The pig tails in question. Photos by Sara Bernard.

Pike Market’s Sunset Supper Was Overwhelming and Delicious

Scenes from the 21st annual food-and-booze bash.

Three things I learned at Sunset Supper, the Pike Place Market Foundation’s annual fundraiser for all of their core programs, including low-income senior housing, a food bank, a medical center, and a daycare:

1) “Grilled Barbadian pig tails” are way, way more delicious than they sound. In fact, I might venture to say the Nue’s pig tail I ate was among the most transformative of all the offerings. Not unlike a rib, with tender, aromatic, buttery strips of meat falling off the bone, the pig tail had a sweet and savory carmelized-crust enveloping a layer of fat that even I, who usually draws the line at meat-fat layers, devoured in a few hot-melting seconds. It was served on top of a sweet, tangy green apple and jicama slaw. It was undeniably, eye-poppingly amazing.

2) The roof of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle has been home to dozens of beehives for the past twenty years. The hyperlocal honey that results goes on to craft local beers and liquors, including, for instance, Shucker’s Oyster Bar’s “Rooftop Honey Ale.” Who knew? Also: A pickled mussel on top of a honey-liqueur snowcone is way more delicious than it sounds, too.

3) Grace Love — formerly of Grace Love and the True Loves — is now playing with a crew of seven other badass women in a new band, Grace Love’s Hot Mess (that’s what she called it Friday night, anyway; Pike Place Market called it The Grace Love Band), which is definitely hot, and definitely not a mess. The rockin’, groovin’, all-female soul-power performance drew not only Sunset Supper attendees but a whole crowd of bystanders who shimmied from behind the fence.

See below for some scenes from the mayhem.