Are you craving for some authentic international cuisine? The culinary event Plate of Nations has opened and still available until April 9 at Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Way South.
The event will gather 12 restaurants around MLK community, include the Original Phillys (American East Coast), Café Ibex (Ethiopian), Joy Palace (Chinese), Rainier BBQ (Vietnamese), Q Bakery (Vietnamese), Tony’s Bakery (Vietnamese), Karama (East African), Huarachitos (Mexican), Venus (Chinese), Thai Palms (Thai), Olympic Express (Southeast Asian Halal), and Cajun Crawfish (American South). During this event, the restaurants will offer $15 and $25 group meal deals.
Plate of Nations is a new event of the MLK Business Association (MLKBA), which was formed in 2008 to promote the independently owned businesses in the MLK community. MLKBA Board Chair Julie Pham said, “We were brainstorming new ideas for promoting the business district and everyone got excited about a food event because food brings people together.”
Plate of Nations is the brainchild of Asari Mohamath, a refugee from Vietnam and former owner of Salima restaurant, who wanted to develop a unified marketing event to highlight the cuisines offered by MLK restaurants.
There are only two national brand eateries on MLK, from MLK & Rainier down to Rainier Beach: Baskin Robbins and McDonalds. The Office of Economic Development funded this project as part of its support of local business districts.
Venues are easily accessible by light rail from downtown or the #8 bus from Capitol Hill.
For more details, photos, and contact information of individual restaurant owners, visit: www.plateofnations.com and contact MLK Business Association Chair Julie Pham at Julie@nvnorthwest.com or 206-723-4666.
The Plate of Nations event has been awesome! I’ve already tried four and hope to squeeze one more in on the final day today. Tony’s Bakery’s fresh baked bread banh mi and banh cuon, Huarachitos’ warm tortillas, authentic ingredients and flan. Can’t wait for more.