By Joe Ray
2015 JAMES BEARD WINNER top CHEF: NORTHWEST
Sea and Smoke is a travelogue chronicling the plucky ambition of a tender chef made up our minds to create an international type eating vacation spot in an not going position. a local of the Pacific Northwest, two-time James Beard profitable chef Blaine Wetzel observed Lummi Island, with fewer than 1,000 citizens, because the excellent automobile for his model of hyperlocalism: a culinary get together of what's stable and close by and flavorful. Now, a reservation on the Willows hotel is among the so much sought-after within the world.
The smokehouse, the fishermen, and the farmer yield the components for unforgettable food on the Willows, reflecting the foggy, sea-salty coast that surrounds the island. the story of the restaurant’s upward push to the pinnacle is informed by means of award-winning journalist Joe Ray, who immersed himself in existence on Lummi Island for a 12 months, documenting the way it all comes jointly to make The Willows hotel one of many world’s nice vacation spot restaurants.
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