Anu’s diverse, educational background includes a brief stint in fashion. | Photo via Canoe Ventures
Q: How did you get into the cocktail industry?
A: It all happened when I moved to Seattle. I was looking for a job in the restaurant industry while I was also looking at going back to school. The food and beverage scene in Seattle stole my heart. I was like “I gotta be a part of this.”
The first thing that really grabbed me was that I realized that it could be a career, it’s not just something that people do to get them through school. It was the people aspect.
Q: What inspires your process when you go to make a new cocktail?
A: Observing people’s behaviors or reading about what new or interesting tastes are out there currently. I’ll draw inspiration from things like an article that talks about some Indigenous, floral herb from some rare country that you can only find there — I’ll try to imagine what that flavor is and make it in a cocktail.
Q: What’s the weirdest cocktail you’ve ever made?
A: I was asked to make a cocktail that needed to incorporate chicken bouillon. The guest wanted something that was umami — and at the time, that term was pretty new to American culture. I don’t think that person realized there were other ways to find that flavor.
Drink Up Week Meet + Greet | Thurs., July 28 | 6-8 p.m. | Post Pike Bar & Cafe, 212 Broadway | Free | Can we interest you in a Mochatini? The SEAtoday team is buying. 🍫
Viva Physical Media presents: “Bingo” | Thurs., July 28 | 7:30 p.m. | The Beacon | $12.50 | This 1991 movie about a CPR-performing, car-driving, morse code-using, court-testifying dog is a wild ride from the very beginning. 🐕
2022 JamFest | Thurs., July 28 | 5-8 p.m. | Canton + Maynard Alleys, Chinatown-International District | Free | The all-ages annual Wing Luke Museum festival includes live DJs, circus performers + games.
Drink Up Week Meet + Greet | Fri., July 29 | 4-7 p.m. | Vinnie’s Wine Shop, 2505 Secondnd Ave. | Free | Vinnie’s wine curator will be on hand for some lessons. Also, drinks are on us. 🍷
Cam: The Otherside Tour | Fri., July 29 | 8 p.m. | The Neptune Theatre | $25+ | The Nashville artist’s new album includes song-writing from Avicii, Sam Smith, and Harry Styles.
Kirkland Summerfest: Long Live Rock | Fri., July 29 | 8-11 p.m. | Marina Park, Kirkland | $20+ | Jam out to your favorite rock ‘n’ roll anthems during this night of the three-day long concert series. 🎸
ODESZA: The Return | Sat., July 30 | 7 p.m. | Climate Pledge Arena | $60+ | This groovy, electronia band from Bellingham features Sylvan Esso + ford. as openers.
Seafair Torchlight Parade | Sat., July 30 | 7:30-11 p.m. | Downtown Seattle + Westlake Park | Free | More than 100 luminous entries — including dragon dancers, drill teams, and marching bands — will take to the streets. 💡
Candle Making + Cider | Sun., July 31 | 2-5 p.m. | First Hill Locust Cider, 500 Terry Ave. | $35 | A candle-making class accompanied by some hard cider sounds like seriously relaxing Sunday vibes. 🕯
“Harry Potter” Trivia | Sun., July 31 | 3-5 p.m. | Cal Anderson Park | $7 | Celebrate the Boy Who Lived’s birthday with three rounds of magical trivia. 🪄
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Hampton Farms has been in biz for 75+ years, so you know they’ve got the snacking thing down. | Photo provided by Hampton Farms
We’re four days into SEAtoday’s first Drink Up Week — and we’re loving every second. Here’s something else to add to your plate: Hampton Farms gourmet peanuts — because the only thing better than a drink is a drink + a snack.
Mayor Bruce Harrellannounced yesterday that he will appoint Greg Spotts as the new Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) — pending council approval. Greg currently serves as the Executive Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at the LA Bureau of Street Services. 🚗 (Seattle Times)
Got him back with our tentacles — the Seattle Kraken announced that they re-signedforward Ryan Donato to a one-year, $1.2 million contract earlier this week. Donato had 16 goals and 15 assists during the 2021-22 hockey season. 🏒
Kick ‘em in the grass — Sounders FC Academy forward Christopher Aquino + Tacoma Defiance Defender Stuart Hawkins were both named to the MLS NEXT All-Star Game. They’ll join the “West” team in the national game on Wed., Aug 10 that highlights youth rising stars across the US. ⚽️
Time for a lesson — in having a good time. Walla Walla Steak Co. and Crossbuck Brewing Taproomopened their doors this week in the historic Woodinville Schoolhouse No. 23. The building, which was vacant for more than a decade, includes both restaurants on the first floor + an event space on the second. 🍻
Dorothy Hollingsworth, a trailblazer in Seattle’s education and civil rights community, died at the age of 101 earlier this week. Dorothy was the first Black woman in the state to serve on a school board and was the first director of Head Start, which helps children from low-income families. (Seattle Times)
Bonjour — the French American School of Puget Soundis planning to buy a $70 million block on North Beacon Hill where it will build a new campus. The school’s current location on Mercer Island is operating at capacity with 400 students and 100 staff. 🇫🇷 (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Big things are coming for the former Wedgwood QFC site. Plans filed with the city show a proposal for a 280-unit apartment complex, a 34,000-sqft grocery store, and 14,000 sqft of retail space for the 8400 35th Ave. lot. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
In order to cut down on waste, King County has launched a series of local events that allow residents to bring in their broken mini appliances — like air fryers or hair dryers — to be fixed by volunteers. The next event is Wed., Aug. 10 from 3-6 p.m. at the Kent Library. (Seattle Weekly)
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In a tearful moment this week, Seahawks linebacker legend K.J. Wrightsigned a one-day contract with the Seattle squad so that he could retire as a team member. Wright had previously spent 11 years with the ‘Hawks before moving on to the Las Vegas Raiders for the 2021-22 season.
The Seahawks caught the moment Wright signed his final contract, in which head coach Pete Carroll can be heard saying, “And now you’ll always be a Seahawk.”
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Editor’s pick: Did you all enjoy our list of places to get a nice, cold boozy slushie? That was actually our intern Lia Gonia’s first full-length piece. Gabe + I were pumped about it both as mentors (because she really did a great job) and as people who also enjoy a good slush. Cheers, everyone, and stay cool out there. ❄️
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