All New ‘Eat Seattle’ Launches Year-Round, Chef-Guided Culinary Experiences for Travelers and Locals at World-Famous Pike Place Market

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Travel and taste Seattle! Eat Seattle is an all-new food tour and cooking class company that presents the Pike Place Market, its vendors and their products through chef-guided tasting tours and hands-on cooking classes at Pike Place Market that specifically highlight the foods of the region to locals and tourists alike.

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Chef-guided tasting tours and hands-on cooking classes at Pike Place Market that specifically highlight the foods of the region to locals and tourists alike.

Inspired by the truly unique food culture of the Northwest, new Seattle-based business Eat Seattle today announced its launch of year-round premium culinary experiences. Eat Seattle is a food tour and cooking class company that presents the Pike Place Market, its vendors and their products through chef-guided tasting tours and hands-on cooking classes at Pike Place Market that specifically highlight the foods of the region to locals and tourists alike. Classes and tours are on sale now; tasting tours get underway starting May 16, 2015, cooking classes start June 13, 2015.

Dreamed up and created by Paris Le Cordon Bleu graduate, Liz McCune, Eat Seattle aims to present the vendors and products seen during its tours of the Market in a way that encourages an appreciation for the unique ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest. “I really found my inspiration for Eat Seattle after a year spent eating my way through Europe,” McCune commented. “When I got back home to Seattle, the perspective made me realize just how unique the Northwest is in terms of its Native American culture, fishing industry, wine producing climate and micro brew-scene – I couldn’t quite replicate any of my experiences abroad here in town so I decided to create it myself.” Utilizing Seattle’s incredible access to wild, fresh seafood, its food community’s vast knowledge of sustainable and organic food production, and the Pike Place Market – Eat Seattle was born.

The 2-hour Tasting Tour of the Market will journey through Pacific Northwest culture through the eyes of a chef. Tour-takers will taste Seattle’s best artisan vendors in the world-famous Pike Place Market; they’ll learn where the chefs shop, how they select their seasonal produce and daily proteins, and get a sense for where the locals hang out. The tasting tours are capped a ten guests per tour to create a very intimate, special experience. McCune has carefully brought together a roster of exceptional local chefs to lead the tasting tours. These chefs are familiar with the local history and have long-standing relationships within the Market community and thus can endorse the quality of each vendor that tour-takers will learn about during the experience.

The Farm-To-Table Cooking Class led by celebrated Seattle Chef Emily Moore (21 Acres Center; The Painted Table where she famously received local critic John Hinterberger’s first four-star review in 17 years of reviewing restaurants) expands upon the Tasting Tour; this 3.5-hour experience offers a produce tour through Pike Place Market, guided by the Chef who will explain the local and seasonal produce as she selects the ingredients for the 3-course menu to be cooked. The tour culminates in the beautiful Atrium Kitchen at the Market where Chef guides the class in preparing the menu, providing tips on cooking techniques, all while offering information about the meal and tidbits of Seattle’s culinary history.

“After one year of European travel, what I remember most fondly were the food experiences my husband and I shared,” McCune commented. “The guided tour of the Boqueria Market in Barcelona; sipping wine and making new friends as we whipped up Paella in a nearby kitchen – these are my cherished memories. My hope is that cooks and non-cooks, tourists and Seattleites will all enjoy these experiences and learn something new about the Northwest and its culture while also sharing a laugh and enjoying some light-hearted fun with food.”

All ingredients used in the Eat Seattle Cooking Classes are sourced in the Northwest and 100% organic. Eat Seattle proudly partners with Pike Place Market and the following vendors: BB Ranch, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Frank’s Quality Produce, Indi Chocolate, MarketSpice, Local Color, Pure Food Fish Market, and more. For the most up-to-date list, visit us online at: EatSeattleTours.com

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