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Seattle Chef Maria Hines wins James Beard Award

By Sarah Van Schagen

Seattle chef Maria Hines has cooked up an award-winning recipe for success: serve sustainable, organic foods from your local area in a welcoming atmosphere with a neighborhoody feel. The resulting dish? Tilth.

Seattle Chef Maria Hines wins James Beard Award

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Seattle chef Maria Hines has cooked up an award-winning recipe for success: serve sustainable, organic foods from your local area in a welcoming atmosphere with a neighborhoody feel. The resulting dish? Tilth.

Nestled in small green home in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, it’s only the country’s second restaurant to receive organic certification from Oregon Tilth, a distinction that promises 95 percent organic offerings and eco-responsible business practices. And its savory sups just won Hines a coveted James Beard Award—essentially the Oscars of the foodie world.

Curious about her strong commitment to sustainable foods and her advice for cash-strapped organic-food shoppers, I spoke with Hines just after her return from the James Beard Award festivities in New York City.

 

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