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Julia Wayne

Writer, Editor, Brand Strategist

Seattle, Washington

Julia Wayne

Usually hungry, always interested

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A Healthy Pour: Taking booze out of the bar industry

There’s something about being a bartender that’s so appealing, they make movies about it. But there can also be a dark side that industry vets are starting to talk about more openly — and that have led them to make changes to their lifestyles, in numbers beyond what anyone may have guessed. These days, there are tons of sober folks slinging drinks and running restaurants, making choices to stay alive and stay in the industry. A lot of people get into the food and beverage industry equipped with energy and excitement and, while many stay in it for a long while, some don’t make it back out. The hours are long and late, there’s no standard for employers to offer employees healthcare, and the benefits are often limited to just a shift drink after a long night. The shift drink kicks off the social whirlwind that comes with drinking to unwind with coworkers after work, the culture of celebrating a job well done and getting through the chaos together. And when that all combines — stressful working conditions, no time to recuperate and mornings spent recovering from the night before — many people in the food and beverage trade burn out. For some, that means quitting the industry. But for so many people in the industry today, it means quitting drinking.
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Best of the Northwest 2018: Spirits Tasting Notes, Immersive Bar Experiences, Cocktail Mixers, Distilleries to Visit, and Spirits & Cocktail Influencers

Best of the Northwest 2018: Spirits Tasting Notes, Immersive Bar Experiences, Cocktail Mixers, Distilleries to Visit, and Spirits & Cocktail Influencers
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About

Julia Wayne

A Seattle native, Julia Wayne writes about local food and dining destinations. She has a tendency to dive down the rabbit hole in pursuit of a good story, and always comes out with something worth telling.

When she's not sitting down to explore a new menu or reading up on food history, she can be found learning the delicate art of cooking dosa, practicing her dumpling folding techniques, or seeking out the best method to make a fluffy, flavorful tortilla.

A long time bartender, she has switched sides of the stick, though she continues the noble pursuit of getting to the bottom of what's in the glass. Local beer and spirits are particular passions, and getting caught up in the vines while learning about wine-growing traditions is her idea of a perfect day.

Her work has appeared in Sip Northwest, Munchies, Cidercraft, AllRecipes Dish, Eater Seattle, Seattle magazine, Edible Seattle, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, Stackedd Magazine, Sportspress Northwest, Inside Right Wrist, and more.