Former Seattle Weekly editor in chief Mike Seely tied for the win at last night’s prestigious International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Writing Awards for his 2012 cover story, “Murray Stenson’s Accidental Tourists.” He shared top honors in the Writing About Beverages category with Kara Newman for her inspirato.com article “Cognac’s Sultry Soul.”
Murray Stenson pours another.
Seely learned about the win at home in Seattle after he received a text from a former editor in St. Louis. “Hanna Raskin attended the conference and was supposed to scoop up my award for me,” he explains, “but she skipped the ceremony to go dive-barring in Oakland, a maneuver which I wholeheartedly support.”
How did he react upon hearing the good news? “I was upset that I only had beer on hand. My wife was out of town on business and I couldn’t leave the house with a sleeping toddler. Seattle really needs a bourbon delivery service.” He credits Stenson with inspiring the piece: “There are times when a spectacular subject basically writes a profile for you. And there’s no subject more spectacular than Murray Stenson. So I owe it all to him.”