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Chef Melissa Martz's experience has taken her from the Midwest to the West Coast, as well as Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, and Cambodia.<p></p>

The culinary experience continues with Chef Melissa Martz

Melissa Martz is the chef at Tanakasan which is a located on the ground level of the Via6 residence in the Denny Regrade neighborhood. Tanakasan is described as a "lively modern Asian-American bar and restaurant." Their menu consists of tasty multi-cultural entrees such as sake slushies, twice-fried chicken wings, Osaka pancakes, and caramelized coconut beef, to name a few. Her career began in 2015 working part-time with Tom Douglas Team while she worked on her degree in Public Health.

Martz comes from a household that revolved around their love for food. With her mother's Jewish, Cuban, and New York roots and her father's Midwestern roots, Martz was exposed to a variety of cultural dishes such as her mom's lion's head meatballs, and her dad's fried chicken. Chef Martz's experience has taken her from the Midwest to the West Coast, as well as Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, and Cambodia. Her travels have exposed her to a plethora of cooking opportunities, fully expanding Chef Martz's talent in the kitchen.

In 2015, Martz returned from traveling to take on the position as chef at Tanakasan. When she's not throwing down in the kitchen or on the move, Chef Martz continues her quest to find the best fried chicken in Seattle.

For WildBites, you can bet that Chef Melissa Martz is whipping up something special. Her dish of choice remains a surprise, but it's suspected to have some Australian ingredients. Whatever she chooses to make, it's something to look forward to and guaranteed to leave your taste buds satisfied.

Join Chef Melissa Martz along with six other renowned chefs from the Seattle restaurant scene during this exclusive 21+ evening at Woodland Park Zoo. Tickets include the opportunity to try two specialty bites from each chef, plus two drink tickets to be redeemed with your choice of beer, wine, or cocktail, and access to all zoo exhibits. All the animals will be out to join the party, plus ambassador animal encounters for those who want to get up close and personal with residents of the zoo.

General admission tickets are $75 each and Premium tickets are $125 and are on sale now. The event will run from 5:00 pm-8:30 pm on September 6, 2019. Premium entry will begin at 4:00 pm.

Experience the zoo after-hours while experiencing delicious foods from across the globe.

For more information, visit Savor, sip, save wildlife.