It’s March, which means it’s time for the Taste Washington food and wine event to come to Seattle. And even though things look a little different this year, you can still support local restaurants, hotels, and wineries!
You can take part in Taste Washington in four ways. All involve delicious food and wine!
Take It Home To Go
Support local Seattle-area restaurants with an order to go. Each week Taste Washington is featuring a theme and local restaurants are creating a featured dish that fits the theme and pairs with a local Washington wine. Our local Alaska Airlines is sponsoring this featured event.
The first week is Cabernet and Casserole and I had an amazing to-go meal from Mixtape Pasta. It featured a carmelized onion mac n cheese as well as a fennel, arugula, and chicory salad, with a semolina cake for dessert. The meal also included a bottle of Savage Grace 2016 Seven Mile Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
You need to order by Friday the week prior, and meals get picked up at the restaurant on Wednesdays. Meal packages are created for two.
Upcoming themes are: Chardonnay & Catch of the Day (March 8-14), Syrah & Barbecue (March 15-21), Red Blends & Family Recipes (March 22-28), Riesling & Noodles & Dumplings (March 29-April 4). Don’t forget to order your to-go meal by Friday.
Recipes At Home
If you’re not near Seattle, you can still take part in Taste Washington by cooking at home. Whole Foods has created a recipe for each week to fit the themes mentioned above. Each week you can print off that week’s featured recipe featuring local makers and head to Whole Foods for your shopping.
There is also a featured wine of the week which pairs well with the featured recipe. For week one the featured recipe is Tuscan Tofu Lasagne. This will feature local Island Spring Organics tofu. The wine pairing for the week is Lobo Hills Cabernet Sauvignon.
Each week will offer a recipe and wine recommendation that matches the theme and supports local food and wine makers.
If you’re dreaming of a getaway, plan a local staycation to Seattle. Many of Seattle’s area hotels are featuring special Taste Washington stay packages.
I’m just returned home from an amazing overnight stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle. We stayed in a suite that had an amazing view of the Space Needle and had plenty of room to make it perfect for a workcation or couple’s getaway.
DeLille Cellars has partnered with the Pan Pacific and I was able to enjoy their virtual tasting bundle as part of my stay. Included were two bottles of wine, a 2018 Doyenne, and a 2018 D2, as well as a QR code virtual tasting pamphlet. The QR codes opened YouTube videos featuring the winemaker sharing about each of the wines. The package also included a delicious cheese platter.
Planning a wine getaway staycation is a great way to support our local hotels and wineries after a tough year. Plus, it’s the perfect way to take a break from daily life and enjoy some relaxation and wine.
Washington Wine Month
March is Taste Washington wine month and there is no better time to enjoy some tastings and stock up on some bottles. Many local wineries are featuring virtual wine tasting packages that include wine and pre-recorded tasting videos and some even have live virtual tasting events.
You’ll also find many Washington wineries are offering great specials to celebrate Taste Washington.
Cheers to enjoying the tastes of Washington State!