Started by Hawaii transplants Gertie Han and Karl Krautheim more than 50 years ago, Oh! Chocolate is now run by the couple?s two daughters, who uphold Gertie and Karl?s reputation for quality as they handcraft French?style chocolate morsels. USA Today named the neighborhood establishment one of Seattle's foremost chocolatiers for its ?old-fashioned? melt-in-your-mouth? creations, which include raspberry, cabernet, and mango-habanero truffles, as well as caramels with a sprinkle of sea salt harvested from one of the peninsula's naturally occurring saltshakers. Oh! Chocolate?s warm and inviting Madison Park location spreads cocoa-themed knowledge with a slate of classes in which small groups of students glean valuable information such as tempering methods and ideal placement atop a just-fluffed pillow.
QFC supplies kitchens and cabinets with a scrumptious array of fresh meat, organic produce, and homemade baked goods. Reward teeth for not biting into wax fruit by sinking pearls into artisanal Discover Delicious cupcakes, freshly baked in a variety of flavors. The salty-sweet fusion found in maple-bacon cupcakes provides a tasty way to satisfy USDA bacon requirements, and the peanut-butter-and-jelly cupcake brings together a delectable duo as classic as spaghetti and meatballs or onions and tears. Meanwhile, traditional tastes such as German chocolate, red velvet, and Boston cream keep decadence familiar, and all flavors can capably carry themselves during a birthday, dinner gathering, or midnight rendezvous.
Salumi's house-cured meats "are as good as they get in Seattle (and, arguably, the world)"––at least, according to The Stranger. Of course, co-founder Armandino Batali thinks they're pretty good too. And he should know. Armandino––who also happens to be the father of famed TV chef Mario Batali––comes from a long line of Italians dedicated to preserving the culinary traditions of their homeland, and his grandfather even opened Seattle's first Italian foods store in Seattle, just a block away from where Salumi now sits. Still, you might wonder how Salumi's artisan-cured salami, prosciutto, coppa, and sopressata can compare to–-or even trump–-those made on Italian soil. For starters, there's the state-of-the-art curing facility, which Armandino–-a former process control engineer at Boeing––has custom designed with cutting-edge equipment that allows his business to utilize old world curing techniques without violating strict, modern-day food safety standards. Then, of course, there is the meat. Huge proponents of the slow food movement, the team at Salumi chooses only the best pigs from family farms across the country, including many raised right in the Pacific Northwest. Today, Batali and his wife and co-owner Marilyn share the business with their daughter and son-in law, who have expanded the operation to sell not only sandwiches and goods, but also to provide its quality cured meats to delis, restaurants, and homes everywhere. Besides sliced meats, the storefront also serves up specials such as homemade soups, pastas, and rotating specials, and can provide party platters and sandwich trays for nearly any event, except Charlotte's Web viewing parties.
What began as a small counter selling sausages at Pike Place Market mushroomed into a meaty empire with Uli Lengenberg in the role of chief link master. The shop remains a popular spot in the Market, where diners looking for a little slice of Germany can order from the extensive lineup of brilliantly seasoned sausages. The varied selections cover a lot of territory, from Spanish chorizo, spicy Italian and German bratwurst to the exotic South African Boerewors, seasoned with generous amounts of coriander and red wine vinegar. The world tour continues with Louisiana hot links, English Bangers and Polish kielbasa, each available to take home and grill up yourself, or for on-the-spot snacking, topped with coarse grain mustard and curry ketchup. In this casual, snug space, the TV is often tuned to sports and it’s not unusual for new friendships to form over a perfect sausage and a beer.
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.
There was once a pair of friends who shared the same name. These friends—the Gregs—also shared the belief that even casual food should be fresh. So they put their heads together to found Zaw Artisan Pizza, where seasonal, organic, and locally sourced ingredients top carefully crafted take-and-bake pies. Diners can watch over the counter as pizza artistes decorate white, whole wheat, or gluten-free crusts with toppings such as free-range chicken breast, hearty spinach, and fresh artisan cheeses. Each pie leaves the shop unfrozen—as evidenced by the lack of freezers in all six stores—to be baked to a golden crisp inside the customer's oven or backyard iron forge. To further their commitment to quality, the Gregs strive to source local ingredients from neighborhood farmers' markets whenever possible, and craft each batch of dough with Bob's Red Mill flours.