Brandt Bishop's restaurant and wine garden program are slowly taking over the space vacated by Hommage. Amid this staggered roll-out of Branded at the Almquist Family Vintners in Queen Anne, including a wine garden space that opened April 1, Bishop is also preparing to cook a five-course pop-up later this month.
Hosted by Seattle food blog Foodie Empire, the ambitious event is the first in a series called Pop:Luck. The dinner involves a family-style meal with wine pairings, live painting by artist Ten Hundred, and music by DJ Santa Maria Rivera. It all takes place in The Kitchen by Delicatus in Pioneer Square on April 30. Tickets and more information are available on the Foodie Empire site.
Meanwhile, Bishop is opening Branded in sections. He's anticipating a June 1 opening of two indoor bar areas separate from the outside wine garden. There will be an upstairs bar "that will serve as a tasting room for all of the 39 wines that are being produced at the winery currently." That's a much wider offering than the wine garden, which offers only three wines by the glass and eight or nine bottles. The tasting room will have a menu of snacks similar to what's being offered currently outside.
Also opening June 1 will be a downstairs bar that "will serve as a full-service bar as opposed to just wine." This bar will have "more composed and refined plates, as opposed to snacks."
These openings are all leading up to the full roll-out of the Branded restaurant later this year.