Ciao Thyme Chef Series

Early in the year, I was told about a lovely catering company in Bellingham Washington called Ciao Thyme.  They have a great set up doing various events and all with extreme details and care. Their inhouse dining room is quite spacious and leads as an extension to culinary exploration most catering companies don’t do.  Mataio and Jessica Gillis started a project called “Have Knives Will Travel” which brought in guest chefs from around America to showcase their talents and cuisine to the locals.

I was quite excited about receiving their invitation to be part of their series.  Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen in New York, and one of Food And Wine’s 2012 Best New Chefs was amongst the chefs to yield their knives there as well.

The Northwest holds a dear place in my heart since I used to call this place home while I was Personal Chef to Microsoft’s Paul Allen.  The people and terroir make this place special.  First off, discover the local bounties and ingredients to put the menu into activation.

The fruits of the forest.

Getting the table ready for 45 people!

It’s all about the quenelle!

All the wonderful people who work at Ciao Thyme!

An exploration of umami using coffee roasted by Velton Ross


Mataio prepping in the background!

Egg, Thai basil veloute, seed meringe, buttermilk


Textural play on beets

The dessert is coming together!

Flowers prepped, ready and waiting.

Jessica taking care of the details

The landscape had so much to offer!

I was quickly reminded of the magnificence and beauty of the landscape!

Special thanks to my dear friends Kara Black and Kurt Yandel for the introduction to Mataio and Jessica!  It was an amazing experience with a whole new group of friends and food lovers to bring into my circle.  Looking forward to the revisit in October!