Volunteer Park Cafe Latest to Embrace Popup Trend

Bimonthly dinners will feature Cuoco toque Erik Jackson.

By Christopher Werner June 9, 2011

Erik Jackson’s popup dinners at Volunteer Park Cafe are planned to run through mid-September.

Popups, long a retail trend and a burgeoning culinary one in other cities, have been slow to gain footing here in Seattle, but that’s not to say we haven’t seen some evidence of the come-cook-in-my-kitchen philosophy.

There was Dumpling Dojo last year on Broadway. Skillet tested out the menu for its now-open diner during several dinners around town. Before opening Emmer and Rye, Seth Caswell clocked in at Art of the Table. And of course there’s the popular Shophouse at Licorous, helmed by Lark sous Wiley Frank and happening every Monday.

Which now has competition. Volunteer Park Cafe sends word Erik Jackson, toque at new Tom Douglas joint Cuoco, will cook in the northern Capitol Hill restaurant every other Monday starting June 20.

Per press materials, A Square Meal is inspired by Jackson’s tenure at Dog Mountain Farm in Carnation, “where he crafted multi-course meals created from the farms bounty.” His VPC dinners cost $65, begin at 6pm, and are BYOB (wine or beer only. Speaking of trends Seattle should adopt…) Give 206-328-3155 a jingle to make a reservation.

Don’t forget to snag a cookie on your way out.

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