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happy monday folks...a story from greg petrillo - our gm and partner - on the risks of foraging for mushrooms with chef little rob...!


I want to share a story with you about an adventure I had last week.


I am a Jersey boy, transplanted to the PNW about five years ago and amazed by the bounty of our region.  The magic of sticking my hands in the sand and coming up with clams or dropping a trap over the side of the boat to harvest a Dungeness crab a few hours later is nothing short of fantastic!


With this wide-eyed enthusiasm I listened to Little Rob (one of our great chefs at the Skillet Diner) talking about foraging for chanterelles on the Olympic Peninsula.  He had grown up doing this.  Yes, he'd love to take me there one day. And so the plan was made, last week, Rob, my friend Bill from Bainbridge, and me.   On the hunt for the great chanterelle.


Foraging began in rough terrain, partly logging area, partly pure wilderness. Rob moved lower on the mountain and Bill and I moved higher.  Our success in finding chanterelles spurred us on to the next section of ferns, the next stand of trees.


And suddenly Bill and I realized we were separated from Rob and completely lost.  We communicated via phone but could not hear each other yelling, blowing whistles, banging on trees - we were lost.


At 2:30, with the first sprinkles of rain and the prospect of ensuring darkness, Bill and I called 911.  God bless those folks - they located us via GPS on the phone and gave us directions to the road.  The sheriff met us and drove us back to the car, which was several miles away.


I come away from this experience with a renewed love for the region's natural richness but also a healthier respect for the risks of the wilderness.  The chanterelles were delicious.  But it was also very scary being so helpless in the forest.


I offer you all a link to the ten essentials that everyone should take in your backpack when going into the woods.  I have upgraded mine and urge you to do the same.  Enjoy the great seasonal specialties available to us.  And be safe!


Cheers -

Greg Petrillo, GM/Partner

street food

at the truck...


- the trucks are out tuesday, thursday and friday this week...watch our facebook page for daily specials..and let us know if you have any requests!


- feeling festive? we're a sponsor for this year's jingle bell run...we'll be downtown at the finish line on december 9th...think chicken and waffles, santa and holiday tunes...
diner + counter


- have you tried our mrs. betts cocktail? here's the recipe...come by the diner and we'll make you one..

Mrs. Betts
In a 12oz glass combine the following ingredients: 2.0 oz applejack, 0.5 oz ginger liqueur, 0.25 oz honey syrup, fill with ice, top off with equal parts hard apple cider and ginger beer..stir gently..garnish with a lemon wedge..

- lots going on at seattle center this week! stop by the counter before heading to emp, the space needle or pacific science center...find daily specials on our facebook page..


bacon jam  



- don't forget you can purchase bacon jam and pumpkin sauce online, at the diner and counter - and bacon jam at the trucks!  




- have you seen the new tshirt design?




- and canvas bags? you an order them both online...




- the skillet catering team is available for your company or private party...check out the menu and other info here..get on the books now for the fall/winter season..   


- watch for our holiday sides and pies...we'll be sharing more information and pricing soon...


have a great week yo!          












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1341 5th avenue



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-downtown bellevue
600 106th ave ne
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531 stewart street
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street food menu__ideas

the burger, bacon jam, arugula, bleu, brioche

the basic, american, fancy sauce, shredded lettuce,

poutine, handcut fries, gravy cheddar parm, herbs

check out new menu items on the left in the street food section