Restaurant showcases local talent from Canlis, Poquitos, Serious Pie and more
Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge in Belltown is showcasing local chef talent via five upcoming chef pop up dinners in collaboration with Bell + Whete Executive Chef Stew Navarre, formerly of Canlis. Dinners will be held weekly from January 26 through February 24. Local chefs, including Manny Arce from Poquitos and Mario Hevia from Canlis, will showcase their skills and explore different cuisines during the five-week series.
Executive Chef Stew Navarre, of Bell + Whete, and formerly of Canlis, has collaborated with seven local chefs to create unique, one-night-only menus at Bell + Whete.
Pop Up Series Schedule (all dinners include beverage pairings):
Jan 26 – Mario Hevia + Baruch Ellsworth of Canlis present: A night out with Cascade Brewing
Mario Hevia, Sous Chef at Canlis and Baruch Ellsworth, Pastry Chef at Canlis, flex their talented chef skills through an expertly sourced and prepared multi-course dinner featuring mackerel sashimi, black cod, brisket and more. Mario draws inspiration form his home country of Chile and his new home, the Pacific Northwest. Baruch’s talent does not stop in the pastry shop. He has worked on both savory and sweet at restaurants including Campton Place, The Dinning Room at the Ritz Rarlton and Cory Lee’s Benu in San Francisco.
Feb 3 – Manny Arce of Poquitos presents: Italian American 2.0
A casual, family-style dinner by Chef Manny using expertly sourced ingredients that highlight Italian American dishes and flavors. Manny hails from California but has made the Pacific Northwest his home. He has worked under Ethan Stowell at Union and Jason Stoneburner at Bastille. Manny was the opening chef at Poquitos and has been there since.
Feb 10 – Deb Taylor, formerly of Canlis and Eleven Madison Park, with bartender + husband Scott Ross present: A French Inspired Evening
Former Executive Sous Chef of Canlis and Eleven Madison Park alum, Chef Deb Taylor is rolling out a one night only French inspired menu featuring expert beverage pairings from her husband and Intermezzo Carmine bar manager, Scott Ross. With Chef Deb preparing the food and Scott expertly pairing each course this is a must-attend dinner from a dynamic food and beverage duo.
Feb 17 – Sabrina Brzusek of Serious Pie Capitol Hill presents: Contemporary Italian
Chef Sabrina Brzusek will be showcasing her spin on Contemporary Italian with an exciting multi-course dinner. She has traveled through Italy and worked at Café Press, Cuoco and Canlis. Hors d’ oeuvres will be followed by a seated four course dinner with beer pairings from Bell + Whete’s extensive inventory including more than 100 domestic and international varieties with 60+ taps.
Feb 24 – Bell + Whete’s Chef de Cuisine Amy Beaumier + Sous Chef Chris Medina present: Modern French-Asian
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