Famed Seattle Chefs Face Off in Competition Celebrating Local Food and Beverage Industry on July 25th

Seattle Good Business Network is hosting its second annual Game of Chefs on Wednesday, July 25th. Guests are encouraged to bring their appetite for an evening filled with delectable dishes, signature cocktails and mocktails, and locally produced beer and wine. The event, sponsored by BECU and numerous local food and beverage producers, will take place from 6-9:30 p.m. at Hot Stove Society—a cooking school operated by Tom Douglas Restaurants at 2000 4th Avenue. 

 Chefs face off during the 2017 Game of Chefs!

The event features Dine Around Seattle and Seattle Restaurant Week chefs as they face off in a healthy competition to create the tastiest and most innovative dishes from a pantry of Seattle Made products and Pacific Northwest produce. Legendary chef and emcee Thierry Rautureau (thechefinthehat.com) will invite attendees to cast their votes alongside local celebrity judges to decide who will take the 2018 Game of Chefs crown!

Returning champion Carolyn Ferguson of Belle Epicurean will defend her title against two new challengers reknowned for their passion for beautiful, soulful cuisine—Chef Varin Keokitvon, former FareStart chef and the creative spark behind downtown restaurant Heartwood Provisions, and current FareStart chef Wayne Johnson, known for his longstanding commitment to training homeless and disadvantaged individuals for jobs in the culinary field. As chefs create their dishes in real time, appetizers will be provided by Hot Stove Society, featuring Seattle Made ingredients from The Kitchen Imp, Firefly Kitchens, Tom Douglas' Rub with Love, Good King, Ballyhoo Hot Sauce, and more! 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the makers and chefs and pick up some treats at the Seattle Made marketplace and silent auctions. Tickets are $125 and are available for purchase on Stranger Tickets (bit.ly/gameofchefs). All proceeds will benefit Seattle Good Business Network and its programs.

Photo Credit: Nataworry Photography

Dine Around Seattle and Seattle Restaurant Week are consolidating!

 Dine Around Seattle and Seattle Restaurant Week, two biannual celebrations of Seattle-area cuisine, are unifying into one premier promotion dining experience flying under the Seattle Restaurant Week banner. Additionally, in January 2018, we will introduce the first seasonal event, showcasing local shellfish!

Bringing together Seattle Restaurant Week and Dine Around Seattle allows us to provide not only the best regional prix fixe dining event for our local foodies and acclaimed chefs, but also to introduce a creative line-up of seasonal events showcasing what’s fresh and local throughout the year!

Beginning this fall, Seattle Restaurant Week will expand to three weeks, running Sundays through Thursdays for dinner (all restaurants) and lunch (select restaurants) from Oct. 15 – Nov. 2. Check back here in mid-September for a line-up of participating restaurants!

See the press release for more details.

If you are a restaurant interested in participating in either the Fall event or the Shellfish showcase this January please see our Restaurant FAQ Page.

Meet our Game of Chefs Contenders!

We've got quite the showdown. 

On July 26th we’re hosting our first-ever Game of Chefs, a creative cook-off between three of Seattle’s best chefs. Our contenders will be using ingredients from a basket of Seattle Made products and a pantry of staples from Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market.

Facing off will be:

Alvin Go -  Ethan Stowell Restaurant Mkt. 

Alvin is Chef at Mkt, but he got his professional start with a degree in chemistry and several years in a research lab before changing course at culinary school in Chicago. He started in one of the best kitchens in the city for four years before coming to Seattle. After working for Bon Appetit at both Seattle University and Amazon, he rose to run one of the cafes - but he missed restaurant kitchens and landed with Ethan Stowell Resturants where he is now at Mkt.


Will Gordon - Huxley Wallace Collective Restaurant Westward

Will Gordon is the Chef de Cuisine at Westward, where he’s been for the past ten months. Prior to that, he served as sous chef at How to Cook a Wolf and has also cooked at Crush and Spring Hill in Seattle, and at San Francisco’s Incanto for Chef Chris Cosentino. Will has degrees in Political Science and Spanish, and is a PNW native, growing up on San Juan Island. His basic cooking philosophy is food should be simple, but focused and thoughtful.


Carolyn Ferguson - Belle Epicurean

As a native Seattlelite, Carolyn Ferguson had one dream: to bring her most beloved things together. When you slip into Belle Epicurean you get the unique opportunity to experience the magic of Paris and the joy of fantastic French cuisine, in the comfort of the rainy city we all know & love. Carolyn holds the distinction of being the first female American to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu Paris with the top honor in Le Grande Diplôme. After launching critically acclaimed Maison Bleu in New Orleans, Carolyn found her way back to Seattle where, in 2005, Belle Epicurean was born with the mission of bringing an authentic Parisian Patisserie experience to the Seattle market.  


Our first annual Game of Chefs event is right around the corner!

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We’re excited to announce the Seattle Good Business Network’s first annual Game of Chefs party and fundraiser!

Three of Seattle’s most innovative chefs including Alvin Go of Ethan Stowell's Mkt., Will Gordon from Westward of Huxley Wallace Collective, and Caroyln Ferguson of Belle Epicurean will face off in a culinary competition to create fresh dishes from a pantry Seattle Made products, plus locally sourced staples from Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market.  

Watch every move July 26th in Pike Place Market’s state-of-the-art Atrium Kitchen while connecting with others celebrating the diverse businesses our community brings to the table!

The PARTY also includes . . .

Due to the intimate size of our venue we have limited tickets available. Be sure to purchase well in advance.

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Success at Seattle Sewn's Kick off party: Fashion Evolution

We had an incredible turnout on June 6th for Fashion Evolution, our fund and awareness raiser for Seattle Sewn, our collaborative effort to strengthen local sewn-goods manufacturing. We raised nearly $7,000, but more importantly, we brought together manufacturers, designers, product developers, civic and workforce leaders, all committed to a vibrant and ethical sewn-goods economy.

Abundant thanks to The Riveter for hosting, to Madres Kitchen for the delicious bites, and to all those who contributed to our shop-for-a-cause marketplace and silent auction, including FILSON, Freeman, Prairie Underground, NUBE9, Silvae, Metamorphic Gear, Satsuma, SCHAI, IMPWEARhome, and Ash + Ames. Check out the fabulous photos by Nataworry here. Interested in learning more? You can read about the initiative here and follow us here.

SGBN Leadership Transitions

Six years ago, 16 local businesses, including Central Co-op, Alchemy Goods, Fremont Brewing, and BECU, came together to help create Seattle Good Business Network. They believed that by connecting and empowering a network of locally owned businesses in the stewardship of our place, together we could make a real difference in our communities.