After stints in some of Seattle's best kitchens (Harvest Vine, Mamnoon, MistralKitchen, and the sadly shuttered La Bete, to name a few), as well as in the kitchens of grandmas and aunts in Egypt, learning traditional and unwritten recipes, chef Taylor Cheney has launched her Yalla popup. Yalla means “let's go” in Arabic. That's fitting for a popup moving homes next month. The Seattle Met Next Hot Chef 2014 debuted her Middle Eastern popup at Marjorie in April and starting August 1, will move Yalla popups to the recently opened Central District restaurant, The Atlantic.
"I'm really excited to do it in that diverse neighborhood,” beams Cheney. She will be joined by Pinar Ozhal, who will be lending her Kurdish and Turkish cooking skills for the recurring popup. For August the duo will be focusing on the dishes of Palestine. Look forward to a whole mess of mezze such as housemade labneh yogurt cheese with olives and dried tomato, lamb tartare with mint, lemon, and olive oil, and grape leaves stuffed with rice and spices. There will be a few entrees like lamp stuffed turnips and roasted chicken with sumac-infused onions, fried pine nuts, all atop freshly baked bread.
Beginning August 1, The Atlantic will be open, hosting Yalla from 4:30 to 10, and taking reservations for the Monday popup. Next month, Cheney will likely continue Yalla but will explore other region's cuisines such as Turkey and Syria. The eventual goal? “I think right now for me, my dream in my little heart, all I want to do is just bring an awesome Arabic restaurant to Seattle.”
Sunday Supper at Vif
This part popup part preview comes from the culinary mind of chef Scott Emerick and the front of house finesse of Ian Harris. The duo both most recently helped open the Central District Vietnamese steak house Seven Beef last October, but they've since left to team up on a new fledgling project.
That project, a potentially North Seattle restaurant, is still in the works. But for now Emerick is refining his scratch pasta, which will be a big component of the forthcoming spot, while Harris is handling all things wine. Fitting then that the Sunday Supper will be hosted by natural wine haven Vif in Fremont on July 31.
The supper will consist of three courses for $25; no reservations just come as your are from 6 to 9. On menu: housemade pasta and an abundance of Northwest vegetables, chef Emerick is “especially excited about the corn soup.”
Melding her Filipino heritage with her deep knowledge of Italian cuisine, Seattle native Melissa Miranda launched popup Il Vizietto. Roughly translating to “little vices,” Il Vizietto is a mashup of tasty “vices” from the two cuisines such as a braised and fried plate of salty-tangy pork sisig and pillow-soft sweet potato gnocchi. Dessert comes in the form of a South Asian–influenced pandan tiramisu.
On August 8, chef Miranda will be popping up in Fat's Chicken and Waffles on the corner of East Cherry Street and Martin Luther King Jr Way. The multicourse menu is yet to be finalized, but there will be two seatings, one at 6:30 and another at 8:30. Tickets are $45.