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Must-Try Seasonal Bounty at Ivar’s


Ah, late August! The Pacific Northwest is dripping with tree, cane and vine fruit this time of year, and there are still weeks of this abundant summer harvest left to enjoy!

Local farmer’s markets, many of which run through October in the Seattle area, and neighborhood farm stands are booming with gorgeous tomatoes, summer squash, peaches, shallots, raspberries, blackberries and onions, just to name some. Eating fresh has never been more accessible, and Ivar’s full-serve restaurant chefs have been heaping the seasonal bounty on their fresh sheets, too.

Ivar’s Acres of Clams

Chef Chris Garr has tapped Sound Sustainable Farms for a tasty mix of red and yellow heirloom tomatoes, patty pan squash and green beans, all on the Acres Fresh Sheet now. Sound Sustainable Farms brings fresh, locally grown, organic food to restaurants, ballparks and hungry families in need throughout the region. By using Cedar Grove compost, the farm meaningfully demonstrates how the valuable resources recycled every day can be used to grow healthy food for the community.

Taste the difference for yourself. The Acres of Clams’ Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad features Sound Sustainable Farms’ local heirloom tomatoes, with fresh mozzarella, basil, and truffle dressed baby arugula. The Grilled Fresh Alaska Halibut goes heartily with Sound Sustainable Farms organic smoked tomato sauce, oregano-roasted patty pan squash, and sour cream and green onion-smashed red potatoes. Beautiful Washington green beans are served alongside Grilled Fresh King Salmon with preserved huckleberry vinaigrette and garlic-roasted baby Yukon Gold potatoes; about as fresh and Northwestern a dish can be!

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Ivar’s Salmon House

Chef James Somerville takes the Salmon House menu from sweet to savory in no time flat! He’s brought a sweet juicy treat from across the Cascades: beautiful Pence Orchard peaches from Wapato, Washington. This fourth generation farm is known for the best tasting, sweetest peaches, which are handpicked and gently shipped to a loyal following of peach lovers. Enjoy them in the Fresh Alaska Sockeye Salmon dish, featuring a Washington peach and nectarine salsa, coconut infused Jasmine rice, and steamed broccolini, or at dessert in the Washington Peach & Seasonal Berry Melba Cake decadent with pistachios, raspberry sauce, and fresh caramelized peaches.

For a savory treat not often found on the menu, try the Fresh Snow Pass Coho Salmon with sautéed leeks and smoked oyster mushrooms, shallot-roasted fingerling potatoes and steamed asparagus. Don’t miss a chance to taste a lot of Northwest flavors in one umami-licious entrée!

Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing

Our local friends at Charlies Produce, connected Mukilteo Landing Chef Craig Breeden to a coveted, limited-edition find: Andrew & Williamson’s premium red & golden grape tomato medley. With it, Breeden has created a zesty Heirloom Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad mixed with fresh mozzarella, micro basil, 12 Star balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and shaved onion. He’s also whipped up an heirloom tomato relish for his fresh Cedar Planked Halibut served alongside roasted red potatoes,12 Star balsamic vinegar and a seasonal vegetable. We’d be remiss not to mention another satisfying Northwest entrée he created: the Grilled Northwest Coho Salmon with foraged mushroom-bacon relish, herb oil, Yukon Gold garlic mashed potatoes, and a seasonal vegetable.

Take advantage of these fresh sheet gems while they last, or head straight to your area farm stand or local farmers market for the best of late summer’s bounty. A great list of farmers markets all over Washington State is found here through Puget Sound Fresh.