Clara Tina <I>Ellero</I> Bell Torrance


Clara Tina Ellero Bell Torrance

Trieste, Provincia di Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Death 9 Apr 2009 (aged 71)
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 140097076 View Source
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Tina Bell Torrance -

Tina Torrance, a force in the cultural life of Seattle, died from complications of Parkinson's disease.

An accomplished cook, Tina authored two cookbooks with Fred Brack on Northwest cooking and helped propel this region's specialty cuisine into the national spotlight in the early 1980's. They won a James Beard award in 1988 and for several years wrote restaurant reviews for Seattle Weekly and Washington Magazine. While exploring the cuisine of the Northwest, Tina developed a deep friendship with Angelo Pelligrini, and together with friends and family they celebrated the Epicurean philosophy that Pelligrini had been living and writing about for years. They were both Italian immigrants who cared about the quality of food, cooking and celebrating life. They were early proponents of the Slow Food movement.

In 1985, Tina became the owner of the specialty food stores, The Wedge, where she developed haute cuisine catering. She sold both stores in 1990 when she married Bill Torrance and retired to Palm Springs. Tina also served as Chair of the Intiman Theater Board of Directors in the early 1990's.

Tina and her twin sister, Anna, came to the United States from Italy after WWII by a special dispensation from Congress. The Ellero twins were adopted by their older sister, Narina, and moved to Bellevue in 1954. Tina graduated from Bellevue High School in 1955 and attended University of Washington, joining the sorority, Pi Beta Phi. As a Sophomore, she was awarded the title Queen of Queens by the collected pageant winners in 1957.

Tina married William L. Bell, Jr. in 1958 and soon after moved with her young family to New York, Australia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. She made lifelong friends wherever she lived. Her experience in Indonesia inspired Jana Imports, a batik clothing company, which she created with Anna upon her return to Seattle in 1978.

Tina is survived by her twin sister Anna Kydd, her three children, Allison Bell Wood, Bill Bell and Joel Bell, and three grandchildren, Caroline Ellero Bell Wood, Jake William Bell and Ian Swann Bell.

Though diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1986, Tina's hospitality and generosity went undiminished throughout the years. She responded to each new limitation with tremendous courage, character and grace. She was one of the founding Board Members of the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, which helped create the Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center.

A memorial will be held on Friday, April 17th, 2:00 p.m., at Intiman Theater. In lieu of flowers or cards, a donation in her name can be made to the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation -

Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 12 to Apr. 14, 2009.

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