Editor at Large

James Ross Gardner is the former editor in chief of Seattle Met. During his time as top editor the magazine won numerous awards, including the national City and Regional Magazine Association's award for general excellence, twice (in 2015 and 2018). While at Seattle Met, James's writing has garnered 14 first place awards from the regional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been a finalist for seven national CRMA awards. His work has also appeared in Esquire, GQ, and The New York Times, among others. He lives in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood.

Light a Fire 2018: Extraordinary Executive Director

Kimerly Rorschach Helps Keep SAM Out of the Red and Into the Infinity Mirrors

Rorschach brought a new vision to the museum at a critical point in time.

05/22/2018 By Stefan Milne

Light a Fire 2018: Emerging Leader

Meet Wing Luke’s People Connector, Christina Shimizu

“I’ve developed a language to learn about my identity—and about my heritage and the history of my family and community here.”

05/22/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Review

Review: Tamari Bar, Capitol Hill’s Vibrant New Izakaya

No matter the hour, Tamari Bar feels like a rollicking late-night bender.

05/22/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Elements of Style

How Seattle Helped to Shape the Man Behind Some of Nike’s Most Rebellious Sneakers

Nike footwear designer Ben Kirschner didn’t recreate retro shoes, he recast them.

05/22/2018 By Rosin Saez

Chomping at the Bit

Wear Your Big Hats and Sip Mint Juleps at These 7 Kentucky Derby Parties

Brush off your huge headwear and bust out the bourbon—May 5 means it's derby time.

05/02/2018 By Grace Madigan

Best of the City

Cheap Eats 2018: 30 Dishes For Morning, Noon, and Night

Costs keep rising, bills are due, and oh my god do you really have to pay parking meters until 10pm now? Here are the city's best places where a relatively small outlay* can carry you through the day.

04/25/2018 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez

Restaurant Review

Review: The Evolution of Joli

Weirdly, it’s the shakeups that put this lovely Ballard dining room on its most solid ground.

04/25/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Ticket Alert

Arctic Monkeys and My Bloody Valentine Shows On Sale This Week

The elegant indie Brits and the shoegaze stalwarts come to Seattle later this year.

04/24/2018 By Stefan Milne

Sponsored Content

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If you’re looking to check out by checking in, Tetherow offers vacation home rentals; you don’t have to go far to get away from it all!

04/04/2018

Editor's Note

From the Editor: Spring Soundtrack

Let some of the city’s brightest podcasters ride shotgun on your April road trip.

03/27/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Awards & Accolades

James Beard Award Nominations Are Out. And Congrats Are In Order.

Here are Seattle's 2018 James Beard Award nominees...

03/14/2018 By Seattle Met Staff

Culture Fix

Things to Do After Work: March 5–9

Learn the history and techniques behind Plateau-style weaving, keep the Amazon debate alive with KUOW, and sing happy birthday to Dino's Tomato Pie.

03/05/2018 By Kaelan Hicks

From the Editor

Central District Casting

The sweat and lofty dreams behind every home move.

02/27/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Air Fare

Skillet, Sunset Fried Chicken Sandwiches Destined for Sea-Tac Airport

Plus Filson and Elliott Bay Book Co.

02/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Met Picks

The Top Things to See or Do in Seattle: February 2018

PNB returns to ‘Swan Lake,’ Seattle Symphony feels the whimsy with ‘La La Land,’ and artist Humaira Abid puts taboo on display.

02/01/2018 By Darren Davis

From the Editor

About That Gender Equality Victory Lap…

We've got a long way to go.

01/31/2018 By James Ross Gardner

The Present Is Female

The 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle

These are the women shaping Seattle, the region, and beyond.

01/31/2018 By Hayat Norimine, Ciara O'Rourke, Rosin Saez, Allecia Vermillion, Allison Williams, Darren Davis, and James Ross Gardner

Ticket Alert

Here's How to Score $10 'Hamilton' Tickets

Register for the #HAM4HAM lottery starting on Sunday, February 4 for the chance to get your hands on the hottest ticket in town for next to nothing.

01/29/2018 By Kaelan Hicks

That New New

Barkada Brings a Blend of Island Flavors to Edmonds

Tom Douglas alum Brian Madayag throws down Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, and Guamanian food alongside a lineup of tiki drinks inside his new restaurant.

01/17/2018 By Rosin Saez