Did You Know?

Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu - and although Hawaiian - should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers.

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion.

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

Subscribe via email
Twitter
Where Else Am I?

  

 Instagram 

Tags
#8TerribleTitles (1) #TalkLikeAPirateDay (1) #YABPirateTalk (1) 2012 (1) 2013 (2) 2014 (1) 4th of July (1) 7 Days (1) A to Z Challenge (26) Abbi Glines (1) About Me (6) Advice (4) Agent Feedback (1) Agents (12) Ally Carter (1) Ally Condie (1) Alphabet Survey (1) Amazing Dinner (1) AMC (1) American Library Association (2) Anniversary (1) Apps (1) April (1) Author Interviews (2) Awesome Editor Lisa (1) Banned Book Week (5) Banned Books (2) BEA (1) Best Reads (7) Beta Readers (1) Bikini Boot Camp (2) Bitterblue (1) Blog Break (1) Blog Me MAYbe (8) Blog-o-versary (2) Blogs (1) Book Covers (2) Book Deal (1) Book Hop (1) Book Stores (2) Book Surveys (1) Books (5) Books To Watch (1) Borders (3) Brenna Yovanoff (1) Bridgid Gallagher (3) BTR (1) BTS Reads (1) Caffeine Free (1) Campaigner Challenge (1) cancer (2) Carrie Ryan (3) Cassandra Clare (2) Chapter Books (5) Chaptering (1) Character Building (1) Children's Bestsellers (1) Children's Sales (1) Chris Weber (1) Coming Soon (2) Contemporary (2) Contests (9) Courtney Summers (4) Cover Reveals (1) CP's (5) Cracked Up To Be (1) Creativity (1) Critique Groups (2) Deadlines (1) Deals (2) Dear Teen Me (2) Disney-Hyperion (5) Divergent (1) Early Chapter Books (5) E-Books (1) Editing (2) Edits (2) Elizabeth Briggs (1) End of Year (1) Erin L. Funk (6) Faction (1) Fall For Anything (1) Favorite Imaginary Worlds (1) Favorite Reads (1) Favorites (6) Fire (1) Fireworks (1) First Lines (1) First Page Contest (1) Flash Fiction (3) Fletcher & Company (2) Follow-up (1) For The Glow (2) Friday Fives (15) Friday Funnies (1) Friday Ponder (1) Gayle Forman (2) Getting Published (2) GGetting Published (1) Giveaway (25) Goals (3) Goodreads (1) Graceling (2) Great Reads (1) Halloween (3) Happy Holidays (1) Harriet Beecher Stowe (1) Heidi Sinnett (1) HON (1) HyperionTeens (1) IBBA (9) IMDB (1) In Memory (2) Inspiration (22) Insurgent (2) Interviews (4) It's Coming! (1) J. K. Rowling (1) Jaime Morrow (6) James Dashner (2) Jandy Nelson (2) Jennifer Echols (1) JJames Dashner (1) Job Opportunities (1) John Green (1) Judith Engracia (1) July 1st 2013 (2) June 2013 (1) Kami Garcia (1) Kathryn Holmes (1) Kelly Loy Gilbert (1) Keyser Söze (1) KidLit.com (1) Kiersten White (2) Kris F. Oliver (2) Kristin Cashore (2) Launch (1) Laura Hillenbrand (1) Lauren Oliver (1) LGBT (1) Libraries (1) Lisa Grubka (1) Liza Dawson and Associates (1) Logline (1) Love YA! (1) Maggie Stiefvater (2) Marci Lyn Curtis (1) Mark Twain (1) Mary Kole (1) May (1) Mazatlan (1) MG (2) Michael L. Printz Winner (1) Michelle Hodkin (1) Middle Grade (5) Miss Snark's First Victim (3) MMy Reviews (1) Mom (2) Month Recap (2) More Than Music (1) Mr. Agent Man (5) Muse (5) Muses (1) Must Go (1) My Agent (3) My Reviews (47) My Sister (1) My Vacations (1) Naming your Novel (1) NaNo (3) NaNo Madness (1) NaNoReviseMo (1) NaNoWriMo (1) New Releases (2) New Website (1) Nonfiction (6) NOTG (6) November (1) NYT List (1) On The Island (1) On Writing (2) One Year Anniversary (1) Online Presence (1) Outlines (1) P.C. & Kristen Cast (1) Paper Hangover (2) PicMonkey (1) Picture Books (5) Pitches (1) PitchFest (2) Pittacus Lore (1) Poetry (1) Pop! Goes The Reader (1) Publication Date (2) Pumkins (1) Pumpkins (2) Query Letters (9) Querying (3) QueryTracker (3) Ramblings (1) Random Facts (2) Ray Villafane Studios (2) Readergirlz (1) Reading (29) Reading Mutiny Challenge (2) Ready Set Write! (1) recipes (1) Regine's Book (2) Research Tools (2) Revising (3) Revisions (12) Rewrites (1) Richelle Mead (4) Robert Frost (1) Rock the Drop (4) RTW (11) Running (6) Sara Biren (1) Sarah LaPolla (1) Sarah Ockler (6) SCBWI (1) Scholastic (5) Secret Agent Contest (2) Secret Project (3) Shelley Watters (1) Simone Elkeles (2) Six-Word Memoir (1) Sold! (2) Sookie Stackhouse (1) SOS (1) Spring 2016 (1) Spring Writing Bootcamp (13) Starbucks (1) Stephanie Perkins (1) Stephen King (1) Stephenie Meyer (1) Submission (1) SUMMER OF SLOANE (3) Summer Reading Challenge (3) Super Agent Lisa (5) Suzanne Collins (4) SYTYCD (1) TBR (2) Team Rainier (9) Teen Literature Day (1) The Bucket List (1) The Dark and Hollow Places (1) The Dead-Tossed Waves (1) The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1) The Harvard Comma (1) The Herb Farm (1) THE LUCKY FEW (5) THE ONE THING (1) THE RAVEN BOYS (1) The Sky Is Everywhere (1) The Sweet Sixteens (1) The Vincent Boys (1) The Walking Dead (1) the Write-Brained Network (1) This Is Not A Test (2) Title Change (1) Top 150 Bestsellers (28) Top Ten (3) Tracey Garvis-Graves (1) Transitional Readers (2) Travel (1) Treasure Hunt (1) Twitter (1) Two Roads (1) Unread (1) USA Today (28) Vacations (1) Vampire Academy (4) Veronica Roth (3) Versatile Blogger Award (1) Veterans Day (1) Video (1) Walk The Plank Challenge (1) WB Network (1) What's Up Wednesday (3) WHERE THE WATER FALLS (6) Wine (1) Winners (2) WiP (16) WOC (1) Word For The Year (1) Word Sprints (4) Would You Rather? (1) WOW! (1) Write-Brained Network (1) WriteOnCon (3) Writer Websites (1) Writerly Advice (6) Writerly Friends (1) Writers (1) Writer's Block (2) Writer's Campaign (1) Writer's Digest (1) Writer's Platform (2) Writing (21) Writing Communities (1) Writing Conferences (1) Writing Goals (7) Writing Process (1) Writing Resources (1) Writing Tips (6) WTWF (15) WWriter's Campaign (1) X Words (1) y (1) YA (8) YA Bestsellers (49) YA Book Club (2) YA Book Donations (1) YA Buccaneers (10) YA Contemporary (1) YA Reads (38) YA Sales (1) YA Trends (1) YAB (1) YAHighway (1) YALSA Best Sellers (2) YAwesome Writers (1) Young Adult (7) Zest Books (4) Zombieland (1) Zombies (2)
I'm a member!

Where In The World?

Entries in Chris Weber (1)

Sunday
May192013

Dinner: The Herbfarm

So a slight departure from anything writing related - but since food is also a huge passion of mine, I just had to share this!

My husband and I had the great pleasure of dining at The Herbfarm last night - and for those not familiar with this amazing establishment, it's a culinary feast, where the entire menu is cultivated around a seasonal theme that rotates every month or so.

And the theme for May? 

Salmon Nation *click to see the menu in full description

Hands down, this was one of the most spectacular meals I've ever had - and I think it may have just bumped itself up to my #1 all-time top dining experience. Ever.

Yes, it was that good. And why exactly?

First, the food: 4.5 hours and six amazing courses, each featuring a different preparation of salmon, accompanied by two dessert courses - and all paired with hand selected wines from around the world. The head chef, Chris Weber, who at 27 years old, is the youngest chef overseeing any of America's 42 5-Diamond restaurants - and he's absolutely amazing. He even came out and spoke to each table after dinner...and I couldn't help it when I told him what an honor it was to be in the presence of someone who is doing what they're truly meant to be doing...I didn't know how else to describe it, but to see how much passion he had with all the little details, it was just crazy.   

Second, the wine: My husband and I are still learning all the ropes around great wines, so this was a wonderful opportunity for us to talk to their sommelier, ask questions, and learn how the perfect pairing can make any meal a stand out dish. And after six glasses? Well, it was a good thing my husband was driving us home!

Third, the story: It all started when Lola Zimmerman grew too many chives in her garden and decided to sell them on the side of the road. Eventually it grew into a business that her son, Ron, along with his wife, Carrie, now oversee. Carrie even starts the night off with a retelling of the back-story and a short tour of the property, along with a quick Herb Lesson 101 - then she and Ron even work the floor throughout the entire night, helping to serve the food and just make sure all of the guests are enjoying themselves.

Really, the beginning and how it all started is such a wonderful story and you can read all about it here.

Fourth, the staff / service: In addition to Ron, Carrie, and Chris - the ENTIRE staff at The Herbfarm was impeccable and the service, unparalleled. Every single detail was thought of, right down to our car waiting for us as soon as we walked out the door (without even telling them which one was ours!).  

And fifth, the accolades: 

 AAA 5-DIAMOND AWARD (HIGHEST RATING: 1 OF 42 IN AMERICA)

 MOBIL TRAVEL GUIDE FODOR'S BEST

 HIGHEST RATING: BEST PLACES SEATTLE BEST PLACES NORTHWEST

 HIGHEST RATING: THE SEATTLE TIMES

 HIGHEST RATING: SEATTLE PI

 FROMMER’S WASHINGTON STATE (HIGHEST RATING)
 

Of course, I had to snap pictures of everything, including each course:

Collage details: Top picture: part of The Herbfarm gardens, 1: Skin 'n' Bones, Roe 'n' Mo', 2: Belly Up!, 3: Headin' Down, 4: Folly of Red Salmon, Basil the Pig (he's their composter, not part of dinner!) 5: Behold, The Copper King, 6: Cheese, Please, Our table setting, 7: When Lilacs Bloom, 8: Twinkie and Daiquiri and my husband, Neal. *A BIG thanks to Bridgid Gallagher for recommending PicMonkey.com to do my great picture collage - and sharing a wonderful tutorial video over on her blog today! Seriously, folks, it's like Instagram. On steroids. No joke!!!

Net / net: I can't recommend The Herbfarm enough and can tell you, Neal and I will DEFINITELY be going back. So if you're ever in Seattle, it's definitely a must - and you know you'd best promise to let me know you'll be around my neck of the woods, too! 

I hope you all had as much of a wonderful weekend as I did. Tell me, have any of you been to The Herbfarm or had a similar dining experience??? Please share so I can add more great places to my list!