Avoid the industrial grapevine by putting winery work into your own grape-mashing hands. No specialized training is necessary to detect the quality and sophistication of Classic Winemakers' hand-inspected and hand-selected elements. Browse a nursery of ingredients in the pre-wine stage before the helpful winery staff ties its hands behind its back while guiding your hands through verbal and foot-signed instruction. In the kitchen, you'll mix a touch of A with a splash of B. Though, as every connoisseur knows, the answer to fine wine is always C, the yeast. Those who have never pitched eukaryotic microorganisms will discover the simplistic joy of bringing their creation some life.
At Aunt Kate’s Chocolates, chocolatiers believe that chocolate shouldn’t be compromised by mixing beans from different parts of the world. That’s why they make their geo-specific small-batch artisan chocolates using only one representative type of cacao bean from the region, creating squares that accurately portray the flavors from around the world. They complement the richness of these chocolate blends with fillings such as walnuts, salted caramel, and marshmallows, creating truffles and fudge squares that surprise and delight, much like finding a puppy inside a cat carrier.
The shelves of Northshore Quality Produce overflow with all the in-season fixings a chef would need to create a healthy meal. Most of the potatoes, apples, tomatoes, and other fruits and veggies come straight from local farms, eliminating guesswork or French accents. In addition to the produce, the shop stocks refrigerated items—such as milk, juice, and salsa—and shelved foodstuffs, such as pita chips and crackers.
When Jerrod Sessler was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer in 1999, he found a link between his diet and his illness—and he sought the nutrients of organic produce to help him fight it. Sessler founded Freggies to offset the then-high prices and low availability of organic produce, and today, the company delivers Organic Trade Association–certified fruits and vegetables throughout the Seattle area. Participants can set up recurring deliveries of Freggies' latest harvest or create their own boxes from whatever produce is in season, from avocados, chard, and fennel, to coconuts, pears, and baby bok choy. Freggies also stocks dry goods such as dried fruit, citrus juice, and Natural Planet Organics dog food.