Chef Syd Suntha was thinking of ideas for food events when he decided on a Wu-Tang themed dinner.
"I've loved them since I was a kid, and I think they're one of those groups that resonates with every single person," Suntha told Seattle Eater.
His original idea was for a five course event where he was the sole chef, then he considered: "There's nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan, why not have nine chefs at the event?"
Since the Wu-Tang Clan's debut album was Enter The Wu-Tang 36 Chambers, Suntha made the decision to serve 36 courses instead of five. The event is scheduled for October of this year with eighteen food courses, nine drink courses and nine experiences like M.C.'s and musicians.
Suntha has already developed a few dishes for the event including Ooh Baby I Like It Raw based on Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" made with local albacore beets, roasted chilis and amaranth. There's also One Blood Under W, based on the Wu-Tang Clan song of the same name that consists of blood sausage on brioche. The drinks curated by local mixologist Friendly Gomez will include Ghost Trace Killah made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, lemon and mint. There's also Old Dirty Plastered, a lager with a mini martini. Non-alcoholic versions of the drinks will be available as well. Experiences will include a Wu-Tang Clan-themed escape room from Seattle Escape Games, live paintings and a cellist who will play Wu-Tang songs to pair with certain food items.
Suntha is a finalist for a $10,000 prize from Eventbrite which he will partially fund the event with if he wins, but he promises that the event will come to fruition regardless of the turnout of the contest.
"If I win it's going to be one version of it where we are going to bring in special guests and have more money to play with, if I don't win it will still be fucking awesome".
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