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Press Release – September 27, 2011

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Seattle Hotel Hosts Second Annual
Celebration of Eastern Washington Heirloom Tomatoes

TomatoFare West Returns to Seattle's Cedarbook Lodge

Photos Courtesy Richmond Public Relations
A) Cedarbrook Lodge hosts second annual TomatoFare West
B) Wine tastings from Chatter Creek and Left Coast Cellars
C) Copperleaf Restaurant Executive Chef Mark Bodinet, “Mrs. TomatoFare” Pam Breiman and Cedarbrook Lodge Culinary Director Roy Breiman
D) Executive Chef Mark Bodinet of Copperleaf prepared Heirloom Bavarian with parmesan mousse, heirloom tomato mousse and fresh basil
E) Charles and Rose Anne Finkel of Pike Place Brewing Company
F) Barking Frog Executive Chef Bobby Moore plating Heirloom Tomatoes and Compressed Watermelon with burrata mozzarella puree, toasted pine nuts, micro basil and 10-year balsamic
G) Varieties of Eastern Washington Heirloom Tomatoes on display
H) Guests were entertained with jazz music from Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band
I) Geoduck and Heirloom Tomato Cheviche with orange and mint prepared by Blackboard Bistro Executive Chef Jacob Wiegner
J) Guests sample varieties of Eastern Washington Heirloom Tomatoes
K) Salmorejo sauce with roasted heirloom tomato jam, parfait of nicoise olives, yogurt and cucumber topped with toasted breadcrumbs prepared by Executive Chef Nick Yanes of H5O bistro & bar in Portland, Ore.

SEATTLE – (September 27, 2011) - In celebration of Eastern Washington Heirloom Tomatoes, Seattle’s Cedarbrook Lodge, a quintessentially Northwest hotel located on 18 acres of lush restored wetlands in Seattle, hosted the second annual TomatoFare West on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

Growers, local chefs, industry professionals and tomato fans gathered to enjoy 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.

“TomatoFare was a huge success,” said Roy Breiman, culinary director of Cedarbrook Lodge. “It was great to see the culinary creativity from the chefs, enthusiasm for tomatoes from the guests and an overall upbeat atmosphere at the event.”

Chef participants included Mark Bodinet of Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge, John Sundstrom of Lark in Seattle; Bobby Moore of Barking Frog in Woodinville, Wash.; Seth Caswell of Emmer & Rye in Seattle; Jacob Wiegner of Blackboard Bistro in Seattle; Shannon Wilkinson of Little Water Cantina in Seattle; and Nick Yanes of H5O bistro & bar in Portland, Ore.

Guests tasted beers from Seattle breweries Maritime Pacific Brewery and Pike Place Brewing Company, as well as varietals from White Heron Cellars, Chatter Creek Winery, Wineglass Cellars and Tertulia Cellars. Additionally, Seattle Creamery served two varieties of heirloom tomato sorbet. TomatoFare West featured live entertainment by Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band.

For more information about Cedarbrook Lodge or Copperleaf Restaurant, visit or call (206) 901-9268. For more information on TomatoFare, visit

About Cedarbrook Lodge
Cedarbrook Lodge, rated the No. 1 hotel in the world on the Expedia® 2011 Insiders’ SelectTM List and No. 1 hotel in the U.S. in the TripAdvisor® 2011 Travelers’ Choice® Awards, is located at 18525 36th Avenue South in Seattle, Wash., less than one mile from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Its dining establishment, Copperleaf Restaurant, features quintessentially Northwest farm-to-table cuisine and was named a 2011 Top 10 New Restaurant in the U.S. by Gayot. Nestled on an 18 acre oasis of restored wetlands, Cedarbrook Lodge features the coveted combination of a convenient location, serene setting, exceptional guest services and more than 24,000 square feet of event space ideal for many occasions including social gatherings, weddings, business meetings and conferences. Cedarbrook Lodge is a member of Stash Hotel RewardsTM, a point-based program that allows guests at independent hotels to quickly earn free stays at participating properties. 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 RewardsTM, 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


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