Applause - Nov. 18, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

O Wines Founder Stacy Lill was recently named a Puget Sound Business Journal 2013 Women of Influence Award nominee.

Lill co-founded O Wines in 2006 with a mission to fund scholarships and help young women improve their lives through education. In 2012, she sold O Wines to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to help grow the brand nationally and raise even more money for student scholarships. She continues to serve as brand ambassador to raise awareness of the Opportunity for Success Scholarship.  To date O Wines has raised $175,000 and funded more than 53 student scholarships.  Most of the scholarship recipients were the first members of their families to attend college.

Alex Jaffe, a 6th grade student at Wellington Elementary in Woodinville, recently achieved his 3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Alex has been studying the art of TKD since kindergarten. He is the youngest student at Parks TKD.

The Children’s Alliance recently  recognized Sen. Andy Hill as one of its 2013 legislative champions for his work to end childhood hunger. Hill secured additional funding for the State Food Assistance program, which provides grocery money to legally-residing, low-income immigrant families.

"The Legislative Champion Award is the highest honor our organization can give to a lawmaker. The award recognizes strong leadership and clear accomplishment," said Jon Gould, deputy director of the Children’s Alliance. "Senator Andy Hill knows that hungry kids can’t learn. We are pleased to recognize him as a Champion for Ending Childhood Hunger for his work to restore food assistance to families in need."

Sarah James of Woodinville, a graduate of Bothell High School and Chapman University of Orange, Calif., just returned from a month-long tour in Australia with Ricky Martin. Sarah was one of eight dancers who performed with Ricky Martin as he toured through Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Newcastle. She will be in Puerto Rico later this month for a quick tour with Martin.

Sarah has been very involved in the Los Angeles and Northwest dance community. She has been on You Think You Can Dance, performed on American Idol, the Voice and an episode of iCarly.

She teaches classes in LA and San Diego and has choreographed several solo, duet, trio and large group numbers for dance studios in California as well as Washington. She has also participated in runway modeling and modeled for a Seattle clothing magazine.

Berklee College of Music announces that Nalini Krishnan of Woodinville has earned placement on the dean’s list for the summer semester of the 2013 academic year.

A Woodinville High School student, currently attending Cascadia Community College full time, received a milestone award from the  U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol. Col. David Lehman, Washington State CAP Wing Commander, presented Ryan Johnson with the General Billy Mitchell Award.

Johnson has had aspirations of representing his country as an aviator since the first grade.  Everything he has done in school and in extracurricular activities over the past four years has been with the Air Force Academy in mind.  Learning leadership and serving his local communities through the Civil Air Patrol, maximizing his athleticism through inline speed skating and training under the direction of world class skater and Team USA world coach, Vicci King.

Applause - Oct. 21, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

App MooreCourtesy Photo. Pictured left to right are: Denny Fitzpatrick, regional director of operations, Benchmark Hospitality International; Matt Hagerman, general manager, Willows Lodge; Bobby Moore, executive chef, Barking Frog Restaurant, Willows Lodge; Greg Champion, chief operating officer, Benchmark Hospitality International and Ted Davis, chief marketing officer, Benchmark Hospitality International.Benchmark Hospitality International has announced Executive Chef Bobby Moore as the recipient of the 2013 Bob Zappatelli Award for Culinary Excellence. Bobby Moore is executive chef at Willows Lodge, a Personal Luxury Hotel® located in Woodinville. 

Benchmark Hospitality established the award in 2009 in honor of Mr. Zappatelli, the company’s first vice president of food and beverage and a noted chef, who passed away suddenly during that year.

The award is given annually to a member of the Benchmark Hospitality food and beverage department who best exemplifies the extraordinary spirit and legacy of Mr. Zappatelli.

"Bobby Moore is a most deserving recipient of the Bob Zappatelli Award," said Tom Garcia, vice president of operations. "He has achieved remarkable success in the kitchen at Willows Lodge and as importantly, with the property’s guests and service team.

"People drive to his restaurant, Barking Frog, from all over the Seattle area for a dining experience unlike any other in the Northwest.  We are very proud of his success and of his receiving this important award for our company."

Chef Moore has worked in the culinary arts field since age 15.

What helped Chef Moore rise above his competition within Benchmark was his cutting edge creativity and customer service initiatives, involving all areas of food and beverage at Willows Lodge.

Chef Moore oversees the hotel’s restaurant, Barking Frog, its new food truck, the Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen, as well as the Fireside Lounge, Spa at Willows Lodge and many meetings, weddings and special events held on the property.

Chef Moore brilliantly inspires his team at Barking Frog and throughout the property to take the best of the region’s indigenous ingredients, combined with the Northwest’s finest wines and coupled with superlative service, to deliver a dining experience that has transformed the restaurant into a coveted culinary destination within Woodinville Wine Country.

In addition to Chef Moore’s success at Willows Lodge, he has been honored with an invitation to cook at the storied James Beard House in New York City. He received his formal culinary training at the Seattle Central Culinary Program.

Becky (Hasse) Freidig

, formerly of Woodinville, and now a Moses Lake resident, has been recognized by The Pampered Chef with the Excellence in Personal Sales Award, a  prestigious award for personal sales.

Freidig, an independent advanced director with The Pampered Chef, reached a minimum of $60,000 in the commissionable sales of products.

Freidig was invited to attend the company’s annual leadership conference to be recognized for her success in front of thousands of peers.

"I am honored to be recognized for my success with The Pampered Chef,"  Freidig said. "In an economy like ours, it is great to be a part of a company that offers a flexible earning opportunity and real solutions, like low-cost, high-value recipes and products that help families cook at home."

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Applause - August 12, 2013

  • Written by Craig Anderson

EvaSUgradceremonySeattle University Class of 2013 graduate, Eva V. Jacobson, was honored with the English Department McDonald Award presented by the Seattle University School of Arts & Sciences Faculty. "Eva is graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in English and is among the department’s best natural writers," according to the faculty statement. "Her writing is clear, well-organized, detailed, and interesting with a strong jargon-free personal voice. She is an exceptionally acute close reader of passages and uses her close readings to make complex, subtle arguments about characters and ideas. She also accurately reads the theoretical and scholarly literature, understands the theoretical or critical debates that she is joining, and stakes out her own positions in a sophisticated way. She writes powerful exploratory pieces and at all times demonstrates mature intellectual engagement. She exemplifies the kind of academic achievement and intensity that characterizes the McDonald Award."

Graduating Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Honors, Jacobson, a Woodinville High School 2010 graduate, completed her bachelor of arts degree in three years, with a major in English and a minor in women & gender studies. Eva credits her WHS English and AP instructors in preparing her for vigorous studies, while she took advantage of the WHS/UW College in the High School opportunity and AP classes, which made it possible to accelerate the completion of her degree. 

Jacobson, the daughter of  Brenda Vanderloop and Paul Jacobson of Woodinville, just returned from a summer Women’s Studies program in London and the UK and is in the midst of preparations for her graduate studies.

Applause - August 26, 2013

  • Written by Craig Anderson

App IrwinKelly Irwin will attend Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Ariz., beginning August 2013.  Kelly is a 2008 graduate of Woodinville High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in biology. 

Hayden McTavish, 15,  of Kenmore, came home a world champion after two days of head-to-head Pokémon video game battles at the 2013 World Pokémon Championships in Vancouver, B.C. Hayden competed among more than 600 of the most elite Pokémon players from around the world, winning first place in the senior division. Hayden joins a group of only six players to earn the coveted title of 2013 Pokémon World Champion at the invitation-only event. Along with the title, Hayden also earned a scholarship, exclusive Pikachu World Champion trophy, and a travel award to compete at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships next summer in Washington, D.C.

Woodinville student works on cancer vaccines

  • Written by Craig Anderson

App Verburg 03Mark Verburg, a recent graduate of Cedar Park Christian school, had a very interesting and rewarding summer interning for the Tumor Vaccine Group of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

He worked closely with Juan Pablo Marquez-Manriquez, M.D. performing the ELISA, ELISpot and Western blot experiments that aid in the search for immune-based therapies for patients with a high risk of developing cancer. This is Verburg’s second summer interning with the Tumor Vaccine Group. 

He will be attending Boston College in the fall with a planned major in biochemistry along with additional courses that will qualify him for medical school.