Finalizing details before our Friday night dinner service. | 📷: @rick_poon
Snapshots of our summer menu and deck service, taken last week by @rick_poon. ✨
Our team gathered fresh lavender last week, and now it’s drying in the entrance of our prep kitchen. During the summer months, we pick numerous ingredients to dry and preserve, for use later in the year once the warmth of the season has subsided. | #lavenderparty | 📷: @charitylburggraaf + @casebase21
The reefnets are out on Legoe Bay! Sockeye and Pink Salmon are pulled out of the ocean by hand, allowed to rest in live tanks and then bled on the boat. It is then that any unwanted bycatch is released unharmed back into the sea. All of those efforts provide us with salmon of the highest quality, and we are so lucky that @lummiislandwild - one of the most sustainable fisheries in the world - is located just a mile up from our kitchen. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
First peaches, poached in gin and honey, served with a granita of Nootka roses. This one is inspired by last week’s sunset. 🐳 | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
Name the berry.
One of the most important steps to our dinner service is the creation of our expo chart. Within its matrix of tables and courses are guest notes, dietaries, wine pairings, drop plans, and right or left handed guests. Having every section of this chart correct allows us to send 850+ dishes out the kitchen to the right table at the right time. | 📷: @dmtolomei
Kohlrabi, epazote, pine nut.
Happy 4th of July! Summer bounty is here on Lummi Island, and we will be open for service, including breakfast, and lunch from noon~3pm. For parties of 5 or greater, please call ahead. 🇺🇸 | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
Whole @loganitafarm sword lettuce, grilled and stuffed with porcini mushrooms. Our entree this week.
A year ago today, our friends from @smythchicago and @singlethreadfarms came out to Lummi to cook dinner. We loved sharing the island and all the amazing ingredients from the ocean and @loganitafarm, and reminiscing about this night makes us so excited about the events we have in the works, here and abroad! To learn about these special guest dinners, join our mailing list on our website, or follow the link in our bio. | #tbt #throwbackthursday #STxSmythxWillows | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
The Pacific Northwest has always been a haven for artisans and innovators, for experimental types who think outside of the box, and the winemakers who practice their craft here are no different. It’s our privilege to seek them out, to meet them and to learn their stories, and to share their amazing wines with our guests. And we are honored to be listed amongst @wineenthusiast’s Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America. Link in bio. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf | #WE100BestRestos
The Willows Inn offers breakfast on mornings following dinner service from 8:30am ~ 10:30am. Expect to find warm brioche buns, house-cured bacon, local eggs and cheese, mushroom grits, and the season’s ripest fruits and vegetables from @loganitafarm. Oh, and of course, a hot cup of delicious @cambercoffee. For guests not staying at the inn, we accept reservations seven days in advance. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
Meet Meredith O’Malley, our Restaurant Manager! She joined our team two years ago, and we have never looked back. Smart, witty, hard-working, and a continuous source of positive energy, her infectious smile is one of the first things to greet you when you join us for dinner. She works tirelessly to ensure every single guest enjoys their time on Lummi Island, and we couldn’t be happier to have her leading our team! | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
Have you tried the new Willows Beer yet? This is our third annual collaboration with @wanderbrewing, and we think it’s our most delicious one yet. Brewed with 100% @skagitvalleymalting malt - our beer is a blend of two saison yeast strains. After undergoing primary fermentation, the young beer made its way into American white oak foeders for a month, where it picked up native-wood funk and a slight, oaky acidity. Light and effervescent, experimental while highly sessionable, this beer is a testament to pushing boundaries alongside likeminded friends. In a region known for some of the best craft breweries in the world, we feel lucky to be able to collaborate with the very best. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
We can’t wait to share our dishes with @michaeltusk and the team at @quince_sf, like this gratin of charred leeks and scallions from @loganitafarm. There are still a handful of seats open for our dinner on Tuesday, June 4th. For reservations, please call 415.775.8500. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
We now offer our midday service Thursday through Monday from noon to 4! Our short, a la carte menu is such a delicious snapshot of our farm and the ocean around us, and we think lunch and beverages on the deck is one of the best kept secrets in the area. No reservations are required, except for parties of 5 or greater. We look forward to having you. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
Graham North arrived on Lummi Island last summer, and his focus, experience, and prowess in the kitchen immediately made him a natural leader in the restaurant. We are so excited to announce @gnorth.ny as the newest addition to our team of sous chefs, and we can’t wait to see where he takes the team in the seasons to come! | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
A glimpse into the inn, dinner service, and our ever-changing spring menu. Thank you @supertastermel for the kind words and beautiful photos! We hope to see you out on Lummi Island again soon. Full story in bio.
With a constant focus on sustainable landscaping, Janaki Kilgore, has transformed the grounds of the Inn into lush, beautiful gardens. All around the Inn, you‘ll find unique ingredients for use by the kitchen and bar, along with thousands of bulbs and flowers that are used each day for table settings and room decorations. We are so grateful for her knowledge and vision, and the ever-changing harvests from her hard work. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
Green garlic on the grill today, to be served alongside our house-made bread, and clams steamed with wild onions. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
Sweet and floral, savory and bitter. We love that something as seemingly delicate as a cherry blossom has such a range of flavor and complexity. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
We are thrilled to formally announce our new Wine Director, Thea Cabreros. This is Thea’s second year with our team, and she spent the better part of the off-season touring wineries, exploring vineyards, and meeting the artisans and producers that make our wine region so exciting. Her hard work, both in service and in the cellar, is a direct reflection of her experience, knowledge, and passion for service and hospitality, and we can’t wait to share with you the beautiful wines she’s brought back to Lummi Island. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
Walk in the Park: vodka, cherry blossom, wild rose liqueur, crème de violette. We now offer lunch service Thursday through Sunday! Join us for cocktails and small plates in the lounge, bar, and on the patio from noon to 4. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf
On Tuesday, April 30th, @blainewetzel will be cooking dinner at @troismecla alongside @chefludo as a part of their spring guest chef series. We are so excited to bring the unique flavors and ingredients of Lummi Island to Los Angeles. Tickets are available now on @resy or by following the link in our bio. | 📷: @charitylburggraaf UPDATE: This event has sold out. Thank you so much, we’ll see you in LA!
While @loganitafarm delivers many of our greens and produce, the foraging done by our chefs bring so many unique ingredients into our kitchen every morning. Some, like these apple blossoms, are only in season for a handful of weeks. Each year begins with training our team on responsible foraging methods to help protect our island’s resources. When foraging is done intentionally and responsibly, we get to enjoy and share these ingredient for seasons to come. | #spring #miseenplace | 📷: @charitylburggraaf