The next Foodportunity, a series of networking events for Seattle food professionals, will take place on Monday, Feb. 6, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave.

A group of local food entrepreneurs and chefs will be available for questions and conversation in the lounge of the Palace Ballroom between 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • Kathy Casey of Kathy Casey Food Studios Liquid Kitchen™, Dish D’Lish®  and cookbook Sips & Apps
  • Kurt Beecher Dammeier of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Maximus / Minimus, Pasta & Co, Bennett’s Pure Food Bistro and cookbook Pure Flavor
  • Jessie Oleson of, CakeSpy shop and cookbook CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life
  • Lisa Dupar of Pomegranate Bistro, Lisa Dupar Catering and cookbook Fried, Chicken and Champagne

Northwest restaurateur Tom Douglas will provide his Palace Ballroom facilities to host the event and serve a selection of appetizers. Additional participating restaurants showcasing and serving bites at the event will include Rover’s and Luc, The Coterie Room, Local 360, The Inn at Langley, Il Corvo Pasta, Harborside ,Volunteer Park Café, and many more. For a complete list of participating companies, visit

Foodportunity, created by Seattle event planner and food blogger Keren Brown, is open to food journalists, bloggers, public relations professionals, restaurateurs, farmers, companies and all food-passionate people.

The event will be sponsored by Metropolitan Market, the area’s premier independent grocer. Its six locations in Seattle, Kirkland and

Tacoma provide one-stop shops for fresh, local, organic and hard-to find items, and monthly, complimentary tastings and events such as its Annual Wellness Fair, going on now through January 29.

Early admission is $25 (including booking fees; $30 at a later date), which includes bites from restaurants and companies. Tickets can be purchased through

The first 40 Foodportunity ticket-holders to send an email to will get a seat at the 8:30 p.m. “speed networking” session led by Julien Perry, Seattle Weekly Food Writer, Chefs Feed Seattle editor and Q13’s Restaurant Correspondent.

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