Serafina owner and neighborhood resident Susan Kaufman will be celebrating the restaurant’s 20th anniversary with an Italian garden party on Sunday (May 29).
The event, which runs from 1 to 10 p.m., will be a street-style festa with food, music and events in the dining rooms at Serafina and Cicchetti as well in the courtyard, “rain or shine,” says the press release.
There won’t be regular service on Sunday. Instead, they’ll be having $5 and $10 drink and food specials all day. No cost to get in. They’ll be selling $5 tickets to redeem for food and beverages.
The library room at Cicchetti will be set aside as a kids play space.
The events will include performances by Shelby Earl, indie-folk-pop singer/songwriter; violinist Pasquale Santos; Sue Nixon and Leo Raymond; and a staff talent show. Also on tap (literally) will be an Iron Bartender competition with bartenders from Sambar, Cicchetti and Vito’s, Serafina, Sun Liquor and Barrio competing to create drinks with secret ingredients.
Food will include a variety of items from the Serafina and Cicchetti menus, including skirt steak, swordfish, lamb skewers, grilled asparagus, pizza Margherita, baked semolina gnocchi with mushroom creme, a piadini station and more.
Serafina is at 2043 Eastlake Ave. E. See complete details of the event on Serafina’s website.
IN A VIDEO on the Serafina website (also on YouTube and embedded below), Kaufman says, “My heart feels very full today. It feels really full of joy and I feel blessed by having made it this long.”
Kaufman recalls how she and her then-husband, a theater designer, had moved to Seattle. She decided to open the restaurant.
“The whole feeling I had was one of wanting it to look like a place we stumbled on in Italy like a hundred years ago,” she says, “full of character, history, romance. The feeling of it being the community place. I feel like we succeeded with that quite well, actually.”
Kaufman counts among her blessings her staff, “a group of people who own Serafina as if it was their home.”