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August 12

Delancey is one year old today.

I took that picture, the one above, 16 months ago. Brandon had bought a 30-quart Hobart mixer a few months earlier, and we’d been storing it in our friend Carla’s basement. Our friend Sam named it Sir Mix-a-Lot. That morning, the morning that I took the picture, we had rented a big truck, wrestled Sir Mix-a-Lot into the back, strapped him in, and hauled him to the restaurant. The thing was so heavy, such a mess to move, and I had no idea how to operate it, and I was excited and intimidated and borderline terrified, and mostly, more than anything, I had no clue how we were ever going to get this restaurant open.

There were so many details to tend to.

An oven to build. Concrete tabletops to mix.

A mop sink to install, a paint color to choose.

We were lucky to have a lot of people, friends and mentors and cousins and siblings and parents, to help us.

Carla taught Brandon how to use a wood-burning oven. My brother David taught us how to write a business plan. My cousin Katie and her colleague Pantea worked remotely, all the way from San Francisco, to design the restaurant. Renee and Susan at Boat Street Cafe and Kitchen let me observe their kitchen during service hours, so that we could decide how to run our own. Ben helped us move the 3600-pound oven into place, and on the day of a big inspection, he came over in overalls at 8 am, ready to clean. Mohini polished the light fixtures in the dining room. Viv rolled up her sleeves and scrubbed out the reach-in fridge. Sam built our website, kept us company, helped Brandon move (and break) the concrete top of the bar, and gave us much-needed moral support. Matthew and Laurie cleaned the chairs we bought from the old Sunset Bowl. Shauna and Danny brought Lucy and came to cheer us on. Tara braved our test pizzas, and later, at a work party, scraped paint splatters and old tape from the front windows. Ashley and Gabe scrubbed the rust from the shelves of the used fridge we bought. Keaton came over with a shop vac and got rid of everything that the broom left behind. Rebecca taught us to how to lay tile, and she and Heidi painted the baseboards and walls. Jimmy scraped the glue from the metal slats on the bar. Kimberly brought us a picnic lunch. John V. built shelving, assembled tables, installed sinks, loaned us his belt sander, and gave up a lot of weekends. Ryan and Kristen walked our dog and let us use their pick-up truck. Olaiya researched vendors, codes, and aprons, and got us organized. Brandon’s father Bill ran errands and brought lunch. I know I must be forgetting someone. I hate that. I’m sorry.

Just before we opened, my mother came to town. She sanded and painted the frames for the photographs on the walls, bought flowers for the dining room and bathroom, cleaned everything that we had forgotten to clean, helped me prep my station, and took us out for drinks and a nice dinner on our anniversary. I still remember the taste of the bourbon sour I drank. I needed that bourbon sour. I was one with that bourbon sour.

And then, somehow, we were open.

We had to learn fast.

Brandon told me last night that he has made 22,000 pizzas in the past 12 months. Twenty-two thousand.

It was not an easy year. We made a lot of mistakes. I cannot tell you how happy I am that today is August 12, 2010, and not August 12, 2009. But I’m glad we did it, and that we made it, and already, I can’t imagine Delancey not being a part of our story.

I also can’t imagine not sharing that story with Danielle, Rachel, Katie, Nicole, David, Sam, Meredith, Jenn, Kit, Danny, Eric, Erin, Bobby, Ryan T., James, Aba, John S., Olaiya, Kari, Sofia, Brandi, and Mariko, the servers and hosts and bussers and dishwashers and cooks who work alongside us each day. They make Delancey a family. They are this restaurant.

But most of all, this restaurant is you, our neighborhood, our city, our customers. Thank you for eating with us, and for letting us cook for you. Without you, we wouldn’t be open today. I don’t even want to think about what we would be. We are celebrating because of you.

Thank you.


Anonymous Jessica @ How Sweet said...

One year! That is fabulous. Congrats to you!

6:07 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful restaurant. I'll bet that Hobart is mighty busy these days!

6:12 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous LIndsay said...

Congratulations! The restaurant sounds like a true labor of love. After reading about it all this time, I hope to visit Seattle and eat there someday soon.

6:20 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to race my husband for the last bites of the Pavlova the other night. We live in Alberta, and on the last evenings of our vacation up the Oregon coast we stopped in Seattle and tracked down your restaurant((Sat. night). I have been reading your blog and your book and was excited to finally visit and try some of the food I had read about. Fantastic!! I loved the atmosphere and the pizza, our server had spunk and cracked me up. And my wonderful husband even took a photo of me outside despite his emense embarrasement.

Best of luck in the coming year. Megs

6:22 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Barry said...

Delancy offers such pure pleasure to its visitors. It is we who should thank you!

6:23 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Sarah said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I wish I had something more witty to say, but that about sums it up!

6:28 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Rose said...

Congratulations!! Even though I don't live on the same coast, I've followed your story. I wish you much success and happiness in the coming year.

word verification: crumbe

isn't that funny? fancy food spelling!

6:30 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you and Brandon!
What a wonderful sense of accomplishment you both should feel. From Orlando, FL I have read the blog and followed along and enjoyed hearing your stories. May God bless both of you and your future endeavors.

6:36 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger flwrjane said...

Beautiful. Congratulations.
I hope to eat there one day.

Pizza # 25,367? Could be me :)

6:51 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger clairehelene7 said...

Congratulations! I had the pleasure of eating there in the first couple of weeks with Mohini and Viv (and others and about 20 cameras). I still think fondly of it. I hope I can visit again.

6:51 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Jen Marie said...

Such a beautifully simple narrative, that tells so much about the past year, and how far you've both come. Thank god for dreams, and for community to help us make them happen.

6:53 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the work that went into your place and the network of friends you have. I enjoy your blog and the cookbook. I have learned to make ratatouille dish and love it. I know grow eggplant and roma tomatoes in my garden. So proud of the planting, harvest and the good taste of your recipes. Thank you.

6:54 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger lea said...

yay congrats!

6:55 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Nancy said...

I hope when we eat at a local restaurant we all remember the incredible amount of sweat, toil, and terror involved for the people who devote their lives to making such a great place happen. We have many local restaurants here in Austin, but fewer and fewer over the years, which is a terrible thing. Thank you, Molly and Brandon. If we ever get to Seattle, we will surely make our way to Delancey. Eat local!

7:07 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Rose said...

My friend is moving to Seattle next year and have been telling her to go to Delancey first thing. Happy Anniversary in such a tremendous achievement!!! On another note, the bourbon sour sounds fascinating - do you have a recipe??

7:17 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Anne Zimmerman said...

Cheers! Can't wait to visit next time I am in Sea-Town.

7:19 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Aria said...

Big Congratulations, Molly!! What a year!

7:24 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger hlbrack said...

What a year for you (and everyone) Molly! Congratulations on Delancey's 1st birthday! Hope you're able to celebrate.

7:26 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Lulu said...

this is incredibly incredibly touching.

7:26 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger shutterbean said...

CONGRATS!!! What a journey. You should be soo proud of your hard work :) xoxox

7:30 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Congratulations! I love your book and if I ever make it to your part of the world I will be coming to Delancey! I hope the next year brings bigger and better things yet.

7:40 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Congratulations on your first year! I can't wait to make it to Seattle so I can visit your lovely establishment. Cheers!

7:50 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous dc sarah said...

A giant hats off to you guys for having the guts and the drive to do this, and congratulations on 1 year! We are coming to visit Seattle halloween weekend to start scouting neighborhoods, and a visit to Delancey is at the top of my list. Can't wait to see it in person, finally.

7:59 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Antonietta said...

Congratulations! The first year is the hardest and you made it through! Best of luck for many many more years!

8:22 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DELANCEY! I'm so glad you all could realize a dream :)

8:35 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger kiwibok said...

Wow! A year already..Congratulations!! So wonderful to see the pictures of your dream unfolding.. and oh how I wish I lived closer to Delancey so I could pop in for dinner (it's a long commute from Auckland).
All the best

8:38 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Julie said...

Congratulations again on bringing Delancey into existence, and surviving (even enjoying) and sharing the experience. I can't wait to make the pilgrimage!

8:58 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Congratulations. I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Delancey with my husband and my little brother while visiting Seattle. It is a very special place.

9:02 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Christy said...

Hi Molly!

My husband and I celebrated Delancey's birthday tonight, and it was absolutely wonderful. Looking forward to many more terrific dinners to come!

9:06 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

What a lovely review of Delancey's first year. It will be interesting to see what the year ahead brings for you and Brandon and Delancey. Looking foward to reading all about it!

9:28 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Anna said...

I can't believe I'm the first to say Congrats on your first year!

10:16 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger A Day That is Dessert said...

Happy anniversary!!! I know I speak for my whole family when I say we're glad Delancey came to be. xo

10:28 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Devon said...

Hi Molly, was that you at the Wallingford Farmer's Market talking on your cell phone about non-springform round pans? I was too shy to ask in the moment, and wanted to give you your privacy. So belated hello! I completely enjoyed your book and continue to enjoy your blog!

10:30 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger sarah said...

restaurants take guts, and you would seem to have them in spades.

10:41 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a Great Day!! Our Baby Cousin was born Today on Delancey's 1 year...Big Congrats, What a Day!

10:55 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Katie said...

I live in Seattle (grew up in Ballard) and have been dying to come try your food after being a huge fan of your book and blog. Not to mention, I've seen amazing reviews for Delancey in every Seattle magazine. Too bad it's always so busy! (too bad for me that is, wonderful for you!)

11:04 PM, August 12, 2010  
Anonymous Justine said...

Happy Birthday! Today's the day we get to say we're happy that the Delancey was created by those fantastic people -

11:23 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Megan Gordon said...

Congratulations, Molly. What a beautiful tribute to the family (literally and figuratively) who have been with you the entire way. Looking at the picture of the room pre build-out blows my mind...after eating there with my sister and her boyfriend about six months ago, it's tough to imagine. Here's to many more years in your incredibly inviting, homey, special space. xo.

11:45 PM, August 12, 2010  
Blogger Seattle Pastry Girl said...

What a sweet wonderful post to celebrate your anniversary..Congratulations !

12:31 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Koek! said...

Lovely photos... i really wish i could visit your restaurant. Unfortunately I'm in the wrong country!

12:45 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Aude said...

I don't comment often because I am not sure about what to write.
But this post reminds me your book and why I love reading you: it echoes the ups & downs of life (not sure if my sentence is correct but still).

Merci !
And a happy life to Delancey.

12:48 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger jenna said...

congratulations, delancey! eating there was a beautiful experience. i hope there are many more years to come.

1:00 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Coconut and Vanilla said...

Happy Delancey anniversary! Hope to taste a pizza there sometime, too. But it's not a easy thing from Germany ;)

1:14 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger linda said...

you & brandon are so fortunate to have been able to fulfill a dream…a burning desire…to all of you & the 22,000 pizzas served…how very wonderful…kudos molly!

3:13 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous A Plum By Any Other Name said...

It's amazing the changes that can take place in a year. Your post is an inspiring example of that. The place looks lovely. Cheers to the year ahead!

3:23 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Astrid said...

Just wow! Congratulations so much!

4:17 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Victoria said...

Congratulations to both of you. All of us readers really feel like your friends - so we feel your joy; this post made (makes) me smile.

4:22 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger natalie said...

Beautifully written! I love the pictures. Congratulations!

4:31 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Ciao Chow Linda said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. I wish I could try some of your wonderful food but that will have to wait until I make it out to the other coast. All this while basking in the glory of that wonderful book you wrote. way to go girlie.

5:12 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger jen said...

i love all these photos and the story to go along with them (*hint hint*). happy birthday, delancey! i hope to meet you in person one day!

5:30 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous vicki aka zephyr said...

Oh, Happy, Happy birthday Delancey People!!
Beautiful post, Molly. So happy for you, Brandon and all those lovely people who helped make it real.

5:43 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Hi Molly!
Congratulations on making it through one year, getting this far is an important milestone for any starting restaurant!

You are an inspiration to many, including one who has been in the biz for 21 years!

Bon appetit!

6:42 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Let me add my congrats - you two (and all the supporting cast) have made a beautiful success of a lovely dream. Go, baby, go!

6:51 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger jodi said...


i was so happy to be there last year so soon after you opened. i can hardly wait to visit the pacific northwest again and come by to eat at delancey again.

6:53 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Becca said...

Many hearty congratulations!


6:55 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Louise said...

Congratulations! I just read your book, love your writing, and am so glad to hear the restaurant dream is being realised.

7:02 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Rachel said...

that is so great. i can't wait to eat there again next time i am in Seattle! Just wanted to mention that a few of your recipes from the book have become "go to" recipes for me - i have been making them over and over for the past year or so. namely, the zucchini pesto, turkey meatballs (making them tonight for company), and scones.


7:22 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger The Lukefahrs said...

Congratulations! This is my first time to your blog. Just finished your book (checked out from the local library) and LOVED it. I feel like I know you... and your recipes are fast becoming a part of our family. My one year old had Burg's French Toast this morning.

7:27 AM, August 13, 2010  
OpenID heatherj77 said...

Congratulations - what an accomplishment! I love reading about your adventures.

7:41 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger tomily said...

sincerely, congratulations!
so beautiful and touching post.
your restaurant has been on my list for my future vacation in seattle since aug 12 '09. :)

7:46 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Jean P. said...

Hurrah for Molly and Brandon! And all the troopers in your little army. I confess I worried occasionally that one of you (mainly you, Molly) would throw in the towel, but then I'd read a few pages from your book and think, "Who? Not this chickie. She's cute but also made of tough stuff." Congratulations and sincerest best wishes for many more successful years -- however long you choose to continue.

7:56 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a vacation to Seattle from Chicago this year, we made a special trip to be at Delancey for our 3rd anniversary. It was everything I'd hoped. Congratulations.

8:03 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Kate P said...

I don't live in Seattle so we won't be able to visit your restaurant. But, I have loved the story of how Delancy started and the journey to get to where you are today. The pictures are so fantastic. Have you thought about putting together an exhibit with all of the pictures? Or showcasing them in the restaurant?
Congratulations on one year. That is a huge milestone!

8:22 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never been to your resturant, but after reading such a precious post on this past year, I desperately want to go. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your year in such a touching way. -- I especially liked what your mother did. I will remember that for helping my own daughter in her pursuits.

8:27 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Amanda at Enchanted Fig said...

Happy anniversary! Looks beautiful, I plan to visit as soon as I can drive up the California/Oregon coast...as soon as my son will pleasantly drive more than two hours, that is. Have a even more beautiful second year!

8:29 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Shauna said...

Oh Molly, this is so beautiful. We were happy to help in any way we could. And Danny is proud of helping you out in the kitchen for a couple of months.

We just ate my birthday dinner there on Friday. We couldn't think of any place we'd rather be.

we love you over here.

8:31 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Marilou said...

Happy birthday Delancey, and congrats to you and Brandon. What a tremendous achievement! Your success can only continue to grow.

8:41 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am responsible for eating about 8 of those 22,000 pizzas and have loved every moment. We had dinner there last night to celebrate the birthday with your lovely staff and customers and David took care of us wonderfully well. It was a delightful meal and we said the same thing, actually: We can't imagine Delancey being absent from our lives. It's become very well loved by us. Thanks for building it and infusing it with love and joy. It shows in every bite.

8:42 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous A. C. Parker | Feeding the Saints said...

Congratulations Molly! Such a great milestone. Hope to come to Seattle and Delancey some day.

9:11 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Delanceyversary!

We came all the way from Scotland to eat your pizzas and it was worth every carbon-infused mile of the trip.

And without your beautiful writing, Molly, we'd never have known about Delancey at all (or so many other good things)- so all the thanks are due to you

9:12 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous heather said...

Amazing how time flies and how good things come to good people.



9:41 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Heena said...

Congratulations!! Birthdays and anniversaries - it's so great to hear that you have so much cause for celebration. I've been following your story for years now. I wish I could visit Seattle - till then, I'll experience the pleasure through your wonderful stories. All my best wishes for today and the future.

9:45 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Kathairne (Meal Muse) said...

Congratulations on your year anniversary! Next time I'm in Seattle for a visit, I will definitely come to your restaurant!

10:03 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous bakegreek said...

Congratulation on your restaurant turning 1 year. I love that you shared your photos in this post -- I'll be in Seattle next month, so hopefully I can stop by. Best of luck and here's to many, many more happy years for you & Delancy!

10:36 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Ryan said...

Congratulations on your first year. Every time I see Delancy's mentioned in a magazine or newspaper I get a excited for you as if I had a personal stake in your success. I love reading about your successes and frustrations in running a restaurant. Both because I appreciate establishment created and run by real caring people, and also to reinforce my standing that running a restaurant is Hard! Both my husband and best friend separately think we should open a casual dining/pub someday and I just think of all the pain and uncertainty that will go along with it.

Your and Delancy's accomplishments also show me that people will indeed respond to creative and good food when given the option.

10:43 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger sue15cat said...

What a wonderful Blog post. You may have forgotten a few of your many, many helpers, but you remembered so many.

It sounds like a wonderful achievement, made all the more special by your dedicated friends, family and customers.

Well done, and may your first anniversary be the first of many.

Sue xx

10:46 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous jamieofalltrades said...

What a sweet thank you note. Congratulations and happy 1 year.

10:50 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous crotchetymama said...

Congratulations! It looks like a beautiful place. I hope to get out there some day and see it in person. And eat the pizza, obviously. :)

10:55 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous kickpleat said...

So beautiful. I loved hearing about all the hard work involved and that it is such a success is a testament to all that love and passion (did I mention hard work?). You both are awesome and I can't wait to visit again.

10:56 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Hanaâ said...

Congratulations, Molly. That's wonderful news. Keep up the good work. Your French Lemon Yogurt Cake is still on of my all-time fav cakes :o)

11:13 AM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Gastronomer said...

Delancey is a GEM! I loved my meal there last March and look forward to returning in the future. Thanks for working your buns off to deliver us such a damn fine product!

11:28 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Torrie said...

...Hope you treat yourself to another bourbon sour:).

11:38 AM, August 13, 2010  
OpenID bferry said...

goosebumps. cheers to 1!

11:45 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger zb said...

What a fabulous post and a lovely circle of friends. I'm inspired to try to make the time to visit all the restaurants again. I used to live very close to Cafe Lago and used to stop by fairly frequently, but we've fallen into the trap of letting the kids dictate the choice of restaurants. We're going to have to expand their tastes and find date nights to make it through the crowds.

11:46 AM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Brenda said...

Okay seriously Molly, you made my eyes water up. My husband and I follow your blog, read your book and have eaten at Delancy. We feel like we know you guys and we're so happy for you and Brandon and all the wonderful people in your lives to make your dream a reality. Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!!

12:00 PM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Lindsey @ Yarnia said...

Huge congratulations! I love seeing the progression from barren walls to what looks like such a warm and inviting restaurant. Can't wait to come eat pizza next time I'm up in Seattle. The "been open for one year" anniversary is a phenomenal one, both in reveling in accomplishments, and relief that it's over!

12:13 PM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger gnomeInTheWall said...

congrats....i was finally able to make it into Delancey a few weeks ago (on your anniversary actually) and i'm happy that you are able to share all of these milestones with us and the people who have helped you get there.

12:49 PM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Tea said...

What great pics, Molly. I love seeing all the bits and pieces.

Congrats to the lot of you! What a thing to have pulled off, what a wonderful contribution. We are all the richer for having Delancey in our lives.

3:09 PM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous seamus said...

Bravvisimo. My wife and I are just about ready to start on our own adventure opening our own restaurant. It is great to hear your story.
Buona fortuna per l'anno secondo.

4:06 PM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Julia said...

Congratulations!! Your hard work and dedication, and the clearly amazing place you have created with it, are truly an inspiration. At some point we are planning on driving up the coast, and, when we do, I look forward to trying the pizza!

4:30 PM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Jess said...

Molly. These photos. Holy moly.

4:38 PM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Lynn said...

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4:45 PM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Honolulu Mark said...

Happy birthday, Delancey! Wow, has it been a year already? I remember reading your blood, sweat and tears posts leading up to opening those doors. It made going to Delancey and enjoying not one but two pizzas and dessert (I can never remember if it's one "s" or two) all the more savory and sweet.

5:15 PM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger sam said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing - and tasting - the next time I'm in Seattle.

5:58 PM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Molly and Brandon..congrats on your baby turning one!

Last night was visit #45 for us and we think it was the best ever.
We both woke up this morning talking about the food we had eaten. Wish we had gotten a pie to go.

AMAZING!! We love all the staff and they treat us like family.

Brandon, best pizza in the world...or as Ian says...it's the best thing we will ever eat until we get to Heaven.
Hope you enjoy some days off this week after all that cooking!

Thank you...
Kimberly and John

6:05 PM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Payal Shah said...

Congratulations Molly! I visited Delancey last year in September and it was a treat! I heart Seattle because you are there, Delancey is there..

6:36 PM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous molly said...

You know, the snaps are always lovely, but these are just splendid.

Here's to the next 22,000.

6:50 PM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Joan said...

Congratulations to Delancey on your anniversary. You are on my list of places to visit, and someday, I will get there! Love from nyc.

7:26 PM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Emily said...

Could this be any more timely? I'll be in Seattle for the first time tomorrow and am going, lineups and long waits permitting, eat dinner at Delancey. Happy Birthday, and I am so excited to eat!

7:29 PM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Like lots of the other commenters, I remember reading about the lead up to the opening of Delancey and all it involved, so your one year anniversary is a big, huge cause for celebration!!

Having been in restaurant service for the last 10+ years, I know how much blood, sweat and tears are involved in opening a restaurant, and so I applaud you and Brandon --you've created something a-ma-zing!

I've been to Seattle just once, but after reading your posts over the last year, I'd love to make a pilgramage again, just for a meal at Delancey. : )
Congrats on all, and cheers!

7:38 PM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous the Leftoverist said...

Another anniversary?! Congratulations again. I'm sure you remembered to thank everyone. You strike me as that sort of person.

I've only eaten at Delancey once. Looking forward to my next visit.

8:42 PM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Edie said...

So beautiful. Enjoy every minute of this incredible dream that is your reality. Reading the words of your journey together brings such joy. Thank you, Molly for sharing this inspiring story xo.

9:25 PM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

we NEVER noticed a mistake...

9:26 PM, August 13, 2010  
Anonymous foodess said...

Congratulations!! Very happy for you.

10:51 PM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Elizabeth B said...

Happy birthday, Delancey, and happy Delancey anniversary, Molly and Brandon! Someday I hope my husband and I can make the trip up there to enjoy the food.

11:13 PM, August 13, 2010  
Blogger Mommy of three said...

You totally inspire me.
Love from,

12:39 AM, August 14, 2010  
Blogger Gemma said...

Congratulations! Hope we make it over sometime in the next 22000! x

2:20 AM, August 14, 2010  
Blogger Patty said...

Sounds wonderful--I can't wait to try it when I am in Seattle.

3:39 AM, August 14, 2010  
Blogger webbie said...

Congrats! I love reading your blog it always makes me smile....

6:20 AM, August 14, 2010  
Blogger Amaranthian said...

A few months ago I read your blog from the very beginning, and it was amazing to see how everything unfolded. Delancey looks amazing; I wish I lived in Seattle!

Congratulations and happy anniversary!

8:02 AM, August 14, 2010  
Anonymous Jessie said...

WOW! Yor guys are awesome! Congratz and keep up the amazing work!

9:39 AM, August 14, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly and Brandon and all the wonderful staff - Congrats on your first year. We are lucky enough to live near Delancey. I can't even guess how many of those 22,000 pies I have eaten.... I love that when we walk in the door, everyone smiles and is so welcoming. Wishing you many more years of success.

9:41 AM, August 14, 2010  
Blogger Sivski said...

I'm delighted for ye! Hope I make it to Seattle from Ireland to have a pizza one day!


9:47 AM, August 14, 2010  
Blogger quinn said...


I watched a lot of this unfold on the blog, so in a really sweet way, this post is bringing back "memories" - of something that was taking place 3000 miles away.

It's wonderful that you have had such support - not just emotional support, but the get-your-hands-dirty kind of support.

Here's to the second year!

11:17 AM, August 14, 2010  
Blogger tweal said...

Congrats on one year! 22,000 pizzas is a lot....

1:19 PM, August 14, 2010  
Blogger Karen said...

I love that you named your Hobart mixer. Before the Seattle Pie Co. began baking everything during the graveyard shift, I helped them get started by baking pies from scratch so that customers could watch while they were placing their orders. We named our first Hobart Betsy--she was very tempermental, an old machine picked up at a bargain price. Once you mix the ingredients it is important to stop the machine and check the dough to be sure it is soft and perfect. The challenge was to stop Betsy at just the right moment, because if you had to add a little more flour to the dough she refused to restart easily --with a heavy load of dough in her bowl. A few weeks later a new Hobart arrived and he was beautiful. He ran perfectly, someone named him Richard "Gear". Though my time was short at Seattle Pie it was fun, hard work. I love that you have had such an amazing year and I am enjoying your book--hope to meet you someday.

2:40 PM, August 14, 2010  
Blogger the southern hostess said...

I'm so glad Delancey is in my life too. Congrats!

2:42 PM, August 14, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! The restaurant looks beautiful.

8:25 PM, August 14, 2010  
Anonymous frugan amy said...

Congratulations, Molly and Brandon. Such a huge, wonderful, inspiring accomplishment. Love, Amy

11:25 PM, August 14, 2010  
Anonymous Marly said...

Congrats to you and your restaurant patrons. I'm sure both are better because of the other. I'm curious where you came up with the name Delancy? I like the name!

8:22 AM, August 15, 2010  
Blogger Amanda said...

As my husband and I dream of opening our own little place way across the other side of the country, I would humbly like to request a post on "what we would have done differently." If there is one thing about Blog-land I hold close to my heart, it is learning from all the amazing folk I've connected with here!

12:14 PM, August 15, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on Delancey's first birthday and your recent wedding anniversary! (loved that bridal photograph) I have been reading your blog for years and all I can say is my best wishes go along with you.

Eve Harris
Guelph, Ontario, CANADA

7:23 PM, August 15, 2010  
Blogger emily said...

Congratulations! Your restaurant became and remains one of our very favorites (we live in Vancouver, and my husband may end up getting a job in Seattle - every time we talk about it one of us says to the other, we could live in the same city as Delancey). As for mistakes... we never noticed any. Not one.

1:17 AM, August 16, 2010  
Blogger La Olis said...

Glückwünsch! I ran into your blog because of an article The Times published about the best food blogs. I'm a food writer and editor placed in Berlin (well, more like living, not placed, came here by choice) and I think it's wonderful what you have achieved. I declare myself a new fan of you and your tasty adventures. We wil hear about us a lot from now on I bet...xx

4:28 AM, August 16, 2010  
Anonymous Heather Jones said...

Congratulations, next time I'm in Seattle it will definitely be the first stop on my list. Best to you!

12:39 PM, August 16, 2010  
Anonymous BlondwithaBrain said...

I love that you buy Blue Star pears: my family grows for them. That makes me and my beloved Cashmere a part of Delancy too!

4:03 PM, August 16, 2010  
Blogger yum said...

This is our favorite restaurant! We come early with our little girl. Thank you for being adventurous and taking the chance to bring something so wonderful close to home. It's worth it people!

9:55 PM, August 16, 2010  
Anonymous Annie said...

I ate at Delancey last week while vacationing in Seattle. Little did I know I would be there on the eve of a grand milestone!
The fennel pizza was amazing; we had it with padrone chilies. The chocolate chip cookie had us fighting over crumbs. Is that the recipe you posted a while back with grey salt?
But most of all there is something else about Delancey...an ambience that is hard to describe, but may come from kindred spirits working together to make something great. Not many restaurants can pull that off.

10:52 PM, August 16, 2010  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Congrats on your first anniversary and the first of many years of success! I hope that I will have a reason to come out to Seattle someday and try your wonderful food.

12:27 PM, August 17, 2010  
Blogger The Yard Sale Girl said...

Happy Birthday Delancey! Same birthday as me....I think it means I should eat more pizza :-) Congratulations on your first year your restaurant is wonderful.

12:31 PM, August 17, 2010  
Anonymous ann said...

congratulations! what a beautiful reflection...

12:34 PM, August 17, 2010  
Anonymous Julie said...

What an amazing journey. Congratulations! I live in Vancouver but a special trip to Seattle to enjoy the fruits of your labour is on my list...

1:46 PM, August 17, 2010  
Blogger surfzone said...

A big congratulations for you and for Brandon... 22,000 pizzas aren't an easy feat!

2:27 PM, August 17, 2010  
Anonymous Bridget Davis said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! LOvin the timeline and your pictures here!!

All the best with your new venture.

Bridget Davis ~ The Internet Chef
Sydney [Australia]

6:34 PM, August 17, 2010  
Anonymous Jen said...

and now instead of hauling laundry to be washed, i want to bake your cookies. I can't stop drooling at your photo of those lovely specimens. Cheers to year one! and to 10, 20 more years of Delancey wonderment. Can't wait to get out to your neighborhood to enjoy it. xo

8:34 PM, August 17, 2010  
Blogger Lindsey @ FRESH AIR + FRESH FOOD said...

So were you giving away free food to all those helpers or do you just have that many friends? You are truly blessed: work you love and friends that love you. I wish you the best and look forward to your posts since I don't live in Seattle to eat your pizza!

9:16 PM, August 17, 2010  
Blogger Adam Lindsley said...

Happy birthday, and congratulations. And thank you (and Brandon, of course) for giving us the best pizza in Seattle. By far.

9:38 PM, August 17, 2010  
Anonymous Gourmet Mum said...

What an inspirational read - this really helps others believe that the impossible is possible. Well done.

5:11 AM, August 18, 2010  
Blogger Jun Belen said...

Congratulations! I just finished reading your book A Homemade Life and loved reading it! I love all your stories about Burg and of course how you and Brandon met and fell in love.

I started my own blog a little over a year ago and it's great to turn to bloggers like you for inspiration. I am attending the IFBC next weekend and I'm excited to meet you. I'm hoping we can get in to Delancey while we're in Seattle. So looking forward to the trip. Best of luck and here's hoping for many more years.


7:19 AM, August 18, 2010  
Blogger Ashley said...

Sad. I picked up your book A Homemade Life at Powell's in Portland. I traveled to Seattle next for work, but didn't realize until last night that you had a restaurant in Seattle. I am flying out this morning, but I will be back and Delancey will be on our list of places to stop by. Love your blog, stories and recipes.

8:01 AM, August 18, 2010  
OpenID apples-onions said...

Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment. Also, I love the Hobart mixer as the symbol of all that was difficult and seemingly impossible--I got nervous just looking at that monster in the picture!

8:18 AM, August 18, 2010  
Blogger My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

congratualtions on a beautiful restaurant...

i hope to ne lucky enough to visit one day


11:23 AM, August 18, 2010  
Blogger Joudie's Mood Food said...

Congratulations for your 1 year. I am about to open a new deli in about a month and i can just imagine teh stress that you were under... Sleepless nights. But for something so worth it. To another 50!

3:16 AM, August 19, 2010  
Anonymous Megan said...

Many congratulations!
I'm going to have to pop down to Seattle and enjoy some pizza at your restaurant sometimes (especially after all these delightful reviews!)

11:17 AM, August 19, 2010  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Fabulous! Happy birthday, Delancey!
Here's a toast to many more!


11:48 AM, August 19, 2010  
Blogger judith said...

I was so fortunate to be in Seattle last weekend for a business trip. My hubby tagged along and thanks to our iPhone map we were able to find Delancy with no problems. Can I open your first franchise in Tucson?!!

3:20 PM, August 19, 2010  
Blogger Paula said...

here is so many inspirations!

have a nice time!

3:58 AM, August 20, 2010  
Blogger Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

I am so excited to be eating at Delancey this coming Friday night!!!! Congrats on a successful year and may you experience many more!

10:01 AM, August 21, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Still trying to get out that way to try it out!

1:17 PM, August 21, 2010  
Blogger la ninja said...

I got (and am, more importantly, reading) your book. hey. double felicidades :)

9:23 AM, August 22, 2010  
Anonymous AT said...

Happy One Year! Here's to many more! Cheers!

2:48 PM, August 22, 2010  
Blogger Mandy said...

Well done, It really does look so wonderful ... and best wishes for the future of your lovely Restaurant !!!

2:44 AM, August 23, 2010  
Anonymous SkyG said...

As someone who got to spend his birthday at Delancey, it gives me great pleasure to wish Delancey a happy 1st!

4:15 PM, August 23, 2010  
OpenID dinnersanddreams.net said...

It's been great to follow your story and see your dreams come true one by one. I wish you all the prosperity in the world both personally and professionally. If I'm ever in Seattle, I'd definitely stop by Delancey for one of those gorgeous pizzas you make.

Many many congratulations!

4:19 PM, August 23, 2010  
Anonymous Ana@AnEntertainingLife said...

How I wish I had been here from the very beginning. (But I'm here now!) Congratulations!

5:47 PM, August 23, 2010  
Blogger Suzanne Cranston said...

Congrats! one big, fat year under your belt... :)
{ i love following this adventure of yours... and learning! }
cheers !

4:45 AM, August 24, 2010  
Anonymous escalante blogger said...

That's a fabulous achievement. I love painting too but sometimes it's a dirty job. :-)

6:33 PM, August 24, 2010  
OpenID thefoodinista said...

the tile is dreamy!

11:40 PM, August 24, 2010  
Blogger Gabrielle said...

congratulations! thanks for bringing some NY to the west coast. I hope your 2nd year is fun and fantastic!

7:18 AM, August 25, 2010  
Anonymous jessiev said...

CONGRATS!! we'll make it out to seattle sometime, i am sure - and head there, FIRST. i've enjoyed following your story of your first year - CHEERS!

8:54 AM, August 25, 2010  
Blogger Megan said...

My trip to Seattle last summer happily coincided with early days at Delancey. I felt so lucky to be there, to tuck in at the little counter at the front and make friends for a few hours with the other guests who were clearly feeling as lucky as I was. Such a special evening - thank you!

10:42 AM, August 25, 2010  
OpenID comfortablydomestic said...

Congratulations! 22,000 pizzas is a lot of pizza! May Delancy have many, many more years!

12:07 PM, August 25, 2010  
Blogger Superchef said...

Congratulations!! and thank YOU for opening such a gem of a restaurant :)

5:17 PM, August 25, 2010  
Anonymous Roberta said...

I would love love love to visit your restaurant. If it is a fraction as lovely and as good as your blog it would be an absolute treat. Congratulations and good luck on your second year. Warm regards and lovely thoughts to you and yours.

6:08 PM, August 25, 2010  
Blogger vanessa joie said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to stop by one day.

7:39 PM, August 25, 2010  
Blogger Sarah said...

Congrats on a making it to this point with your restaurant! I sincerely hope I can make a special trip to Seattle especially to go to Delancey.

I just absolutely love your blog, I am sure you have heard that a lot ;-)

I have been reading your blog for about 9 months just after I found your book at the library and was fascinated by it. You inspire me, I just love trying your recipes and it makes me happy and excited. Not too mention I love the way you write. Thank you for taking the time to share a little part of yourself with so many, your writing has greatly impacted my life.


8:22 PM, August 25, 2010  
Blogger LadyJayPee said...

I was delighted to eat one of those 22,000 pizzas when I was in town a few months ago. DeLISH! Eager to have some more. Congratulations!

6:51 AM, August 28, 2010  
Anonymous Lisa Mattson said...

Hi Molly,
It was great to finally meet you at IFBC. I forgot to mention that we also just installed a Mugnaini wood fired oven at the winery this summer and created a video about it: Building a wood fired oven.
We are planning to do a video blog post with tips about cooking with these types of ovens, since our chef didn't know how to before and has learned a lot. Let me know if you want to collaborate on the post.
Lisa Mattson
The Journey of Jordan: a wine and food video blog

8:29 AM, August 30, 2010  
Blogger Melissa said...

I am going to be in Seattle in a few weeks and Delancy is on my must do list - really hoping to experience the place I have read so much about in this blog.

12:31 PM, August 31, 2010  
Blogger red ticking said...

hi molly...
i am late to the party but wanted you to know this is one of the sweetest posts i have ever read. first, congratulations on your amazing efforts and amazing success. i laugh when you say brandon learned how to work the oven... he can haul ass on that oven! he is such a pro... well i guess after making that many pizzas... it will do the trick.

i love your opening shot.. it reminds me of when red ticking was born.. the shell becomes a wonderful place to be... but starting it all is so overwhelming...

and to learn from renee and susan... of course... it would be a great venture...

i love delancy.. and will see you soon.
i hope the cobbler is on the menu.. wish i would have known about the dinner last night.. i would have loved to be there...
xx pam

7:51 AM, September 01, 2010  
Blogger Paula said...

Molly, It was great to meet you tonight. The pizza was fabulous as were the desserts. It was worth the wait and the drive (from Texas). Best wishes for much success with the restaurant in the future.

9:37 PM, September 08, 2010  
Anonymous Claudine said...

What a lovely post Molly! To recognize that such an undertaking is helped along by so many who love you is simply precious! Congratulations!

I picked up your book today and have already begun reading...so excited!

7:07 PM, September 09, 2010  
Blogger LMS said...

Dear Molly,
I just love Orangette. I have hundreds of cookbooks and zillions of recipes that I've cut out over the years--yet, since finding your blog--you are the go-to for recipes. Your writing is beautiful--and everything we have made is perfect--waffles, pancakes, cakes, everything. Last night it was cornmeal cake--that went in a flash. Tonight's it's busy day cake (we had a wonderful thanksgiving once, years ago, at Gage & Tollner when Edna Lewis was still the chef). Then, I saw your post on the Old 97s--who I adore. To top it all off, my husband owns pizza restaurants here in Boston. I keep hoping he'll announce that we need to do a fact finding trip so we can come to Delancey. Check out Stone Hearth Pizza (www.stonehearthpizza.com).
Thank you for your inspiration.

4:26 PM, September 23, 2010  
Anonymous bountiful-life said...

Felicitations avec ton restaurant, j'aime ta site d'internet avec lest mots que to coisis pour expersse que-ce-que t'a a dire. combien du tempse est-ce-que t'a passe en France?

7:43 PM, September 26, 2010  
Blogger Derrick said...

I have only just discovered your blog this mourning. Apparently I have been living in a shoe box. After reading your latest blog I was a little put off expecting it to be about food, which was not the case. However, I always give things a second chance and often a third. I'm pleased as punch that I did. I find your words to honest and a breath of fresh air. I will now look for you in the mornings along with my New York Times, tea, and toast.

10:44 AM, September 29, 2010  
Anonymous Susie said...

Where in the Seattle area can I purchase a Chineois? (china cap fine strianer that is around $50.00 for strainer, pestel and stand?

10:11 PM, October 03, 2010  
Blogger Molly said...

Susie, the only chinois I've bought was a large one for our restaurant, and I believe we bought it at Dick's Restaurant Supply on 1st Avenue South.

10:13 PM, October 03, 2010  
Anonymous Rachel@Tasty Thailand said...

What absolutely stunning photos and a truly lovely blog :)

2:43 AM, October 08, 2010  
Blogger Cara Winter said...

Dear Molly,
I am about 3/4 of the way through your book, and I think it is absolutely beautiful. It's sad, and hearty, and funny; thoroughly captivating. I've stopped reading momentarily, and am writing now, because I don't want to get to the end, where it's all over...

I found your book in one of my favorite places, the Tattered Cover Bookstore, while on vacation in Denver, Co. If you've never been, I think you might like it. They house a rustic cafe which sells a few too many things labeled 'vegan', and 'wheat-free', but their Cookbook section is large, and at the front of the store (not hidden away upstairs). There, a top a high shelf, your book leapt out at me, and I had to have it. It looked so completely at home there, at the Tattered Cover, like maybe the author wrote it in the back room, or behind the counter at the cafe.

I'm not much of a 'foodie' in the cooking sense, though I love to eat and try new things. While I will bake, my husband prepares most of our evening meals. He's such a good cook (and by 5:00 I just want to be pampered), that whole weeks will go by and the only thing I prepare in the kitchen is breakfast.

My son (Avery, he's 3) can be a tough breakfast customer; he doesn't like cereal, only eats eggs once in a while, and calls cheese "dirty" and wants it removed from everything (including pizza). So, this morning I tried your French Toast recipe with some day-old artisan bread from Jewel, and HELLO, NURSE, was it good. Avery gobbled it down, barely breathing in between bites.

So, congrats... you have hooked another family on the glorious tradition of French Toast a la copious amounts of oil.

Thank you for sharing, and best of luck with everything!!

7:06 PM, October 08, 2010  
Anonymous CjoKeel said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for having been in place long enough for an anniversary! You are SO WISE to be closed two days of the week and take extra days just for specialness. Looking forward to a visit in March 2011!

12:10 PM, October 28, 2010  

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