Salish Sea Chef’s Dinner at Ray’s November 14!

Sustainable Seafood Celebration is joining forces with five incredible Northwest chefs with a passion for seafood, for an evening focused on sustainable seafood practices and successes in the Salish Sea. Guests will learn about the many success stories of local seafood from excellent runs of Baker River Sockeye in 2019 to expanding tribal fishing practices and more. They will meet the people who are driving this forward and making changes from fishermen and women to chefs and activists.

Five featured chefs will create a multi-course dinner with each preparing one course that highlights local seafood including: Salish Sea Dungeness Crab, Baker River Sockeye Salmon, Salish Sea Halibut, reef net Salish Sea Pink Salmon, and fresh oysters.

Featured Chefs
Paul Duncan, Ray’s Boathouse
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins
Kevin Davis, Blueacre Seafood
Wayne Johnson, FareStart
Adam Stevenson, Copperleaf at Cedarbrook Lodge

Salmon Safe Wines
Brickhouse Vineyards Chardonnay Ribbon Ridge, OR 2016
L’Ecole No. 41 ‘Perigee’ Estate Red Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, WA 2015
Sokol Blosser Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir Dundee Hills, OR 2018

“We’re extremely excited to share the many successes coming out of the Salish Sea with folks. We are facing perilous times in our environment and it’s important for people to see and understand that visible progress is being made and that our salmon and halibut runs can get stronger”, said Riley Starks, Salish Sea fisherman, founder of Salish Center for Sustainable Fishing Methods, co-founder of Sustainable Seafood Celebration.

The dinner event is Thursday, November 14 at 6 p.m. at Ray’s Boathouse in Ballard (in the Northwest Room) where the Salish Sea has been their backyard for 46 years. The evening will be co-hosted by Sustainable Seafood Celebration co-founders Riley Starks and Larry Mellum, owner of Pike Place Chowder.

Each chef will dine at a table with guests for more intimate conversation about protecting and nurturing the bounty of the Salish Sea and why sustainable fishing practices is important to them.

Tickets
Tickets are $125 per person and inclusive of multi-course dinner, salmon safe wine and gratuity. Reservations are required to attend and tickets must be purchased online by Friday, November 1, 2019. All guests must be 21 years of age and older to attend. Ticket proceeds benefit Sustainable Seafood Celebration and its partners in the fight to restore sustainable fishing practices, wild salmon runs and local waterways. Tickets available for purchase here.

About Sustainable Seafood Celebration
Sustainable Seafood Celebration is a nonprofit group launched in 2018. Its mission is to raise awareness of the fruits of the Salish Sea – encouraging efforts to keep our local waters healthy despite rapid population growth; rebuilding healthy populations of wild salmon from the Salish Sea; supporting the survival of the Orcas; and highlighting the successful results of good policy and responsible management. More at sustainableseafoodcelebration.org.

About the Salish Sea
The Salish Sea is one of the world’s largest and biologically rich inland seas. Its name pays tribute to the first inhabitants of the region, the Coast Salish. The Salish Sea is an inland sea that encompasses Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the waters off of Vancouver, B.C. The area spans from Olympia, Washington in the south to the Campbell River, British Columbia in the north, and west to Neah Bay and includes the large cities of Seattle and Vancouver.

About Riley Starks
A Washington native, Riley Starks took the less traveled fork in the road for the first time when he eschewed law school and bought his first fishing boat in 1973. He has been a commercial fisherman all of his life, and along the way explored other uncharted territory on Lummi Island by building Nettles Farm in 1992, buying and operating the Willows Inn in 2001, founding Lummi Island Wild, a reefnet salmon business, and finally owning and operating Nettles Farm B&B in 2013.

About Larry Mellum
Larry Mellum is the founder and owner of Pike Place Chowder in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. In the 1990s he and a partner opened the Charlestown Street Cafe in West Seattle where they held a weekly chowder contest that drew fans from all over the state and lead to first-place wins in several national chowder cook-offs. In 2003 Larry opened Pike Place Chowder where eight varieties of chowder are served daily. Four years later a second eatery was opened in the Pacific Place Shopping Center. In 2018 Pike Place Chowder’s New England Clam Chowder was acclaimed by Yelp, “The Most Popular Dish in America”.

Christmas Eve & Day 2019 at Ray’s Boathouse & Café

Celebrate the holidays with Ray’s! Join us on Christmas Eve in the Café for a delicious Northwest seafood lunch or dinner as you enjoy our cozy fireplace and breathtaking views of the Puget Sound. On Christmas Day, the Café is featuring a greatest hits menu of our most-loved dishes!

In the Boathouse, you’ll feel the spirit of the holidays with festive décor and our seasonally inspired 3-course dinner including soup or salad, entrée, and your choice of house made dessert, available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Read on for Christmas hours and menu details and reserve your table today!

Reservations strongly recommended for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Ray’s! For Café reservations click here. For Boathouse reservations click here.

Christmas Eve – Tuesday, Dec. 24 

Boathouse
The Boathouse will be serving its regular dinner menu with dishes such as Sablefish in Sake Kasu, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Filet Mignon and delicious house made desserts. Or choose our holiday inspired 3-course menu including a salad, entrée, and dessert (beverages, tax, and gratuity not included) for $60. Children’s menu available.

The Boathouse is open from 2pm (first seating) to 8pm (last seating) on Christmas Eve. Boathouse Bar is open 2-8pm offering the same menu and is seated on a first come basis.

Café
Ray’s Café is offering its regular lunch and dinner menu with dishes like Wild Northwest Salmon, Fresh Alaskan Halibut, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Seared Sea Scallops, Clam Chowder, Fish and Chips, and much more. Children’s menu available.

The Café is open from 11:30am (first seating) to 8pm (last seating) on Christmas Eve. The Café Bar is open from 11:30am to 8pm with regular menu offerings and seated on a first come basis. No reservations needed.

Christmas Day – Wednesday, Dec. 25

Boathouse
Enjoy our regular dinner menu plus a holiday inspired 3-course seasonal menu with soup or salad, a choice of entrée, and dessert (beverages, tax, and gratuity not included) for $60 per guestFull children’s menu available.

The Boathouse is open on Christmas Day from 2pm (first seating) to 8pm (last seating). Boathouse Bar is open from 2-8pm on Christmas Day with the regular menu available. No reservations are needed, first come basis.

Café
Ray’s Café is open Christmas Day from 12pm (first seating) to 8pm (last seating). The menu will include the greatest hits from our Café menu along with seasonally inspired a la carte specials! A full children’s menu will be available.

The Café Bar will be open from 12-8pm with the same Café menu. No reservations are needed, first come basis.

*Ray’s does not accept senior discount, passport or other promotional offers on holidays.

Bubbles & Bivalves at Ray’s Oct. 8-20

As we usher in the colder weather at Ray’s we look forward to a Fall bounty of super clean and bright tasting oysters produced in our chilly local waters. Join us for Bubbles & Bivalves Tuesday, October 8 through Sunday, October 20 at Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe!

Choose from a daily rotating variety of local oysters served individually, by the duo, or as a half dozen with a special menu of sparkling wines available by the glass and bottle.

Oyster varieties will be served on the half shell with red wine mignonette and pricing is $3.75 for one, $7 for two, and $20 for six.

Sparkling wines include the following with pricing by the glass and bottle:

  • Domaine J. Laurens Brut Rosé Crémant de Limoux, FRA NV   $11 / $42
  • Sokol Blosser Bluebird Cuvée Sparkling Wine OR/WA, 2016   $13 / $50
  • Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs North Coast, CA 2016   $19 / $75
  • Bollinger ‘Special Cuvée’ Brut Aÿ, FRA NV   $35 / $140

Our Bubbles & Bivalves menu is available daily from October 8-20 in both our main level Boathouse and our upstairs Cafe.  Menus and pricing may change without notice. Reserve in the Boathouse or the Cafe today. Cheers!