Monthly Archives: November 2009

Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving was at our house this year!  Though our entire family was not able to be in town to join us this year, we did have a wonderful time admiring the three beautiful little boys pictured above; two of whom were celebrating their very first Thanksgiving.  In the photo above, from left to right are Spencer Hatch and Jackson Hatch, sons of Michael and Alicia Hatch and on the right is Cutter Laramore, son of Kevin and Katie LaramoreSpencer is 9 months old, Jackson is 2-1/2 years old and Cutter is 5 months old.

In addition to Michael, Alicia, Katie, Kevin and children, also joining us were Sean Hatch, Troy Clark and Renee NewittSean and Troy brought festive holiday cocktails that combined prosecco, triple sec and ginger vodka, Alicia brought her grandmother’s recipe  yummy yeast rolls, and Renee brought three kinds of pie; pumpkin, pecan and Heavenly cherry pie!  And of course, there was enough pie that everyone could try any one or all three!  I had never tried the Heavenly pie before and it was delicious!

We all feasted and gave thanks for our many blessings of family and loved ones; both those with us and those far away that we missed.

Hatch Family Thanksgiving Menu

Pomegranate Dreams and Sparkling Wine

Onion Parmesan Cheese Crisps

Broiled Prawns with Prosciutto & Basil Leaves

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Martha’s Cranberry Salad in Radicchio Cups

Hot Yeast Rolls

Roast Fresh Turkey with Pan Gravy

Sage & Celery Stuffing with Sweet Italian Sausage

Potatoes Lord Byron

Carrot & Spinach Terrine

Roasted Yams & Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup & Cranberries

Brussels Sprout Hash with Bacon & Caramelized Shallots

Cranberry-Orange-Almond Coulis

Traditional Pumpkin Pie

Southern Pecan Pie

Heavenly Cherry Pie

Fresh Sugared Whipping Cream

Hope your Thanksgiving was happy also!  Please share your favorite Thanksgiving recipe.



What have I agreed to do??! The bachata??!

Akin to Dancing with the Stars, the Plymouth Housing Group is organizing a festive “celebrity” dance and dinner non-profit fundraiser called “Seattle Dances” in partnership with Hallie Kuperman and Century Ballroom. Along with seven other local “celebrities” (in our own minds), I will be dancing in this fundraising event on March 13, 2010 with a professional dance partner attempting to win the mirror ball award as best dancer. My competitors include Kathy Casey, Kathy Casey Food Studios, Joyce Taylor, KING5 TV News, Colette Courtion, Calidora Skin Clinics, Steven Goldfarb, Alvin Goldfarb Jewelers, Paul Lambros, Plymouth Housing Group, Michelle Foreman Barnet, Columbia West Properties, and Peter Neurath, Puget Sound Business Journal.

Plymouth Housing Group board member, Lynn Beck, developed the fundraiser idea and it has lots of fun, fundraising elements such as each “peoples’ choice” vote costs $25 and vote casting is eligible both in person at the event and online leading up to the event. All voters’ names will be entered into a drawing for multiple prizes to be awarded the evening of the event. There are three celebrity judges including Peter Boal, Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director, Marco, Hair Stylist and owner of Marco’s Salon and Nicole Vogel, publisher of Seattle Metropolitan magazine.

My dance partner is Marcelo Garcés who leads a salsa dancing, teaching and performing group called Salsa Salvaje in his spare time following his day job at Colliers International. Each of us have a page on the “Seattle Dances” website and here is the link to mine: Cathi Hatch. Eventually, there will be a video clip included on the page that will show Marcelo and me rehearsing for the big competition. Today was our first official lesson and I am still struggling to learn the basic bachata steps so it is a very good thing that there was no video camera in sight!

Do you have any tips for winning a dance competition?

“Active Networking” at the Rainier Club

This morning I had the opportunity to help celebrate the 6th anniversary of the Rainier Club’s Executive Women’s Group by leading a discussion about the importance of “Active Networking” at their monthly Roundtable Breakfast. The Executive Women’s Group is a monthly gathering of civic, community, and business leaders, that come together for an opportunity to network and discuss relevant topics impacting professional life.

What a group of active and engaged women! We discussed barriers to networking, tips and tricks of successful networking, follow up options after meeting new people, social media networking, and networking “don’ts”. Though I shared some of my own opinions and experience in networking through my community associations and in ZINO Society, I was very impressed with the quality of the input and suggestions that was shared by the attendees of the event. There were definitely some thoughts that I can use to network more effectively.

In the photos, I am pictured with some of the attendees including (top photo from left to right) Executive Women’s Group co-chairs, Jenn Ty and Kristi Pangrazio, Rainier Club Director of Membership, Amy Tolzmann and Tina Schaaf. Also attending were Sharon Cooper, Colleen McCann and Marla Beck (middle photo from left to right) and (bottom photo) a group of Junior League of Seattle friends, Renee Bishman, Sara Becker, Jeanette James, Sara Wood, and Tricia Thompson.

Women of Influence a Quintessential Success!

Last evening Ken and I attended the Puget Sound Business Journal Women of Influence event at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency.  It was a sell-out crowd of over 500 people there to be inspired and celebrate with the 16 women who were selected as honorees.  Since I have served on the Women of Influence Advisory Board for the past four or five years and as a judge, it was exciting to be there to see these very competent and talented women we selected feted for their incredible accomplishments in their businesses and in the community.

My very dear friend, Patty Barrier of Barrier Motors pictured above was one of the honorees.  Celebrating her award with her from left to right were girlfriends Betty Rubenstein, me, Tara Stepenberg, Karen Roed, Susan Brotman and Kyle Daniels.  Also celebrating were Patty’s godson Kjell Schei, her husband Jimmy Barrier and my husband, Ken Hatch.

In addition to helping Patty celebrate, it was wonderful to be there to help so many friends celebrate their awards including Nancy Pellegrino, of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Nancy Auer of Swedish Medical Services, Megan Clubb of Baker Boyer Bank, Colette Courtion of Calidora Skin Clinics Inc., Deborah Jensen of Woodland Park Zoo, Martha Choe of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Annette Jacobs of Door to Door Storage Inc. and Angie Lepley of Tangerine Travel Ltd.

Media personality and good friend, Patti Payne and friend and publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal, Emory Thomas, served as co-emcees for the evening.  Each honoree was introduced and asked to answer a question for the benefit of the audience.  It was fantastic to hear these extraordinary women respond with their articulate and witty answers.

Today I have talked with many people who attended the event last evening and I have heard over and over again how inspiring the evening was and what a great event it was.  The only complaints I have heard about the Women of Influence event today were from people who wanted to attend and didn’t get their reservations in before the event sold out.  A nice problem to have!

Next year?  Qwest Field??


ZINO Society November Roundtable Investment Meetings

Our ZINO Society Roundtable Investment meetings this month were fascinating.  We held meetings on both Tuesday evening at the offices of Foster Pepper PLLC and on Wednesday at lunchtime at The Bellettini in Bellevue.  Thank you to each for hosting delicious hors d’oeuvres and lunch.

On Tuesday evening, Colleen Brown, CEO of Fisher Communications, was the featured keynote speaker and shared information about how broadcast media is changing and why she believes that television will continue to be a very large part of our lives in spite of our affinity for our computers today.  The opportunity to transmit information to such a broad group of people at one time is unparalleled.  For advertisers that want to reach the broadest and largest audience, television spots will continue to be the best vehicle for achieving that goal.

We were also pleased to showcase our featured vintner on Tuesday evening, ZINO Society Wine Professional member, Yvonne Swanberg, winemaker at San Juan Vineyards and featured brewmasters, Charles and Roseann Finkel of Pike Brewing Company.

On Wednesday, we had the opportunity to present the oversize funds check to Keith McCall, ZINOpreneur Select Member and CEO of Enroute Systems, our ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum best technology investment opportunity winner.  See photo above.

Our three presenting entrepreneurs for these meetings (pictured above from left to right) were John Friess of journey gym, Daniel McKelvey of SkyTrace, and Doug Strohm of Ballpark Classics.  Also pictured above is Doug Strohm demonstrating his game to ZINO Society guest, Jim Towne while Dave McGinnis, ZINO Society sponsor, coach and screener of Citi Private Bank watches.

A Toast to ZINO Society sponsor, the Pan Pacific Hotel

Earlier this week, Mary Holmes, ZINO Society Business Development VP, and I met with Pan Pacific Hotel General Manager, David Sullivan.  The Pan Pacific has been an important sponsor for ZINO Society.  Over the past year, three of our targeted Investment Forums were held there:  ZINO Life, ZINO Green, and ZINO Marketplace.  Each event showcased… Continue Reading

What’s Up in Kunath Corner?

This blog post is in addition to my earlier one about networking at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in the “Church of Kunath”.  The impresario himself, Mike Kunath,  a portfolio manager, principal and founder of Kunath Karren Rinne & Atkin is pictured above with his infamous corncob pipe.  I stopped by the “Kunath Corner” last week… Continue Reading

Baseball Luminaries Raise Funds for Toys for Kids

Last evening Ken and I attended Rick Rizzs’ and Dave Henderson’s “Toys for Kids” Ninth Annual Dinner and Auction at the Bellevue Harbor Club. The event was founded by baseball luminaries and the audience was sprinkled with several including former Mariner’s catcher, Dan Wilson. We sat with Tom Goodenow, a luminary in his own right… Continue Reading

Club Cielo Soars!

Today Ken and I toured the new Escala Midtown condominiums and Club Cielo at the invitation of the developers, John & Bonny Midby and their son, ZINO Society member and PONCHO Board of Trustees member, Eric Midby.  Eric greeted us curbside and personally took care of valet parking our car below in the 8 level… Continue Reading

The Show Must Go On!

On Thursday evening, I attended the Pacific Northwest Ballet “Director’s Choice” performance at McCaw Hall.  The dancing was superb as always.  It was fun to see two new productions that I had not ever seen which were Petite Mort with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and choregraphy by Jiri Kylian and The Seasons with music… Continue Reading