On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, it’s not all rain and fog in Seattle when Renee Erickson of Ballard’s beloved The Walrus and the Carpenter comes to us with her book of occasional menus, “A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus”. From crabbing as a child, to in the Puget Sound, to picking wild blackberries for jamming all along the Pacific Northwest, it was actually an education to printmaking and painting at the University of Washington, that had a profound effect on Renee’s opportune life. Luck struck first at Boat Street Cafe, and now finds itself next to the wood fire ovens of The Whale Wins. Fancying fishermen as friends and patrons, Renee serves a spread of herring butter on toast, grills Hama Hama oysters from the Olympic Peninsula, and eats spot prawns raw on Lummi Island, sharing these mouthwatering stories along the way. Hey, she may even invite you to her birthday party, or at least help you find a boat.
“Part of being a cook is relying on your purveyors and your farmers and the relationships you create with them.” [24:00]
–Renee Erickson on The Food Seen