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Epic Wu-Tang pop-up dinner sets stage for Seattle chef Syd Suntha

He’s planning more pop culture-inspired events

A plate showing two small cakes and a macaron with the Wu-Tang Clan symbol embossed

Dessert included Wu-Tang Flan with an ube macaron.

Photo by Jordan Nicholson

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Hippest hoppest pop-up ever? Kottu food truck chef Syd Suntha recently hosted an epic, 36-course meal + live performance experience inspired by the music of the Wu-Tang Clan at Queen Anne Beer Hall. And you better believe it was a banger.

A full-on marching band led by a fire twirler brought the heat to start, while nine local chefs helped prepare a marathon dinner with dishes like Ube I Like It Raw (beef tartare) + Lamb In Da Front (lamb belly with “ghost face chilla” pepper). In-between courses, performances by stand-up comedians, rappers + local break dance troupe Massive Monkees helped keep heads bobbin’.

A compilation video of a marching band, fire twirler, and several dancers at Queen Anne Beer Hall in Seattle

36 Courses included live performances throughout the day.

Video by SEAtoday staff

🎤 Cooking up hits

In case you couldn’t tell, Syd is a chef who likes to go big with pop culture obsessions. He’s already hosted two other fan-friendly dinners in Seattle over the past several months — Elevenses (based on “Lord of the Rings”) + Dangerous Nights (based on the Netflix comedy show “I Think You Should Leave”). Can you say eclectic tastes?

The Wu-Tang pop-up — which won an Eventbrite accelerator program prize — was the most ambitious of them all. It’s an idea Syd had in his head for four years, based on his own love of the Wu-Tang Clan from when he was a kid.

Before becoming a chef, Syd also had a career as a touring musician — and like any true performer, his biggest thrill is the “look on the faces of the audience” when they first see his latest production.

🎹 Ready for an encore

While continuing to keep his food cart Kottu going, Syd said he has several more pop culture-based pop-ups he wants to try. His intention is to host one per month and reveal a batch of themes four at a time.

Syd — who usually posts pop-up announcements on Instagram — wouldn’t reveal what the next themes would be yet, but dropped a hint for one, saying “you can’t talk about it all.”

Care to hazard a guessoh, no, no, no?