Thursday, March 6, 2014, 6:00 – 10:00pm

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Kathy Best is the new Editor of The Seattle Times. David Montgomery, a 2008 MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Earth & Space Sciences at the University of Washington, was a 2013 Town Hall Scholar-in-Residence.

Attorneys (and Cotlioure Cellars owners) Mark Maghie and Julie Barbo host in the contemporary Washington Park home of Charles and Linda Barbo.

Award-winning chef Holly Smith of Kirkland’s Café Juanita has been featured on Iron Chef America and was a 2012 James Beard nominee for Outstanding Chef in the U.S.


A winner of five Northwest Regional Emmy Awards, Enrique Cerna is KCTS Executive Producer and host of KCTS 9 Connects Carl Spence is Artistic Director of the Seattle International Film Festival, which moved into its permanent home at Seattle Center in 2007.Longtime Town Hall Board member Clint Pehrson (an architect) and his wife Maggie (an actor, and the Executive Producer of Showtunes Theatre Company) welcome you to their Queen Anne home, designed by Clint and featuring sweeping views of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay.

Donna Moodie, Marjorie Restaurant’s charismatic owner/hostess, and chef Dustin Calery will offer their uniquely soulful take on farm-to-table dining.


Tim Keck is the publisher of The Stranger, and a co-founder of The Onion. Tayloe Washburn is the Founding Dean of Northeastern University Seattle Campus and former chair of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Busto is a labor and employment lawyer; Maureen Lee is a trustee of Seattle University, and a board member of Recovery Café and Copper Canyon Press.  They host in their penthouse condominium (designed by Rhoady Lee Architects) in the ArtStable, a Tom Kundig-designed building in South Lake Union.

Westward is North Lake Union’s new waterside dining destination; chefs Zoi Antonitsas and Josh Henderson (also founder and chef of Skillet) will present the restaurant’s inventive Northwest fare.


Marilyn Strickland has been Tacoma’s mayor since 2009; architect Ed Weinstein is the principal of Weinstein A|U and lead architect on Town Hall’s upcoming building restoration.

Entrepreneur Robert Wahbe and his wife Lisa, formerly a line chef at the French Laundry, welcome guests to their modern Washington Park home designed by Lisa Latini-Kirkendall and featuring a contemporary art collection.

Brian McCracken and Dana Tough are the dynamic team behind some of Seattle’s most experimental and acclaimed restaurants: Spur Gastropub, The Coterie Room, Tavern Law, and The Old Sage.


Gabe Newell is the co-founder and CEO of video game development and online distribution company Valve Corporation. Neal Stephenson is a game designer and science fiction author (The Baroque Cycle, 2011’s Reamde, and Snow Crash).

Town Hall Board President Yazmin Mehdi and attorney Liam Lavery welcome you to their Queen Anne home with stunning views of downtown and the Olympics.

Enjoy a meal prepared by chef-scientist Chris Young, co-author of The Modernist Cuisine and co-founder of ChefSteps, and chef Grant Lee Crilly, former Modernist Cuisine development chef and co-founder of ChefSteps.


Seattle Public School Superintendent José Banda has overseen the development and implementation of a new five-year strategic plan called “Every Student. Every Classroom. Every Day.” Holly Houser is the Executive Director of Puget Sound Bike Share, and has a passion for urban design, sustainable development, social justice, and the arts.

Spectacular views of Lake Washington and the Cascades are part of the show at the Washington Park home of Mark (Rainier Investment Management) and Christina Dawson, board member of OneWorld Now, a global leadership program for high school students.

Brandin Myett and Alex Dimitrijevic cook the “food they like to eat” at La Bête, called “sexy” and “delicious” by the The Seattle Times—a seasonal and unpretentious showcase for the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.


Immunologist Dr. Alan Aderem is President of Seattle Biomedical Research Institute; Lori Matsukawa has worked for KING 5 News since 1983, and currently co-anchors KING 5 Evening News.

Jane Hedreen, creator of children’s clothing line Flora and Henri, and developer David Thyer, President of R.C. Hedreen Co., host in their grand Italianate 1910 Capitol Hill home.

Chef Scott Staples is the culinary force behind Capitol Hill’s Restaurant Zoë and Quinn’s, as well as Fremont’s Uneeda Burger.


Seattle’s new mayor Ed Murray and husband Michael Shiosaki (Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation) will join Conrad Lee, a Bellevue city councilmember and formerly that city’s mayor.  Artist and activist Louie Gong was raised in the Nooksack tribal community and is known for his highly sought after, hand-drawn custom shoes.

Entrepreneurs Wassef and Racha Haroun are the visionaries behind Capitol Hill’s popular Middle Eastern restaurant, Mamnoon. Join the Harouns in their stunning Leschi contemporary home for a Mediterranean-influenced dinner presented by Mamnoon’s chef, Garrett Melkonian.


Four-term Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata’s portfolio on the council has variously included Parks, Public Safety, Human Services, Housing, and Arts and Culture. Jennifer Barry is the new Executive Director of Shunpike, which provides strategic support and training for more than 300 regional arts organizations.

Cynthia Huffman is President of Intiman Theatre’s Board of Trustees and a board member of Seattle Children’s. Her husband, Ray Heacox, is President & General Manager of KING Broadcasting and President of ArtsFund. They welcome you to their home on the 25th floor of the elegant Escala Condominiums in downtown Seattle.

Dinner will be prepared by Jim Drohman, who offers pitch perfect French fare at the cozy Le Pichet (Evening Magazine’s Best French Restaurant 2013) and her brash Capitol Hill cousin, Café Presse.


Sung Yang is the Chief of Staff to King County Executive Dow Constantine. Dancer/choreographer Zoe Scofield is the founder of modern dance troupe Zoe|Juniper, and a 2013 Stranger Genius Award winner.

Writer and Richard Hugo House founder Linda Breneman is the managing editor of, a website for families of gamers, and she welcomes you to her beautiful Washington Park home.

Ethan Stowell, a James Beard Nominee for Best Chef Northwest, has transformed neighborhood dining in Seattle through an extraordinary collection of restaurants, including Staple & Fancy, How to Cook a Wolf, Tavolata, Anchovies & Olives, Rione XIII, Bar Cotto, Mkt., and soon-to-open Noyer and Red Cow.


A Taconic Fellow at Center for Community Change and the founder of One America, Pramila Jayapal is currently Co-Chair of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee conducting the search for Seattle’s new police chief. Rosanna Sharpe is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Northwest African American Museum, housed in the former Colman School.

Seattle author and philanthropist Judy Pigott hosts in her beautiful craftsman home in West Seattle’s Admiral District. Author and local food advocate Kurt Timmermeister—of the late, lamented Café Septieme, and now Kurtwood Farms on Vashon Island—prepares a classic farm-to-table experience.


Author Maria Semple (Where’d You Go, Bernadette?) and her partner, producer and writer George Meyer (Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons) will be joined by James Keblas, Director of Seattle’s Office of Film & Music and a co-founder of The Vera Project.

Dinner will be served in the beautiful Washington Park home of Jonathan Roberts—founder and partner of Ignition Partners—and Elizabeth Roberts, a fashion designer who is actively engaged with a number of local charities.

Cormac Mahoney was named one of Food and Wine’s “Best Chefs in the Country” in 2012 for his work at the “classy, sophisticated” Madison Park Conservatory.


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