I first encountered Plum when I was volunteering at KEXP 90.3 FM: before the radio station’s new home was built at Seattle Center, the major giving offices were located upstairs in the Armory, where the food court is. I stopped by Plum Pantry for pre-made salads and sandwiches on my way to my other job, but at the time I didn’t know it was part of a larger group of restaurants owned by Makini Howell. Today, the Plum brand encompasses a vegan bistro, bakery, food truck, pantry, catering and a cookbook. Although the Plum Pantry food is delicious, I’m excited to try something more elaborate.
Fresh, local ingredients make a world of difference in cooking. I’m fortunate enough to live in a place where I have access to farm delivery subscriptions, grocery stores that emphasize family-owned and sustainable operations, and local farmers markets – including the Pike Place Market, which has been operating continuously for 111 years! Diane LaVonne, founder and chef of Diane’s Market Kitchen in Seattle, uses these same ideas to craft meals that are deceptively simple but incredibly delicious.