Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Day the Money Stood Still – One Year Later

Since I often get questions from people as to whether entrepreneurs are getting any funding through ZINO Society, I want to share some statistics.  I was suitably impressed when I realized how much had been raised since our previous ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum (which actually occurred on the day of the crash in the banking market last September).  As we go about our everyday business, I think we are generally too close to it and don’t recognize what an important service ZINO Society is providing to entrepreneurs who are seeking funding.

Over the past several months, I had heard from multiple sources that entrepreneurs have not been getting funding locally through any of the other local angel groups, so I was very happy and surprised to realize that between our last ZZIF on September 16, 2008 until our most recent ZZIF on September 17, 2009, ZINO Societyhas facilitated an additional $4.9 million in both new and additional round funding to companies that have applied to present at ZINO Society!  This number does not count other angel investments that have been made outside the ZINO Society entrepreneurs (we call “ZINOpreneurs”).  We went from a cumulative total of $8.1 million in September, 2008 to a cumulative total of $13.0 million today.  Of course, this only includes the funding that I know about.  Though we always encourage both the entrepreneurs and the investors to let us know when they invest, I realize that we don’t always receive this information.  If you are an investor or an entrepreneur that has funded or received funding through ZINO Society connections, please do let me know!

Here are the actual total cumulative statistics of angel funds raised through ZINO Society each September for the four years that we have been producing ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum:

ZZIF 2006             $2.0 million

ZZIF 2007             $7.6 million

ZZIF 2008             $8.1 million

ZZIF 2009             $13.0 million

PONCHO-PNB-PINOT Gastronomic Celebration

On Friday evening, September 25th, Ken and I hosted an auction dinner at our home that our friends, John & Mitzi Morris, purchased at the PONCHO Wine Auction last fall.  This was a dinner party for 14 that featured 15 different wines, primarily Pinot Noir, that award-winning Sommelier, Jake Kosseff paired with incredible food courses prepared by 2009 James Beard Foundation Award Nominee, Chef Jason Wilson, owner of Crush Restaurant.  Since I am both a past PONCHO President (1998) and past Chairman of the Board for Pacific Northwest Ballet (2000-2005), I was pleased that this donation helped two arts organization which I continue to strongly value and support.

Fellow PONCHO Board member and Pacific Northwest Ballet Board member and also a past Chairman of the Board, Dan Heidt, put together all the details along with Jake and Jason, while my role was to provide the venue, set the table, etc.  (Please see the second photo above including from left to right: Dan Heidt, Mitzi Morris, Michele Heidt, Ken Hatch, John Morris, Cathi Hatch, Sommelier Jake Kosseff and Chef Jason Wilson.)

Since I have been called a “china-holic”, this gave me an excuse to drag out my Venetian linens and a lot of my china and silverware collection in order to provide plates and silverware for six seated courses following the passed hors d’oeuvres.  Including place plates, soup saucers, soup bowls, silverware, wine glasses etc., for 14 guests, we used 126 pieces of china, 168 pieces of flatware, and over 250 glasses.  Since all of the china and flatware had to be hand-washed, long-time friend and caterer, Judy Bone of Hey Jude Catering assisted with service and managed all of the dishes and silverware.  (Note in the top photo above antique Herend dinner plates atop gold porcelain place plates.)

The evening was delightful with a mix of both old and new friends, fine wine and exquisite food flavors.  Celebrating PONCHO and the funds that were raised for the arts in our region were fellow PONCHO board members, John Morris, Dan Heidt and Steve Kutz along with their partners, Mitzi, Michele and Courtney Womack.  Other dinner party guests included Elaine & Keith McCall, Cindy & Jared Wheeler, and Brad & Debra Music.   (See photos of Chef Jason Wilson and photo of guests Keith McCall, Steve Kutz and John Morris above.)  Please see the menu below which will certainly make your mouth water!

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Prosciutto, Roquefort & Compressed Apple “Sandwiches”

Gougeres & Truffled Chevre

Smoked Ikura, Crème Fraiche & Blis on Endive

Tattinger Brut la Francaise, Reims, Champagne, FR


Seated Courses

Truffled Celeriac Soup

Seared Scallops & Sage Brown Butter Reduction

2005 Joseph Drouhin, Chablis, FR


Roulade of Sweetbreads

1 Hour Duck Egg, Sweet Corn Grits & Bourbon Sauce

2005 Vincent Giradin, Puligny-Montrachet, FR


“Suini en una Coperta”

Fennel Sausage, Handrolled Penne, Chanterelles,

Kale & Roasted Garlic

2004 Main Divide, Marlborough, NZ

2004 Seifried, Nelson, NZ

2006 Escarpment, Martinborough, NZ


Porcini Crusted Alaskan Halibut

Wagyu Beef Dashi, Leeks & Sea Beans

2005 Ancien Toyon Farm, Carneros, CA

2005 Kistler, Sonoma Coast, CA

2004 Talley Estate, Arroyo Grande Valley, CA

2004 Longoria, Santa Rita Hills, CA


Braised & Glazed Painted Hills Short Ribs

Potato Puree, Garden Carrots, & Truffle Pistou

2006 Beaux Freres Beaux Freres, Ribbon Ridge, OR

2005 Ken Wright Savoya, Yamhill-Carlton, OR

2004 Sinnean Wyeast, Hood River Valley, OR


Valrhona Chocolate Coulant Cake

Salted Caramel, Praline Ice Cream Colheita Candied Dates

2006 Lachini Pinot Port, Willamette Valley, OR


Awkward, young love at Roméo et Juliette

This evening I attended opening night of the Pacific Northwest Ballet new season to hear the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra perform Prokofiev’s famous score and see Jean-Christophe Maillot’s incredible choreography of Roméo et Juliette.  Because audiences were so taken with this ballet when it first premiered in Seattle 18 months ago and have repeatedly requested an encore, PNB Artistic Director, Peter Boal, decided to kick off this season with this story ballet.

The evening began with a beautiful pre-performance “Prelude to a Kiss” dinner in the Allen Room for the Arts in McCaw Hall.  My guest, Susan Neumann, and I had a chance to connect with many other friends and ballet enthusiasts during cocktails and dinner including Princess Lada & Larry Schuiski, Peter HorvitzKay & John Baxter, Pam & Dan Baty, Suzy & Moe Krabbe, Joan & Bob Cremin, Sarah & John Rindlaub, Carl Behnke, Shelley & Doug Swerland, Julie and Tom Skerrit, Leslie & Dale Chihuly, Linda & Toby Warson, Michele & Dan Heidt, Peggy & Michael Swistak, Sherry & James Raisbeck, Jenny & Rick Redman, Joan and Bob Cremin, Carol Wright and so many more.   

At dinner, it was announced that Artistic Director, Peter Boal and PNB have just signed a five year contract extension.  This is especially interesting and great news to me because I was the PNB Chairman of the Board when we conducted the search to find and sign Peter Boal as our new Artistic Director a few years ago.  Other exciting news announced are the promotions of PNB dancers Maria Chapman and Karel Cruz from soloists to principals, and Lindsi Dec from corps de ballet to soloist.  These promotions are all so well-deserved since each one of these dancers is amazing!

Now about the performance.  As a Seattle Times reviewer said,  “It’s a remarkable work…like no ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ballet you’ve seen before: It’s intricate, often achingly beautiful, and never simply pretty."  It is impossible not to be transfixed with the sheer beauty of the movements performed by the incredible lead dancers, Carla Korbes as Juliette, Lucien Postlewaite as Romeo, Olivier Wevers as Friar Laurence, Ariana Lallone as Lady Capulet, Jonathan Porretta as Mercutio, and Chalnessa Eames as the nurse.  The supporting cast were equally incredible in their roles as well.  Jordan Pacitti and Jerome Tisserand were spot on as the acolytes.  Especially charming are the awkward arm movements and toes left unpointed to represent the awkwardness of youth when Romeo and Juliette first interact and dance together.  Plus, there are many funny moments in the ballet with the nurse being mercilessly teased by Mercutio and Benvolio as well as some of Mercutio’s taunting high-jinx with the Capulets.

Since there are only a few performances that occur this week and next, I really must suggest that you should run, not walk to get tickets to this spectacular ballet and then I want to hear what you think.  Was it as beautiful and riveting as I promised?  What was your favorite part?



Artificial Hands

Earlier this week, Ken and I attended the ARCS kick-off dinner at the beautifully appointed Sunset Club.  The exquisite floral murals in the very feminine ballroom by Yakima artist, Leo Adams have always been one of my favorite parts of the club.

ARCS, (of which I am an associate member) is a women’s organization that specifically raises funds to support graduate school scholarships for Washington State University and the University of Washington in the areas of engineering, science and medicine.  Since the Seattle Chapter of ARCS began 30 years ago, we have invested over $10 million at UW and over $1 million at WSU in individual Fellowships.  WSU President Elson Floyd attended the dinner and the featured dinner speaker was Yoky Masuoka, Associate Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Washington and director of UW Neurobotics Laboratory, and a 2007 MacArthur Fellow.  Her research combines neuroscience and robotics–often referred to by Matsuoka as "neurobotics”.

An example of her work is a lifelike robotic hand, modeled bone-by-bone from a human hand, with multiple motors each corresponding to muscles and with strings playing the role of tendons along each digit. Her intent is that nervous system signals will ultimately be able to control the electronic replica in the same manner as a natural appendage.  The MacArthur Foundation characterizes her work as "transforming our understanding of how the central nervous system coordinates musculoskeletal action and of how robotic technology can enhance the mobility of people with manipulation disabilities.

She said that there are only two surgeons in the country, one of whom resides in Seattle, that have the skill to implant a chip in the human brain that will provide the neural engineering to actually allow communication with an appendage (such as a hand) and produce movement.  This is pretty amazing science!  Ken and I were both fascinated as were our friends in attendance including  ARCS President Mickey Flowers and husband, Bob, Patty & Jimmy Barrier, Carol Wright, Elizabeth Rudolf, Sandy & Kent Carlson, Lynn & Steve Mowe . . .  and many more.

Happy Birthday, Dale!

On Sunday evening, Ken and I enjoyed attending Dale Chihuly’s birthday party at The Big Picture, just below El Gaucho restaurant downtown.  In addition to great hors d’oeuvres and a light supper by talented Lisa Dupar Catering, Leslie and Dale had arranged to have his friend and movie star, Jeff Bridges, introduce the film he had selected to entertain us.  There was a fun group of people there  and over cocktails and supper, we had a chance to connect with Allen Shoup, Dan & Pam Baty, Susan & Jeff Brotman, Carl & Renee Behnke, Becky & Jack Benaroya, JJ McKay, Jerry & Jody Schwarz, newlyweds Jessica & Tim Blixseth, Betty Tong and Joe Miner, Kim Richter, Scott Rabinski, Barbara Malone, Ginny Ruffner, Billy O’Neill, Detra Segar, Toni & Rod Hoffman, plus many others.  To my surprise, I saw several people drinking White Russians (which seemed an odd pre-dinner cocktail choice) which I didn’t understand until later in the evening once the film began. 

The movie was Ethan and Joel Coen’s  “The Big Lebowski”.  The plotline:  "Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. Jeff Bridges played the starring role of “The Dude”, endlessly smoking joints and drinking White Russian cocktails on the rocks.   (At last, the earlier cocktail choices at the party made sense!)

It was fun to have Jeff introduce the movie and talk about filming it in 1998 and bringing his wife and daughters on the set just in time to see the filming of the acid flashback sequence with all the dancing girls in the bowling alley. He ended the intro with a toast to Dale’s birthday and a large birthday cake was presented.  Dale had no trouble extinguishing all the candles in one breath.  Obviously, he has great lungs after all the hot shop work he has done in his life!  Happy Birthday, Dale!

A Few of My Favorite Things

In honor of the ZINO Society Team and all of their efforts in preparing for ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum this year, this song is dedicated to Mary Holmes, Robin Moore, McKenzie Midboe (all three pictured above) as well as Rob Brown, RJ Humphries, Julian Tescher and Christine Gilbert. It should be sung to the tune… Continue Reading

The Huskies were Barking!

Yesterday Ken and I attended the Husky game along with our guests, Esther and Walter Schoenfeld.  It was a gorgeous day; hot and sunny, and the Huskies actually won beating Idaho  42-23 ending their 15 game losing streak!  It was “Band Day” so high school bands from all over the state performed at half-time.  What… Continue Reading

Fan Club Members for Tod Leiweke

Yesterday, husband Ken and I attended a Business Leaders’ luncheon at the Columbia Tower Club to hear friend and all around great human being, Tod Leiweke, CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, a management company owned by Paul Allen which oversees Allen’s sports related properties, speak.  In Tod’s role, he is currently the Chief Executive… Continue Reading