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Edouardo Jordan Plans Big Event for Black History Month
Chef Edouardo Jordan, owner of the highly acclaimed JuneBaby and Salare, has announced details for the Soul of Seattle, a cultural and culinary event he’s organizing to celebrate Black History Month. It will take place February 7 at the Central District’s Northwest African American Museum and features James Beard Award winner Toni Tipton-Martin reading from her new book Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African American Cooking. As for bites, the evening will highlight creations from 10 local chefs of color, including Kristi Brown (That Brown Girl Cooks), Wayne Johnson (FareStart), Makini Howell (Plum Bistro), and Trey Lamont (Jerk Shack). Tickets run $75 to $500, from general admission to VIP packages, and proceeds go to organizations that support youth of color.
PCC Readies Its New Central District Store
PCC Community Markets — the high-end food co-op, which has 14 stores in the Puget Sound Area — publicly announced plans this week to open in the Central District location recently vacated by the never-finished New Seasons Market, on 23rd Ave and Union Street. New Seasons abandoned the project when it was bought out last month, but not before getting pushback from the Central District community concerned about gentrification. Has the new tenant learned a lesson from its predecessor’s stumbles? Part of the press release for the new PCC notes that the grocer worked “ to ensure that the square footage could benefit the community.” More specifically, it brought in a “yet-to-be-named food and beverage establishment” to the space, and claims 100 union jobs will come to the area when the store opens in the first half of 2020. But the situation remains complicated.
No Anchor Collaborates with Michelin-Starred New York Restaurant
No Anchor — the celebrated Belltown restaurant and bar — is planning a new collaborative dinner series entitled Distant Shores, basically special events with friends from out of town. The first meal in the series will take place January 22 and features New York’s Oxalis, recently awarded a Michelin star. Oxalis does a vegetable-heavy tasting menu, and No Anchor feels the restaurant’s emphasis on carefully-curated beverage parings aligns with its own ethos. For this dinner, there will be eight courses at $110 per person, with No Anchor’s Jaimon Westing and Oxalis’s Nico Russell creating four of the courses each. Oxalis’s beverage director, Piper Kristensen, and No Anchor owner, Chris Elford, will curate the drink pairings, available for an additional $50 per person.