PNW Connection

Join us as we explore the fascinating people, places and things that captivate those who live, work and play in the Pacific Northwest -- or as we lovingly refer to as “The PNW”. Here, we team up with select PNW thought leaders to share some of our observations and insights about what makes the PNW so extraordinary.

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The Pacific Northwest is a haven for the most diverse experiences, bringing people together to delight in the best parts of life including magical beaches, lakes, mountains, spring flower fields, and of course, some of the finest dining options    

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Here at Ivar’s, we give a lot of attention to clams. “Acres of attention,” you could say. That doesn’t mean we don’t love their close bivalvia relative, the oyster, any less.

 

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Washington state’s fresh Asparagus season is at its peak right now; our state is also the top producer of domestic asparagus. The April-to-June fresh season means area farmers markets, grocers, and restaurants such as Ivar’s full-serves: Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Salmon House and Mukilteo Landing are filled with the bounty.

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Twice per year, a seafood auction quite unlike any other brings international bidders with clipboards in hand and serious game faces to Seattle’s Pier 91 in pursuit of prized Alaska Pollock Roe. Our Ivar’s Alaska Pollock fillet supplier, American Seafoods, graciously invited team members to catch a glimpse of this unique auction on a recent, brisk spring morning.

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Italian shrimp scampi is a delicious dish, but it doesn’t come without its own shrimpy joke. “Scampi” is the Italian word for shrimp, so basically when you ask for a serving of shrimp scampi, you’re technically asking for an extra healthy serving of shrimp shrimp! 

Since today, April 29, is National Shrimp Scampi Day, double the shrimp sounds like the perfect way to celebrate!

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Halibut: call it the “gateway fish.” We all have that one friend who seems to shy away from seafood, but the virtues of halibut might just tip the scales to make a seafood lover out of the biggest skeptic. The end of March marks the arrival of the first-of-the-season Alaska halibut to Ivar’s family of full-serve restaurants (Acres of Clams, Salmon House and Mukilteo Landing), and that’s reason to celebrate! The Alaska halibut season runs annually, from mid-March until mid-November.

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It’s once again that time of year to honor and recognize the best and brightest heroes (educators) in the classroom right here in Washington state! Ivar’s Restaurants is calling on all students 14 years old and younger to nominate their favorite, most deserving teacher for a chance to take home the honorable award of 2018 Teacher of the Year.

 

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As iconic as our coffee culture, music scene, and seafood selection, Seattle’s tradition of craft beer is deep and delicious. The Puget Sound / Seattle area is home to dozens of breweries large and small from the big, regional players like Georgetown, Pike’s and Elysian to smaller outfits like Cloudburst, Rueben’s and Ghostfish. 

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Washington state has over 3,000 miles of coastline. This practically guarantees that the most prolific and beloved local cuisine will be from the cold waters of the Salish Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Walk along our tidal zone or cast a line into our many rivers, lakes, inlets, brooks, harbors, and bays and you’ll find some of the best wild marine food on the planet. Salmon, halibut, oysters, crab, shellfish, shrimp... Northwesterners have forever feasted on this aquatic abundance and it has never been easier to dive face first into this legendary local fare.

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There isn’t anything wrong with the classic corned beef and cabbage, it’s a classic mainstay for St. Patrick’s Day, but here at Ivar’s, we just love our salmon, and it also has a great place in Irish folklore and history! The story is sure to entertain your guests at your fantastic St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Which will leave them clamoring to get a taste of this Irish Whisky Roasted Salmon recipe presented by our own Chef James Somerville of Ivar’s Salmon House.

 

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