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72 HOME 50 A PERFECT FIT A sleek Belltown condo beautifully accommodates a family of three.
68 WELL-SCRIPTED A lakeside Sammamish kitchen gets a digitally inspired update.
77 REAL ESTATE What’s selling in the city? Why certain urban projects rise above the rest.
56 GLOBAL FUSION A household of globe-trotters agree there is no place like their Bellevue condo home.
72 KITCHEN OF THE YEAR Seattle Homes & Lifestyles’ Kitchen of the Year is a northeast Seattle kitchen designed by Susan Marinello …. Plus, great design details from our finalists.
80 ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
62 CROWN JEWEL An overgrown garden in Magnolia is transformed into a serenely elegant showpiece.
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STYLE 21 TREND WATCH Join the industrial revolution with salvaged style.
26 “Living in cities is an art, and we need the vocabulary of art, of style, to describe the peculiar relationship between man and material ...”
26 SHOPPING Outfit your kitchen with stylish new hoods, tile and more. 28 GOING TO MARKET What’s new from the High Point Market in North Carolina and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.
LIFE 35 IN GOOD TASTE Randy Altig shares his recipe and serving suggestions for a classic San Francisco seafood stew … Plus, everything you need to enjoy cioppino at home. 42 CALENDAR Our calendar of events for September and October is full of seasonal fun, including harvest festivals, plant sales and the start of a new theater season.
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THIS YEAR’S SEATTLE HOMES & LIFESTYLES Kitchen of the Year contest—our third—drew the most entries and the highest quality of design of any previous contest. This meant that the task we assigned to our three esteemed judges was particularly challenging. Luckily, Marie Lail Blackburn, Tyler Engle and Becky Selengut were up to the task. Fortified with coffee and French pastries from our neighborhood bakery, Le Fournil, they tackled the job with gusto. The judging criteria, on which judges ranked each entry with a score from 1 to 5, included aesthetics and visual appeal, functionality and space planning, quality of workmanship, use of materials, originality and photographic appeal. Despite this qualitative approach, we make no pretense of the contest being purely objective. After all, what makes a room worthy of the title “Kitchen of the Year” is really a hard-to-define “wow” factor. Ultimately, the winning kitchen (see page 72) was the one that met all of the contest rules, scored highest across the board and most impressed our judges. We hope you’ll be wowed too.
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MEET OUR JUDGES: Award-winning architect Tyler Engle (left) has an impressive portfolio containing projects in New York and Spain as well as an SH&L 2008 Bath of the Year winner. A past Northwest Design Award winner, a juror for architectural design at Northwest schools and an SH&L Seattle Design 100+ honoree, he strives to unite the disciplines of architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bath Designer Marie Lail Blackburn (center), well known for her insights on industry trends and processes, has served as a judge for local and national design competitions, including national Kitchen and Bath Association contests. With more than 20 years’ industry experience, Blackburn has seen her own award-winning work featured in local and national publications.
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“I like writing because it’s the sharing of ideas between people,” says contributing editor Lindsey Roberts. While working on her story about a Sammamish kitchen (page 68), Roberts fell in love with the teak wood tiles that the designers and homeowners chose, instead of ceramic or glass, for the counter top. “I love learning new things that are outside the box,” Roberts says of this idea that adds subtle elegance to the kitchen. “I have never seen anything like this before.”
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Photographer Alex Hayden has been working behind the camera since 1995. For this issue, Hayden and his camera were kept busy photographing a Seattle condo (page 50), a Sammamish kitchen (page 68), our Kitchen of the Year (page 72) and Room For Improvement (page 80). “The best part is meeting the homeowners,” Hayden says. “Most are really nice, and it’s interesting to hear their stories about their kids, dogs and why they did what they did.”
“I am fascinated by the level of craftsmanship, amount of care and detail [designers show],” says contributing writer Aislyn Greene. In this issue, Greene describes stunning features from three Kitchen of the Year finalists (page 76). While Greene admired all of the projects, she was particularly taken with the elements in a bright and colorful kitchen on Lopez Island, such as the interesting use of fiberboard and mix of rustic and modern elements. “You can look and constantly see something more,” Greene says.
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Kirkland Uncorked featured wine, food, art, music and SH&L’s Grand Salon with furnishings and décor provided by Wood-Mode and Refined Woodworks, Lambert Gray, J.P. Landscape, Windows Doors & More, Marvin Windows, Nanawall, Cutting Edge Design, Inc., Seattle Design Center, Fixture Universe, Andonian Rugs, Trammell-Gagné, Ralph Hays Contemporary Designs and Terris Draheim Exterior. 1. Party sponsor Windows Doors &
More’s Ken Hall welcomes guests and honorees to the kickoff event. 2. 2009 Seattle Design 100+ honorees John Wells and Seth Meyer of Meyer Wells. 3. John Hoedemaker, of Seattle Design 100+ honoree Schuchart Dow, with SH&L’s Giselle Smith and Carlos Breton. 4. Brian Parker of Refined Woodworks. 5. 2009 Seattle Design 100+ honoree Jane Weed of Jane Piper Reid & Co., with interior designer Randall Thomas and Jerry Weed. 6. SH&L’s Shawn Williams with Reeb Millwork’s Keith Church. 7. Keri Sue Kliemann, Crystal Polacek and Graciela Valeriano of J.P. Landscape.
8. WiPliance’s Lee Travis, SH&L’s Jill Mogen and Bob Masin of Seattle Design 100+ honoree Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design. 9. Michael Andonian of Andonian Rugs. 10. Caleb Foster of Buty Winery, who poured wines for party guests. 11. SH&L’s Shirley Sax, Jane Malbon and Craig Lundgren of Lundgren Adams. 12. Architect Bob Swain with Marc Vassallo and Paul Vassallo of 2009 Seattle Design 100+ honoree Schultz Miller. 13. Exhibitors Chris Ford of Refined Woodworks and Larry Stenlund of Wood-Mode visit with Seattle Design 100+ honoree interior designer Stephen Hensel.
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in building and design competitions.
September 18 | The Harvest Hoe Down gala auction benefits the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society. Tickets are $100. Details: (425) 451-3755 or bellevuebotanical.org.
Association Puget Sound’s 2009 design competition named winners in seven categories. Local NKBA officers Brandelle McIntosh of Gateway Appliance Distributing, designer Paula Kennedy, and Wayne Martin, AKBD, Selden’s Home Furnishings, enjoyed the June gala at The Ruins. The Master Builders Association’s 2009 REX Awards honored remodeling excellence in 21 categories. 2. Jeff Svik of Berg’s Landscaping, with MBA’s Julie Applegate, picked up the DesignLandscaping award. 3. The People’s Choice Award and award for Major Remodel $300,000–$600,000 went to Weitzel Construction, Inc. for a home designed by architect Lane Williams of Coop 15.
September 25 | Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus host the Just Art Auction & Cocktail Party. Tickets are $75. Details: (206) 285-5175 or flyinghouse.org.
October 2 | The Elevate 2009 fashion show, staged by Karan Dannenberg, benefits Olive Crest. Tickets are $150. Details: (206) 8536524 or elevateseattle.org.
3 This year’s American Heart Association Heart Ball at Sheraton Seattle featured local wineries showcasing their best wines. More than 300 people attended the event, raising $331,000 to support the fight against heart disease.
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The Coombs family shared the story of two-year-old Victoria Rose, who was born with a heart defect, shown here with Mom Silke, big brother Max, and Dad Mike.
NEW IN TOWN Two local companies opened new showrooms in July. 1. Kitchen and bath remodeling experts Lambert Gray celebrated the grand opening of their new showroom in Marysville, featuring cabinet, counter top and tile displays. Shown here: Marcus Lambert, Shawn Haverfield, Sr., Dennis Lambert, Beverly Lambert, Kevin Johnson and Chad Lambert.
October 3 | Proceeds from PONCHO’s Grow Art Fine Art Auction, benefit local arts organizations. Tickets are $200– $3,000. Details: (206) 623-6233 or poncho.org. October 6 | The International Interior Design Association Northern Pacific Chapter’s INAwards celebrate innovation in interior design. Tickets are TBD. Details: (206) 762-6471 or iida-northern.pacific.org. October 9 | The Signature Chefs Auction features unique culinary experiences and benefits March of Dimes Washington Chapter. Tickets are $250. Details: (206) 624-1373 or marchofdimes.com/washington. October 14 | U.S. Sen. John Edwards speaks at Plymouth Housing Group’s Key to Hope luncheon. Tickets are $150–$1,500. Details: (206) 374-9409 or plymouthhousing.org.
October 3 | Pilchuck Glass School’s Auction Gala Event features works by emerging and established artists. Tickets are $250. Details: (206) 6218422 or pilchuck.com. October 29 | The Susan G. Komen Power of a Promise Luncheon raises funds to further breast-cancer awareness. Tickets are $150. Details: (206) 633-0303 or komenpugetsound.org.
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American Slate’s new design center in south Seattle attracted 100 revelers. The showroom was designed by Kelli Patch, an architectural–design representative, and features a water wall, tile mosaics and more.
October 3 | Fund cardiovascular research and raise community awareness on the Start! Puget Sound Heart Walk. Details: (206) 632-6881 or pugetsoundheart walk.org.
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STYLE trend watch | shopping | going to market
A INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY STACY KENDALL
Weâ€™re getting back to basics with our love of raw materials and salvaged style
B A. Vintage Voltage | This chrome chameleon blends in beautifully with a modern or traditional setting. Dentist Lamp, $3,500 at Anthropologie, two Seattle locations, anthropologie.com. B. Steel the Spotlight | Modern with a hint of industrial, this console dazzles us with its quiet elegance. Punch Collection console by Established & Sons, $5,370 through Ornamo, 301 Occidental Ave. S., (206) 859-6492, ornamo.com.
STYLE | trend watch
In design, honesty is always the best policy, and nothing captures straightforward style like furniture that’s tough enough to work on the factory floor. Forget fancy finishes; it’s all about the nitty-gritty. The imperfections— dings, scratches, flaking paint—give each object a personality and dynamism that work well in a contemporary setting. >>
STOOL Bar stool, $390 at Liberty 123,
123 Park Lane, Kirkland, (425) 822-1232, liberty123.com. CART Factory Cart (bottom), $910 at Restoration Hardware, two Seattle locations, restorationhardware.com. TABLE, LAMP Gustave Side Table and Table Lamp, $490 and $545, at Area 51, 401 E. Pine St., (206) 568-4782, area51seattle.com. BOWL Metal bowl, $79 at BoConcept, 901 Western Ave., (206) 464-9999, boconcept.com. BASKET Vintage metal basket, $90 at
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STYLE | trend watch
Some of modern designâ€™s most enduring
forms have industrial roots: Emecoâ€™s Navy Chair, the Tolomeo desk lamp and anything from the Bauhaus movement. And with salvaged pieces, the stories behind each one can be as interesting as the items themselves. Chairs, tables and lighting taken from old factories evoke an awareness of history and utility; we find sincere beauty in something that is pure in form and function.
Livinâ€™ Large Oversized signage lends a playful touch to any room. Vintage road-sign letters, $125 each at Great Stuff, 5517 Airport Way S., (206) 762-3899, greatstuff seattle.com.
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On a Roll This no-fuss design gets the job done in style. Quovis Worktable, $1,500 through Design Within Reach, Seattle and Kirkland locations, dwr.com.
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Works Wonders Shop style is in style with factory-inspired dĂŠcor. Screw Table by Tom Dixon, $1,700 through Inform Interiors, 2032 Eighth Ave., (206) 622-1608, informseattle.com.
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Sleek and Chic A dose of classic style is just what the doctor ordered. Vintageinspired Enzo Lamp, $398 at Anthropologie, two Seattle locations, anthropologie.com.
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STYLE | shopping
sizzling kitchen ideas COMPILED BY NANCY CLARK
Chandelier, vent hood and task light are all rolled into one show-stopping piece with the Star hood by Elica. Slaving over a hot stove will never be the same. $3,750 through Unique Distributing, 5114 Point Fosdick Drive N.W., PMB 266, Gig Harbor, (360) 895-3688.
CaesarStone’s Motivo Crocodile quartz surface shows that “green” can also be stunning. Available to the trade through Refined Woodworks, Inc., Seattle Design Center, Ste. A-121, (206) 762-2603, refinedwoodworks.com.
The kitchen is the hardest working room in the house. It has to be functional and organized for preparing meals yet stylish and welcoming for family dinners and entertaining. Give your kitchen a break with these elegant-yet-practical products that bring a new level of sophistication to your home. 1. Make sure your kitchen is timeless with the Kallista One Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in nickel silver. $992 through Best Plumbing, 4129 Stone Way N., (206) 633-1700, bestplumbing.com.
2. Bring your wine collection to new heights with the Viking 30-inch Full-Height Wine Cellar, which stores up to 150 bottles and boasts TriTemp technology to keep your whites, reds and long-term wines at the perfect temperatures. $6,997 through Albert Lee Appliance, 1476 Elliott Ave. W., (206) 282-2110, albertleeappliance.com.
3. Circle designs transform this apron-front sink into a work of art. Kohler Cursive design on Alcott undercounter sink. $1,400 through Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery, 4100 W. Marginal Way S.W., (206) 767-7700, ferguson.com. 4. The Onda Barstool mimics the body’s curves, bringing comfort and style together. $298–$368 at Design Within Reach, Seattle and Kirkland locations, dwr.com.
STYLE | going to market
LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP ROW: The Silhouettes
Chair and Gentry Chair are pieces that can be customized in Hickory Chairâ€™s new upholstery program; MIDDLE ROW: At High Point Market, Councill debuted smaller scale pieces, such as the Mason Tuxedo Sofa (left); Calvin Kleinâ€™s walnut daybed (right) adheres to a minimalist style with clean lines and an ebony finish; LEFT TO RIGHT, BOTTOM ROW: The Calvin Klein canopy bed and armless occasional chair are two more examples of that minimalist style.
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High Point Market April 25â€“30, 2009 High Point, North Carolina Thousands gathered in North Carolina to celebrate the centennial anniversary of High Point Market, the premier industry show for highend home furnishings in the United States, now featuring more than 2,000 exhibitors. Seattle-area attendees included Bob and Dave Masin of Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design (masins.com). The father-and-son duo, who say twice-yearly High Point Market is the â€œhub of the furniture world,â€? use the show as their primary resource for merchandise. This year, Bob and Dave both noticed the size, mood and focus of the market were affected by the economy. â€œIt was by far the least
attended market in the last 20 years,â€? Bob notes. He also noticed that the economic changes in the industry have led to a refocused agenda, â€œfrom creating new and different products to refining existing product lines.â€? Still, a few new lines stood out, including furniture from Calvin Klein with a retro feel and clean lines. Bob noticed Hickory Chairâ€™s new custom upholstery program, which can ship within 30 days. Dave observed a switch to small-scale furniture options, which he attributes to downsizing and migration into the urban market. Some of Daveâ€™s favorite petite sofa options came from the furniture company Councill.
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STYLE | going to market
International Contemporary Furniture Fair May 16–19, 2009 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City Companies from 34 countries were present at the 21st annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, which features the newest creations from the modern design world. The fair was open to the public for one of its four days. Seattle-area exhibitors included Darin Montgomery, founder of Urbancase (urbancase.com)—a Seattlebased furniture design-build firm—and Ryan Grey Smith, president and artistic director of lighting company 3form Light Art (3-form.com/lightart), which received the Gold award for Best of NeoCon2009 for an 8-foottall chandelier. Montgomery, a three-time attendee, unveiled new Urbancase products, including the Melli Compact Lounge, a wall-mounted bar storage unit that garnered much attention. Montgomery, who has a design sensibility that focuses on providing urban-living solutions, is a believer in creating the smallest environmental footprint possible, and he noticed a trend toward smaller spaces and urban living. A five-time exhibitor, Smith enjoyed being immersed in the energy of the New York market. “It shows different and unique products with aesthetics closer to those seen at European design shows,” he says.
3form Light Art creates sculptural light fixtures (above) from an ecoresin material; The slimly discreet Melli Compact Lounge (above, left) from Urbancase borrows its name from the bar in Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport and is perfect for an impromptu happy hour.
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LIFE | in good taste
RANDY ALTIG’S CIOPPINO RECIPE STARTS WITH VEGETABLES AND GARLIC SAUTÉED IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, FROM WHICH HE CREATES A RICH BROTH BY ADDING TOMATOES, WHITE WINE AND FRESH HERBS. THE HEART OF THIS WELL-LOVED DISH IS PIECES OF DUNGENESS CRAB, FLAKY CHUNKS OF HALIBUT, PLUMP PRAWNS, AND CLAMS AND MUSSELS STILL IN THEIR SHELLS. RANDY ALWAYS BUYS HIS FISH AT TIM’S SEAFOOD IN KIRKLAND. RECIPE IS ON PAGE 39.
chipping in italian style WRITTEN BY RANDY ALTIG PHOTOGRAPHS BY HANK DREW
If someone had told me this would be my year to travel the globe, I wouldn’t have believed it. But that’s just what I’ve done. From hiking in Hawaii and shopping in Paris to designing in Shanghai, cooking in Tuscany and walking Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, this has been a memorable year. As I think back on its highlights, however, one summer day in San Francisco, eating fresh cioppino from warm sourdough bread bowls with my family, definitely stands out. Walking along the wharf, I was awestruck by the bounty and beauty of the gifts of the sea. Just off the boats, the catch of the day—fresh fish both large and small, and many varieties of shellfish—lay in ice wagons, glittering in the sun like precious jewels. At that moment, I realized I was in the American motherland of cioppino, the popular Italian soup made from a perfect mixture of fresh chard, onions, tomatoes, fish and wine. >>
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Roll shiny silverware in white napkins, then garnish them with sprigs of rosemary and lavender.
The soup gained fame here in the late 1800s, when Italian fishermen who had settled in the North Beach neighborhood used recipes from their homelandâ€”and the dayâ€™s leftoversâ€”to make extra money by feeding the fishermen and local residents. In California, some thought the name derived from the heavily Italian-accented cry of San Franciscoâ€™s wharf cooks as they asked fishermen to â€œchip inâ€? some of their catch to the collective soup pot at the end of the day. But the name actually comes from ciuppinâ€”meaning â€œto chopâ€? in the Ligurian dialect of the Italian port city of Genoaâ€”which describes the stew-making process. Fishermen cut up various fish and shellfish and threw them in a pot with fresh vegetables such as carrots, peppers and onions. Whatever the origin of its name, cioppino has evolved into a seafood-loversâ€™ favorite dish. When making this fishermanâ€™s classic, I like to cook the seafood in a broth made of extra virgin olive oil, diced tomatoes and white wine. I leave most of the shellfish in their shells, including the crab, which I serve halved or quartered. As a result, the dish requires not just a spoon but also a crab fork and crackers. Fresh halibut cut into cubes is always my standard, but you can personalize your recipe by adding your favorite fish. 38 |
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Whether dishing it up for a small group or a crowd, I like to serve cioppino family style. I place the pot in the middle of the table and ladle generous portions into large white bowls, where the shellfish (in their shells), vegetables and tomato-based stock make for beautiful color and high visual drama at the table. When I was in Italy earlier this year, I noticed that most fine restaurant tables were dressed with perfectly pressed cloths, usually of starched linen in pale green or pink instead of traditional white, but for this meal I like my table to look a little more relaxed. So I use a big red-and-whitechecked cloth consistent with the looks sported by most of Italyâ€™s trattorias. I roll shiny silverware in white napkins and tie them with twine, then set the table with mismatched wine glasses and put bread sticks in vases or thickly sliced artisan bread in small baskets. For a decorative way to add to the anticipation of the meal, I fill antique jars with my favorite late-season fresh herbsâ€”rosemary, fennel, lavender and sageâ€”and casually place them on the table with votive candles in red, green and white (the colors of the Italian flag). Then I light the candles, pour the wine and serve the cioppinoâ€” and in no time, my guests feel the magic of la bella Italia. RandÂĽ Altig aĎ€Ď€ears weeklÂĽ after the Q13 FOX Morning News on Maximum Living With Randy.
the cipe RANDY’S MAXIMUM-LIVING CIOPPINO MAKES 4 OR 5 SERVINGS, BUT FEEL FREE TO DOUBLE THE RECIPE FOR BIG APPETITES OR A LARGER CROWD.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped 1 carrot, cut into thin strips 1 large clove garlic, minced or pressed 11/2 cups tomatoes, peeled and chopped (canned, diced tomatoes work fine) 11/2 cups dry white wine (or use a full bottle for more broth) 1 teaspoon fresh basil leaves 1 teaspoon fresh marjoram leaves 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes 1 bay leaf Salt to taste 2 cups chopped Swiss chard 1 pound fresh crab, in the shell, rinsed and cut in quarters 1 pound firm, white fish (such as halibut) fillets, cut into l-inch cubes 12 hard-shell clams, cleaned * 12 mussels (beards removed) * 1/2 pound medium-sized raw prawns, shelled and deveined 1/3 cup chopped parsley * Scrub shellfish with a stiff-bristled brush under cold, running water. Discard any clams or mussels that are not tightly closed. 1. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add onion, green pepper, carrot and garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally, until soft (about five minutes). Transfer to a large pot with a tight-fitting lid. 2. Add tomatoes, wine, basil, marjoram, thyme, chili pepper, bay leaf and salt, and simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. 3. Add Swiss chard, crab, fish, clams and mussels. Cover and simmer five minutes. 4. Add shrimp and parsley. Cover and simmer four minutes or until shrimp turns pink. 5. Serve in large bowls with hot sourdough or Italian-style bread—and enjoy!
—meaning “to chop” in the Ligurian dialect of the Italian port city of Genoa—which describes the stew-making process
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sea of beauty WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY AISLYN GREENE
WHEN PRESENTING a flavorful and visually appealing dish such as cioppino, chefs need equally impressive tableware at the ready. We envision a whimsical yet functional table with large, deep soup bowls, a token sea creature (or two) and a few local wines to round out the evening. Bon appétit! 1. We love the teardrop-shaped base of this elegant flatware. Iittala Mango Five-Piece Set, $70 at Velocity Art and Design, 251 Yale Ave. N., (206) 7499575, velocityartanddesign.com.
2. This traditional white Bordeaux blend pairs well with seafood in a light broth. 2007 Buty Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle, $32 at 12th and Olive Wine Company, 1125 E. Olive St., (206) 329-2399, 12thandolive.com.
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