Press Release – September 18, 2012
Seattle Meeting Hotels
TOMATO LOVERS GATHER AND CELEBRATE AT 3RD ANNUAL TOMATOFARE WEST AT CEDARBROOK LODGE
Images courtesy of Richmond Public Relations
A) Display of heirloom tomatoes at TomatoFare West 2012.
B) Display of heirloom tomatoes at TomatoFare West 2012.
C) Pike Brewing Company owner Charles Finkle talking with a TomatoFare West guest.
D) Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar’s heirloom tomato focaccia.
E) Guests sampling and purchasing heirloom tomatoes.
F) Live entertainment by the Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band.
G) From left: Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar Executive Chef Mark Bodinet; “Mrs. TomatoFare” Pam Breiman; and Cedarbrook Lodge Culinary Director Roy Breiman.
H) Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar’s seared diver scallop with heirloom tomato coulis, BLT salad with oven-dried heirloom tomato and basil vinaigrette.
I) Guests on Cedarbrook Lodge’s Evergreen Lawn at TomatoFare West 2012.
J) TRACE restaurant’s heirloom tomato crostini with Kurtwood Farm camembert and tomato basil sorbet lollipop.
SEATTLE – (September 18, 2012) - Tomato growers, local chefs and tomato aficionados gathered at Cedarbrook Lodge for a harvest party dedicated to the celebration of Eastern Washington-grown heirloom tomatoes at the third-annual TomatoFare West, Sunday, September 9th.
“TomatoFare is one of our favorite events that we look forward to every year,” said Roy Breiman, culinary director of Cedarbrook Lodge. “From the tremendous turnout to creative and delicious dishes from each chef, this year’s TomatoFare was another huge success.”
Cedarbrook Lodge hosted the annual event in collaboration with the TomatoFare Growers Association to support organic farmers and to encourage the tradition of seed saving. Guests sampled a variety of heirloom tomato varieties including Mexican Midgets, Green Zebra, Red Barn, Amish Paste and others.
Chefs from some of the region’s best restaurants prepared an heirloom tomato-inspired dish for guests to enjoy at the event, including Diver Sea Scallop with heirloom tomato coulis, BLT salad with oven dried heirloom tomato and basil vinaigrette from Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar in Seattle; Heirloom Tomato Crostini with Kurtwood Farm camembert and heirloom tomato sorbet lollipop from TRACE in Seattle; Páte á Choux with candied heirloom tomato Chantilly, compressed watermelon, marinated cucumbers, aged balsamic, tomato jam and basil from Barking Frog in Woodinville, Wash.; and Basil Meringue with marinated heirloom tomato, Briar Farms goat cheese and micro basil from H5O bistro & bar in Portland, Ore. Other participating restaurants included Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar, Sazarac and CRUSH in Seattle, and Altitude in Welches, Ore.
To complement the culinary creations, several local wineries and breweries, including Pike Place Brewing Company, White Heron and Parejas Cellars, poured a selection of varietals and microbrews. Additionally, three different Heirloom Tomato Bloody Marys in green, yellow and red varieties were featured by Copperleaf Bar. Guests were treated to live entertainment by the Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band.
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 & Bar, 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 http://www.CedarbrookLodge.com.
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, visit http://www.CoastalHotels.com.