A few introductions are in order: Among the people you’ll encounter in this issue are this year’s crop of Next Hot Chefs, five up-and--coming culinary stars under the age of 35. Seattle Met’s food and restaurant team approached the selection process as if they were -MacArthur genius awards. You can’t apply, but we solicited nominations from chefs and diners, then made anonymous visits to restaurants and careful inquiries with the nominees’ bosses and colleagues. The result is a delicious foray into the most inventive and flavorful treatments of Northwest ingredients, graced with regional and international touches. Best of all, you can meet the winners in person—and taste their creations!—at our Next Hot Chefs party on June 4. 

Then there is Dean Graziano, who figured there had to be a better way to enjoy a rock concert than to view it through the sea of fans holding up their smartphones to record the event. His Lively app lets music fans download professional-quality concert recordings after the fact rather than film their own lousy-sounding ones with grainy focus and other people’s smartphones in the picture. It keeps musicians happy because the videos show them at their best, and it keeps fans happy because they can sit back and enjoy the show. 

A more serious undertaking has been launched by Jennifer Dietrich, proprietor of a Capitol Hill cosmetics and skin-care business. Spurred by increasing numbers of crime and assaults she started Out Watch, a block-watch organization that’s attracted volunteers and the support of businesses in the neighborhood, all with the goal of helping everyone in the community feel safer. 

If any more proof was needed that Seattle is full of enterprising people who spot a need and step in to fill it, consider Pramila Jayapal. Her epiphany came in the days just after 9/11 when she began to hear stories of violence against Muslims and other ethnic groups. As a newly minted U.S. citizen, she felt determined to launch a campaign against hate crimes, an endeavor which ultimately grew to become one of the largest immigrant advocacy organizations in the state. Now, having extended her advocacy to appointments on the mayor’s minimum wage task force and his police chief search committee, she’s taking another step in her trajectory: running for state senate. 

Lastly, our feature this month on the Chambers Bay golf course, shows how some dreamers in Tacoma set out to transform an old gravel pit into one of the country’s few links courses, and attract the U.S. Open tournament in record time. 

Okay, turn the page and start mingling.

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