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In the News

You can read a bit about us in the following publications.

November 2013 - Seattle Times/Town Hall Seattle and Seattle Library present Still Crazy)Good) after all this time.  Video by Genevieve Alvarez 
Spend the morning with Cafe Juanita's Holly Smith as she discusses the importance of subtle nuances, consistency and believing in one's self.
http://video.seattletimes.com/services/player/bcpid1815105101001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAAFn2Wfk~,QUqnr01qM6bpNZuy12T2qOqbWE8EnGeJ&bclid=0&bctid=2836707055001
May 2013 - Opinionated About Dining 2013 survey of Top 25 lists Cafe Juanita as #4 in US for Fine Dining Italian Restaurants.

March 2013 - Opinionated About Dining 2013 survey includes Cafe Juanita as #69 in Top 100 Restaurants in the US.

February 2013- Cafe Juanita is nominated as a semifinalist for James Beard Foundation Best Service in the US.

January 2013 - Art Culinaire features Chef Holly Smith and Cafe Juanita's pasta with 9 recipes including the cover.  

August 2012 - Zagat and USA TODAY Road Warriors rank Cafe Juanita #1 Italian Restaurant in Seattle.


July 2012 - the NYTimes pickes up a post about our carne cruda.  
http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/

April 2012 - Opininated About Dining ranks Cafe Juanita as Top 10 Italian Restaurants in US, Top 5 in Seattle

January 2012 - Open Table annouces 100 Best Restaurants in the USA - Cafe Juanita proudly on this list.

November 2011 - 425 Magazine takes a look in Holly's home kitchen

August 2011 - Sunset Magazine Wine Awards - Wine Director and General manager Dawn Smith is nominated for Sommelier of the Year  .

February 17 2011 - James Beard Awards announces long list of semifinalists.  Cafe Juanita selected as Outstanding Restaurant (US) and Outstanding Chef (US)

January 2011 - Fearless Critic released with Cafe Juanita chosen as #1 in Seattle.  Check out this great new guide to local dining complied by food writers, editors and professionals.

January 2011 - Zagat 2011 released - Cafe Juanita rated  #1 in Seattle.

IntheMo has launched - see a video ( done a few years back but still fun)
www.inthemo.com/spots/spots.aspx

Look for Cafe Juanita and Chef Holly on "Best thing I Ever Ate" Fruit on Food Network

Congratulations to Chef Jason Stratton of Spinasse, one of Food and Wine magazine's Best New Chef's.  Jason was sous chef of Cafe Juanita for years and we couldn't be more excited for him!!

It's been announced - Holly's battle in kitchen Stadium will premiere Sunday April 11th.   Watch and see her defeat Iron Chef Cat Cora in Battle Grape

 March/April 2010 -  The April issue of Veranda Magazine  is out - pick up the issue there is a beautiful piece on Holly and the food of Cafe Juanita!

Check out Food Network's website for more information about Chef Holly on Search for the Next Iron Chef - season begins October 4th.

Sound Magazine April/May 2009 Dish off Iron Chef style theme based on the song "Gizzard Scrapple and tripe" Holly declared winner and "queen of giblets" in this cook off featuring offals and various cuts.  read more online.http://gastrolust.com/?p=1283

The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dorenburg

Diversion Magazine - October 2008

Seattle PI - 4 stars - full restaurant review

Seattle Magazine April 2008- Top 10 Restaurants, Rising Star Pastry Chef, Sarah Novesky

Diversion Magazine - top Italian Tables - February 2008

Gourmet Magazine October 2007 - Feature, The Italian Job.  Share Holly's October menu with friends and family.

Seattle Metropolitan June 2007 - artichoke recipe

WWD Scoop - June 2007

Seattle Magazine - Top 10 restaurants April 2007

Diversion Magazine - Top Dining in US by John Mariani - April 2007

The Robb Report - Top 57 Fine Dining Restaurants US - March 2007

425 magazine, restaurant profile - March 2007

Natural Health Magazine - Thanksgiving menu - November 2006

Gourmet Magazine - Top 50 restaurants in the US - October 2006

Portraits of Puget Sound, restaurant profile - May 2006

Food Arts Magazine, mystery basket "ode to the pig"- April 2006

Seattle Magazine, best restaurant issue, Top ten very best restaurants, best service staff, best chocolate cake, best pasta -April 2006

Wine Spectator magazine, best Italian restaurants, 5 New Italian Chefs profiled - March 2006

City Dog Magazine - June 2005

Seattle Post-Intelligencer - 3 1/2stars food, 3 1/2 stars service ~ May 2005

Seattle Weekly - Favorite Restaurants ~ April 2005

Seattle Woman Magazine -Woman Restaurant Owners, Strategy for Success ~ April 2005

Seattle Magazine "Top Ten Very Best Restaurants" "Best Website" "Food Court" ~ April 2005

Sunset Magazine "Restaurants Curing meats in the USA" ~ January 2005

Wine Spectator "Where to Eat in Seattle Wine Country" ~ October 2004

The Stranger, Seattle restaurant review "Seattles Best Restaurant...in Kirkland" ~ September 2004

Sante Magazine "Restaurant FeatureProfile - A Restaurant takes Root" ~ September 2004

Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" ~ 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Zagat survey "Best Italian, #2 Food in Washington" 28food/26service (out of 30) ~ May 2004

Starchefs.com "Rising Star Chef" ~ November 2003

Sunset Magazine "restaurant profile" ~ September 2003

Gourmet Magazine "Best Overall restaurant" restaurant edition ~ October 2003

Food & Wine Magazine "Ten Restaurant Stars. Top Italian Wine Lists" ~ April 2003

Seattle Times "Lesons List - 10 Favorite Restaurants" ~ November 2002

Bon Appetit - Restaurant Thanksgiving - October 2002

Northwest Palate Magazine - In the Kitchen ~ October 2002

Forbes.com - "Ten Chefs with Heat" a line up of the country's most interesting young chefs ~ July 2002

Esquire Magazine "Best Places to Eat Rabbit" ~May 2002

Seattle Magazine "Best Waitperson- Jim Marriott" "Top Three Overall" ~ October 2001

Travel and Leisure "Hot Spots" ~ September 2001

Food & Wine Magazine "Ten Best New Wine Lists in the USA" ~ July 2001

Town and Country Magazine "On the Town" ~ June 2001

Sunset Magazine "Best Reason to Fly to Seattle for Dinner" Best of the West edition ~ March 2001

Bon Appetit "Best New" Casual Seattle restaurant ~ January 2001

Esquire Magazine "Best New Restaurants in the USA" annual roundup of the country's best new restaurants ~ December 2000

Seattle Times and Seattle PI restaurant reviews "3 and 1/2 stars" ~ June 2000