Brunch at Can Can with up-close theatre experience

By Jocelyn Chui

If you like brunch, music, and dances, Ice Cream, currently performing at Seattle’s famous Can Can at Pike Place Market is the must-go brunch spot in town.
The one-hour performance is Can Can’s original production that features performances from the professional dancers of the Can Can Company and seasonal dishes and cocktail treats made by in-house Chef John Gilbert.
Once seated, you will notice the intimate setting of the venue, which intends to takes the audience back to Paris at the turn of the 20th century. No matter where you sit in the room, you are guaranteed a front row view of the stage.
The drill is simple — you order the food and enjoy the show, as long as you can decide on what to eat from the all-delicious looking menu that is.
From house made biscuits and gravy with Uli’s pork sausage to egg sandwich made with Beecher’s cheddar, bacon, onion jam and arugula on a ciabatta roll, chef Gilbert has got your tastebud covered. Looking for something on the lite side? Try the granola parfait layered with Ellenos greek yogurt and fresh mixed berry puree.
Being a seafood fan, I tried the dungeness crab egg benedicts paired with a Market Mary that came with Britt’s pickles and Beecher’s cheese curd. The egg benedicts offer a generous amount of crab that was well complimented by asparagus and bearnaise. I went with a salad for my side but you can certainly choose potatoes if you are in the mood for something hearty.
On top of the mouthwatering menu, Can Can choreographer Fae Phalen also approached the Ice Cream shop theme with unique technologies that collaborate brilliantly with classic tunes.
“We have introduced new video mapping technologies that integrates with the choreography and costuming, as opposed to just using video as a backdrop,” said Phalen who is a Cornish grad and former Seagal. “Featuring a vast array of music spanning from original works, rearranged/remixed classics by production duo Pink + Pezzner to local band Manatee Commune, there are newly designed set pieces, and a performance apparatus that will bring our dancers even closer to the audience. So close you’ll smell the glitter!”
While the matinee production is a family-friendly show, Can Can also produces a dinner show with burlesque and cabaret dances that the theatre is famous for.

For more information, visit TheCanCan.com