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The Foods that Made Seattle
April 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
Join KCTS 9 as we take a look at the foods that made Seattle with the people who know them best. Speakers include Pho Bac’s Yenvy Pham, KCTS 9’s resident historian Knute Berger, Tilikum Place Cafe’s Ba Culbert, Bob Donegan of Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants & Chowder and Farshid Varamini of Gantry Public House and Pioneer Grill Hot Dogs.
Hosted by Rachel Belle of the Your Last Meal podcast.
This event is part of our Food for Thought series, a KCTS 9 event series focused on examining the ties (and recipes) that bind us together and, of course, food!
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About the speakers:
Yenvy Pham is the youngest of the Pho Bac siblings, the COO of the company and leads the kitchen in recipe development. Her parents started Pho Bac in 1982 in Little Saigon Seattle and the siblings are continuing their legacy. Pho Bac will open two more concepts later in 2021 and Yenvy just opened her Viet-inspired coffee shop and roastery in Little Saigon Creative called Hello Em.
Knute “Mossback” Berger is Crosscut’s Editor-at-Large and host of the Mossback’s Northwest TV series on KCTS 9. He writes about politics and regional heritage. Previously he served as Editor-in-Chief of Seattle Weekly, Editor & Publisher of Eastsideweek, and as Managing Editor of Washington Magazine. He is Editor-at-Large for Seattle Magazine and has written two books, “Pugetopolis” and “Space Needle, Spirit of Seattle.” He is a regular commentator on KUOW-FM and a Rainier Club Fellow.
Ba Culbert is the chef/owner of Tilikum Place Cafe, in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Having grown up here in Seattle, she appreciates the beauty and bounty of the Northwest. Ba has always had a passion for food and travel and after receiving an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College she spent a couple years working and traveling abroad. Upon her return, she earned a culinary degree from South Seattle Community College and began her career working in some of Seattle’s renowned kitchens (Tom Douglas’ Palace Kitchen, The Ruins, for example) on her way to opening her own. This fall Chef Ba and her Tilikum team will celebrate thirteen years of providing award winning brunches, fantastic dinners and a neighborhood home away from home.
Farshid Varamini, an original local Seattle mobile food entrepreneur, has been serving Seattle and the Puget Sound Area for over 20 years. His operation started in 1999 with a single hot dog stand outside the West entrance of then Kingdome, serving up Seattle’s favorite Seattle Dogs. Over time, he has grown to open a second and third stand. In 2011, The People’s Burger food trucks were the next venture, bringing their fresh mom’s recipe burgers and fries to Seattlites. Most recently, in 2020, he opened Gantry Public House, Seattle’s newest sports bar on Occidental Ave. Directly across the SW gate to Lumen Field. You will soon also be able to catch Gantrys food out of the Gantry Kitchen Co. Food truck on Occidental Ave for game and event days.
Bob Donegan helps manage Ivar’s, Seattle’s Original Seafood Restaurant, now in its 84th year. In a normal year, the company buys more than two million pounds of seafood for its seafood bars, full-service restaurants, secret chowder plant, and food booths in stadiums. In addition to his day job at Ivar’s, Bob volunteers with the Seattle Aquarium, Chamber of Commerce, Sports Commission, UW Foster School, Boy Scouts, the Historic Waterfront Assn, and the Seattle Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve bank.