It's the type of story you'd expect out of a movie. Zoe Bartlett, tired of corporate gigs at Microsoft and Expedia and bogged down by problems in her personal life, makes for rural France. There, under the tutelage of a trained chef, she discovers the transformative power of food. Upon returning to Seattle she'd launch a boutique bakery, Wink Cupcakes. Upon selling it she'd dream up a food and wine studio celebrating the Pacific Northwest.
Now Bartlett and Linda Brandt, a former cooking show producer, are making it happen. The duo is opening Intentional Table at 124 Madrone Lane North. Intentional Table is many things, and its model is certainly unique—not only to Bainbridge, but also to Seattle.
They plan to turn over Table to chefs, both professional and otherwise (someone eager to share her grandmother's gnocchi recipe would be welcome, for instance) but it isn't strictly a cooking school. Rather Bartlett describes the Madrone Lane storefront as a "hub"—a launchpad—for exploring the bounty of the Northwest. She's big on connecting with the food community, so will organize outings revolving around regional purveyors. That could mean a dinner series at the source or visiting a farm to milk goats then make the cheese.
"We're making the whole thing about experience," says Bartlett.
Back in Winslow, workshops might focus on food photography, launching a blog, or cookbook writing. Chef demos may take place on the leafy promenade out front, and inside non-perishable wares from Northwest vendors will line the retail portion.