Chef Brings Flair & Flavor to Green Gig

Michael Monzon

Local Chef Michael Monzon will Dazzle at The Green Gig Dinner

It’s flavor with flair when teppanyaki chef Michael Monzon is the headliner at dinner parties. The local master of gourmet cuisine whipped up by his flying knives will take center stage at this Saturday’s annual “Green Gig” dinner at The Club @ the Boatyard.

Tickets are still available for the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s Green Gig Locally Grown Dinner on May 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrating its 9th year, The Green Gig is a delicious, locally grown tradition, once again taking place at The Club @ Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard on the downtown waterfront.

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Make plans to enjoy a relaxing evening featuring music, an exciting auction and the amazing talents of Chef Michael as he transforms ingredients from land and sea into a delightfully fresh culinary treat. This is a golden opportunity to experience one of North America’s top Japanese-style teppanyaki masters in celebrity Chef Michael Monzon, whose nickname is “Tattoo Mike.”

Teppanyaki is a post-World War II style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan, which is the metal plate on which it is cooked, and yaki, which means grilled, broiled, or pan-fried. In Japan, teppanyaki refers to dishes cooked using a teppan, including steak, shrimp, okonomiyaki and monjayaki savory pancakes, and yakisoba noodle stir-fry. – From Wikipedia/teppanyaki.

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Michael Monzon

Teppanyaki Chef Michael Monzon

Originally from the Puget Sound area, Chef Mike now makes his home on Fox Island with his wife Lindsey and son, with a second child due in October. Flinging fire with flair in top teppanyaki restaurants in Seattle, California and Hawaii for over a decade, he has also appeared as a competitor on “Chopped” and “Teppanyaki Takedown,” and as a guest chef on the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family series.

Teppanyaki Chef Michael Monzon

Chef Mike started his own personal chef business, Flying Knives, in 2018. It’s a catering business with added flair as he travels to peoples’ homes and other locations as a pop-up private chef and caterer for dinner parties. With his impressive high-flying knife skills, it is a gourmet teppanyaki dinner and show that guests love.

“He brings everything he needs for a pop-up restaurant at peoples’ homes,” said Lindsey, who is a rep for a hair products line. “Tables, chairs, gas grill table — he’s a portable chef.”

This past year Monzon also started his own line of dipping and grilling sauces. His versatile Tattoo Mike’s Flying Knives Teppanyaki orange and brown sauces are available at Harbor Greens, Finholm’s Market and the Fox Island Grocery & Deli.

“This definitely is a cause close to our hearts. We love them there at Curious by Nature preschool.” – Lindsey Monzon

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Chef Mike demonstrates teppanyaki cooking and his pop-up catering set-up for preschoolers at the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s Curious by Nature School this week.

Come to The Club @ the Boatyard on May 18 for an opportunity to try both sauces on Chef Mike’s creations. This 9th annual Green Gig is the Monzons’ second Green Gig Dinner, which is a benefit evening near and dear to their hearts, says Lindsey. Proceeds help support the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s Curious by Nature preschool, which the Monzons’ son Ezra attends.

“It’s our second Green Gig Dinner and the second year our son has been involved with the preschool,” said Lindsey on a recent morning while Chef Mike was busy cooking for the preschoolers.

“We love the preschool so much, so anything we can do to give back is wonderful,” she said.

Purchase tickets at Greater Gig Harbor Foundation on Facebook

Doors open 5:30 p.m.

Wine, beer and soft drinks included

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With a focus on sustainability, The Green Gig Locally Grown Dinner is designed to showcase our region’s agricultural and culinary prowess. Now in its 9th year, this fantastic one-of-a-kind dinner provides guests a magical “farm-2-fork” experience.

The evening features live music by Rob Rigoni of Budapest West, lots of heart-warming stories, and many exciting items on auction. Up for bids will be beautiful original collaborative artworks created with local artists, numerous unique experiences and much more.

Proceeds benefit the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s Stewards Scholarship Fund and the foundation’s work in helping bridge the early learning access gap in our community.

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Since 2012, the foundation has provided more than $125,000 in support of early childhood education for more than 400 area children by underwriting a portion of tuition costs for every student. It has also provided more than $30,000 in additional assistance through the scholarship fund.

“This definitely is a cause close to our hearts,” said Lindsey Monzon. “We love them there at Curious by Nature.”

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– Photos courtesy of Michael Monzon on Facebook

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