PNW Cider Awards Winners Announced, Dot’s Charcuterie Closes, and More Food News

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1. The winners of the first Pacific Northwest Cider Awards have been announced. Sixteen judges tasted through 95 ciders from 26 cideries and awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals to winners in 10 categories, plus a “Best in Show” award. The latter went to Schilling Cider Company’s Ginger cider. A complete list of winners can be found online.

2. Dot’s Charcuterie and Bistrot in Fremont, formerly Dot’s Delicatessen, has closed after three years in business. Friday marked the beloved restaurant’s last day.

3. Blue Water Taco has opened a new location at the Seattle Center Armory. The coastal Mexican grill joins Bean Sprouts Cafe & Cooking School, Bigfood BBQ, Ceres Roasting Company, The Confectional, Eltana Wood-Fired Bagel Café, Kabab, MOD Pizza, Pie, Plum Pantry, Quincy’s, Seattle Fudge, Skillet : Counter, Starbucks and Subway at the Armory.

4. Costco is warning its members to toss packages of their Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Black Pepper, as it might be contaminated with salmonella. A rare strain was detected in samples in Texas.

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