An Interview with Restaurant Owner & WSU Culinary Educator, Jim Harbour

As we pull into the parking lot of Pullman's South Fork Public House, I am surprised by the location. The restaurant is flanked by an Ace Hardware and Dollar Tree - an expected placement but one that was strategically planned by restaurant owner and Washington State University college professor, Jim Harbour. We are meeting for lunch to talk about his newest venture, CASK - a small tapas bar specializing in local beer and wine, complete with a unique 102 square foot kitchen and beautiful rustic interior.

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Bangers & Mash Recipe

With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, we headed over to Doyle's Public House in Tacoma, WA to get inspired by an Irish themed lunch. Instead of the typical corned beef and cabbage, however, we tried bangers and mash - a traditional favorite of the British and Irish consisting of sausage and mashed potatoes. 

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Revitalizing Cutters Point Coffee Co.

Upon entering the newly remodeled Cutters Point in Gig Harbor, you may feel that you have stepped foot into a cozy sail loft or warehouse from 100 years ago. Beautiful reclaimed wood and rusted tin create an authentic, warm and welcoming place to gather and socialize. And the look and feel of the space directly reflect what Cutters Point aims to do; make a difference in a warm and welcoming way by enriching the lives of those in the community through coffee and relationships. The decision to remodel and rebrand was largely driven by this mission as well as owner Brooke Payne's commitment to the community and coffee that he serves.

Read below to learn more about this exciting contract and design project! 

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An Interview with Chef and Restaurant Owner, Adam Hegsted

From being featured in the South Beach Food & Wine festival, to winning Innovator of the Year from the National Beef Council and United Fresh, to being named Catalyst magazine's Top 20 Under 40 Leaders and 50 Most Influential People in Spokane, WA, Adam Hegsted, restaurant owner and chef, has accomplished much in his relatively short career. He was invited to cook at the James Beard house and Star Chef's in New York - twice - and was also a semi-finalist for the prestigious James Beard Award. Read Hegsted's interview below, to find out what motivates him, where he finds his inspiration for new dishes, and why you need to try the banana pancakes at Yards Bruncheon, one of Hegsted's six restaurants located in Eastern Washington. 
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An interview with WikiFRESH Partner, Jan De Luz

WikiFRESH partners, Jan De Luz, Peter Kubota, and Ian Whitehead have created a restaurant that serves more than great, fresh food. They have cultivated a place that puts community first, donating to local charities and schools. Their "people first" culture is what gives WikiFRESH its edge, and provides a place for the community to gather, eat quality food, and feel welcomed. 

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An Interview with Comida's Rayme Rossello

It all began with a large, bright pink food truck roaming the streets of Boulder and Denver, CO in 2010. Today, Rayme Rossello, owner of Comida Restaurant Group, operates the Comida Food Truck, the Cantinas, and is now getting ready to open her third brick-and-mortar restaurant in Colorado. It's a busy and exciting time for Rossello, and we couldn't be more proud of her success!

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Latte Art in 4 Simple Steps with Metronome Coffee

This week, Metronome Coffee located in Tacoma, WA let us invade their space for a course on latte art. We learned the ins and outs of perfectly steamed milk (if the espresso machine is screaming, you're doing it wrong) to the art of pouring the milk at just the right height and flow rate so that the art casts out on the top with a glossy finish. With a little patience, persistence, passion for coffee, and this guide you'll be creating latte art in no time at all.

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An Interview with Boulevard's Chef de Cuisine Roger Ma

Roger Ma, Chef de Cuisine for Vancouver, BC's high-end and locally-inspired kitchen and oyster bar, Boulevard, sat down to talk with us about his experience competing in the prestigious Bocuse d'Or competition, his pantry must-haves for tasty food, and more. 

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Celebrating Earth Day with Cafe Vicino's Chef Richard Langston

For Chef Richard Langston, owner of Café Vicino in Boise, ID, every day is Earth Day. From recycling glass bottles and cooking oil, to sourcing local food and giving back to his community, Chef Langston proves that sustainability is attainable, and necessary, for all independent restaurants.

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Turning a Passion into a Career: An Interview with The Populist's Jonathan Power

Many people search their whole lives to find their passion, especially one that doubles as a career. And the lucky ones who do find it, often fail to go after it for fear of failure. Jonathan Power, chef and owner of The Populist in Denver, CO makes going after your passion look easy and successful. 

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