Sexy Feast: Feeling the Heat and Affirming Homosexuality at How to Cook a Wolf

wolf_padrons_plate_600It had been a long time since I had stepped inside How to Cook a Wolf.

I’ve long lamented the lack of good restaurants in upper Queen Anne, automatically choosing to travel elsewhere. So when I’m thinking about where to eat, Wolf always falls off my radar. But it turns out that Chef Matt Fortner is at the top of his game at the top of the hill.

While I was there recently, right at opening, Fortner received a delivery, looked inside, and nodded knowingly. When I was about to leave, he peeked his head out of the kitchen and asked me to stay, saying he had one more dish he wanted me to try–a dish so spontaneous that it wasn’t even on the evening’s menu. Moments later, out came a cute plate of blistered green peppers. Padróns, it turns out, quickly sautéed with olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt. Absolutely addictive.

So what do How to Cook a Wolf’s Padrón peppers teach us about sex?

It’s all about affirming diversity.

When Fortner placed that plate of peppers before me, he said “one in ten can be spicy.”

Say “one in ten” to a sex educator, and one thing immediately comes to mind. Do an Internet search of “1 in 10,” and you’ll get the same result. Most times, the top hit will be 1n10 (formerly One in Ten) serves LGBTQA youth and young adults, seeking to “enhance their lives by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices.”

It’s based on a long-believed estimate that one in ten individuals in our society is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. While that ten percent estimate may not be accurate, what fascinates me is last month’s Gallup poll revealing that adults in this country now guess that 25% of Americans are gay or lesbian. (35% estimate that more than one in four is gay or lesbian.)

Check the Gallup poll for more information on this, but the implications are clear: The more that Americans get to know someone who is gay or lesbian, the more accepting (and hopefully affirming) they are on the related issues. And the more likely the opposition will grow isolated and rejected. (Change takes time, but I’m hopeful that the rising tide of hate, such as this week’s reveal of Michelle Bachmann’s husband use of the term “barbarians,” is part of a final desperate backlash against the progress and inevitable victory for full rights regardless of sexual orientation.)

Look for marriage equality success, like we saw last week in New York, to continue throughout the United States.

And look for those Padrón peppers at How to Cook a Wolf. I didn’t have a big enough sample size to know if one in ten is spicy. The larger ones did seem to have a little extra heat to them. Regardless of the varying scoville units, I loved them all–equally.

First published in Seattle Weekly’s Voracious on June 30, 2011.



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