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Press Release – August 25, 2010

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Festival Supports Heirloom Tomato Farmers, Breweries and Wineries

TomatoFare West at Cedarbrook Lodge

A) Aug. 22, 2010 – Cedarbrook Lodge hosted the first annual TomatoFare West.
B) Aug. 22, 2010 –(from left) Salumi’s Marilyn Batali, Cedarbrook Culinary Director Roy Breiman, “Mrs. TomatoFare” Pam Breiman and Salumi’s Armandino Batali.
C) Aug. 22, 2010 – Chef Bobby Moore from The Barking Frog serves up a tomato and watermelon salad.
D) Aug. 22, 2010 – “Mrs. TomatoFare” Pam Breiman with Crush’s Chef Jason Wilson and Chef Gabe Skoda.
E) Aug. 22, 2010 – (from left) Cedarbrook’s Chef Mark Bodinet, TomatoFare Founder Martin Ringhofer, “Mrs. TomatoFare” Pam Breiman and Cedarbrook Culinary Director Roy Breiman

SEATTLE – (Aug. 25, 2010) - Cedarbrook Lodge, a quintessentially Northwest hotel located on 18 acres of lush restored wetlands in Seattle, hosted the first annual TomatoFare West, a culinary harvest festival, on Sunday, August 22.

Growers, chefs, industry professionals and tomato fans gathered to enjoy more than 100 varieties of organically grown heirloom tomatoes, in addition to wine, microbrews and music by local musicians. The daylong event was a collaboration with the TomatoFare Growers Association to support organic farmers and to encourage the tradition of seed saving.

“We’re proud to bring together so many wonderful chefs and farmers to share their love for heirloom tomatoes,” said Roy Breiman, culinary director of Cedarbrook Lodge. “Seed saving is a sustainable tradition that Cedarbrook embraces and we look forward to celebrating that tradition again next year.”

Chef participants included Mark Bodinet from Copperleaf, Christine Keff from Flying Fish, William Belickis from Mistral Kitchen, Gabriel Claycamp of Alchemy in the Kitchen, Jason Wilson from Crush, Dalis Chea from Herban Feast and Fresh Bistro, Bobby Moore from The Barking Frog in Woodinville, Wash., Paul Bosch from Altitude in Welches, Ore. and Michael Young from Olives Café & Wine Bar in Edmonds, Wash. and private chefs John and Chris Hussey of Soap Lake, Wash.

Guests tasted beers from Seattle breweries Maritime Pacific Brewery and The Pike Brewery and wine varietals from White Heron Cellars, Chatter Creek Winery, Wineglass Cellars, Tertulia Cellars and Left Coast Cellars. TomatoFare West also featured live entertainment by Black Lab Trio and First Circle.

For more information on TomatoFare, visit

About Cedarbrook Lodge
Cedarbrook Lodge is located at 18525 36th Avenue South in Seattle, Wash. less than one mile from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Nestled on an 18-acre oasis of restored wetlands, Cedarbrook Lodge features the coveted combination of a convenient location, serene setting, exceptional guest service and more than 23,000 square feet of event space ideal for many occasions including business meetings and conferences, weddings and social gatherings. For reservations, call toll-free (877) 515-2176. Contact Cedarbrook Lodge directly at (206) 901-9268 or visit

About Coastal Hotel Group
Coastal Hotel Group is a privately held, Seattle-based hotel hospitality management company specializing in distinctive luxury hotels, resorts, inns, and lodges. Established in 1987, Coastal Hotel Group has earned a reputation for providing remarkable lodging choices for the discerning traveler. Coastal Hotel Group is a founding member of Stash Hotel Rewards™, a point-based program that allows guests at independent hotels across the country to quickly earn free nights at any participating property. For more information about Coastal Hotel Group, visit


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