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Guest Chef Dinner Series!

FUTURE OF DIVERSITY – GUEST CHEF PROGRAM 
This exciting program features guest chefs and artisans of color to showcase their culinary talents, delicious food and drink, and other interesting concepts at la Spiga. 

MAY 2022

a bottle and a glass of orange juice

GUEST MEZCALIER & GUEST CHEF
Virtual Mezcal Tasting Class & Dinner with
Mezcalier Yesenia Pimentel and Chef Ana Sainz  

Participants will gain a new appreciation for Mezcal as Yesenia leads this engaging, in depth, 1 1/2 hour comprehensive course, which will include tasting four different Mezcals with intriguing pairings. After the class, participants will enjoy the delicious and perfectly paired takeout dinner from Chef Ana.

Virtual Class will take place on Monday, May 23 from 6:00–8:00 PM
Orders must be placed by May 20, and picked up at la Spiga on May 23
Details & Ordering
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JUNE GUEST CHEF 
Hillel Echo-Hawk – Birch Basket Catering
After receiving her degree in Culinary Arts from Seattle Central College, Hillel has been working as a cook in some of Seattle’s most innovative and popular restaurants. As the owner of Birch Basket, her food and work has been featured in multiple national and international media sources; Including James Beard, Bon Appetit, Eater, Huffpost, National Geographic, PBS, Vogue, The Seattle Times, and more. She has a passion for local, ethically sourced and sustainable foods, all through an Indigenous lens and perspective.

Date TBD: This will be an in-person event — additional details coming soon.

JULY GUEST CHEF 
Gino García – Mextizo
Date TBD: details coming 

AUGUST GUEST CHEFS
Wil Yee – Memoirs of a Gay Chef & Tiffany Ran – Ba Ba Lio Taiwanese Pop Up
Date TBD: details coming  

SEPTEMBER GUESTS
Heather Adams – Semi-Woo & Omaretta Sharpley – Om Bless Wellness
Date TBD: Meditation and Mindful Eating in-person event – details coming       

OCTOBER GUEST PASTRY CHEFS
Nirav Vashi and Alice McCarthy
An amazing High Tea event! – details coming

NOVEMBER GUEST
Tina Fahnbulleh – Gold Coast Ghal Kitchen
Date TBD: details coming  

2nd ANNUAL DECEMBER HOLIDAY MARKET
Date TBD: Guest chefs and artisans (past, future and present) will be invited to set up their own market stands at la Spiga. Guests will enjoy shopping, mingling and eating various street foods being prepared that day. Last's year's event was a hit, and we're expecting this year's market to be even bigger and more amazing!   

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Support & learn more about our previous Guest Chefs!

2022
FEBRUARY GUESTS

Verdunville Kitchen
Verdunville Kitchen is a culinary concept bridging the passion of three sisters—Sabrina Tinsley, Executive Chef and co-owner of Osteria la Spiga; Sachia Tinsley, Executive Chef and co-owner of Peyrassol Café; and youngest sister Trisha Tinsley—their robust Verdun lineage, and their Louisiana heritage.
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MARCH GUEST CHEF DUO
Elvia Escobar & Jessica Juarez – Como en Casa 
Elvia and Jessica moved to Seattle 20 years ago. Each came from a family of women where cooking was their passion, and now, they consider cooking as the center point of their lives. Their goal is to give happiness through their food, and make people feel truly at home. They create traditional Mexican and Salvadoran dishes with incredible skill and flair.
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APRIL – SPECIAL COMMUNITY BOX
After receiving some sad very news about one of our previous guest chefs, Monica Wachira, our FOD community has pulled together to offer an exciting box full of items in order to raise funds to provide her with much needed resources. A big thank you to: Omaretta Sharpley, Chef Tina Fahnbulleh, Chef Sachia Tinsley & Sisters, Chef Wil Yee, Chef Elvia Escobar, Chef Gino García, Chef Mahogany Williams, Colina Bruce, Chefs Adama Jammeh & Oumie Sallah, Chef Natalie Evans, Chef Sabrina Tinsley, and Chef Michael Poole

2021
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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