Café Nordo is a place where the intersection between food & art is cultivated & mined, where artists create & play while audiences are cared for with seamless service.
In our home artists serve one another & the broader community. We believe in our artists being paid fairly, our food being sourced locally, & our work being brave, educational & always entertaining.
OUR HISTORY: In 2009, Café Nordo launched a hybrid of the pop-up restaurant and underground theater. Relying on relationships with local farmers, ranchers, fisherman, composers, actors, and visual artists, Café Nordo serves up modern cuisine while thrilling audiences with the history, myth, science, and politics of food. Each show, performed at venues all over the Seattle area, ran for 6-8 weeks for an almost always sold-out crowd.
Previous venues have ranged from the warehouse of a chocolate factory to a former museum and each has provided a unique backdrop for an immersive experience. Our audiences have enjoyed a 1960’s spy farce in a 737 headed for the Seattle World’s Fair where they learned the secrets of convenience food and the Green Revolution (To Savor Tomorrow,) learned the history of the cocktail in a jazzy speakeasy in the 1930’s (Sauced), and took a tour around Café Nordo’s timeless museum of food, eating each of five courses in a different local artist’s installation (Café Nordo’s Cabinet of Curiosities). Nordo recreated The Black Lodge and redefined breakfast in our homage to David Lynch's Twin Peaks that took murder mystery dinner theater to the next level here in Seattle (Lost Falls).
In 2015 Nordo's Culinarium opened in historic Pioneer Square. Committed to the intersection between Art, Performance, and Cuisine, Nordo' s Culinarium provides a playground for the imagination where flavors and stories come alive in an intimate, immersive setting.
Nordo's Culinarium not only hosts Café Nordo's immersive theatrical experiences but is also a crossroads between the culinary and performing arts.The Culinarium is open year round with two “Main Stage Shows” and other exciting programs that are a playground for other artists and chefs to come together, creating an unparalleled arts experience the best dinner theater in Seattle.
Awarded the Seattle Times’ prestigious Footlight Award for Excellence in Theater six years running, Café Nordo has become a Seattle institution.
Café Nordo is part of Ripple Productions, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. With a commitment to new and innovative storytelling, Ripple Productions seeks to push the boundaries of innovation by integrating the performing, culinary, and visual arts. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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