Seattle Culture

Cooking, Cops, Glitz, and Glamour

A lighthearted romp around Seattle

By Linda Lowry December 21, 2023

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This article originally appeared in the March/April 2024 issue of Seattle magazine.

The Seattle Police Department has launched a novel outreach initiative in collaboration with Seattle-based co-op PCC Community Markets, aptly named “Cooking with the Chief.” This community focused event aims to strengthen the bond between youth and the Seattle Police Department. At the heart of this engaging program is the opportunity for young individuals to engage in open dialogues with Chief Adrian Diaz, patrol officers, and esteemed special guests. It’s a commendable effort to build trust and understanding within our community.

The inaugural event featured a noteworthy appearance by former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best. Joining the gathering were members of the Duwamish Valley Youth Corp, officer Elizabeth Scott from the Patrol South Precinct, and officer Aaron Lucas from the Relational Policing Unit.  Adding culinary flair was PCC cooking classes instructor Chef Tiago Freitas. The second episode of “Cooking with the Chief” included former Major League Baseball pitcher Gerald Smiley, and Deputy Seattle Police Chief Eric Barden.


Spain recently brought its cultural richness to Seattle with the world premiere of Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca Searching for Goya at the Meany Center for the Performing Arts. This poignant performance draws inspiration from the drawings and paintings of Francisco de Goya, delving into the artist’s reflections on the political turmoil and injustices of 18th and 19th century Spain, resonating with contemporary conflicts. Choreographed by artistic director Martin Santangelo, the production showcases the artistry of award-wining principal dancers, singers, and musicians who push the boundaries of flamenco with a theatrical flair.

Before the show, the Consulate of Spain, Fernando Luis Esteban, hosted an intimate paella dinner. Attended by art patrons, community leaders, and faculty from the University of Washington Spanish & Portuguese Studies department, the dinner provided a delightful prelude to the evening, allowing attendees to savor an authentic Spanish meal before immersing themselves into the world of Noche Flamenca.



Transforming Seattle into a haven for glitz and glamour, Teatro ZinZanni, a beloved fixture in the city’s entertainment scene, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style. The festivities kicked off with an exclusive engagement at the chic Lotte Hotel Seattle. The Sanctuary, where Teatro ZinZanni will unfold its magic, is an ideal venue. With the Halo Bar offering a vantage point overlooking the main stage and patrons, the performance becomes a truly enchanting spectacle.

The new cast boasts some local talents, with soul singer Tiffany Wilson making her debut as the performing troupe’s featured vocalist. Joining the vibrant ensemble are Elena Gatilova and Duo Madrona, who both hail from the local arts scene. Teatro ZinZanni’s 25th anniversary celebration is not just a show. It’s an immersive encounter that transcends the traditional boundaries of live performances. Attendees are treated to a sensory journey that marries theatrical brilliance with culinary delights.



Seattle Repertory Theatre recently hit a significant milestone, celebrating its 60th birthday with the opening night of Little Women. It was an evening where patrons immersed themselves in the world of Luisa May Alcott’s classic tale, and the festivities were nothing short of spectacular. Before the curtain rose, patrons were treated to a touch of luxury with pre-show complimentary fresh shucked oysters from Taylor Shellfish, setting the stage for an evening of indulgence and celebration. The ambiance was as vibrant as the city itself, with anticipation buzzing through the air.

Post-show, the celebration continued with a complimentary toast paired with decadent desserts from Cupcake Royale, adding a sweet touch to the already exciting night. Adding a touch of local artistry to the mix, artist-in-residence Eileen Jimenez, an indigenous queer artist residing in occupied Duwamish Territory, was on-site to share the inspiration behind her captivating artwork. In her own words, “Everything I do and create is influenced by my many intersecting identities and lived experiences.” Jimenez’s work is a testament to her commitment to providing representation and access to artistic experiences for her community, echoing her own journey as a girl from the ‘hood.

The theater was a bustling scene, filled with Seattle Rep board members, generous donors, and those enchanted by the timeless allure of Little Women. The cast brought the beloved story to life, even with its own unique twists and turns. While the storyline may not have adhered strictly to the book, the essence of the spirit of Jo March (a character in Little Women based on Alcott) permeated the performance.

Until we meet again, Seattle, catch you around the city!

About the Social in Seattle Column

Linda Lowry is the director of opportunity at Seattle magazine. She has a pulse on the greater Seattle region’s social landscape and provides insight on the people and personalities that make our city vibrant and unique.

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