Monthly Archives: February 2011

Shabu Shabu

Betty working the hot pots.

Last evening, Ken and I were invited to a Shabu Shabu dinner party at Betty Tong and Joe Miner’s beautiful new home in Medina.   What fun!  It is such an interactive experience cooking at the table in bubbling broth with all the myriad flavors and foods that can go into the hot pot.  I know I won’t remember all the ingredients, but here is at least a partial list that included three kinds of thinly sliced beef (grass-fed, Kobe, and one other), chicken, scallops, clams, prawns, fish cakes, shrimp balls, pork balls, tofu, cabbage, baby bok choy, and three kinds of mushrooms.  The magic flavor was the special sauce that was at every place setting in bowls in which each of the cooked items could be dipped and then eaten with bites of sticky rice.  Though we each had access to the hot pots, Betty spoiled us and spent most of the dinner party standing at the table, working the hot pots by cooking the various ingredients and dropping them into our bowls.   

Ken Hatch, Trish Markey, Stanko Milov
We had a great time interacting (or was that acting up?) with the other guests including friends, Afshan Lakha, Kim Richter, Trish Markey, Kim & Kevin Oakes, Steve Kutz, Courtney Womack and PNB Principal Dancer, Stanko MilovAfshan warned us not to overcook the beef and that she had learned that by the time you dip the beef in the boiling hot pot and say “Shabu, Shabu” twice, that the beef is cooked.  Seemed to work perfectly!
Ken Hatch, Joe Miner, Kevin Oakes enjoying beer.
Joe and Betty had just moved into their new home a couple of weeks ago and last night was the first time that Joe had his new bar set up with a beer keg on tap.  He has the most gargantuan beer glasses I have ever seen; each appearing to hold a half-gallon of beer.  I am not a beer drinker, but Ken, Joe and neighbor, Kevin Oakes, thought the Manny’s Pale Ale on tap was exceptional.

Women of Valor

Ken & Cathi Hatch, Fredda & Steven Goldfarb

Yesterday, I was one of 11 women honored as a “Woman of Valor” by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell at a large luncheon at the Westin Hotel SeattleSenator Cantwell read a brief background about each honoree individually and presented each of us with a crystal award engraved with our names and area of recognition and “Women of Valor Awards 2011”.  My award was for excellence in the field of Small Business Development.

Ken and I attended the luncheon and sat at a table with fellow honoree, Fredda Goldfarb and husband, Steven along with Betty Lou Treiger, Patti Savoy, Dana Frank, Debra Doran and Susan Arksey.  Fredda’s award was for excellence in the field of Veterans’ Advocacy.  Other friends attending the luncheon that I saw were Janet Levinger and Will Poole, Dan Rosen, Pat McDonald, Gary Gayton and Karen Gamoran, who originally called me about the award.

Patti Savoy, Cathi Hatch, Dana Frank

 Other “Women of Valor” honorees included Janis Avery for Children & Youth Advocacy, Martha Choe for Trailblazer, Kathy Fletcher for Environment & Conservation, Patricia Shepherd-Barnes and Dr. Beti Thompson for Health Advocacy, Marilyn J. Smith for Women’s Advocacy, and Megan Karch, Alma Franulovic Plancich and Estela Ortega for Public Service & Community Development,

U.S. Senator Patty Murray kicked off the luncheon and talked about the exciting win for Boeing with the tanker decision that had just been announced the previous day.  The luncheon was also a fundraiser for Senator Cantwell’s re-election campaign and following the awards, the featured speaker was U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski for Maryland.  She is the longest serving female U.S. Senator.  Senator Mikulski is a 4’11” dynamo that is a riveting speaker and regardless of political leaning was completely entertaining to everyone attending.

Ken Hatch & Debra Doran

When I arrived home following the award luncheon, I had to move my Seattle Dances! mirror ball trophy to the side to make room for my new “Woman of Valor” trophy!  What a nice problem!

Featured ZINOpreneur of the Week: David Sypniewski of Skora Athletics, LLC

David Sypniewski

Our ZINO Society featured ZINOpreneur Member this week is David Sypniewski, Founder and CEO of Skora Athletics, LLC. David presented his company at the ZINO Society Roundtable Investment Meetings in February, 2011. We asked him to share the answers to a few questions about his company.

  • What is your one-sentence elevator pitch? . . . Skora is striving to become the leader of lightweight performance footwear that helps promote injury-free running.
  • How did you come up with the idea for your company? . . . The seed for Skora footwear was planted when the company founder suffered a year-long injury due to running in over-cushioned shoes.
  • The word that best describes your company culture is . . . Free-thinking.
  • How are you different from your competition? . . . We don’t cling to doctrine new or old, or hold ideology over practicality.
  • What is the biggest challenge you face? . . . The lightweight running footwear segment is red hot and Skora must enter the market as a Spring 2012 product offering.
  • How much money have you raised to date? . . . $115,000
  • If someone gave your company $3 million tomorrow, how would you use the money? . . . Introduce a women’s running footwear line at launch; scale up marketing and enter key overseas markets.
  • Why will your company be successful? . . . Company founder has been barefoot running since 2002.
    We have an authentic story, a strong team and retailers waiting for product. Our footwear approaches design and performance from a rational, honest and realistic understanding of a runner’s real needs.

February 2011 Roundtable Meeting Programming

February 2011 Roundtable Meeting Luncheon, Bellevue

This past week, we produced two successful ZINO Society Roundtable Investment meetings on Tuesday evening at our sponsor host of the evening, Foster Pepper and Thursday lunch at Harbor Club Bellevue to showcase four entrepreneurs who were seeking capital, mentoring and referrals by presenting their businesses to ZINO Society  Elite Roundtable Members, Associate Roundtable Members and Sponsor Members.  The four  featured ZINOpreneurs included Mhairi Veolsgen of BroVO Spirits, Damien Wilson of MyTown Inc., David Sypniewski of Skora Athletics, LLC and Bill Kallman of Scayl.

Bob Toomey, ZINOpreneur Damien Wilson, Gary Wilson

At the Tuesday evening event, we also showcased keynote speaker, John Kueber, COO/Group Publisher for Tiger Oak Media, a provider of regional media including Seattle Business Magazine and over a dozen other major events, web sites, and media projects on the west coast, who shared with us some of the trends, predictions and pitfalls facing business today.  His predictions included Governor Gregoire being re-elected, Mayor McGinn being defeated, and the Huskies winning their upcoming season 8-4. 

Ken Hatch and ZINOpreneur Mhairi Voelsgen

And we also featured new ZINO Society Wine Professional Member, Jay Dewitt of Dumas Station Wines, a small, family-owned winery focused on creating Bordeaux-varietal red wines with grapes from their estate Walla Walla vineyard. One of the wines being poured was their 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon which received 93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

A Culinary Battle in Seattle

Chef Matt with Colleen Brown

Last night I attended the new United Way of King County fundraiser, “Top Chef and Exec” challenge.  The event was part of a United Way initiative to raise $1 million to help end hunger in our community.  It was a reality show format featuring four chefs from Tom Douglas Restaurants paired with business executives Colleen Brown of Fisher Communications, Brian McAndrews of Madrona Venture Group, Dan Fulton of Weyerhaeuser and Shawn Jones of Wells Fargo,

Cheftastic Colleen decorating the cake

The object was to cheer on the “cheftestants” and donate in their names as they took on the challenge – to prepare a meal using the ingredients typically found at a food bank.  To kick off the evening and to determine which Chefs and Execs got which supplementary ingredients, there was a flash cake decorating contest which Colleen Brown and partner Chef Matt of the Palace Ballroom handily won by cutting their cake into four pieces and decorating it with orange frosting and a photo of UWKC Campaign Chairs, Brad Smith and Kathy Surace-Smith.  For their supplementary ingredient, they selected the tray with assorted fresh herbs.  The other three contestants were given one of the remaining ingredients which were chicken, cheese or fresh vegetables.

Hsaio Ching, Kathy Surace-Smith, Brad Smith, Renee Behnke

There were over 100 friends and fans attending to cheer on the cheftestants including Carl Behnke, JJ McKay, Dee Dickinson, Bill Miner, Randa Minkarah, Julie & James Sun, Elizabeth & Jonathan Roberts, and Delphine & Charles Stevens.

Tom Douglas served as the emcee for the evening while the compeition judges included Renee Behnke, Hsaio Ching, and Brad Smith & Kathy Surace-Smith.  They took their job seriously tasting a “Spam Tonnato” or sauteed Spam served with a creamy mayonnaise-like tuna fish sauce as shown in the photo included with this blog posting.

Winning cake is 3rd from the lift.

The winner of the competition was Brian McAndrews, who was selected through a combination of judges’ scores and the amount of money he raised for United Way of King County.

What Kind of Camp did you Say???

Just a brief funny story.  Friend and PSBJ columnist, Patti Payne and I were quickly emailing back and forth regarding an upcoming community event and after about the third interchange, Patti signed off saying that she was on her way to “boob camp”.  I was fascinated because I had never heard of boob camp and wondered what… Continue Reading

Wings of Hope Takes Flight!

Jim & Sue Bianco What a party last night!  Ken and I attended the 23rd annual HopeHeart Gala, “On Wings of Hope” at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal with friends Jim & Sue Bianco.  Over 450 people were there to celebrate at a party ably co-chaired by Vanessa Strickland and Heather & Michael Sandoval. We were… Continue Reading

A Hot Spot for a Dinner Party

Earlier this week, Ken and I were invited to join Leslie & Dale Chihuly at their Chihuly Boathouse and Hot Shop for a small dinner party to welcome new Seattle Symphony Orchestra Executive Director, Simon Woods, who is coming from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and will be joining SSO fulltime in May.  Leslie… Continue Reading

Featured Wine Professional Member : Freddy Arredondo of Cave B Cellars

Freddy Arredondo At our recent ZINO Society January Roundtable Investment Meeting, our featured winery was ZINO Society Wine Professional Member, Cave B Estate Winery.  Winemaker, Freddy Arredondo, was on hand to pour a selection of his current releases.  I asked him a few questions about Cave B that I would like to share with you… Continue Reading

Let the Good Times Roll!

 Lisa Silver, Cathi Hatch, Dan Gerrity  Master of Wine Monday Guests Last night, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in the elegant Grand Hyatt Hotel hosted our ZINO Society Master of Wine Monday.  We were greeted with a glass of bubbly by Ruth’s Chris Manager and Wine Director, Kris Owens who then gave us the opportunity… Continue Reading