Press Release


January 18, 2019

Media Contacts:

Chantelle Lusebrink, Visit Seattle
(206) 461-5862 |

Averyl Dunn, Washington State Wine
(206) 326-5750 |

Tasting Washington Sunday Brunch – A Home Run for Your Taste Buds

Join Acclaimed Seattle Chef Tom Douglas and Boston Chef Ana Sortun for a West Coast-East Coast Brunch Throw Down at Palace Ballroom March 31

SEATTLE – The bases are loaded and culinary legends, Seattle Chef Tom Douglas of Tom Douglas Restaurants and Boston Chef Ana Sortun of Oleana, Sofra Bakery & Café and co-owner of Sarma, are fired-up for a west coast-east coast brunch throw down in celebration of the second-annual Taste Washington Sunday Brunch, March 31.

“Coinciding with opening weekend at T-Mobile Park where the Seattle Mariners take on the 2018 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, Sunday Brunch is a perfect way start off Sunday-Funday whether your plans take you to the Grand Tasting at Taste Washington, to the ballpark, or both,” Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Visit Seattle Ali Daniels said.

Hosted at Douglas’ Palace Ballroom in Belltown, this intimate event offers an insider look at the city’s flourishing brunch culture. The two chefs are pairing-up to create a special bi-coastal, family-style brunch menu – complete with cocktails – celebrating the abundance of fresh ingredients found in the Evergreen State. Individual tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at

“I’m so excited to once again share a kitchen with Ana Sortun. Her imaginative use of spices mixed with the fabulous bounty of the Pacific Northwest are sure to arouse the taste buds of our brunch guests,” Douglas said.I also look forward to the Seattle Mariners sweeping aside the World Champs from Beantown!

Cooking up inspired fare with Seattle’s best ingredients since 1984, the James Beard Outstanding Restauranteur award winner, Douglas, is no stranger to brunch in Seattle. In fact, his ground breaking Dahlia Lounge and later, Dahlia Bakery, and 18 others outposts have laid the foundation and set the bar for it.

Named Best Chef in the Northeast by the James Beard Foundation in 2005, Sortun is the power-house of New England. Well-known for bringing Middle Eastern flavors into the mainstream through her passion of Turkish cooking, spices and her husband’s (Chris Kurth of Siena Farms) fresh, organic vegetables, the mash-up brunch menu created by both acclaimed chefs is sure to be a palate pleaser.

Brimming with the best chefs and their friends from across the nation as well as the region’s acclaimed winemakers, the four-day, 2019 Taste Washington festival is not to be missed.

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About Taste Washington:
Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 235 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and it is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit

About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Nearly 40 million annual visitors spend $7 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates 74,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $718 million in annual state and local tax revenue. For more information, go to

About Washington State Wine:
Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit






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