Revel’s transformation from this drab interior is reason enough to celebrate. Photo via Revel.

How best to celebrate the first year of a restaurant feted by Frank Bruni the New York Times and pretty much every restaurant critic in Seattle? Why, by shoving short rib dumplings in your mouth in rapid-fire succession and sharing that moment of glory on the internet.

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s second restaurant Revel, a major darling of Seattle’s restaurant realm, is celebrating its one year anniversary Sunday, December 18. Festivities include snacks, cake, celebratory bubbles, and a contest to see who can put away the most short rib dumplings in three minutes.

According to Yang, anyone interested in competitive dumpling consumption should call Revel first thing Sunday morning. The restaurant will sign up the first 14 people who call, and the winner gets a $100 gift certificate. The contest happens around 9:30pm, but if you can’t make it, Yang has promised to post the results on YouTube. Apparently Chirchi will be participating and has threatened to gorge himself to the point that Yang will have to cover all his professional duties at the restaurant the next day.

The birthday celebration runs from 9 to 11 Sunday night; Revel-ers are welcome to drop by even if they won’t be throwing back dumplings. Sidenote: Has it really been just one year since Yang and Chirchi introduced us to their pancakes, noodles and oh, those original ice cream sandwiches? Few restaurants speed their way into Seattle’s legion of classic restaurants with such rapidity.

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