Tour 1: Chef Tour: Pike Place Market, Modernist Cuisine, T-Mobile Campus
Cap of 20 attendees, for chefs only
This culinary-driven day will begin at Pike Place Market, Seattle's original farmers market and the center of locally sourced, artisan and specialty foods. With targeted stops and tastes, chefs will also be given free time to browse before returning to home base for lunch with the LCAES group and to drop any purchases made.
After lunch, chefs will head to Modernist Cuisine, a state-of-the-art research kitchen and laboratory (and more) dedicated to advancing the state of culinary art through the creative application of scientific knowledge and experimental techniques. An in-depth tour awaits!
This fascinating day will end with a nearby stop at T-Mobile campus, where you will be able to experience the incredible multi-cuisine collective D-Squared Hospitality executes feeding thousands out of what is essentially the smallest of kitchens.
Tour 2: T-Mobile Campus & Modernist Cuisine Tour
Cap 20 attendees
Attendees will begin the day at T-Mobile campus, where they will be able to experience the incredible multi-cuisine collective D-Squared Hospitality executes feeding thousands out of what is essentially the smallest of kitchens.
Next, a short 5- to 7-minute bus jaunt to Modernist Cuisine, a state-of-the-art research kitchen and laboratory (and more) dedicated to advancing the state of culinary art through the creative application of scientific knowledge and experimental techniques. Founded by Nathan Myhrvold, lead author of the Modernist Cuisine book series, this fascinating visit will cover the high points of research into the science of cooking.
Tour 3: Pike Place Market Adventure
No cap on attendee number
This culinary-driven morning places you at the epicenter of Pike Place Market, Seattle's original farmers market and the center of locally sourced, artisan and specialty foods. With suggested stops to amplify your time spent, you will have a chance to wander the “soul of Seattle” with Elliott Bay waterfront on Puget Sound just steps away.
Artly, the Barista Bot
Open 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
101 Stewart St., Ste 102
Seattle’s first AI coffee bar, where cups are prepared by barista bots named Jarvis and Amanda. (And yes, my latte was pretty and delicious.)
Open 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1909 1st Ave
Considered the best biscuits in Seattle. From the owners: “Remember: our kitchen is teeny tiny, our food is cooked to order, biscuits only served fresh out of the oven. The wait will be worth it!”
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1600 Pike Place (across the street from PPM)
Watch cheesemakers at work, taste, and drool at the cheese counter.
Open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
15298 Pike Place
For three decades, family-owned Chukar Cherries has been transforming local sweet and tart cherries into award-winning chocolate cherries, no sugar added dried cherries, cherry gift baskets, and more.
Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1325 1st Avenue (Across the street from the Seattle Art Museum)
Master chocolatier Fran Bigelow opened her first patisserie and chocolate shop in 1982 to share her philosophy of European-inspired joie-de-vivre. Many confections later, she has been credited for sparking the artisan chocolate renaissance in the United States and is considered one of the best chocolatiers in the nation. Her salted caramels (milk-chocolate-covered caramels with smoked salt and dark-chocolate-covered caramels with gray salt) were favorites of the Obamas and served at the 2009 inaugural ball.
The First Starbucks
Open 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
1912 Pike Place
The story of Starbucks begins in 1971 along the cobblestone streets of Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. Expect a line.
Open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1902 Pike Place
It began in 1983, when Le Panier opened its bakery doors onto Pike Place to bring a taste of France to Seattle for all to share.
Co-owners Kristi Drake and Thierry Mougin are mindful of their French foundation. The oldest of traditional recipes, classic techniques and pure flavors are the base of all they do.
Thierry is a French-trained baker and pastry chef from Normandie. He and his team of bakers have developed a selection of products that bring together French baking techniques and local, seasonal ingredients. Kristi and her staff in front create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, greeting regular customers with their favorites, and inviting them to try something new that the bakers have dreamed up.
Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
85 Pike Street
The history of MarketSpice can be traced back to a small tea and spice shop established in Seattle's historic Pike Place Market in 1911. Emporium with many exotic tea varieties, candles, difficult-to-source spices & other specialty food.
Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
1506 Pike Place #509
Won a James Beard American Classic award in 2020 Filipino food. Oriental Mart has been a mainstay of the Market since 1971. This three-generation, family-owned business offers a wide selection of traditional Asian spices, sauces and grocery products.
In the back of the Asian grocery store, there is an 18-seat lunch counter serving award-winning Filipino cuisine. Adobo chicken, “Do You Trust Me” plate, Fish Sinigang
Visit their shop for a selection of authentic Filipino dishes and other novelties. Find this shop in Pike Place next to Frank’s Quality Produce.
Pike Place Fish Market
Open 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
86 Pike Place
Located in Seattle’s Pike Place Market since 1930, Pike Place Fish Market has endured as the local favorite for fresh, wild, premium, pacific seafood. All of their seafood is 100% sustainable. And yes, they’re the guys that throw the fish.
Open 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1908 Pike Place
In 1992, the Kotelnikov family opened Piroshky Piroshky hoping to bring a taste of Russia to the Pacific Northwest. For 30 years later, the tiny bakery has grown into a worldwide tourist destination, offering catering and delivery to piroshky lovers in Seattle and across the country. It’s a compact Russian bakery located in Pike Place Market serving over 20 varieties of handmade piroshki.
Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Open 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1530 Post Alley
Rachel's Ginger Beer is made in Seattle using fresh lemons, strong ginger roots, organic cane sugar, and top-quality water. The flagship shop is located at Pike Place Market selling handcrafted ginger beer in a range of flavors.
Open 24 hours
1428 Post Alley
This colorful (air quotes) “work of art” has been growing and changing since 1990. Head down the stairs next to the flying fish spectacle and take a right.
Rachel the Piggy Bank
Open 24 hours
93 Pike Street, underneath the famous Public Market Center clock and sign at the corner of Pike Street and Pike Place
This bronze piggy bank is the mascot of PPM and has been “bringing home the bacon” for The Market Foundation since 1986, raising more than $200k. If you rub her snout and make a donation, good luck will find you. (You can also visit her cousin Billie near the PPM expansion.)
Open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1501 Pike Place
If you are a crazy salt & pepper shaker collector like I am, then you need to go here. Antique teacups, salt and pepper shakers, figurines, and countless other delicate memorabilia for the antique treasure hunter’s eye to feast on. An extensive selection of curiosities and relics of another time. Downstairs on level 3 at #319 in the main arcade across from Orange Dracula.
Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1406 1st Ave (across the street from Modernist Gallery)
Owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe, Eighth Generation offers Native-designed wool blankets and other contemporary products. I wanted to buy a lot there.
Orange Dracula 5 & 10
Open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1501 Pike Pl #319
Orange Dracula is a recreation of owner Chad Smith’s favorite teenage shops. Imagine an old Five and Dime but run by the Addams family. Downstairs on level 3 at #319 in the main arcade. World Famous Free Range Psychic Chicken (!!!). Vintage photo booth.
Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
1418 Western Ave
Paris-Madrid Grocery is a specialty retail shop located just below the Seattle Pike Place Market, featuring artisanal cheeses, pâtés, French-style charcuterie, Spanish-style chorizos, and jamon iberico. They stock sherries, ports, and hundreds of wines from France, Spain and Portugal. We carry a range of shelf groceries, bomba rice for paella, cooking oils, imported vinegars, ceramics, clay cookware and paella pans. It’s a lovely little spot below the market but worth a visit.
Modernist Cuisine Gallery by Nathan Myhrvold
Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1403 1st Avenue
Located in the culinary heart of Seattle, Modernist Cuisine Gallery by Nathan Myhrvold is conveniently situated next to the historic Pike Place Market and across the street from the Seattle Art Museum. Visitors to the gallery will experience Myhrvold’s art just steps from the flavors and ingredients that inspired many of his iconic photographs.
Put your feet up
Pike Place Secret Garden
81a Pike Street
The Pike Place Secret Garden is a thriving community-led garden and a quiet place to relax, rejuvenate, and learn with beautiful views of Elliott Bay and Bainbridge Island, Mt. Ranier, the Ferris Wheel, and more.
It is run by Market residents and staff from The Market Commons. All produce grown is donated to the Pike Market Food Bank. Nearly 500 fresh herbs and vegetables are donated each year. It is somewhat difficult to find:
- Look for MarketSpice and go down the hall between MarketSpice & Don & Joe’s Butcher counter. The walkway between them becomes a hallway as you follow it back away from the crowd of the market.
- Follow the hallway until it meets a hallway on your left. There will be a very modest sign that says secret garden. A slightly larger sign will also mention a senior center. Follow that left hallway and proceed to the secret garden.