Monday, October 10, 2011


At Seattle Home Show 2, both would-be and current home owners are learning to navigate the ins and outs of home financing from the experts at BECU.  This non-profit organization is showing visitors what financing works best for them, whether it be a new home purchase, a remodel or home equity line of credit.  Show visitors are taking time to sit down with BECU representative s at the BECU booth to discuss their home financing needs – including submitting an application on site if they desire! BECU offers a wide range of options to meet your needs, including its HELPR first time home buyer’s loan for moderate incomes, which requires just 3.5 percent down.


As Seattle Home Show 2 enters its final day of the 2011 run, show visitors continue to flock to the booth of the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties Remodelers for free advice on their home improvement needs. Show goers are stopping by the booth to discuss their questions and ideas for their home projects and are receiving free on site consultations by MBA members, who represent the leading building, design, landscape and home improvement professionals in the region. If needed, members of this more than 100 year old professional association are referring show visitors to professionals who can turn their home improvement ideas into reality.

Chef Nick Musser – The icon Grill – Monday, October 10, Noon

After spending years underfoot in Mom's kitchen, I moved to Seattle, and had the opportunity to work with Chef Christine Keff. Then, I say, my education into seafood, wine and produce truly began. Under her tutelage, I developed my own cooking focus and personality, and continued to evolve my own style at restaurants like McCormick and Schmick’s, Yarrow Bay Café, Flying Fish, and now icon Grill. Today, on my own, I am always looking for new ways to challenge and diversify my palate and continue my culinary growth.

The icon Grill – Downtown Seattle

Seattle’s icon Grill features aroused Americana cooking from signature dishes like Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese, Fried Chicken with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, and Potato Wrapped Halibut. Hundreds of pieces of blown glass decorate the restaurant highlighting the eclectic décor. Seattle’s home for comfort food and good times.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Northwesterners are having a great time at Seattle Home Show 2 test driving the newest Toyotas from your Western Washington Toyota Dealers.  Once they’ve completed their test drive, they are receiving two free admissions to the Show!  To receive your two free admissions, simply visit the CenturyLink Field Event Center Parking Garage during the show and test drive a new Toyota from your Western Washington Toyota Dealers.  But be sure to hurry in – Seattle Home Show 2 2011 concludes 4 P.M. on Monday October 10.


Kitchen Plus at Seattle Home Show 2

At Seattle Home Show 2, show visitors are having fun as they learn all the ways they can improve the look of their kitchens at the Kitchen Plus booth.  This popular exhibit features a variety of kitchen vignettes in a range of styles, from traditional to contemporary.  Show visitors are taking the time to stroll through “before” and “after” examples of Kitchen Plus’ remodel and design work, which includes both cabinet refacing as well as new cabinet design.   For more ideas, they can also view the photo gallery of some of Kitchen Plus’ award winning kitchen remodels that line the outside of the exhibit. 

It’s The Big Green Egg at Seattle Home Show 2

The Big Green Egg
Question: How does a big green egg fit in at Seattle Home Show 2? Answer: when it’s the popular outdoor grill and smoker that happens to go by the same name.

The Big Green Egg (which gets its title from its uncanny resemblance to a big green egg) is one of the many new products for outdoor living and entertaining being featured at Seattle Home Show 2. Being showcased by Aqua Quip, The Big Green Egg also includes a whole line of accessories, including salt and pepper shakers in the shape of big green eggs.

Fireplace inserts at the Aqua Quip booth
In addition to outdoor living, Aqua Quip is also showcasing products for inside the home to make them more enjoyable and comfortable during the longer fall and winter months ahead.  Among the products Aqua Quip is featuring at Seattle Home Show 2 are a selection of wood burning stoves and fireplace inserts, including models that feature blowers (the mechanism that helps distribute heat from the inserts throughout the house) that can operate even during power outages.

Chef Deb Breuler – Avalon – West Seattle – Sunday 2pm

Chef Deb Breuler
It was at Zinfandel, the pioneering concept in Chicago, that Thomas and Deborah met and began forging their lifelong passion for food and family. They moved to L.A. to work in motion picture catering as well as a stint catering for private jets at the 14 regional airports in and around Los Angeles County. Deborah moved on to become the Executive Chef at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Woodland Hills. Thomas moved on to become a Store Manager for Starbucks.

Shortly after the birth of their second child, they decided it was time to return home to be close to Deborah’s family in the Seattle area. They settled in West Seattle where they have lived since 2005. Deborah continued her tenure with Maggiano’s by opening the Lincoln Square location in Bellevue. The couple saw the opportunity to open Avalon as the perfect way to pay back the community of West Seattle and the surrounding region for offering a highly satisfying way of life.

Avalon – Rustic Pacific Northwest Fare & Bar

Avalon is a casual fine-dining restaurant and lounge located in West Seattle. The menu’s focus is on local Pacific Northwest fare with a touch of Mediterranean flavor.

Joko Riang – Joko’s Indonesian Kitchen – Sunday, Noon

Chef Joko Riang,

If you're ready to break out of your same-old shell, venture to Joko’s Indonesian Kitchen. Spice-savorers will salivate over the nasi padang -- rendang (beef cooked in coconut milk and spices), anchovies in green chili, spicy collard curry, and egg belado. However, Seattle's only rijsttafel is the menu item not to be missed. Personally prepared by chef-owner Joko Riang, this traditional family-style meal consists of several entrées served with rice. Emerge from your cocoon of routine, and transform from a creature of habit into a creature of culinary adventure -- you (and your taste buds) will be glad you did.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Seattle Home Show 2 is making the news again during its 2011 run!  This time, local ABC affiliate KOMO TV will be covering Seattle Home Show 2 tonight during its evening news broadcasts.  Earlier today the station was seen on the Show floor working on its story, including filming show visitors enjoying the sights.  Several different exhibitors were interviewed as well for the segment.  Be sure to tune in tonight to see the final story!

Chef Michael Hillyer – Daniel’s Broiler – Saturday 4pm

Chef Michael Hillyer
Chef Michael Hillyer started with Schwartz Brothers Restaurants in July of 1996 as Chef at Benjamin's on Lake Union and then went on to become the opening Chef at Daniel's Broiler on Lake Union in September of 1999. Mike then moved over to become Executive Chef at Daniel's Broiler Bellevue Place, supervising kitchen operations at one of the top 100 grossing independent restaurants in the United States. Daniel's Broiler continues to garner accolades from both local and national media as a great steakhouse.

Daniel's is the only major Seattle steakhouse to serve USDA prime steaks exclusively. If you want the finest steaks available in Seattle or America, your choice is simple, Daniel's Broiler. Guests enjoy stunning views from waterfront dining at Lake Union and Leschi, piano bars at Bellevue and Lake Union, a Wine Spectator award winning wine list and exceptional service. Daniel's defines steakhouse excellence in Seattle.

Chef James Gibson – Salty’s on Alki Beach – Saturday 2pm

Chef James Gibson
Mastering his craft through, in his words, “the school of hard knocks and cheap pops,” Chef Gibson learned from Salty’s former pastry chef, William Leaman, Gold Medalist at the 2004 World Cup of Baking, and most recently pastry chef and mom, Jane Gibson. He has also assisted Master of French Pastry and Chocolatier Pascal Janvier at Seattle-area events. Gibson was promoted to pastry chef for Salty’s on Alki in June 2009.

Salty’s on Alki Beach

This is "One of the World's Great View Restaurants"™ says a local critic. You'll love our sweeping views of Elliott Bay and the Seattle city skyline, like no other restaurant in Seattle. Enjoy award-winning Northwest Seafood & Steak Cuisine and Five-Star Diamond Award friendly service. Voted Best Waterfront Restaurant in Seatte and Best Brunch in Seattle in 2010 on

Come dressed up or casual!

Chef Franz Junga – Il Fornaio – Saturday, Noon

Chef Franz Junga
Chef Franz Junga graduated Lewis & Clark College in Portland, with a degree in English and Latin American studies. It was his travels following graduation that led him to his passion: the culinary arts. Junga returned to school in Portland where he graduated with honors in 1996 from the Western Culinary Institute. Now chef-partner of Il Fornaio in Seattle, Junga oversees the kitchen, the restaurant, the bakery, and the menu writing.

Il Fornaio

Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers.

Friday, October 7, 2011


There’s excitement in the air on opening day at Seattle Home Show 2 as show visitors get a first-hand look at all the latest in products and services for the home.  Among today’s special visitors was KING 5’s morning news reporter Christie Johnson, who interviewed Seattle Home Show 2 special home and garden experts Ph.d art and antiques appraiser Dr. Lori, and Don Engebretson “The Renegade Gardener.:  Dr. Lori shared with viewers some of her tips and secrets to the world of collecting and conducted several on-the-spot appraisals on air (including a $200 lunchbox), while Don Engebretson provided a glimpse of his exclusive presentation “How to Craft Cool & Creative Containers.”

Chef Dan Ratigan – Port Ludlow Resort – 2PM Chef Demo, Friday – Oct. 7

Chef Dan Ratigan
Originally from upstate New York, Dan Ratigan arrived in the Pacific Northwest at age 14 and worked his way up through many of Seattle’s finest restaurants before taking the helm at The Fireside Restaurant in 2007. Since then Chef Dan has worked to create seasonal menus that feature Northwest gastronomy at its best. Dan’s approach is simple: Start with top-notch ingredients, prepare them carefully and send them out of the kitchen in meals that showcase the best the ingredients have to offer.

The Fireside Restaurant at Port Ludlow Resort offers an exceptional dining experience in a casual, yet elegant, setting. Guests may enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains, fireside dining or enjoying the sound of water on the veranda. The menu reflects the finest in seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest from local beef and lamb to an abundant variety of fresh seafood and produce from local farmers.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Dr. Lori
It’s the final countdown to the opening of the 2011 Seattle Home Show 2 and exhibitors are putting the final touches to their displays at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Once the displays are complete, the red carpets will be rolled down the aisles to complete the look (as well as for the comfort of showgoers) at this annual Northwest tradition.
Don Engebretson
"The Renegade Gardener:

This year. Seattle Home Show 2 will feature free on-the-spot art and antiques appraisals by noted expert Dr. Lori, as well as how-to gardening tips by Don Engebretson “The Renegade Gardener.” We can’t tell you details yet, but watch KING-TV's morning news tomorrow for previews of the expert tips and tricks they will be sharing with showgoers during the 2011 edition of Seattle Home Show 2!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


It’s less than two days and counting until the opening of the 2011 edition of Seattle Home Show 2  and the pace is brisk as exhibitors work to complete construction of their displays.   Companies such as Coast Cabins are actually erecting model homes and cabins on site for show visitors to stroll through at the Show – complete with custom landscaping!
Others such as Aqua Quip are preparing a full display of outdoor living and recreation ideas, including outdoor fire pits, wood burning fireplace inserts and a ceramic grill and burner called The Green Egg. This classic grill (which looks just like what its name indicates – a big green egg) has been experiencing a recent resurgence in popularity, and show goers will have the chance to see it close up, as well as other of the latest trends, products and services for the home.
Check in tomorrow for more updates!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


It’s the sound of forklifts running and hammers clanging at CenturyLink Field Event Center as Seattle Home Show 2 prepares for the opening of its 2011 edition. The fall version of the nation’s oldest and largest home show opens this Friday to showcase all the latest in home improvement and design, concluding on Monday October 10 (Columbus Day).

This year, green is the theme at Seattle Home Show 2, which is a one-stop shopping showcase of all that is hot for the home. New this year is the New Products Pavilion, which highlights many of the latest in exterior and interior products for the home. Also being featured is an Outdoor Living Showcase (created by London Design Build), a 1,200 square foot exhibit featuring a series of vignettes devoted to the latest in outdoor living ideas.

Check in daily for more updates!

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