by Corinne Whiting
– The Capitol Hill Times –
Calling all foodies! Just in time for Thanksgiving feast prep, get ready to experience the flavors of Capitol Hill like never before during the Nov. 7 Dishcrawl. On this culinary walkabout, diners sample specialty dishes at four featured restaurants (to be reveled 48 hours before the event) and also meet the chef and owners at each venue.
Tickets cost $39 and include all delicious eats served to one dishcrawler. We recently caught up with Dishcrawl Ambassador Mike Barbre to get the scoop on next week’s mouth-watering food hunt.
Capitol Hill Times: Can you please summarize Dishcrawl Seattle in a sentence or two?
Mike Barbre: Dishcrawl is a new way for foodies and explorers to discover their food neighborhood. We take people on food adventures, such as food crawls, visiting four restaurants in one night to large treasure hunt excursions.
CHT: What is the inspiration behind the event, and what do you hope diners will get out of the experience?
MB: The inspiration of the event is to bring out the local community to explore restaurants that they might have forgotten about or pass by on a daily basis. It’s about inspiring chefs to do a little something extra for patrons who visit and take some time to come say hello.
CHT: How many cities currently host dishcrawls, and what will make this one unique for Seattleites?
MB: Dishcrawl is currently in 30 cities, but we have local Ambassadors in each. Sean and myself are in Seattle and know the area very well, so it’s about bringing the local experience to local folks.
CHT: How are the eateries selected?
MB: Eateries are selected based on our favorites and the interesting ones on the block. Anywhere from the places you know to the places that are typically overlooked. If we find something special in a restaurant, then we feature that venue.
CHT: Do chefs create special dishes for the event, or do they serve items off the standard menu?
MB: They do a mix of both, depends on the chef.
CHT: Why do you choose to keep the selected restaurants secret until just before the event?
MB: It’s part of the fun–we all have preconceived notions about our local eateries, but by keeping them a secret, it makes it about the experience and going into the night with an open mind rather than judging the restaurants beforehand.
CHT: How full should diners expect to feel by the end of the evening? Any tips to prepare for this eatathon?
MB: This is definitely dinner, so diners should come hungry and will be leaving full!
CHT: Why was Capitol Hill chosen as the location for the Nov. 7 crawl?
MB: Capitol Hill was chosen simply because it’s an interesting neighborhood with a wide variety of restaurants.
Purchase tickets at www.dishcrawl.com/seattle. Follow along at @DishcrawlSEA for hints on this year’s selected restaurants. Vegetarian options are available; email firstname.lastname@example.org after purchasing tickets.