A lot can happen in one night. That’s the motto of the One Night Only Project, a monthly dinner series and private event service, which strives to create a once in a lifetime dinner party—new chef, new menu, new attitude. Each event is another chance for us to orchestrate the magic that happens between a chef and a booze expert (wine and beer dinners are what we do best) in anticipation of a memorable evening, whether it’s an exclusive invitation, special occasion or intimate dinner for a small group of friends. Our job is to make sure you are part of an experience that is unique and never repeated. Be sure to check out our new video.

“And if nothing is repeated in the same way,
all things are last things.”
– Poet Antonio Porchia


Jeff Vance + Chris & Anu Elford + KEXP DJ Evie
November 11     |    2505 2nd Ave    |    Seattle

Harvest season means celebrating the bounty of the PNW. And on November 11, chef Jeff Vance (Navy Strength, No Anchor) will be presenting the abundance of our local waters…with a tropical twist.

This means fresh winter chicories with avocado dressing, candied macadamia nuts and shaved pecorino; rockfish ceviche served in pineapples with soft herbs; chicken liver pate with black vinegar jelly and candied persimmon served with warm King’s Hawaiian Rolls; pork belly glazed in a sauce of maple syrup and fish sauce with pickled kiwi, white rice and furikake; and coconut and mango sherbet with licorice shortcake crumb, Mezcal Meringue and Thai lime granita.

The family-style dinner will take place at Navy Strength, voted Best New American Cocktail Bar 2018. Proprietors Anu and Chris Elford will be on cocktail duty, creating a menu of fun craft cocktails inspired by travel and classic tiki. They’ll also be offering “Lo-No” cocktails for those who wish to take it easy that night – or not drink at all.

The evening’s soundtrack will be provided by KEXP’s DJ Evie.

  • The evening begins with a cocktail reception* at 7p.
  • Tickets are $150 and include food, booze and gratuity.
  • Attire is casual, but feel free to dress up!
  • Please don’t show up too early! We need all the time we can get to make sure we’re ready for you by 7p!
  • If you have any food allergies/dietary restrictions and/or don’t drink, please let us know: [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at the dinner table!

The ONO Team

*This is a 21+ event

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In addition to our monthly
dinners, One Night Only would
be thrilled to work with you on
your next special event.
Whether you’re looking for a
new twist on a company
meeting, a corporate event that
will blow your clients away, or
you simply want to throw a
private party without the
hassle, we will help you plan a
get together like no other!

We can easily accommodate 50
people for a sit-down dinner or
upwards of 100 for a standing
cocktail reception. Please
contact us for pricing.


We take care of all the specifics:

Custom-tailored tablescapes
Open commercial kitchen
Champagne reception
Coffee service
Clean-up crew

Next time you want to host
an event of any kind, relax.
We have it covered.


We are two friends living in Seattle who have spent years in the restaurant industry. In 2012, we decided to use our connections for good and construct fun dinner parties with great people, music, energy and, of course, food. Our secret weapon? Chefs who design special menus for us that are literally available for one night only. Whether a chef comes out of retirement, cooks outside of their comfort zone, or previews a menu of a hotly-anticipated new restaurant, we work with them to create an evening you won’t soon forget.


Julien has spent the better part of two decades discovering Seattle through its many restaurants and bars. A former student of the Seattle Art Institute’s Baking and Pastry program, Julien began her food media career as the restaurant reporter for KOMO Newsradio, followed by Seattle Weekly columnist, Seattle Business Magazine food editor, Q13 food correspondent, Eater Seattle editor, food + dining editor for Seattle Magazine, and, most recently, the food + drink producer/editor for MSN. She is also the author of two cookbooks: Seattle Cooks (2018) and Washington Wine + Food (2020).


Melissa has been involved in some aspect of the restaurant industry for the past 20 years (ouch!), most recently specializing in restaurant and wine marketing. She has a passion for the local food scene and is an alumni of the Seattle Culinary Academy. Melissa has owned her own catering businesses, bartended, and worked as a culinary gardener at the esteemed Herbfarm in Woodinville. She lives in Ballard with her husband and daughter and her snorting Frenchton Prunella. She is also perhaps the nicest person you will ever meet. With that said, she will not think twice about tackling you to get to the last bottle of rosé.

“To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage,
organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese
is a life not worth living.”
– Anthony Bourdain



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