Who killed Chef Nordo Lefesczki? This fall, Café Nordo presents “Somethin’ Burning”, an immersive dining experience featuring Craft Cocktails, Nouvelle Roadhouse Cuisine, and a deeply sincere Special Agent bent on finding the truth in a small town penetrated by insidious darkness.
Seattle’s favorite pop-up cocktail theatre returns October 12 to sweep diners into a dark fantasy of American dreams. Chef Nordo’s menu of seasonal and sustainable cuisine is at its most whimsical: a savory breakfast-inspired journey paired with a flight of honest cocktails. Things are not what they seem in a town where doughnuts and coffee are made with mashed potatoes and gravy and cherry pie is served in a glass. With Somethin’ Burning, a murder mystery in four courses, Café Nordo transforms the old dinner theater trope into a Lynchian fever dream. Nordo regulars Opal Peachey, Maximillian Davis, Kiera McDonald, and Sachie Mikawa share Nordo’s boards with newcomers M.J. Sieber and Noah Benezra.
The evening is scored by composer Annastasia Workman– nothing too loud, just a melody, a rhythm, and a sweet vocal about how things could be, performed by the Café Nordo House Band featuring Workman on keys, Devin Bannon on vocals, Matt Manges on drums and Evan Mosher doing double duty as horn player and Special Agent Elliot Penn. Erin Brindley and Terry Podgorski continue their collaboration as director/food designer and writer/scenic designer with Stranger Genius Award Winner Jennifer Zeyl as guest installation artist.
Last spring, Café Nordo amazed Seattle with the entirely sold-out Café Nordo’s Cabinet of Curiosities, a multi-room museum of food featuring some of Seattle’s top performing and installation artists.
Since its first five-course foray into foodie theatre in 2009, Café Nordo has served up three five-course dinner shows, (Café Nordo’s Cabinet of Curiosities, The Modern American Chicken, and Bounty! An Epic Adventure in Seafood) two cocktail shows, (Sauced, and To Savor Tomorrow,) served a five-course meal in a 30 ft tree house, won critical acclaim (including three Seattle Times Footlight Awards), and established a cult following in Seattle.
The dining experience is both theatrical and intimate, only 60 seats available per night with a limited five week engagement. The courses run from October 12 – November 18, at the Theatre Off Jackson on 407 Seventh Ave S. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com for those 21 and over.