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Seattle ups its outdoor dining game, Seahawks-style

Sick of the same old, same old pandemic dining? Seattle says: Game on.

For a limited time, foodies can score a socially distanced, outdoor meal at the home of the city's NFL team, the Seahawks.

The “Field to Table” dining series kicked off this month at Lumen Field, offering upscale eats, plus a view of the stadium normally reserved for players and coaches.

People eat dinner in an outdoor dining tent set up near the logo of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team on the 50-yard line at Lumen Field, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. The "Field To Table" event was the first night of several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served on the field at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely limited options for dining out at restaurants in the area. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

It's not cheap though: The cost is $100 per person, plus tax and a service charge. Beverages are also extra.

What’s included? Arrival through the same Seahawks-logo steel tunnel used by the team on game day, a seat under an open-sided tent on the field near the north end zone, and a four-course meal served up by a rotating roster of local chefs.

Event producer Sam Minkoff says he believes the dining series is the first of its kind in the U.S.

A sign directs customers arriving for the "Field To Table" event to an entrance at Lumen Field (formerly CenturyLink Field) the home of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. Thursday was the first night of several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served on the field at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely limited options for dining out at restaurants in the area. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

And people are eating it up.

All the original dates quickly sold out, but Minkoff noted additional reservations will be available soon. He said his company, SE Productions, was able to book two weeks of overtime, extending the event through March.

Field to Table meals are prepared in the stadium kitchen and an adjoining warming tent. There are two seatings per evening, accommodating about 100 people each, as night falls and the stadium is transformed by the glow of purple and green lights.

Tom Gallagher, right, wears a Seattle Seahawks jersey and holiday hat as he takes a photo with his wife Debbie on the turf at Lumen Field, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. The couple, who are Seattle Seahawks season ticket holders, were celebrating their 45th anniversary by taking part in the "Field To Table" event at the Seahawks' home stadium on the first night of several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served at socially distanced tables in an open-sided tent on the field as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

Among the diners on the event’s first night were Tom and Debbie Gallagher, who were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary.

The Seattle couple — season ticketholders for more than 15 years — snapped selfies and sampled courses that included seared diver scallops and grilled, slow braised beef short ribs. Tom wore a #59 jersey from linebacker Julian Peterson, who played for the Seahawks from 2006 to 2008, and both donned Santa hats and protective masks in team colors.

A portion of the proceeds go to the nonprofit Big Table, which helps struggling restaurant and hospitality workers. Seattle area eateries recently resumed reduced-capacity indoor seating after being restricted to takeout or limited outdoor seating.

Tom Gallagher, right, wears a Seattle Seahawks Julian Peterson jersey and holiday hat as he is offered a bottle of wine by a server while dining with his wife Debbie in an outdoor dining tent set up on the turf at Lumen Field, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. The couple, who are Seattle Seahawks season ticket holders, were celebrating their 45th anniversary by taking part in the "Field To Table" event at the Seahawks' home stadium on the first night of several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

Minkoff is a veteran of producing events for thousands of people in cities across the U.S., but Field To Table is his first in-person event since the pandemic started.

He has been able keep his business alive with virtual cooking and crafting classes for customers at home.

But Minkoff said with the Lumen Field dining series, “we find ourselves back to doing what we love: bringing people together through shared experiences.”

Joel Handshuh, executive chef at The Lakehouse, a restaurant located in Bellevue, Wash., prepares hand-filled Chanterelle mushroom pasta as he works in the kitchen at Lumen Field, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. Handshuh was one of the chefs taking part in the inaugural night of the "Field To Table" event at stadium, which is home to the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team. The event will feature several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

On the web: https://www.fieldtotable.us/

Jason Wilson, left, a chef at The Lakehouse, a restaurant located in Bellevue, Wash., and sous chef Demetrius Parker, right, prepare dishes for the first course of a meal for diners in an outdoor tent set up on the turf at Lumen Field, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. Wilson and Parker were two of the chefs taking part in the inaugural night of the "Field To Table" event at stadium, which is home to the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team. The event will feature several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

Lauren Scully, a pastry chef at The Lakehouse, a restaurant located in Bellevue, Wash., prepares a tray of Huckleberry Bavarian desserts as she works in the kitchen at Lumen Field, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. Scully was one of the chefs taking part in the inaugural night of the "Field To Table" event at stadium, which is home to the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team. The event will feature several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

People eat dinner in an outdoor dining tent set up at Lumen Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. The "Field To Table" event was the first night of several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served on the field at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely limited options for dining out at restaurants in the area. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

Jason Wilson, center, a chef at The Lakehouse, a restaurant located in Bellevue, Wash., talks about the courses of a meal he prepared with Roy Breiman, left, a chef with Columbia Hospitality, for diners in an outdoor tent set up on the turf at Lumen Field, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. Wilson and Breiman were two of the chefs taking part in the inaugural night of the "Field To Table" event at stadium, which is home to the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team. The event will feature several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

People eat dinner in an outdoor dining tent set up at Lumen Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. The "Field To Table" event was the first night of several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served on the field at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely limited options for dining out at restaurants in the area. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

A server carries a tray of food to people eating dinner in an outdoor tent set up at Lumen Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. The "Field To Table" event was the first night of several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served on the field at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely limited options for dining out at restaurants in the area. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

People eat dinner in an outdoor dining tent set up near the 50-yard line at Lumen Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. The "Field To Table" event was the first night of several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served on the field at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely limited options for dining out at restaurants in the area. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

People arrive to eat dinner in an outdoor dining tent set up at Lumen Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. The "Field To Table" event was the first night of several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served on the field at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely limited options for dining out at restaurants in the area. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

Kevin Benner, a chef at The Lakehouse, a restaurant located in Bellevue, Wash., carries a tray of potato cakes as he works in the kitchen at Lumen Field, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. Benner was one of the chefs taking part in the inaugural night of the "Field To Table" event at stadium, which is home to the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team. The event will feature several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

Colored lights glow as night falls while people eat dinner in an outdoor dining tent set up at Lumen Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. The "Field To Table" event was the first night of several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served on the field at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely limited options for dining out at restaurants in the area. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

An outdoor dining tent set up at Lumen Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team, is shown as viewed from the south end zone, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Seattle. The "Field To Table" event was the first night of several weeks of dates that offer four-course meals cooked by local chefs and served on the field at tables socially distanced as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely limited options for dining out at restaurants in the area. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)