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Coal was king in Black Diamond, a small town about 25 miles southeast of Seattle along the Cascade Mountain range. Russell Lee [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

When Italian immigrants fueled the coal mining industry

A century ago in Black Diamond, Wash., the freight trains arrived empty twice a day and twice a day they left, loaded with coal. Railroad assistant...
Angelo Pellegrini, shown here circa 1985, celebrated good food, wine and the culture of the table. To ensure his legacy, friends and family created the Pellegrini Foundation which focuses on awareness and education in four fields: agriculture, viticulture, culinary arts and literature. (Pellegrini Foundation)

Pellegrini Foundation: Celebrating the legend of an American buongustaio

The list of honorees reads like a who’s who among Seattle’s culinary elite: Armandino Batali of Salumi; food marketer Jon Rowley; Frank Isernio,...
Essential Baking co-founder George DePasquale loves sharing his passion for making bread, whether with customers in one of the company's four cafes or in one of his popular baking classes. (Cara Kennedy Photography)

Essential Baking Company embodies the measure of success

The smell of freshly baked bread is arguably one of the world’s most sublime aromas. A British study last year found that the smell of baking bread...
Journalist and author Gloria Steinem was interviewed recently about her new book, "My Life on the Road," by Terry Tazioli, co-host of public television's Well Read.  (Well Read)

Terry Tazioli takes television viewers inside the hearts and minds of today’s writers

The love of words has fueled much of Terry Tazioli’s 40-year career. He’s been a print reporter, newspaper editor, television producer and news...
John Croce, founder of Pacific Food Importers and its retail counterpart, Big John's PFI, was a pillar of Seattle's Italian-American community. Both businesses are well-known for their extensive selection of imported food offerings at wholesale prices. (Seattle Times)

Big John’s PFI offers Seattle food lovers a cornucopia of imported delights

In an industrial area just south of downtown Seattle, under the shadow of CenturyLink Field and down the street from several auto repair shops, sits...
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi (right), executive director of Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre with Actor Tom Skerritt was one of the many guests who joined Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi and his team to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ACT Theatre in October. (John Ulman)

Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi transforms local theater into a thriving cultural center

Charming, energetic and passionate about the arts, Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi has been a shot in the arm for Seattle’s ACT Theatre since he joined the...
Seattle architect Fred Bassetti, seen in this 1960 photo, was committed to designing a more inviting cityscape, advocating for buildings that flowed with the landscape

Fred Bassetti leaves Seattle with rich architectural legacy

Perhaps no single architect has had a more profound influence on the buildings and public places that defined 20th-century Seattle than Fred Bassetti...
Seattle based architect and artist Iole Alessandrini. Photo courtesy of: gabrieladenisefrank.com

Artist Iole Alessandrini explores relationship between space and light

The interplay between light and space fascinates Seattle artist Iole Alessandrini. Her complex site-specific installations use controlled...
Former Seattle resident and current Umbrian chef Jennifer McIlvaine prepared a sausage dish with Walla Walla onions in a cooking demonstration held this September at the popular Cannara onion festival

A love of onions brings two cities together

This is the story of two cities on two continents brought together by a visionary corporate executive and a mutual love of onions. In December, if...
The stylish noir thriller, "The Ice Forest" by director Claudio Noce, will be one of the films screened at this year's Cinema Italian Style, to be held November 12-19 in Seattle.

Cinema Italian Style takes center stage in November

The very best in Italian contemporary film is the hallmark of Cinema Italian Style, a film festival that runs November 12–19 in Seattle. In just a...

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