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.

Out of Office

How to Throw a Team Outing That's Legitimately Fun

Because poorly planned work outings are worse than pointless conference calls.

08/20/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Review

Samara Forges Elegance in Fire

A handsome Sunset Hill dining room lays claim to flame.

08/20/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Party Practitioners

Caterer Extraordinaire Lisa Dupar Can Make That Happen

Elaborate themes? Far-flung family recipes? It takes more than that to faze the region’s longtime catering pro.

08/20/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Good-Time Titans

Seattle's Crazy Party Central Is...Canlis?

How the fine dining restaurant puts together such epic parties.

08/20/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Book It

Seattle's Best Private Rooms for Primo Parties

Bypass the beige banquet hall and get down in one of these private spaces.

08/20/2019 By Jaime Archer and Allecia Vermillion

Cover Story

Party Time, Excellent: The Ultimate Guide to Entertaining in Seattle

Let the good times roll—a guide to the ice luges, catering choices, and personality-packed private rooms that will ensure your celebration is a total blast.

08/20/2019 Edited by Allecia Vermillion Photography by Taylor Castle

Editor’s Note

Life of the Party

Sometimes you need to declare your own cause for celebration. And maybe rent a crane.

08/20/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Coming Soon

New Bar La Dive Brings Natural Wine and Frozen Drinks to Pike/Pine

Bring on the frojolais; this place sounds fun as hell.

08/02/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Editor’s Note

A Mountain of Thanks

Making a magazine—like climbing a mountain—isn’t something you do alone.

07/23/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Review

Dacha Diner Channels Fond Food Memories—and Seasons Them Perfectly

It's not exactly a diner, nor really a Jewish deli. Still, it's one of the most winning new restaurants in town.

07/23/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Rising Stars

Seattle's Next Hot Chefs 2019

Five ascendant chefs. One fierce and talent-filled dining scene.

07/23/2019 By Rosin Saez and Allecia Vermillion

Mind Blown

Jerry Traunfeld Just Sold Poppy to the Owners of Altura

One of the Northwest's landmark restaurants will end its run—and be reinvented by another topflight Seattle chef.

07/15/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Savvy Promos

Here's How to Recycle Your Amazon Prime Day Packaging for Free

A local operation called Ridwell will help those blue and white envelopes and filmy plastic air pillows find a purposeful new existence.

07/12/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Steakation (All I Ever Wanted)

Cowabunga Brings Meat and Music to Portland This Weekend

Did you know Seattle Met's annual three-day food bender has a doppelganger to the south?

07/11/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Sadness

Little Uncle Is Going Up for Sale

It's not closing just yet, but the end of khao soi gai is nigh.

07/08/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Order Up

The Team Behind Damn the Weather Will Open Champagne Diner in Interbay

Deep-cut Seinfeld references, fancy tuna melts, and legit cocktails will converge upon the former Citizen Six space.

06/28/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Expansion Mode

Brendan McGill Plans a Roman-Style Pizza Bar Downtown

Bar Taglio will sell sturdy squares of Roman-style pie and offer "a little oasis" at First and Marion.

06/27/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

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