EHS grad returns to sign book at Sip City

At her job at Portland-based liquid culture magazine Imbibe, Katie Simon says she is “constantly learning and digesting new things.”

At her job at Portland-based liquid culture magazine Imbibe, Katie Simon says she is “constantly learning and digesting new things.”

“As a writer, I feel like I’m also a cultural anthropologist,” said Simon, a 1998 Enumclaw High School graduate, who Plateau residents would remember as Katie Millbauer. She said she fell into writing about food and beverages in 2002 as an editorial assistant at Seattle Weekly.

“They needed someone to write short restaurant reviews and food news,” the New York University graduate said. “I was hooked, and eventually became associate food editor. I didn’t plan to start writing about drinks, but I found that I kept coming back to it. I’m fascinated by the people and stories behind drinks and food.”

Simon will be at Sip City Wines between 4 and 9 tonight, Wednesday, signing copies of her debut book “Tiny Bubbles,” a champagne cocktail book released in 2008, she wrote while senior editor at Imbibe. Sip City will offer champagne tasting for $5. Lindon Books will provide copies of Tiny Bubbles for purchase. Her second book, “Absinthe Cocktails,” will be released summer 2010.

“The cocktail recipes in that book were generated by some of the best bartenders in the craft, from bars in Seattle and other U.S. cities as well as London,” she said. “It’s an amazing collection of recipes that I’m really excited about.