Guest Chef Dinner Series!
FUTURE OF DIVERSITY – GUEST CHEF PROGRAM
An exciting program featuring guest chefs of color to showcase their culinary talents and and delicious foods from around the globe.
DECEMBER HOLIDAY MARKET
Sunday, December 5 – 12 to 4 PM
Join La Spiga in welcoming our "Future of Diversity" Guest Chefs for our inaugural Holiday Market, a tantalizing offering of hot street foods and an array of packaged goods—spice blends, jams, baked goods, sauces, wellness products, chocolates, wine and more. Chat with the chefs, enjoy live music, and get your holiday shopping on! A cash bar will also be available, and attendees will have a chance to win an incredible gift basket full of goodies from our guest chefs and La Spiga's pantry (attendees will receive 1 raffle ticket for every $5 donated to the Future of Diversity program).
Support & learn more about our previous Guest Chefs!
FEBRUARY GUEST CHEF
Chef Mahogany Williams – The Pickled Chef
The Pickled Chef is your gateway to all things soulful and satisfying, and Chef Mahogany's method is simple: reimagine comfort food favorites using modern global flavors.
MARCH GUEST CHEF DUO
Natalie Evans – We Be JAMin’ Bakery & Carlington Noble
Afro-Caribbean chef Natalie and her Jamaican partner Carlington Noble turned to their Caribbean roots for their 3-course takeout dinner featuring favorite foods from their childhood.
APRIL GUEST CHEF
Monica Wachira – Monique's Hot Kitchen
Chef Monica's goal is to serve the best Kenyan cuisine globally that the world has ever had, using the most natural ingredients available because she believes that fresh, organic food not only tastes better, but also is healthier.
MAY GUEST CHEF
Wil Yee – Memoirs of a Gay Chef and Duos Catering
Filipino-born Chef Wil Yee is obsessed about retracing his roots and is starting a cookbook series where the mission is “healing through food.” His palate is hyper refined, and his technique is impeccable.
JUNE GUEST CHEF
Shaili Parekh – Earth and Spice
Chef Shaili Parekh, a first-generation Indian American, is an avid forager, fermenter, and herbalist. She puts a Pacific Northwest twist on traditional Indian flavors with flare, grace and fantasy.
JULY GUEST CHEF
Jalissa Horton – Chef Jalissa Culinary Co. and Chef J Cooks Club
Chef Jalissa takes pride in preparing delicious comfort food using flavors around the world. Her southern comfort dishes reflect her family’s favorite recipes inspired by the African Diaspora. She graduated from Johnson & Wales University, with a degree in Culinary Arts, and Florence University of Arts, Italy.
AUGUST GUEST CHEF DUO
Adama Jammeh and Oumie Sallah – Afella Jollof Catering
Sisters Adama & Oumie share their wonderful Senegalese and Gambian heritage through a wide variety of authentic Senegambian dishes. Afella translates to "tastes good" in the Serere language spoken in Gambia & Senegal, and Jollof is a local name given to the place.
SEPTEMBER GUEST CHEF & GUEST WINEMAKER
Chef Michael Poole – Hot Chocolat
Chef Michael Poole is a retired Seattle fire officer, with more than 39 years of experience as a firehouse cook, concessionaire, and caterer. He has won several culinary awards, and is a three-time gold winner and recipient of the master’s award at the International Chocolate Salon. Chef Michael creates unforgettable delicacies that encourage you to have “just one more” again and again.
Winemaker Shae Frichette – Frichette Winery
Shae Frichette is the multi-award-winning co-owner and assistant winemaker at Frichette Winery, a limited production winery and tasting room in Washington's Red Mountain AVA. In 2013, Shae and her husband and co-owner decided they wanted to create a business that would "give them goosebumps" and joy, and Frichette Winery was born.
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