I had the chance to attend the first ever Broadway Sizzle communal dinner this weekend for the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Chef Dustin Joseph created a local menu and volunteered his time to cook for what must have been over 100 people…all on a charcoal grill. The flavors were great, and it was a really fun time.
As you can see from the photos, the table, set up right in the middle of Broadway in downtown Tacoma, was super long and elegantly appointed. Communal dinners are great because you can get to know the people you’re sitting next to.
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Today is the 15th Annual Art on the Ave, 6th Avenue Tacoma’s awesome street fair celebrating art and community. There’s a fun food aspect, the Grub Crawl, where participating restaurants feature a special $6 appetizer-sized item.
Participating restaurants include Medi’s Pizza and Pasta, North China Garden, Jazzbones, Gateway to India, Marrow Kitchen Bar, O’Malley’s Irish Pub, Dirty Oscar’s Annex, Legendary Doughnuts, Ice Cream Social and Gateway to India. Check out their special menu items on the article I wrote for NorthwestMilitary.com. Stop by the brick and mortar locations of the restaurants to purchase the items. Ice Cream Social and Gateway to India will have booths at the festival, however.
The Grub Crawl has a second component, the Grub Crawl Challenge, where the restaurants will enter their items to be judged by Elisa Jaffe of KOMO 4, Tyrus Smith, Executive Director of the Tacoma Evergreen State College and myself, Adrienne Kuehl. The winner will be crowned King or Queen of the Grub Crawl.
I’m looking forward to trying all the different dishes! I have a feeling it’ll be hard to choose a favorite. Come by the Community Stage in the Walt’s Parking lot today at 2:30 to watch the judging competition.
Art on the Ave is today from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. between Cedar and Trafton Streets.
Today I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Moveable Feast at Cheney Stadium.
The gathering of over 30 food trucks in Tacoma was organized by the incredible Alyson Jones of the Tacoma Rainiers. Thank you, Alyson and the Rainiers for bringing such a great event to Tacoma! The best part? A portion of the proceeds benefit Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
Tacoma doesn’t exactly have a huge food truck culture…yet. Back in 2010, I wrote about some changes that were being made to our local attitude and regulations, as well as the general lack of support and encouragement regarding creating a food truck/cart culture around here. I’m hoping that is something that will change, especially from the throngs of thousands of folks who flocked to today’s event.
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