Monthly Archives: October 2009

Vita Table Flamenco Dinner – now with John Sundstrom of Lark fame and Brian Parks from Quinn’s

| October 21, 2009

Just got word that Brian Parks the new chef at Quinn’s and former sous chef from Casa Mono/Bar Jamon in NYC (Mario Batali + Andy Nusser’s amazing Spanish food mecca) will be joining the kitchen for this dinner. And our good friend and James Beard winner John Sundstrom from Lark and Licorous is in as well!

We are incredibly fortunate to have Rafael De Utrera joining the Vita Table directly from Sevilla for an evening of flamenco song, dance, and conversation. Rafael will be joined by his hosts and local flamenco heroes Eric and Encarnación from Children of the Revolution. Expect Spanish cuisine from One Pot + a crew of the cities best chefs – and an experience that should transport us directly to the streets of Seville. Those of you who joined us for the Master Musicians of Jajouka dinner can attest that the intimacy and sheer power of these small gatherings = a damn good time. All of the funds raised from the dinner with go directly to Flamenco Seattle in their ongoing effort to bring us remarkable performers and artists from Spain. $75/person. Price includes dinner, vino, music, salvation. Click Here to Grab Seats.

A Very Public Thank You For Supporting Big Night For Abruzzo!

| October 21, 2009


Thank you for supporting Big Night For Abruzzo!
The collective efforts of all our sponsors, supporters, participating restaurants and chefs raised more then $64,000 for the victims on the April, 2009 L’Aquilla earthquake. These much needed funds have been allocated to rebuild a devastated recreation sports facility that was destroyed in the quake.

This tragic earthquake hit 6.3 on the Richter scale and devastated the central Italian region of Abruzzo on April 6th 2009 @ 3:25AM, taking close to 300 lives, hospitalizing over 25,000 and displacing more than 60,000.

Proceeds have been given directly to: Polisportiva Paganica Rugby and will be used to help rebuild the sports and recreation facility lost in the devastated town of Paganica, the epicenter of the earthquake. Currently, hundreds of displaced youth in Paganica and neighboring communities have no organized sports or facilities because of the destruction resulting from the earthquake.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Caffe Vita, Stoneway Concrete, Viovi Wines, Rosella’s Produce, Peroni Beer, V.I. Wines Distributing, Finamoré, Dinerware, Gravity Payments and Ferrari of Seattle.

Special thanks to all the participating restaurants:
Barolo, Bella Italia, Bella Napoli, Branzino, Cafe Lago, Caffe Fiore, Caffe Umbria, Caffe Vita, Calabria Ristorante, Cantinetta, Ciao Vito, Europa Bistro, Firenze, Gaspare, Hunt Club @ The Sorrento Hotel, Il Bistro, Il Terrazzo “Carmine”, La Rustica, La Spiga, La Vita é Bella, Mamma Melina, Marcello, Mio Posto, Mondello, Paradiso, Piccolino, Pizzeria Guido, Pizzutos, Procopio, Pulcinella, Restaurant Zoe, Ristorante Luciano, Salumi, Salvatore, Sorrentino, Tavoláta, The Mark, The Pink Door, Trinacria, Troiani, Tulio, Tutta, Bella, Via Tribunali and Vince’s

A very special thanks to: Armandino Batali of Salumi, Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita, Seattle Public Opera and DJ Derek Mazzone of KEXP!

Caffe Vita Takes Top Ten Honors in GQ Magazine.

| October 19, 2009

We just picked up the new (rather dashing) GQ only to find Caffe Vita called out as one of the top ten cups of coffee in the country!

“All you need to know is that it is one of the most provocative cups of coffee you’ll ever taste” Oliver Strand, GQ

Caffe Vita is helping save the planet as a partner in Green Eats Week!

| October 18, 2009

During Green Eats Week, participating restaurants will offer at least one menu item using fully compostable service ware. Diners who purchase one of the selected menu items during Green Eats Week will receive a coupon good for products from Cedar Grove Composting so they can close the loop from food waste and compostable products to garden soil. Participating restaurants are listed on the Green Eats Map that diners can download and print at

“We are excited about working with these local restaurants to incorporate composting and recycling into their customer experience,” said Pat Kaufman Food+Compostables program manager for Seattle Public Utilities. “Making it easy for diners to compost and recycle food scraps along with their service ware helps to reduce the city’s overall carbon footprint and keeps waste out of the landfill.”

“When broadly available at Seattle quick-serve restaurants, the Food+ program will divert an estimated 6,000 tons of food and compostable or recyclable food service products each year from the landfill,” said Kaufman. “That’s more than 200 40-foot shipping containers of waste, or 100 rail cars of garbage, that won’t be going to the landfill.”