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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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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Mark your calendars, because we’re shell-e-brating our late founder Ivar Haglund’s 113th Birthday on Tuesday, March 20. On the big day, guests who purchase one regular price entrée and wish Ivar “Happy Birthday” while ordering, will receive a second entrée off the special birthday menu for just $1.13.

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The days are starting to get longer and spring is approaching in Seattle, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you and your family will get the most out of the beauty that is the Pacific Northwest. 

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“You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it…” There are just so many ways to enjoy shrimp as the character Bubba from the movie “Forrest Gump” knows.

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Since this is the week of Valentine’s, we thought it would be apropos to tell you how just how clamtastic we think you really are! 

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Lucky us! Here in the Pacific Northwest, the days are finally getting longer, a little bit each day. Short days limit plant growth, but with each increasing minute of daylight, our yards and gardens slowly awaken and it’s easy for the wrath of fall and winter to get the best of our landscaping. Before spring gains its momentum, the time to get ahead of things is now!

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With the Big Game right around the corner, we’re here to help simplify the party planning with some crowd-pleasing recipes from our chefs at Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Salmon House and Mukilteo Landing. All of these clamtastic recipes are sure to make anyone feel like they’re at the tailgate without leaving the comfort of their home.

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