Dana Frank, the Dame co-owner and Food and Wine Magazine 2015 "Sommelier of the Year," emailed Eater this morning to tell us that former Damn the Weather executive chef and The Walrus and the Carpenter chef de cuisine, Eli Dahlin, has left his home in Seattle to head Dame's kitchen when the restaurant opens later this summer.
From her attached press release, we learned that the Montana-born chef has farming roots in his family, so his career as a "personal chef, artisan baker, pastry chef, forager, butcher" and executive chef makes so much sense that it feels a lot like destiny.
It also mentions that, with Dahlin at the helm, both The Walrus and the Carpenter and Damn the Weather received some pretty good national press. The former "was recognized as one of the best in the country by Bon Appétit, GQ, Food & Wine, Esquire, and Seattle Met," while the latter made Bon Appétit's "Best New Cocktail Bars in the Country" and "Best New Restaurants" lists in 2015.
Dame will start serving Mediterranean- and Eastern European-inspired cuisine—and pouring glasses of organic wine especially chosen by Frank—when the restaurant opens in the old Cocotte space this August.
Stay tuned for more details.
Dame: 2930 NE Killingsworth St.