The latest opportunity to nerd out on noodles comes courtesy unabashed ramen obsessive Bo Maisano.
It was David Chang’s inaugural Lucky Peach that triggered Maisano’s infatuation with the brothy bowls and sent him on benders throughout Seattle and Portland. “I became completely obsessed.” He’s tinkered with his own recipes ever since. “A breath of fresh air,” he says of the shift in focus from his more buttoned-up kitchen experience and being pushed to the “edge of your comfort level. "There’s a whole lot going in that bowl.”
Seattleites can sample Maisano’s resultant handiwork in a series of popups titled Bo Ramen. Geraldine’s Counter owner Gary Snyder (“Bo and I go way back”) will host two of the dinners on May 5 and 19—an ideal opportunity for his restaurant, a breakfast-brunch stalwart that’s closed on Saturday nights. (Maisano, a New Orleanian, has clocked in at many local establishments, hence his connection with Snyder.) Skelly and the Bean is also on board. Dinners there are set for May 1 and 8.
Diners can expect three bowls: shrimp or veggie miso or a chick-and-pork broth Shoyu ramen, all abiding by the local-sustainable credo, all around $10. (Gluten-free folks can opt for yam noodles.) For dessert: green tea gelato from Bottega Italiana. Maisano is still honing a tonkotsu, which he hopes to introduce by the middle of the run (what do you say to some bacon in there, Maisano?). Also in the works are hum bao with fun fillings like praline.
Depending on how this series pan out, Maisano will organize additional feasts in the future. Check out the Bo Ramen Facebook page for more info.