Meet the chef behind Eventbrite’s 36-course Wu-Tang-inspired dinner

Eventbrite’s RECONVENE Accelerator provides direct support to emerging creators who are building community and shaping culture by laying the foundation for interactive opportunities for creators to not only share ideas and develop their skills, but also contribute to the growth of others. Eventbrite chose five winners this year, with events ranging from a comedy and queer arts festival to an Indigenous Peoples Day block party.

Each creator received funding to help start their series of creative events. Winners took part in an interactive educational program led by Eventbrite executives and product and marketing experts.

Syd Suntha, a Seattle chef, was one of five winners to receive $10,000 to host All In Together Now: A 36-Course Wu-Tang Clan-Inspired Food and Drink Experience. The event took place on September 11, 2022 at the Queen Anne Beerhall, in Seattle, Washington.

Before rising to fame as a conductor in Seattle, Suntha began his career in the music industry. He created the idea for a Wu-Tang Clan-inspired 36-course dinner by fusing his love of music and food. Meal dishes included dishes prepared by regional chefs and specially chosen drinks.

Suntha cites his love of Wu-Tang as something he had in common with many other people who worked in the kitchen.

The 36-course meal was designed as a tribute to the Wu-Tang’s debut studio album, “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”. Suntha explains that the nine chiefs’ participation in the event represented the original nine members of the group.

Each dish was prepared by nine of Seattle’s most distinguished and up-and-coming chefs, and included nine specialty cocktails created by Niles Peacock (Niles Peacock Kitchen & Bar). The lineup of chefs included host, Syd Suntha (Kottu), Shubert Ho (Feed Me Hospitality), MacKenzie DeVito (No Bones About It), Luis Brambila (Bar Dojo), Dave Storm (Buckshot Honey), Demond Thomas (Arc ), Ed Smith (Shambles), Rhys Nunnelee (Queen Anne Beer Hall), Denali Foglietti (Barking Frog) and Niles Peacock (Niles Peacock Kitchen & Bar).

Each dish was prepared by nine of Seattle’s most distinguished and up-and-coming chefs, and included nine specialty cocktails created by Niles Peacock (Niles Peacock Kitchen & Bar). The lineup of chefs included host, Syd Suntha (Kottu), Shubert Ho (Feed Me Hospitality), MacKenzie DeVito (No Bones About It), Luis Brambila (Bar Dojo), Dave Storm (Buckshot Honey), Demond Thomas (Arc ), Ed Smith (Shambles), Rhys Nunnelee (Queen Anne Beer Hall), Denali Foglietti (Barking Frog) and Niles Peacock (Niles Peacock Kitchen & Bar).

The RECONVENE Accelerator aims to track down scammers and trend setters. In her self-definition, Suntha refers to the fact that her success to date has come from being transparent, following her instincts and ignoring unfavorable predictions.

“A lot of people advised me not to do this dinner. They thought it was a bad idea. The chefs who said no four years ago saw the press and then called back. I believed in myself early on and surrounded myself with people who shared my enthusiasm,” Suntha said.

With tickets costing $300 per person, the 200 guests in the full room were treated to nine Wu-Tang inspired experiences throughout the evening, including live painting, cellists playing Wu-Tang music , performative dance, a fire-eater, comedy and Suite. The full fixture list was:

  • Hip-hop themed stand-up comedy by A-Queen, Femi, Narin Vahn
  • Live painting by artist Rich Hall
  • Break dancing shows by Massive Monkees
  • How the Wu-Tang Clan was influenced by Rick Reams
  • Performative dance by Kisha
  • “String Battle” by Cello Face Jilla and Friends (cello + violins)
  • A Seattle tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan by Last Night Sound, Nia Nikol and Pesky Penguine
  • DJ by DJ Klavicle
  • Wu Tang Trivia and Hot Sauce Tasting Contest Presented by Ballyhoo Hot Sauce and Hab Hot Sauce

Suntha described to For(bes) The Culture how he easily recruited nine chefs. “If you look at the resumes of the chefs involved, for example, Barking Frog’s Denali is listed as one of the best restaurants in Seattle. I didn’t expect to find someone from Barking Frog having a hand in this event, but he loves Wu-Tang; we happen to share that connection.

There is no control music in the kitchen, according to Suntha, so you have to pass the service.

“Skin color doesn’t matter; it makes no difference. Whether you work as a chef, cook or dishwasher, everyone loves Wu-Tang. It’s just banger in the kitchen. He completes the day’s tasks. The entire discography can be listened to and you won’t feel like you’re hearing the same songs over and over again.

As part of her mission to expand the dinner party, Suntha said her goal is to continue pursuing the goal of connecting people and bringing the dinner party series to different cities across the country.

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