I received discounted or complimentary tickets in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are honest and mine alone.
One of the perks of living in a bigger city is that there’s always something to do. Music, comedy, food, theater; it can be overwhelming. If you’re looking for something different and you’re in the Seattle area, (or if you’re visiting) I have a gem of an experience that you don’t want to miss. Café Nordo is a dinner theater that I think is the best dining experience around and I promise you’ll leave with a full heart, satisfied stomach, and a huge grin on your face.
Saying Café Nordo is a dinner theater doesn’t seem to do it justice. It’s a culinary and performing arts experience that enlightens and engages the senses. They use the best ingredients, the taste is always on point, and the menu is unexpected in the best way possible. Located in Pioneer Square, Nordo’s Culinarium transforms into an intimate setting that enraptures the audience.
I was so excited to see the current production of To Savor Tomorrow because I’ve seen a few of their other productions and loved them all. When I read the description “Russian Spies, vintage airliners, sexy stewardesses, dashing agents, 60’s style cocktails, and a delicious four course meal.” I knew amazing was going to happen.
I wasn’t disappointed.
To set the scene, I walked inside the Culinarium and immediately felt transported onto a retro airline flight in the 60’s. Which was perfect because I themed my outfit to match the occasion :). As our coats were checked, we were offered a Bloody Mary, but not the way you think. This Bloody Mary was in gelatin form, in a mini ring with asparagus inside. Gelatin is pretty much the perfect 60’s amuse bouche, am I right? I bet real Tupperware molds were even used to make them.
After being seated, I couldn’t help but start snapping pictures of the wonderful set design (credit Terry Podgorski and Ryan Dunn) and it literally felt like I was inside a retro airline.
The music (original by Annastasia Workman) was era appropriate, infectious, and the band was oozing retro style. It definitely got me in the mood to have a good time from the start.
The plot unfolds between each course by the super talented cast, who can sing and dance as well as they can act.
Appetizers were Pimento Cheese Balls.
Cheese balls were all the rage in the 60’s, and these were all the rage with my taste buds. Spicy without being overwhelming; it was hard to find my cracker under all that goodness.
The first course was the Russian Course and if you buy the ticket with the flight you’ll get a drink with each course. Cafe Nordo drinks are famous (at least in my circle), well paired with each course, and you more than get your money’s worth. You can also order your drinks separately if it’s not part of your ticket choice.
For this course, a Red Martini was paired with the Bolshevik Blinis.
By the look of the Blinis (buckwheat pancakes), you think they would taste sweet, but nothing is as it seems at Nordo, and these “pancake” toppings are really orange & saffron yogurt with beet caviar, dill yogurt & smoked salmon meringue, and caraway yogurt with sauerkraut.
Each little morsel on top of the Blinis I wanted to savor. A friend at our table said it best; “they’re like a cloud of perfection”!
For the Chinese Course, a Mai Tai is served with “Lucky Noodles” (House Made Keemum Black Tea Glass Noodles in Dungeness Crab & Pork Consomm é served with Bok Choy, Scallion Oil, Black Sesame & Hoisin Sauce).
I really wish I could have watched them make the noodles because they were delicious to look at, and even better inhaling along with that wonderful crab.
The third course was the All-American Course, and the drink was “Helluva Town” (Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Orange Bitters) which was paired with Old Glory’s Roast Beef and Potatoes (Painted Hills Sirloin with Golden Potato Puree & Green Pea Crisps served with Horseradish & Mushroom Gravy).
In my eagerness to devour the roast beef (and all that know me know I’m not a big meat eater, so it’s that good) I forgot to snap a pic! Trust me, it was mouth-watering and cooked to perfection.
Dwinkies were up for dessert, and made of yellow cake stuffed with Intrigue Chocolate Bourbon Cream. I can honestly say this is the only time I’ve ever had an oblong yellow cake without an extreme sense of guilt and a stomach ache.
Vegetarian and Gluten free options are always offered, and they were great about working with my husband’s food intolerance issues. If you aren’t drinking, they have non-alcoholic options that are still yummy and use cane sugar instead of high fructose. My kind of place!
The show itself was brilliant and hilarious. My face was hurting from my perma grin and laughing out loud all night, and I was thoroughly entertained by such an extremely talented cast. Jiang Ping (played by Sara Porkalob) and Svetlana Romanova (played by Opal Peachey) brought comedy to a whole new level, and Bob Trippe (played by Mark Siano) portrayed America with gusto and wowed with his vocal talent. However, what I noticed most was the outstanding choreography (courtesy of Nicole Beerman).
If you love the arts, culinary excellence, and laughter, then Cafe Nordo To Savor Tomorrow is a must see. Personally, I would attend a Cafe Nordo show over Teatro Zinzanni or some of the more well-known local shows. In my opinion, you get much more for your money.
Intrigue in an intimate setting; To Savor Tomorrow will take you on a one night escape through the friendly skies that you’ll never forget.
Go in groups of friends or for a date night, because shared experiences are more fun and laughter is contagious!
If you have vintage clothes (or internationally flavored clothes) Nordo encourages you to wear them. It adds to the ambiance and gets you into the storyline even more!
If you see To Savor Tomorrow I’d love to know what you thought of it, so hit me up on social media, by commenting on this post, or by sending me an email.
Get your tickets here. Show runs until June 5th!