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Wa Na Wari Offers Free African Diasporic Food for Black History Month

Plus, a Lynnwood bar loses staff over a “catch the virus event,” Field to Table returns, and more news

A sandwich, fried plantains, rice, and stew, all laid out on a pink tabletop.
Tina Fahnbulleh of Gold Coast Ghal Kitchen is among local Black chefs featured in Wa Na Wari’s free food program.
Gold Coast Ghal Kitchen

Central District Black art and community center Wa Na Wari is celebrating Black History Month with new exhibitions by Black artists, poetry and visual art events, and free African food for pickup from Black chefs. Food for pickup will be available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m through March. The program is meant to serve the community and promote local Black chefs and their cuisines.

In February, chef Andrew Hype will cook Jamaican dishes on Tuesdays, Lakea Osias will serve New Orleans cuisine on Wednesdays, and Tina Fahnbulleh of pop-up Gold Coast Ghal Kitchen will make Liberian and Ghanaian food on Saturdays. The March chef lineup is to be announced. No pre-order necessary; just show up and eat.

A Lynnwood Bar Loses Staff, Bands, and Customers After Promoting “Catch the Virus” Event

The Daily Herald reported Friday that Lynnwood pirate-themed bar Vessel Taphouse lost four employees and three shows from bands after the business publicized an event on Facebook by writing, “Come see the show, maybe catch the virus or just stay home and whine” and offered a discount for those who arrived with positive COVID-19 tests. The owner, Steve Hartley, told The Herald that it was an “ill-advised attempt at humor” from an employee who has since been let go.

Field to Table Returns to Lumen Field With a Lineup of 17 Local Chefs

Field to Table, an annual dinner series on Lumen Field, is back with dinners from 17 local chefs through February 20. The series starts off tonight with James Beard Award-winning chef Jason Wilson and ends with dinner by star chef Melissa Miranda of Musang. Other chefs in the lineup include Communion’s Kristi Brown, Spinasse’s Stuart Lane, and Rupee Bar’s Liz Kenyon. Tickets start at $109. More information, including the full schedule, on the website.

Beloved Capitol Hill Parisian Restaurant Café Presse Will Close February 13

Capitol Hill’s French restaurant Café Presse, which was loved by locals and chefs including the late Anthony Bourdain, will serve its last roast chicken on February 13. The Seattle Times reported last week that owners Jim Drohman and Joanne Herron also plan to sell their Pike Place Bistro Le Pichet (also a favorite of Bourdain’s) in the next two years.