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3.21.2011

It's called the Pantry

Well. World events don’t seem to get any less troubling, so we might as well get back to business. Yes?

Last week, I said that I wanted to tell you about a new project, and I still do. It’s a project that grows out of Delancey, but it’s a whole new thing: a business headed up by two of our friends, Brandi Henderson and Olaiya Land. Brandon is technically the third partner, but this baby really belongs to Brandi and Olaiya. It’s called the Pantry at Delancey, and we’re all very excited about it. Excited. Maybe that word isn’t strong enough. Elated? Too strong? Thrilled? Let’s go with thrilled. We are thrilled.



Maybe you already know Brandi.



She’s the executive pastry chef at Delancey. She’s been with us since December of 2009, when she moved up from San Francisco to take the job. Those of you who have been to the restaurant will recognize Brandi as the woman behind the Meyer lemon budino, the cider-poached apple with ginger streusel, the rhubarb shortcake with mascarpone cream, and the cannoli with blood orange and candied pistachios. I daydream about that cannoli sometimes. She also makes the ricotta that we use at Delancey, writes a blog called I made that!, and in her meager spare time, likes to cure meat. (That’s pancetta up there, in the top picture.) In general, Brandi likes making things, and that’s why we like her. And handily, she’s trained as an architect, which also makes her good at building things. She’s currently the construction foreman for the space that will soon be the Pantry. She’s also in need of a massage.

You know Olaiya, too. I’ve written about her a lot, because she’s taught me so much about cooking.



Brandon met Olaiya in 2006, shortly after he moved to Seattle, when they worked together at Boat Street Cafe and Kitchen. The first time we ate dinner at her place, she made baked eggs with caramelized onions, and as you can see, I still remember it. A month or two later, she braised a pork shoulder in Coca Cola and served it to us with a pile of warm corn tortillas, and even though we were helping her move and had to sit on the floor to eat, I still remember that, too. In the years since, Olaiya has run her own catering company and taught cooking classes at Sur La Table, PCC, and Delancey. I think it’s fair to say that she’s a gifted teacher. She makes it look like an afternoon stroll. I’ve gotten to sit in on her classes a few times, and if you’ve ever taken a cooking class from me and felt that you learned something, it’s not because of anything I did: it’s because Olaiya taught me how to teach.



We’ve cooked a lot together, eaten a lot together, and worked a lot together. Actually, I wrote a fair piece of my first book while sitting next to her in a coffee shop near her apartment. And I wrote the bulk of the proposal for my next book the same way. I feel lucky to get to work beside her, both independently and collaboratively. And really, when you get down to it, that’s what the Pantry means to me: making things, and making our way, with our friends.

I guess I should tell you what the Pantry is? Forgot about that.



The Pantry is a community kitchen. It’s a space for hands-on cooking classes, family-style dinners, private events, and locally sourced catering. It’s located directly behind Delancey, on Alonzo Avenue NW, with a garden entrance designed by Fresh Digs. (There’s only mud and fence posts right now, but not for long.) There’ll be a 16-foot farm table, a cooking camp for kids in the summertime, and a small retail area stocked with independent food magazines, Weck canning jars, Delancey cookie dough and pizza dough, all our best stuff. Brandi and Olaiya already have a number of classes in development: a pizza-making class with Brandon, butchering and meat-curing with Russ Flint of Rainshadow Meats, a food writing course with Francis Lam, a City Chickens class with the good people of Stokesberry Farm, classes with Olaiya, classes with Brandi, a class or two with me - more than I can easily list here. And eventually, the Pantry will also make a lot of products for Delancey, products that we currently have to source elsewhere, like fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon, pancetta, and salame. The projected opening date is sometime in late spring. Cross your fingers.



I took these shots a few Saturday mornings ago. They’re outtakes - or, at least, I think they’re going to be outtakes - from the Pantry’s website, which our friend Sam is building. (More pages to come.) We were sitting there that morning, Brandi and Olaiya and Brandon and Sam and I, at the communal table in the dining room at Delancey, with cameras and film and blood orange peels everywhere, and Olaiya said something that I’m going to paraphrase badly, but maybe the spirit will still come through. She said something like, Look at this! Can you believe we get to do this? Each of us doing what we like to do, each of us doing what we do best, all of us working together?

I’m happy for our friends, and happy for that.

175 Comments:

Anonymous Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Wow - that is super exciting!

10:45 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Molly said...

As much as I love living in Boston, I would love to be at least just a touch, a smidge, closer to Seattle and your new Pantry. It sounds absolutely wonderful. Congratulations on such a splendid new adventure.

10:46 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger gnomeInTheWall said...

How exciting and good luck. I went to Honoré the other day and got all muddy walking up and was wondering what was going on back there. It will be great to be able to stop by for some pizza dough!

10:53 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Jess said...

A-mazing, Molly. This makes me so, so happy. xo.

10:56 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous emily said...

really, it sounds like dream. a spectacular dream. (and to say that i want to fly across the country to see it all would be redundant. and true.) xo.

10:57 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Abbey @ The Trash Salad said...

What a great idea for a new venture. I think bridging the gap between restaurants and the home experience is really what people are looking for, and hopefully education in DIY will be the way of the future. Good luck, and I hope to make it out there some day!

10:59 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous brianne @ the ravenna girls said...

I have been excited about this since the second I read about it on Brandi's blog, and it seems to be all the buzz in the Seattle media. Congrats! Hoping to be able to have my birthday dinner there this summer ;)

11:03 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Sealicious said...

The Pantry sounds like heaven to me! Congratulations on your new adventure, I can't wait to hear more about it!

11:04 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Sarah said...

It all sounds so fun! Congratulations on the new venture.

11:04 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous seattleDee said...

I am excited beyond words at your new project... and the fact that's it's in Seattle. Good luck with this next adventure!

11:07 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Oahu2Ozona said...

Very cool Molly! I love making cheese, canning, and am just now getting into curing meat and (gasp) processing my own chickens. The local movement has been great for my old soul---makes my hobbies seem less "strange" anyway! Best of luck on the new adventure. Can't wait to get back there to see the Pantry (and eat) at Delancey!

11:11 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger jen said...

it sounds so wonderful, Molly! congrats to you all.

11:12 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Olaiya really said it well. It's a good life. Enjoy and I'll look forward to visiting Pantry at Delancey the next time I'm in Seattle.

11:18 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Ashley said...

Never have I been more excited to live around the corner.

11:22 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger yum said...

Is it too soon to sign up for your camps? What ages are eligible? We're so excited for you!

11:26 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Jen said...

Oh how fantastic!! I LOVE the comment your friend made about loving what you are doing and being lucky enough to do it - that I think is the key to life. I will definitely plan to make a trip up to dine at Delancy and hopefully bet taught at the Pantry.

11:26 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Ruth said...

How I wish I could come try your food!!

11:28 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Rosiecat said...

I'm happy for all of you! You guys dream big dreams, then you make them happen. I am inspired.

11:29 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Anita said...

Sounds like a phenomenal project and a wonderful idea to know where your food is coming from- in this case, out back :). very cool

11:33 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Jen said...

Hey Molly! I got to hear you speak at sxsw last week (I mentioned an INSANE dessert we had at Delancey.. something with lavender and honey? It was so good I can't even remember what it was. ;))

Just wanted to say congrats and so glad to hear the pasty chef is very involved... ;)

11:35 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Megan said...

Oh, gosh. What a dream!

11:35 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger A Day That is Dessert said...

Cal and Abbott would like to be pre-reserved in the kid cooking classes...

Congratulations to all of you. I cannot wait!

11:36 AM, March 21, 2011  
OpenID meplus3 said...

It would be difficult for me to live any farther away from you...well, I guess technically Miami would qualify, but still....florida to seattle is pretty darn far. Sigh...I'll just have to drool over the cooking class offerings from afar.
best of luck in the new endeavor!

11:48 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Fanny said...

What a fantastic concept! I love love love the tones in this photographs, you really do have a way to capture the morning light.

11:51 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous jen said...

i live in portland but would wiggle my way into a craigslist rideshare to seattle to take a class with you, brandon, or (gasp!) francis lam in a heartbeat. so exciting!

11:53 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Meghan said...

Are you hiring? Seriously, I currently live in Atlanta, but I'm from the Seattle area and I'd move back for something like this.

Seriously
megjfoley(at)gmail(dot)com

11:57 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Kathy - Panini Happy said...

I second what Emily said, this is such a spectacular dream come true. I'm so happy for you guys and for what you're creating. It doesn't get better than doing what you love with people you love. I can't wait to come visit the next time I'm in Seattle.

11:57 AM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Girl meets wine said...

Wow! Super exciting. I live in Portland, and spent my birthday weekend in Seattle. We went to Delancey and it completely touched our hearts! We loved every bit of everything, including the wine wall! How beautiful. We will definitely be back for some classes at Pantry. I really like small businesses who offer classes. I worked at a wine, beer, cheese cafe in Philly, and we had a fermentation school. How cool is that? Good work guys!!! Ps-- I love your blog!

11:58 AM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous matt said...

Molly, this sounds so amazing, I love this new venture. I adore people creating their own worlds around them, celebrating what they have, and all that good stuff! I want to visit!

12:01 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

This sounds like a wonderful new endeavor!

12:01 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger kiwibok said...

You have absolutely no idea how much I wish I lived in Seattle (even though I do LOVE living in Auckland!).
All the best with this great new venture!

12:05 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger HarmlessColor said...

That sounds so delicious and fun. If I lived closer I would totally get in on that!

12:09 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Anna said...

It all sounds wonderful! What a great idea. I wish I lived near a place exactly like that -- especially for the kids' camps.

12:09 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous kiki said...

You continue to inspire me with all your amazing projects! I've been a longtime reader of your blog, and just finished your (first) book. I'm also a UW grad school refugee. You give me hope that maybe there's life beyond leaving grad school, and that that won't continue to define me as a failure forever.

12:15 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said...

Wow, how wonderful! Congrats and good luck!! :)

12:19 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Merlot Decants said...

This sounds like a great idea. All the best with the all the exciting hard work ahead!

12:23 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I'm excited about so many things you said, but right now all I can focus on is WECK CANNING JARS! I'll be so excited to buy them from an actual store instead of online, as I was planning to do for my birthday!

12:23 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger mandiegirl said...

What a fun idea! I'm sure that it will be worth the (i'm sure hard!) work!

12:24 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Amaranthian said...

What a wonderful project! Oh how I would so love to be a part of something like that, or at least, as previous commenters stated, live a little closer than 3000 miles away...

12:43 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Brown Memsahib said...

Wow this sounds wonderful, to be able to merge the intimacy of a kitchen with energy and feeling of community that comes with cooking together in a group.
Great idea! and I wish you all the luck. Hope to visit it someday :)

12:51 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Rocky Mountain Woman said...

So I make a trip to WA every year, but usually get stuck in wine country and never get around to Seattle..

This year I am soooo going to stop by and see your lovely place!!!

12:55 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Astrid said...

Wow Molly! This sounds really perfect!

12:56 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Moocy said...

Wow, this place sounds like a dream! Wish there was something like it where I live. Congrats!

12:57 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Barbara said...

Another reason to want to visit Seattle. Oh for a smiliar spot in my town! BTW - I FINALLY prepared leeks vinagrette last week and Oh My - so delicious. The leeks were totally freshly picked from a local garden and they were divine. We licked the bowl. Really.

1:01 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Emily @ fête said...

So exciting and I am thrilled for you! Yet another reason I need to get to Seattle! The photos are stunning!

1:08 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous vicki said...

How exciting!! What a fabulous idea. And your photos are wonderful! And/but...i would suggest (humbly and with kindness) to Sam your wonderful website designer that as awesome as his design is, it is difficult to read the text in the lovely shadow/shading...at least on my laptop, which is my main venue for reading blogs...and i normally can read stuff with ease. But, maybe it's just me and my screen...so ignore if that's what seems best.

1:20 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger michaela said...

very excited!

where do you guys get your Weck jars?

1:21 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Brooks at Cakewalker said...

You truly are blessed to do what you love and to be surrounded by friends and colleagues who are doing the same. I love your business plan sensibility and the bravery necessary to go after it. May you and yours have success followed by longevity!

1:25 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Annika said...

This is truly exciting and you have every right to be thrilled. I now, even more than already, need to find a way to come to Seattle.

1:26 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous sara said...

oh what i would give to be a part of something like this - dream job for sure. I am so jealous and wish all the best in this time of dreaming and creating.

1:28 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Renee said...

I wish I lived in Seattle...

1:28 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Katie said...

Seattle is very lucky to have the Pantry! Sounds like an exciting venture to be a part of, too. Best of luck with it.

1:31 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Claudia said...

Crossing fingers and toes but it sounds like all is well in hand. You know what I love? That The Pantry will see use with kids in a camp. Teach your children well. And early.

1:41 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Julie said...

Wow, how totally divine! Can't wait to visit.

1:45 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Vivian said...

wow this is absolutely amazing and inspiring. congrats to you!

1:46 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous lorraine said...

congrats molly! looking forward to the new space and all the joy that it brings you and the extended delancey family.

1:50 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Kristy said...

That's fantastic! And yet another reason I *really* need to visit Seattle.

Also, if you read Olaiya's name as one word, Olaiyaland sounds like a lovely place to visit - especially if there's Coke-braised pork & baked eggs there.

1:54 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Barb said...

Cool! We're headed to Seattle in April. A stop at Delancey is definitely on our list. Will look for Pantry, too.

2:04 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Michelle Stiles said...

Oh my! This is amazing. This is brilliant. I am so super duper impressed! I can't wait to come visit and jump in as many classes as I can! Thank you for doing what you do best, this world needs more splendid people like you all!

Cheers!

2:10 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Nicole said...

That is such a lovely idea!!! Hearing about it makes me wish I lived in (or at least near) Seattle. Best of luck with the new venture!

2:10 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Annie said...

Well I am thrilled, too! What a wonderful idea and something every community is so in need of. Kudos!! What a super, super thing to do for your community and how fun for you, too.

2:11 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger k a t said...

This makes me super happy to live in Ballard! I look forward to seeing what develops in this space and taking part in it. Congratulations!

2:29 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Kate said...

Congratulations! It sounds a bit like the concept behind the Brooklyn Kitchen/Meat Hook. I'm sure it will be marvelous!!

2:38 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous MOMSICLE VIBE said...

Makes me want to take a class on my next visit to Seattle! It is also so nice to hear about people being actively grateful for and inspired by their creative work. This sounds amazing. Your neighbours are lucky :)

2:50 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous kimberly said...

Honestly, I am not sure that ANYTHING has gotten me this excited in a LOOOONG time! I just discovered Brandi and now this! It is like Christmas for this food photographer/cook/farmer!
Can't wait to see how this comes along~ Bravo to all of you!
xx

3:00 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Anna said...

To be able to do what you want, do what you like and do it while surrounded with friends is truly a gift. Congratulations on another great endeavor!

3:04 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Sophie said...

so exciting Molly! A Delancey in Sydney any time soon? I think so

3:17 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous martina said...

I'd love to learn how to preserve more than jam. How about fruit and veg. canning? So lucky to live near Delancey! Best of luck with The Pantry. It is an excellent idea.

3:26 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Molly said...

this sounds so perfect! this is definitely my dream set up...i went to culinary school and have worked in lots of restaurants, but what i love to do is teaching and create dinner party experiences. so cool! seems like the perfect offshoot for delancy, too...

3:39 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Lindsey said...

Too cool! Everything sounds so wonderful and at this moment I wish I wasn't an East Coaster because I'd be at those classes in a heartbeat! Perhaps I'll make it out there some day - if I do, a visit is in order!

3:41 PM, March 21, 2011  
OpenID bferry said...

this is going to be GOOD.

hearty congrats to the whole crew, my friend.

3:48 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger OurSoundHome said...

Wow, this sounds amazing and I can't wait to try a class out. Also, refreshing to hear about successful people doing what they love! Congrats!

3:50 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger charlotte said...

oh that london were near seattle!
this is just wonderful, you.

3:50 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Kate said...

So excited for the Pantry, Molly! Sounds amazing, and your photos in this post are GORGEOUS! The light and film combo is perfect.

4:12 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Lauren said...

That sounds AMAZINGLY good. Best of luck with the new venture.

4:19 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Mmmm. Coming out of lurkdom to say bravo for doing what you dreamed of doing, even after you know about all the nitty gritty difficulties that usually derail such dreams, and for doing it with friends (and staying friends--not always easy).

Reading and writing this while listening to news about Japan. Glad to have your news in my head at the same time.

4:26 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Big Hug Studio said...

This is very exciting. I wish I lived in Seattle. I wonder if your friend uses sodium nitrite to cure her meats or an alternative.

Anyway, what a fun project!

4:32 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Brenda said...

Wow! I can't wait! Molly in the 6 years I've lived in Seattle I have yet to meet you. I hope our paths will cross this spring or summer.

All the best,
Brenda

4:33 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger lisamarie said...

That sounds so amazing. Congratulations to all of you for getting to do what you want to do. May that get you through all the stressful times. If I am ever in Seattle I will definitely be visiting Delancey and The Pantry!

4:41 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Janice Harper said...

Great news! As much as I love the last edition of Joy of Cooking, I cringed when I discovered they'd taken out the sections on canning -it was a sign that prefab food had taken hold. High time the tides turn and we return to community kitchens, growing and preserving and sharing our bounties and the wisdom of our foremothers' kitchens.

4:55 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger jen said...

This is fantastic! I'm so glad I live in Seattle. Can't wait for you to open.

5:11 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Stephanie R. said...

this sounds so wonderful and exciting! what an amazing resource for your community, and how fun/thrilling for your restaurant!

5:13 PM, March 21, 2011  
OpenID fiveandspice said...

How exciting! This sounds like a perfect project in every way! There is nothing like a food centered space to bring community together. You absolutely must record the stories of the connections made and social capital built as the Pantry grows and develops!
Soooo, what would it take to get you guys to move it all to Boston? I mean, place-basedness is overrated, right? Oh, fine, you're right. It's looking like a better and better moment to pick up and move to Seattle...

5:18 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger emily jane said...

Gosh-DARN, Australia, why you gotta be so far away? I think I know where my next holiday is going to be!

5:34 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Cate said...

This sounds amazing! I need to plan a trip to Seattle!

5:35 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger jude said...

Man how I wish you were closer to New York!!! Any chance of making a move East??? Please.

5:51 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Figs, Bay, Wine said...

That last quote is pure joy. It sounds beyond exciting Molly. What a tremendous thing to have cooked up, and what an incredible gift to the community! You just made me wish I lived in Seattle.

6:38 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Kimby said...

"Thrilled" was an apt word for describing this project! But your statement mid-way through your blog described life (and cooking) at it's finest: "Making things, and making our way, with friends." Congratulations and best wishes on this exciting venture!

7:02 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Ilke said...

Good luck with the new project! I am sure it will be great...
Hope you guys keep doing what you love!

7:05 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Melinda said...

Can't wait to stop in! Let me know if they need any sort of volunteer help pre-opening.

7:16 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

Sounds amazing and a lot of fun! Good luck with everything.

7:20 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger alexandra said...

SO exciting! i do wish i lived closer. might have to take a trip out and visit both spots at some point. i have to admit, though, that i thought your "news" was about the new book to come. i'm headed on vacation this week and i am taking 'a homemade life'. i've read it once and seeing as how nothing is interesting me in terms of novels, i'm taking yours to read again :) i'm ready for your next installment!

7:25 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger MaybeThisDoor said...

You made me squeal. Yes, squeal. My husband looked over at me, only mildly concerned. Hes used to me at this point. Me and my husband had our honeymoon in Oct 2009, in Seattle, where we visited Delancey's for a lovely romantic dinner over melty cheese and good wine. You didn't even have a sign yet. And we waited in line for you to open. So worth it. We've been talking about making a trip back(We live in Texas). But now it's a definate. I can't wait to take lessons from such beautiful people that truly make the process of food into art, and even better, into an experience. Thanks for sharing, yet again.

7:53 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Katie (Mama May I) said...

This sounds wonderful~wish we had something like it in Denver {hint!}
Congrats to the whole crew!

7:53 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Gina said...

I love Oliaya's cooking - I have been lucky enough to have her cater a few events and also took a couple of her classes. Can't wait till The Pantry opens!!

8:45 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Paige said...

I am beyond excited for this new project! I love the idea, we need so many more spaces like this so people can learn about food and enjoy it in a great atmosphere with great people. So many great Seattleites working on one project, this is bound to be a great space. Can't wait to see how is comes along!

8:49 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Kelly said...

I love reading all about your dreams-come-true. I'm in a job that is a means to an end right now. One day, i hope to sit around with my friends and talk about how amazing it is that we're doing what we love, with each other. Thanks for your beautiful sharing.

9:02 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Beth said...

Awesome, can't wait to come check it out!

9:07 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger HAILEY said...

Wowie. How fantastic!
P.s. I love your photographs always, but these have a particular feeeeel to them that I can't let go of. What camera and film were you using? Thanks!

9:22 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger Hello. I'm Junita. said...

This is the most marvelous news! I can't wait to visit Seattle and check it out. Warmest congratulations!

9:23 PM, March 21, 2011  
Blogger HadleyEG said...

This sounds a-mazing! Do you, by any chance, need someone to come staff a little table at the entryway or something? I'll move to Seattle so fast... Best of luck with it, what a great thing to be doing, for all of you and the people who will come.

11:25 PM, March 21, 2011  
Anonymous Viv said...

Wow, that's so exciting! The classes sound wonderful! I'm sure I will sign my kids up for some classes when they get a little older. Congratulations!

12:30 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Gemma said...

This sounds so wonderful Molly, I am thrilled for you all and can't wait to see it.

12:39 AM, March 22, 2011  
Anonymous Heidi said...

This is all so wonderful - what a great group of talent! While reading your post, that mention of Cider Poached Apples with Ginger Streusel caught my eye. I have started growing heritage apples, and am nuts about ginger, so I wonder if you could post this recipe sometime?

4:28 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger andreagroves said...

Wow! It sounds so amazing. I wish I lived closer, to visit Delancey AND now the Pantry!

5:47 AM, March 22, 2011  
Anonymous Jane said...

How COOL! I think I need - must plan a trip to Seattle SOON.

5:55 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Rochelle said...

Congrats to your friends Brandi and Olaiya! I can imagine how exciting/thrilling this must all be for them :)

6:03 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Jess said...

So happy for you...so inspiring. :)

6:33 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger emma said...

Not only is that very exciting, but I also saw that you were featured in this months Elle magazine while I was flipping through it on the beach over spring break!

7:18 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Sara said...

I hope this is up and running by the time we come to Seattle next month. Looks so fun. My sisters and I are from Oklahoma like you (though we're on either coast now), but our parents recently returned to Seattle. So I've been excitedly following all the developments of Delancey and now this, plotting the itinerary...

7:56 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger h.anna said...

I read that last bit and went all tingly. Someday I will make it across the country to your town, but for now, thank you for your writing.

8:13 AM, March 22, 2011  
Anonymous Nick said...

That pancetta looks like it's almost worth a plane ticket!

Seriously though the pantry idea is way more exciting to me than a restaurant. I've never really enjoyed the idea of running a restaurant, but a place where people can learn together, cook together, and eat together sounds really fantastic.

You guys are doing good things.

8:34 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Jesse said...

when the husband and i make it to Seattle, delancey is first on our list:)

8:54 AM, March 22, 2011  
Anonymous Kathy Gresko said...

This is so wonderful. Congratulations! A new journey with friends. What more could anyone ask for! I wish you great success!

9:31 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Molly said...

oh my gosh this sounds amazing!!! What a wonderful idea! Congratulations!

9:43 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Jennifer K. Mann said...

I feel lucky to live just a ferry ride away...The whole Delancey package is at the top of our list for our next gastronomical splurge in the "big" city. I thoroughly enjoy your blog too...thanks for being.

10:03 AM, March 22, 2011  
OpenID basicswithatwist said...

Kim from basicswithatwist said we are also thrilled when anyone takes on a project like yours. Applause! and the very best toward your success! I wish more people from different areas of the country would do this sort of thing as well.

10:19 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Alicia R. Ambler said...

I have been kicking around this idea for years and have been discouraged everywhere I turn, in part because I insist it be an urban locale. I'm very excited to follow your progress and point to your success when pitching to future investors! :)
All the best Molly.

10:50 AM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger The Yard Sale Girl said...

It is wonderful! I cannot wait to be a patron there. So happy for all of you.

1:02 PM, March 22, 2011  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Wow, this is exciting! You have so many talented and creative people involved. I cannot wait for the opening.

1:26 PM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Bridgette said...

sounds so freaking fun. i can't wait to come out to seattle again just to take a class.

1:50 PM, March 22, 2011  
Anonymous Katie said...

That sounds incredible. Delancey is the one place I know that I want to visit when I have a chance to go to Seattle, and this just makes it better. A community kitchen! Wow!

3:56 PM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger BatsRock said...

What a cool idea! One more reason to visit Seattle in the future!

5:46 PM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger linda said...

reading about "the pantry" on brandi's blog…have been reading her blog for quite some time now…& enjoy her recipes…especially her technique for pie crusts…which appear to be sheer perfection…NOW i wished i lived close by so that i could sign up for cooking workshops!
wishing you all …all the very best!!

5:48 PM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Looks like I need to make another trip to Seattle! Congratulations on the new venture, sounds wonderful.

6:06 PM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Victoria said...

Your biggest Spilled Milk fan will be pleased Molly. We are planning on visiting your side of the world next summer, if we do, who knows - we could get to do something in the pantry!

7:22 PM, March 22, 2011  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Found this post very inspiring– made me want to get my own things done. By the last paragraph I felt like leaving immediately to, I don't know, build something or run a marathon or do the important things I have wanted to do. Thanks for that push. (And thanks to Olaiya, too, for the same).

8:31 PM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Michelle said...

This sounds incredible. Yet another reason to visit Seattle, I still have never been. Congratulations!

9:42 PM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Eva / Sycamore Street Press said...

Wow, this sounds like a dream project. And such a great place to visit. Next time I am in Seattle, I'll have to head on over.

10:38 PM, March 22, 2011  
Blogger Patrice said...

If I was sad that NY was at the opposite end from Delancy, I am now totally depressed about the distance from The Pantry. What a brilliant idea. I wish you all well. BTW, Molly, are you writing for Bon Appetit again? Please say yes, please say yes!!!

4:04 AM, March 23, 2011  
Blogger missyjane20 said...

I just read the Wednesday Chef's recent post about this new project how exciting! It is definitely something to be happy about and immensely proud of. I envy you and all your friends for doing something you love, something you are all good at. I wish I wasn't far away in Canada, or else I'd sign up for cooking classes right away. Good luck!

4:39 AM, March 23, 2011  
Anonymous Karla said...

This may be the very post that gets me moving back to Seattle. The Pantry sounds great!

4:40 AM, March 23, 2011  
Blogger adventuresindinner said...

Best of luck. I just finished reading your book and wanted to revisit your blog. Thanks for the treat.

Tarte tatin is on the menu tonight.

7:17 AM, March 23, 2011  
OpenID panther said...

OOOH! Waiting anxiously for "late spring" or... YAY!

9:02 AM, March 23, 2011  
Blogger Anna said...

What a genius idea! And I love the fact that it's a group of folks doing what they love most. You cannot go wrong. Now, if you were only closer to Atlanta...

12:05 PM, March 23, 2011  
Blogger whynotme? said...

Slightly off (this) topic, but I wanted to thank you for signing my copy of A Homemade Life for my boyfriend, a tech-geek who I sent to hear your discussion event during SXSW. Ironically I was away from my home in Austin at that exact time, attending a conference in Seattle and having a long-awaited, long-anticipated, totally dreamy and delicious dinner at Delancy.

1:20 PM, March 23, 2011  
Anonymous Mavis said...

I love this idea! I'm getting ready to move back to Kentucky and start up a culinary business of my own. You always inspire me! I just picked up a copy of A Homemade Life. Thanks for sharing your trials and tribulations with us!

1:32 PM, March 23, 2011  
Blogger Pei-Lin said...

Molly, Brandon, Olaiya and Brandi, congrats! How I wish I'm based in Seattle to visit you guys at Delancey and the up-and-coming Pantry! Too bad, I'm in Malaysia -- one BIG ocean away ...

Awaiting more excitingly good news from you!

10:34 PM, March 23, 2011  
Anonymous Chef Richard Bishop said...

That is truly awesome! I was not as fortunate as many to find what I am meant to do until later in life. It sounds like all of you have known for what seems like forever. I consider myself lucky to have found the world of culinary arts and catering.
Your story is very motivating and I love seeing when others truly have a passion and love for what they do for a living. Keep up the amazing work and may your days be filled with good eats!
Chef Ricky

10:39 PM, March 23, 2011  
Blogger red ticking said...

sweet molly... what a pleasure to meet you... you are as darling as i knew you would be...

xx pam

10:50 PM, March 23, 2011  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

How exciting! It sounds like the Pantry will be an amazing expansion/ addition to your already wonderful restaurant. Can't wait to hear more.

4:26 AM, March 24, 2011  
Blogger Sivski said...

That's just amazing! Whenever I make it over to the States from Ireland I'll most definitely be calling in!

6:09 AM, March 24, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly, I just devoured your book in one sitting . It was so tender, real and beautifully written. I got up from my chair and made Mustard Vinaigrette for our dinner tonight. I have added your site to my daily reads .
Thank you,
Eve

11:26 AM, March 24, 2011  
Anonymous Jen said...

Another reason I wish I lived in Seattle - sounds like such an exciting project!

2:10 PM, March 24, 2011  
Blogger H2 said...

Time for me to make planning that trip from Marin to Seattle a serious priority . . .

2:20 PM, March 24, 2011  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Molly, that's brilliant! Best of luck with everything.

4:57 PM, March 24, 2011  
Blogger Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie said...

Such incredible inspiration!

xo

www.PlumPrettySugar.blogpsot.com

6:08 PM, March 24, 2011  
Blogger Amanda said...

That sounds very exciting! I hope I get to visit Seattle some time.

6:22 PM, March 24, 2011  
Anonymous Kaelin said...

This sounds wonderful! I live in Seattle and would love to take a class at the Pantry - when will the classes begin?

9:03 PM, March 24, 2011  
Anonymous Eden of Woolflower Boutique said...

Congratulations on such an exciting project! Best of luck to you and your friends!

P.S. Thank you for the link to Ruth Reichl's site last week. I have enjoyed her books, but I hadn't thought to look for her online.

5:40 AM, March 25, 2011  
Anonymous Lisa B-K said...

I'm so envious... but so motivated! Congratulations.

7:20 AM, March 25, 2011  
Blogger charlotte s said...

sounds absolutely wonderful! wish i were closer to seattle! congratulations!

7:49 AM, March 25, 2011  
Blogger Threaded Basil said...

So.cool. That is such an amazing idea/project/adventure. What loveliness you are making!

10:04 AM, March 25, 2011  
Blogger Oana said...

Love it. And the pictures rock.

4:17 PM, March 25, 2011  
Blogger yossy-apt2bbakingco said...

just one more reason to love and miss seattle

4:23 PM, March 25, 2011  
Blogger quinn said...

It is always so exciting to hear about a dream being built by hand. Best wishes to all involved, for much fun and success!

p.s. tonight I noticed the Aperol bottle is nearly empty...your blog has led me to some new "favorite things" and I do wish Massachusetts was a bit closer to your several collaborative ventures, so I could enjoy the marvelous food - and cooking classes! - as well :)

4:57 PM, March 25, 2011  
Anonymous Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} said...

You inspire me. You really, really inspire me.

8:05 PM, March 25, 2011  
Blogger Jennifer said...

The Pantry sounds wonderful! I'd love to take a cooking class and am delighted that it's in Ballard as well.

Now, do you think you might be able to pry that braised pork recipe out of her hands to share? It sounds amazingly wonderful!

11:08 PM, March 25, 2011  
Blogger Miss Iona Lion said...

Such an inspiring blog. So warm and positive
I always enjoy reading it
http://thetwicebitten.blogspot.com/

10:49 AM, March 26, 2011  
Blogger jennifer said...

Simply brilliant and inspiring! Bonne chance.

12:05 PM, March 26, 2011  
Anonymous Claire said...

This sounds truly amazing. Congratulations on the new venture. Thanks for sharing things here -- it's always nice to be inspired by what others are doing.

3:16 PM, March 26, 2011  
Anonymous Christy said...

Your vision sounds amazing!

6:26 PM, March 26, 2011  
Anonymous Allison said...

I saw something in a Seattle publication about this and am thrilled about the opportunity for cooking classes! The Pantry sounds like such an awesome venture!

Also. I don't have the opportunity to eat at Delancey as often as I might like, but I had the absolute delight to try the poached caramel apple w/ ginger streudel a month or so ago...and it was arguably the best dessert I have had in my entire life. Which is saying something coming from this chocolate lover who generally skips straight past fruit treats. I shared one with the friend I was with, and whatever we had been talking about became irrelevant and all senses were diverted to the absolute heaven we were tasting.

11:12 PM, March 26, 2011  
Blogger rebecca said...

sounds great!

12:37 AM, March 27, 2011  
Blogger linda said...

wishing you all the very best & you all should be excited, thrilled, fab & grand…i have had the virtual pleasure of meeting brandi & learning about her dough making techniques…which i totally get given her architectural backstory!
wish i lived close by as i would be signing up for classes et al…hope the pantry will have an online store for those of us not close by…:)

10:34 AM, March 27, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderfull pictures! Keep up the good work!

12:57 PM, March 27, 2011  
Blogger A and B said...

I'm so excited to come drop by "pantry" in the spring- perfect timing for Seattle! Can't wait for the cooking classes too!

7:44 PM, March 27, 2011  
Blogger Shelly said...

This is FAN-tastic! I think I want to move my family to your neighborhood and become your friend. Best of luck getting settled in your new kitchen and continuing work with the Pantry.

11:28 AM, March 30, 2011  
Anonymous Tanya said...

I love this, I'm definitely looking forward to checking out Pantry - brilliant concept! You all sound like family, it's quite endearing...

2:34 PM, March 30, 2011  
Blogger Eclecticity said...

I'm finally delurking to tell you that I love your blog, enjoyed your book, have found a lot of new fave recipes here. I absolutely love the Pantry idea...what a wonderful, inspiring, amazing idea! If I ever get out to your neck of the woods, Delancey and The Pantry will be on my "must visit" list. Congrats and all the best on your newest venture.
Laura

3:24 PM, March 31, 2011  
Blogger Breanna said...

Oh my Lord, this sounds awesome. This sounds like a dream. Can I come live there and take classes and help out at your restaurant? I don't know much, but I'm a quick learner. And I love to eat. Check and check.

But seriously, congratulations, I can't wait to read more about it (and maybe visit someday)!

6:05 AM, April 05, 2011  
Blogger dhruv said...

This is really awesome!! :-)

10:45 AM, April 10, 2011  
Blogger Sugar Daze said...

Fantastic news. Congratulations to you all! Seattle is a loooooong way from Paris but should I ever make it over, I'm definitely hitting Delancey and the Pantry!

9:32 PM, May 10, 2011  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Friends, food and loving what you do, what more can you ask for!congratulations! I want to fly from London to Seattle just to eat there!

8:36 AM, May 19, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're on the East Coast, in the Northern Virginia area, check out Open Kitchen in Falls Church,VA -
http://openkitchen-dcmetro.com/home.
It's a bistro restaurant, plus! They offer classes, a kid's camp, & space for would-be caterers, group cook events, birthday parties, etc. Fun place.

2:05 PM, May 23, 2011  

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