|Monique and Chef Bill Trudnowski photo courtesy of Adriatic Grill|
Snowy road conditions caused the cancellation of plans to hold the event on February 24, asking $100 per person, but NOW, the price has been reduced to $80. And if that isn't enough to make you feel good, the proceeds go toward the Chef Bill-Adriatic Grill Culinary Scholarship program at Clover Park Technical College. It's just one way the Trudnowskis give back to a community that has supported and embraced them since the risky beginning of a venture that required more determination and energy than they knew they possessed.
When this hardworking couple opened the Adriatic Grill right off I-5 at 4201 S. Steele St. in Tacoma, during the winter of 2008, they did so while parenting five children and expecting another. Overnight, life changed for the whole family. Chef Bill practically lived at the restaurant. Their teenagers became part of the crew. The baby was born six months after the opening, and Monique returned to work two weeks later, with her infant sleeping in a bassinet in the office. To make the situation even more intense, by 2009 the economy was tougher than underdone pasta.
"It was more than I ever expected to do," Chef Bill told me recently. "Monique and I kind of jumped into this with both feet."
Now, having survived that brave leap, they savor the love and friendship of people in a grateful community. Regulars fill the seats and mouthwatering aromas fill the air, along with Italian music, happy conversation and laughter. The atmosphere of the Adriatic Grill somehow combines urban elegance with the warmth and comfort of an Italian grandma's kitchen.
I thought about that comfort when I took my first bite of the Rigatoni Bolognese last Sunday night. I had to try it after finding out that this is what the Trudnowskis cook for themselves after a hard day. Let me tell you, it would be worth putting in a hard day to earn this reward. But that's only the beginning. Just check out the menu, here. One of my life's goals is to try everything on it.
Here's your chance to dress up and party, all for a good cause. Prizes or no prizes, everyone will feel like a winner after an evening like this at such a great price. But I must warn you; seating is limited. So call the restaurant today at (253) 475-6000 to make your reservation, or do so online.
The Trudnowskis say that some of their most loyal diners call themselves "the Adri-addicts." I'm sure I've seen these people during my many visits without knowing who they were and I'm even more sure they will be at the party. Watch out, when you take that first bite. It could happen to you too.
Copyright 2011 by Candace Brown