Adriatic Grill, Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar - Tacoma
John Howie Steak House - Bellevue
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar – Bellevue
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar - Seattle
SPORT Restaurant & Bar – Seattle
John Howie was born
in Chicago and moved to the Seattle area in the late 1960’s,
beginning his culinary career at age 15. His training ground was
many of Seattle’s finest restaurants.
As opening chef at Palisade in June of 1992 and during his ten-year
tenure, the restaurant gained the status of Seattle’s premier
special occasion destination dining spot.
John gained notoriety for bringing unique, specialty foods to the
Seattle table. He originated the use of planks for restaurant
service and launched a culinary website "plankcooking.com". John has
also authored two cookbooks for plank cooking, "The Cedar Plank
Cookbook" and “The Plank Cookbook”.
On March 11, 2002 he opened Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar in
Bellevue – a culmination of his dream to showcase the best of the
Pacific Northwest in both quality and preparation, in his own
John and Seastar have been honored and praised in many publications,
radio and television shows both locally and nationally including
Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, Sunset, Martha Stewart Living, CBS
Early Morning Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, Food Network,
Wine Spectator, Sunset Magazine, and KING TV 5 Evening Magazine. The
restaurant received the highest rating in the Zagat Survey for “Top
Cuisine – Seafood” and “Top Cuisine - Raw Bars” in a city lauded for
its seafood establishments, as well as top ratings in “Most
Popular”, “People Watching”, “Power Scenes”, “Service” and “Décor”.
Other food honors include AOL City Search Best Seafood, top honors
from the Seattle Weekly, WHERE Magazine, Haute Picks and The Best of
Washington. Seastar has also garnered top honors at the Crystal
Beverage Awards, taking home “Best Bar Program” - AWARD OF PRESTIGE
and “Best Wine List (301 - 1000 Selections)” - AWARD OF PRESTIGE.
The restaurant’s wine offerings have repeatedly been recognized with
the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence, by Wine Enthusiast
Magazine and the Washington Wine Restaurant Awards.
In January of 2005 John joined forces with several sports celebrity
investors and opened SPORT Restaurant & Bar – a high tech sports
restaurant that serves everything from Kobe beef burgers and thin
crust pizza to prime steaks and meal-sized salads. This casual yet
sophisticated restaurant is outfitted with huge HDTV’s as well as
personal televisions, which allow guests the option of watching
events of their choice from the privacy of a booth while dining.
SPORT features a specially outfitted broadcast table where celebrity
interviews and pre- and post-game shows for the Sonics and Mariners
He launched Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar in early 2008
with partner Chef Bill Trudnowski. Located in Tacoma, Washington,
the restaurant features fresh seasonal cuisine from the countries
that border the Adriatic Sea. It has been honored with a 2011
Washington Wine Certificate of Recognition, as a restaurant building
support of the Washington wine industry.
John started 2009 by opening a spectacular new Seastar Restaurant &
Raw Bar in Seattle on January 27th – within the 2200 Westlake
project and a short walk to Seattle’s downtown retail, arts and
theater corridor as well as Seattle Center. Located adjacent to the
Pan Pacific Seattle Hotel and upstairs from Whole Foods Market, the
restaurant includes a spacious dining area seating 150, a separate
bar seating 50, a private dining room and outdoor “al fresco”
On September 12, 2009 he opened a signature steakhouse – John Howie
Steak, located at Bellevue’s ultra-chic shopping area known as “The
Shops at The Bravern” (anchored by such luxury stores as Neiman
Marcus, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo and Jimmy Choo Shoes). The
9,000 square foot venue features two private dining rooms and a
piano lounge. Guests can look forward to an incredible dining
experience with hardwood grilled USDA Prime steaks; Chateaubriand
and Rack of Lamb served tableside; artisan cheeses; the Northwest's
best selection of single malt scotches and cognacs; and a grand
selection of Washington and international wines by the bottle, or by
the glass from the Enomatic wine preservation systems. John Howie
Steak was featured in June, 2012 on KCTS 9’s popular television show
Check Please! where it received high praise as a guest favorite.
Chef Howie has been honored with an invitation to cook at the
prestigious James Beard House in New York City on six separate
occasions (the latest being November 28, 2012) and represents
Washington State annually at the SuperBowl in The Taste of the NFL.
He is a repeat guest at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, the Naples
Food and Wine Festival, and has been a guest chef on Holland America
John has just authored a beautiful hardbound cookbook titled Passion
& Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table, released on November 30,
2011. With almost 250 recipes and over 80 gorgeous color shots, Chef
Howie shares from the heart stories, recipes, thoughts and tips that
have guided him throughout his career.
A major philanthropic force within the community, John is the
recipient of a rarely bestowed Excellence Award from the mayor of
Bellevue recognizing his outstanding commitment to charitable
giving. Working with several local groups such as Food Lifeline,
Hopelink and Overlake Service League, John focuses on giving back to
the community in a meaningful way, supporting the fight against
hunger, education, the arts, human and animal rights, and the fight
against disease. Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar is honored to be the
winner of the Washington Good Neighbor Award and John has donated
over $800,000 in time, services, gift certificates and in-kind
goods, generating over $3,000,000 in charitable giving to date.
|While you are at
the demonstration, check out Chef Howie's new book "Passion &
Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table" Chef Howie will be
answering questions and autographing copies in between shows!
& Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table
Award winning chef
John Howie, a man known as much for his spirit of generosity as his
award winning fare, shares recipes from his restaurants and for life
in his book, Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table. This
gorgeously photographed, hardbound book, printed on fine-quality
coated stock, includes guest and family favorites from Seastar
Restaurant and Raw Bar, John Howie Steak, SPORT Restaurant & Bar,
and Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar.
Each recipe was tested numerous times by a dedicated team of over
300 volunteer home cooks and food enthusiasts to make sure that all
were kitchen friendly at any level of expertise. Testers gave a
wholehearted response to the many cooking tips that John offers
within the book’s pages as well as the wine pairing suggestions by
Howie’s close friend and Company Wine Director Erik Liedholm. His
recommendations include those for a “life is too short” pick as well
as a “just because it’s inexpensive, doesn’t mean you’re cheap”
As Seattle restaurateur Maria Hines says: “John’s food is as warm
and soulful as his heart and as focused and driven as his mind. This
cookbook is well rounded to use at home for every season and for
every occasion. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!”
Those thumbing through the pages are bound to get caught up in tales
of Howie’s childhood, his reflections on community giving and the
stunning shots of his dishes. His bigheartedness is mirrored in his
“never say no” philosophy of contributing, and over the years John
has quietly provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of in-kind
donations, generating several million dollars of charitable giving.
He has orchestrated hundreds of philanthropic events such as a
recent “Stone Soup” food drive for Food Lifeline and an annual
Thanksgiving Day dinner that feeds an average of 500 needy at a
three-course, sit-down meal fully staffed by volunteers.