Sutra, the Wallingford temple of vegetarian fare that even omnivores clamored for, closed last year due to, yep, new development. Half of the restaurant partners, Aaron and Jan Geibel, went on to open Harvest Beat to the gleeful cheers of plant-based Seattleites...as well as restaurant critics. Meanwhile the other half, consisting of former Sutra chef Colin Patterson and partner Amber Tande, set off to open Mana Restaurant in Leavenworth.
Now Patterson and Tande are ready to debut Mana this Friday and Saturday with a single seating each evening, featuring eight courses of uber local, wild, and foraged ingredients. Does this sound like the Sutra of yore? Yes, sort of: “The intention at Mana is to elevate what we started at Sutra by being even more connected to our sourcing, showcasing organically farmed and wild ingredients in a fresh and refined way,” says Patterson on the Mana website.
While Patterson creates the wild yet refined menu, Tande tinkers with tinctures. “I love creating unique medicinal botanical tinctures and nonalcoholic elixirs and tonics to pair with food,” per Tande on the website. She will also lead the front of house and curate the sustainable, boutique wine list.
The menu is ever-changing, as are the seasons, as are the forager's haul. But this past year Patterson and Tande have been creating things like shiro plum–chili jam, pickled fiddlehead ferns, and nettle, dandelion, and fennel tincture.
The “eight-course journey through the senses” is $85 per person, with the addition of organic, small-production wine pairings for $42, or the addition of Tande’s tonics and elixirs for $21. Mana is open for reservation-only dinner at 6:30, Thursday through Saturday; budget for a three to three-and-a-half-hour meal. For more info or foraged salad porn, see the Mana Restaurant Facebook page and website.