capitol cider co.
Seattle's own Capitol Cider launched it's very first Chef's Collaborative Dinner on March 31st. 20 guests joined the fairly new gluten-free restaurant for a 6-course gluten free meal prepared by 6 different local chefs along with unique pairings from Finnriver Cidery. I can't tell you how excited I am about these dinners becoming a regular occurrence; for those practicing a gluten-free lifestyle, having options like this dinner is phenomenal. These cidermaker/chef's collaborative dinners are a new series for Capitol Cider, who is hoping to host them every other month or so.
I had a chance to sample some of the amazing dishes and talk to some of the even more fantastic chefs responsible for creating them. The photos speak for themselves; I was particularly keen on the Beef Tongue dish by Dezi. Initially I didn't presume I'd be a huge fan for of this dish for less than obvious reasons but it honestly blew me away. I was expecting tough meat and instead I experienced what tasted like stewed beef falling off the bone with a savory hint of egg yolk mustard. I also couldn't get enough of MarkYoung's pork tenderloin! It was to die for. Notably, I was particularly impressed with the service staff at Capitol Cider. Being in the food and beverage industry personally for a decade or so, I find myself getting very involved and particular about my waitstaff and service. This crew was exceptionally friendly and accommodating. Case in point!
Conclusion: Sign me up! I don't think I can get enough of these dinners! 6 gluten-free courses? 6 ciders? 6 fantastic local chefs? The next Chef's Collaborative Dinner will be Monday, June 2nd and they will be featuring Spanish wines.
I'm in- and you should be too.