Enjoy a collection of content from Chef Howie and members of his team.


Meet Mike Taib – Vice Distiller At Wildwood Spirits With A Passion For Alcohol In His Blood

By Nabanita Dutt | April 9, 2018

The first thing you notice about Mike Taib is his laughter. A deep, gutteral, bubbling sound that warms the cockles of your heart with its genuine, almost childlike spontaneity. And once you have heard Mike Taib laughing, you cannot help but also like this bartender-turned-distiller who describes himself as “happy, easygoing and often, downright silly”.…

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Sunday Family Dinner At John Howie Steak: Bring Back The Joy Of Eating Together

By Nabanita Dutt | April 2, 2018

  Nearly half (47%) of American parents say that they get to share fewer meals with their families these days than when they were growing up. Life has gotten so busy with school events, peer activities, late office hours and business travel that `scheduling conflict’ is keeping their spouses and children away from the Sunday…


Why I Changed My Mind And Removed The John Howie Steak Surcharge

By Chef John Howie | March 26, 2018

When I opened my first restaurant 16 years ago, it was my hope to provide people with a great place to work, a great place to enjoy with friends and family, and a great place that supports its community. To accomplish this while remaining profitable is challenging, and something I’ve discussed before. I believe the…


John Howie And Erik Liedholm: What Makes Their Partnership Tick?

By Nabanita Dutt | March 21, 2018

Theirs is a pairing that came like an unexpected food-and-wine treat for residents of the Pacific Northwest in 2001. After 17 years, and multiple fine dining restaurants, a brewery, a sports bar and a distillery to their name, the duo is still going as strong as ever, in a friendship and partnership that couldn’t have…


A Perfect Cup Of Coffee — From A Wine Sommelier’s Perspective

By Nabanita Dutt | March 14, 2018

What on earth is a `coffee sommelier’? And why is it that Erik Liedholm rarely tells anyone that he is the first accredited one in the city of Seattle? “I don’t even know if you can call it an accreditation,” says the celebrity wine sommelier and distiller, who would rather pass quietly under the radar…


Pairing Beer With Food At Beardslee — With Some Chef’s Suggestions From Executive Chef Jed Laprade Himself!

By Nabanita Dutt | March 7, 2018

“There is good living where there is good beer. Add food to the equation, and you go from `good’ living to `great’ living,” — Erin Peters (The Beer Goddess) When people think of food and beverage pairings, they usually think of wine. But with the sudden rise of craft breweries in the United States over…


Beer-Infused Food: An Unusual Way To Enjoy Yet More Craft Beer!

By Nabanita Dutt | February 28, 2018

Craft beer has become a national obsession these days, and Seattle is unquestionably the frontrunner among cities producing the most craft beer in United States with more than 174 breweries in the Seattle metropolitan statistical area. (Followed by Chicago: 158; and Denver: 148.) And the trend doesn’t stop with artisanal beverage either. A handful of…


Unveiling Dark Door – An Inspirational, Handcrafted Bourbon From Wildwood Spirits

By Nabanita Dutt | February 21, 2018

Even 30 years ago, bourbon was not recognized as a spirit worthy of any special distinction or any especial celebrity. People who drank bourbon were essentially bums and layabouts who were looking to get drunk on a hard liquor that was cheap and easily found in and around Kentucky. Today, bourbon’s pride of place as…


Eat Local, Grow Local: How Beardslee’s Food Menu Keeps Its `Farm Fresh’ Edge

By Nabanita Dutt | February 14, 2018

  “Comfort foods have always been my passion,” says Jed Laprade, Executive Chef at Beardslee Public House. “They put meat on your bones, satisfies the heart and warms the belly like nothing else can on a cold, rainy Seattle day. I still love the food I grew up with – like mac-and-cheese, pizza and burgers…


In Conversation With Drew Cluley – Master Brewer At Beardslee Public House

By Nabanita Dutt | February 7, 2018

For fans of the Beardslee Public House, where award-winning master brewer Drew Cluley’s 10-barrel lineup of craft brews, complemented by a local-inspired menu, has put `scratch-casual’ on the cuisine map of Bothell, here is a closer look at the man behind your favorite Bastard Grain Pale Ale and Greenleaf IPA:   Q: When Did You…