 17th annual Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event, are available now through The two-day event at Century Link Field Event Center in Seattle will be held on March 29 and 30, 2014.
Visit Seattle Introduces Fresh and Free eCookbook
Oct. 15 - Visit Seattle launched a free interactive eCookbook that highlights a range of talented chefs and signature Pacific Northwest cuisine. Fresh From Seattle features 26 recipes from 12 noteworthy contributing local chefs, including award winners such as Tom Douglas, Maria Hines and Thierry Rautureau. The eCookbook, which offers recipes, color photos, food history, chef bios and more, is available at, where it is downloadable as a PDF or you can link to Apple iTunes App Store for download. Both options are free of charge.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Receives Five-Star Rating

Sept. 9 – Forbes Travel Guide awarded the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle with a five-star rating. The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is the first hotel in Washington State to receive this honor.

Seattle-native DJ to Spin Beats at 20something - The New Vintage
Sept. 27 - Voted “Best Female DJ” three years in a row in Las Vegas, DJ Tina T will spin eclectic tunes as attendees sample bites and pours from 70 Washington wineries and more than a dozen Washington restaurants. The annual wine event is scheduled for November 23 at 6 pm at the Fremont Studios.

Tickets on Sale for 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship
Aug. 15 - Tickets are on sale for the 2013 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship on December 19 & 21 at Key Arena in Seattle. The volleyball championship is the largest NCAA championship to be hosted in Seattle since 1995. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend.

Two Seattle Restaurants Among Top 10 Best Restaurants in America
Aug. 13 - The Whale Wins and Joule are both listed in Bon Appetit magazine’s annual Best Restaurants in America 2013 list.

Seattle Production First Date Debuts on Broadway
Aug. 8 - From the works of Seattle-based theatres, A Contemporary Theatre and the 5th Avenue Theatre, the musical comedy First Date premieres today on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre.

Seattle Great Wheel Reaches One Millionth Rider
Aug. 2 - In just over a year, Seattle’s newest tourist attraction reached one million riders today. The one millionth rider won an upgrade to the VIP gondola, a free lunch to the Crab Pot or the Fisherman’s Restaurant and a gift pack from waterfront businesses.

Seattle Art Museum Only U.S. Venue for Peru Exhibition
July 31 - Featuring more than 300 treasures from Peru’s extensive cultural history, Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon can be viewed starting October 17 at the Seattle Art Museum, the only U.S. venue for its world tour.

New London-Seattle Air Service Announced
July 23 - Virgin Atlantic Airways and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) will offer new daily nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to London Heathrow Airport beginning March 29, 2014. The service is in anticipation of receiving antitrust immunity later this year for the airlines’ joint venture. Delta will operate the new service using a 210-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 35 full flat-bed seats in Business Elite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 Economy class seats.

Seattle Named One of the World’s Most Innovative Cities
July 18 - Forbes magazine names Seattle as one of the world’s 15 most innovative cities. The listing is based on the ratio of patent applications to the total population. Data show that there have been 4.25 patent applicants for every 10,000 residents in the Seattle area.

Amtrak Exhibit Train Stops at King Street Station
July 16 - Amtrak’s exhibit train pulls into Seattle on July 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Seattle’s King Street Station. Displays feature vintage advertising, past menus and dinnerware, period uniforms and photographs. Interactive displays include railroad horns, trivia questions, workable signals and an engineer’s stand.

Two Seattle Eateries Ranked in Wine Enthusiast’s Restaurant List
July 15 - Purple Cafe and Wine Bar and Wild Ginger were both named as one of “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” by Wine Enthusiast magazine for 2013.

City of Seattle Installs Bilingual Street Name Signs
July 14 - Seattle’s International District adds bilingual street signs to Sixth Avenue South and South King Street. Over the summer, 30 additional signs in English and Chinese or English and Japanese will be added to intersections in Seattle’s historic Chinatown and Japantown within the International District.

Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos and Wife MacKenzie to Open Innovation Center
July 11 -The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) will open the Bezos Center for Innovation on October 12. Featuring interactive experiences and special insights from some of Seattle’s leading innovators, visitors can explore the history of Seattle’s many trailblazing companies and ideas.

Jimi Hendrix Exhibition Rolls Into Sea-Tac Airport
July 4 - Organized by EMP Museum, an exhibition of Jimi Hendrix’s life and career can now be seen at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). Intimate family pictures, concert photos, posters and hand-drawn illustrations are now on display.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Listed Among Top Hotels in Readers’ Survey
July 2 - Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2013 World’s Best Awards ranked the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle as one of the top 50 Large City Hotels with 100 rooms or more in the continental U.S.

Food & Wine Names Ethan Stowell Among Best New Chef All-Stars 2013
June 19 – Celebrating 25 years of the magazine and its Best New Chefs annual award, Food & Wine magazine selects Seattle-based Chef Ethan Stowell as one of the Best New Chef All-Stars. Stowell represents his original class of 2008 on this all-star list.

Sea-Tac Amidst Top 10 Kid-Friendly Airports
June 13 - The Flipkey Blog ranks Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) among the Top 10 Kid Friendly Airports in America. Sea-Tac boasts a private room for nursing mothers, car seat and stroller rental services and wooden rocking chairs located in front of the floor-to-ceiling central terminal window.

Tom Douglass Opens New Chic Market
June 10 - The Tom Douglas Restaurant Group opened the doors to a chic market-style shopping place called Assembly Hall. Located in the band new Via 6 Apartment Complex, Assembly Hall is made up of Tanaka San, Juice and Coffee, Home Remedy and Zinnia Garden.

Pybus Public Market Opens in Wenatchee
May 10 - Wenatchee’s Pybus Public Market, one of the largest covered, year-round public markets in Washington state second to Seattle’s Pike Place Market, opened this past weekend. Pybus supports the region’s agricultural and merchant craftsmen and over 150 family farms.

Hotel Ballard is Seattle’s Newest Hotel
May 6 - Hotel Ballard opened today in one of Seattle’s favorite neighborhoods, located 10 minutes outside the heart of downtown. Hotel Ballard offers a concierge, round the clock room service, valet parking and complimentary Wi-Fi. Additionally, guests have 24 hour access to the Olympic Athletic Club, which neighbors the hotel. The rooftop pavilion offers panoramic views of the city and the Olympic Mountains, where guests can enjoy outdoor fire pits.

Bumbershoot 2013 Lineup Announced
May 2 - Bumbershoot, North America’s largest urban arts festival, celebrates its 43rd year with a jam-packed lineup bursting with Seattle based artists. Headliners include Death Cab for Cutie, Heart, Fun, Icona Pop and MGMT. The festival takes place on Seattle Center’s 74-acre campus and is expected to host over 100 different musical talents throughout Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31- Sept. 2, 2013.Tickets are on sale now.

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