Editor in Chief

Allecia Vermillion is only the third editor in chief in Seattle Met’s history. She previously spent eight years overseeing all things food and drink for the magazine, from cover packages to restaurant reviews, and narrative long-form features to breaking blog news. These days, Allecia continues to write restaurant reviews alongside her EIC duties.
 
In 2015 she received the magazine’s first-ever James Beard Award nomination for the origin story of Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte (“OMFG It’s the PSL”); the feature was also included in the book Best Food Writing 2015. She was a James Beard finalist again, in 2016, for her profile about the rise and fall of a promising chef (“The Brief, Extraordinary Life of Cody Spafford”).
 
Allecia grew up in Portland, Oregon, but began her journalism life as a newspaper reporter in the Chicago suburbs, later launching Eater Seattle as the founding editor before landing at Seattle Met in 2011. She has an English degree from Washington University (no, the one in St. Louis) and a masters in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two young kids.

Pasta Hacks

The Trick to Getting a Reservation at Il Nido

Good news for night owls.

06/25/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Pool Parties

This Year, Canlis's Parking Lot Popup Party Lasts All Summer Long

On the agenda every weekend, starting July 12: pizza, cocktails, tiki vibes—even a pool.

06/20/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Sadness

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi Are Closing Trove

The former "culinary fourplex" on Capitol Hill serves its final meat tower at the end of June.

06/20/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Expansion Mode

Tom Douglas and Ethan Stowell Will Open Restaurants in Nordstrom's NYC Flagship

Three big Seattle names, together as one near Columbus Circle.

06/10/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Sugar High

Hello Robin Plans a Second Location at University Village

Let us celebrate with birthday cake cookies and Mackles'mores.

06/06/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Side Dish

Farmstrong Brewing Goes All In on Local Grain

And it definitely wasn’t easy.

05/29/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Review

Aerlume Brings Destination Dining to the Waterfront

Two veterans of Seattle’s high-end dining scene join forces at a Pike Place Market–adjacent spot.

05/29/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Taste Trend

Lucky Santo Is Clean Eating for People Who Don’t Like the Term “Clean Eating”

Nikki DeGidio’s food is free of gluten and dairy, full of flavor, and poised to be a legit dining movement.

05/29/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

News Feed

Seattle Restaurant News June 2019

This month: abundant bagels, a long-awaited Ballard bar, and a rowdy rosé bash.

05/29/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Editor's Note

Summer and the Sound

Society’s collective triumph over the bleakness of winter is the stuff catchy anthems are made of.

05/29/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Expansion Mode

Ethan Stowell Restaurants Acquires Kigo Kitchen

The merger finalized this week; meanwhile, Stowell readies his first NYC project.

05/24/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Opening Dispatch

Mike Easton's Il Nido Is Here

The chef behind Il Corvo turned a West Seattle landmark into a destination for handmade pasta, and perhaps a drink or two.

05/20/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Expansion Mode

Vif's Owners Plan a Wine Shop and Bar on Beacon Hill

One of the loveliest spots in Fremont will spin off a bottle shop and wine bar called Petite Soif.

04/30/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Coming Soon

Erik Hakkinen Plans a French-Inspired Bar in Belltown

Roquette's cocktail list will start with French spirits, and stray emphatically from there.

04/25/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Side Dish

Bellevue’s Xiao Chi Jie Expands Our Soup Dumpling Lexicon

These broth-filled parcels are perhaps the most affordable form of culinary indulgence.

04/23/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Review

At Willmott’s Ghost, Renee Erickson Brings Square Pizza to the Spheres

The Italian menu inside one of Seattle's most stunning dining rooms substitutes Roman-style pizza for traditional pasta dishes.

04/23/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Editor's Note

The Journey Itself

On board the Washington State Ferries you’ll find a buoyant community in every sense.

04/23/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Taste Trend

Newcomers Bring a Taste of Home to Seattle

Hatch chiles. Hotdish. These neighborhood restaurants satisfy yearnings for other regions' signature dishes.

04/23/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Coming Soon

Chicha, a Sibling Tavern to Copal, Will Open Soon in Pioneer Square

The former home of Little London Plane will soon traffic in tamales and carne seca and "lots of different Latin American beers."

04/19/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Changeups

Mean Sandwich's New Owner Has an Oyster Pedigree

A surprising turn of events for one of the best sandwich shops in town.

04/12/2019 By Allecia Vermillion