As the season begins to shift into fall, I thought it would be a good time to update all of you on my upcoming events and the progress of my restaurant, emmer, slated to open in spring 2009.
As many of you know, I have completed the business plan for emmer and am in lease negotiations for a space in an incredible new building. My vision is to create a restaurant that not only showcases the best of seasonal, local cuisine, but that also reflects sustainability in its construction, design and business practices. emmer will break new ground in this area. By working with LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) standards, my hope is to create a state-of-the-art facility that can become a model for new businesses, particularly restaurants, in the coming years.
Turning a vision into a restaurant takes time, creativity, hard work, and a fair amount of capital, of course. I am extremely fortunate to have connected with many people who share my vision for creating a restaurant that is highly sustainable— from the tomatoes to the salvaged building materials. I have the seeds of a great development team in place. Yet these connections are just the beginning. I welcome interest from the
volunteering, events, and dinners
Over the course of this too-short summer, I also had the opportunity to strengthen my relationships with the local food community. After speaking to students at the
Until emmer opens in the spring, I will continue to volunteer time at farms and will also be keeping my knives sharp at a number of dinners, classes, and events. The following gives a sampling of events I will be participating in this autumn:
- September 9, 16, 25: cooking classes at Carnation Farmers Market and Grange Cafe in
(http://www.grangecafe.com) Duvall, WA
- September 27: King County Harvest Celebration Tour at Full Circle Farm in Carnation, WA (http://king.wsu.edu/foodandfarms/HarvestCelebration.html)
- October 5: American Traditions Picnic,
Daybreak Star Cultural Center, (http://seattle.chefscollaborative.org) Seattle, WA
- October 14: Local Farm Dinner, Local 98856 in
(http://www.local98856.com/) Twisp, WA
- November 3: Vagabond Dinner, TBD,
Thanks again to all of you for supporting me in my exciting new endeavors. Feel free to email or call me if you’d like more information on emmer or any of my upcoming events.