Stop fawning over Instagram photos of Milk Bar's whimsical sweets: the celebrated bakery is doing a pop-up at Canlis on Aug. 12. Maybe we can convince them to stay.
Canlis is teaming up with cult-favorite bakery Milk Bar, and… well, let’s just call it a test run.
On Aug. 12, Milk Bar will finally grace us with its presence for a pop-up in Canlis’ parking lot, giving Seattleites a chance to try Chef Christina Tosi’s coveted crack pie, birthday cake truffles and cereal-milk soft serve. And — while there are “no concrete plans” for a Seattle location, according to Tosi — it could be a chance for Seattle to prove that it’s ready for a Milk Bar of its own.
“I think they’re always exploring new markets,” said Canlis co-owner Brian Canlis. “I bet if we have a really fun turnout and show that people love Milk Bar, it’ll go a long way to getting our own Milk Bar in Seattle.”
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The country fair concept is further realized with Canlis Chef Brady Williams’ take on corn dogs ($4) and turkey legs ($10), and a (gourmet, no doubt) popcorn stand run by Tosi’s husband, New York restaurateur Will Guidara. Pay for it all with fair tickets, sold on-site. Do country fairs have wine in a can? Canlis does.
If you’re still distraught over not making it into June’s unfathomably packed Canlis-Shake Shack pop-up, get two tickets for the Milk Bar version and gain guaranteed access to a 200-guest VIP hour from 11 a.m. to noon. You’ll also skip the line the rest of the day and receive a limited-edition poster signed by Tosi. Just be among the first 100 to turn up to the Queen Anne Farmers Market this Thursday (or next if you’re feeling lucky) and make a $50 donation to the market at a Canlis-run booth.
The event is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Don’t drive — the Canlis parking lot will have its hands full. If you take a service like Uber or Lyft, have them drop you off down the street at Thomas C. Wales park to avoid the inevitable congestion. (Check canlis.com/milkbar for future updates.)
And remember to show Tosi that Seattle knows how to party.
“When I’m deciding where to build a Milk Bar next, my first requirement is that it’s in a place that feels like home,” Tosi said. “Community is key.”
Here’s what’s in it for you:
- B’Day Truffles (3-pack) — $6
- Chocolate Malt Truffles (3-pack) — $6
- Crack Pie® slice — $6
- Assorted cookies — $4 each
- Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow
- Cereal Milk™ Soft Serve with Cornflake Crunch — $6
- Popcorn — $4
- Corn Dog/Cheese Dog with condiment station — $4
- Corn on the Cob — $6
- Turkey Legs — $10
- JONES Root Beer Soda — $4
- Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale — $6
- Ramona Grapefruit Wine Spritzer — $6
- Charles & Charles Rosé — $6