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Restaurateurs & Their Spaces
Town Hall Seattle
Seattle, WA
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Restaurateurs & Their Spaces
When:  Tuesday, February, 7th, 7 to 8:30pm (Doors open at 6:30)
Where: Town Hall, 1119 8th Avenue (& Seneca Street)
Cost: $20 General; $10 Students, Seniors & SAF Members
Tickets available at the door.

The Seattle Architecture Foundation welcomes you to the fourth lecture in a six-part series exploring ways people and communities can interact with design in both small and large developments.  

Restaurants are places for people to gather, to share, and to experience food and each other.  But what vision does a restaurateur have when s/he finds that space in which to create this third place? Our panelists will discuss their partnerships and processes for creating the Seattle area culinary scene.

Ethan Stowell
Ethan Stowell is the executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle. His highly-acclaimed restaurants include Tavol├áta, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, and Staple & Fancy Mercantile, where he is the chef.  His food philosophy is all about keeping it simple, using fresh ingredients, and allowing the food to do the talking.

In 2010, Stowell launched Lagana Foods, an artisan pasta line, and began consulting for the Seattle Mariners. His work with the Mariners helps to bring local products into the stadium for fans to enjoy. Ethan Stowell's New Italian Kitchen was released in September 2010 from Ten Speed Press.

Stowell was named one of the 2008 Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine magazine and has been honored with multiple James Beard Award nominations for "Best Chef Northwest."

Deeply devoted to his hometown, Stowell is a fervent advocate committed to seeing that Seattle is recognized nationally as a culinary destination. He and his wife Angela live in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood.

Chad Dale
Chad Dale is a partner at evo Properties in Seattle. The mission of evo Properties is to use a unique and holistic approach to community enhancing and neighborhood development projects.

Recent development projects include the Kolstrand Building in Ballard, the Revel/Quoin space in Fremont, and the soon to be Fremont Collective. The Kolstrand building is home to two restaurants, Ethan Stowell's Staple & Fancy Mercantile and Renee Erickson's the Walrus and the Carpenter. Dale is a business partner at both the Walrus and the Carpenter and Revel/Quoin.

Born and raised in Michigan, Dale holds a degree in Business & Economics from Taylor University. He began his career as an investment representative for Edward Jones, and he then spent eight years in sales and as a consultant for an IT consulting firm.

A consummate outdoorsman, Dale enjoys biking, skiing, kite surfing, mountaineering, and travels any chance he gets. Save for a brief stint living in Shanghai, he and his wife, Rebecca, have lived in Seattle since 2001. In the summer of 2011, they welcomed their daughter, Ondia Jane.

Deming Maclist & James Weimann
In 2002, Deming opened Caffe Fiore Organic Coffeehouse, in the quiet neighborhood of Sunset Hill in Seattle.  In 2005, he opened Caffe Fiore in Queen Anne and the Old Ballard shop opened in 2008.  

During this same time period, Deming and James started talking about forging a partnership to open a Parisian restaurant, emulating the cuisine and decorum of the bistros in Paris.  In 2008, Deming and James purchased the building that eventually housed Bastille Cafe & Bar, which opened in June 2009.  

Deming and James have a similar philosophy regarding design; they constantly scour salvage yards searching for old lighting fixtures and architectural pieces that inspire them, and they forge the rest of the design around the older pieces to integrate the soul of those pieces into the space.

Deming and James are the co-founders of JWD4 Design - a company that designs restaurants, cafes, hotels and bars.  Much of the passion they have for restaurants lies in designing and building the layout and atmosphere of the space.  They are currently working on personal restaurant projects in Seattle, as well as designing spaces for other restaurateurs.  

Allecia Vermillion
Program Moderator
Allecia Vermillion is the food and drink editor for Seattle Met magazine, where she oversees coverage in both the print issue and on the magazine's bar and restaurant news blogs.  A Portland native, Allecia was previously the founding editor of Eater Seattle.


Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Avenue & Seneca St.
Seattle, WA 98101
United States




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