Deputy Editor

Allecia Vermillion oversees all things food and drink at Seattle Met, from cover packages to restaurant reviews, and narrative long-form features to breaking blog news. In Seattle, this can mean anything from imagining breweries as high school yearbook superlatives to eating a $200 foie gras–studded hot dog and pondering what it all means. 

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.

The Shade Index

7 Unforeseen Consequences of Seattle’s Soda Tax

The newly approved tax on sugary beverages, a health measure with a confusing tangle of exemptions, takes effect next year. Cost of soda will go up. Number of cavity fillings will go down. And things could get weird.

07/17/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Collabs

The Chef at David Chang's Momofuku Ko Is Coming to Cook at Canlis

On July 25, Sean Gray and Brady Williams will let fly one impressive long-format tasting menu.

07/11/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Expansion Mode

Brian Clevenger Will Expand His Italian Realm to Eastlake

There's no name, yet, but get ready for plenty of pasta and a menu reminiscent of Vendemmia.

07/11/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Restaurant Review

Review: Copal, the Beautiful, Wood-Fired Taqueria In Bar Sajor's Old Space

It's the year's most savvy switch-up.

07/11/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Air Fare

9 Questions Answered About the Restaurant Situation at Sea-Tac

While Ivar's battles to retain its spot at the airport, travelers gear up for some cool new food options.

06/26/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Pastry Transitions

The Owner of Niche Gluten-Free Cafe and Bakery Just Bought Crumble and Flake

"After hundreds of 12+ hour days, 32,144 cream puffs, 41,289 croissants, 50,746 smoked paprika croissants, 57,590 kouign amann, 63,850 macarons and thousands of other pastries, I am quite frankly burned out."

06/26/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Sustenance

Here Are 4 New Destinations for Dinner

From Georgetown barbecue to French-Japanese creations in Mount Baker.

06/15/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Review

At Iconiq, Respect the Unexpected

The new French-Japanese Mount Baker restaurant strikes a tricky balance between ambitious dining and the sort of casual neighborhood hang Seattle so enjoys.

06/13/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Cold Stunners

The Best of Seattle Ice Cream 2017

Vanilla? Not so much. Meet Seattle’s colorful new ice cream crop.

06/12/2017 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Olivia Brent

'Tis the Season

10 Quintessentially Summer Things to Do in Seattle

Between outdoor shows and weekend trips, make time for the city’s most elemental summer pursuits.

06/12/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Fleet View

The USS 'Turner Joy' Visits Seattle

An important piece of American military history is hanging out in Lake Union.

06/09/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle Summer

Flavor Hunters: Salt and Straw’s Seattle Ice Cream Takeover

Can Portland’s favorite frozen treat purveyor translate its mix of geekery and wide-roaming creativity to Seattle?

06/09/2017 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

#ComeyDay

Today Only: A Round of Comeykaze Shots at Mioposto

A $5 concoction to help you process the implications of this morning's testimony (or temporarily dull the panic that gnaws, ever-deeper at your soul)? Lordy, I hope there are tapes.

06/08/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Fun With Listicles

The Summer of Frosé (aka Frozen Rosé) Is Nigh

It's going to be everywhere. But here's where to get it right now.

06/01/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Passing Through

Alice Waters Returns, Quietly, to Pike Place Market

The chef who became a seminal voice of eating local and organic visited Seattle to speak at Fred Hutch, but managed to slip down to our own epicenter of seasonal produce for the first time in decades.

05/22/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Around Town

What We're Eating Now: June 2017

This month’s favorites: Persian stews, Thai noodles, and craveable, colorful health food.

05/22/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Kathryn Robinson

Rising Stars

Seattle's Next Hot Chefs 2017

Five big talents, one bright dining future.

05/16/2017 By Kathryn Robinson, Allecia Vermillion, and Rosin Saez Photography by Amber Fouts

Fun With Listicles

Smoke and Fire: 5 Superb Seattle Barbecue Joints

Take heed—one of the city's best goes on hiatus at the end of the month.

05/15/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Market Makeovers

Explainer: Pike Place Market's New MarketFront Wing

Seattle's iconic emporium gains a many-angled annex.

05/15/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Closings

Farewell to Young American Ale House and Clever Bottle

Sadness in Belltown, sadness in Ballard.

05/11/2017 By Allecia Vermillion