Tilth Restaurant

James Beard Awards in NYC
June 10, 2008, 12:34 pm
Filed under: Events

I just got back from spending five days in New York. I was nominated for a James Beard award for best chef in the Northwest. My colleague and friend, Holly Smith, of Cafe Juanita, took the prize. I’m so happy and thrilled for her. She totally deserves it. She has always been there for me when I call her up with an urgent question about something that has gone wrong. Congratulations to Holly!

Check out these snapshots from the awards ceremony, which was held Sunday night.

Sue McCown and Maria Hines on the red carpet at the James Beard Awards. (June 8, 2008)

Sue McCown, Maria Hines, Michi Suzuki, John Sundstrom

Maria Hines, Sue McCown, Michi Suzuki -- waiting for the event to start.

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A New Patio for Tilth!
May 22, 2008, 9:06 am
Filed under: What's New | Tags: ,

Patio season is here! I just had the patio rebuilt here at Tilth. It will be completely done by May 23. I chose a reddish cumaru wood, which is sustainable. You may know it as Brazilian teak. It was harvested responsibly from a forest managed by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). The money goes straight back to the village that harvested the wood. The sealant we used is also environmentally friendly.

We put some speakers in on the porch, so you can enjoy listening to some tunes while enjoying the culinary garden and people watching. Speaking of the garden, I’ve planted numerous herbs and other plants: anise hyssop, lemon verbena, bronze fennel, wild arugula, chamomile, echinacea, Alpine strawberry, orach (mountain spinach), orange thyme, flowering rosemary, nasturtium, pansies, marigold, cardoon, tarragon, lovage, wheat grass, red Russian kale, and summer savory.

So please come enjoy it while the weather is beautiful!

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Buty Wine Dinner
April 24, 2008, 8:20 pm
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There are still a few spots left for the Buty Winemaker Dinner on May 19 at 6:30 p.m. It’s $95 for five courses:

Fava Bean Flan
morel emulsion, fava bean, spring onion
02’ Chardonnay, Rosa Berge Vineyard, Yakima Valley

Pan Seared Alaskan Sablefish
green apple chutney, almond, baby spinach
04’ 72% Semillon, 28% Sauvigon Blanc, Columbia Valley

Skagit River Ranch Pork Cheek
rhubarb, bluebird grains farrow, pea leaves
06’ 54% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Slow Cooked Ostrich Ragout
tagliatelle, oven-roasted tomato, parmesan
02’ Rediviva of the Stones, 86% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvigon, Walla Walla Valley

Hazelnut Brown Butter Cake
cherry compote, candied bacon, smoked salt

Winemakers  Caleb and Nina Foster
Chef / Owner Maria Hines

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Upcoming Events
March 26, 2008, 11:01 pm
Filed under: Events

There’s a new page that lists some of my upcoming appearances and events. Check it out — click on the link on the left side of the page.

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A James Beard Award Nomination!
March 26, 2008, 3:58 pm
Filed under: Awards/Recognition, What's New

Chef Maria Hines was nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award for best chef of the Northwest. We congratulate her! She will head to New York for the awards ceremony in June. Wish her luck!

More info: jamesbeard.org.

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Buty Wine Dinner
March 17, 2008, 2:16 pm
Filed under: Events

We are accepting reservations for a wine dinner featuring Buty Winery on Monday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m.. It’s five courses for $95. Call Tilth: 206.633.0801.

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Maria’s Podcast Interview
January 20, 2008, 2:22 pm
Filed under: In the Media, Podcast, What's New

How did Maria Hines get started in the restaurant business? What does she think about a culinary degree versus an apprenticeship? Why did she insist on being a certified organic restaurant?

Tune in to this 30-minute podcast interview with Maria to find out.

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