Happy Monday, everyone! How was the weekend? Ours started on Thursday night with a book signing event for Seattle restauranteur Renee Erickson's A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus at Pam Robinson's Red Ticking.
It really is a book to celebrate, and celebrate we did with plenty of bubbles and yummy bites from Renee's Boat Street Café and The Whale Wins.
Having Connecticut artist Mary Maguire on hand made the evening extra special - Pam's customer's have been charmed by Mary's watercolors for years and Renee's restaurant The Whale Wins took it's name from one of Mary's painting with the same title.
And flowers from Nisha Kelen's Fleurish made everything that much prettier.
Of course, this being Red Ticking, there were plenty of other temptations on hand...
Many of my east coast friends have been talking about coming out to Seattle for a visit... and when they do, you can be sure that Red Ticking and at least one (if not all) of Renee's restaurant's will be tops on my "musts" list for them. Whether it's the light and airy French-accented Boat Street Café, the seaside shack crossed with your favorite Parisian oyster bar The Walrus and the Carpenter, the wood-fired goodness of The Whale Wins, or the charms of tiny Barnacle, all celebrate what's best about Seattle - local bounty, not too fussy, relaxed and easy-going, but still beautiful.
Renee gets every detail right in her restaurants, and the same is true for her book. It unfolds with seasonal menus for feasts like a Lummi Island Spot Prawn Dinner, and shorter, less structured recipes that make the most of the best ingredients of the season.
And there are stories about the people who are part of the restaurants' success - from oyster farmers to her mother, father and brother, who have worked, advised and provided support along the way. All accompanied by gorgeous photographs by Jim Henkens that capture the well-lit airiness which seems to always permeate Renee's restaurants, even on the rainiest Seattle day.
It's one you can't wait to share - I served up an impromptu supper on Sunday night all made from recipes from the book. It was lovely to see how well the dishes translated from Renee's restaurants to my table at home.
Pick up a copy for yourself, send a copy to a friend. It's sure to become a favorite.
Hope you have a delicious week! XO