Issaquah memorable moments from 2012 entertain, educate

December 25, 2012

The cast of the national tour of the jukebox musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ performs a song in the Tony Award-winning show. File

Entertainment came to Issaquah in some surprising forms throughout 2012.

Besides the usual retinue on the page, stage and screen, a documentary peeled back the layers at Costco and big-name authors signed books for local readers.

The city hosted celebrities, spotlighted residents on the national stage and celebrated big debuts in recent months. The boldface names earned cred through stints on reality TV, titles on bestseller lists and hardware aplenty — a Tony Award, a National Book Award.

Reality TV plugs in local contestants

Lindzi Cox pursued “The Bachelor” and Lizzie Parker competed for the title “Fashion Star” as local women added grace to reality TV contests.

Cox, a 2003 Liberty High School grad, competed against 24 other bachelorettes to win a rose from the titular bachelor, Ben Flajnik, and reached the final round on the ABC dating game.

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Chef Tom Douglas cooks up Issaquah stop

November 13, 2012

Renowned Seattle chef Tom Douglas is due in Issaquah just before Thanksgiving, to promote a cookbook packed with recipes for treats, including a famed coconut cream pie.

Douglas is scheduled to sign copies of “The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle” at Costco, 1801 10th Ave. N.W., from 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

The cookbook contains 125 recipes for cakes, cookies, ice creams, pastries, pies, sandwiches, tarts and more. Food Network star — and recent Issaquah Costco visitor — Giada de Laurentiis called the doughnuts in the book the “best thing I ever ate.”

Douglas, proprietor of a dozen Seattle restaurants and with more on the way, is the 2012 James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur Award winner — the top honor in the United States for a restaurateur.

Giada de Laurentiis returning to Costco

April 17, 2012

Food Network star and celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis is due in Issaquah soon to sign cookbooks for local fans.

The cookbook author, known for the Italian recipes she prepared on the Food Network show “Everyday Italian,” is scheduled to appear at Costco, 1801 10th Ave. N.W., at noon April 26 to sign “Weeknights with Giada” — a collection of quick and simple recipes.

De Laurentiis last appeared at the flagship Costco in April 2010.

Besides the Food Network gig, the Rome-born de Laurentiis oversees a line of cookware, pasta and sauces.

Giada de Laurentiis to bring book tour to Costco

January 31, 2012

Food Network star and celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis is due in Issaquah soon to sign cookbooks for local fans.

The cookbook author, known for the Italian recipes she prepared on the Food Network show “Everyday Italian,” is scheduled to appear at Costco, 1801 10th Ave. N.W., at noon April 26 to sign “Weeknights with Giada” — a collection of quick and simple recipes.

De Laurentiis last appeared at the flagship Costco in April 2010.

Besides the Food Network gig, the Rome-born de Laurentiis oversees a line of cookware, pasta and sauces.

Celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis visits Issaquah on Friday

April 23, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 23, 2010

Food Network star, celebrity chef and cookbook author Giada de Laurentiis will sign copies of her latest book at the Issaquah Costco on Friday afternoon.

The diminutive de Laurentiis — best known for the Italian recipes she prepared on the Food Network show “Everyday Italian” — will appear at the flagship Costco to promote “Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California.”

The appearance runs from 4-6 p.m. at the warehouse, 1801 10th Ave. N.W. The store expects a large crowd, and a store employee said some fans could line up hours early for the afternoon appearance. Call the warehouse at 313-0965 for additional information.

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