By: Maria Vargas
Plate of Nations was originally scheduled for two weeks in the Spring but was canceled amid the Governor’s shutdown order in March due to COVID-19. During that time, we saw many businesses all over the state close their doors and others struggle to stay. This fall, Plate of Nations has been reimagined to help support the businesses and the families behind them.
This year, for the 10th annual Plate of Nations, they have partnered with Restaurant Week. Seattle Restaurant Week is a promotional event that runs every year in the Fall and Spring. Over 165 restaurants participate in the Pacific Northwest. The event allows diners to sample special menus from local establishments at a great price! Seattle Restaurant Week is a celebration of food across the Pacific Northwest. This year Seattle Restaurant Week will not last a week but instead almost an entire month! It launched on October 25th and will continue until November.
Understandably not everyone is comfortable dining in like previous years, but do not let that stop you from joining the fun! Multiple restaurants are offering take-out and delivery services. For a complete list of restaurants participating in Seattle Restaurant Week click . While you are at it, explore the great filters Seattle Restaurant Week has provided!
Just recently Plate of Nations released a promotional video featuring a few Plate of Nations restaurants to encourage the community to participate and share a photo of their delicious dish on Instagram with the hashtag #2020PON. Check it out here! As you can see in the video Southeast Seattle is a diverse and resilient community, something Plate of Nations aims to celebrate year after. The independently owned and operated restaurants will offer a lunch plate for $20 and a dinner plate for $35, they can also offer a three-course meal like Seattle Restaurant Week has required previous years. Restaurants can also choose to offer an all-day option at either price point. The style of food choices varies by restaurant, to find out more about the special menus explore the Plate of Nations website.
Another change this fall is participation is free to restaurants this year. This allows restaurants to get involved regardless of their ability to pay. The fee is and that is something many small businesses cannot afford during this pandemic. While both organizations are unsure, they will continue this arrangement into next year, Seattle Restaurant Week and Plate of Nations are really putting businesses first this Fall.
While many things have changed this year, community has not. Sarah Valenta, Community and Business Development Manager at HomeSight says, “Each of the meals that come from the restaurants are meant to bring people together to share the plate. So, its community building as well as supporting the restaurant.” This is a great way to show support to the many businesses struggling during this time. Don’t forget to share your picture with Plate of Nations using #2020PON!
EAT OUT. TAKE OUT. HELP OUT.
OCT 25 – NOV 22
Participating Plate of Nation Restaurants:
- Amy’s Merkato located in Hillman City
- Bananas Grill located in Rainier Vista
- Bang Bang Kitchen located in Othello
- Buddha Bruddah located in Mt. Baker
- Café Ibex located in Mt. Baker
- Café Red located in Othello
- Hoang Lan located in Othello
- Kaffa Coffee located in Rainier Beach
- Little Chengdu located in Mt. Baker
- Nikos Gryos located in Beacon Hill
- Othello Wok Teriyaki located in Othello
- Qeerroo located in Rainier Beach
- Rainier Restaurant located in Brighton
- Tacos Street located in Othello
- Tacos Chukis located in Beacon Hill
- The Comfort Zone located in Columbia City
- The Original Philly’s located in Mt. Baker
- Union Bar & Restaurant located Rainier Beach