We are excited to announce Buds: A Tomo Dinner Series. Informed by friendship and mutual admiration, Tomo chef/owner Brady Ishiwata Williams will cook meals with chef-friends from across the country (and maybe the world, we’ll see) at the restaurant over the summer months. The other four chefs in the series will be announced two at a time. 

Each event in the series will be a little different in form, feel, and structure based on our collaboration with the respective visiting bud.

Presenting Partner

Offical Partners


April 30

Mei Lin – 6 course tasting menu

May 1

Daybird Pop–up at Tomo

May 14

Carlo Mirarchi – 6 course tasting menu

Mei Lin is the LA-based chef/owner of the iconic Szechuan hot chicken spot Daybird. She was named *the* Top Chef of season 12 of the Bravo show and founded the critically acclaimed restaurant Nightshade. 

Born in China, Mei and her family immigrated to the US when she was an infant. They planted roots in Dearborn, Michigan, where Mei grew up working alongside her mother and father at their family-owned and-operated restaurant. 

Throughout the years Mei has worked for some of the most revered chefs in the industry including Wolfgang Puck, Michael Symon, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael Voltaggio, and Bryan Voltaggio.  

Friend Connection ︎ Tomo Bar Director Greg Bonney and Mei Lin were station partners at Michael Voltaggio’s restaurant ink. back in 2011 and have been close ever since.

Carlo Mirarchi is the co-owner and executive chef of Blanca and Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick,  Brooklyn. Mirarchi is a self-taught chef and his culinary prowess has won the acclaim of publications including New York Times, GQ, and Vogue, as well as earning him two Michelin Stars and a place as one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2011. Bon Appétit has recognized Roberta’s as one of the “20 Most Important Restaurants in America,” and has recently expanded to multiple locations in NYC, Los Angeles, and most recently, Singapore.

Friend Connection ︎ Tomo Chef/Owner Brady Ishiwata Williams was Executive Sous Chef at Blanca and Roberta’s before moving to the Pacific Northwest. Brady and Carlo have cooked together all over the globe, from Rio to South Beach and Seattle. Tomo chef de cuisine Diana Mata García also worked at Blanca.


Tickets for Mei's dinner and Daybird pop-up will be available via Tock on Tuesday, April 12 at 10 am.

Tickets for Carlo's dinner will be available via Tock on Tuesday, April 26 at 10 am.

A subset of tickets are being held exclusively for Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardmembers through the Reserved by Sapphire℠ program. Sapphire Reserve cardmembers can visit Chase Dining in Ultimate Rewards to access and purchase these tickets with either their card or points.

We invite you to make a night or weekend of it with your buds and stay at the Thompson Seattle.