Signing off from Seattleite’s Corks+Forks for the final column, Erin Thomas — out.

It is the end of an era. No, I’m not talking about Monday’s Gossip Girl series finale, the Mayan calendar’s doomsday prediction or even the shuttering of Seattle restaurant icon Rover’s. I speak of this column with this writer — I am hanging my hat with SEATTLEITE. The pleasure has been all mine to drink and eat with you all for the past two years so I thank you for the company and not making me drink alone. Although I would do it anyway.

Murray’s 2012 explosion into the Northwest – We now know that they know cheese.

The culture of Lower Manhattan’s Greenwich Village has expanded into the greater Seattle area. Although we might strictly be speaking cheese, the legendary Murray’s Cheese has joined forces with The Kroger Co. (better known to Northwesterners as Fred Meyer and QFC) and is offering their elite selection of cultured cheese across the city.

Eco-Conscious Lager Holds on for a ride to comfort town with Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Stewardship isn’t a new concept in Portland, our green sister city of the south. However, the ethics of sustainability in beer was a imminent concern until Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) broke onto the scene in the rose city. HUB is Portland’s first Eco-Brewpub, with organic ales

Highly-evolved, stewarded cuisine finds its diners on humble local grounds.

Blocks from the tarmac at SeaTac Airport lies a staycation destination most Seattleites have only read about. Truth be told, it is near impossible to find via iPhone Maps as it is burrowed into gated communities, behind sleepy suburban ramblers and next door to a YMCA that serves as a landmark, the Cedarbrook Lodge has emerged onto the gastronomic scene – just a few miles further south than where the usual headliner lists its address.

Vegetable-inclined French Fare From A Locally-Grown Chef and Southwestern French White.

Floor-to-ceiling windows flood light into the main dining room of Fremont’s most recent culinary development, The Whale Wins. Cool and soothing shades of blue paint the restaurant with an affability mirrored by the effervescent staff and the aromas of something salty roasting in the wood-fire oven draw diners in closer.

Outside of the pairing box with pumpkin beer and french down-home cuisine near the market.

Once upon a time, in the mystical era of the 1990’s, three gallant beverage mercenaries forged their way into uncharted territory – the world of craft beer. Each bringing their individual talents to the mighty force of the collective group – one exhibiting finance, one sales and marketing

Open your mind and mouth, drink rosé with salmon and crab-based sushi rolls.

Drastic weather changes in the Northwest should not phase us natives. Just because fall made its very distinctive grand entrance last week does not mean we need to alter our habits. It might be time to pack away the swim suits for the season but this year’s rosé releases are only now moving into their prime.

Go to naples via 520 with the station pizzeria and campania’s house wine of aglianico.

Naples hasn’t always had the cleanest reputation. The Italian port city garnered a messy rap with its overflowing landfills last year, the consistently looming mob crime scene, its historically corrupt local government and its overpopulation (nearly one million