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SPJ member perk: Get 50% off tix to AAJA’s Chef’s Showcase benefit Aug. 4


Our friends at the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association are putting on a benefit Chef’s Showcase atop the Columbia Tower August 4 and extending their member discount to members of SPJ!

This sounds like a fun summer event, and a great chance to catch up and mingle with fellow area journalists. Your member discount means you’ll pay just $25 instead of the full $50 for great food, good company and that fantastic tallest-building-in-Seattle view. But act fast: Prices go up next week.

Here’s more on the event from AAJA:

Who says Mondays are boring? Start off the week right and join the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association on Aug. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. for our first-ever Chefs’ Showcase at the Columbia Tower Club. This happy hour-style networking event is open to journalists, professionals and foodies! All proceeds benefit AAJA Seattle’s training programs and scholarships. Tickets are limited, so buy yours today! ($50 public/$25 AAJA & SPJ members)

KING 5 Anchor Mimi Jung will host the festivities, which include demonstrations from celebrity chefs Lisa Nakamura (The French Laundry, Allium, Gnocchi Bar), Rachel Yang (Joule & Revel), Prometheus Brown (aka Geo from Blue Scholars) and Chera Amlag (Food & Sh*t), Tyler Hefford-Anderson (Executive Chef, Columbia Tower Club) and Steven Ariel (Canlis, Cafe Juanita, W Seattle). If we’re lucky, the elusive Murray Stenson, aka the “Best Bartender in America,” might even make an appearance with Seattle Times Happy Hour columnist Tan Vinh.

Have we mentioned the location?! The view of Seattle from the Columbia Tower Club’s 75th floor location is reason enough to attend, but we’re happy to offer attendees some extras. Nosh on appetizers donated by a few of the chefs and area restaurants (Bloom and Taylor Hoang of Pho Cyclo Cafe). Taste a variety of wines from Vortex Cellars (Woodinville) and Tranche (Walla Walla). If you’re more into beer, then have no fear: A keg of classic Manny’s Pale Ale is at your disposal.

– Attendees will receive a program book with recipes from the chefs.
– Raffle prizes include cookbooks and gift certificates from Tom Douglas, Ethan Stowell and Trace at the W Seattle.

Questions about the event? Contact Thanh Tan at

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