Surprise dining experiences (mystery meat loaf, whodunit dinner theater) don’t sit well with you — or your stomach.
Ease safely into the culinary unknown at Zephyr Paquette’s (Elliott Bay Cafe, Cafe Flora, Poco Wine Room) Skelly and the Bean, a new community-supported restaurant-slash-incubator opening Thursday.
From Wednesday to Sunday, the focus is on the seasoned chef’s farm-to-table comfort food: tater tots with sour cherry ketchup, buckets of raindrop-shaped donuts and accompanying jam puddles, and secret chicken (you won’t know whether it’s fried, braised, grilled, or stuffed until it hits the table). Naturally, local farms (Alm Hill Gardens, Crown S Ranch), breweries, and wine providers (Northwest Wine Academy) supply key ingredients.
On closed nights, burgeoning chefs and culinary students seeking to prove their restaurant chops take over the kitchen and dining areas. Think pop-ups and anything-goes test kitchens.
Your guess is as good as ours.
Skelly and the Bean, 2359 Tenth Avenue East (206-328-2326 or skellyandthebean.com).
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