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This week James Beard Award–winning chef Jerry Traunfeld announced he will be closing Poppy after 11 years of service and a staple of the Seattle restaurant scene.

After 17 trailblazing years winning awards and making headlines as the executive chef of The Herbfarm in Woodinville, Jerry Traunfeld left in 2007 to open his own restaurant. Poppy opened in 2008 featuring a reinvention of the thali, a tray of 10 harmonious dishes served at once, infused with Traunfeld’s signature seasonal, herb-inspired culinary style.

Over the next decade, Poppy went on to garner numerous awards and accolades, including James Beard semifinalist nominations for Best New Restaurant and Best Chef of the Year (nationally) and one of 50 Top New Restaurants in the World by Condé Nast Traveler.

Traunfeld and his husband Stephen, who just celebrated their 39th anniversary, have worked together at Poppy since opening day. As a couple, they have decided to make a lifestyle change. Stephen will be retiring, while Jerry plans to take a step back from the demands of being a restaurant owner but will continue to do some of the things he loves most: cooking, food writing, teaching and gardening. They are also planning a move to Palm Springs.

Photo credit: Poppy

“Closing Poppy and leaving our beloved Seattle community was not an easy decision,” said Traunfeld. “Stevie and I came to this decision together. We always thought we would move to Palm Springs at some point, and we intuitively felt like this was the right time. A restaurant is a dynamic entity with a distinct lifespan, and we felt like this was the time to appreciate the run we’ve had with Poppy and end on a good note. Now is the time for us to say goodbye to our Poppy family and explore what’s next.”

Rebecca and Nathan Lockwood, who own Altura Restaurant across the street, will open a new restaurant in the Poppy space in the fall of 2019. “We are very excited for the opportunity to step into the space at Poppy,” said Nathan Lockwood. “Chef Traunfeld has been an inspiration to so many cooks over the years, and we hope to continue to honor that legacy for years to come.”

Jerry and Stephen would like to recognize the talented and dedicated employees who have helped create a strong community at Poppy and the many loyal customers who have become their friends over the years. In particular, they would like to thank Kate Johnson, Poppy’s dining room manager, who has been with the restaurant for all 11 years and made so many close connections with guests since the day it opened; and Sydney Clark, who started in Poppy’s kitchen as a line cook six years ago and progressed through all the stations until she became sous chef and then chef.

“I owe so much to my employees over the last 11 years,” said Traunfeld. “They have helped make Poppy a home away from home for us and have helped my concept for this restaurant thrive for over a decade.”

Poppy has served as the springboard for some of Seattle’s most talented culinary professionals, including:

  • Jason Stratton, Poppy’s first chef and now executive chef at Mamnoon
  • Dana Cree, Poppy’s first pastry chef, who went on to Alinea and Spago (Beverly Hills) and earned two James Beard nominations for Outstanding Pastry Chef
  • Kevin Burzell, who started as opening cook at Poppy and went on to found Kedai Makan
  • Matt Bumpas, former Poppy pastry chef, who went on to found Sweet Bumpas ice cream
  • Dionne Himmelfarb, former Poppy pastry chef, who is now executive pastry chef of Ethan Stowell Restaurants
  • Joe Ritchie, former Poppy chef, who went on to be executive chef of Goldfinch Tavern
  • Madeline Puckett, who worked front of house at Poppy and went on to found Wine Folly

“Thank you to our customers and our regulars who have been so supportive of Stevie and me since the beginning,” added Traunfeld.

Poppy’s last day of service will be Sunday, August 4.

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Summer is a great time to refresh your wardrobe and get ready for the fall (it’s hard to think about the fall when summer looks just to be starting this week, but the deals!). 

One of the best summertime sales is the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

For Seattle’s very own fashion giant, this is their biggest sale event of the year with so many brand-new arrivals and essential items on sale for a limited time. The sale features brands like Topshop, Madewell, rag & bone, SOMETHING NAVY, Veronica Beard, Frame Denim, Vince, J. Crew, Charlotte Tilbury, AG Jeans, and many more. It’s their best sale of the year, featuring brand new arrivals on sale for a limited time—starting Friday, July 19 through August 4 (prices go up August 5).

Our pro tips:

Nordstrom offers convenient services for customers to make their Anniversary Sale shopping experience fun, easy and on their terms, including:

  • If you want to shop the anniversary sale early—Nordstrom cardmembers can get a head start on shopping starting now! 
  • Free style advice—from quick updates to entire wardrobe edits, Nordstrom Stylists and Beauty Stylists can guide customers to the sale scores of their dreams
  • Get it your items you way
  • Fit to perfection—Nordstrom offers alterations and tailoring to help give you the perfect fit. Customers can conveniently book an appointment online, utilize walk-in services, request one-hour hems, express services, and more
Trend alert! 
  • Nordstrom Senior Fashion Director Shannon Schafer says, “color is queen right now.” She loves the bold-color trend because everyone can have fun with color in their wardrobe on their own terms. For customers who want to test the trend, Schafer suggests starting with a bold coat or a bright bag to accessorize with impact and pairing it with neutral tones. 
  • Schafer says customers can “easily update their look with vibrant, show-stopping color” by choosing an unexpected mix of shades — even down to footwear. For fool-proof mixing, combine a variety of colors in the same family, like copper, fuchsia, pink and red.
  • For a vibrant look that can’t be ignored, Schafer recommends customers “opt for bright jumpsuits and exuberant, colorful dresses for a head-to-toe look.” Customers can pick a color—any color­—for their monochrome look. “There’s an illuminating rainbow of colors to choose from,” says Schafer.

Happy shopping!

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Now in its 23rd year, Cap Hill Block Party (CHBP) is set to bring some of today’s best in music to Seattle’s streets this weekend (July 19-21). Performances include Lizzo, RL Grime, Phantogram, Robotaki, Aminé, Cuco, Big Wild, and many more. Tickets are still available here.

In addition to the music festival, CHBP offers free community programming including auxiliary DJ sets, Yoga and Barre classes at Cal Anderson Park, and the Battle on the Block Skate Competition.

“As Seattle grows, we’re passionate about preserving an environment that supports arts, culture and public gatherings,” said Jason Lajeunesse, CHBP owner and producer. “That’s why we’re matching donations made with ticket sales to our signature summer event to benefit local nonprofits like Jubilee Women’s Center, The Vera Project, Artists for Progress, and Lifelong.”

Find out more here.

CHBP FREE COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING LINEUP CHBP KICKOFF PARTY & FUNDRAISER

Thursday • July 18

In partnership with KEXP, CHBP will kick off the best weekend of summer with a brand new fundraising event at Neumos featuring additional performances from local artists with all proceeds benefiting The Yellowhammer Fund.

CHBP BATTLE ON THE BLOCK & COMMUNITY SKATE SESH

Saturday – Sunday • July 20-21

We’re partnering with 35th North skate shop to host CHBP’s second annual Battle on the Block skate competition, as well as Skate Like a Girl for an open community skate session at Cal Anderson Park. Get the details here.

CHBP THOUGHT LEADERSHIP PANEL + Q&A

Saturday • July 20

Given Seattle’s changing creative landscape, it’s more important than ever for members of the local music community to come together with local businesses and the city to build relationships and discuss strategies for success. Check out all panelists and topics here.

CHBP SWEATBOX YOGA & PURE BARRE POP-UPS

Sunday • July 21

Join Sweatbox & Pure Barre for free outdoor classes at Cal Anderson Park to get your body ready for the final day of Capitol Hill Block Party. Spots are limited, so be sure to RSVP here.

CHBP BAT ‘N ROUGE SOFTBALL FUNDRAISER

Sunday • July 21

We’re bringing back the beloved Bat ‘n Rouge softball fundraiser between the Lez Bros and the Drag Queens at the Cal Anderson Baseball Diamond. All proceeds from the game will be donated to Lifelong. Learn more here.

DJs @ CHOPHOUSE ROW

Friday-Sunday • July 19-21

We’ve partnered with Chophouse Row again to bring you live DJ sets in their trendy indoor/outdoor courtyard. Free to the public via access from Chophouse’s entrance on 12th Avenue, as well as CHBP ticket holders within the festival gates. Learn more here.

CHBP AFTER DARK

Friday-Sunday • July 19-21

Keep the party going even after CHBP ends with performances from 20+ local DJs across six Capitol Hill venues through 2am. Learn more here.

CHBP PHOTO SHOWCASE

All July 2019

Caffe Vita will be showcasing some of our local photographers’ greatest shots from past CHBP throughout the entire month of July. Be sure to check it out during Capitol Hill Art Walk!

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“It’s ultimately about empathy; whether you can take someone else’s pain as seriously as you take your own,” says Helen Phillips of her highly anticipated novel The Need (Simon & Schuster, 2019). 

Released less than a week ago, Phillips’s fifth book garnered high praise even before it hit the shelves on July 9th, landing highly coveted spots on recommended reading lists and being lauded by The New York Times, O Magazine, and other esteemed writers.

The Need’s protagonist, Molly, is a hardworking mother of two, juggling parenthood and paleobotany as best she can with her oft-absent husband. The novel deftly and candidly explores the taxing demands of motherhood and the complicated, nuanced feelings that can arise when a woman is giving all of herself to the pint-sized autocrats that are her young children.

One night, while her husband is away, Molly hears a noise in her home and concludes that it is an intruder. What follows after that opening scene is a series of events marked by tension—complete with pithy chapters that mirror the pacing—as her worlds start to collide, leading to a bizarre conclusion in this cross-genre, psychological oeuvre. Notably present also are interspersals of humor, which may surprise readers in what they might otherwise deem a grim tale. 

Phillips, who also has two children, notes that the harrowing book is not autobiographical, though the thriller’s genesis was, in part, inspired by a particularly scary evening years ago: she heard a disturbing noise in the house while all alone nursing her daughter. “I had this animal fear,” she recounts, “instinctual… I wondered how I would protect her.”

The untimely death of Phillips’s older sister the same summer her daughter was born also influenced her approach to the text:  “My heart was exploding with love and grief… How do you bear all the love and grief that is present in life?” These, and other questions humanity grapples with, comprise some of the novel’s complexity and ethos. The book examines the quotidian and mundane, the uncanny and grotesque, the academic and professional, and much in between.

Helen Phillips will be in Seattle today, Tuesday July 16th to discuss this intriguing work, The Need, at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill. The event begins at 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

To learn more about Helen Phillips, visit her website: helencphillips.com

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Sustainable Restaurant Group will open the first Seattle location of its flagship concept, Bamboo Sushi, this November in University Village. 

With locations in Portland and Denver, Bamboo Sushi is known for serving sustainably sourced ingredients and innovative flavor combinations. They will be bringing some of their fan-favorite menu items to Seattle, including the famous Green Machine Roll (tempura fried long bean and green onion, topped with avocado & cilantro sweet chile aioli). In addition to the items that lovers of Bamboo Sushi will be familiar with, they will also be creating Seattle-specific nightly specials featuring locally-sourced seafood and hyper-seasonal produce honoring the flavors of Washington.

Photo credit: Bamboo Sushi“Seattle is a natural progression for Sustainable Restaurant Group,” said Kristofor Lofgren, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Restaurant Group. “Being from Portland, we love the Pacific Northwest and have wanted to open a restaurant in Seattle for years…The bounty of the Pacific Northwest makes it an ideal place for any restaurant focused on sustainability, farm-to-table produce, and a wide variety of amazing seafood.”

At 4,700 square-feet, the UVillage location will be Bamboo Sushi’s largest location yet. Guests can expect to see their commitment to sustainability reflected in the design and decor of the space. Also unique to the Seattle location, the restaurant will feature a “Bamboo Sushi To-Go” window for takeout orders. 

Photo credit: Bamboo Sushi

The bar program will focus on Pacific Northwest wineries that also specialize in biodynamic processes. As with all Bamboo Sushi locations, there will be a strong focus on Japanese-inspired share plates and its signature Yakumi selection, carefully selected toppings on traditional nigiri designed to showcase the flavor and quality of the fish. 

Bamboo Sushi Seattle will be located at 2675 NE University Village St. and will open in November 2019 for lunch and dinner daily, with a weekday happy hour.

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Seattle dog lovers have a new way to meet each other through Dig—the dog person’s dating app! Single and want a dog? Have a dog? Love dogs? Created by two sisters, Casey and Leigh Isaacson, Dig’s goal is to connect dog people through one thing that’s already crucial to them—their love for dogs. Dig is a great way for dog lovers and dog owners to find compatible dates in an otherwise “ruff” dating world.

Dig officially launches in Seattle with a dog friendly party at WeWork Lincoln Square on Thursday, July 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Entry, wine, beer, and treats are FREE when you download on the App Store or share the app.

In addition, our launch features dozens of local dog businesses and dog rescues with adoption opportunities, celebrating with free treats and services for all attendees! ALL dogs used in our marketing and on social media are currently up for adoption.

Learn more about the event and reserve your free ticket here.

Why does Seattle need a dog person’s dating app? Seattle is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country with dedicated off-leash fenced-in dog parks, great access to vets and dog-related services, and lots of dog-friendly date spots. A study done by Seattle’s own Rover found that 86% of dog owners would break up with their significant other if they weren’t into their dog, and 73% of dog parents are more likely to swipe right on a person’s profile pic that includes their dog.

Connecting through Dig not only ensures you that your “paw-tential” match shares your love for dogs, but also provides the unique feature to plan a dog-friendly first date right here in Seattle!

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On July 19, 100+ local actors, journalists, politicians, and community leaders will take over Town Hall’s Forum stage for a complete reading of the Mueller Report.

Members of the Seattle theater community (Brian Faker, Sarah Harlett, and Carl Sander) are partnering with Town Hall for a continuous, marathon reading of the entire 448-page report.

It will take more than 100 readers a total of 24 hours (July 19, 8:00 pm – July 20, 8:00 pm) to present the report as-is, redactions and footnotes included. When asked to comment on the decision to present the un-editorialized report, Harlett noted: “This is not meant to be a dramatization of the report’s findings. We wish to bring the power of the human voice to an essential document that provides invaluable information about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the response of President Trump to that interference and the investigations it set in motion.”

The reading is non-partisan, non-dramatized and is not intended as a commentary on Robert Mueller, his team, the report, or its findings.

The reading will take place in Town Hall’s newly renovated Forum space (formerly known as Downstairs). Town Hall has recently completed a $35 million top-to-bottom renovation of its historic building. This event is presented as part of their summer soft-launch preceding the grand reopening Homecoming Festival this September.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required and guests can come and go as they see fit throughout the 24-hour period. Donations will be accepted at the door, and all profits will be donated to the Seattle chapter of the ACLU. Voter registration will also be available onsite throughout the reading.

More about the event can be found here.

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Featuring Seared Halibut, Heirloom Tomato-Plum Salad, Foie Gras Pâté, and Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, Heartwood Provisions’ seasonally inspired summer menu is here!

The food program, with Executive Chef Kimberley Cosway at the helm, features contemporary and thoughtful cooking methods inspired by the concept of “what grows together, goes together.” Meant to accentuate the dishes and act as a garnish, menu items are perfectly paired with beverages designed by award-winning Beverage Director Amanda Reed.

During a recent visit to try out the new menu, we couldn’t stop asking ourselves, “how is this our first time at Heartwood Provisions?” The vibrant dishes, ambiance, and Reed’s drink pairings, made for a dinner we won’t soon forget.

Foie Gras Pâté. Photo credit: Suzi Pratt

We started the evening with a couple starters. The Ahi Tuna with pear, basil, lime, crispy quinoa, and spicy yellow pepper dressing was a fresh and well balanced dish. The cocktail pairing was perfect, featuring Pisco, Lacuesta Blanco, and lime bitters. 

The second starter was The Original Provision, a wagyu beef jerky with sesame and a spicy chili preserve. The heat of the dish was offset nicely with the drink pairing, which featured a pFriem Pilsner, Mancino Secco, Verjus, and Saline. Alongside the starters we enjoyed the Brussels Sprouts with tallow, pickled chili, white anchovies, and preserved lemon aioli.

For our main dish, we ordered the Roasted Scallops with fregola, fermented greens, bean sprout, crispy ramen, and spicy laksa curry. This was my favorite dish, and the drink pairing with dark rum, aged Aquavit, Thai-Palm infusion, and lime, complimented the curry’s spice.  

Roasted Scallops. Photo credit: Alec PesolaTo round out the evening, we finished with the Smoked Caramel Panna Cotta with brown butter apple, hazelnut crumbs, and vanilla ice cream. This rich dessert was (again) perfectly paired with a pour of Bourbon and Licor 43. We also enjoyed the Shuksan Strawberry Shortcake with roasted white chocolate, basil, cheesecake mousse, and rhubarb sorbet. The drink pairing for this dessert was a delightful Chateau Grillon, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France, 2015.

Chef Cosway and Reed’s collaboration on Heartwood Provisions’ newest menu brings the flavors of both the dishes and the drinks to a new level. I wholeheartedly agree with Reed when she says that “it truly is just what summer tastes like!”


Heartwood Provisions      | 1103 1st Ave, Seattle    | (206) 582-3505

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Dr. Nooshin K. Darvish and her team opened Washington state’s first walk-in IV clinic Holistique IV Lounge in April in downtown Bellevue.

Holistique IV Lounge uses only naturally-derived, bioavailable nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids from top manufacturers, individualized to each client’s needs to help them to achieve optimum health. We had the chance to connect with Dr. Nooshin Darvish about the new clinic.

Seattleite: What would you tell those who may be intimidated by the idea of a nutritional IV?

Dr. Darvish: Don’t be nervous—the interesting fact about taking vitamins and minerals intravenously nutritional IV (intravenous) or IM (intramuscular) is that by bypassing your digestive tract, your body completely absorbs the nutrition through the blood stream. None of the nutrients are lost during the absorption process or through your urine. This type of nutritional IV absorption has been commonly known to potentially lead to ‘better results’. With oral supplements and food, you only get about 20% absorption after filtering through your digestive system, much less than a nutritional IV.

Seattleite: How often can patients receive IVs?

Dr. Nooshin Darvish: If they choose to do so—our guests can safely receive IV’s in the lounge on a weekly basis.

Seattleite: Is there a specific demographic you’re targeting?

Dr. Darvish: Yes, our target audience is healthy individuals of all ages looking to ‘fill in the gap’ of what they are missing in their daily supplements and foods with IV nutrition. We envisioned a community of people coming in, bringing friends and family and enjoying a beautiful relaxing space where they can get vitamins, nutrients and amino acids. We want to ‘restore’ our community with health and wellness, so that in turn, our community will support each other.

Seattleite: Are there any specific contraindications that would prevent someone from receiving a nutritional IV?

Dr. Darvish: Our clients complete a medical intake form before very visit and one of our doctors does an initial assessment on every client. The doctors have criterion that they review and, if a guest falls outside of that criterion, we would suggest that they see us at our sister clinic—Holistique Naturopathic Medical Center—for further lab testing.

Seattleite: Can you tell me more about the loyalty program for individuals and families?

Dr. Darvish: Our IV Lounge Loyalty program was developed with repeat guests in mind. They will save 10% annually on all of their IV’s, IM’s as well as any other services we may offer in the Lounge such as Acupuncture, Reflexology and Oxygen Therapy. We offer this program for single clients and their immediate family members.

Seattleite: Where do the IV bags come from? 

Dr. Darvish: We have certified medical staff who make all of the guests’ IV bags. We ensure that all of our vendors are all verified compounding pharmacies in the United States. They send us all of the raw materials such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids and we in turn take this raw material and make the custom nutrient bags twice a day.

We are very transparent which is why you can actually watch our medical team compound in our sterile room through large glass windows. Our guests are assured of what is going into their bodies!

Seattleite: Who administers the IVs? 

Dr. Darvish: Our licensed physicians administer the IVs.

Seattleite: Is there anything else you would like to highlight?

Dr. Darvish: Our foundation is in medicine and medical services. We have been administering IV’s for over 14 years and in that time we have administered well over 50,000 IVs.

We are now offering a happy hour special Monday through Friday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Save of 15% on any IV.

Walk-ins are always welcome, but to ensure a time, book your appointment here.

Holistique IV Lounge
1200 116th Ave NE, Suite B
Bellevue, WA 98004

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Noble House Hotels & Resorts launched their new summer music series at The Edgewater Hotel in downtown Seattle on June 19th. 

The series will travel across three coast to coast hotels, offering intimate concert experiences with emerging artists in partnership with Empire Music.

Photo credit: Portofino Hotel & Marina

“We are thrilled to have partnered with Empire Music this summer continuing our historic connection to music and providing memorable experiences for guests,” said Scott Colee, chief creative officer for Noble House Hotels & Resorts. “As we look ahead, our ultimate goal is to focus on what is new and next so our guests always have something to look forward to when staying at our properties.”

Emerging EMPIRE artist, Iyla performed at The Edgewater Hotel for the first show of the series. Prior to each show, guests are invited to enjoy appetizers, signature cocktails, beer and wine. We had a great time getting to know some of the other guests who were there for the show, including some of Iyla’s family members! It was a unique, and fun way to experience live music from an up and coming artist. Stay tuned as more shows are added to the Noble Presents Summer Music Series.

Photo credit: Iyla, Empire Music

In the meantime, stop by The Edgewater’s signature restaurant the Six Seven, where they host live music nights featuring local bands on a weekly basis. More details about this month’s lineup can be found here.

Since hosting The Beatles 55 years ago at their first property The Edgewater in Seattle, Noble House Hotels & Resorts has been a long-time supporter of artists. Keep an eye out for more events like the Noble Presents Summer Music series as they continue to support artists and situate themselves as the go-to hotel for unique experiences around the country. 

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