Celebrate the Legacy of Ray’s Co-owner Elizabeth Gingrich Sept. 25

Please join us at Ray’s Café on Tuesday, September 25 as we celebrate the legacy and contributions of our beloved co-owner Elizabeth Gingrich who recently passed.

We will be offering a special a la carte menu of her favorite Ray’s dishes, dessert and cocktail from 11:30am to 9pm in the Cafe.

All proceeds from Elizabeth’s menu on this date will be donated to MultiCare Hospice of Tacoma where she was president of the board for five years and instrumental in establishing the program. We can also accept monetary donations to the hospice in the form of checks. Ray’s will match 100% of donations from the day!

Ray’s alumni will receive 10% off their Cafe bill that day (discount excludes the special menu), and are encouraged to share stories about Elizabeth and bring photos of her!

Elizabeth Gingrich Menu
Dungeness Crab Salad
King Salmon
Mixed Nut Tart
Bombay Sapphire Martini

Reservations strongly recommended. Contact the Cafe at 206.789.3770 or online to reserve today.

Ray’s Pumpkin Carving Party Returns October 20!

Calling all Halloween enthusiasts! Join us for our fifth annual Ray’s Cafe Pumpkin Carving Party on Saturday, October 20!

All ages are invited to show-off their pumpkin carving skills on our covered Cafe deck, rain or shine. Each carver receives:

1 pumpkin
Child-safe carving tools
Led candle
Hot apple cider

Food and beverages are available for purchase, including our seasonal homemade pumpkin spice bourbon (to keep the adults extra warm!).

Tickets to the party are $17 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are required and includes the following three time-slots: 11:30 am, 1:45 pm and 4:00 pm. Please call or email Darla Marchi at dmarchi@rays.com or 206.782.0094.

Costumes are encouraged! We invite all attendees to show off their costumes and pumpkin creations by tagging @raysboathouse on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. We can’t wait to see you all at the Cafe on Saturday, October 20!

Pumpkin Carving -people

Ray’s is the ‘Best Place to Enjoy WA Wine’!

Photo Credit: Seattle Magazine

Ray’s is thrilled to be awarded “The Best place to Enjoy Washington Wine”in Seattle Magazine’s 2018 Wine Awards! And we are honored that you, our lovely, loyal guests voted for us to win!

Check out our feature with Wine Director Chip Croteau (pictured right) and Co-owner/GM Douglas Zellers in the August issue of Seattle Magazine or online here.

Excerpt from Seattle Magazine:

Best Restaurant to Experience Washington Wine

A Puget Sound-area restaurant that hasn’t won in this category before and that offers exceptional opportunities to taste Washington state wine through Washington-wine-focused lists, unique tasting events and a professional, educated wine service staff. 

Ray’s Boathouse and Café 
Ray’s in Ballard, overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympics, boasts some of the best views available to Seattle diners. And yet a certain subset of wine-obsessed patrons is as likely to be staring at Ray’s remarkable wine list as it is at the sunset descending into the Olympic Mountains. Depending on your perspective, the views can be equally divine.

As you’d expect from a seafood-focused restaurant, the selection of Washington white wines is extensive. Perhaps more surprising is the breadth of red wine options, ranging from traditional (Washington Cabs, Merlots, Syrahs) to a section of the list called “Interesting Washington Reds” (Sangioveses, Cab-Syrah blends, etc.) The list at Ray’s (curated by wine director Chip Croteau) includes both treasures—library vintages from Quilceda Creek Vintners and Long Shadows Vintners’ Poet’s Leap—and under-the-radar gems like Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon. The restaurant also hosts numerous winemaker dinners and catered events for Washington winery clubs. A partnership with Walla Walla-based L’Ecole No. 41 produces “Ray’s Cuvees,” a lovely Chardonnay-based white and a red blend, both of which are poured by the glass and presumably guzzled on the Ray’s deck all summer long. Ballard, 6049 Seaview Ave. NW; 206.789.3770

Retired Ray’s Owner Elizabeth Gingrich Passes

elizabeth gingrich

We are extremely saddened by the passing of our longtime co-owner Elizabeth Gingrich, who died peacefully with her family by her side. She lived a long and beautiful life and we feel so lucky to have been a part of it. Elizabeth became an owner of Ray’s in 1975, and was also a bookkeeper here for a few years. She loved being at the restaurant and working side-by-side with the staff during that time.

Elizabeth was often behind the scenes at Ray’s but the impact she made during her years as an owner shaped the core values of what Ray’s embodies and is what continues to guide us today. She was the person who instilled Ray’s with the family atmosphere and it was very important to her that everyone who worked at Ray’s was treated like family. The legacy she created has been practiced and carried on ever since, and it is the sole reason we’ve had countless loyal team members with us for more than 20 years.

Elizabeth retired her ownership from Ray’s last year and we had a wonderful send off with her and her daughter Jane, reminiscing about all of the fond memories from the last 43 years! Elizabeth, you will be greatly missed and Ray’s is forever shaped by your vision, hard work and passion.

Ray’s turns 45: Thank You to Our Guests & Team!

Ray’s turns 45 on Saturday, June 23rd and we want to first and foremost thank our incredible, loyal guests for getting us here. Without you this would not be possible. To our team, thank you for being our family.

Thank you Ballard. We’ve worked with your grandparents, parents and children. You’ve been our team, our clients, our purveyors and our partners. And thank you to our guests from all over the world who visit Ray’s as an iconic Pacific Northwest restaurant!

We look forward to continuing to serve you for the next 45 years and beyond! Follow our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for specials, gorgeous sunsets and all the fresh seafood your eyes can possibly handle.

Make your reservations for the Café at 206.782.0094 or online; or in the Boathouse at 206.789.3770 or online to celebrate with us all summer long!

Ray’s Dad Joke Contest: Enter to win June 1-10!

We love a good cringe-worthy dad joke and we bet you do too! So send us your best PG-rated joke and you could win dinner for 4 at Ray’s Cafe! 

How to Enter:

  • Shoot a quick video of you telling us your favorite PG-rated dad joke (60 seconds or less).
  • Email it to contest@rays.com by Sunday, June 10, 2018.
  • From Monday, June 11-Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m. P.S.T. we’ll put them to a public vote via our blog and social media, and award 2 winners on Father’s Day Sunday, June 17, 2018!

Or just join us at Ray’s on Father’s Day for steak, crab legs, local beer and more! Make your reservations for the Café at 206.782.0094 or online; or in the Boathouse at 206.789.3770 or online today!

 

Official “Ray’s Dad Joke” Contest Rules

Prize

  • We will award two winners. One will be chosen via social media poll on social media and our blog by random public vote and the video with the most total poll votes will win. And another winner will be chosen as a Ray’s management team favorite.  Winner will be announced on Father’s Day Sunday, June 17, 2018  via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and contacted via email.
  • Winners will enjoy dinner for 4 at Ray’s Cafe in the form of a gift certificate valued at $200.00, valid for one year from date awarded.

Fine Print

  • Winner will be voted by an online public poll, and one will be selected by the Ray’s management team.
  • No minimum purchase amount is necessary to participate.
  • Entries are limited to one per person.
  • Start date: Friday, June 1, 2018.
  • End date: Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. P.S.T.; entries made after this date will not be valid.
  • Winner must claim prize within 48 hours of being contacted by Ray’s via social media and/or email. Or prize will be void and will be awarded to the second place winner.
  • Employees of Ray Boathouse, Inc. and their immediate families are not eligible to participate.
  • Entrants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • By claiming a prize, the winners consent to Ray’s use of their names and image/likeness including photography and video in future Ray’s marketing and advertising without compensation or further approval. Further, by accepting a prize, the winner agrees not to assert any claims and to release Ray’s, from any and all liabilities, injuries or damages sustained in connection with the award or use of the prize.
  • Winners are solely responsible for reporting winnings and paying all applicable taxes.
  • The odds of winning will be two out of the total number of eligible responses submitted.
  • Grand Prize:
    • Winners will enjoy dinner for 4 at Ray’s Cafe in the form of a gift certificate valued at $200.00, valid for one year from date awarded.
    • Cannot be used on Ray’s merchandise or in combination with any other offer. 
  • Menu items subject to change based on availability.

General Conditions

  • Void where prohibited / restricted by law.
  • All federal, state and local laws apply.
  • Paying and reporting taxes (if any) are the winner’s sole responsibility.
  • Prizes may not be substituted, transferred, redeemed or exchanged for cash, except at the sole discretion of Ray’s.
  • Ray’s is not responsible for illegible, damaged, lost, late or misdirected entries.
  • All submissions become property of Ray’s.
  • Ray’s reserves the right to refuse all prizes to any client who in their sole determination abuses their right to participate or violates the rules.
  • Should the winning submission be determined to be untrue or false in any way, the winner must be responsible for any and all real costs associated with grand prize or another winner may be picked at the discretion of Ray’s management.

These are the official contest rules of the “Ray’s Dad Joke” contest. These rules may be subject to change without notice.

It’s time for Copper River Salmon & Oregon Pinot Noir!

With Copper River salmon season upon us our Wine Manager Chip Croteau has put together an incredible list of Oregon Pinot Noir to pair with it in the Boathouse and Cafe! The bright fruit flavors and acidity of Pinot Noir is the perfect complement to Copper River salmon. Ask your server for their recommendation and try something new and exciting from our wine-growing neighbors down south!

Angela Estate Pinot Noir
Yamhill-Carlton, OR 2013
15 gls / 58 btl
Ken Wright oversees production on these estate grown bottlings.  Smooth and supple, the fruit a mix of ripe raspberry, red plum and cherry jam, with a gentle touch of chocolate.  Seamless and delicious.

 

Beckham Estate Vineyard
Rosé of Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains, OR 2017
14 gls / 51 btl
A pale blush color, mouthwatering acidity and notes of apricots, honeydew and grapefruit are featured on this lovely estate grown Rosé named after the winemaker’s youngest daughter, Olivia.

 

Rex Hill Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, OR 2015
16gls / 62 btl
Aromas of violets, iris, ripe raspberries, dark cherries and wild strawberries all emerge from the glass followed by more savory aromas of wood smoke, cured tobacco, earth, sandalwood and cinnamon.

 

Sozo Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, OR 2014
15 gls / 58 btl
With fruit sourced from Lange winery, and a portion of the proceeds going towards WEC’s People for Puget Sound program, this wine exhibits intense and complex aromas of black cherry and cranberry with elegantly textured flavors of dark strawberry and pomegranate.

 

Evening Land Pinot Noir
Seven Springs Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills, OR 2014
25 gls / 92 btl
30 year old vines planted in the iron-rich, volcanic Jory soils of the Eola-Amity Hills create this stunning wine flush with rich dark cherry, briary blackberry, raspberry and lush tones of rose and lilac.

 

Big Table Farm Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, OR 2015
26 gls / 95 btl
This wine is very expressive of smoky espresso, cacao, oak-spiced raspberry and cherry aromas, along with hints of vanilla and cola. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant red berry and floral  flavors of hibiscus tea and rosewater that deepen as the wine opens up.

Fresh NW Halibut & Sablefish at Ray’s April 9-22!

Alaskan Halibut

Join us as we celebrate the fresh Washington halibut and sablefish (black cod, butterfish) season from Monday, April 9 through Sunday, April 22 in the Boathouse and Café!

We’ve partnered with Northwest fisheries to bring you an abundance of halibut and sablefish from Washington’s coast. Enjoy new preparations below in both the Boathouse and Café during this time only!

Make your reservations for the Café at 206.782.0094 or online; and in the Boathouse at 206.789.3770 or online to enjoy these limited seasonal specials.

Café Specials

  • Crispy Smoked Sablefish and Pork Belly braised greens, miso glaze 42
  • Halibut Fish and Chips cilantro-red onion coleslaw, batter dipped fries 26
  • Sablefish Cheeks green papaya-apple salad 8
  • Halibut Bouillabaisse Alaskan king crab, mussels, tomato-saffron sauce, grilled bread 36

Boathouse Specials

  • Sablefish Two Ways seared with sesame crust and hot smoked with shoyu glaze, jasmine rice, pickles 44
  • Sablefish Cheeks green papaya-apple salad 8
  • Pan Seared Halibut king oyster mushroom, pomme puree, pea vines, currant beurre blanc 45

Ballard Beer Awards Returns April 16 – May 11!

2017 Ballard Beer Awards Winner Lucky Envelope Brewing
2017 Ballard Beer Awards Winner Lucky Envelope Brewing

Beer lovers rejoice! Ballard Beer Awards is back at Ray’s Café and it’s up to you to crown the victor in the battle of the best Ballard beers! But… in true Ballard fashion it’s more like a friendly neighborhood competition.

How it works: from Monday, April 16 to Friday, May 11 the Café will feature one beer on tap from each of the following Ballard breweries: Stoup BrewingReuben’s BrewsLucky Envelope Brewing and Maritime Pacific Brewing. Each purchase of one of these beers (any size on our menu) counts as one vote for that brewery.

On Monday, May 14 we’ll announce the winner and along with bragging rights, they’ll receive a dedicated tap in the Café for one year!

Bonus! Every Wednesday throughout the duration of the contest a different brewery will host a happy hour from 4-6pm in the Café where you can chat with their team and learn more about your favorite Ballard beers. Here’s the lineup:

Wed., April 18 – Reuben’s Brews

Wed., April 25 – Stoup Brewing

Wed., May 2 – Maritime Pacific Brewing

Wed., May 9 – Lucky Envelope Brewing

Share your Ballard beer photos with us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by tagging #BallardBeerAwards. Cheers!!

Easter Egg Coloring Party at Ray’s Café Mar. 31!

Get Egg-cited!

On Saturday, March 31 the Café will be hosting its first Easter Egg Coloring Party on our covered patio at 11:30am. This event is all ages and includes hard boiled eggs and a PAAS dying kit for each table to create festive Easter eggs. The full Café menu will be available for purchase.

A $10 donation to Mary’s Place is the price of admission per reservation, which will be collected upon arrival. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Cafe at 206-789-3770.

We can’t wait to see all of your Egg-cellent creations!