Chefs include Tom Douglas, Ethan Stowell, John Sundstrom, Sabrina Tinsley, Holly Smith and Teatro ZinZanni chef Erik Carlson

Teatro ZinZanni today unveiled plans to honor their 15-year anniversary of “Love, Chaos and Dinner” on November 21, 2013 with a special engagement entitledBIG NIGHT featuring a multi-course feast curated by some of the most celebrated chefs of the Pacific Northwest. Culinary icons Tom Douglas of Dahlia Lounge, Etta’s, and many others; Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Sabrina Tinsley of La Spiga; John Sundstrom of Lark; Holly Smith of Café Juanita; and Teatro ZinZanni Chef Erik Carlson will reveal their fall feast menu in the coming weeks.

The magical evening will also pay a special musical tribute to Teatro ZinZanni music director and composer of 15 years, the visionary Norman Durkee. Throughout Durkee’s impressive career he has collaborated with and directed theatrical productions with distinguished celebrities like Ann Wilson, Sally Kellerman, Thelma Houston, Tommy Tune, and Bette Midler. He was a piano-playing prodigy and got his first break with Seattle Opera’s youth program where he created a touring “opera” for kids with director Arne Zaslove. Durkee’s work includes 18 ballets, 32 chamber works, and commercials for Boeing, Nike®, Coca-Cola®, and many other corporations. For years he has been recognized for his virtuosic talents on piano, with a top credit for prominent piano accompaniment played by Durkee in the original studio version of “Takin’ Care of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, recorded at Kaye-Smith Studios in Seattle, Washington.

With great pleasure, Teatro ZinZanni will honor Norm Durkee on this special night with a musical tribute by a surprise celebrity guest and dazzling performances from world famous circus performers.


The top chefs in the Northwest all under one tent

Join Teatro ZinZanni as we celebrate 15 years of “Love, Chaos and Dinner” in Seattle! This year, we shine a spotlight on the food as Executive Chef, Erik Carlson, is joined by some of our area’s culinary icons to create a fall feast. Enjoy courses prepared by Tom Douglas, Holly Smith, Ethan Stowell, John Sundstrom and Sabrina Tinsley. This magical evening will include a musical tribute by a special surprise guest and dazzling performances from our world famous circus performers. This evening of merriment and feasting is not to be missed!

What to wear? Abandon your inhibitions and celebrate the evening with festive dress. From boas to bangles, feel free to deck yourself out in whatever dressy garb suits your style, but please no t-shirts, shorts, or sneakers. The ZinZanni Boutique features a variety of accessories ranging from top hats and tiaras to feathered masks, boas, jewelry, and beyond.

For more event information, please visit:

WHERE: Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer Street, Seattle

WHEN: Thursday, November 21, Doors at 6:30pm

TICKETS: $150 – all ages

For tickets and information, call or visit us online at (206) 802-0015 or

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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