Ellie Alexander

Ellie Alexander Book Launch Party at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Local mystery author Ellie Alexander, author of the wildly popular Bakeshop Mystery Series, is launching a new collection of stories: the Sloan Krause Mystery Series. Her first book, “Death on Tap,” has just been released, and you’re invited to help her celebrate the publication of this “beery” special book. Ben’s Bottle Shop, a local taproom featuring beers from all over the world as well as some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest craft brews, is hosting a Happy Hour Launch Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Here’s a plot teaser:

When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, and the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington, becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success.

But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in “Beervaria” and suddenly Sloan is on the case.

The launch party will also feature fun prizes and swag—and a chance for you to enjoy one or two of Ben’s hundreds of beers by the bottle or on tap. If you don’t have a book to sign, don’t worry—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore, Vintage Books, will be at Ben’s Bottle Shop selling Ellie’s books so that you can have her sign your copy and then take it home and get cozy by the fire. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8502 E. Mill Plain Blvd., near Smokehouse Provisions, Rally Pizza, and Pines Coffee.

Ellie Alexander Book Launch at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Local mystery author Ellie Alexander, author of the wildly popular Bakeshop Mystery Series, is launching a new collection of stories: the Sloan Krause Mystery Series. Her first book, “Death on Tap,” has just been released, and you’re invited to help her celebrate the publication of this “beery” special book. Ben’s Bottle Shop, a local taproom featuring beers from all over the world as well as some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest craft brews, is hosting a Happy Hour Launch Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Here’s a plot teaser:

When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, and the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington, becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success.

But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in “Beervaria” and suddenly Sloan is on the case.

The launch party will also feature fun prizes and swag—and a chance for you to enjoy one or two of Ben’s hundreds of beers by the bottle or on tap. If you don’t have a book to sign, don’t worry—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore, Vintage Books, will be at Ben’s Bottle Shop selling Ellie’s books so that you can have her sign your copy and then take it home and get cozy by the fire. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8502 E. Mill Plain Blvd., near Smokehouse Provisions, Rally Pizza, and Pines Coffee.

“A Crime of Passion Fruit” Book Launch Party

If you’re a fan of  juicy mystery novels, you won’t want to miss the book launch party for Ellie Alexander‘s (a.k.a. Kate Dyer-Seeley) latest Bakeshop Mystery, “A Crime of Passion Fruit.” Set sail on this cruise-ship-themed party at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, in the transformed café at the former Hewlett-Packard campus, 18110 S.E. 34th St., Conference Building 3/Café, in East Vancouver. Admission is free, but click here to RSVP. Plenty of free parking is available onsite. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the first 100 “passengers” will receive complimentary party favors.

Set sail for a tropical adventure in celebration the release of Alexander’s sixth Bakeshop story, and be greeted with a taste of summer and the sound of steel drums against a backdrop of leafy palm trees. Stroll through the “cruise concourse” where you can sample and shop a variety of tropical vendors. You’ll get to taste selections like mango tango and pineapple passion ciders, smokin’ habañero sauce, coconut rum and Margarita cupcakes, and lime cordial and lush grenadine syrups. Pick up a pair of sapphire earrings made entirely from recycled bottles, a blood orange candle sure to delight your senses, or strawberry and champagne soap to pamper your summer skin. Bring home a tropical stem or create your own bright and sunny flower arrangement, and get a copy of Alexander’s latest book for her to sign.

Snap a picture among palm trees with handcrafted flower leis and post your photo to social media using the hashtag #ACRIMEOFPASSIONFRUIT to be entered into giveaways. Grab a glass of beer or wine at the no-host bar from Tommy O’s and listen to the delightful sound of the steel drum. Then join Alexander and Roger Anderson, host of the Kitchen Counter Podcast, for an author chat on Deck 2. Alexander will give you a sneak peek of what’s next for Jules and her team at Torte as well as an exclusive first look at her new series debuting this fall.

“A Crime of Passion Fruit” Book Launch Party

If you’re a fan of  juicy mystery novels, you won’t want to miss the book launch party for Ellie Alexander‘s (a.k.a. Kate Dyer-Seeley) latest Bakeshop Mystery, “A Crime of Passion Fruit.” Set sail on this cruise-ship-themed party at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, in the transformed café at the former Hewlett-Packard campus, 18110 S.E. 34th St., Conference Building 3/Café, in East Vancouver. Admission is free, but click here to RSVP. Plenty of free parking is available onsite. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the first 100 “passengers” will receive complimentary party favors.

Set sail for a tropical adventure in celebration the release of Alexander’s sixth Bakeshop story, and be greeted with a taste of summer and the sound of steel drums against a backdrop of leafy palm trees. Stroll through the “cruise concourse” where you can sample and shop a variety of tropical vendors. You’ll get to taste selections like mango tango and pineapple passion ciders, smokin’ habañero sauce, coconut rum and Margarita cupcakes, and lime cordial and lush grenadine syrups. Pick up a pair of sapphire earrings made entirely from recycled bottles, a blood orange candle sure to delight your senses, or strawberry and champagne soap to pamper your summer skin. Bring home a tropical stem or create your own bright and sunny flower arrangement, and get a copy of Alexander’s latest book for her to sign.

Snap a picture among palm trees with handcrafted flower leis and post your photo to social media using the hashtag #ACRIMEOFPASSIONFRUIT to be entered into giveaways. Grab a glass of beer or wine at the no-host bar from Tommy O’s and listen to the delightful sound of the steel drum. Then join Alexander and Roger Anderson, host of the Kitchen Counter Podcast, for an author chat on Deck 2. Alexander will give you a sneak peek of what’s next for Jules and her team at Torte as well as an exclusive first look at her new series debuting this fall.

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Book Launch Party for “Fudge and Jury”

Vancouver’s celebrated mystery author Ellie Alexander is throwing another delicious party to launch her fifth Bakeshop Mystery book, “Fudge and Jury,” and you’re invited to attend the Chocolate Festival. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, local chocolatiers, beverage-makers, bakers, and book-lovers will converge on the transformed café at the former Hewlett-Packard campus, 18110 S.E. 34th St., Building 4, in East Vancouver. Admission is free, but click here to RSVP.

Weave your way through a Hall of Chocolate with complimentary bites, sips, and samples. Each chocolatier and vendor will have products available to taste and to purchase. Once you’re in a chocolate coma, visit the full-scale recreation of Torte, the bakery featured in all the Bakeshop Mystery books. Savor a glass of wine or snap a selfie with a gorgeous replica cake straight from the pages of the book. Every guest will receive a complimentary Chocolate Festival bag to stow their treats in, and every guest will be invited to enter their names at the Giveaway Station for a chance to win tantalizing prizes. Local independent bookseller Vintage Books will also be on hand, selling all of Alexander’s Bakeshop books (as well as Kate Dyer-Seeley’s Pacific Northwest Mystery books).

Here are the local businesses that will be on the premises, offering yummy things to sample and products to purchase:

In case you’ve never had the pleasure of reading a Bakeshop Mystery, here’s a teaser: Torte is a small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and suspicious. Business is cookin’ at Torte in preparation for the local Chocolate Festival, and the staff is whipping up up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Life couldn’t be sweeter―unless murder taints the batter. World-renowned chocolatier Evan Rowe dies after sampling a slice of Torte’s decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Can Torte’s owner Jules find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe? Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream?

“Fudge and Jury” Book Launch Party

Vancouver’s celebrated mystery author Ellie Alexander is throwing another delicious party to launch her fifth Bakeshop Mystery book, “Fudge and Jury,” and you’re invited to attend the Chocolate Festival. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, local chocolatiers, beverage-makers, bakers, and book-lovers will converge on the transformed café at the former Hewlett-Packard campus, 18110 S.E. 34th St., Building 4, in East Vancouver. Admission is free, but click here to RSVP.

Weave your way through a Hall of Chocolate with complimentary bites, sips, and samples. Each chocolatier and vendor will have products available to taste and to purchase. Once you’re in a chocolate coma, visit the full-scale recreation of Torte, the bakery featured in all the Bakeshop Mystery books. Savor a glass of wine or snap a selfie with a gorgeous replica cake straight from the pages of the book. Every guest will receive a complimentary Chocolate Festival bag to stow their treats in, and every guest will be invited to enter their names at the Giveaway Station for a chance to win tantalizing prizes. Local independent bookseller Vintage Books will also be on hand, selling all of Alexander’s Bakeshop books (as well as Kate Dyer-Seeley’s Pacific Northwest Mystery books).

Here are the local businesses that will be on the premises, offering yummy things to sample and products to purchase:

In case you’ve never had the pleasure of reading a Bakeshop Mystery, here’s a teaser: Torte is a small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and suspicious. Business is cookin’ at Torte in preparation for the local Chocolate Festival, and the staff is whipping up up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Life couldn’t be sweeter―unless murder taints the batter. World-renowned chocolatier Evan Rowe dies after sampling a slice of Torte’s decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Can Torte’s owner Jules find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe? Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream?

Local Author Fair

The weather’s damp, rainy, and gray—and you know what that means. More time to cozy up with a book! Southwest Washington and Clark County in particular is graced with some extraordinarily talented and prolific authors, covering everything from mysteries to histories to romance. The Camas Public Library invites you to meet our local authors in person at the Local Author Fair, happening at the Camas Library from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The authors slated to attend include Kate Dyer-Seeley (a.k.a. Ellie Alexander) who writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series as well as the Bakeshop Mystery Series, respectively. (Full editorial disclosure: I’m a huge fan! Plus Kate/Ellie is absolutely delightful in person.) Also on the docket are the award-winning Gary Corbin (author of “Lying in Wait” and “The Mountain Man’s Dog”); Jerusha Jones (author of the Tin Can Cozy Mystery Series); Kate Kort (author of “Glass”); Cheryl Linn Martin (author of the Hawaiian Island Detective Club books); and Heidi Renee Mason
(author of “Investigating the Heart” and “Goodnight, Sweetheart”).

Many of these books are available to check out at the library, or you can always purchase them from the North Bank’s fave independent bookstore (and also the largest indie bookstore in Southwest Washington), Vintage Books. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information about the Local Author Fair, call Connie Scott at 360-834-4692 or cscott@cityofcamas.us.

Local Author Fair

The weather’s damp, rainy, and gray—and you know what that means. More time to cozy up with a book! Southwest Washington and Clark County in particular is graced with some extraordinarily talented and prolific authors, covering everything from mysteries to histories to romance. The Camas Public Library invites you to meet our local authors in person at the Local Author Fair, happening at the Camas Library from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The authors slated to attend include Kate Dyer-Seeley (a.k.a. Ellie Alexander) who writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series as well as the Bakeshop Mystery Series, respectively. (Full editorial disclosure: I’m a huge fan! Plus Kate/Ellie is absolutely delightful in person.) Also on the docket are the award-winning Gary Corbin (author of “Lying in Wait” and “The Mountain Man’s Dog”); Jerusha Jones (author of the Tin Can Cozy Mystery Series); Kate Kort (author of “Glass”); Cheryl Linn Martin (author of the Hawaiian Island Detective Club books); and Heidi Renee Mason
(author of “Investigating the Heart” and “Goodnight, Sweetheart”).

Many of these books are available to check out at the library, or you can always purchase them from the North Bank’s fave independent bookstore (and also the largest indie bookstore in Southwest Washington), Vintage Books. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information about the Local Author Fair, call Connie Scott at 360-834-4692 or cscott@cityofcamas.us.

Launch Party for “Caught Bread Handed”

Vancouver’s celebrated mystery author Ellie Alexander is throwing a delicious party to launch her newest Bakeshop Mystery book, “Caught Bread Handed,” and you’re invited. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, local bakers and book-lovers will converge on the transformed café at the former Hewlett-Packard campus, 18110 S.E. 34th St., Building 4, in East Vancouver. Admission is free, but click here to RSVP.

Peruse a local bread market where you can taste a variety of artisan creations, sweet and savory pairings, and actually shop for bread and sauces. Once your bread bag is full, stop in for a refreshing drink at the recreation of Torte—the pastry shop which is at the heart of Alexander’s Bakeshop mystery novels—complete with custom designed floral bouquets, bistro tables, and gorgeous flavored waters compliments of Tier catering. Take your picture in front of the “bread wall” provided by New Seasons Market, and buy your own copy of “Caught Bread Handed” on-site from Vintage Books, and Alexander will be happy to sign it for you. There are more delicious surprises in store, like commemorative edibles and giveaways—but you have to be there to find out!

Here are the local businesses that will be represented, all of whom will offer yummy things to sample and products to purchase:

Launch Party for “Caught Bread Handed”

Vancouver’s celebrated mystery author Ellie Alexander is throwing a delicious party to launch her newest Bakeshop Mystery book, “Caught Bread Handed,” and you’re invited. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, local bakers and book-lovers will converge on the transformed café at the former Hewlett-Packard campus, 18110 S.E. 34th St., Building 4, in East Vancouver. Admission is free, but click here to RSVP.

Peruse a local bread market where you can taste a variety of artisan creations, sweet and savory pairings, and actually shop for bread and sauces! Once your bread bag is full, stop in for a refreshing drink at the recreation of Torte—the pastry shop which is at the heart of Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery novels—complete with custom-designed floral bouquets, bistro tables, and gorgeous flavored waters compliments of Tier catering. Take your picture in front of the “bread wall” provided by New Seasons Market, and buy your own copy of “Caught Bread Handed” on-site from Vintage Books, and Alexander will be happy to sign it for you. There are more delicious surprises in store, like commemorative edibles and giveaways—but you have to be there to find out!

Here are the local businesses that will be represented, all of whom will offer yummy things to sample and products to purchase:

Talk & Taste with Mystery Author Kate Dyer-Seeley

Do you love mystery novels…and baking? Are you hungry for a new series of books to read? Meet local author Kate Dyer-Seeley at the Camas Public Library as she dishes about her books, and talks about her favorite dishes (chocolate hazelnut torte, anyone?).

Dyer-Seeley will be at the library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, to share insights and tantalizing tidbits from her two mystery series: the Bakeshop Mystery Series—written under the name Ellie Alexander for St. Martin’s Press—set in Ashland, Oregon, where pastry chef Juliet Montague Capshaw has returned home to heal her broken heart and run the family bakeshop (recipes included in every novel!). Dyer-Seely is also the author of the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing, featuring a young journalist, Meg Reed, who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

Dyer-Seeley lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub (or maybe all three, one after the other!). The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. The event is free, and free parking is available on the street. For more details, call 360-834-4692 or visit www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/camaspubliclibrary.

Talk & Taste with Kate Dyer-Seeley

Do you love mystery novels…and baking? Are you hungry for a new series of books to read? Meet local author Kate Dyer-Seeley at the Camas Public Library as she dishes about her books, and talks about her favorite dishes (chocolate hazelnut torte, anyone?).

Dyer-Seeley will be at the library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, to share insights and tantalizing tidbits from her two mystery series: the Bakeshop Mystery Series—written under the name Ellie Alexander for St. Martin’s Press—set in Ashland, Oregon, where pastry chef Juliet Montague Capshaw has returned home to heal her broken heart and run the family bakeshop (recipes included in every novel!). Dyer-Seely is also the author of the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing, featuring a young journalist, Meg Reed, who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

Dyer-Seeley lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub (or maybe all three, one after the other!). The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. The event is free, and free parking is available on the street. For more details, call 360-834-4692 or visit www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/camaspubliclibrary.

On Thin Icing Book Launch Party

The party will be a delectable evening where you can meet the author herself, buy a copy of her book or ask her to sign the copy you already have. You’ll also get to see a live demonstration by local pastry chef and cake artist Kristina Cortez-Marchessault of Tier…and sample her sweet creation. Bonus: seven lucky readers will go home with the fabulous custom cakes featured in Cortez-Marchessault’s cakescape. Here’s what else is on the menu (besides the cake-cutting at 7 p.m.):

  • Wine and small plates available for purchase
  • French macarons available for sale
  • Vintage Books in the club room for book sales
  • Author signing until 8 p.m.
  • Cakescape giveaway; no purchase necessary but must be present to win
  • Complimentary beverage station featuring Alpine Apple Cider and Oregon Chai
  • Host Missy Maki—author of the blog Mrs. Maki Cooks—chats with Alexander and Cortez-Marchessault

To learn more about Alexander and her Bakeshop Mystery books, visit www.bakeshopmystery.com, or follow Alexander on Facebook and Instagram. Cellar 55 Tasting Room is located at 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver.

Above image: detail from the cover of “On Thin Icing.”

On Thin Icing

Do you like cake? And do you like really good mystery novels? Then you’re on thin icing, my friend…delicious, delicious icing. “On Thin Icing” is the wonderfully punny title of local author Ellie Alexander’s newly released book, the third installment in her Bakeshop Mystery series. Celebrate the book’s release at the book launch party, happening at Cellar 55 Tasting Room from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7.

The party will be a delectable evening where you can meet the author herself, buy a copy of her book or ask her to sign the copy you already have. You’ll also get to see a live demonstration by local pastry chef and cake artist Kristina Cortez-Marchessault of Tier…and sample her sweet creation. Bonus: seven lucky readers will go home with the fabulous custom cakes featured in Cortez-Marchessault’s cakescape. Here’s what else is on the menu (besides the cake-cutting at 7 p.m.):

  • Wine and small plates available for purchase
  • French macarons available for sale
  • Vintage Books in the club room for book sales
  • Author signing until 8 p.m.
  • Cakescape giveaway; no purchase necessary but must be present to win
  • Complimentary beverage station featuring Alpine Apple Cider and Oregon Chai
  • Host Missy Maki—author of the blog Mrs. Maki Cooks—chats with Alexander and Cortez-Marchessault

To learn more about Alexander and her Bakeshop Mystery books, visit www.bakeshopmystery.com, or follow Alexander on Facebook and Instagram. Cellar 55 Tasting Room is located at 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver.

Local Author Ellie Alexander at Three Creeks Library

Local author Ellie Alexander will be visiting Three Creeks Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, to talk about her incredibly popular Bakeshop Mystery Series. Treats will be provided by Deda’s Bakery and local indie bookseller, Vintage Books, will be on hand for guests who’d like to purchase either of the cozy mysteries in this series: Meet Your Baker and A Batter of Life and Death.

Alexander’s most recent Bakeshop Mystery, On Thin Icing, will be released on Dec. 29, but she is ready and willing to give fans a sneak peek inside the book. Alexander—known for her wit and charm when making personal appearances—will talk about her newest novel as well as her earlier books. To learn more about Alexander and the Bakeshop Mystery series, visit www.bakeshopmystery.com.

The event is free and no RSVP is necessary. Three Creeks Library is located at 800 N.E. Tenney Road in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver.

Ellie Alexander at Three Creeks

Local author Ellie Alexander will be visiting Three Creeks Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, to talk about her incredibly popular Bakeshop Mystery Series. Treats will be provided by Deda’s Bakery and local indie bookseller, Vintage Books, will be on hand for guests who’d like to purchase either of the cozy mysteries in this series: Meet Your Baker and A Batter of Life and Death.

Alexander’s most recent Bakeshop Mystery, On Thin Icing, will be released on Dec. 29, but she is ready and willing to give fans a sneak peek inside the book. Alexander—known for her wit and charm when making personal appearances—will talk about her newest novel as well as her earlier books. To learn more about Alexander and the Bakeshop Mystery series, visit www.bakeshopmystery.com.

The event is free and no RSVP is necessary. Three Creeks Library is located at 800 N.E. Tenney Road in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver.

Above image: detail from the cover of On Thin Icing.

Book Launch Party for “A Batter of Life and Death”

Local mystery author Ellie Alexander—author of the popular Bakeshop Mystery Series that launched last year with “Meet Your Baker”—will be celebrating her newest release, “A Batter of Life and Death,” with an official book launch party on Tuesday, June 30, at Cellar 55 Tasting Room. Guests will watch pastry chefs from the Northwest Culinary Institute go head-to-head in a deliciously sweet dessert battle straight from the pages of the book with Torte Chili, Amaretto Dream Cookies, and Bavarian Chocolate Cake. “Celebrity” judges will critique each student’s offering and you’ll get to sample everything and vote for your favorite, too. (Full disclosure: the editor of North Bank Now is one of the judges!)

A complimentary beverage station will be provided by McSteven’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate, Oregon Chai and Stash TeaTier Catering will be selling its delectable handcrafted macarons. Wine and small bites will be available for purchase by Cellar 55. And of course, Vintage Books will be selling copies of “A Batter of Life and Death” and “Meet Your Baker.” Enter a raffle for giveaways such as a wine tasting party, a pastry class with Tier, a behind-the-scenes tour of Portland Center Stage, and an alfresco dinner for six with Alexander herself. Here’s the best part: it’s all free! RSVP to EventBrite.

Batter of Life and Death Book Launch Party

BatterofLifeandDeathCoverCome celebrate the launch of A Batter of Life and Death, the second book in the Bakeshop Mystery Series penned by local author Ellie Alexander, and watch pastry chefs-in-training from the Northwest Culinary Institute go head-to-head in a deliciously sweet dessert battle straight from the pages of the book. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, Cellar 55 Tasting Room will host the “Take the Cake” challenge, where five student chefs will cook up their own spin on three recipes from A Batter of Life and Death: Torte Chili, Amaretto Dream Cookies, and Bavarian Chocolate Cake. Local judges (including this editor!!!) will critique each student’s offering based on taste, presentation, and creativity. You’ll get to sample, vote for the your, and watch live baking demonstrations.

Judges are pastry chef Kristina Cortez-Marchessault, co-owner of Tier; The Columbian’s food blogger Kelcie Kromminga; Amanda Shaver with the Happy Little Apron, and North Bank Now editor Monika Spykerman (that’s me!). A complimentary beverage station will be provided by McSteven’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate, Oregon Chai and Stash Tea. Tier will be featuring and selling their delectable handcrafted macarons. Wine and small bites will be available for purchase by Cellar 55. Vintage Books will be selling copies of A Batter of Life and Death and Meet Your Baker.

The icing on the cake? A bevy of incredible giveaways, including:

  • A wine tasting party for fourteen with Veraison Wine Events
  • An exclusive pastry class with Tier
  • A private behind the scenes tour of Portland Center Stage and coffee and pastry tasting at the Armory Cafe for six
  • Shakespeare under the stars and an alfresco dinner for six with Ellie and her “favorite personal chef,” Arnie Dyer

Sweetest of all, the event is completely free (FREE!), but RSVP to Eventbrite by clicking here so that the chefs know how many samples to prepare.

Mystery Author Ellie Alexander at Clearwater Springs

The utterly charming local mystery author Ellie Alexander, author of the popular Bakeshop Mystery Series that launched last year with “Meet Your Baker,” will be at Clearwater Springs Assisted Living (201 N.W. 78th St.) from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. Alexander will talk about her new Bakeshop Mystery book, “A Batter of Life and Death,” which is being released on June 30. Alexander, a lively and entertaining speaker, will share how she developed the characters and the stories, what’s next for her characters, and maybe share a few sweet recipes. The event is completely free and open to the public. For more information, call 360-546-3344.

If you enjoy the Bakeshop Mysteries, you’ll want to mark you calendars for “A Batter of Life and Death” official book launch party on Tuesday, June 30, at Cellar 55 Tasting Room. Guests will watch pastry chefs from the Northwest Culinary Institute go head-to-head in a deliciously sweet dessert battle straight from the pages of the book with Torte Chili, Amaretto Dream Cookies, and Bavarian Chocolate Cake. “Celebrity” judges will critique each student’s offering and you’ll get to sample everything and vote for your favorite, too. (Full disclosure: the editor of North Bank Now is one of the judges!)

A complimentary beverage station will be provided by McSteven’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate, Oregon Chai and Stash TeaTier Catering will be selling its delectable handcrafted macarons. Wine and small bites will be available for purchase by Cellar 55. And of course, Vintage Books will be selling copies of “A Batter of Life and Death” and “Meet Your Baker.” Enter a raffle for giveaways such as a wine tasting party, a pastry class with Tier, a behind-the-scenes tour of Portland Center Stage, and an alfresco dinner for six with Alexander herself. Here’s the best part: it’s all free! RSVP to EventBrite.

Bakeshop Mystery Author at Clearwater Springs

BatterofLifeandDeathCoverThe utterly charming local mystery author Ellie Alexander, author of the popular Bakeshop Mystery Series that launched last year with “Meet Your Baker,” will be at Clearwater Springs Assisted Living (201 N.W. 78th St.) from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. Alexander will talk about her new Bakeshop Mystery book, “A Batter of Life and Death,” which is being released on June 30. Alexander, a lively and entertaining speaker, will share how she developed the characters and the stories, what’s next for her characters, and maybe share a few sweet recipes. The event is completely free and open to the public. For more information, call 360-546-3344.

If you enjoy the Bakeshop Mysteries, you’ll want to mark you calendars for “A Batter of Life and Death” official book launch party on Tuesday, June 30, at Cellar 55 Tasting Room. Guests will watch pastry chefs from the Northwest Culinary Institute go head-to-head in a deliciously sweet dessert battle straight from the pages of the book with Torte Chili, Amaretto Dream Cookies, and Bavarian Chocolate Cake. “Celebrity” judges will critique each student’s offering and you’ll get to sample everything and vote for your favorite, too. (Full disclosure: the editor of North Bank Now is one of the judges!)

A complimentary beverage station will be provided by McSteven’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate, Oregon Chai and Stash TeaTier Catering will be selling its delectable handcrafted macarons. Wine and small bites will be available for purchase by Cellar 55. And of course, Vintage Books will be selling copies of “A Batter of Life and Death” and “Meet Your Baker.” Enter a raffle for giveaways such as a wine tasting party, a pastry class with Tier, a behind-the-scenes tour of Portland Center Stage, and an alfresco dinner for six with Alexander herself. Here’s the best part: it’s all free! RSVP to EventBrite.

Above image: detail from front cover of “A Batter of Life and Death”