Now in its 8th year, Town Hall Seattle’s Talk of the Town features 10 intimate dinner parties prepared by 10 renowned chefs in 10 wonderful homes filled with notable local personalities. After a cocktail reception and auction at Town Hall, guests depart for 10 simultaneous dinner parties in exclusive homes throughout the city. Each dinner features a pair of celebrity Seattleites whose accomplishments inspire stimulating and provocative conversation around the ‘Talk of the Town’—a single topic discussed at each party. Not a tuxedo is in sight, just a perfect dinner party!
UPDATE: Party 11 just added!
Party 11— Dow Constantine was elected King County Executive in 2009, after fifteen years in local and state elected office. After six years at the helm of Artist Trust, Fidelma McGinn is the newly-appointed Vice President for Philanthropic Services at Seattle Foundation. Seattle Weekly writes that chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough “command [some] of Seattle's most cutting edge kitchens”: Spur, Tavern Law, and their latest, The Coterie Room. Activist Stephanie Solien and Frank Greer, a political consultant, host in their grand home atop Queen Anne Hill.
Party 1 –– Rob McKenna is Washington’s Attorney General and a candidate for Governor. Trish Dziko is Executive Director of the Technology Access Foundation, an advocate for STEM education for students of color. Community volunteer Stephanie Mehdi, with husband Yusuf, Chief Marketing Officer for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, host in their newly remodeled beach house-inspired Mercer Island home on Lake Washington. Chef John Sundstrom, a James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Northwest in 2007, led the foodie transformation of Capitol Hill’s 12th Avenue with his artisan-focused Lark.
Party 2 –– Jim Graham is the award-winning architect behind Melrose Market and restaurants like The Walrus & The Carpenter, Revel, and Skillet. Actress Suzanne Bouchard recently starred as Queen Elizabeth in ACT’s hit play Mary Stuart. The Capitol Hill loft of artist Steve Jensen and Vincent Lipe features their personal art collection and studio. Scott Staples is the culinary mastermind behind the popular gastropub Quinn’s and Restaurant Zoë, formerly of Belltown and soon to reopen on Capitol Hill.
Party 3 –– Architect and former Seattle city councilmember Peter Steinbrueck’s current focus is on advancing urban sustainability in the U.S. Filmmaker Lynn Shelton directed We Go Way Back, Humpday (a breakout hit at the Sundance Film Festival) and the upcoming Your Sister’s Sister, as well as the “Hands and Knees” episode of Mad Men. ACT Executive Director Carlo Scandiuzzi and wife Lalie, founder of Moonjar, welcome guests at their Madison Park Mediterranean-meets NW style home featuring a contemporary art collection. Josh Henderson—whose former kitchen, an airstream called Skillet was a pioneer of the city’s now-burgeoning food truck scene—brought his contemporary take on classic cuisine indoors to the Pike/Pine.
Party 4 ––Sally Clark is the newly-elected Seattle City Council President and has previously chaired its Planning, Land Use, and Neighborhoods committees. IT Wizard Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the UW and co-chaired the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. “Delicious plants and animals, with a squeeze of lemon” irreverently defines the cuisine of Cormac Mahoney, whose Madison Park Conservatory has been called “divine”, and “a neighborhood treasure” by the Seattle Times.
PhotoRocket President & CEO Michael Cockrill hosts at he and his wife Tracy Newman's stunning 1891 Madrona Victorian, formerly home to author Mary McCarthy.
Party 5 – Newly Appointed Executive Director of Meany Hall Michelle Witt is also Artistic Director of UW World Series. Catharina Manchanda, the new Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum, plans to bring a vibrant program with national and international artists to Seattle. Developer Liz Dunn led the revitalization of the Pike Pine corridor with the food destinations (Melrose Market and Piston & Ring) and notable loft projects. Arts patron Katharyn Gerlich welcomes guests into her Lake Washington waterfront home filled with her personal collection of Northwest Contemporary art. Renee Erickson, award winning chef and co-owner of Boat Street Café, known for its rustic Provence cuisine, and The Walrus and the Carpenter, rated in Bon Appétit magazine as one of the top ten restaurants in the Country.
Party 6 –– Michael Young, is the new President of the University of Washington. Dubbed the “dean of Pacific Northwest economy watchers” by the Seattle Times, Michael Parks is Editor Emeritus of Marples Northwest Business Letter. Hosts Nick and Julie Eitel welcome guests to their new waterfront home in Windermere designed by Eric Cobb that seamlessly blends the indoor and outdoor experience. Chef Matt Dillon’s Sitka & Spruce anchors of Capitol Hill’s foodie paradise Melrose Market, while his The Corson Building is a celebration of food and community.
Party 7 –– Newly re-elected Seattle School Board President Michael DeBell is a six year veteran of the Board. Award-winning couture dress designer Luly Yang is heralded for the timeless elegance of her creations. Interior Designer Julie Tall hosts in her beautifully appointed Denny-Blaine Tudor. Brendan McGill’s Hitchcock is aBainbridgeIsland destination for its imagination, scrupulous detailed, and farm-to-table philosophy.
Party 8 –– Seattle Symphony Executive Director Simon Woods (along with new Music Director Ludovic Morlot) have made quite a splash as they steer the orchestra toward its next phase. Akhtar Badshah is the Senior Director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft, supervising the company’s worldwide philanthropic efforts. Entrepreneur Robert Wahbe and his wife, Lisa, a former line-chef at the French Laundry, welcome guests to their modern Washington Park home designed by Lisa Latini-Kirkendall featuring a contemporary art collection. Devoted to local and seasonal ingredients, Matt Costello singlehands his Northwest Suppers at the Inn at Langley, consistently rated “extraordinary” by Zagat.
Party 9 –– Former Sierra Club chair/current Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien took office in 2009. Chris Rogers was Project Manager for the Olympic Sculpture Park, and is currently developing theBullittCenter, billed as the greenest office building on the planet. Architect Stephen Romein and his wife, activist and community volunteer Ty Cramer share their Denny-Blaine home with sweeping views of Lake Washington. Beloved Northwest chef/food writer Greg Atkinson (Canlis, Friday Harbor House) is readying his long-anticipated Marche for a March opening on Bainbridge Island.
Party 10 –– Leroy Hood is President and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, a non-profit research center noted for its interdisciplinary approach and advocacy of systems thinking to P4 medicine— predictive, preventive, personalized, participatory. Architect & Urbanist Bob Swain and Bellevue Arts Museum Artistic Director/Director of Curatorial Affairs Stefano Catalani host in their newly expanded, exquisite jewel box of a home on Phinney Ridge. (Yes, there is a secret door.) Uniting culture, food, and conversation, Michael Hebb is the creative force behind onepot.org and the Sorrento Hotel’s Night School programs.
Tickets are $300 per person, fully tax-deductible. Call 206/652-4255, ext 19 to reserve your spot. Don't wait! Parties fill quickly and party choices are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.