Seattle Magazine’s “Party of the Decade”
October 14, 2010 by Doug Haugen
There is perhaps no publication more ubiquitous at Washington wine events than Seattle Magazine. Seriously, whenever we have been filled with glee to see our swank little WINO logo among the sponsors on a program at a wine gig, it’s not more than an eye-flutter away from the recognizable logo of Seattle Magazine. In the society of media, we’re like débutantes at a high tea that Seattle Magazine has been attending for generations. We’re in good company.
Seattle Magazine–not to be confused with Seattle Metropolitan–has immersed themselves into the Washington wine scene, which makes sense. Part of it may be local pride, since Washington has exploded onto the world wine stage in recent years; and part it may also be more practical–81% of their readership has imbibed in the vino in the past 30 days, according to a media audit in the Fall of 2009. With a distribution of 70,000 magazines monthly (not even counting their online readers), that’s at least 56,000 winos leafing through their pages. Good on ‘em.
This time, rather than sponsoring a killer event, Seattle Mag is throwing a party of their own. Dubbed “The Party of the Decade,” this soirée is centered around the unveiling of the Best of 2010. The “Best Of” parties have become an annual tradition, earning it’s place among the premier events in the Seattle area. And for good reason. Check out this video of their Best of 2006 Party:
The Best of 2010 Party promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Held in the Seattle Design Center on November 18 (FYI: that’s also my birthday), it will feature twenty-eight of Seattle’s best restaurants, over twenty Washington wineries, beer by Trumer Pilsner, coffee by Caffé Vita, and live performances by Teatro ZinZanni. The current roster is impressive, and will grow over the next month before the event:
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Seattle event without supporting a noble cause. This year, proceeds will go to benefit the Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Alliance, a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and preserving Washington’s small family farms. The NFMA’s mission is to provide effective direct sales sites for our region’s small farms, and to educate consumers about local farm products and the importance of directly supporting local farmers.
Tickets are just $50 until October 15, so get them today. After that, the price goes up to $65, which is still a great value for a full evening of wine, food, beer, coffee, performance art and a chance to get dressed to the nines and rub elbows with the rest of Seattle’s social vamps.
Mark your calendar. In pen. Red felt pen. Circle it. Underline. This is going to be one hot night.