As someone who goes to shows for a living, I've found that my greatest challenge isn't boiling down what I saw to a 250-word blog post. It's finding a restaurant within walking distance that can feed me something tasty in 45 minutes or less. We've done our research in the past (see our Dinner and a Show roundup from last year), but more often that not, I eat whatever the theater is selling. And that's usually chocolate chip cookies. Let it be known that McCaw Hall's turkey sandwich and decadent brownies and the Paramount's coconut cream pie (courtesy of Tom Douglas) have long been the best in-house dining options—until now.
On the Boards launches a new studio supper series this week that invites a local chef to prepare a family-style meal for 50 people before the show. Dinner guests pay what they can on a sliding scale ($25–$75) and a portion of the proceeds supports a charity of the chef's choice. You get a meal, camaraderie—and a drink or two, of course. This is a great idea, and it's bound to sell out quickly. OtB starts taking reservations two weeks before the performance; just email email@example.com with your name, the number of people in your party, and a daytime phone number. This Thursday's opening supper has sold out, but there are still nights to be shared with Michael Hebb and Ethan Stowell.
Thu, Sep 27 Gob Squad with Cormac Mahoney (Madison Park Conservatory)
Tue, Oct 23 Kidd Pivot with Michael Hebb (One Pot)
Thu, Nov 8 Teatro Línea de Sombra with Johnathan Sundstrom (Lark)
Thu, Jan 17 Catherine Cabeen and Company with Maria Hines (Tilth/Golden Beetle)
Thu, Jan 31 She She Pop and Their Fathers with Ethan Stowell (Staple and Fancy/How To Cook A Wolf)