Seattle Wine and Food Experience is back for its seventh year this Sunday; they'll try and make you so full of wine and food, you’ll forget you have to work the next day. With 26 restaurants, 25 specialty food distributors, and somewhere around 600 wines, you should probably take a cab—and the next day off.
So, where to start, where to go, and what to eat? Here are a few picks:
Master of meat, genius of game Tamara Murphy is holding down the fort for VIP ticket holders, helping tasters to a bite of Terra Plata. Stop by for the lamb shoulder confit, with potato-cauliflower escabeche and salsa verde.
Also in the land of Very Important People, Restaurant Zoe is going double time with lamb pastrami on crostini with pomegranate foam, braised celery root, and cilantro chimichurri, as well as a lamb shank tortellini with housemade ricotta, sage butter, pickled currants.
Manhattan is representing the savory set with a bone marrow pot de creme with smoked onion marmalade and candied bacon. Yeah, you read that right.
If that’s not fancified enough for you, try Purple’s Maine lobster salad with celery, frisée, and a lemon-cayenne aioli.
Delicatus makes use of the amazing beef of Gleason Ranch in two ways. First, try their Wooden Table (house brand) pastrami sliders on Essential rye with a Swiss cheese mornay. Then, Chef Aaron Willis shows off his skill from time spent in Bali with a Balinese rendang curry. Yes please.
Gnocchi Bar chef Lisa Nakamura is going to please the sure-to-be-long lines of people queuing up to taste a preview of her upcoming niche resto, serving up russet potato gnocchi with creamy mushrooms.
In a city of seafood, Ray’s has been mastering the medium for longer than most. Try their smoked sea scallop with coriander poached prawns and pickled tomato for a fresh, plush bite.
There are tons more big flavored little bites, plus more wines than we could possibly list. Tickets are still available here, and don’t forget to come back and report on your winning mouthfuls.