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Aaron Bludorn

BHS Grad Just Named Exec Chef at NYC’s Michelin-Starred Cafe Boulud

Aaron Bludorn, who graduated from BHS in 2002, just achieved what in the food world is the equivalent of being named a department head at an Ivy League school: He is the new Executive Chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant, New York City’s elite and très bon Café Boulud, which Michelin says “seldom disappoints.” That’s Michelingo…

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Bainbridge Bakers

Bainbridge Bakers Turns 28, Celebrates with a Party and Another Expansion

I don’t remember my 28th birthday as being an especially big deal. But Bainbridge Bakers wants you to remember theirs. They have just completed an expansion at their Winslow Green location. And now they’re going even bigger with an off-site expansion at Island Gateway, next to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. To celebrate it…

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Tokyo Tapas Gets Ready for Its Bainbridge Island Debut

Takao Saito, owner and main chef of Winslow’s latest culinary experiment, is just about ready to roll out the goods in the former space of Shima Sushi on Madison Avenue, just a(n authentic) Ramen noodle north of Winslow Way. When I popped in on Saito today, March 19, he was standing in a state of controlled chaos…

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Blackbird

Blackbird Expected to Reopen March 7 (or so) with a New Behind the Scenes

Blackbird Bakery co-owner Heidi Umphenour doesn’t know exactly when her cafe will reopen because the contractors have been inching back the date. But she’s hoping for March 7 or 8, next Thursday or Friday. Since Monday, February 24, workers have been giving the cafe a badly needed behind-the-scenes remodel. The majority of the work is…

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Hitchcock’s ‘Best New Chef’ Brendan McGill Opens German Beer Hall in Pioneer Square

Bainbridge Island’s award-winning restaurateur Brendan McGill, owner of Hitchcock and its companion Hitchcock Deli, celebrates the grand opening of his new venture, German Beer Hall Altstadt (209 1st Ave S), tonight, December 5. Located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, this authentic German bierhaus serves up a wide variety of beers and locally sourced hand-made brats, pretzels, kraut, frites,…

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The Pub Reopens This Week

The Public Harbour House is planning to reopen its doors to customers Thursday evening, October 24, at 5 p.m. Bainbridge Island hot spot for burgers, micro brews, and harbor views closed its doors two weeks ago, on October 13, for a kitchen remodel. When I stopped by today, pretty much the entire contents of the…

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Gelarto Brings Sweet Italy to Winslow

With the opening of Gelarto, excellent artisan gelato has found a home on Bainbridge Island. Teachers by trade, owners Jennifer and Fareed Al-Abboud gave me a lesson in close cousins gelato, ice cream, and sorbet. Italian-style ice cream, gelato is denser and lower in fat than American-style ice cream because it is churned slower (and…

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Is Bay Hay & Feed Opening an Irish Pub in Rolling Bay?

Like The Blob, rumors have a way of getting bigger and spreading. And yet there is often a core of truth to rumors, as there is a core of alien life animating The Blob and feeding its cinematically “terrifying” growth. Bay Hay & Feed owner Howard Block dispelled the expanding rumor that he and his…

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Bainbridge Bakers Selected for America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition: Vote for Them Here

Our own Bainbridge Bakers has been selected as one of 9 semifinalists in the second annual Western Regional Championships of DaVinci Gourmet’s America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition. Having passed the first hurdle, Bainbridge Bakers will be visited sometime before September 4 by a “secret shopper” from CoffeeFest who will in part decide if BB advances to the finalist…

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Commuter Comforts Surprises Ferry Travelers, Plus Fun Facts

This morning, June 6, Bainbridge-to-Seattle ferry commuters were treated to a pleasantly bracing surprise (in addition to serenades from long-time barista and actor Tim Tully). To celebrate coming of age, 21-year-old Commuter Comforts, the beloved kiosk-deluxe outside the Bainbridge ferry terminal, gave out free coffee and espresso to its customers on the 4:40 a.m. through…

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Kate Berry Sweet Dahlia Baking

Bainbridge’s Sweet Dahlia Baking Makes Eating Sublime

If you are attempting to slim down to fit into your summer shorts, read no further. Sweet Dahlia puts good things into its delicious baked goods, and that includes butter. For butter loyalists this is a wonderful thing, especially when mixed with local, fresh, and as often as possible organic ingredients. Sweet Dahlia owner Kate…

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Get Happy for Bainbridge Island’s Happy Hours

[This article is an update of a previously published article on August 4, 2011.] Happy hour is a happy alternative to full-priced eating and drinking these days as we all look for ways to save with a smile. A lot of restaurants are rolling out longer happy hours, more enticing pricing, and late-night happy hours…

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Bainbridge Thai Cuisine new bar

Bainbridge Thai Cuisine Expands, Opens Bar with Daily Happy Hour

Teddy Siriboom and his chef wife Tum have been serving up tasty Thai fare at Bainbridge Thai Cuisine for some 20 years now. What’s new is that this little Island favorite on the water at the far south end of Madison Avenue is expanding with an attractive new full bar with indoor seating room for…

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An Interview with “Best Chef” Hitchcock Owner Brendan McGill

If Brendan McGill has a “thing” it’s the real thing, as in real food and being a real guy. Sound simple? It is, and yet it’s hard to find in the food(ie) world, where pomp and pomposity often posture as good eats and talent. Localism is a big-time buzz word these days, often paid more…

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Hitchock’s Brendan McGill Honored as The People’s Best New Chef

Announced this morning, March 19, Food & Wine Magazine readers and foodies at large have just honored Hitchcock’s culinary innovator Brendan McGill as The People’s Best New Chef of 2013. McGill garnered the most votes in an elite field of 100 national contenders. [Read our in-depth interview with McGill] McGill studied at the Art Institute of…

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After 6 Years, Restaurant to Close but BI BBQ Not Going out of Business

If you’re a fan of the juicy ribs BI BBQ has been slow-cooking at 251 Winslow Way West for nearly six years, don’t despair that the restaurant is closing its doors. Owner Greg Epstein says emphatically, “We are not going out of business.” He explains that the closure is due to the fact that the…

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Hitchcock’s Brendan McGill Named One of America’s Best New Chefs by Food & Wine Magazine

Hitchcock fan? The Bainbridge Island restaurant, that is. If the answer is yes, you aren’t the only one to notice what owner and chef Brendan McGill is serving up these days. Food & Wine has selected McGill among the ten best chefs in the Northwest/Pacific region for its annual round up of the ten most talented new…

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Island Cool

New Frozen Live-Culture Yogurt Spot Opens in Lynwood Center

Very coolly and confidently the aptly named Island Cool opened its doors to the public on Tuesday with no press, no front sign, and no hoopla, but the people came nonetheless—so many, in fact, that owner Joe Raquer had to call his wife Linda at work and ask her to come help. Now Raquer has…

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New Panera Bread in Silverdale Offers Something Good to Chew on

11:10 a.m. With the opening of “upscale casual” eatery Panera Bread, Silverdale is giving us another reason to cross the bridge, or at least a palatable, healthy eating stop amid the area’s plethora of fast food franchises. Named Casual Dining Brand of the Year in the 2012 Harris Poll, Panera Bread is indeed also a…

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“Islands” Smack Down in Snackdown Against Capitol Hill Eateries

10:22 a.m. The Island Team (consisting of Islands Bainbridge, Vashon, and Bremerton—wuh?) has claimed the title of best place to eat in The Seattle Weekly‘s Snackdown contest, which pitted Seattle neighborhoods against each other, squared off Seattle-area regions in competition, and then challenged the winners of each of the two brackets to a duel. With…

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