[Photo: Ben Gamble]
Walden is taking over Little Uncle's Pioneer Square outpost on Friday and Saturday nights. The wine bar pop-up from sommelier Luke Wohlers (The Herbfarm, RN74, Eleven Madison Park,) his wife Trinie Thai-Parker, and the couple's friend Emily Smith kicks off this weekend.
Wohlers tells Eater contributor Jen Chiu that the project was named after the Thoreau book because, "Walden is about nature and crafting things from hand. It's about self-reliance."
Working to "eliminate the barrier between you and the wine," the 12-seat pop-up is a mishmash of high-brow and low-brow: Wines that are "small production, low impact or are made with an interesting process" are poured in high-end Zalto stemware in a warm, laid back setting.
A menu that includes six savory and sweet dishes (biloxi shrimp and olives, lentil & celeriac, blueberry pie using Kate McDermott's recipe) is paired with 25 reds and whites. Walden's food and pour list may change, but here's what Wohlers presented at a trial run last week:
Walden launches this Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight at Little Uncle in Pioneer Square and runs every Friday and Saturday through the end of September. Sunday classes are also in the works.
· Walden, the Underground Wine Bar Located in a Pioneer Square Thai Restaurant [RWJ]
· Walden [Official Site]