Last week I hopped back into the business with both feet, preparing menus for the upcoming Seattle Restaurant week, new recipes for my Costco project, attending and helping to prepare a five course meal for attendees of the Special Olympics Tasting Room Event held at Freemont Studios. The event was a great success as many of Seattle’s best chefs participated in the event, and together we raised over $ 450,000 for the Special Olympics.
I served a Creamy Porcini Mushroom Soup with Black Truffle Crème (also available on Seastar’s Restaurant Week Menu), Roasted Garlic Halibut with Pesto Mashed Potatoes and Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta Relish, and Micro Basil.
Our auction item of a Sushi Class, a Cocktail Class and Three Course Dinner for four guests created a frenzy and sold for $3,000. Those people are really going to have some fun!
On Saturday I brought my antacid with me to the Tukwila Community Center as I helped judge a chili contest for The Multi Family Housing group. It was actually a lot of fun…everyone dressed up for their themed booths, from a Surgical Room with the chili steaming from the patients belly, to a Deep Woods Lumberjack to a Prison Cell (you know that Orange is the new Black) and too many more to mention. Amazing creativity from this group. The participants in this event were in it to win it 100%, or at the very least have a great time trying. I tasted some really great chilis and some really hot (spicy) chilis and some not-so-hot chilis. Thankfully, there was more good than bad! And the event was a huge fundraiser for DAWN (Domestic Abuse Women’s Network), an amazing cause. The best part is they beat their goal raising over $56,000, what an amazing group!
This morning I spent time with my chefs Jim Zeng and Joe Lee at in.gredients (my restaurant on the Microsoft campus) preparing and training for our next menu change on November 11th. What a great team!
This Friday November 1st is The Taste of the Seahawks. I’m sure many of you already have your tickets. Another great event, a strolling food and beverage event held inside CenturyLink Field on the club level, with over 18 restaurants, 40+ wineries, breweries, and distilleries presenting their best offerings. Current and legendary Seattle Seahawks and many other local celebrities will be in attendance making this the social event of the year at CenturyLink Field. Of course it’s a fundraiser. The beneficiarys are Food Lifeline and Ben’s Fund. John Howie Steak is serving American Wagyu Beef Striploin, Seastar is serving Mahi Mahi Ceviche with Pineapple Relish, and Beardslee Public House is serving our Famous All Meat Beef Steak Chili! I hope to see you there!
Saturday November 2nd is our 5th Annual Rare & Well Done, the best Whiskey Event of the year…hosted by Tim Lodahl the GM of John Howie Steak in the Civica Building (some of you may know it better as the Seastar building). The event offers an amazing array of over 100+ whiskey tastes, including our very own Wildwood Spirits Co. award winning Dark Door Bourbon, and many more of our best bourbons, scotches and Irish whiskies, along with a few other special treats.
And for those who want to experience the best whiskies in the world, we offer the VIP experience which includes twelve tastes of some of the rarest whiskies in the world.
Oh yeah, and there’s great food too like Mini Warm Lobster Rolls, Baked Oysters with Smoked Gouda and Bacon, American Wagyu Chateaubriand, Diver Scallops wrapped in Prosciutto, Duck Confit in Puff Pastry with Cherry Marmalade, Wagyu Beef Meatballs, Roasted Potatoes with Asiago-Blue Cheese, Applewood Smoked Beef Brisket with Honey BBQ Sauce…and so much more,. It’s going to be a great week!
Chef John Howie