As Covid begins to loosen its death grip on the city’s restaurants and the season of huddling morosely around patio heaters draws to a close, food events on a larger scale are beginning to seem possible again. Here are some notable chef-focused projects happening around town. They range from fine dining to street eats, but each one brings a different approach to presenting a memorable food event (safely) in a pandemic.
For fellow sports illiterates, this ongoing open-air dining series may very well be the most exciting thing that’s ever happened on Lumen Field. Tables are spaced safely apart beneath a glowing, greenhouse-like shelter and are intended exclusively for the 21+. Chefs like Kristi Brown of Communion and Daisley Gordon from Cafe Campagne have curated four-course prix fix menus featuring everything from classics like boeuf bourguignon to hamachi crudo with pink grapefruit and avocado. Keep an eye out for the addition of new chefs in the coming weeks. 5:15 & 8:30, $100/person + tax + service charge.
March 19-21 & April 2-4 & April 16-18
Brendan McGill has gathered some serious culinary heavyweights from around the nation for this pop-up series hosted in front of Hitchcock Deli on Winslow Way. The upcoming chefs’ offerings are a creative procession of mouthwatering morsels inspired by the cuisines of Peru, Mexico and the Mediterranean. This weekend, Lima-born Stefano Schiaffino, followed by Dean Wirkerman and Kimberley Cosway. Pop-ups run Fridays-Sundays 11:30-7 (or until the food runs out). All visiting chefs will have undergone multiple Covid tests (our condolences to their sinus cavities) before and after traveling. 11:30-7, prices vary.
For the Seattle stop on the annual James Beard Taste America tour, Chef Aaron Verzosa of Archipelago has assembled a meticulous, three-course to-go meal steeped in the history of his family and other Filipinx immigrants to Seattle. His vegetarian alternatives to menu items such as the crisp pork belly léchon entree are stars in their own right, rather than the usual haggard understudies. 5PM pick-up, $95/single & $175/pair. UPDATE: Sold out, but you can get on the waitlist.