CHEF JOHN HOWIE'S BLOG

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How Do Restaurants Create Compensation Equality in the Washington State Food Service Industry?

By Chef John Howie | July 31, 2019

In the news recently, you may have seen Washington’s rising minimum wage blamed as the reason some Seattle Area restaurants are struggling and even closing. While the minimum wage certainly presents one challenge, there are numerous factors contributing to the economic shortfalls faced by restaurants. Regardless, I believe restaurateurs can survive – and even thrive – while also living up to…

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Beardslee’s 2019 Home Brew Competition: Honoring The Commitment Of Home Brewing Hobbyists!

By Nabanita Dutt | July 29, 2019

Beardslee Public House (BPH) announces its 2019 Home Brew Competition! We provide the Amber Wort to start your beer. You create the best beer you can for judges (chosen by Beardslee’s head brewer, Drew Cluley) who will appraise the entries in accordance to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. The beer can be brewed to any style the…

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Zalto Wine Glasses – Why They Are Special, And Why We Use them At John Howie Restaurants

By Nabanita Dutt | July 24, 2019

How important is a wine glass to a wine experience? Connoisseurs will tell you that presentation is key for an appreciation that involves our senses of touch, taste, sight and smell. It’s a multisensory affair that simply wouldn’t be complete without the right stemware. Which is why we serve our guests at John Howie Steak and Seastar Restaurant…

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`Best Of Awards Of Excellence’ Again For John Howie Steak And Seastar Restaurant And Raw Bar — Thank You, Wine Spectator Magazine!

By Nabanita Dutt | July 19, 2019

  Curation is an art, and never more so in the restaurant business than in the hands of a sommelier who can put together an immaculate wine program. Robust wines by the glass, pricing, pairing with the food and ambience – a lot goes into the presentation of a wine list that impresses and instructs,…

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How We Serve Champagne At John Howie Steak And Seastar Restaurant And Raw Bar

By Nabanita Dutt | May 28, 2019

Champagne is special. The glass you drink it out of is special too. Most people associate Champagne glasses with the flute, but here’s the thing: that is not your only choice. The experience of Champagne can be remarkably altered by the shape of the glass you are using. So you always want to `pair’ a…

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At John Howie Steak, We’re Celebrating World Whiskey Day!

By Nabanita Dutt | May 16, 2019

Today’s May 18th — World Whiskey Day. A day when connoisseurs and newbies alike, celebrate whiskey by raising a glass or two to what is arguably the greatest spirit in the world. At John Howie Steak (JHS), we’re passionate about whiskey. We do like to serve the sort of whisky we can justifiably be proud…

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Hamburgers! A Brief History

By Nabanita Dutt | May 3, 2019

Hamburgers did not originate in the United States. But this nation has always been its spiritual home. More than 50 million burgers are eaten by Americans every single year. In spite of health warnings, anti fast-food propaganda and endless calorie analyses, the burger remains America’s favorite food choice. To commemorate May – the National Burger…

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Inside Wildwood Spirits — The Only Chef And Sommelier-Owned Distillery In The Country

By Nabanita Dutt | March 30, 2019

When a partnership is divinely guided, there is very little man – or this case, Erik Liedholm — can do to change the course of its destiny. It was 2001, and the sommelier was happily working at his job with the Hyatt in downtown Seattle, when Chef John Howie practically railroaded him into coming on…

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Wildwood Spirits Announces Old 830 – The Micro Distillery’s First Irish Whisky

By Nabanita Dutt | March 16, 2019

First, it was their amazing, award-winning success with a vodka (Stark Vatten) and a gin (Kur) that spoke richly of seasonal and hyper-local botanicals. Then came Dark Door, an inspirational, handcrafted bourbon. Now, there’s more big news coming from Wildwood Spirits. The micro distillery in Bothell, Washington — one of the few establishments left in America that still…

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John Howie Steak: A Dining Destination For Whiskey Lovers!

By Nabanita Dutt | March 8, 2019

Four years ago, Chef John Howie put his General Manager to a test. “Make me the best whiskey list in the Pacific Northwest,” he said. GM Tim Lodahl gamely took up the challenge, and 650-700 bottles later, it is now safe to say the premier steakhouse in Bellevue offers a very impressive selection of some…