Lamb Jam: It’s Baaaaack

by Shona Milne on October 12, 2014

Top Local Chefs to Show off their Chops at the American Lamb Jam

The American Lamb Jam Global Flavors Tour kicks off in Seattle on Nov. 2, raising funds for University District Food Bank

On Sunday, November 2, 16 top Seattle chefs and more than 750 lamb lovers will gather at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center for the Global Flavors Lamb Jam Tour, the annual multi-city culinary cook-off where the people decide which chefs have earned their “chops” by voting on inventive American lamb dishes.

Competing for the titles of “Best in Show,” “People’s Choice” and “Best Mediterranean, Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern inspired dishes,” chefs will prepare and serve their most flavorful American lamb fare to be voted on by lamb-loving attendees and judged by Seattle’s top food  media. The Seattle victor will go head-to-head with other winners representing cities from coast to coast, vying for the title of “Lamb Jam Master” at the Lamb Jam finale in New York City in late 2015.

Seattle chefs include Manny Arce of Poquitos, Chris Opsata of Brass Tacks and Mike Wisenhunt of Brimmer & Heeltap. Last year’s winner, Chef Sarah Lorenzen of Andaluca, took home two trophies, including “Best in Show” and “Best in Ground” for her dish, Fresh Lamb Sausage Socce with Pomegranate Tomato Jam and will be back this year to defend her titles.

Attend a “Curriculamb VIP Pre-Jam”

Get early access to the Lamb Jam starting at 1:30 pm with a VIP pass to the Curriculamb Class. Guests will taste and learn about American lamb from Northwest shepherd Reed Anderson of Anderson Ranches and Chef Holly Smith of Café Juanita.  Together, chef and shepherd will offer a butchery demo, prepare American lamb appetizers and provide home cooking tips and wine pairing recommendations. Tickets to the VIP Curriculamb Class are $75 and must be purchased in advance. VIP tickets also provide entry to the full competitive cook off event, plus an American lamb swag bag.

Join the Flock with a General Admission ticket

Lamb Jam general admission begins at 2:30 – 5 pm. Tickets are $60 and provide an opportunity to sample 16 globally inspired lamb dishes, taste Washington’s best brews and wine, mingle with local shepherds, visit the DIY spice rub station to mix a take-home tin of lamb rub, and vote for Lamb Jam dishes.

What: Sample globally-inspired lamb dishes from 16 of Seattle’s finest chefs. Visit for the complete lineup and to purchase VIP and general admission tickets.

When: Sunday, November 2

VIP admission 1:00 – 2:30pm

Main Event 2:30 – 5:00pm

Where: Bell Harbor International Conference Center

2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66

Seattle, WA 98121

Organized by the American Lamb Board, a portion of the ticket sales will benefit the University District Food Bank. Visit the Seattle Lamb Jam website and Facebook page for tickets and information.

About the American Lamb Board

The American Lamb Board is an industry-funded research and promotions commodity board that represents all sectors of the American Lamb industry including producers, feeders, seed stock producers and processors. The Board, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, is focused on increasing demand by promoting the freshness, flavor, nutritional benefits, and culinary versatility of American Lamb. The work of the American Lamb Board is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the board’s programs are supported and implemented by the staff in Denver, Colorado.

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