Q: Describe 2014 in one word.
Julien Perry, co-founder, One Night Only Project
The dining scene? "Overwhelming"*
*See also "Dizzying"
Nicole Sprinkle, food editor, Seattle Weekly
Jonathan Zwickel, senior editor, City Arts
Artisanal. A one-word summation of the local-seasonal-sustainable trifecta that drove the last few years of Seattle dining.
Allison Scheff, food & dining editor, Seattle Magazine
In one word, Ambitious. We're seeing established chefs push themselves—I can't wait to have my first meal at the new Lark, and to try the pastries from Sara Naftaly (of the late-great Le Gourmand). Chefs continue to push to do more in-house, like churning their own butter and bread, preserving and making charcuterie. It's exciting and it feels like we're still on the up-swing.
Octopus! I ate a ton of it this year. We're incredibly lucky to live in a city where so many talented chefs do an amazing job with this challenging ingredient. Seems like it was on so many menus this year.
Jameson Fink, wine blogger, Wine Without Worry podcast host
Surly Gourmand, food writer
Toast, unfortunately. I know that's two words but fuck it.
Allecia Vermillion, food & drink editor, Seattle Met
Reinvention. (Book Bindery, Aragona, La Bete, Paseo, hell even Katsu Burger…)
Bethany Jean Clement, food writer, The Seattle Times
Nancy Leson, food writer, KPLU food commentator