New and Improved Seattle Met

By Katherine Koberg May 22, 2013 Published in the June 2013 issue of Seattle Met

This monthSeattle Met’s City Guides, the pages devoted to restaurant and event listings, have a new look.

The Dining Out section begins as always with a review of a new and talked-about restaurant written by Kathryn Robinson, one of the very few remaining critics in town who dines anonymously, visits unannounced, and pays for her meals. In addition to our frequent features Dish Deconstructed (a chef’s explanation of ingredients and methods in a signature entree) and Pour (trends; profiles of Seattle distillers, brewers, and vintners; anything drinkable), food and drink editor Allecia Vermillion will contribute to a menu of bar reviews, bargain eats, infographics, and a column called News Feed. The food team has a well-deserved reputation for breaking news on our Nosh Pit blog, so News Feed will capitalize on its most popular posts with a roundup of openings, restaurant news, and culinary events. (Even the competition refers to our bloggers as “scoopsters.”) Lastly, in place of rotating capsule reviews, we’ll draw from the hundreds of restaurant recommendations at to provide seasonal and themed lists—for June there are restaurants with views and outdoor patios (fingers crossed for sun!). 

As of this issue, On the Town introduces more ways to take part in Seattle’s rich abundance of arts and entertainment. Arts editor Laura Dannen, with the help of assistant editor Seth Sommerfeld, will still highlight the top events in Met Picks, and now, Culture Calendar will deliver an essential guide to getting an arts fix every single day of the month. We’ll be tracking shows that are sure to sell out, one-night-only concerts, breakout performances, theater and dance festivals, movies and TV shows tied to Seattle. The section will be salted with web favorites such as interviews with local performers, artists’ tools of the trade, events under $25, sports, and more. And of course, a comprehensive calendar of event listings will be available online, updated daily. 

As further demonstration of our commitment to Seattle’s cultural life, Greenroom will continue to appear every month carrying profiles of artists and behind-the-scenes stories, and in Mudroom our reporters will check in with prominent performers passing through town— don’t miss the chat with 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan, who’s coming to the Neptune on June 14. We’re also beefing up our arts coverage with an increased emphasis on features: This month it’s an oral history of Almost Live, the sketch comedy show that birthed Bill Nye the Science Guy, outshone Saturday Night Live, and defined Seattle’s sense of humor for 15 years. 

One more thing. The end of June marks one year since Seattle Met joined forces with the political website PubliCola. It was a precarious time for its editors, Josh Feit and Erica C. Barnett, and even though the magazine’s desire for more substantial political coverage and their need for a home seemed the basis for a no-brainer partnership, I’m not sure any of us could have predicted how well things would work out. Today, their relentless reporting on the mayor’s race, the legislature, and civic issues from aPodments to the arena has grown our web traffic exponentially with a vocal, engaged readership and made Seattle Met the city’s most significant source for civic life, while acquainting PubliCola’s loyal following of political nerds with wider swaths of the city. Case in point: We’ve scheduled a mini festival of political films selected and introduced by the mayoral candidates at the Northwest Film Forum in July. Happy anniversary, PubliCola at Seattle Met.


Published: June 2013

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