Photo by Will Austin
Aw, some sweet love for the New Guard. Seattle Met's July issue celebrates 100 Reasons to Love Seattle. Number 4 on that list?
4. We Nurture New Talent
So much talent bubbles in Seattle—you’re welcome, Rolling Stone, for all those “bands to watch”—it’s no surprise something like New Guard ( hopegrocery.com ) popped up here. The inspiration of Sasquatch Books editor Whitney Ricketts, artist Joey Veltkamp, and husband-wife creatives Sarah and Damien Jurado, the decidedly hip dinner series serves up a three-course meal of the best in art, music, and food. The idea is simple, but the carefully curated menu of up-and-coming contributors is what gives New Guard gold-star status. Since the series debuted last September, it’s featured roving chef Eliot Guthrie, multimedia artist Jason Hirata, and indie pop-psych band Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground. “We’re surrounded by talent,” says Ricketts, “I’m consistently amazed.” We are, too.
This has been a really fun project to be a part of - all the yummy dinners, fun people, beautiful art and music! I think things will finally have settled down enough for all of us that we'll be having a couple dinners real soon. Stay tuned.