Monthly Archives: July 2011

Here Comes the Bride!

Proud father John Rindlaub with Bride Susan

Yesterday afternoon, Ken and I attended the wedding of Susan Rindlaub and Alex McKay at the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park

We arrived with Jimmy and Patty Barrier and it was fun to see many friends and acquaintances at the wedding.

Susan and Alex exchange vows

It was a beautiful day and bright sunshine shone on the bride and groom (maybe a bit too sunny for a few who were sitting in the sun during the service).  Jimmy Barrier and Ken proceeded down to the seating area a bit early in order to scope out a few seats in the shade, so I’m not sure whether we actually sat on the “Bride’s side” or the “Groom’s side” of the aisle, but decided that we will be friends of both in the future anyway so that it really didn’t matter.

It was a lovely ceremony, very personal and full of warmth. The officiant was Phillip Manginelli, Pastor, Mill Creek Foursquare Church and he had a wonderful way of making everyone comfortable and at ease throughout the ceremony.  One of my favorite parts is when the father of the bride walks her down the aisle to join her groom at the altar.  John Rindlaub and his beautiful daughter, Susan, made a touching picture as they walked down the long staircase towards the rest of the wedding party at the bottom of the amphitheatre.

Mr. & Mrs. Alex McKay

Some of the challenges of the ceremony were a little wind that threatened to blow over the screen behind the wedding party, the noise of screaming sirens as ambulances sped by and the roar of the helicopters hovering overhead waiting for the start of the Seafair Torchlight Run and the Seafair Torchlight Parade which was scheduled the same day .  At one point when the KOMO helicopter was hovering overhead biding time, Colleen Brown, the CEO of Fisher Communications, whom we were sitting next to along with her husband, Guy, texted her office to ask that the helicopter move away from the wedding.  Later I heard that Patti Payne had also called her contacts at all three of the main news stations to request their help in moving the copters away if possible.  Whether it was Colleen’s and/or Patti’s urging or just luck, the helicopters finally did move and hovered a distance away.

Beautiful Bride, Susan

John and Sarah Rindlaub’s other two daughters, Alison Rindlaub Chester, Matron of Honor and Julia Rindlaub,  Maid of Honor both participated in lightly roasting their sister during the toasts after the ceremony.  Alex‘ brother, Cory Cote, went straight for the jugular, and had everyone laughing out loud as he recalled in excruciating detail some of his little brother’s childhood and teenage antics.

We had to leave before the dancing got into full swing, but it looked as if the party was going to continue for some time!  Best wishes Susan & Alex!

Ken and Father of the Bride, John

Virtual Vino LIVE! Kicks Off

Detlef with ZiZi, Cathi, Roger, Brian

This week, we finally got enough of the moving pieces together to produce our first three Virtual Vino LIVE! wine tasting shows.  Blaine Millet and I have been working on this on and off for many months.  Our celebrity tasters were Detlef Schrempf, former Seattle Supersonic, and Roger Reynolds, Co-Founder of Coldstream.

Providing the “glue” for the interview format was radio host, Brian Calvert, who did a great job of keeping us on task as we tasted three different wine flights for the three different shows.  First we blind tasted three Merlots, second we tasted four Cabernet Sauvignons and last we tasted four Roses.

Brian Calvert overseeing the blind tasting.

Our responses to the wine were intended to be “uncorked and unscripted” which seemed to be easy since none of the wines were bad wines and all were very drinkable.  Part of the program called upon us to guess the retail price of the wines we were tasting without seeing what they were.  We each had our turn guessing the retail price and holding up our guess for the “audience” to see.  Detlef, who is very funny and kept me laughing throughout, was right 90% of the time and couldn’t resist pointing it out to everyone by saying ‘Winning!” in his German accent as a good imitation of Charlie Sheen each time his white board was the closest to the price.  Plus, though both Roger and I would post an even price such as $25 as our guesses, Detlef would write an odd price such as $14.85 and he would be right!

Detlef, Cathi, Roger giving our tasting opinions

ZiZi, our little Yorkshire Terrier seemed to be quite taken with Det and spent her time trying to get him to pick her up and hold her.  The juxtaposition of his towering heighth and her miniscule frame was amusing to see together.

The charities that we were supporting with our participation on Virtual Vino LIVE! were the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the YMCA of Greater Seattle, Todd Stabelfeldt Foundation, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Outdoors for All Foundation.

Blaine and I look forward to getting this set up so we can produce several shows each month and support the wineries in generating more revenue which will in turn supprt the selected charities.  Thank you Roger and Detlef for agreeing to be the guinea pigs!!  Cheers!

From Ping Pong to Passwords

Cathi Hatch and Mary Holmes strike a pose

Last night Mary Holmes and I attended the TechFlash Annual Ping Pong Tournament and Summer BBQ event hosted by Puget Sound Business Journal at SoDo ShowboxMary and I enjoyed connecting with new and old friends at the event.  We also had fun trying out event sponsor, Microsoft Bing’s photography booth.  See the photo we took there complete with feather boa props. 

Funny aside . . . We had just met Gordon Prouty, new, dynamic PSBJ publisher earlier in the day when we went to his office for a business meeting with Colleen Allison to discuss our upcoming September 13th ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum plans.  Shortly after I drove away following the meeting, my cell phone rang and I answered (hands free of course!) and Gordy was on the other end of the line saying he had retrieved my pearl earring that had fallen off my ear while in his office and that he would bring it with him to the TechFlash event which he knew we were attending.  I felt a little bit like Cinderella who had left her shoe at the ball!  When I arrived at the event, everyone that greeted us was worried about connecting me with Gordy so I could get my earring back, which of course happened the moment that we finally saw one another.  Thank you Gordy!

Now back to the TechFlash event.  There were serious ping pong contenders including friends Patti Payne and Angie Lepley though mostly there were just men playing.  Angie made it through four rounds before elimination.  I’m not sure how many rounds Patti lasted but I could see that she was a contender, when she had a very determined set of her chin and a flash in her eyes when she picked up a paddle and challenged me to a game. We also ran into past publisher of PSBJ, Emory Thomas and his wife, Laura, and ZINO Society member, Gary Ritner of Puget Sound Venture Club.   I had to leave before the final rounds were played, but could see the level of competition was definitely heating up. 

Terrence Owen, Bartender Extraordinaire

My next stop was Tavern Law on Capital Hill.  I ran into Ken right outside the door and we walked in together to what appeared to be a pretty normal busy bar.  But what was especially fun, is that we then entered the “secret” area of the bar through a large black vault door and climbed up a dark and winding set of stairs once we whispered the correct password in the phone receiver next to the door.

We met Mike Kunath, who had arranged the evening’s agenda and was sitting at the bar with Debbie Peppa. Once we sat down to join them, Terrence Jackson, our “Bartender Extraordinaire”, asked what kind of drinks we usually liked and then he took complete license to make what he wanted to make but what he thought we would like.  I told him that I like Mai Tais so my drink came served in a hollowed out fresh coconut and contained Jamaiican rum, brandy, almond syrup, spicy habenera essence and I am not sure what else.  He had made a happy face with droplets of Angostura Bitters and orange peel ears. Once I had sipped the drink a couple of times, Terrence returned with a lime wheel that he had drenched in 151 proof Cruzan rum to float in my drink which he then set alight.  Spectacular!  The drink was actually delicious and the secret bar would be a fun place to bring a group of girlfriends too.

From there we jetted to Madison Park to try the new restaurant, Madison Park Conservatory, which is in the same location of the old Sostanza Restaurant.  When we arrived, we said hello to friends Susan & Phil Lindsay who were outside on the terrace enjoying the warm evening and ran into other friends inside including Dave Whitlock and Sean Leukel.  The Chef/Owner is Cormac Mahoney, who came out and introduced himself to us. 

The menu, which changes every day was chock-a-block full of unusual menu items including grilled beef tongue, squid stuffed with Oregon lamb, sweetbread summer succotash, octopus bolognese, and braised pork cheeks.  None of us were brave enough to order any of those items, but settled instead for Alaskan long line halibut, Oregon natural strip loin and pan-fried Idaho trout after nibbling on Dungeness Crab deviled eggs and Dabob Bay oysters with mignonette sauce. We were all impressed with the strong flavor profiles of the food.

Something that each member of our party commented on was the notice at the bottom of the menu informing diners that the bread is complimentary but there is a $3 charge for extra virgin olive oil or butter.  Olive oil was automatically brought to our table and I forgot to look at the guest check at the end of the evening to see if we were really charged for it or not.  I have seen this practice of charging for bread and butter in Europe, but this is the first time I have run into it here in Bellevue or Seattle.

The wine list was also very unusual.  In looking at their red wine on the list, I estimate there were around 30 different choices, most of which were French or Italian wines that I had not heard of before and only one of which was actually a Washington Cabernet Sauvignon which we promptly ordered.  I did ask their sommelier about that and she responded that she doesn’t like Washington wines because they are too fruit forward with too high of an alcohol content to pair with the food.  Of course, not ALL Washington wines are like this.  Though I have to admit that I do like to drink some of those very fruit forward wines, there are many wines in our state that have been made more in the Old World tradition with balanced fruit and tannins that are also delightful to drink.

We arrived home at around 11:00 pm just in time for me to hunker down at my computer in order to follow up and set appointments with several of our job finalists who are interested in filling our open Operations and Dealflow Manager position at ZINO Society.  And then finally, when I couldn’t keep my eyes propped open a moment longer, I finally ended the evening at around 1:30 am and went to bed to dream about ping pong balls and passwords.

Happy Birthday Kjell and Keely!

Jimmy, Cathi, Ken, Joe, Tim, Kjell, Patty, Keely

Last night, we were the guests of Patty & Jimmy Barrier at Bis on Main in Bellevue to celebrate the birthdays of our dear friends, Kjell Schei and Keely Jared who are engaged to be married in January, 2012.  Patty brought great wine to share including a 1998 Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux and a 1999 Col Solare, plus guest gifts and for their birthdays, relationship advice books (?!) for Kjell and Keely.

The food was fantastic!  I had a delicious troll-caught salmon with a buerre blanc sauce while Ken had a great New York steak with garlic mashed potatoes.  Kjell ordered one of my all-time favorite menu items which is the garlic chicken.  Jimmy struck the jackpot by asking for extra vegetables with his salmon and was rewarded with a heaping plate of the fattest whole sweet peas in pods that I have ever seen.  Jimmy shared and they were unbelievably good!

Joe Vilardi with new Bis on Main Cookbook

 Bis on Main owner, Joe Vilardi, was leaving the parking lot when Jimmy and Patty pulled in just in time to see him driving away in a big BMW.  Barrier Motors represents many dealerships (Mercedes, Porsche, Audi and Volvo), but BMW is not one of them.  When Joe arrived back at the restaurant at the end of our dinner, we included a picture of him with our group along with Tim Shea, Restaurant Manager.  Joe looks a bit sheepish after all the kidding he received about his choice of wheels.

Joe also showed us his new Bis on Main cookbook which has recently been published.  I haven’t had a chance to look through it yet, but am looking forward to it.

Another great evening with friends!  Thank you Patty & Jimmy!

Welcome to the World, Andrew Hatch!

Proud Grandpa Ken holds Andrew

Last night, we visited Ken’s new grandson at the hospital as we were on our way to Festival of the Fountains.  His name is Andrew Hatch and he is a big boy at 8 pounds, 14 ounces.

He was born yesterday morning, just a few hours after his parents, Alicia & Michael Hatch and brothers, Jackson and Spencer, along with Ken and I had joined friends, Norma & Fred Crosetto for an authentic Mexican dinner at their lovely new home in Renton.  Bob & Pam Crosetto were also on hand for the dinner. 

Norma was born in Mexico and knows how to cook “real” Mexican food.  Since I grew up in the Southwest, I was in heaven eating her homemade salsa, slow cooked pork in spicy chipotle sauce, chicken enchiladas, refried beans and Mexican rice.  I am a real Mexican rice aficianado and Norma’s was the best I have ever tasted!  But, I diverge from my primary story . . .

Norma warned Alicia, who was several days past her due date not to eat the spicy chipotle sauce, but Alicia, who was very tired of being pregnant did so anyway.  I think it worked!  As they left the dinner party, Alicia began hard labor and Michael drove directly to the hospital where little (big?) Andrew was born within just a few hours.

Cathi cuddles Andrew

Ken and I are so excited to welcome him into the family.  Both Michael and Alicia  looked tired, but very happy.  We are thankful that Andrew appears to be in perfect health and is another beautiful boy to add to the Hatch clan.

Congratulations Michael and Alicia!

Festival of the Fountains #45

Posing with a “Nitini” Last evening Ken and I attended the 45th annual Festival of the Fountains fundraiser for the Pacific Science Center.  As we arrived and walked the red carpet up the walkway to the event, there were young, enthusiastic science docents showcasing science exhibits every few feet to the check in desk. Upon arrival,… Continue Reading

Catching up with Old Friends

Susan Neumann, John & Susan Von Hagen,Gary Neumann, Cathi & Ken Hatch This week, it was so much fun to connect with old friends.  We had dinner at the fantastic Book Bindery restaurant owned by friend, Michael Almquist.  The food was spectacular and Luciano was our server for the second time in three visits and… Continue Reading

Take Me Out to the Ballgame . . .

 Fans Ken Hatch & Gary Glant Last night Ken and I, along with around 25 other guests who had purchased this “opportunity” at the recent ARCS Auction met the group at MOHAI and then boarded a private coach to be driven to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma for the Rainiers’ baseball game.  Mikal Thomsen, husband… Continue Reading