Seattle ups its outdoor dining game, Seahawks-style


SEATTLE (AP) – Tired of the same old, same old pandemic meal? Seattle says: Game sure.

For a limited time, foodies can score an al fresco meal at social distance at the home of the city’s NFL team, the Seahawks.

The ‘Field to Table’ series of restaurants kicked off this month at Lumen Field, offering upscale dining, as well as a stadium view normally reserved for players and coaches.

It’s not cheap though: the cost is $ 100 per person, plus taxes and service charges. Drinks are also extra.

What is included? Arrival through the same steel tunnel bearing the Seahawks logo used by the team on game day, a seat in an open-sided tent on the ground near the northern end area, and a four-course meal served by a rotating roster of local chefs.

Event producer Sam Minkoff says he thinks the restaurant series is the first of its kind in the United States

And people eat it.

All of the original dates quickly sold out, but Minkoff noted that additional reservations will be available soon. He said his company, SE Productions, was able to book two weeks of overtime, extending the event until March.

Field-to-table meals are prepared in the stadium kitchen and in an adjoining heated tent. There are two seats per evening, seating around 100 people each, as night falls and the stadium is transformed by the glow of purple and green lights.

Among the guests on the first night of the event were Tom and Debbie Gallagher, who were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary.

The Seattle Couple – Season starts for more over 15 – snapped selfies and sampled dishes including seared diver’s scallops and slow-grilled prime rib. Tom wore a No.59 jersey from linebacker Julian Peterson, who played for the Seahawks from 2006-2008, and both wore Santa hats and face masks in the team colors.

A portion of the proceeds goes to the nonprofit Big Table, which helps struggling restaurant and hospitality workers. Seattle-area restaurants recently resumed reduced-capacity indoor seating after being limited to take-out or limited outdoor seating.

Minkoff is a veteran of producing events for thousands of people in cities across the United States, but Field To Table is his first in-person event since the start of the pandemic.

He was able to keep his business alive with virtual cooking and craft classes for in-home customers.

But Minkoff said with the Lumen Field restaurant series, “we find ourselves doing what we love: bringing people together through shared experiences.”


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