Daily Archives: May 7, 2013

Chef Gordon Ramsay at Caffe Vita!

| May 7, 2013


This time it’s personal. Time flies by, so I can’t remember the exact time frame, but I do remember my friend Brian asking me if I wanted to be on Fox’s hit show Kitchen Nightmares as they were set to visit a business in Seattle. I’m addicted to this show, so of course my answer was a solid, “Yes!!!”.

I didn’t make it onto the list of people who would get that opportunity, but remember looking forward to seeing the show that featured a local business trying to find it’s feet again. I didn’t realize at the time that Caffe Vita’s Phinney Ridge location would be the first meeting place of Yanni’s owner Peter Avgoustiou and Chef Gordon Ramsay!

They do a good job of setting up the scene. Before Chef Ramsay enters Caffe Vita he says, “Of course it’s raining, in Seattle”.

The Chef points out one of a few things we are known for in this city. The narrator continues to point out a second, “Before Chef Ramsay heads to the restaurant, owner Peter, has requested some time alone with him…and where else in Seattle, but a coffee shop.”

…and where else in Seattle, but Caffe Vita. :)

Check out Chef Gordon Ramsay on Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares and the full episode of Yanni’s here.

Alive and Well Documentary

| May 7, 2013


Directed by Josh Taft

ALIVE & WELL is a documentary about the human condition, shown through seven stories of people affected by Huntington’s Disease (HD).

ALIVE & WELL tells the story of seven people engulfed, enraged, embattled and empowered by the effects of one of the ‘unknown’ hereditary diseases: Huntington’s.

Whether they are a renowned scientist battling to find a cure, a young woman who dreams of bearing a child, or a recognized television personality, each character is coming to terms with the reality of Huntington’s Disease in their lives.

This is ultimately a film about people who are looking for hope in their lives. Through seven stories, we bear witness to the questions, struggles and many triumphs in daily life with a chronic disease.

An honest portrayal unfolds through these seven stories, as each person is faced with the challenge of living with a chronic disease instead of dying with one.

Original Score composed by Saunder Stenfert Jurriaans and Daniel Charles Bensi.

Tickets to see Alive and Well: a documentary about Huntington’s Disease at SIFF on May 22nd and 23rd are now on sale! Please join us for the premiere.