From the moment I received the very formal wedding invitation email preceding Cafe Nordo’s newest show, Hotel Nordo, I was prepared to be delighted. After all, I haven’t been disappointed yet and To Savor Tomorrow was so good I’ve been eagerly anticipating another one. What I didn’t realize, was how perfect this show would be for this time of year. It was unlike any Cafe Nordo production I’ve seen so far in its plot twists, and it was hauntingly perfect. If there is one thing you must see this fall in Seattle (and especially around Halloween), it’s Hotel Nordo!
Seattle’s Fall Must-See, Hotel Nordo
I received a complimentary ticket to this show but all opinions are honest and mine alone.
Here’s what you can expect.
Great acting and a unique plot.
I kid you not, the acting in any Nordo production is top-notch and Hotel Nordo is no exception. The facial expressions, the vocal tones and the curious plot line will enthrall you. It’s set in the late 1920’s and takes place in a Hotel that’s much more than meets the eye. I would break it down for you but there were so many plot twists in this (and I really hope you see it yourself) that I don’t want to give it away.
If you’re a regular, then you’ll be pleased to recognize the familiar favorites of Opal Peachey (Sophie the Bellhop), Ray Tagavilla (Tyler, Fredrick Taylor, Ian) and Richard Sloniker (Lan the /Concierge). There were also new(to me) faces that blended right in with the fabulous cast and truly made the show a success.
These actors can not only act, but man can they sing! Very talented musicians back them up and set the tone and ambiance for the night. I think that the music in Hotel Nordo is my favorite of any Cafe Nordo production so far.
Food and Spirits
Great food and a poignant potable are always a staple at Cafe Nordo! In between the Acts and music you’re treated with courses that will tickle all your senses. Like Hotel Nordo itself, the food isn’t always what it seems!
Butternut squash crostini with green apple and basil chiffonade
VIP wine flight pairing: Flama d’Or Cava (Spain)
Steward Choice flight pairing: Lièbart-Régnier Champagne (France)
Red and Golden Beets with Goat Cheese, Eggplant, Avocado, Walnuts, and Leek Ash
VIP flight: 2015 Jean Perrier Rousette (France)
Steward’s Choice flight: 2015 Bonne Tonne Beaujolais Blanc (France)
Olsen Farms Baked Potato with Beef Short Ribs, Black Garlic, Deep Fried Potato Skin, Chives, Sour Cream
VIP flight: 2014 Tomàs Cuisiné Llebre (Spain)
Stewards Choice flight: 2014 Omero Gamay Noir (OR)
Wilson Fish Line Caught Salmon Poached in Coconut Oil served with Mirin Poached Napa Cabbage and Forbidden Rice
VIP flight: 2014 Omero Pinot Noir
Stewards Choice flight: 2014 Omero Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir
Cherry Liqueur Soaked Genoise, Sour Cherries, Chantilly Cream
Besides the spooky plot, Hotel Nordo had some great special effects for this show that I absolutely loved. They really use sounds, lighting, fun props and more to surprise and delight.
This Halloween, instead of going through the list of the regulars, why not try something new?! You’re getting the highest form of entertainment and a culinary experience to match. It’s in the perfect intimate setting in Pioneer Square and I can’t think of a better way to spend your Halloween (or the weeks around it). Seriously, go! They have a Halloween showing that starts at 8:00 on 10/31 and if that doesn’t work the show runs until Sunday, November 20th. Trust me, it will make it even better if you go on the 31st :). Get your tickets HERE!
If themes are your thing (which you know they’re mine), they love it when you match the mood. Formal or 20’s dress. Of course, this is Seattle, so anything really does go. Although it’s always fun to get into the spirit of Nordo!
Let me know your plans for Halloween in the comments, and if you’re in the Seattle area then mark your calendars for the 31st! Hotel Nordo is a hauntingly rich experience that you will never forget!
photo cred to Bruce Clayton Tom where copyrighted. The rest are ChasingMyHalo’s.