As Covid begins to loosen the death grip on the city’s restaurants, and the time of grumpy scrambling for patio heaters is coming to an end. Large-scale dining events seem to be possible again. Here are some notable chef-centered projects taking place in the city. They range from fine dining to street food, but each brings a different approach to presenting a memorable dining event (safely) in a pandemic.
Field to table at Lumenfeld
For other sports illiterates, this ongoing open air dining series is possibly the most exciting thing to ever happen at Lumen Field. The tables are securely spaced from each other under a luminous, greenhouse-like shelter and are intended exclusively for 21+. Chefs like Kristi Brown from Communion and Daisley Gordon from Cafe Campagne have put together four-course Prix-Fix menus that include everything from classics like Boeuf Bourguignon to Hamachi Crudo with pink grapefruit and avocado. Be on the lookout for new chefs in the coming weeks. 5:15 & 8:30, $ 100 / person + tax + service charge.
Hitchcock Guest Chef: Street Food Pop-Up Series
March 19-21 and April 2-4 and April 16-18
Brendan McGill has gathered some serious culinary heavyweights from around the nation for this pop-up series held outside Hitchcock Deli on Winslow Way. The offer of the upcoming chefs is a creative procession of delicious bites inspired by the cuisine of Peru, Mexico and the Mediterranean. This weekend, Lima-born Stefano Schiaffino, followed by Dean Wirkerman and Kimberley Cosway. Pop-ups run Friday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. (or until food runs out). All visiting chefs went through several Covid tests (our condolences for your sinuses) before and after the trip. 11: 30-7, prices vary.
James Beard Taste America
For a stop in Seattle on the annual James Beard Taste America tour, Archipelago Chef Aaron Verzosa has put together a meticulous three-course takeaway meal that is rooted in the history of his family and other Filipino immigrants to Seattle. His vegetarian alternatives to menu items such as the crispy starter with pork belly are more independent stars than the usual gaunt second casts. Pick up at 5pm, USD 95 / single and USD 175 / couple. TO UPDATE: Sold out, but may be put on the waiting list.