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8.24.2009

Wonder of wonders

Well, the bad news is that I seem to have fallen into a black hole called Delancey.

But the good news is that we’re open. And that Brandon and I are still alive! And that somehow, people are coming to our little restaurant! And, get this: I actually managed to take a picture of one of the pizzas. Wonder of wonders! I can die happy now. No, really, right now. I’m tired.



This particular pizza looks sort of cockeyed and misshapen, but please bear with me. (Secretly, I like them that way.) It also looks small, because it’s sitting on a huge metal plate. In person, it’s our normal size, I swear, which is to say about 12 inches in diameter. This pie was a test run one afternoon, when Brandon bought a case of padron chiles and was trying to decide how to use them. He tossed them with olive oil and gray salt, roasted them in a skillet in the wood-fired oven, and then stemmed them and tore them into strips. They’re medium-hot - enough to make your lips burn, but not incendiary - and the best part is, they have a huge amount of flavor on top of that heat. Maybe this is a useless comparison, but they remind me of some green chiles that I once had on a cheeseburger in Albuquerque. (I have a soft spot for New Mexico.) Anyway, Brandon put his roasted padrons on top of a pizza with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, aged mozzarella, and Grana Padano. It’s on the menu now, and we call it the “Padron.” That’s about as creative as our naming scheme gets around here.



It’s hard to say how these first weeks have gone, because we’re still so much in the thick of it. We’ve been running on adrenaline, for the most part. But it’s gone as smoothly as I could have hoped, I think. There have been glitches to work out in the kitchen, and a certain amount of slowness, and a few requisite catastrophes: refrigerators breaking, exhaust fans not working, beer taps not working, my head almost exploding, and so on. But people are coming in to eat, and we get to cook for them, and that’s what this is about. When everything goes right, and when people leave happy, it feels better than almost anything. Last night was our tenth night open, and for the first time, just for a second, I was able to look around and smile at the people at the bar and think, Here we are. We’re actually doing this.



Before we started this process, I understood on a cerebral level that people in the restaurant industry work hard, but I didn’t really know what that meant. I somehow didn’t realize that Brandon and I would be at Delancey from 9 am to 1 am the next day, every day, or that we would be on our feet for 95% of that time. Granted, we are very, very inefficient right now, and we have a lot to fix and learn and decide and improve, but there are certain parts of this work that won’t change. Like the fact that many of our vendors deliver at nine in the morning, and that someone has to be there to meet them. And the fact that the dough has to be made after service each night, around 11 pm. And after the dough is made, the floor has to be swept and mopped. You would not believe how much flour winds up on the floor of a pizzeria. It will not be controlled. I think it actually breeds at night, while we sleep. It’s devising a plot to take over the world. I’m sure of it.



I know that I have a tendency to make opening a restaurant sound about as fun as being eaten alive by a bear - and it does sometimes feel that way - but to be fair, I should tell you that there’s a lot of magic in it too. Like, for example, around four in the afternoon, when the servers start to set up the dining room. I wish you could be there. They set the tables, light the votives, and fill the water glasses, and on the surface, it seems like pretty routine stuff. But the room has this quiet hum to it, this sort of potential energy, that I find so peaceful. I look forward to it every day.



And there’s this table. Someday, when I get to eat in my own restaurant, I want to sit at this table in the window. I like to fantasize about it sometimes. It’s better, at least, than thinking about flour particles breeding.



Actually, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a quote that I used to have written on a piece of paper on the wall near my desk. It was by the German poet Goethe, and I don’t know where I first heard it or where that piece of paper is now, but what it said was, “Do not hurry. Do not rest.”



I think about it almost every day. It’s only six words, but it sums up right now so well.

267 Comments:

Blogger Cheri said...

Love the last picture...a peak inside the world of Delancey.

8:55 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger 13mimosa said...

Molly I've been wondering how it's going, feeling tired for you both, but excited too. A gorgeous little insight - can't wait until we get the chance to visit, be successful for many years, as it may take us a couple to get to your side of the world.

9:07 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger Gina said...

It was our pleasure to dine at that table with the handwritten "reserved" sign on the first Friday night of service. You really will never know how much we loved everything about that evening... suffice it to say, New Mexico loves you back. And then some.

9:19 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger RW said...

we are so coming to your restaurant!
we just need to get our passports.

9:20 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger Michelle said...

Oh Molly! I have been waiting for the update. I even searched to see the Seattle PI review of Delancey. I knew that life must be so busy and so exciting and a little chaotic so I found patience in knowing that your writing itch would happen soon! I am so glad to hear that it is working out for you both! I will be heading your way Labor day weekend. I am having sort of count down til I get there!

9:25 PM, August 24, 2009  
OpenID dgirl1 said...

I sat at that table by the window! It was a wonderful dinner; the pizza was superb, the tomato & corn salad divine and the space is beautiful. Yummy wine & attentive service to boot. Thank you for bringing my hometown of NYC to Seattle, I miss it. And it was great to see you and Brandon working the magic - I'm a long time fan although I've never commented before - I adore your blog. As a new mom & former pastry cook, having a restaurant is akin to having a baby. Soon they will both grow up a little and we'll all get some sleep!

9:28 PM, August 24, 2009  
Anonymous jamieofalltrades said...

What a lovely snapshot into your sweet restaurant that I'm kicking myself that I haven't been to yet. Must come soon!

9:31 PM, August 24, 2009  
Anonymous Nurit said...

We had a great time. I spotted quite a few food bloggers that night. You're the talk of the town... Good luck to you both. yeah, it's a lot of hard work. I worked in a restaurant for a few months and realized it's not for me to open my own place. Was great to see you and Brandon as well and wish you "Congratulations!" in person.

9:41 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger diana said...

I'm excited for you, and inspired by how you continually reinvent yourself. You leave us sitting on the edge of our seats!

9:42 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger megan said...

lovely post, molly. :) we

9:50 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger AmyP said...

I have some earrings with a Goethe quote engraved on them. They say, "Keep not standing fixed and rooted. Briskly venture, briskly roam." Now I wonder if it's from the same work as your quote. Off to research... Glad that opening is going well!

9:54 PM, August 24, 2009  
Anonymous lesbo-kitchen said...

A little suggestion from New Mexico, where we enjoy chile in innumerable ways: Green chile + pepperoni pizza is really the best thing ever.

Looking forward to coming to Delancey next time we're in Seattle!

10:08 PM, August 24, 2009  
Anonymous Debbie said...

I enjoy hearing you tell about your restaurant. AND I also really enjoyed EATING there last week! Such fun - such good food - such a nice vibe. Glad things are going so well.......

10:24 PM, August 24, 2009  
Anonymous The Leftoverist said...

I really love that--"Do not hurry. Do not rest." Sometimes when I'm going through a lot of change, it's little tidbits like that that end up getting me through.

My feet hurt FOR you just reading this! Congratulations on being open 10 nights.

10:32 PM, August 24, 2009  
Anonymous Ivy's Kitchen said...

I'm happy just seeing that picture of your charred pizza crust. That's just exactly how pizza should look! I will be venturing off Bainbridge Island and into the big city to visit your pizza sometime soon.

10:34 PM, August 24, 2009  
Anonymous Patti B said...

If you have any unroasted green chiles left, I believe they would be an amazing addition to your Billy's tomatoes-corn-basil salad.

Also, green chile + sausage. Just saying. :D

10:43 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger Cate said...

I absolutely love all the photos...and hope some day I'll be able to experience Delancey! It sounds like you are weathering the challenges well and I'm sure things will continue to get better!

10:49 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger lilalia said...

Even though a feeling of brisk semi-controlled chaotic energy spiced your post, I chose to quietly read it, savouring every photo and paragraph in between. It is fun to read the comments of people who have already gone to your restaurant and loved it. All the best for you and the crew.

10:57 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger MyLastBite said...

Well done. Cheers!

11:18 PM, August 24, 2009  
Anonymous cornelius said...

Funny that you mention Goethe. I live in Weimar where he spent most time of his life. Even here someone is reading your blog and dreaming of a trip to Seattle, having pizza at Delancey...one day perhaps...

11:18 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger Keri said...

Must. Get. Passports. And maybe a sitter. Glad to hear there are moments of quiet joy too. Restaurants are hard, but there's nothing like the silence after everyone is gone, and you know they've gone home sated and happy.

11:19 PM, August 24, 2009  
Anonymous sandra said...

i could do almost anything to come over and have a pizza now! everything looks perfect molly.

11:38 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger Heather said...

Ha, whoops, I meant to say Oh I love that quote and then I started writing about dinner at Delancey the other night and... a whole blog post happened. I know I'm not the only one so inspired by all the goings-on at Delancey!

http://malcolmsisters.blogspot.com/2009/08/happier-topic.html

11:52 PM, August 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love it all... wish i could afford it.

11:57 PM, August 24, 2009  
Blogger nath said...

oh, i love Padron Peppers. a recent discovery of mine. and now imagining them paired with pizza, well, oooooooh. is all i can say. (licks lips) (imagines eating pizza for breakfast)

12:00 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Megan Gordon said...

Congratulations, Molly! I'm so happy for you. I'm actually reading your book now for the first time, and relishing every single page...forcing myself to read very s-l-o-w-l-y. If the food at Delancey is anything like the almost tangible luminous nature of your prose, you'll be around for years to come. My highest regards--to a complete stranger (not something I often do).

12:06 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger the southern hostess said...

I was there over the weekend. It was absolutely wonderful. And the desserts...swoon.

12:17 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Zarah Maria said...

You're being sucked in, Molly - that's exactly what that business does to you. You cannot NOT get enthralled and intrigued and amazed - by the little things, the quiet moments and the run-for-your-lives evenings, all together. I loved it, I hated it, and I still do. Good luck with everything! If or when I'm ever in Seattle...

1:23 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger la ninja said...

do not hurry, do not rest

right, from the comfortable(ish) chair I'm sitting on, with no expertise or idea what I'm talking about nor authority on the subject, I'd say you seem to be doing tremendously well. hooray.
it sounds wonderful, looks wonderful and I wish I could smell how (surely) wonderfully it smells too.

(want padrón pizza for breakfast now, boo hoo... I'm assuming this sort is a completely different padrón pepper from the Spanish (Galician) ones, right?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padr%C3%B3n)

1:50 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger lottie said...

ten days! i love that you have your italy shots on the walls. i also love the thought that one day i'm going to make it over to seattle and i know where i'll be eating each night when i do.

2:00 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm so happy that the opening of Delancey has gone well!

2:28 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Astrid said...

Thank you for taking the time to share this. I enjoy it so much!

2:44 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger suomynona said...

Love love love Delancey. Will be back for my 4th visit on Wednesday. Everything I've tried has been wonderful... perfect even.

The burger in Albuquerque that you mentioned sounds like something I had up the street from Delancey at Lunchbox Laboratory. Will have to mention to Scott how good Padron chiles are on pizza to see if he'll do something with them on a burger. He might even do a DORK burger with Padron chiles called the Delancey Burger. If he does, I'll have to order the handspun Creamsicle shake to complete the experience.

Ordered your book on Amazon after my visit on Sunday after reading some of the reader comments. Sounds like a powerful read. My tiny studio apartment doesn't have an oven, so I guess I'll just be forced to keep coming back to your and Brandon's place to try the recipes in the book. Needless to say, but we are so lucky here in Seattle to have Delancey here. On this photo that I posted on Flickr, I posted the cheapest way to come to Delancey from elsewhere in the country.

It's exciting knowing that places like Delancey and Lunchbox Laboratory exist. Where the artists that create the food for us, will always have new experiments on the menu. Something new to try when we're lucky enough to go.

Thank you again to you, Brandon and your outstanding staff. You must be thrilled to see how well things have turned out.

Hope you both are able to find some time to relax during your "days off" :)

2:55 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Ballee said...

Congrats a lot! What an exciting new step..

Wish I could go to your place, but I live in Europe, The Netherlands, so I'll be reading your blog, and watch the great photo's..
Groeten uit Rotterdam

3:56 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Victoria said...

That pizza looks so damn good, I could rip it from the "page" to eat right now - and it's not even quite 7:00 a.m. here.

I brought work with me and stayed in the country instead of going back to the city Sunday night. It's been a cold and rainy summer - coldest, rainiest in history around these parts. My garden is stocked with arugula (yum), lettuce, broccoli, eggplant, peppers, sweet peas, yellow beans, and green beans. Believe me, there are greeeeeeeeeen beeeeaaans galore. But no tomatoes. My tomatoes got the blight that's going around the northeast, and my five used-to-be beautiful plants are dead or dying. So I couldn't make a pizza like that even if I wanted to.

Congratulations, Molly and Brandon. Things are looking good at Delancey.

When you have your own restaurant?

4:03 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Molly, thanks for sharing about the restaurant, I was curios how things were going! I love that last quote, oh so true!! Im glad things are going positvely!

4:23 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Sounds tiring and exciting!

4:27 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Romaine of www.salad-in-a-jar.com said...

My favorite picture is the plates and silverware. But all of them are very nice. Amazed you can blog in the middle of all this.

4:28 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really needed that quote. Thanks for taking the time to write.

5:20 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Rose said...

It looks beautiful and sounds wonderful. If I'm ever in the area I'll come visit!

5:58 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Amanda said...

I'm so glad to hear things are going well! Can't wait to visit when I'm in Seattle next!

6:08 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger ahalya said...

I've heard that being eaten by bears can be quite a thrill. :P That pizza looks to die for!

6:17 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Laura. said...

my feet hurt for you, too. you guys are amazing. i really think so. and i hope the bumps in the road get smoothed out soon. and that you get some sleep.

6:26 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger hannah said...

i'll take that table by the window, sometime in mid november hopefully. either that or i'll intern for the day. actually i like that idea better. then i can help make the dough and drink a glass of wine and mop up flour after with you after everyone goes home.

6:41 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous beyond said...

every time i read a post about delancey i wonder if i chose the wrong coast to live on...
glad things are going well.

6:50 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Jennywenny said...

So glad you're getting so much positive buzz! I hope you get to work out how to carve out some time for yourselves, maybe an afternoon nap?

I've just finished your book which was so wonderful that I went out and bought myself a copy, and I'll probably buy several more for gifts. I think it will be a lovely wedding gift for my friends who are getting married, so full of love.

6:58 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger jodi said...

i hate a slice of the padron and it was delicious! my friends & i really enjoyed our visit to delancey. it was a very special part of my first visit to seattle!

continued success to you & brandon!

7:02 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous isabel said...

I think that pizza is perfect... looks like it was made with a pair of tired but fulfilled fingers.

Best of luck!

7:04 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Laura said...

Molly, I have been there, not as a owner but working in pastry, working virtually 8 hours non-stop, not even a lunch brake.

Can I ask you why you have to make the dough so late in the day? I used to make the dough in the morning and retard it in the walk-in over night. Once it is chilled it acquires more flavor and many restaurants actually age their dough up to 3 days.

I totally know what you mean with the quiet before the night shift storm, when you can take some time to relax.

It will get better, I know it.

7:08 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger pendy said...

If I were not at the absolute opposite end of the country, I would SO be there...my kind of food. My daughter has a friend in Seattle and I've told her about Delancy and assured her it would not disappoint.

Love the quote, too. Thanks.

Also, hope you get some rest at some point!

7:18 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger beastmomma said...

Hooray for living your dream, even it is exhausting!

7:19 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Ashley said...

What a great mantra to live by. Congratulations on it all!

7:21 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Lonely Foodie said...

I literally dreamed two nights ago that I'd moved to a gorgeous loft in Seattle with big windows. And the first thing I did was go to Delancy and eat an entire pizza. It was delicious!! :)

Someday, I will make it there. I'm working on it.
Thank you for keeping us in the loop!

7:23 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Rosie Roux said...

The New Mexican green chile burger is a new culinary delight I discovered this summer. Best wishes with the resto!

7:26 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger denise said...

Thought provoking Goethe quote--thank you.

7:34 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right to be just a little bit afraid. To be less would make one wonder about you. I never have worked in a restaurant, but I wrote stories about them for years, arranging to meet owners and chefs at 7 A.M. between their dealing with purveyors. There is no rest; you are absolutely correct. And when I would ask why, they would say, to a person, "Because I can't NOT do it. I've tried, and I always come back to it. Feeding people is a passion." You have my deepest respect and admiration. Wish I could visit and have one of those lovely pizzas, but I'm in the quite Deep South, and a visit to Seattle is probably not in my future. The very best of luck to you both, and we really do love it when you come back to Orangette and tell us what's happening.
expat39520@hotmail.com

7:34 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Samantha said...

So nice to hear how things are going for you two, and thank you for the pictures too. Dave and I have been thinking about that padron pizza, I think I need to grow padrons in our garden next year just so we can put them on pizza.

7:41 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Julia (Color Me Green) said...

so exciting...you're busy but the labor of love makes it worth it. i'm curious...what about your cute little dog? who's taking care of him while you're gone for all hours?

7:47 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Jen said...

I so love reading this Molly! One of my favorite times at Victrola was at about 5 in the morning when we would prepare for opening up the shop. In the early days, my husband and I would roll out of bed, bleary eyed but happy, unlock the front door and begin:put down the chairs, arrange the pastries, make the brewed coffee, prime the espresso machine, unlock the doors and welcome in the first to arrive. Sometimes, on quiet mornings, we would have the pleasure of having espresso together on our vintage outdoor garden chairs and watch the sun coming up and it was pure bliss.

7:48 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Caroline said...

I also have been wondering how everything is going for you. I assumed that you were crazy busy and, to satisfy my curiosity, I googled "Delancey Seattle" and came across the most wonderful restaurant reviews! I so wish we were closer to Seattle! I made the peaches in white wine the other day; they came out great!

Oh, and, on a random note, one commenter wrote that he lives in Weimar, Goethe's hometown. My father lives there as well. So you have a second reader with a Weimar/Goethe connection!

7:50 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Linda said...

you know molly that quote is just beautiful... ...so go with it.
enjoy all your private moments & thoughts...
enjoy the nightly energy @ delancey where your creativity shines through...
delancey has inner beauty & already is soulful...like you & brandon!

7:56 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Anne Zimmerman said...

Love the Goethe quote. I am stealing it for my desk.
Congrats!

8:06 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Kelly said...

Molly, I'm so glad things seem to be going well for you two! I'm dragging my fiance up there as soon as possible and coming to dinner. Every time you post, I get hungry!!!

On a more practical note: Wear really good shoes. Dansko clogs are ugly, but they're the most comfortable things ever, and they're slip resistant. Or talk to your favorite hospital staff member; they always have good shoes.

8:08 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Gaby said...

everything looks and sounds wonderful! I can't wait to come to Seattle and try it! I am sending my parents in soon too!

8:19 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger mandiegirl said...

How exciting! That pizza looks amazing! Hopefully one day I can head out that way and try one. I'm in albuquerque, too, and though my own tumtum can't handle the green chile very well, it's my hubby's favorite thing on his burger! :)Congrats on your baby!

8:39 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Amanda Nicole said...

I love the restaurant pics! I'm so glad to hear that you're getting into a groove with the place :)

8:40 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Claire Mauksch said...

the padron pizza was to die for :)
and can i just say that i loved the sunflowers in the bathroom? wonderful little touch!

8:44 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Molly and Brandon...eating at Delancey was one of the most magical nights of this year! We loved sitting on the stools and just watching everything. Twice I said to my husband...pinch me...is this real? The pizza was the BEST EVER!! I swear I had Delancey dreams all night. Can't wait to come back. Thank-you...you both are so dear.

8:49 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Christine said...

Oh it all looks stunning. I await the day when I get to make it to your neck of the woods and try it out myself. Cheers to you! Hoping you get the hang of it soon so you can enjoy all of your hard work.

8:54 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous CB in Texas said...

Sounds like a lively yet delightful time for you and Brandon right now. Many wonderful wishes for you both in the next days of your journey.

8:55 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Penny said...

What an inspiration you are! The restaurant is beautiful and I am so glad that you continue to post on your blog.

8:59 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger kgr said...

Someone already said it, but it sounds like opening a restaurant is almost exactly like having a brand new baby. I almost wish I'd opened a restaurant so that I could have experiences that mind numbing tiredness accented here and there with a few amazing moments. You will be well prepared for parenthood should you ever wish to walk down that road.

I am plotting and scheming how to get to Seattle and fast. Delancey sounds divine and I am dying to taste the pizza crust.

Congratulations and hang onto those moments of quiet wonder. They will definitely get you through some rough moments.

9:05 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger 3pieceonline said...

I've never been to your blog, never been to Seattle but this post which I followed from Design Sponge's twitter makes me want to pack a bag right now. You are being favorited.

9:45 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Congratulations to you both - I hope that Brandon is enjoying himself! These past few months have been such an amazing insight into the life of someone opening a restaurant - you are living the dream of so many Americans and I wish you all the success in the world! Now if only I lived closer to the Pacific rather than the Atlantic...

10:01 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Raluca said...

I love the shape of the pizza. Perfectly round pizzas are too boring. :)

10:07 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Heidi said...

How fantastic that you're living your dream. I'm sure that help makes the exhaustion a little more palpable. I sish I lived closer!

10:10 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Liz said...

Hi, I'm so excited to visit your restaurant! My partner and I will be in Seattle (from Olympia) to celebrate my birthday on September 4th and plan to have dinner at Delancey. I was wondering though, since my partner is gluten-free and my friend who will be joining us is vegan will you have any options on your menu they can eat? Or should we pick another place for dinner that night and I can stop by some night on my own. Thanks!!

10:15 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous martha blom said...

So happy to finally hear about Delancy's first steps. I hated finding the same post every day... I thought you flew the coop!
Many congratulations!

10:16 AM, August 25, 2009  
OpenID makealeftturn said...

Hang in there - I've been lurking on here for a while, watching this come together for you and I know it will just get better and better. Will get to Seattle one day and your place will definitely be one of my stops!

10:19 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous MollyCookie said...

Your pizza looks delicious, and I loved your article in Bon Appeitit this month. Great job. I wish you all the success in the world!

10:31 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous b said...

well, you are doing wonderfully. we came in one saturday night, after a glass of wine at Caprice across the street. we order 2 pizzas (including the padron) and then ordered a third. along with a fANTASTIC bottle of wine, and peaches for dessert. It was a great, great evening and we already have reservations to be back on the 30th. and probably every saturday we can manage after that.

10:50 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger allisen said...

I'm always surprised (and impressed!) that you're able to post at all. Love the pictures per usual and wish you a few extra minutes of sleep one of these days. Best of luck.

10:51 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi - have so enjoyed reading your blog and am thrilled that things are going well. can't wait to get to seattle and eat at delacy!

stefanie

10:54 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger kendall*micayla said...

you have a beautiful way with words, and the pictures are gorgeous.

11:05 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger callmecupcake said...

If only Seattle wasn't so far away from Pittsburgh!

It all looks beautiful!

(By the way, your book was fantastic. Thanks so much - it felt like a gift.)

11:20 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Elizabeth B said...

Ah, that's lovely. May it continue to go well.

11:24 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Jam said...

I totally understand. It's a lot of work but it's a lot of fun. If you ever down here in Austin, come visit us. I will put Delancey on my list for Seattle. I'm so happy to see your restaurant. Have been following you quietly for a while. Good luck. You will love doing it.

11:30 AM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Mom told me that my great grandmother owned a rooming house in Hartley, TX and used to get up at 4:30AM to start breakfast. She not only cooked for her guests, but also the people who walked out to her place from town. After she finished serving breakfast and cleaning up, she would start making pies for lunch (which she was famous for). Back then I don't think dinner was as big as lunch and they ate light -- probably leftovers. But she never got to bed until midnight. If only I could have been there....

11:33 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Madfish Grill said...

Congratulations on being open for a couple of weeks! Restaurants are hard work, but they are so rewarding! And, don't worry... you'll soon be in enough of a routine that you will be able to sit back and enjoy it a little bit!

11:44 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Molly and Brandon..eating at Delancey Sunday eve was the most magical time. Twice I said to my husband...pinch me..is this real?
Best pizza EVER!! I dreamed of Delancey all night. Can't wait to come back. I also got to meet and pet Jack while we waited in line. FABULOUS!!

11:53 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

You guys are so wonderful. Thank you for all of these kind, kind comments! Brandon and I are both reading them, and I can't tell you how good they make us feel. Thank you.

To address a few questions and the like:

Heather, that blog post of yours is pretty much the nicest thing I've ever read. Thank you.

La Ninja, I believe these peppers are the same variety as the ones in Galicia. They're fairly small and green, and they're great for frying in olive oil. Actually, we thought about frying ours and serving them that way, but they were so good on pizza that we had to change our minds.

Suomynona, you're awesome. See you at the bar tomorrow.

Laura, that's a really good question about the timing of the dough. We make it at night because we don't have enough refrigerator space to make it earlier in the day. We would love to be able to make it early and stash it away for a while, but we're working with a tiny kitchen and little fridge space, so for now, this is our best bet.

Julia (Color Me Green), well, that has been tough! We take Jack for a walk in the morning, and then again around noon, and then we've had friends volunteer to come hang out with him and walk him for us in the early evening. He's been a real champ and is adapting amazingly well. But we're meeting with someone from a dog-walking service this evening, actually, and we're hoping that working with her will make things even better.

Kelly, I hear you! I am living in my Dansko clogs right now. I LOVE them.

Liz, we have a good number of things on the menu for vegan customers. Our tomato salad is vegan, and the baby lettuce salad can easily be made vegan, too. And Brandon does a great marinara pizza, which has no cheese. And as long as peaches are in season, I'll have chilled peaches in wine on the dessert menu, and those are vegan, too. As for gluten-free options, all three of the starters (tomato salad, baby lettuces, and the cured meat and pickle plate) are gluten-free, and two of our three desserts (raspberry yogurt popsicle and chilled peaches) are gluten-free, too. However, in case your partner is very, very gluten-sensitive, I should warn you that there is a certain amount of flour in the air here, as there is in bakeries and that sort of thing. My station (where all the starters and desserts are made) is separate from the pizza area and is easy to keep gluten-free, but still, there is a lot of flour moving through this place each day. We're working on ways to control it - we do want to be able to do gluten-free pizza! - but it's going to take some time.

11:55 AM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger kiblinger said...

See: http://waiterrant.net/?p=248

"...the mantra Navy Seals use when training for close quarters combat, "Fast is slow. Slow is fast." Watch your fields of fire, pick your targets, aim center mass, squeeze the trigger. The faster you go, the more mistakes you make. The more mistakes you make the deeper in the shit you will be. Go slow. Try not to make mistakes..."

12:00 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger k. said...

beautiful quote, it really speaks to me right now. thanks for sharing!

12:15 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger UNIFORM Studio said...

I've been thinking about you guys alot these last 2 weeks.
glad it's going well:)
that quote is perfect.

12:26 PM, August 25, 2009  
OpenID bferry said...

well, now this has put a huge smile on my face over here in NY. i especially love that description of 4pm in the restaurant. such good stuff.

12:42 PM, August 25, 2009  
OpenID biz319 said...

Seriously, I want that pizza! My husband knows I love hot stuff, but it has to be flavorful hot - just like those peppers sound!

When we first met he tried to find me the HOTTEST everything - hottest microwave popcorn even!

Glad that you are surviving - restaurant work is hard work, but when its yours, it makes all the difference!

1:02 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger pom. said...

This is so great! I love that last picture. So pretty. And I love that quote. Sending love and restful vibes. Way to go!!!

1:33 PM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Shelley (Pink House) said...

Yes! It's about pacing.

There's so many of us "out here" that are checking your blog to see how it's going. Away from Seattle, thinking about you guys. It's good that you had a moment to post. Keep the pace.

1:52 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger suomynona said...

Good grief. In my earlier post, I meant to post to my Delancey set on Flickr. Instead it went to my LL set. Sorry about that...

I'll make up for it by adding at least a couple more nights of photos over the next few days to help those that aren't able to make it to Seattle...

1:53 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Lisa said...

I thought I would miss the old Orangette--the regularness of posts, the recipes. But I really love these Delancey posts so much, Molly.

1:53 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...

Wonderful quote, largely because I'm a fan of Goethe. Also, we too are coming to the restaurant, though we booked three weeks in advance almost because well... we're coming down from Vancouver with friends, and making a night of it. A few lovely pictures was all it ook to convince them to join. See you Labour Day long weekend.

-Emily and Eric

2:06 PM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous codfish said...

Did you two design the place yourselves? It’s absolutely fabulous.

2:26 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger RDBauder said...

My daughter and I met in Seattle on Saturday (she lives in DC, I live in Montana) and waited two hours, sitting on your beer kegs, next to the box of Billy's tomatoes, to eat at Delancey's. It was well worth the 3000+ miles and long wait for a table! Of course, the pizza was divine--we loved watching Brandon's careful vigil at the oven--but the vinaigrette on the salad greens was fabulous. Are you sharing that recipe? And, how could a cookie be so exquisitely delicious! Congratulations! We were amazed that none of you looked the least bit stressed!!!

3:51 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Debbie said...

The chiles on the pizza look like a stick person =).

4:07 PM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Mary said...

God I can't wait to road trip it up to Seattle this fall to eat with you guys. I think I can taste that pizza right now. Good thing I have plans to eat at Pizzeria Delfina tonight in SF to comfort that craving.

And I am also adopting that quote. It suits you both with regard to Delancey, but it also seems to suit so many kinds of things.

xo

4:49 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger shari said...

that quote is just so perfect. i loved stopping by and hearing all about your days at delancey. i know you two must be exhausted but i'm sure you will find your groove soon. thinking of you and really loving the sound of the padron. xo

6:54 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Marla said...

http://www.foodinjars.com/2009/08/17/seattle-canning-class-update/comment-page-1/#comment-2398
For those of us excited about canning, here is a fun opportunity in Seattle.

7:43 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Cheong Hao said...

I like how the pizz looks like...never had seen one like that....Definitely would like to try one of those...haha...nice post...

8:37 PM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous The Spice Doc said...

Good quote, great writing, thank for you for all of it. You keep me coming back.

8:58 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Katelyn said...

Hi Molly -- You and Brandon should be so proud for what you've accomplished and what you can bring to people's lives now. It's a hard time to take a crack at a new job, but you two are making it work, and your time together sounds so happy. Every post on your food, family and the genesis of Delancey is an inspiration, and your book had gotten me through a tough summer. Thanks.

8:59 PM, August 25, 2009  
Blogger Rina the Mama Bear said...

...still alive, and still married! Heehee.

Pizza looks fantastic, glad to hear things are going so well. Hopefully you both will get a chance to relax and enjoy the fabulousness of it all!

Can't wait to sit at one of Delancey's tables and eat your wonderful food - hopefully this fall!

9:07 PM, August 25, 2009  
OpenID siuyeh said...

Congratulations on Delaney! Must've been a nightmare piecing it all together (but must've also been fun!). Will definitely check it out when I'm visit Seattle. Good luck!

9:18 PM, August 25, 2009  
Anonymous Lucretia said...

Your words capture the life I lived for over ten years when I had a restaurant. The work is worth it. Good Luck!

1:23 AM, August 26, 2009  
Blogger City Girl said...

i loved this post - you really capture the energy and the quiet moments in your everyday. I am so happy for you :)

5:45 AM, August 26, 2009  
Blogger k said...

I have read your book twice and its like reading my own bit of family. First time commenting, but must admit I have MISSED you and wondered how the restaurant was doing. Years of restaurant experience ...... Good shoes, enjoy moments you can (you already see those in your day), and ENJOY your patrons and keep listening to what you and them can creatively come up with for the future. THAT, plus GOOD HELP and delegating will get you and Brandon through. Good luck Chica! You deserve success.

5:55 AM, August 26, 2009  
Blogger Jetzener said...

Hey Orangette lady
I'd just like to say admidst the many posts here - you are an inspiration.

love you passion for food and feeding people. You have a sweet heart, its heard through your writing on this bog of yours!

i stumbled across you page looking for some cake recipes a while ago and found a little more than i bargained for. Post more cake recipes i say, ya know - in your spare time of course ;)

7:36 AM, August 26, 2009  
Blogger Jenn said...

Putting that Goethe quote on my fridge - it's just what I needed today. Congratulations on the success of Delancy. If I didn't live in South Dakota, I'd be there tonight.

7:44 AM, August 26, 2009  
OpenID 8junebugs said...

This must be why restaurant owners so often used to live in a space above the restaurant...fewer steps between you and your bed.

I'm so glad to hear it's going well, and am hopeful it will go well for a long, long time.

8:18 AM, August 26, 2009  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

A friend of mine is from Seattle and her visit home coincided with your opening week. I advised/encouraged/demanded that she visit Delancey. A day or two later, she texted me that she was there. Through our phones, she shared her order with me, wine to pizza to dessert. Her feedback: "Ultimately, lovely experience and it's all about simplicity. Simple pizza, simple wines, simple atmosphere. Simple and wonderful."

I just wanted to share this bit of praise amid the chaos. Cheers!

8:19 AM, August 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

perfect post

9:31 AM, August 26, 2009  
Blogger Bobbie said...

I know precisely what you mean about the quiet hum of potential just before service. I used to be a hostess and loved my 11am Sunday shift - the sun was warm, the place was quiet and I had a moment to admire all the clean, neatly folded napkins and perfectly arranged center pieces, before the noon rush.

9:43 AM, August 26, 2009  
Blogger Kamilah said...

Molly,
I love you.

12:23 PM, August 26, 2009  
Anonymous The Leftoverist said...

With four kids in the car, finally staked out Delancey. Can't wait to walk in (without kids!).

1:13 PM, August 26, 2009  
Blogger leedav said...

As someone who has worked in many, many restaurants, I am just thrilled that you are taking time out to share with us. Thank you and I can't wait to sit at that table!

2:10 PM, August 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly,
thanks for posting! I am so proud of you and Brandon! I think your dad would be proud of you too! If I am ever in Seattle I am visiting Delancey!!!!

2:13 PM, August 26, 2009  
Blogger Amanda said...

Greetings from Dublin :). I'm a relatively new reader (better late than never, right?) I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your writing and photography - truly gorgeous stuff! Congratulations on the new restaurant; looks like everything is off to a wonderful start. Best wishes!

3:01 PM, August 26, 2009  
Blogger eveeleva said...

i love reading about your experience. have heart. you sound like ur doing a fabulous job. hope to visit and dine one day.

eveeleva @ singapore

5:34 PM, August 26, 2009  
Anonymous HeatherH said...

I am just so impressed with all your work. I wish i could go and eat at Delancy right now. And your pizza looks simply wonderful, just perfect!

5:36 PM, August 26, 2009  
Anonymous Julie said...

I'm thoroughly enjoying visiting Delancey via Orangette - can't wait for the real thing. Thanks for the quote - it's now on a slip of paper on the board beside my desk.

6:22 PM, August 26, 2009  
Blogger Kelsey B. said...

Congrats on all the success! Question, after reading Hungry Monkey, did Iris ever think of a pizza flavor to be named after her? Has she eaten at Delancey and does she like it?

7:10 PM, August 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw Suomynona's pictures from tonight's meal. How will I ever keep up with my goal of trying ALL the pizzas you offer when you and Brandon keep inventing new ones? :) I shall be back to try the new pizza.

I loved the cured meats and pickled carrots btw. It was amazing!

Sincerely,
your somewhat regular on barseat # 1

11:27 PM, August 26, 2009  
Blogger suomynona said...

I'm still editing the tags and descriptions on Flickr of the photos from a couple of hours ago. It goes without saying that I need to get a better camera (and take some classes) because my photos don't do the food justice.

I did put up 9 seconds of video tonight. I know you all want more pictures of the two stars of the show, but I worry about coming across as paparazzi. Molly is as busy in the back of the house as Brandon is making pizzas for everyone.

I wish I could bring those of you that don't live in the area to Delancey because some of my favorite moments from my visits are when Molly comes out and meets people that have been reading her blog for years. The love that people have for Molly really comes through.

I didn't know anything about either her or Brandon's stories until after my first visit when someone at the bar clued me in. Since then, I've been putting off reading the blog until I read the book (Amazon is taking their sweet time shipping it). Heather put it best though.

Is it 5pm yet? :)

12:23 AM, August 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly, the pizza looks fantastic.
I just started to read you book,
it's amazing-like it was written by a friend.
I especially identify with the chapter about your Dad's illness. I wish you two all the best in your lives, and great success with Delancey!
Tina

5:07 AM, August 27, 2009  
Blogger la ninja said...

hi molly,

I suppose the word "chiles" was what threw me off balance; I was, I reckon, envisaging a younger mexican relative of the galician ones. well, in that case, every pizza is a surprise, right? it could be extremely hot... or not.

it would have never occurred to me to chuck those onto a pizza but sounds dead interesting. I may have to plan a trip all the way to seattle to try a "padrón", who would have thought it, hey?

thanks a lot for taking the time to reply, by the way but, pssst, pssst... when do you actually sleep over there? ;)

8:02 AM, August 27, 2009  
Anonymous AR said...

Make sure you eat at that table! I grew up in our family restaurant business and after Sunday lunch finished, I would love to set up the table in the window for the family to eat! Sitting down to finally unwind, drink and eat - pure nectar for those feet throbbing from running around!!

11:34 AM, August 27, 2009  
Blogger Alison said...

I've been thinking about you these past few weeks, wondering how it was going, and how you guys were surviving.

Sounds like your thriving - what a fabulous post and thanks for taking a minute to share with all of us. Wishing you guys the best!

12:40 PM, August 27, 2009  
Blogger Morgen said...

I just found your blog and made the connection to your column in Bon Appetit. Your article on green goddess dressing still sticks in my memory and gave me my new found obsession with Alice Waters. Congrats on the new restaurant. My husband and I live in Portland and are devotees of Apizza Scholl's, so during our next trip to Seattle we will have to dine at Delancey.

Thanks for the great blog and fantastic column in Bon Appetit!

Morgen
http://bridgetownblog.wordpress.com/

2:43 PM, August 27, 2009  
Blogger amanda said...

Yum! That pizza looks delicious and the place looks beautiful. Can't wait to try it out someday!

Working in the restaurant industry is a definite character builder. My whole restaurant experience (three places) is in pizza restaurants. I don't really know how that happened but it did. Only the last one was really good. It is *such* hard work. It is largely unglamorous. It is endless. It can also be a ton of fun and you meet the best people. I couldn't do the work again unless it was for myself or a friend because I know how tough it is. But, working in a completely unrelated industry today, I can tell sometimes who has worked in food service and who hasn't.

I remember asking someone directly who was being entirely too princessy on a middle-of-the-night deadline project: "you've never worked in a restaurant, have you?" Nope. They hadn't.

Sorry to ramble -- best of luck!!

5:00 PM, August 27, 2009  
Blogger bugheart said...

grub & i are
obesessed
with
making pizza dough...
he will
soon be in
seattle
to try yours...
i have to wait
until december.
poo.

5:34 PM, August 27, 2009  
Blogger NMOS said...

Hi! This is a great blog. I actually just started my own Seattle-based food blog a little over a month ago.

How do I go about adding this blog? I'm only familiar with adding using Blogger's "friend connect" follow button.

Looking forward to reading more of your posts. You can follow my blog over at www.nmos-omnomnomnom.blogspot.com. Feel free to add/follow me, especially all you Seattle-ites. Thanks.

5:59 PM, August 27, 2009  
Blogger Jaunty Gourmand said...

Yay! My turn to read your book from the waiting list at our library here in Columbia, SC, finally came up and I'm reading it now. Your chapter on white chocolate inspired me to make twice baked potatoes since I had the fixings on hand. Haven't had them since the '80s and they were quite good in a nostalgic kind of way. Cheers!

6:32 PM, August 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made it to Delancey tonight and smiled as I glanced at the bar and my "usual" barseat happens to be open. Thanks Brandon for acknowledging that. :) I have (good) company today though so we were seated at a table.

We tried the special pizza and it was very tasty. The saltiness of the guanciale is balanced with the chanterelles and egg yolk. We also had the pepperoni which was very tasty as well.

5 pizzas down, 4 more to go :) I cannot wait for the next visit. Thank you for making such wonderful food.

10:20 PM, August 27, 2009  
Blogger Leeshy said...

I would eat at your restaurant every night if I lived in Seattle.
The pizza looks divine.
Your description of the salads an tomatoes is making me salivate.

Good luck to you Molly! I'll send vibes of energy, renewed strength, and patience your way!
I know it's going to be a masterful success!

Leesh

11:16 PM, August 27, 2009  
Blogger Lara said...

So divine to hear the first 10 days have gone well. Delicious.

8:11 AM, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Michael said...

Perfect pizza! I'd love to have your restaurant in my neighbourhood :)

10:56 AM, August 28, 2009  
Anonymous Hillary said...

I can't wait until you expand and open up a location in Chicago :)

I'm very impressed with all the work you two have done and I'm so glad it's going well!

2:00 PM, August 28, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! I tried your pizza, and it is tasty, but have you thought about just eliminating the waitstaff and formality? Where I come from, pizza is a totally casual thing! You could focus on the food, keep costs low, and serve more clients by doing a cash register with tickets alla pizzeria "da Michele" or like so many of the world's other great pizzerias.
VS

3:53 PM, August 28, 2009  
OpenID londonfoodieny said...

you must be exhausted from reading all these commments! but I did just want to say congratulations! I just finished reading your beautifully written book (my husband of 2 months also proposed on the brooklyn promenade!) Usually I like to pass on books I love but this one I'm hanging on to- the Buchons au Thon were fabulous and there are plenty more ear marked pages to try! Thank you :)

4:11 PM, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Jennifer Lea said...

that pizza looks sexy, i need to go to seattle

4:21 PM, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Amanda said...

That "setting up" time was always my secret pleasure when I was working as a waitress. You are absolutely right. There is a comfortable, warm hum about it.

And thank you for posting all the grit and exhaustion that goes into opening a restaurant. You've managed to be a realist without being terrifying!

6:02 PM, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Sharman Owings said...

Thursday night my husband and I drove in from Enumclaw specifically to take our niece and her beau to your eatery. It was exactly as I imagined. You've got your work cut out for you but if you can hang tough you're going to be a glowing success.

5:13 AM, August 29, 2009  
Anonymous LoveFeast Table said...

The pizza from your restaurant looks wonderful. And, I am sure with a little of that magic of dreams, ambition, hard work, & passion, you can taste and feel the results! Thanks for the peak into your place! And, Congratulations!!, you're doing it! -Chris Ann

P.S. I also love AZ and recently got back from a trip there...saw bread made in an horno. Was fun!

7:08 AM, August 29, 2009  
Blogger Holly said...

There are numerous reasons that I absolutely CANNOT wait to get back to Seattle, and now I have added "Eat at Delancey" to the top of that list!

10:32 AM, August 29, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love New Mexico too! I'm on my way there in a few weeks to spend the fall in Taos and Santa Fe. I must look around for the padron peppers you are talking about.

11:10 AM, August 29, 2009  
OpenID delightfullysweet said...

Wonderful update. Congrats on the new place. It looks wonderful and thought it is a lot of hard work you make it sound like a blast!
I can't wait to visit once we are in your town!

1:05 PM, August 29, 2009  
Anonymous Melinda said...

My teenage daughter and I made a spontaneous decision this afternoon to head to Ballard from the Eastside, arriving right before 5PM to line up outside of Delancey. We were able to get a seat at the bar and watch the whole show as you all geared up for a busy Saturday night.

And we left every plate clean. Not a smidgen of anything left. My daughter, who "doesn't like tomatoes, Mom" kept stealing bites of my tomato and corn salad, the taste of which screams summer. She ate every bit of her green salad "it's the cheese that makes it, Mom" and we loved the shaved crimini pizza with the garnishes of fresh thyme and olive oil. Of course we had to have the chocolate chip cookie too "it's the grey sea salt that does it, Mom." She smiled at me and said, "when can we come back?"

Soon I hope.

What a lovely end-of-summer treat with my daughter to eat at Delancey after reading of its beginnings and evolution over these months. Even though I could see the weariness in all of your eyes, I also saw the small glimpses of joy when you could each smile back at our rapturous faces. Both Brandon and his bandana-ed sidekick lit up when I thanked them for a wonderful meal and said we'd return.

Take care and get some sleep. And all you local folks get over there before the tomatoes and corn go out of season.

7:58 PM, August 29, 2009  
Blogger Esme said...

Molly-congrats on the restaurant-I just wanted to stop by and say I finished your book-in less than 24 hours-although I need to get a new copy as I was swamped by a wave and the book took in alot of sand. I truly enjoyed your book-the recipes and stories. I had found your blog a few years ago and then you were not posting as often. I am glad I got to read your book-I read portions of it to my husband. Best of luck with the restaurant-I am sure it will be a great success.

10:49 PM, August 29, 2009  
Blogger Naomi Skena said...

Hi Molly,

I feel a little sheepish adding my name to the other 150 comments on here, which is why I usually don't leave one. But I just stayed up late last night finishing your book and I felt like I should stop by to say, thanks. :) I LOVED it. It's so fun to read about eating and cooking and life from someone my age who seems to think about things so similarly. I love your recipes and cook from your blog all the time, so I can't wait to try some of the new ones from the book. Good luck with the restaurant and if I ever get out to Seattle I'll be sure to stop by. :)

Thanks again!!!
Naomi

11:41 PM, August 29, 2009  
Blogger elluskott said...

Oh my! I was just reading from your book on amazon... on how you, before going to college, thought your calling was to be a chef and went to work at a restaurant (loved, slice the onion "thin as an angel's eyelash"), but you didn't like the disconnect between what you cooked and the diners, whom you never saw... So you decided not to. I guess the restaurant bug never left, though... And here you are!!!

6:27 AM, August 30, 2009  
Blogger Kate T. said...

Dear Molly,

Delicious congratulations on opening Delancey! I've been absent from your wonderful blog for quite a while, but it's been an inspiration to begin photographing and documenting my own creations in the kitchen. I will surely come for a visit the next time I'm in the pac-nw.

Best for 'Burque, NM,
Kate

2:01 PM, August 30, 2009  
Blogger Francisco Migoya said...

I am not sure if you read all of the comments that are posted on your blog, but I just wanted to say that it is one of my favorites. Also, my wife is enjoying your book tremendously (I will read when she is done).
Good luck with the pizzeria.
If you have a moment, maybe you can take a look at my blog:
www.thequenelle.com
Best,
F. Migoya

5:47 PM, August 30, 2009  
Blogger Ayelet said...

Had dinner at Delancey last night...what a lovely place! Best pizza I've had in a while, hands down. Congratulations on your new venture!

6:20 PM, August 30, 2009  
Blogger dig this chick said...

Giant congrats to you! Such a huge and awesome deal. I'm in Missoula and can't wait for my next trip to Seattle and Delancey...Thanks so much for sharing the excitement and exhaustion with us.

9:45 PM, August 30, 2009  
Blogger Kimberly said...

M and B...LOVE LOVE LOVE Delancey and the whole package! Your blog,love of GREAT food, pizza and desserts. Thank-you both.... take a few days off and enjoy each other. Can't wait to come back again.

10:04 PM, August 30, 2009  
Anonymous Megan Haynes said...

Hi Molly,
I just finished your book and thought it was fantastic! Thanks for sharing so many heart warming and lovely stories about your family. It made me miss my family and I made banana bread to cheer me up. Best of luck with your restaurant!

11:56 PM, August 30, 2009  
Blogger Amy said...

just finished your book this weekend and I loved it. I took it on camping trip up to Denali National park and I read it every chance I got camping, relaxing in the Alaska summer, and next to the campfire. I was so absorbed I toasted the bottom of my shoes and did not even notice. Thanks for the great read and I cannot wait to try some of the recipes.

9:12 AM, August 31, 2009  
Anonymous Lynne said...

After following Orangette and loving your book, I was anxious to have dinner at Delancey. Everything was perfect. The cookie was to die for. Thanks.....

9:51 AM, August 31, 2009  
Blogger Aeio said...

Hi Molly, after reading kitchen confidential by Anthony Bourdain. Apparently restaurant business is not as easy as most people thought. Well, you are probably really busy now. Good luck on Delancey! (love the name)

10:48 AM, August 31, 2009  
Anonymous Eric said...

Looking forward to paying a visit! Congrats and good luck!

1:32 PM, August 31, 2009  
Blogger lisa s said...

if ONLY i could come to delancy. it'd be my dream to sit at that table too....

congrats. congrats. congrats

1:38 PM, August 31, 2009  
Anonymous Steve and Jason said...

We love a free-form pizza crust! It looks so "real" and inviting. OK, you've inspired us to replace our recently departed pizza stone.

2:39 PM, August 31, 2009  
Blogger Shaun said...

Hi Molly. I was a regular reader for a long time and kinda fell out of the practice some time ago.. Rediscovered Orangette a couple of days ago.. Wow.. Lots has gone on with you since I last visited! Congrats! Oh, and you should update your FAQs post to include Delancy in the list of restaurants you tell people to try when visiting Seattle!

3:20 PM, August 31, 2009  
OpenID seattlepalate said...

We came to Delancey on Friday night and it was wonderful! I had the padron and loved every bite. It reminds me so much of home and my favorite Trenton pizza place - De Lorenzos. Thanks to you and Brandon for all your sweat and tears, it's a wonderful place to enjoy food with friends. Can't wait to come back!

4:16 PM, August 31, 2009  
OpenID vaguelyspecific said...

wow! I haven't passed by this blof for a couple of years and look whats happenned! Congratulations, what a fabulous job you're doing!

8:57 PM, August 31, 2009  
OpenID vaguelyspecific said...

blog. I meant blog, not blof. ;-)

8:58 PM, August 31, 2009  
Anonymous VVS-Hedestoker said...

Just absolutely fab.

12:35 AM, September 01, 2009  
Anonymous Kristina @ Trivial Bliss said...

How much do I wish I'd be somewhere near Seattle and eat at Delancey! Unfortunately Germany's not around the corner. The pizza looks unbelievably delicious, I've been looking for a recipe for the dough but I couldn't find it here. Or is it a secret? If not I'd love to have it. Good luck and hopefully it'll be a little less tiring soon.

1:19 AM, September 01, 2009  
Blogger ThePantaloon.com said...

That pizza looks deelish.

2:36 AM, September 01, 2009  
Anonymous Baguette said...

IT´s look fantastic...can i get a piece of it :-)

5:56 AM, September 01, 2009  
Anonymous bagutte said...

...the world is full of wonders and one of them is this...

5:59 AM, September 01, 2009  
Blogger Nate and Julie Dresback said...

What a treasure! I'm originally from Seattle but my husband and I now live in New Jersey (of all places). We were able to visit Delancey's on August 19 while vacationing back home. It was so good!
We sat at the little table by the window and I had the Padron Pizza - my lips flew to heaven for the duration of that pizza!
I follow your blog and saw you and Brandon there that night - you both looked busy so I only shouted a little "hi from N.J." to Brandon on the way out.
One last thing... Danielle, one of your waitresses, is a dear long ago friend of mine - say "hello" to her if you get time.
Keep up the mouth watering Pizza! You are a rare treasure Delancey!

8:28 AM, September 01, 2009  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I linked to your plum clafoutis post from way back when in my own post today--Congrats on your new venture!

10:28 AM, September 01, 2009  
Blogger whitney said...

congratulations. sounds so exciting and new...and EXHAUSTING! wishing you the best of luck on the 11th day and on.

11:00 AM, September 01, 2009  
Blogger wren said...

we will be making a trip over to ballard from west seattle, sooner than later that is fo-sho.

11:28 AM, September 01, 2009  
Anonymous hapa bento said...

Beautiful pizza. I am so coming to your restaurant. It's right down the street from me.

12:51 PM, September 01, 2009  
Anonymous Matthew said...

hapa bento -- you should turn your house into a bed & breakfast ;) Breakfast using orangette recipes, dinner at Delancey down the street...

2:22 PM, September 01, 2009  
Blogger Anika said...

Congrats Molly & Brandon!! Hopefully we'll sneak away from PT one of these days and come experience. Being originally a New Mexico gal with a dad that still puts green chiles on our burgers....Patron sounds delightful.

3:18 PM, September 01, 2009  
Blogger Kristann said...

Molly, I brought DH and my sister to dinner this weekend at Delancey. We had a very tasty dinner consisting of a pepperoni pizza, a padron pizza (DH went gaga for those roasted peppers) and the chocolate chip and sea salt cookies for dessert. Service was good and the place was packed. Never a dull moment, apparently! It looks like Brandon and you will have a very successful restaurant. Congratulations & thanks for feeding us so well.

9:58 PM, September 01, 2009  
Anonymous Maya said...

Congratulations, Molly and Brandon!
I was wondering how you guys were coping up with the 18 hour days.
I am in constant awe of what you do.
I have to make it to Delancey the next time I am in Seattle.

3:49 PM, September 02, 2009  
Blogger Ali said...

My husband and I had dinner at Delancey tonight. The sauce is delish, the crust is perfect, and your wine list is beautifully chosen! (I can't remember the name, but the second white was amazing, and the rose was very good too!). We are recommending it to all our friends and will definitely be back!

7:49 PM, September 02, 2009  
Blogger afoos said...

Hey Molly,

Wow, I just discovered your blog (actually, a friend had your book on her sidebar, and I noticed your name looked familiar)

Remember, Paris, "assistantes", 2001, Willy's wine bar...long time ago, so you probably forgot, I think we also met up before we came to France at the Library (bar) in Norman...

Anyway, thought I'd say 'hi', I've got some catching up to do with your blog. I stayed in Paris, got married, had 3 kids!

Andie (assistante d'anglais from 2001)

9:17 AM, September 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We attempted to get in try your restaurant, but after standing at the door for 4-5 minutes and no one greeting us we decided to spend our money elsewhere. Several servers walked by - not even a "we'll be with you in a moment." I'm leaving this post on your bog and not Yelp (so others are not deterred to try you out). We will try again and hopefully we'll have a better experience.

12:43 PM, September 03, 2009  
Anonymous june2 said...

Yes, the quote is JUST the thing I needed as well, thank you so much!

I worked for a few years in a busy restaurant long ago and definitely remember that hour before service as a sort of dreamy, peaceful time when the staff sat for a communal dinner (French restaurants treat the staff so well) and moved about quietly placing everything just so. Thanks for reminding me.

1:27 PM, September 03, 2009  
Blogger the sink girl said...

oh, how i wish i could visit delancy. the pizza looks lovely.

2:22 PM, September 03, 2009  
Blogger Liliai said...

That pizza looks really good! :)

3:17 PM, September 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are called Padrón Chiles or Padrón Peppers (pimientos de Padrón in Spanish) as they were originally produced in a small town in Northwestern Spain called Padrón. In Spain their are appreciated for their flavour, which makes them to be considered rather a pepper than a chile, while still keeping the heat! They are cooked fried slowly in olive oil and sprinkled with salt.
There's a saying about them: "Los pimientos de padrón, unos pican y otros non" (some are hot some are not)

3:26 PM, September 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

As someone who has sat at the bar seven times now, the phrase that I hear more than anything is "We'll be right with you." Those 4-5 minutes you were waiting must have been at an extremely busy time, because I have a hard time believing someone didn't acknowledge your presence. That said, as someone who has worked in the service industry for years -- there are just those moments where that happens and you're powerless to do anything about it.

One of the things you'll notice when you return is that Molly and Brandon have addressed all of their pet peeves with the restaurant industry to try not to make the mistakes that other restaurants have. (Such as what you experienced.)

They could have gone without a wait staff and just sold pizzas for people to sit down and eat, but they went with a stellar staff instead. I've had nothing but positive experiences at the bar and have heard/read nothing but similar things said by others.

Try to keep in mind that they've been open for just 3 weeks. As great as Delancey is, they are only going to improve. I believe you'll find this to be true when you return.

3:28 PM, September 03, 2009  
Blogger {lovely little things} said...

I'm from Seattle too, can't wait to sample this pizza! Thanks for the rec.

6:19 PM, September 03, 2009  
Blogger Paulette said...

I just discovered your blog, and I'm looking forward to reading it regularly. Hope I can make it to Seattle soon to check out delancey. If you're interested, I blog about home stuff at www.thehomebeete.wordpress.com. Cheers!

7:17 AM, September 04, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please vote for Delancey :)

http://food.theatlantic.com/an-american-food-tour/clueless-in-seattle.php

8:35 AM, September 04, 2009  

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