Tacoma Aroma Flavor is grateful to its many partners who’ve offered support, advice, and encouragement. We couldn’t do this without you!

Chefs & Mixologists
Farmers, Producers, & Markets
Retail Outlets
Sponsors with Grit


Ric Matthies Design: If you’re a fan of Wayzgoose Steamroller Prints, or have a red deck of Tacoma Playing Cards, you’re already familiar with Ric’s artwork. We’re so in love with the Tacoma “Spoonscape” he designed for us, we’re tempted to have it tattooed!

Genevieve Denise Photography: Genevieve honed her visual story-telling skills through years of capturing weddings, fashion shows, farm-to-table imagery, brand photography, and more. Visit Genevieve’s Instagram & Facebook pages for a glimpse into her colorful world.

Chefs & Mixologists

We have a wonderful lineup of recipe contributors for Tacoma Aroma: Savor the Flavor! These chefs and mixologists are committed to bringing you Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal, Sustainable food and beverages in their eateries, bars, and kitchen classrooms: 

Deanna Bender-Hicks | Over the Moon Café
Jason Alexander | Devil’s Reef
Chris Keil | en Rama
Jan Parker | Jan Parker Cookery
Jon Maley | ChūcH
Jackie Casella (Fender) |
Kris Blondin | Amitie Wine Company
Jennifer Johnson | Happy Belly Restaurant + Juice Bar
Blake Lord-Wittig; Alex Russo | De La Terre (permanently closed)
Blanca Rodriguez | Pimienta Bistro & Bar
Alex Anton | The Mill Restaurant & Sports Bar
Shawn Tibbitts
| Tibbitts@Fern Hill
Hudson Slater | Asado Cucina Argentina
Derek Bray | The Table
Elisa Marzano | Marzano Italian Restaurant
Aaron Grissom | Moshi Moshi
Yu Nanakornphanom | INDO Asian Street Eatery
Charlie McManus; Jacqueline Plattner | Primo Grill
Thad Lyman; Katie Doherty; Will Rieck | Brimstone PNW Smokehouse; Brix 25°; NetShed No. 9
Douglas Hudson | Table 47

Check out this map of restaurant locations!

Nonprofit Organizations

25.3% of the profits from Tacoma Aroma Flavor books* will go directly to local 253 area code nonprofits in five categories: Arts, Education, Human Services, Animal Welfare, and Nature Conservancy.

For the first book, we’re partnering with two organizations that make a huge difference in the 253 community:

The mission of Emergency Food Network (EFN) is “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse, and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.” Serving as the center of Pierce County’s emergency food effort, EFN obtains, produces, transports, processes, and stores food and non-food essentials for distribution to 76 food pantries, meal sites, and shelters throughout Pierce County.

EFN provides 13.9 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food annually to families and individuals in need. There are 1.3 million visits to food pantries and meal sites in Pierce County each year – and 56% of these visits are children and seniors! EFN makes sure these hungry families and individuals receive the nutritious food they need to stay healthy. For every $1 donated, EFN provides 5 meals to a family in need.

Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region uses thrift store revenue, community support, and their training campuses to provide career skills, other education, and job placement in a variety of career fields. Goodwill’s programs help people with limited income, disabilities, and disadvantages overcome barriers to employment.

As a result of Goodwill’s training and placement programs, people are offered office, culinary, catering, retail, custodial, warehouse, transportation and logistics careers across Washington. This year alone, Goodwill Industries will help 8,500 people with education, job training and placement so they can become independent self-supporting citizens.

*Yes, that’s a plural. The plan is for this to be a series!

Retail Outlets

Get your Tacoma Aroma goodies! Here’s where you can find vinyl stickers and colorable postcards featuring the Spoonscape:

Located in the heart of downtown, Stocklist Goods & Gifts works hard to bring you the best Tacoma has to offer! You’ll find fabulous gifts, souvenirs for folks near and far, beautiful jewelry, and fantastic customer service. Stocklist promises to provide a well-curated gift-shopping experience, to show you things you have not seen before, and to wrap it all up in a beautiful package.


Paper Luxe is a mother-daughter team that adores unique greeting cards, gifts for your loved ones (and yourself!), and party décor—including balloons and custom printing options—that you can order online or in person. In addition to the constant influx of fresh, fun items, Paper Luxe offers creative classes and pop-ups at their Fircrest shop. (Check out their sister store next door, The Curious Bear Toy & Book Shop.)


Located on the University of Puget Sound campus in the lower level of Wheelock Student Center, the Bookstore has textbooks and Logger logo gear of course. But you’ll also find sundry art and office supplies, snacks, novels, gift items, and more. Next time you’re on campus walking your dog or grabbing a latte at Diversions Café, pop downstairs and check out what the Bookstore has to offer!


Nestled among a community of shops and eateries at historic Freighthouse Square, you’ll find a treasure trove of gifts and goodies at Adorned Abode. Whether you’re waiting for the Sounder or wandering with friends, you’ll be inspired by the array of travel-related gifts; fun zodiac-themed items; gourmet chocolate, candles & incense, soaps & essential oils; jewelry, houseplants, greeting cards, and more

Petal Home Gift Botanical started by converting a 6th Avenue alleyway garage into a highly curated, cozy boutique. These days, Petal is popping up at local markets with Tacoma-themed products, glass created by Hilltop Artists, succulent-filled pottery, body care products, handbags, and jewelry—not to mention the magical bath robes. Petal’s focus on local and handmade merchandise will delight your 253 heart.

Located in the historic urban village of Proctor, in the North End of Tacoma for over 40 years, The Pacific Northwest Shop offers products from across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. Check out their volcanic ash glass artwork, specialty foods such as smoked salmon and huckleberry snacks, jewelry, books, bath and body products, and decorative items for the home—including a selection of North Coast Indian design products.

>> Follow Tacoma.Aroma.Flavor on Instagram and Facebook for first notice of new publications & swag, and for monthly prize drawings! 

Farmers, Producers, & Markets

Here are some of the ingredient sources our chefs and mixologists recommend:
Adam’s Mushrooms
Dave’s Meats and Produce
East Asia Supermarket
Early Bird Farm
Farmers Markets 
Jack Mountain Meats 
Lilliwaup Oysters
Metropolitan Market
Share the Wealth Organics
Zestful Gardens

Sponsors with grit

Want to get in on this celebration of the 253? To have your logo and website featured here, send us a message to learn about sponsorships!