One of the most noteworthy fine dining restaurants in the nation has been whipping up 200 gourmet farm-to-table (well in this case, box) meals to deliver to hospital workers on the Eastside and the Seattle area since March 15. Now — 15,000 meals later — The Herbfarm in Woodinville will reopen to diners on June 27. It is one of only 52 Five-Diamond restaurants in the country.
The last donated delivery was set to go to Swedish Edmonds this week and one box meal contains a golden ticket — the lucky hospital worker who gets it will win a case of Pacific Northwest wine.
“We had to change pretty much everything we were doing except the basic concept of local, seasonal ingredients. It was very team building. We were in the trenches together — cooking, boxing, organizing hospitals, and volunteers. Cooking for 200 is a lot different than the usual 50ish guests we serve over a four-hour dining experience,” said The Herbfarm Restaurant co-owner, Carrie Van Dyck.
“We have all been humbled and blown away by the amazing, diverse support from the community and the notes of thanks from the hospital workers. It has been immensely rewarding, warming — feeling like we made someone’s life just a little bit happier in the midst of all this angst,” she added.
A longtime The Herbfarm guest came up with the idea to make boxed meals for hospital workers, and he and other volunteers initiated fundraising efforts that made it possible.
When the dining room opens this weekend, aspects of the garden tour will change, and tables will be socially distanced. For more safety protocols click here.
“We plan to create the best dining experience in the world, as we always have aimed to do,” Van Dyck added. And if you are looking for a job, there are some open positions in the dining room.