Seattle’s First Grilled Cheese Festival!
Grilled cheese from Gorilla Cheese by jmdthompson
- Tell us a bit about The Big Melt ?
It’s is a grilled cheese sandwich festival - a celebration, really - where amateur cooks and professional grilled cheese masters will come together to compete for bragging rights while hundreds of patrons will sample the creations.
- How did the idea of the festival come about?
We launched Fork with a super fun event last fall, and watching the community grow and evolve on the app, we knew we wanted to do another meet-up of some kind to bring together all these people who are passionate about food but not necessarily gourmet chefs. And, really, who doesn’t like grilled cheese?
Grilled cheese by astronott
- What makes the perfect grilled cheese?
It would be easy to say the cheese and the bread - and those are important - but I think it comes down to the grilling. Too light and it’s kinda soft and doughy. Too dark and it’s too crunchy. It has to be just right so there’s some crunch and a lot of ooey-gooey goodness.
- The Big Melt is perfect for?
Anyone who cares about food and what they eat and likes to share that passion with others. It helps, naturally, if you liked grilled cheese sandwiches but I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t!
This year we were lucky enough to be part of Foodportunity Seattle,one of Seattle’s best food networking event. The event, organized by Seattle’s food blogger Keren Brown and sponsored by Tom Douglas & KitchenBug, is a perfect blend of different cuisines and styles of cooking.
Many local chefs and Restaurants like Lark & SPUR were there preparing tantalizing food samples and explaining the process to the foodies in the room. In addition to these chefs the event partnered with local food startups and companies like Sansaire and Thyme+Season.
We started our foodportunity experience by sampling an egg boiled to perfection with Sansaire. Then we found our way to the Hamachi crudo with mango puree topped with toasted quinoa prepared by six|seven. The food was sensational, we probably sampled like 5 Beet Cracklin’ from SPUR prepared by Chef jeffery Vance.
Bill the Butcher was there and the chefs showed us how real sandwiches are made. Von Trapp’s amazed us with their sausage topped with pickled onions and the meatballs from Mishima Reserve were out of this world. For dessert we sampled quiet a few mini cheese cakes from Rusty’s and we still wanted more.
Everything was perfect, the vibe was amazing with techies and foodies under the same roof sampling food and enjoying wine. To top things our founder won his very own Japanese chef knife, he is hopeful it will open doors for him in the cooking department. If you are a food fanatic like our team you don’t want to miss their event next year.
Photo 1: Beet Cracklin’ from SPUR
Photo 2: Bill the Butcher Sandwhiches
Red Bull Soapbox Race Seattle
Red Bull Soapbox Race is a national race for amateur drivers, which is fueled by creativity and competitive fun - not to mention the need for speed. This unique non-motorized racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous, human-powered soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.
How much imagination do you have? Red Bull Soapbox Race vehicles range from realistic replicas to anything the imagination can conjure up. Past cars have included a piano, a baby carriage, a rodeo clown, a massive cob of corn, a jail cell and the Golden Gate Bridge. To gain more showmanship points, participants often wear outrageous costumes, act out skits, and create their own music soundtracks for the race.
Red Bull has produced more than 40 Soapbox Races around the world - from Australia to South Africa, Helsinki to St. Louis, and Jamaica to Italy. The first Red Bull Soapbox Race was held in Brussels in 2000. This year’s Red Bull Soapbox Race will take place in Seattle, Washington.
Teams will be judged on three criteria: speed, creativity and showmanship. All soapboxes must be human powered, meaning no engines or external energy sources are allowed. Pre-fabricated cars are not accepted. All vehicles must be less than six-feet wide and seven-feet tall, less than 20 feet in length and seven inches or more from the ground. All cars must weigh no more than 175 lbs. (not including the driver). Drivers must be at least 18 years of age.
For more details about the event check the link below: http://www.attendible.com/events/37274-red-bull-soapbox-race-seattle
All questions and pictures were obtained from: http://soapbox.redbull.com/_2014_soapbox_usa_west/
Woodland Park Zoo
Tell us a bit about the Woodland Park Zoo?
Woodland Park Zoo saves animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring people to learn, care and act. For more than 110 years, Woodland Park Zoo has been a cherished community resource and a unique urban oasis. Generations of Puget Sound families have come to the zoo to marvel at the animals and be inspired by the peaceful and beautiful surroundings.
What are some fun facts that people usually don’t know about the zoo?
The zoo manages the largest live animal collection in Washington state, with 1,000 animals, representing more than 300 species, including 40 endangered and 17 threatened or vulnerable animal species.
Oldest animal in the zoo?
The oldest animal at the zoo is a yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle at 48 years old, living in the zoo’s Day Exhibit.
Who’s the funniest and goofiest animal in the zoo?
This typically varies from guest to guest. Some visitor favorites are our Humboldt penguins, otters, grizzlies and elephants. We encourage you to pay a visit the zoo and decide for yourself!
Any special events for the summer?
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For more information: http://www.zoo.org
Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo and Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo
Second Ascent: Your First Stop Before Any Adventure!
Second Ascent is Seattle’s destination for new and used gear for bicycle and backcountry pursuits - whether it’s rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, backcountry or nordic skiing, hiking/backpacking, or camping, they stock the store to the brim with the best outdoor brands at the most competitive prices.
They’ve been rated as the best used outdoor gear store in the nation by Backpacker Magazine in 2013 and backed by an amazing and supportive community. At the core of our shop, you’ll find a very local and down to earth store that focuses on providing the best prices for gear, friendly customer service, and a very driven community engagement program.
What kind of events do you guys host?
We hold dozens of events a year and also open our doors to organizations requesting a venue for their meetings, presentations and special classes. Our biggest focus is to provide events that have a return, like fundraising or education to the community. We’ve held educational evenings like “How to Climb Denali,” free avalanche awareness clinics, book signings, film premiers and community sports specific parties. We’ve worked hard on providing a great experience for events with a focus on creating that perfect social atmosphere and making contributions/donations to our presenters and local athletes towards their future endeavors.
Best outdoor climbing spots in WA?
Whether you’re a boulderer, sport/trad climber, alpinist, mountaineer, or all of the above, Washington has a lot of climbing and to boil it down to the best is difficult. During the long hours of the summer months, heading out to the I-90, Exit 32 or 38 crags after work provides for some fun sport climbing.
For those looking to climb some of the most immaculate granite cracks in the northwest, Index is just over an hour away from town. For a great weekend or extended climbing trip, Leavenworth has a lifetime of stone.
The northwest is renowned by climbers around the world for its roadside alpine climbing along Highway 20, slicing through the North Cascades in one of the most dramatic landscapes in the country. During the winter months, if you’re not skiing, heading to the other side of the Cascades to Vantage, WA tends be a sunny destination when most everything is drenched or covered in snow on this side of the Cascades. One of the coolest things about being a rock climber in Washington is that there’s just so much, from the historic to the obscure that ultimately, you either become a very well rounded climber, or you pack up and fly south.
Best Mountaineering & ice climbing spots in WA?
Hands down, we live in the best mountaineering state in the country. Breaking down the volcanoes and countless climbable peaks in the Cascades down to the best can be tough. Mt. Rainier is probably the best answer, although there’s a guilty feeling to exclude all the other peaks. But, no other mountain around offers as much for the novice to the elite. Every year, thousands come to Rainier as a place to learn as well as as train for bigger climbs like Denali to Mt. Everest. As for ice, well, we’re probably not in the best state due to the winter weather fluctuations; many take to the road and head up to Canada where the ice is bit more accessible and dependable. With that said, there are a lot of ice and mixed climbing for the adventurous and committed – just stop by the shop and ask one of our knowledgeable staff.
Any advice for Seattleites seeking outdoor activities?
- Join any of the numerous area climbing gyms and climbing based organizations like the Seattle Mountaineers
- Get involved with the several local access and preservation organizations like the Washington Climbers Coalition, American Alpine Club – Cascade Section, Washington Trails Association, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
- Hire from the incredible base of accredited guides in the city. Give us a call and we can recommend some to you
- Events like the ones we host can provide opportunities and direction to get involved with good folks!
- This list could go on and on and on….
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For more information: http://secondascent.com/
Coriolis Dance in Seattle
Photo by Ernie Sapiro
If you are into dancing and specifically contemporary dance then you need to add Coriolis Dance to your radar. The company features contemporary dance works from emerging and recognized choreographers, as well as critically acclaimed works by the Co-founders themselves.
What is Coriolis Dance?
Coriolis Dance is an immersive and openly experimental contemporary dance company led by Natascha Greenwalt and Christin Call. The vision of Coriolis is to create new, highly collaborative works with artists of all disciplines while maintaining an atmosphere of camaraderie and open feedback.
Tell us a bit about your new show “Unfixed Arias”?
Unfixed Arias is an audience-mobile, part-installation, part-concert dance work. It is stark, offbeat, regal, campy, melancholic, whimsical, and deeply human contemporary dance.
The work is conceived around an exploration, both spatially and conceptually, of the vast nothingness of space. It also explores the incomprehensibly dense compaction of matter at the center of the black hole at the center of the dying star. The work combines the precision of balletic vocabulary with the sensation of Gaga-style improvisation.
In the fantastical cosmos of dark matter, Arias creates multiples opposing settings to understand our fixed perspective as humans who struggle in our limitations of knowledge and our mechanisms to cope with loss.
Photo by Bret Doss
If you were to preform in one of Seattle’s parks, which one would it be and why?
We would pick Cal Anderson Park. It is in close proximity to our favorite dance studio, Velocity Dance Center, and it is always packed with people - students, athletes, dog-walkers, families, people on lunch breaks. It would be a fun challenge and a great opportunity to expose many different types of people to contemporary dance. Some folks just don’t ever take the initiative to attend a dance performance so what better way to open their minds than with an unexpected lunchtime show.
Photo by Bret Doss
Tips for people interested in contemporary dance?
Take a class! Seattle is very dance friendly and accessible to all levels, from beginners to professionals. For enthusiasts who simply want to remain on the audience side of dance, dance studios and theaters are still a great place to start. Most have community bulletin boards packed with fliers about upcoming performances or have events listings on their websites. www.seattledances.com is a fantastic local resource that has reviews, interviews, and a great up-to-date calendar of most, if not all, dance events happening in the city. Most importantly, go with an open mind! You’ll never know what you might stumble upon!
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For more information: http://www.coriolisdance.com/
Out to Lunch Concert Series
There’s one more reason to avoid eating lunch at your desk this summer: The Out to Lunch Concerts Series happening in Downtown Seattle.
Here’s how it goes: first, you grab your favorite food to go from one of the downtown restaurants, then you pick a great spot with maximum sun exposure, you put your shades on and enjoy a great concert with your friends and coworkers in Downtown Seattle. Finally, you pause and think that there’s nothing better than Summer in Seattle and that going to work was pretty fun today.
We sat down with Malarie and Brian from the Downtown Seattle Association/Metropolitan Improvement District to go over this year’s Out to Lunch Concerts Series.
Hi Malarie and Brian,
Big thanks for organizing this! We’re located in downtown in the SURF incubator and we love those concerts.
When will the first concert happen? Did you announce the lineup? Who’s going to perform this year?
Malarie: Out to Lunch Concert Series kicks off on Wednesday, July 9th at Westlake Park at Noon.We haven’t released the lineup, so I can’t share our list of performers yet… But on May 14th we are throwing the first-ever Out to Lunch Launch Party at Hard Rock Café from 5:30-7:30pm. We’ll announce the full line-up and have two of this year’s Out to Lunch artists perform, Tubaluba and Mango Son. The launch party is FREE and all ages, it’ll be a great time, bring everyone you know!
Where do the concerts usually take place? Are the concerts indoor or outdoor?
Brian: All the concerts take place outdoors are various parks and building plazas all over Downtown. This year we added a new venue—Bell Street Park—and we will be closing on a block for a concert in early September!
Malarie: We’ve also partnered with the Office of Arts & Culture to bring Out to Lunch to City Hall Plaza, everyThursday. You can find the full rundown of OTL dates and locations on SummerInSeattle.com, after the launch party.
Is there usually a specific genre for the concerts?
Brian: We try to represent as many genres as possible and mix it up between local and national touring acts. We have an exciting list of performers this year and I think there will be a little something for everyone—Rock, Jazz, Folk, Soul, Electronic music—you name it!
Sandwich or Salad? What’s the best meal to complement a great concert?
Malarie: I think sandwiches are a perfect Out to Lunch concert meal. They’re easy to hold and give you the freedom to stand up and dance!
Brian: Oh most definitely sandwich. Always sandwich.
Any other events happening in the summer?
Malarie: Yes! There’ll be plenty of summer events happening Downtown. On June 1st, we’ll launch SummerInSeattle.com which will highlight all of the fun things to do Downtown this summer. We’ll also be tagging Downtown summer events on Attendible with the hashtag, #SEAsummer
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For more information: http://www.downtownseattle.com/
Pottery Northwest is the Pacific Northwest’s premiere ceramic facility in the heart of Seattle Center. Part of our community outreach, we met with Wally and Nana and we toured the facility, got to see the great ceramic art on exhibition (one of them is the Guardian of the Toy Store) and we chatted about pottery and art.
Tell us a bit about Pottery Northwest?
Pottery Northwest has been in Seattle Center since 1966 and has been a long time and vibrant source of programming in the Seattle arts community. In our facility at Seattle Center, we’ve got world class professional artist residencies, exhibitions featuring traditional and contemporary work, community classes and an engaging lecture series.
What’s your most popular workshop?
Our “Welcome to the Wheel World" workshop is very popular. It’s where we introduce our students to the fundamentals of working with clay and the wheel.
What are some interesting and fun facts about pottery?
Alchemy. It starts by being soft, easily influenced and pliable. After it is fired, it takes a shape, transforms and becomes the equivalent to stone.
Another unknown aspect about working with clay is its meditative and contemplative aspect.
What should people keep an eye on when working with clay?
Clay is really sensitive. When you touch it, it moves, changes and adapts. This is also what makes it a great expressive medium for artists.
Would you consider having a couple workshop just like in the Ghost movie scene?
We currently do. It’s our couple night event. It’s pretty popular around Valentine. We’ve got chocolate, music and pottery. It’s perfect for a date night.
Feature Friday at The Dice Cabana
If you run a startup or you’re looking to execute on an idea you have,then Feature Friday is the perfect event for you. It’s a great event for networking with founders and entrepreneurs and see what’s new in the tech industry in Seattle. I met with Nick Hughes from SURF Incubator and we chatted a bit about the event.
Tell us a bit about Feature Friday?
With Feature Friday I wanted to introduce a unique event to the tech community scene. Feature Friday gives a chance for startups who can’t afford a launch party the chance to present their product or feature. It’s a happy hour that takes place at the Dice Cabana at SURF Incubator. Five companies are handpicked to present in front of hundreds of people from tech community. Each company has 99 seconds to announce and demo their product. To add a twist to the event, the audience gets to vote for the company that they like best.
The presenting time is short, after which the audience gets to ask the companies questions. This allows people to network after and build connections. This networking can lead to opportunities that can benefit them or their company in the long run.
This event is perfect for?
I would say the event is perfect for anyone with an idea that they would love to work on. Again, it’s a great event for startups looking to introduce their product to the tech community. It’s also a good place for people working in big companies to get a feel of what it takes to start your own company.
Advice for startups presenting their company?
I would sum it up in three things: Who are you and what are you announcing? Describe your product or new feature.What’s your value proposition? And of course remember to be brief and to the point in your answering these questions.
It’s actually a great exercise for startups and companies. It gives them the opportunity to describe their company and value and fit all this in just 99 seconds.
There’s a few tech events that happen at the end of the week. So what better way to end a week full of work than by connecting and having a drink with people who are going through what you are. It’s the perfect friday event. Where you come in, meet other startups and connect with people in the tech community. This event might be the initiator for a fun friday night.
Also the name kind of has the perfect rhyme to it: Feature Friday!
Feature Friday takes place at the Dice Cabana at SURF Incubator every last friday of the month.
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For more information: http://www.surfincubator.com/