On a bright and sunny New Year’s Eve like today, we happily look back at this hectic, delicious year and thank all of you for your patronage, support, and continued interest in our restaurants and events. We are but a small family here and we are thankful that you make our restaurants and food a part of your lives. We look forward to the year to come with bubbly and full bellies!
This year, La Bodega opened its doors on Prefontaine and its sancocho warmed us through winter with bowls of sancocho. Chef Manu is featured in a spread in Seattle Magazine’s chef issue sporting Butch Blum’s fancy wares, and his puerco asado gains new fans for this beloved cult sandwich shop. Gluten-free folks can rejoice, as most La Bodega menu items can come gluten-free, including its crunchy, toothsome empanadas made fresh with ground yucca.
Kedai Makan celebrated its one year anniversary, took an inspirational trip to Malaysia, and upped the heat, peddling jars of its chili sauces and sambals so our homemade stir fry will sing. Kevin and Alysson made a seasonal return to the Broadway Farmers markets, where Kevin slung rotis and flipped murtabaks under the summer sun.On weekends, we fiendishly licked our fingers on rib nights and ended our late night romps with Ramly burgers.
Dustin at Art of the Table earned a James Beard nod for his ability to make every season shine, particularly autumn with an Autumnal Harvest Supper Club dinner. From small fish fished from Lopez Island to sunshine kissed tomatoes and decorative gourds, the Table’s menu boasted the year round bounty of the Northwest. Regulars, friends and family celebrated as Shannon and Dustin tied the knot, and the two will be off on their honeymoon come the new year!
Dackel’s Josh Nebe, cook at Radiator Whiskey, is one of two Seattle chefs named in this year’s Eater’s Young Guns. He also crafts sausages at Hitchcock Deli in Georgetown, and plans for more pop ups in the coming year.
Soma-san at Miyabi 45th took a devilish turn away from her usual soba repertoire in debuting Onibaba Ramen for lunch on Wednesdays. Meanwhile, soba continues to get the limelight as chef Soma gets recognized as most creative chef in Seattle Magazine’s chefs issue and recognized at the ACRS (Asian Counseling and Referral Service) annual gala along with Top Chef Kirsten Kish. Just another day in Seattle’s premier noodle destination!
Meanwhile, we debuted 5th Taste Events with a huge summer bash on the rooftop of WithinSodo with the help of the city’s most lauded bartenders and chefs, and more recently, we were able to raise nearly $10K via a silent raffle for respected chef and friend Tyler Moritz. We look forward to more reasons to celebrate, gather, and enjoy food together with you next year. Wishing everyone a happy new year!