I've dined several times at 18 Seaboard, and each experience has been a pleasure. Last night's dinner was exceptional, beginning with an amazingly delicious -- and exquisitely presented -- pumpkin soup. Is there a chance you could prevail upon chef Jason for the recipe? -- S.K., Kinston
Jason Smith is chef/proprietor of 18 Seaboard (18 Seaboard Ave.; 861-4318; www.18seaboard.com), one of downtown Raleigh's most popular dining destinations. Smith is happy to part with his recipe for pumpkin soup.