Party with a Purpose in January in Seattle with NOLA Style

If you have been reading my past articles you will know about Chef John Howie and how he contributes back to Society.  Here is his latest event in Seattle, Washington.  It sounds fun.  I love New Orleans food and spirit.  Here is the announcement of the event.  If you are in Vancouver, BC like me, this is an easy trip down. Enjoy!



John Howie and Craig Terrill

John Howie and Craig Terrill

Seattle, Washington — Chef John Howie and singing Seahawk alumni Craig Terrill are bringing a taste of New Orleans, the official host city of Super Bowl XLVII, to SPORT Restaurant & Bar on Thursday, January 10th, 2013. The duo, the Seahawks’ chef and alumni representatives for football’s biggest faceoff, have organized “The Big Easy” inspired event as part of the “Kick Hunger Challenge” sponsored by Taste of the NFL.   That evening, 150 guests will enjoy an evening of fun, food and foot-stomping music with 100% of the proceeds going to Food Lifeline and fighting hunger in Western Washington. For every dollar raised, the organization will be able to provide a full day of nutritious meals for a hungry individual.

The “Party with a Purpose” is priced at $35 per person and kicks off at 7:00 pm with a hearty dinner of distinctive Creole and Cajun influenced dishes including Gumbo, Spicy Creole Chicken, Cajun Style Crawfish Boil with Corn & Red Potatoes, Jambalaya made with Andouille Sausage & Tasso Ham, and Maker’s Mark Bourbon Bread Pudding.  Craig Terrill and his band, comprised of some of Seattle’s best musicians, will play original American Rock songs as well as classics.  Guests will also have a chance during a special silent auction to bid on an amazing array of specialty items from Seahawk memorabilia to food and drink certificates at venues throughout the city. Throughout the evening, there will be special drink pricing on featured cocktails such as the Hurricane and local brews.

SPORT will be closed for this blockbuster fundraiser to walk-in dining the night of the event.  Tickets are available for purchase on Brown Paper Tickets at .

A Wine Made Specially for John Howie Steak in Washington

John Howie Columbia Valley Merlot

John Howie Columbia Valley Merlot

It is fun for me to find out about restaurants around Vancouver and visiting them. Trying their latest creations and wine pairings.  But also of interest, is our neighbours, in this case Seattle. There are a lot of great restaurants that we may not have heard of up here in Vancouver, but think about spending a weekend in Seattle and trying out the culinary and wine scene.  With that in mind, I received this latest announcement from the John Howie restaurant group about a wine made specially for them.  John Howie has 3 restaurants where you can try their new wine.  Read about it here.


Bellevue, Washington — Erik Liedholm, Company Wine Director for John Howie Restaurant Group and Seattle Magazine’s 2012 “Sommelier of the Year”, estimates that he has tasted thousands of wines during his 20-year career, created pairings for at least a couple of hundred dinners and has lost count of the numerous classes he has taught.  What could be a more natural next-step than blending wine?  The result is a stellar new bottling:  John Howie Columbia Valley Merlot, making its debut October 17th.

Liedholm and Chef Howie had recently finished collaborating on John’s cookbook, Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table (in which Erik provided recipe wine pairings), whenthe two business partners and close friends came up with the idea to produce house wine for the five venue restaurant group.   Rather than ask a specific winery to just custom label one of their own products, Erik and John wanted to craft a high quality wine that had a distinctive flavor profile.

Liedholm approached owner/executive winemaker Mark Ryan McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery, who he had known for several years. After much discussion, Mark and Erik began blending wines from numerous grape varietals and vineyards,  finally arriving at a beautifully structured gem of a Merlot, created from 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.  “The goal was to have a luxuriously textured plumy wine, but still offer a nice balance of acidity, so it would pair with a wide variety of dishes from all the restaurants in the John Howie Restaurant portfolio,” says Liedholm.

John Howie Columbia Valley Merlot will join the wine list next Wednesday at both Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar locations (Bellevue and Seattle) as well as at John Howie Steak.  It will soon follow at SPORT Restaurant & Bar and Tacoma’s Adriatic Grill.   Priced at $56 a bottle, $18 for an 8-ounce glass and $9 for a 4-ounce glass, availability will be limited to only John Howie affiliated restaurants.   Those wishing to purchase a bottle to enjoy at home can do so at list price, less a 20% “to go” discount.

A private John Howie label cuvee of Champagne from Duval-Leroy will follow by December.

Seattle Restauranteur John Howie Goes to NFL Super Bowl XLVI

Taste of the NFL

Are you an NFL football fan and a foodie? Well you can have the best of both worlds if you go to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Here is a press release about a local Seattle restauranteur bringing Pacific Northwest cuisine to the NFL.


Proprietor and author Chef John Howie, is off to Super Bowl XLVI (46) in Indianapolis in 10 days.  Although Howie is as renowned for his love of sports as he is as a restaurateur (Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar in Bellevue & Seattle, John Howie Steak – Bellevue and SPORT Restaurant – Seattle), he will not be down on the playing field or sitting in the stands watching the Patriots and Giants face off.  Rather, in a combo of his passions, he will be representing the Northwest and the Seattle Seahawks on the eve of the big game at the “Taste of the NFL”, a strolling food and wine event.  More than 35 food stations, each from an NFL city, will provide food and wine samples for guests to savor.  Each chef is paired with an NFL player at their station, either past or current, and Howie will again be joined by Seahawks defensive lineman Craig Terrill.  The evening includes a silent auction with hundreds of one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment items as well as incredible getaways.  This year it will conclude with a live concert performance by multi-platinum and award-winning country singer and songwriter Sara Evans.  Titled the Party with a Purpose, the proceeds from the event will benefit food banks in each of the NFL cities (in Seattle Food Lifeline), with an emphasis on the Super Bowl host city’s food bank.

Howie has appeared at the “Taste of the NFL” every year since 2004.  This year he will be preparing Ancho Chili Applewood Scented King Salmon on Southwestern Roasted Corn Mashed Potatoes with Sweet Chili Hollandaise and Lime Cream from his new cookbook Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table.  Since 1992, Taste has distributed more than $11 million to hunger relief organizations nationwide.

Ticket prices are $600 and the event is attended by approximately 5,000 guests.  To attend, purchase tickets online at or by phone at 888-695-0888 (extra fees do apply).