March 16, 2016


Join Ethnic Seattle and the Washington Restaurant Association for a celebration of Seattle’s vibrant ethnic food community during the Northwest Foodservice Show which takes place March 20 and 21 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.  Taylor Hoang will host the Ethnic Food Faire on the Local Kitchen stage, shining the spotlight on the city’s diverse culinary heritage and cultural traditions. The Show is free to attend if you register online before March 19 at

Stop by and learn the basics of baking with ube jam, explore Ethiopian flavors and the time-honored sambusa, and get educated on favorite Thai and Lao salads. Or learn the art of the onigiri from Chef Taichi Kitamura of Sushi Kappo Tamura.  You’ll also enjoy dance and music performances and have a chance to visit local ethnic food vendors, plus as well as hundreds of Northwest food and beverage vendors throughout Show.


12:00 – 12:45 pm Sambusa Fusion with Mulugeta Abate, Lovage Seattle
Learn secrets of the vegetarian sambusa, an Ethiopian favorite.

1:00 – 1:45 pm Ube Jam and the Basics of Filipino Sweet Treats with Chera Amlag, Hood Famous Bake Shop
The purple ube yam is a key ingredient in Filipino desserts, and you can learn how to work with this colorful and flavorful staple.

2:00 – 2:45 pm Jazz It Up with Fermented Foods with Julie O’Brien, Firefly Kitchens
Add vibrancy and unexpected flavors to your dishes with probiotic-rich veggies.

3:00 – 3:45 pm ProStart Demo: Learn What the Excitement is All About!
Watch talented high schoolers demo what they learn from industry professionals through ProStart training.



11:00 – 11:45 am Injera and Ethopia’s Unique Flavors with Judy Seyoum, Amy’s Merkato
Learn everything you need to know about working with Ethiopian flavors and Injera bread, the popular gluten-free bread made from teff.

12:00 – 12:45 pm Favorite Lao and Thai Salads with Faye “Nou” George, Thai Savon
Chef Nou will share two classics: Larb Gai chicken salad and Kao Nam Tod rice salad.

1:00 – 1:45 pm Lessons from a Japanese Master Chef with Chef Taichi Kitamura, Sushi Kappo Tamura with Executive Chef Sarah Scott, El Gaucho Bellevue
Get schooled in the art of Onigiri rice balls and discover how to make two mouth-watering sauces: Sake butter sauce perfect for seafood  and steak, and  sesame almond for vegetables.