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All You Can Eat

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April 21, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Urban Eats Nosh-a-thon. I’m going to Tukwila. You?

I’m not much for launch parties. Or any big-honkin’-parties whatsoever. But the Urban Eats Nosh-a-thon — a kick-off event for the latest in a line-up of month-long, 3-course-for-$30 restaurant promos — sounds like something I shouldn’t miss. The entry fee ($30) is a donation for the job-training program FareStart (and you know how much I love FareStart), but that’s not why I’m driving to Tukwila Saturday to party down from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sure, I’ll be sipping wine and snacking on foods prepared by 10 chefs culled from Urban Eats’ 48 participating restaurants (see full list below). And though seattletimes.com is sponsoring the Urban Eats promotion — set to offer dinnertime discounts May 3-31, exclusive of Mother’s Day — I won’t be heading south because The Boss insisted I should. I’m going because the Nosh-a-thon (details here) is being held at the Basco Kitchen Design Showroom. And because this meet-the-chefs-event will have them cooking — LIVE from TUKWILA! — at 10 of Basco’s 15 demonstration-kitchen stations.

While I’m there, I can ogle the goods, and by goods, I’m not talking about whatever nibbles the chefs from joints like Palace Kitchen, Taberna del Alabardero, The Georgian and Dulces Latin Bistro are cooking up. I’m talking about the showroom’s showy appliances — each set up in its own little version of somebody’s “dream kitchen.” Mine, perhaps? The very kitchen we were chatting about last week when I told you about my upcoming remodel.

That post had nearly 50 of you (and counting) responding on-line with your heartfelt and instructive do’s and don’ts — calling a spade a spade (or more precisely, a lemon a lemon), telling me what’s worked for you, and what hasn’t. One of you (signed in as — love it! — “Go Away I’m Cooking”) even suggested I check out the Basco showroom. So, how can I resist?

While others may go to the kick-off party to schmooze and rub elbows with the chefs — who, believe me, will be happy to yak about their menus and promote their restaurants — I’ll be making the best of this timely fest by checking out Basco’s “gourmet vignettes” (that’s PR-speak for “fancy-pants kitchens”), getting intimate with the likes of La Cornue, Gaggenau, Dacor and Bosch (among other ranges, fridges and dishwashers) in hope of getting ideas for my not-so-fancy-pants kitchen:

Yo Nance! Nice dishwasher! I heard it leaks when you run it.

See you there?

As for the restaurants participating in the three-course $30 dinner Urban Eats promotion next month (the official Web site’s not yet live), here’s that list I promised:

13 Coins (Seattle)

94 Stewart

Al Boccalino

Ama-Ama Oyster Bar & Grill

Anthony’s HomePort (Kirkland)

Anthony’s HomePort (Shilshole Bay)

bin vivant

BOKA Kitchen + Bar

Brasa

The Calcutta Grill

Carmelita

Cellar 46

Divine

Dulces Latin Bistro

Enotria

Flo Restaurant & Sake Bar

Garage

Il Bistro

Ipanema Brazilian Grill

Iris Grill

Ivar’s Acres of Clams

Ivar’s Salmon House

La Rustica

Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian (Ballard)

Maximilien

Palace Kitchen

Pearl Bar and Dining

Portage

Red Fin

Ristorante Luciano

Salty’s on Alki Beach

Salty’s at Redondo Beach

Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar (Bellevue)

Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar (Seattle)

Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge

Shuckers

Snoose Junction Pizzeria Part Dieu (Greenwood)

Spencer’s For Steaks and Chops

Taberna del Alabardero

The Georgian

The Third Floor Fish Cafe

Ten Mercer Dinner and Drinks

The Jones Bistro and Lounge

tidbit Bistro

Tilikum Place Cafe

Paragon Restaurant and Bar

The Parlor Billiards & Spirits

Trellis

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