Thursday, January 29, 2015

Beat the Bite

Seattle's biggest food event is nigh. Here's what you need.


Since 1982, the Bite of Seattle has assembled a staggering array of local restaurants for an all-day gorge at the Seattle Center.

But this isn't for amateurs — one wrong decision and you can find yourself wasting money, time, or both.

Here's an insider's guide on how to get the most out of your day at the Bite.

Sure, the Bite is all about volume, but there's no way you'll be able to eat from all 60+ vendors in a single day. And you shouldn't. There are plenty of places that you can skip. Pass on the burgers, the hot dogs, and other fair food. Queue up instead for the Alley, the Tom Douglas-curated subsection of the Bite where $10 gets you samples from Palace Kitchen, Shanik, and other high-end eateries.

One of the biggest flaws of the Bite in past years has been their disrespect of Washington's local brewing scene. That changes now — 2013 sees the opening of the Bite Craft Beer Tasting in the Fisher Pavilion. More than 70 local beers and ciders will be represented. It's an extra $20 admission, which gets you five tastes and a commemorative mug, but good beer is worth paying for. Extra pours are just $2.

The Bite Cooks series, hosted by Thierry Rautureau, features dozens of cooking demos from some of the area's top chefs. How often do you get to go inside the mind of kitchen masters like Maria Hines or Manny Arce? Each day at 4p also sees a Chopped-style cook-off where two chefs compete to make the best entree using three mystery ingredients (here's hoping one of them is Cheez Whiz).

What do long-leaping dogs have to do with food? Your guess is as good as ours, but the Puget Sound DockDogs competition is one of the weirdest and most compelling events at the Bite. All three days feature canines competing in high and long jump contests into a 28,000-gallon pool.

Bite Of Seattle
Friday-Sunday, July 19-21
Seattle Center
305 Harrison St, Queen Anne

Price: Free
Nearby: The Sitting Room; Toulouse Petit; re:public

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