Westside Stories: November

Seattle’s Wine Wonderland 

Photo by Melissa McCarthy

Eastsiders are spoiled with nearby Woodinville wine country. Tasting rooms line the streets, and it’s easy to make a day of sipping and stocking up on our new favorite bottles. But Seattle has caught on to the wine-sipping market and has brought a new-and-improved experience to the region. SODO Urbanworks, located in the Industrial District, has recently been rebranded as SODO Wine Works. The collective is made up of nine different wine-tasting rooms, with a Champagne tasting room operated by the folks at Structure Cellars on the horizon. Instead of having to find transportation from winery to winery, all the tasting rooms at SODO Wine Works are collected under one, wonderful roof. We recommend spending the day and trying as many varietals as possible. Our top picks: a slice of pizza from Nine Pies Pizzeria paired with a glass of rich merlot at Nine Hats Wines. Join the wine club at Kerloo Cellars to give their Dionysus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon a try, then head to LATTA Wines for their high scoring vintages. Finish off the flavorful escapade with the wine and chocolate pairing experience offered by Patterson Cellars.

Eat Out for Immigrant Rights

Photo by Ernie Sapiro

Looking for an excuse to visit your favorite Seattle eatery? Look no further. On Thursday, Nov. 14, restaurants across the city will be participating in the second annual chefs+togetherSEATTLE to raise money for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, a nonprofit legal services organization in Washington that works to defend and advance the rights of immigrants. Last year’s inaugural event included 140 participants and raised more than $60,000, resulting in direct legal help to over 200 asylum seekers and assisting in legal action in various human rights cases. This year’s goal is to double participation.

Uwajimaya to Modernize Flagship Seattle Store

Asian grocery chain Uwajimaya began a remodel on its flagship store this month. The store, located in Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District, will remain open during the construction that is expected to be complete next October. 

Sustainable Sushi

Photo courtesy Bamboo Sushi

Brand new in University Village is a restaurant that emphasizes sustainability as much as it does flavor. The environmentally conscious Bamboo Sushi opened its doors on Oct. 30, the first location in Seattle for the Portland-based company. Subscribing to the Japanese practice of “Kaizen,” meaning the pursuit of constant improvement, Bamboo Sushi has been certified and awarded consistently for its implementation of environmental goals. For example, two years ago, Bamboo Sushi became the world’s first sushi restaurant to know its carbon footprint, down to the menu item. The new location located in University Village is adorned in modern Japanese décor distinguishing the 4,700-square-foot restaurant.

We the Future Highlights Youth Activists

Young Leader: Amanda Nguyen
Artist: Shepard Fairey

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center introduced a new exhibition last month: We the Future: Young Leaders of Social Change. Through March, visitors will experience an immersive exhibition showcasing the stories of 10 young leaders working to build a socially just world. From Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, an 18-year-old indigenous climate activist who has been speaking around the world since he was 6, to Amanda Nguyen, founder of Rise — an organization that advocates for sexual assault survivors — and a 2019 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize for passing the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights. In conjunction with We the Future, the exhibition will feature Washington changemakers. Each month, 10 young locals who are working to create positive changes in the community will appear within this section of the exhibit as part of the 100 Changemakers Project. The Bill & Melinda Gates Discovery Center is located next to the Seattle Center. Admission is free.

Brandi Carlile to Receive MoPOP Honor

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile will receive the Museum of Pop Culture’s (MoPOP) 13th annual Founders Award on Dec. 3. Past recipients of the Founders Award include Ann & Nancy Wilson, Carlos Santana, Jackson Browne, and more. The benefit gala is an annual event that raises funds for nonprofit MoPOP.

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