Category Archives: Community

Southern Matriarch’s Legacy of Food, Family, and Generosity Lives at Emma’s BBQ

by Jessie McKenna

This article first appeared as the third part of a series of blog posts for Rainier Ave Business Coalition (RainierABC).

Emma’s BBQ has been treating southeast Seattle to the rich and oh-so-satisfying tastes and textures of traditional southern cooking—leaving no expectation unsatisfied—for three years, but the (secret) recipes were created in the actual South by “Momma Emma” Thomas a generation ago and have been passed down to current generations. Some menu items might be a little heart-healthier than they once were, says owner, Tess Thomas. “Through the years we may have tweaked a recipe,” says Tess, but the family gives all the credit to Momma Emma for the flavors of Emma’s BBQ. Continue reading Southern Matriarch’s Legacy of Food, Family, and Generosity Lives at Emma’s BBQ

Premiere of Kubota Garden Documentary Draws Huge Crowd, Prompts Second Showing

by Sharon H. Chang

The crowd was so huge at the premiere of Fujitaro Kubota and His Garden at Ark Lodge Cinemas last week that a second screening was added and some eager theatergoers were turned away. The turnout of 150 viewers was overwhelming, said Joy Okazaki, Board President of the Kubota Garden Foundation which produced the film, but also overwhelmingly positive. “We know that people love the garden and knew telling the story of the garden was long overdue,” said Okazaki, amazed. “This confirmed for us how important it is to get that story out there.” Continue reading Premiere of Kubota Garden Documentary Draws Huge Crowd, Prompts Second Showing

Beaconettes Serenade the Season With Columbia City Caroling

by Carolyn Bick

From declaring that they put the ‘ho’ in ‘holiday’ to cheekily taking Amazon to task to listing the various woes I-90 commuters face, the Beaconettes lit up the Columbia City Gallery on the evening of Dec. 14, performing as part of the Columbia City Caroling Extravaganza. Continue reading Beaconettes Serenade the Season With Columbia City Caroling

Workshop Helps Visually Impaired Create Holiday Scrumptiousness

by Carolyn Bick

G burst into giggles, as the cup he was holding to measure flour tumbled into the bag, sending up a poof of fine, white powder. His workshop teacher, Aileen Mattsen, and fellow workshop student Arushi Mittal, couldn’t help themselves, and burst into laughter. Continue reading Workshop Helps Visually Impaired Create Holiday Scrumptiousness

Partnership Tackles Opportunity Gaps Facing Skyway Youth

by Carolyn Bick

Ryan Quigtar grew up in the Skyway community. Even then, he said, there was a lack of educational and enrichment opportunities for school kids like him. Decades later, this lack of opportunity persists. But as the Executive Director of the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership, Quigtar is now in a place to help do something about it. Continue reading Partnership Tackles Opportunity Gaps Facing Skyway Youth