Celebrate Cider Week!

Posted September 10, 2012 by tastesamblog
Categories: Cocktails, General news, Recipes, Seasonal

Join TASTE as we celebrate the 2nd annual Washington Cider Week!

Beginning Saturday, September 8th, and running through Sunday, September 16th, come out and celebrate Cidermakers in Washington with over 85 different events planned across the state, from tap takeovers at neighborhood pubs to elegant prix fixe menus with cider pairings. You’ll find cider-based specialty cocktails, cheese plates designed with cider in mind, cider tasting events, and even a special cider gelato.

Swing by TASTE to sample Lead Bartender Duncan Chase’s cider-themed craft cocktial, Autumn Memories, featuring Blue Mt. Dry Creek Hard Cider:

Autumn Memories

1 Ounce Root
4 Drops Amber Liquor
Fill Blue Mt. Dry Creek Hard Cider
Combine ingredients in a champagne flute, garnish with an orange peel

Drink Responsibly!


Cellar Raid Wednesdays!

Posted July 3, 2012 by tastesamblog
Categories: TASTE Responsibly, Wine

Cellar Raid Wednesdays!

We’re clearing out our wine closet!

The TASTE Team believes that everyone deserves a delicious bottle of wine – at a great cost! Every Wednesday we will be raiding our Cellar Closet and offering discounted prices on bottles of wine we love.  Find a gem for as little as $19!  It’s time to go shopping!

Interested in learning more about our NorthWest wine selection?  Click here!

TASTE Responsibly

Spend Thursday Nights at the Olympic Sculpture Park this Summer!

Posted June 21, 2012 by tastesamblog
Categories: Cocktails, Events, Olympic Sculpture Park, Uncategorized, Wine



Beginning  July 12th and running through August 30th  join us every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Olympic Sculpture Park!

TASTE is thrilled to once again partner with  SAM for the Get Out! Summer at SAM series at the Olympic Sculpture Park this summer!

Take in warm evenings with yummy bites from some of Seattle’s favorite food trucks paired with delicious sips and nibbles from our own TASTE Café. Sample treats such as Pastry Chef Will’s Summer “Fruit Cake”, our signature Sassy Snack Mix, and local cheeses & Salumi bites.  Swing by the TASTE Liquid Lounge and try the evening’s seasonally inspired cocktail or purchase a glass or bottle of wine to enjoy while partaking in the fun. Added bonus: Bring your own glass and receive $.50 off your bill!

Enjoy live entertainment by some of Seattle’s most engaging performances, including Art Of Jazz with Earshot Jazz on July 12th and August 9th and Dancing ‘Til Dusk with a live band and professional dance lessons on August 30th.  Summer nights in Seattle have never been so special and we’re looking forward to a memorable and fun experience at the park.

And…did we mention the awesome food trucks that will be joining us?! Yes, we are so excited to showcase the best foodie trucks in Seattle! Enjoy bites from: Charlie’s Buns, I Want Curry Now, Fusion on the Run and Street Treats, just to name a few!

Keep up to date by visiting our Facebook page as we let you know which truck’s will be visiting us on Thursday nights!

Thursdays have never TASTE’d so good!

Good Luck, Duncan!

Posted June 18, 2012 by tastesamblog
Categories: Uncategorized

Combine two parts wisdom and one part charm, add a dash of hospitality and garnish with a friendly smile – this is the recipe for a great bartender!

After months of searching for the nation’s greatest bartenders, we’re thrilled to announce that our very own Lead Bartender Duncan Chase has been selected to compete against 19 talented bartenders in the United States Bartending’ Guild (USBG) and Diageo World Class US Finale.

Beginning June 19th, Duncan will travel to New York City to participate in 4 cocktail challenges  administered and judged by leading cocktail luminaries from across the industry. This unique, international cocktail training program will champion the art of the crafted cocktail the overall winner will be named the first ever World Class U.S. Ambassador and will represent the United States at the Diageo World Class Global Final in Brazil this July.

The Finalists are:

  • Nathan Burdette – Cleveland, Ohio
  • Duncan Chase – Seattle, Washington
  • Carlos Cuarta – Chicago, Illinois
  • Meaghan Dorman – New York, New York
  • Richard Gomez – Portland, Oregon
  • Erika Joyner – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mark Kinzer – Miami, Florida
  • Connor Mansager – Portland, Oregon
  • James Menite – New York, New York
  • Jaime Ornelas – Guttenberg, New York
  • Casey Robison – Seattle, Washington
  • Jason Saura – Kirkland, Washington
  • Steve Schneider – New York, New York
  • Lisa Selman – Chicago, Illinois
  • Sother Teague – Brooklyn, New York
  • Jenn Tosatto – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Alexander Velez – Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Matthew Williams – New York, New York
  • Hal Wolin – New York, New York

Good luck, Duncan!

Mix Responsibly

TASTE’S Summer Cocktail Contest

Posted June 13, 2012 by tastesamblog
Categories: Uncategorized

On Saturday, June 2nd, TASTE Restaurant hosted our 2nd seasonally inspired Craft Cocktail Contest. Friends, family, and TASTE patrons came out to support the 4 chosen contestants as they were invited behind the TASTE bar to sample their drinks for a panel of judges. It was an exciting scene to watch as contestants crafted their seasonal  cocktail representing their own personal preference, creativity, and story.

The competition was friendly but stiff, (no pun intended) and after quite the deliberation, the panel of judges chose Serrah Russell and  ‘Violet Crush’ as the winning cocktail . What made this particular drink the winner? “It had a great personal story and complimented our own mission: Fresh and seasonal,” says TASTE Restaurant’s Event and Marketing Coordinator Jon Martini.

What did the winner receive? Serrah’s cocktail recipe will be  published in our  Summer Cocktail Menu as well as a $50 gift certificate to TASTE Restaurant. Above all else: Bragging rights, of course!

Interested in the full recipe? See below!

More images from the event HERE

“Violet Crush”


2 oz Lavender Simple syrup

1 oz Lime Juice

2oz Gin

Angostura Bitters


Muddle Three 1/2″ slices of Cucumber in a Collins glass with ice. Add in the Lavender Simple Syrup, Lime Juice and Gin. 

Add a dash of Angostura Bitters and Tonic Water to taste. Stir, Garnish with a cucumber slice and enjoy. 

 Lavender Simple Syrup, 1 cup Batch: Boil 1 cup Sugar, 1 cup water, and 1/4 lavender blooms until dissolved. Dain out lavender and cool. For a deeper violet color, let the lavender blossoms soak overnight.

“I was inspired by the blush of flowers in the Spring and the longing for “cool” in the Summertime. I loved the color and nostalgia that the lavender brought to the drink as it paired with the cool/crisp of the fresh lime and sweet cucumber. I didn’t want the drink to be too complicated because in the summertime, time shouldn’t be spent inside shaking up obscure ingredients, but it should be spent with a mason jar full of something delicious out on a front porch swing. ”

Special thanks to:

Kristina Krug for organizing this event

The Contestants: Jay Bryant, Serrah Russell, Kristin Van Bodegraven, Sara Fleming

The Judges: Aron Michael Thompson, Jon Martini and Jennifer Lankenau

New Artist Reception

Posted June 11, 2012 by tastesamblog
Categories: Uncategorized


TASTE and SAM Gallery is thrilled to present the newest exhibit at TASTE Restaurant!

SAM Gallery presents at TASTE Restaurant

Warren Dykeman & Richard Hutter

June 13 – October 7, 2012

You are invited to the Opening Reception of this new series on Wednesday, June 13th, 5pm-6pm at TASTE Restaurant.

RSVP to 206.903.5291 or email tasterestaurant@tastesam.com

Space is limited.

TASTE Welcomes Ancestral Modern

Posted May 29, 2012 by tastesamblog
Categories: Cocktails, Events, Foraging, General news

The TASTE Team is excited to welcome SAM’s newest exhibit, Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection, on view May 31 – September 2, 2012. With more than 100 works created from 1970 through 2009, the exhibition showcases what has been called the artistic renaissance of the world’s oldest living culture.

Inspired by the ‘local and forage’ mentality, the TASTE culinary team has created a unique menu that emulates traditional food preparations similar to the Indigenous Australians.

Limited to the use of natural sweetener such as honey and agave nectar, Pastry Chef Will enjoyed the unique challenge and created sweet treats such as Peach Nectar Cake Bites and Agave Brownie Bites.

Excited to incorporate his own passions with the new menu items,  Catering Executive Chef Paul applied his knowledge of the Northwest foraging culture to create tasty bites that include fiddlehead ferns and wild berries.  

At the TASTE Bar, sample our new exhibit inspired cocktail, the Honey Roo, created by Beverage Coordinator Inga Walker,  which blends local distillery’s Wishkah River Honey Vodka with Lillet Blanc and our own house smoked honey.

Interested in celebrating this unique exhibit? Let the TASTE Team design the perfect event for you. Whether you’re interested in hosting a large gala at the Seattle Art Museum, or an intimate dinner in the TASTE Restaurant’s Private Dining Room,  contact the TASTE Events team at tasteevents@tastesam.com  to begin planning the perfect now!

For more information about this exhibit, visit www.seattleartmuseum.org