Posts about “Our Team”

New Desserts & New Pastry Chef at Ray’s Boathouse!

Chocolate Terrine Close Up

We’re sweet on our new pastry chef Karen Williams! She has blown us away with her new Boathouse dessert menu… from rich chocolate terrine with orange and pistachio, to almond cake with merlot poached pears and currant-balsamic ice cream–it’s time to indulge in a little winter treat or two. A former instructor at Le Cordon Bleu,… Read More >>

Ray’s FareStart Guest Chef Night March 22!

Chef Paul Duncan

Join Executive Chef Paul Duncan at FareStart’s Guest Chef Night on Thursday, March 22 from 5:30-8 p.m.! If you don’t know FareStart, this is the perfect way to learn and support its vital job training programs. The FareStart team works tirelessly to train displaced locals and teach them cooking and restaurant kitchen skills through set course work…. Read More >>

Reeling in the years at Ray’s by Russ Wohlers

Russ Wohlers

Ray’s started with the small kernel of an idea that salmon and other fish could be broiled just like a steak on a beach bonfire grill, after reeling it into the boat from a good day of fishing. Then came halibut, lingcod, sable fish, oysters, mussels and clams. Excellent seafood that could be cooked in… Read More >>

Thank you Phil Mottet & Elizabeth Gingrich!

Phil + Elizabeth

Throughout our history at Ray’s we have been blessed with an incredible ownership team and a hardworking staff. The servers, bussers, bartenders, hosts, cooks, and dishwashers are the foundation of who we are and make each day at Ray’s possible. We want to recognize Phil Mottet, a server of 36 years, and thank him for… Read More >>

Ray’s Loyalty Member donates 80+ Meals to Mary’s Place

Mary's Place Dinner April 2017_2

In the spirit of helping our community thrive and ‘caring through loyalty’, we continue our partnership with Mary’s Place in 2017! In a wonderful act of charitable giving we teamed up with one of our most loyal guests who anonymously offered to donate its family’s Loyalty Card points to offset the cost of dinner for 80+ people at… Read More >>

#RaysRewind: Our Family Tree

Ray's Family Tree v4

Ray’s Boathouse & Cafe has a rich and broad history in the local culinary and beverage scene. We’ve had so many incredible employees walk through our doors over the last 40+ years and it’s humbling to look at how far our roots stretch. So many people have started at Ray’s and gone on to build amazing businesses, found local events… Read More >>

Ode to Our Fishermen

Northern Leader Image

If there is one thing that I can put my finger on as the main reason for our 44 years of success it would be the fisherman. The fisherman, deckhands, fishing communities that support the fleets, and the families that watch their children, spouses, and parents go out to the unforgiving sea to earn a… Read More >>

We blind tasted 14 rare WA Wines & here’s what happened

Rays Rewind Wine Tasting Group Photo

What is old is new again? I admit it. I am guilty of holding on to my silk paisley ties that were fashionable many years ago in hopes that they would be stylish enough to wear again. Certain things never go out of style, right?  OK, I admit I know close to nothing about fashion… Read More >>

Second Annual Ballard Beer Awards – Feb 1-28

Ballard Beer Awards 2016 Champ

Vote for Your Favorite Ballard Brew! The 2nd Annual Ballard Beer Awards returns February 1-28. We’ll be spotlighting four Ballard-based breweries for you to taste and cast your vote! Stop by and purchase a pint from one of breweries below to cast your vote or, if you choose not to partake with your palate, simply ask to fill out… Read More >>

Closed on Monday, Jan. 2 to Thank Our Team!

Ray's Leadership Team

On Monday, Jan. 2, Ray’s will be CLOSED to thank our wonderful team for their great work in 2016. We’ll also be celebrating for a cause, contributing to Mary’s Place ( which serves homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations. We’ll share more about this great cause throughout the year. Come celebrate New Year’s… Read More >>