Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Please join us for a day at the sea with Bill Whitbeck, better known as Oyster Bill. Bill is the Manager of Taylor Shellfish Restaurant Direct Sales department. Under his leadership, this department has developed from selling shellfish at Seattle area farmers markets to a department that delivers to about 200 restaurants in the Puget Sound region! Bill loves the day-to-day contact he has with the best chefs in the area, and he enjoys teaching new chefs and restaurant staff about shellfish. He says, “There is nothing I enjoy more than hearing a chef rave about our product.”
The day will include a shuttle ride from Cedarbrook Lodge where we will embark on a day’s journey north to the Chuckanut trail to experience an amazing oyster tasting at Taylor Shellfish north. Along the way we will stop at the quaint little town of Edison to browse the local crafts and of course to stock up on cheese, charcuterie and fresh baked bread.On our return we will pull into Rexville grocery for a glass of wine and a snack if you’re so inclined. Also included in this once in a lifetime experience is a signed copy of Oyster Bill’s book “The Joy of Oysters.”
Saturday, June 17th, 2017
Join us for a day in the field with Jeremy Faber, the owner of Foraged and Found Edibles, Jeremy is the chief supplier of rare and elusive mushrooms and foraged edibles for Seattle’s most carefully sourced restaurants.
Jeremy has been notoriously secretive when it comes to revealing his prime locations for foraging in Northwest forests, and as such he has been as elusive as the bounty he delivers to our tables. Upon return from the field to Cedarbrook Lodge, Chef Mark Bodinet will present a menu featuring local foraged edibles, paired with sustainable Washington State wines. This will be an extraordinary experience not soon to be forgotten.
Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Join us for an afternoon of reef netting with Riley Starks, owner of Nettles Farm, a renowned local fisherman and connoisseur of fine food. After moving to Lummi Island in 1992, he bought a reef net gear and helped start Lummi Island Wild. He also created Nettles Farm and the modern Willows Inn.
While taking an active role in the farm-to-table movement, he constantly worked to weave the sustainable fishery into the Willows Inn, taking it all the way to Italy for the 2004 first Slow Food Terra Madre. He now works full time marketing for Lummi Island Wild Co-op, which is truly dear to his heart. The day would not be complete without experiencing the cuisine of Blaine Wetzel at the world famous Willows Inn. Share stories of the region with friends and the team at Willows. Transportation is provided to and from Cedarbrook Lodge. Alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity are not included.
Saturday, December 16th, 2017
Immerse your mind and taste buds in a one night affaire of edible truffle delights & education. The day’s journey begins at Cedarbrook Lodge where we will gather for a truffle talk and private tasting in the Olympic Suite over hors d’oeuvres and Italian Barolo. As part of the evening which includes luminary Alana McGee of the truffle dog company we will be sharing time and getting to know her truffle dogs LoLo and Ruby.
We will taste both White and Black Truffles while Alana talks about local foraging of truffles where she will help us understand where the truffle industry is going in North America. After our time together in the suite we will usher you down to Copperleaf Restaurant where Mark Bodinet, Executive Chef of Cedarbrook Lodge, will prepare a five-course seasonal tasting menu, utilizing black and white truffles from around the world with wine pairings from Washington State, France and Italy. The evening will conclude with a truffle inspired culinary swag bag.