Monday, August 13, 2007
Happy Birthday Market!
Pike Place Market turns 100 this year and, in honor of this auspicious event, we decided to blow some serious cash and go to the centennial version of the Market's annual Sunset Supper, a fundraiser featuring some of the Northwest's best food and booze to support the Market's many charitable endeavors. It was a perfect Seattle summer night after a gray day that had threatened rain. The cobblestone street was closed off and the main market day-vendor area was filled to the brim with booths offering every manner of culinary delight. There were too many wonderful restaurants represented to list them all, but here is a representative sampling: Canlis serving a perfect braised beef short rib; Chez Shea serving ahi tartare with avocado, cucumber, & wasabi soy vinaigrette; Salish Lodge serving salmon mousse on petite brioche; Andaluca serving a sweet corn risotto; Matt's in the Market serving a smoked trout salad; and Beecher's Cheese serving their famous "World's Best" mac & cheese. We went with a colleague of Paul's from the Art Institute and each of us had our favorites. I was enthralled with the Fish Club's Coco Lopez mussel shooter, though the others thought it a tad too sweet. Bob favored Cascadia's sweet corn panna cotta, corn gelato, and duck bacon salad, served by Kerry Sear himself, though Paul found it a bit too cold for his teeth. And Paul was enamored of Le Pichet's carmelized rice pudding with fresh blueberries and cream about which we all had to agree.