16th Annual Cooking with Class 2017 at Salty's on Alki with more than a Million Raised
Cook with Your Favorite Seattle Chefs, Sept. 14
By Connie Adams, Seattle DINING! Editor
Each September, Salty’s Seafood Grills throws immense support behind a fundraiser called Cooking with Class. 2017 is the 16th year it will take place at Salty’s on Alki. Proceeds benefit senior programs through the Pike Place Market Foundation.
In one evening, 22 chefs gather to teach their recipes to guests. Each guest chooses three chefs to work with; there are eight guests in each class. Salty’s provides gloves so guests can jump in and make those dishes with the chefs. Once made, it’s time to eat and enjoy with wines that wineries have paired specifically with the chefs’ recipes. It all takes place on Alki’s banquet floor with that amazing Salty’s view of Seattle’s skyline.
Guests might learn to make a vegetarian dish from Aaron Willis of Ciudad Grill, harissa-braised octopus from Christian Chandler of Serafina/Cicchetti, or salmon belly three ways from Raymond Southern of Rosario Resort. Dessert options are a baked Alaska sundae by Kurt Goddard of Salty’s, and chocolate truffles and tips from Chloe Lee of the new SLS hotel (slated to open in August). Returning restaurants include Salty’s on Redondo Beach and Salty’s on Alki, Racha Thai, Purple Café, SkyCity, Copperleaf at Cedarbrook Lodge, Columbia Hospitality’s Talaris Conference Center, LloydMartin, Hoist House at Swiftwater Cellars, Sushi Chinoise, Collections Café, and FareStart. New restaurants this year are Le Pichet, Elliott’s Oyster House, Six Seven at the Edgewater, Dahlia Lounge, Salish Lodge & Spa, Ciudad Grill, Rosario Resort, and Serafina/Cicchetti.
Evening openers include a cocktail from Heritage Distilling, fresh-shucked oysters from Taylor Shellfish on the front deck, and oyster-friendly wines. New this year is Esquin Wine & Spirits manning the oyster wine tasting table. Inside, the tasting table offers tastes of each wine that is being paired with chefs’ dishes. Also new and on hand this year: Mac ‘n Jack’s Brewery and Sur la Table.
While hard to pinpoint, there is something very special about this event. Guests and chefs are like old friends, the atmosphere is relaxed (until the auction starts!), and guests enjoy picking the raffle items they want to win. It’s a wonderful thing to have this much fun while doing so much good for our senior neighbors.
If you haven’t registered yet, go to www.seattledining.com/cwc. Check out the chefs, their dishes, wine pairings, and then head to the registration page. Simple! See you on September 14, at 6 p.m.
Connie Adams produces Cooking with Class.