& Raw Bar
205 108th Avenue NE
Civica Office Commons Building
Bellevue, WA 98004
Erik Liedholm of Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar came from the Elliott
Grand Hyatt – Seattle, where he was Director of Wine and Spirits.
Prior to the Elliott, he was General Manager of the Pacific’s Edge
restaurant at the Highlands Inn Park Hyatt in Carmel, California. The
restaurant was named by Wine Spectator magazine as one of the Top Twenty
Restaurants in the United States and, since 1991, has been the holder
of the coveted Wine Spectator Grand Award for its outstanding wine list.
Erik was also
an integral component in organizing what is arguably the nation’s
top food and wine event, The Masters of Food & Wine. This event has
featured some of the world’s greatest food and wine personalities
including Julia Child, Helen Turley of Marcassin wines, Gordon Ramsay
from his three-star restaurant in London, Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin
in New York and Jean-Bernard Delmas from Chateau Haut-Brion, to name a
Erik was previously in Seattle from 1999 – 2000, developing a
wine program for Brasserie Margaux. He also managed and developed wine
programs at two of Michigan’s four-star restaurants. A graduate
and an Honorary Faculty member at Michigan State University’s
School of Hospitality Business, he also attended L’École
des Arts Culinaires et d’Hoteliers in Lyon France and was the
youngest member to be inducted into the Chicago chapter of the Les Amis
D’Escoffier. He is a member of the International Association of
Culinary Professionals, The Sommelier Society of America and is currently
pursuing his Master Sommelier accreditation.
Organizer of the “Seattle Seven” in 2000, a study group
of top area sommeliers, Erik Liedholm will be taking the Master Sommelier
Diploma exam and competing for the Best Sommelier in America. Erik and
his wife Dawn are back in the city that they love and he is honored
to be a part of Seattle’s premier venue for the ultimate in hospitality.
He also is becoming a winemaker in his own right, with plans to release
under his own label later this year.