If you’ve ever had an hours-long, 9-course, over-the-top themed meal at Woodinville’s The Herbfarm, you are probably wondering what a luxe farm to table restaurant like that is doing at a time like this.
Turns out, plenty.
“Over the last two weeks, The Herbfarm in Woodinville has reinvented itself and has been delivering free, hot, 3-course, locally sourced, delicious and nutritious meals nightly to medical teams at our local hospitals. Clearly, these healthcare heroes are on the front line of this pandemic. We just can’t do enough for them right now,” said Carrie Van Dyck, who owns The Herbfarm with her husband Ron Zimmerman. “(So far) The Herbfarm has delivered over 2,800 meals to Evergreen, Overlake, Virginia Mason, Swedish, Kaiser Permanente, UW, and other local hospitals. We are adding new hospitals next week and hope to continue this effort as long as needed.”
The fancy dining room has been transformed into a to-go meal assembly station, complete with workers donning masks and gloves to make sure they are being as safe as possible in the creation of the wholesome and comforting meals. And you better believe this 32-year-old AAA Five Diamond restaurant is delivering smiles with its fancy foraged nettle soup, homemade rustic breads, and triple chocolate brownies with local rhubarb.
Van Dyck said that providing meals to hospital workers accomplishes three main heart-warming objectives including: “Providing a bright spot in the day of COVID-19 frontline workers in hospitals and nursing homes; saving the local food chain which will all be in desperate need for after this is all over; and bringing some of our long term, tight knit staff back to work and off the unemployment line.”
In order to continue doing the good work, Van Dyck is hoping to raise funds. So far, a Go Fund Me campaign has raised more than $100,000. “We want to keep this effort going as long as there is a need,” she added. “We exist off community support and we really want the word to get out. So many people need support.”