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Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel Taps Innovative Culinary Team and Debuts Reimagined Menus at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails

Seattle’s Premier Independent Hotel Is Proud to Announce the Expansion of the Food & Beverage Team Who Bring a Fresh, Local Perspective to the Guest Dining Experiences at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails

SEATTLE, WA —  April 2, 2018 — Motif Seattle is pleased to announce the newest members of its food and beverage team who oversee the award winning rooftop bar and restaurant, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails. The forward-thinking team is comprised of Food & Beverage Director Max Messmer, Executive Chef Laura Simpson-Eng and Bar Manager Chris Blakeslee. Messmer, Blakeslee and Simpson-Eng are joined by existing Restaurant Manager Tatyana Konyakhina and Sous Chef, Chris Balaoro, who are dedicated to creating trend-forward and unique dishes, offering guests a twist to the traditional Northwest cuisine. 

“We are thrilled to continue to build on our strong food and beverage team at Motif Seattle,” said Howard Jacobs, Area General Manager for Woodmark Hotel. “Max Messmer, Laura Simpson-Eng and Chris Blakeslee have skillfully developed a fresh take on our menus that highlight bold flavors beautifully layered within a contemporary take on Pacific Northwest produce and cuisine for our guests to enjoy time and time again.” 

Together, the team has successfully launched a refreshed, Northwest-inspired breakfast, dinner, happy hour and two cocktail menus. The team has further elevated Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails’ food and beverage program by bringing out bold flavors with noteworthy ingredients in all offerings. Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails will debut its new Millionaires Menu with five extravagant, specialty cocktails this week featuring the $200 Best Martini Ever, $280 Beauty in Paradis and the $128 Mogul’s Margarita. 
Additionally, the culinary team is responsible for seasonally reimagining menu offerings at the hotel’s conference and events facilities, which are among Seattle’s largest and most in-demand.

Messmer, a Washington native, brings over 20 years of restaurant and hospitality experience in to the food and beverage team including roles in Washington, Hawaii and Florida. Messmer is well positioned to execute his vision under the Motif Seattle name and has built out programs highlighting local Seattle flavors, wines, beers by tapping into regional purveyors and partners in Seattle and around Washington. 

Motif Seattle also welcomes Chef Simpson-Eng, who brings a fresh perspective and new energy to the F&B team as Executive Chef. Simpson-Eng comes armed with over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, previously working as the Executive Sous Chef at L'Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel, Ritz Carlton Hotel Company and The Hotel Hershey. She expresses her passion for the Pacific Northwest in her dishes; showcasing that a meal can be more than just a collection of ingredients, but an experience. She has combined unique flavors and exotic ingredients to develop the new menus and corresponding dishes such as the Roasted Romanesco, Uli’s Merguez and Manchego Fondue, Gerard & Domonique Smoked Fish Board, classic Pacific Northwest staples like oysters, Wild King Salmon, crab and scallops and desserts like Masala Chai Brulèe, Marion Berry S’mores. 

The team is joined by Blakeslee, who has bar and nightlife experience throughout the Pacific Northwest. Blakeslee possesses a strong pulse on cocktail and beverage trends, having developed exotic recipes that are unique to Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, including a seasonal menu of libations for guests to enjoy this Spring and Summer. He is focused on rum-forward beverages, like the Pina Romero and Café de Ron, along with a creative-yet-contemporary line of cocktails highlighting citrus, cold brew, savory herbs and other bold flavors. 

For more information about dining and reservations at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, visit or call (206) 971-8015.
About Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel 
Motif Seattle is located in the epicenter of downtown Seattle within walking distance to the city’s top attractions. After a recent $10 million renovation, the property boasts 319 refreshed guest rooms. The property enjoys deep connections with the local arts, music and culinary scenes and strives to connect its guests with its local community. Motif Seattle is also home to the wildly popular restaurant Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, which boasts one of the best rooftop bars in the country as voted by USA Today several years in a row. The property features a dedicated meeting and conference facility with over 22,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and a fitness center with the health-conscious client in mind. For more information please visit

About Destination Hotels
Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts, and residences across the United States. Offering authentically immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 20 indigenous spas, and 110 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.
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Where Seattle gets social. By design.

Make your way to the fifth floor on 5th Avenue for downtown Seattle’s best rooftop happy hour hotspot, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails — consistently voted among the best rooftop bars in America.

Come for the handcrafted cocktails, stay for Chef Adam Stevenson’s locally-inspired menu, featuring wild seafood, foraged mushrooms and the best of the Pacific Northwest.

And do come to play. Warmed by two gorgeous outdoor fireplaces and vibrant lighting in edgy urban patio style, you’ll want to start some mischief of your own with a little shuffleboard, LED ping-pong and a rotating cast of live Seattle musicians and DJs.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner — and weekends for brunch. See what’s on the menu or reserve your table below.