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Nordo’s Culinarium is a place where the intersection between food and art is cultivated and mined, Where artists create and play while audiences are cared for. We seek to knock our audience back on their heels and then scoop them into a world that feels dangerous and experimental.
In 2009, Café Nordo launched a hybrid of the pop-up restaurant and underground theater. Relying on relationships with local farmers, ranchers, fisherman, composers, actors, and visual artists, Café Nordo serves up modern cuisine while thrilling audiences with the history, myth, science, and politics of food.
Each show, performed at venues all over the Seattle area, has run for 6-8 weeks for an almost always sold-out crowd. Venues have ranged from the warehouse of a chocolate factory to a former museum and each has provided a unique backdrop for an immersive experience.
Our audiences have enjoyed a 1960’s spy farce in a 737 headed for the Seattle World’s Fair where they learned the secrets of convenience food and the Green Revolution (To Savor Tomorrow,) learned the history of the cocktail in a jazzy speakeasy in the 1930’s (Sauced), and took a tour around Café Nordo’s timeless museum of food, eating each of five courses in a different local artist’s installation (Café Nordo’s Cabinet of Curiosities.) Awarded the Seattle Times’ prestigious Footlight Award for Excellence in Theater five years running, Café Nordo has become a Seattle institution now opening a permanent venue, Nordo’s Culinarium... a unique space dedicated to the convergence of food and art.