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Personal collections of Dale Chihuly provide backdrop for progressive American menu at Collections Café
Drawing inspiration in part from Chihuly’s iconic Boathouse on Seattle’s Lake Union, the familiar combination of colors and materials used throughout Chihuly Garden and Glass inspired Chihuly to share some of the very collections that adorn the walls of his home and studio spaces.
SEATTLE, WASH.- Chihuly Garden and Glass’ Collections Café, the newest restaurant in Seattle’s acclaimed dining scene, takes its inspiration from artist Dale Chihuly. Housed within the Exhibition Hall at Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Café uses global cuisine as its muse and infuses it with a Northwest twist. Chihuly’s various collections of vintage objects and material culture are artfully arranged throughout the café, bringing a playful dimension to this Northwest dining experience.

Drawing inspiration in part from Chihuly’s iconic Boathouse on Seattle’s Lake Union, the familiar combination of colors and materials used throughout Chihuly Garden and Glass inspired Chihuly to share some of the very collections that adorn the walls of his home and studio spaces.

“I love to find beauty in everyday objects,” says Chihuly. “Building and adding to these collections over the years has been a personal passion.”

Chefs Jeff Maxfield and Ivan Szilak, in collaboration with Jason Wilson of CRUSH, have created a menu that celebrates what is fresh and local. A carefully selected group of dedicated ranchers, fisherman, foragers and farmers supply the restaurant with the best the Northwest has to offer. The lunch and dinner menus are highlighted by small bites like Polly Creek Razor Clams with “chermoula” spice and green tomato chutney and main courses like a Carlton Farms Pork Chop with apricot BBQ glaze, arugula salad, red pepper coulis, and zucchini cayenne bread. A hand-picked collection of craft beers and a 36 bottle wine list with Washington and Oregon premium wines is also available.

With spruce plank walls, bright green chairs and classic Marmoleum floors, the Café immerses guests in Dale Chihuly’s world. Since his days as a boy searching for beach glass on the shores of Puget Sound, Chihuly has been collecting nearly all of his life. While the collections provide an experience all their own, the main feature of the Collections Café is the backlit Drawing Wall with 36 of Chihuly’s drawings.

The Collections Café is open to the public (no exhibition admission needed). Reservations are encouraged.

Hours:
Sun – Thurs: 11am – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 10pm
Phone: 206.753.4935





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