Hello from Seattle! We’re excited to be spending this weekend in this amazing city with AFAR Experiences—our first domestic Experiences event. We’ll be reporting back all weekend about the people we’re meeting and places we’re seeing. First up: the opening party.

AFAR Experiences-Seattle kicked off with a cocktail reception at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

Then we walked over (no rain! Gorgeous weather!) to the atrium at Pike Place Market, where Chef Renee Erickson had brought together an incredible group of local producers.

The crowd sampled salmon from Loki Fish Co., vodka, gin, and rum from Sun Liquor, beer from the Pike Brewing Company, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Hama Hama Oysters, Whidbey Island Winery, and Theo Chocolate.

Architect and politician Peter Steinbrueck spoke about the history and legacy of Pike Place Market.

“The whole concept of @pike_place is ‘meet the producer.’” - @petesteinbrueck #afarseattle

And then Chef Renee Erickson spoke about the producers she had brought together for the event (and warned us that we were going to have to work for our Dungeness crab).  “One of my goals is to make people eat unfashionable food,” said chef, speaking of her (unspeakably delicious) herring toasts. She also debuted the bread from her forthcoming project, a bakery called Seawolf.

The evening ended with a tasting of the vodka, gin, and rums made by Sun Liquor.

afarexperiencessun And a final sweet treat: delicious Theo Chocolate.afarexperiencestheo

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