Elevated Experience

Teatro ZinZanni Dazzles in Woodinville

Who doesn’t love dinner and a show? Teatro ZinZanni is exactly that — and so much more. Now, with its new digs in Woodinville Wine Country and top chef collaborations, the experience is about to be elevated once again.

The new Teatro ZinZanni site — its “world headquarters,” as Teatro ZinZanni founder and President Norm Langill calls it — features a costume shop, training studio and education space, restaurant area, and a tent set up on the 17-acre lot. It’s located at the former Redhook Brewery site in Woodinville, just in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary in the Pacific Northwest.

“Can you think of a better place?” Langill said. “We’re in the Hollywood District, surrounded by 114 wineries. It’s a known place to relax and have fun. It just feels right.” The ultimate “dinner and a show” experience relocated from Seattle to a six-month engagement in Redmond’s Marymoor Park that ended last spring. Teatro has a 10-year lease at the new location.

It also features dinner shows in San Francisco and Chicago.

Teatro ZinZanni recently announced a partnership with Fire & Vine Hospitality, the culinary team behind El Gaucho Hospitality and a number of other local restaurants. After working with Fire & Vine to provide the menu for a previous show, it was clear that the companies’ values aligned, said Langill.

“They operate in food the same way we operate in show: with a focus on creating excellent guest experiences,” Langill said. “It’s going to be a great partnership.”

Fire & Vine will be overseeing all food and beverage operations starting with the inaugural show, Hollywood, and Vine, opening Nov. 1. The inspiration behind this particular show is a dedication to Teatro ZinZanni’s new home.

The cirque/comedy/musical performance follows three Italian sisters from New Jersey who buy a restaurant in Woodinville. The whole tent is the stage, with the audience playing the part of guests at the restaurant.

The menu was designed specifically to suit the 20th anniversary performance. You’ll find dishes like white Tuscan bean wedding soup with potato gnocchiette and lemon kale pesto, and goat cheese pumpkin ravioli cooked in brown butter and sage with a pop of cranberry. These menu items incorporate the Italian theme of the show, but you’ll also find Washington beef brochettes served with herb garlic potatoes and tiramisu s’mores in mason jars, giving the menu a Northwest twist.

Jason Wilson

Chef Jason Wilson. Photo by Zach Dunn.

“It’s so much fun to work with the designers and performers,” said chef Jason Wilson, culinary director of Fire & Vine and the chef behind The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest in Bellevue. “We collaborate and ask ourselves, ‘How do we take that guest on an experience that aligns the show and food together?’”

The culinary team and theatric producers work together to find creative ways to make the menu reflect the atmosphere and feeling of the performance. In Hollywood & Vine, guests will actually be served items from the menu of the fictional restaurant the show centers around. Future shows will include the same level of collaboration and creativity, making the dining and performance experiences feel like parts of the same whole, Wilson said.

For tickets and more information, visit zinzanni.com.

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