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As part of our At The Table culinary programming in the Atrium Kitchen, Chef Traci Post (Seductive Specialty Foods and Succulent Catering) leads a series of hour-long culinary workshops focused on fall and holiday entertainment. We spoke to Chef Traci to learn more about why she loves sharing her passion for cooking and entertaining.

How did you get into the cooking profession?

I grew up watching both of my parents cook—mom on the weekdays and dad on the weekends usuallyso it's in my blood. In 1998, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. I left my career in public relations and started caring for her. During our days together I would help her make dinner. As the disease progressed she was no longer able to recall her recipes or follow a written recipe. It was then I started cooking my parents meals and stocking their fridge. It was the gateway to becoming a personal chef, which eventually lead to catering. In 2011, a few months after my mom passed away, I took an inspiring trip to Italy and returned to Seattle with an idea for a line of gourmet sauces, syrups and jams. Teaching others to cook and entertain came about naturally. My roots and passion for cooking run deep and I enjoy sharing that with others. I love what I do!

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Tower Crane Time-Lapse Video

Posted October 10, 2016

On Saturday, October 8, we bid farewell to the tower crane. Have a look at this 1-minute time-lapse video of the tower crane's disassembly.

Construction continues on the new vendor canopy, restaurants and low-income housing, with an official grand opening coming in summer 2017.

Photo by Won Moc, Sellen Construction

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Meet the Craftsperson: Yarnarchy!

Posted October 6, 2016

Please join us in welcoming Yarnarchy! to the Pike Place crafts community! Jennie Goforth makes beautiful hand-spun, hand-painted yarn, all without electricity on her farm in Skagit County. "Radical yarn for radical living!"

Pike Place Market is more than fish, flowers, and produce - it's a thriving community, built by generations of families and businesses who've defined the Market as a cultural and historic icon.

This new monthly series by Seattle Weekly tells stories of the "People of Pike Place Market", from the perspective of those who've played an active role in building this unique community in the heart of Seattle.

Photo by Rosemary Dai Ross/POSTheadshots

The first installment features Joe Desimone (pictured), whose grandfather, Guiseppe Desimone was an original Pike Place Market farmer when the Market opened in 1907. Guiseppe eventually became part-owner of the Market and helped define the Market as a thriving, caring community.

"If my family had not kept the rents low in Pike Place Market, or had not worked with people in difficult times, there possibly would not have been a Market today. I'm very proud of the fact that my grandfather and father took a real chance - and now Seattle has something that is the envy of the world." - Joe Desimone

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Beer lovers, rejoice! Another MarketFront milestone has been reached as twin grain silos were installed at Old Stove Brewing Company's future home. We visited the site with Old Stove co-founders Chris Moore and Brian Stan to learn more about the silos' role in the brewing process. Check out the video below.

With the expansion, Pike Place regulars welcome a new craft brewery to the neighborhood. At Old Stove Brewing Company, thirsty patrons will sip pints in a brew house and gastropub designed to make the most of the MarketFront’s open-air feel, with an 80-foot window-wall showcasing an expansive view of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains visible from Western Avenue. While soaking up the sea breeze and counting sailboats, diners have a front row seat to the milling, mashing, graining, and fermenting process, and of course, the final step, drinking the finished product. Chris Moore and Brian Stan plan to have 20 house-made rotating beers on tap, including the brewery’s flagships, and the pub menu will highlight locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The place may even influence future generations of craft brewers— the brewpub will be open to tykes, as well as their parents. A summer weekend field trip never sounded so good.

Old Stove Brewing Company Co-founders Chris Moore and Brian Stan. Photo by Barbie Hull

We can't wait to celebrate the Pike Place MarketFront's grand opening next summer, but until then you can enjoy a cold one at Old Stove's taproom on First Avenue.

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