Bite of Seattle

What once started as a get together of local restaurants saw a need to recognize culinary excellence within the industry, Bite of Seattle has now evolved into a huge corporate-sponsored behemoth. How huge? Well, it’s not uncommon for the event to attract over 450,000 in three days and hosts over 60 restaurants. Just to give you an idea, the Bite lays over 3.5 miles of gas pipe for cooking, 15 miles of electric cable for 2,000 gallons of hot water, uses 175,000 pounds of ice that will serve up an average of 12,000 gallons of soda pop and supplies 365 kegs of beer.
But has it lost it’s zing? Even the bastion of mediocre reporting, The Seattle PI has stated that it’s ‘no longer the must do culinary event‘. And with Seattle cooking legend Tom Douglas “unable” to attend this year, is this further proof, or just a coincidence?
At any rate, if you want to spend lotsa money, eat (admittedly) well, and get off on large crowds at corporate shilling events, then head yourself down to the Seattle Center this weekend to see what the hubbub is all about.
Or should ‘hubbub’ read ‘rhubarb’?

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