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.

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode Four Recap: Shota's Loose Center

Things get raw in an episode covertly sponsored by a swarm of bees.

9:32am By Allecia Vermillion

Bucket-Based Dining

Shota Nakajima Will Reopen Taku as a House of Fried Chicken

Karaage will rule the menu when the Top Chef contestant's Capitol Hill bar returns in May.

04/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle Dining Guide

Seattle’s Best New Restaurants, Continued Surreality Edition

Great meals forged in chaos, from finessed fine dining to a double dose of bagels.

04/12/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode Two Recap: Shota Rocks Lobster

“I looked left and right, no one locked eyes with me. And then I looked down and I saw Shota.”

04/09/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Up With Pizza

Inside Moto’s Enchanted Cottage of Detroit-Style Pizza

At this West Seattle newcomer, the setting is unlikely, but the pizza is unreal.

04/07/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode One Recap: Shota Gets the Bird

In which Seattle chef Shota Nakajima is down, up, and all about duck.

04/01/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Sugar rush

10 Sweet Bakery Day Trips from Seattle

Croissants, churros, and crullers worth a special drive.

04/01/2021 By Allison Williams and Allecia Vermillion

Better Times

Seattle's Future Contains Bars. Cool New Bars.

Here Today promises beer and views and sunshine. Inside Passage will plunge you to the bottom of the sea (with a cocktail).

03/29/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

New Terroir

Canlis Says Farewell to Wine and Spirits Director Nelson Daquip

The man who brought the restaurant its first James Beard Award is headed to LA.

03/23/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

THE CARBS ISSUE

Carbs: You Know You Want Them

A big guide to Seattle's carbiest comfort food.

03/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

THE CARBS ISSUE

Seattle's 15 Essential Carb Experiences

Buns or Butter: Seattle's greatest achievements in comfort food include destination dumplings, superlative fries, and hyperdelicate pasta.

03/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

THE CARBS ISSUE

Ode to a Scallion Pancake

Go ahead, compare it to heavyweights like pizza and pastries. This comfort superfood holds its own.

03/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

THE CARBS ISSUE

Wallingford's Secret Congee Gives Comfort Food a Clandestine New Look

Hold the chili crisp—this takeout operation treats rice porridge as a canvas for invention.

03/18/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

THE CARBS ISSUE

Umami Kushi's Okazu Pan Rises in Rainier Beach

Harold Fields's savory buns didn’t happen overnight.

03/18/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

THE CARBS ISSUE

7 Seattle Noodle Dishes for a Blessedly Carb-Filled Week

Sunday scaries. Weeknight takeout. Seattle’s got a bowl for every mood.

03/17/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

THE CARBS ISSUE

Take Comfort in Seattle's Upstart Pizza Scene

A vanguard of chefs—from Moon Pizza to Blotto to Dantini and far beyond—have transformed pizza from fallback dinner to prized pursuit.

03/16/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

The Carbs Issue

The Just-Spicy-Enough Origin Story of Beecher's Mac and Cheese

The Pike Place Market icon built its brand on a dash of spice and a smidgen of schtick.

03/15/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Village People

Canlis Channels Summer Camp (and Barbecue) for One Final Pivot

Coming soon: Treehouse tasting menus, outdoor brisket, and care packages from camp. And a remade yurt village.

03/12/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Pasta Vision

Jason Stratton Is the New Chef at Mezzanotte

One of the town's most memorable practitioners of Italian food will cook it once again, in a tucked-away Georgetown dining room.

03/09/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

A Buyer's Guide to the Suburbs

How Shubert Ho Turned Edmonds into a Dining Destination

A town once starved for a scene now boasts Italian, sushi, and even a seafood market.

03/08/2021 By Allecia Vermillion