Seattle is a vibrant city located
between the Cascade Mountains and the blue gray waters of Puget
Sound. The city is home to amazing restaurants, excellent
museums, public parks, and, of course, a coffee shop on every
If you are looking for a few things to
do before or after FoodMed, you might be interested in the
Experience Music Project,
Seattle Art Museum, and
Olympic Sculpture Park are all within walking distance of
the Hyatt Olive 8 Hotel. (You can always take a
free bus back.) Wear comfortable walking shoes, and plan a
day strolling the city’s famous sites.
Take a Tour
do the driving in one of their bio-fueled Mercedes vans. They
feature trips to Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National
Park, Mount St. Helens, the San Juan Islands, and several local
wine tours, and serve local and organic food.
Take the ferry to Bainbridge
The best view of the city isn’t
actually in the city—it’s on the
ferry to nearby Bainbridge Island. A 35-minute ferry ride
will have you in the quaint town of Winslow, with great shopping
and restaurants. Bainbridge Island is also home to the
in Washington state (see “Eat!” below).
features New American cuisine prepared with certified-organic or
wild ingredients sourced from local farmers. Executive chef and
owner, Maria Hines, is a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef
of the Northwest, as well as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s 10
Best New Chefs of 2005. In 2008, the New York Times deemed Tilth
one of the best new restaurants in the country. Tilth is located
in the Wallingford neighborhood, and best reached by bus, taxi,
TASTE: TASTE is the Seattle Art Museum’s cafeteria, yet
gives new meaning to what cafeteria food can be. They source
local ingredients, often directly from the farmer. Within
walking distance of the Hyatt Olive 8 Hotel.
Place Market (http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/):
Graze your way around Pike Place Market’s bakeries, food stalls,
fresh produce, and seafood stands. You can also purchase seafood
on ice to take home. Within walking distance of the Hyatt Olive
8 Hotel. (Note: There is a free pre-conference walk to Pike
Place Market leaving the hotel at 3pm Monday, October 17.)
Located on nearby Bainbridge Island, Shima Sushi serves
traditional Japanese sushi featuring primarily organic
ingredients. Check the website for scheduling, as they close
between lunch and dinner. You can walk, bike, or drive on the
ferry from the terminal in downtown Seattle.
Portage Bay Café: The 3 Portage Bay Café location feature
local and organic breakfast and lunch options in a casual
Canyon: This vegetarian café located in Seattle’s University
District features 90-97% Organic produce year-round. They
feature raw, vegan, and gluten-free foods. Best reached by bus,
taxi, or car.
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop: The 4 Seattle
locations feature ice cream made with dairy from happy, healthy,
hormone-free Western Washington cows. The ice cream features
seasonal fruits and herbs in combinations that are both familiar
and surprising producing all kinds of flavors from childhood
favorites to avant-garde adult-only fare. From Skagit Valley's
strawberries to Sequim's lavender and Eastern Washington’s
cantaloupes, Molly Moon's is committed to using the best
ingredients the Pacific Northwest has to offer, although they
sometimes reach a little further south for Northern California
fruit like organic Meyer Lemons and Napa Valley's Blood Oranges.
They feature classic flavors like Vanilla Bean and Chocolate
live alongside the creative and exotic Cardamom, Balsamic
Strawberry, Rosemary Meyer Lemon, and even Maple Bacon.
And if it’s raining….
Hey, it happens—especially in Seattle. Try the
Seattle Art Museum, or sample the wares at
If you have a few days, locals
Mount Rainier National Park
For more information on visiting
Seattle, visit the
Seattle Convention & Visitor Bureau.