Let’s Hear It For A Questlove Dance Party, Part Of Seattle Chef’s Amazing Black History Month Celebration

Heidi Klum's 20th annual Halloween party presented by Amazon Prime Video and SVEDKA Vodka in the Cathédrale New York

Edouardo Jordan’s ambitious range of virtual events includes a grand, funky finale on the last Friday in February with superstar performer and cookbook author Questlove. But that’s just one of the many reasons you might want to tune in with The Soul of Seattle for an amazing month-long series of festivities.

Questlove is set to be filmed at Chef Eduardo Jordan’s virtual black history celebration in Seattle … [+] Month. This photo of the musician was taken at Heidi Klum’s 20th Annual Halloween Party presented by Amazon Prime Video and SVEDKA Vodka at Cathédrale New York in New York City on October 31, 2019. (Photo by Craig Barritt / Getty Images for SVEDKA)

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Meet the cook

Jordan may shake off the idea that he’s a celebrity chef, but his star has been rising steadily for years. The 41-year-old Florida native St. Petersburg has three restaurants in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle, two James Beard Awards, and a long list of other achievements.

He is justifiably proud of putting together The Soul of Seattle last year, an annual event created to “empower Seattle-based black food lovers and highlight the community surrounding the city’s outstanding black excellence and build up “. Besides, he just wanted to hang out with cooks he didn’t see often enough.

“We’re all so busy, we’re so busy that I have the opportunity to talk to the fantastic chefs in this city,” Jordan said in a recent telephone interview. “It’s about talking boisterously and loudly about our community, breaking bread together and celebrating.”

The Soul of Seattle runs Fridays through February

Chef Edouardo Jordan created The Soul of Seattle to highlight the city’s black cuisine … [+] Professionals.

Charity Viscount

This year’s Soul of Seattle is virtual and expanded to every Friday during the month. Different chefs and their considerable culinary delights are presented every week.

The participants buy tickets and register for the desired menu. On the day of the selected event, ticket holders pick up their prepared dishes from the restaurant presented. While they are having dinner at home, they can prepare to watch each cook demonstrate the dishes they have prepared. A portion of all proceeds from Soul of Seattle will be donated to a program called Mentoring Urban Students and Teens (MUST). An online auction will benefit the program as well as black-owned companies.

In addition, Intentionalist’s Laura Clise worked with Jordan to create limited edition cook boxes filled with treats from participating culinary talents, and Urban Connoisseurs’ Marcia Jones designed wine boxes filled with bottles from black-owned wineries. Both can be purchased from the Soul of Seattle website.

Dre Neeley's restaurant is located on Vashon Island near Seattle.

Chef Dre Neeley from Gravy Vashon will attend this year’s Soul of Seattle and celebrate Black … [+] History month with a series of virtual dinners.

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Mark your calendar

On February 5, participants can choose between these three-course menus –

From Sabrina Tinsley in La Spiga:

Starter: Mixed salad with tomato vinaigrette and roasted pumpkin seeds

Entrance: Porchetta with herbs and fried fennel and rosemary potatoes

Dessert: Flourless hazelnut chocolate cake

From Dre Neeley at Gravy on Vashon Island:

Starter: Roasted red shrimp cocktail with lemon and parsley pesto

Entrance: Fried chicken with buttermilk, biscuits with winter pear, savoy cabbage, coleslaw and horseradish-pimento tartar sauce

Dessert: Banana pudding and nilla waffles

Matthew Lewis of Where Ya At Matt will host the evening for the demos, which run between 6 and 7:30 am PST.

Marcuss Samuelson owns Red Rooster in Harlem, New York.

The chef and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson will lead a jury of black culinary professionals and … [+] Racial justice advocates in a discussion during Soul of Seattle, a celebration of Black History Month.

Angie Mosier

The feed will be published nationwide on February 12th. Harlem-based chef and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson will host a panel discussion between chefs Mashama Bailey (The Gray in Savannah), Eric Adjepong from Pinch & Plate, and Office of Racial Equality’s top chef finalist Shakirah Simley, chef and author Kwame Onwuachi, together with Chef Jordan.

The discussion is accompanied by a selection of these dinners –

From Jordan’s flagship Salare:

Starter: Red lentil soup with coconut milk and Ras el Hanout spice

Entrance: Lamb tagine with San Marzano tomatoes, grains of paradise, cauliflower, pickled currants and couscous

Dessert: Rum cake and brown butter almonds

From Chef Daisley Gordon at Cafe Campagne:

Salade du Marché: Market fresh salads, shaved vegetables, verjus vinaigrette and fresh herbs

Quenelles de volaille: Chicken and semolina dumplings with spring onion broth and mustard croutons

Dessert: Clafoutis, the baked almond flour pudding with Crème Chantilly

Featured Chefs take guests to spicy and hearty places on February 19th, a delicious journey led by host Wayne Johnson, FareStart’s Executive Chef. This groundbreaking program offers homeless training and more. Johnson has been a leader in the Seattle culinary scene for decades.

Chef Kristi Brown has a Seattle restaurant called Communion.

Chef Kristi Brown started her much-anticipated communion in the Central District of Seattle … [+] December. She is one of the chefs featured in this year’s Soul of Seattle, a celebration of Black History Month.

Kristi Brown via Instagram

Dinner that evening will be offered by Trey Lamont from Jerk Shack and Kristi Brown from Communion. Their delicious menus will warm up the most bleak night in Seattle.

From Jerk Shack:

Starter: Mixed vinaigrette with green salad and mango-sesame-lime zest

entrance: Jamaican curry goat with coconut, coriander and lime rice

dessert: Coconut milk caramel bread pudding and pistachios

From communion:

Starter: Garden salad

entrance: Chicken and Lao sausage gumbo over garlic rice with grilled okra and onions

dessert: Mini peach cobbler

The Soul of Seattle finale on February 26th will feature chef Donna Moodie, the Marjorie cook / owner who will create this unforgettable feast:

Starter: Miss Marjories plantain plantains with chaat spices, salsa rojas and dip with black beans

entrance: Jamaican jerk chicken with mashed yams and cabbage vegetables

dessert: Brioche bread pudding with bourbon caramel, whipped cream and toffee

Jordan’s hugely popular JuneBaby is the second option and serves a menu of typical dishes:

Starter: Roasted parsnips, Benne seed vinaigrette, shaved purple radish, and pickled red onions

entrance: Smoked Cajun chicken with ginger carrot rice, Trinidad peppers and warm coleslaw with bacon and cider

dessert: Buttermilk Glazed Sticky Sorghum Toffee Pudding

After dinner this dance party starts with DJ Topspin setting the table for a little hip shake. Questlove will be billed as a special guest, but don’t be surprised if the icon of the food influences the culinary creations of the evening. After all, he published a bestselling cookbook called Mixtape Potluck.

Dinner is only available in the Seattle area, however there is a $ 70 ticket option to watch the demos. And the dance party can be viewed anywhere in the world. There is a separate ticket for this event.

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