The people have spoken.

So have the critics.

The people’s choice for Burien’s top chef is Rogelio Rios of the Mark Restaurant.

The food critics picked chef Ryan Nielcen of 909 Coffee and Wine.
Those were the results of the Burien Top Chef competition held March 20 at HomeTask Network in Burien.

All this was a preliminary event for the second annual Burien Bites on Sunday, June 2 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Participants will tour Burien restaurants sampling special bites prepared at each establishment. They will then vote for their favorite bite and the winning restaurant will be awarded the Burien Bites trophy.

Rios won the Top Chef people’s choice award with 56 points for his corn and black bean salsa fresca.

Second place went to 909 with 51 points and Sidestreet Kitchen garnered third place with 44 points.

Top Chef participants sampled dishes prepared at each competing restaurant. Each sampler was given five stones to vote with. They could use all five stones to vote for one chef or distribute them among multiple chefs.

The critic’s choice, Nielcen prepared two dishes—asparagus salad with a cilantro vinaigrette and fettuccine with mushrooms and asparagus.

Name of Robinson Communications winner still top secret

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Discover Burien will be hosting their 2013 Annual Awards Dinner and
Silent Auction Fundraiser March 1, 2012 at the Burien Community Center (14700 6th Ave SW, Burien) from 6 – 10 pm. Tickets can be purchased for $40 in advance or $50 at the door.
The 2012 Leadership awards were selected from nominations from the community and voted upon by the Discover Burien Board of Directors.

The award recipients are as follows:
 Business Leader of the Year – Scott Schaefer, SoKing Media/B-Town Blog
 Student Leader of the Year – Sierra Flanagan, Senior, Highline High School
 Discover Burien Volunteer of the Year – Denise Ferguson
 Team Clean Sweep Recognition of the Year – Alestaire Echavia
 Non-Profit Leader of the Year – NAVOS

Pac, Hwy, hotel backed by Chinese investors

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The City of Des Moines is pleased to announce that permit applications have now been received from Yareton Investment Fund for the luxury Artemis Hotel project to be built on Pacific Highway South.

The development is the result of a trip by former Mayor Bob Sheckler, who met investor contacts while on an outreach effort to China.

The project was slowed during this last year due to additional processing time taken by the federal agency USCIS to approve the Chinese investors’ application for EB-5 foreign investor visa designation.

The investor group has decided to move forward with the permitting process in anticipation of approval. The building will be almost 300,000 square feet and have 235 hotel rooms.

Plans include an authentic four-star Chinese restaurant of a quality and authenticity currently unavailable in the Puget Sound region, as well as an upscale spa and other high-end amenities.

Further details and renderings are available at the Artemis Hotel website


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The City of SeaTac is pleased to announce the opening of SeaTac Market, a multicultural grocery store and bakery. The 10,500 square foot grocery opened to a crowd of 500 people on January 24.

“This is the only grocery store of this size to serve the nearby community,” said Jeff Robinson, economic development manager for the City. “Not only does this market allow the neighborhood to have access to fresh produce and a large selection of grocery items, but it creates a more walkable community where people don’t have to get in the car or on the bus to shop.”

Located in the SeaTac Center on 152nd and International Boulevard, the store is dedicated to a mix of food and grocery options including American, African, Asian and Mexican food, a bakery and coffee shop. The second floor includes a growing collection of furniture from around the world that is for sale.


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WHO: KeyBank is proudly partnering with Highline Community College and United Way of King County to present its eighth annual Super Refund Saturday, a free tax preparation day for local residents who are filing a federal income tax return. Tax filers do not have to be KeyBank customers to participate. Media are welcome to attend.
WHAT: Super Refund Saturday is a one-day event during which community volunteers and banking professionals provide free income tax preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income wage earners and help them identify their eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Maximum refunds resulting from the EITC can range anywhere from $475 to $5,800 for qualifying families, depending on income and family size.
WHEN: February 9, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Highline Community College Outreach Center (Bldg. 99)
23835 Pacific Highway South, Des Moines, WA 98198


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The Des Moines Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous $7,000 grant from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation.

The funds provide the seed money to help pay for a Civic Readerboard to be installed at the Des Moines Senior Activity Center located at 2045 S. 216th St.
The Puget Sound Energy Foundation is a nonprofit entity operating independently of Puget Energy and PSE. None of the foundation’s funds come from PSE’s utility customers.
The Puget Sound Energy Foundation began accepting grant requests in early 2007 and in its first year of operations focused on the Human Services, Education and Environmental sectors. Currently, the Puget Sound Energy Foundation's primary focus of support is Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

The intended use of the energy efficient LED Readerboard is to reach people of all incomes and abilities with civic messages to inform Des Moines citizens and visitors on important community events, services and meetings, emergency management and preparedness and safety topics.


The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce will recognize outstanding businesses and individuals from Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines at the Annual Recognition and Awards Luncheon at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Tukwila, on Friday, January 11, 2013.

The Chamber's Board of Directors will recognize the efforts, commitments and achievements of businesses and organizations that help make the Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila communities viable places to work and live. There will be awards for Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, Business Advocate, Outstanding Community Service and Outstanding Leadership.

The following business and individuals were awarded in the categories for 2012:

A business with more than ten employees and has achieved excellence through innovative business practices, products, and/or employee programs and community commitment.


A very famous name is taking over the real estate franchise network associated with Prudential Northwest Realty.

Prudential Northwest has a real estate office in Olde Burien.

Investor Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway announced Tuesday, Oct. 30 it is buying the franchise network from Brookfield Asset Management. Berkshire and Brookfield will switch agents to a new brand next year.

"We are honored and proud to be entrusted with the use of the Berkshire Hathaway name as our real estate franchise brand" said Mike Gain, president and CEO of HomeServices of Washington doing business as Prudential Northwest Realty. "We will convey the strength of Berkshire Hathaway's reputation and its associated principles of honesty, integrity and financial stability in everything we do.

"They say one is judged by the company that one keeps. In business no one is more respected than Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. I cannot think of anyone with whom I'd rather be associated in business with," Gain said. "At Prudential Northwest Realty, it just keeps getting better."

Seattle-based trucking company announces plans to move south this November

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Graham Trucking, Inc., a local trucking business that operates the largest fleet of super chassis in Washington state, has announced the relocation of its headquarters to the city of SeaTac.

The new four-acre facility, located at 18811 16th Ave South, will accommodate the company’s Seattle staff and enable further expansion for growth.

“From what we can tell the City of SeaTac is the best, most well-run city we’ve ever seen,” said Robert Graham, president of Graham Trucking, Inc. “There is no comparison between SeaTac and other municipalities we’ve worked with. We look forward to moving our business into such a thriving, economically strong community.”

Currently located in Seattle, Tacoma and Federal Way, Graham Trucking serves clients in the Pacific Northwest primarily through intermodal transport, with a variety of modes of transportation to move product across cities and states.

For nearly 30 years the company has performed the majority of their business with large retail chains, construction companies, manufacturers, produce growers in Eastern Washington and seafood companies.


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Premier chiropractic seminar and consulting company The Masters Circle (TMC) has announced that its 2012 Chiropractor of the Year is Dr. Aaron Collins of Collins Chiropractic Burien, WA.

If you want to find out more about Collins Chiropractic, please go to or call 206.242.0998.

This prestigious award recognizes a doctor of chiropractic for their professionalism, integrity, clinical competence, personal growth, practice growth and outstanding achievement in the profession.

The audience which consisted of doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants, nutritionists, other wellness professionals (including personal trainers, acupuncturists, physical therapists and massage therapist) chiropractic college presidents, dignitaries of the profession, his all-star team and his father, who is also a chiropractor, cheered endlessly as their colleague and friend made a gracious acceptance speech filled with passion and emotion.

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