America's Test Kitchen food festival is your chance to sample eats from some of Seattle's best restaurants, including Altura and Spinasse.

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“America’s Test Kitchen,” the popular public-television cooking show, is throwing a bash and inviting all the cool kids. Most big-name chefs around town will be at the two-day ATK Seattle EATS Festival (Nov 2-3).

The ticket price is steep: $125 for admission on Friday night in Belltown and $100 on Saturday along the downtown waterfront. But the good news is that it’s an all-you-can-eat-and-drink extravaganza where you’ll get to taste fare from some of the top restaurants in the city — including some that don’t typically show up at food festivals.

“America’s Test Kitchen,” the show that’s the antithesis to the slick programs on The Food Network, has a big following among serious home cooks and cookware geeks, as does the brand’s magazines Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country.

This is the first time that it’s taken its festival on the road. It debuted this past year in its hometown of Boston, where it drew 3,000 fans.

Friday’s night event, held at 115 Bell St., is a ’90s-themed bash to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cook’s Illustrated, with a DJ, craft cocktails and food stations.

Nathan Lockwood, of Capitol Hill’s critically acclaimed Altura, one of the city’s most expensive restaurants, will serve up a roasted beet sponge cake with aged venison and porcini mushroom, while Stuart Lane, of Spinasse, will do porchetta tonnata. There also will be street food from Tom Douglas (crispy pigskin tacos with smoked octopus) and Ethan Stowell (pig trotter arancini).

Other chefs serving tastes include Shota Nakajima, of Adana; Brendan McGill, of Hitchcock; Rachel Yang, of Joule; John Sundstrom, of Lark; and Jason Stratton, of Mamnoon and Mbar.

Test cooks from Cook’s Illustrated will serve some of its greatest hits from the last 25 years, including butterscotch pudding, kombu-cured tuna poke, Indian butter chicken and creamy cauliflower soup. (You can get the recipe for that popular cauliflower soup here.)

Saturday’s festivities, held at Bell Harbor and Pier 66, are geared more toward the serious home cooks, with demos from “America’s Test Kitchen” TV personalities such as Dan Souza. Topics range from sous vide to Italian cooking. There also will be food samples from 18 Seattle restaurants, including Salumi and Ba Bar.


Cook’s Illustrated 25th Birthday Bash

Friday, Nov. 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Block 41, 115 Bell St., Seattle; $125 ($200 VIP)

ATK Seattle EATS Festival

Saturday, Nov. 3 from 2-5 p.m., Bell Harbor & Pier 66, 2209 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $100 ($150 VIP)

Both events are only for ages 21-plus. Ticket info and full lineup at