I never forgot Valentine’s Day. In a typical year, I would wait until New Year’s Day and then call my favorite restaurant (for years it was Café des Amis) to get a prime-time reservation. Then I would call some of my buddies to remind them to do the same before all the good spots were gone. I’d write poems, buy jewelry, dress well, eat and toast to enduring love. Shortly after Janet and I had fallen in together I was preparing to engage in my New Year ritual and I mentioned to her that I … Read the rest »
Kyle Wilson joined my oldest son John’s class at the Portland Waldorf School when he was ten years old. Many of his classmates had already been together for four or five years. He seemed to immediately slot into a position of quiet, unimposing leadership, a role he retained through graduation. It was a blessing to watch this group of individuals emerge as they trekked together through the grades. In the Waldorf school curriculum, students tackle what amounts to a crowning achievement in the twelfth grade, titled “The Senior Project.” For this, the student chooses a physical project, produces a thesis … Read the rest »
Accentuating the Positive in Times of Strife
“Hope has two daughters. Their names are anger and courage;
anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not
remain the way they are.”
– St. Augustine
Some amongst our customers have expressed umbrage over the sign Janet posted in our window last year. We have received letters telling us they (self-proclaimed regular customers) won’t be back until the sign is taken down. Events have been canceled. Strange times…
I often say that few wonderful things have been accomplished by filling rooms with people who agree with … Read the rest »
The winter of 2016/17 was bad. Just bad. This year Janet and I decided to punch a 90° hole in winter and take a trip to Mexico. Yes! That’s the ticket!
Now back to winter, which has its own affect on the art of restaurant management. The special tenderness needed to conduct customer relations inspired me to repost the meat of an article from a while ago:
Do folks seem edgy to you? Just how much Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is out there? The numbers are a little hard to parse out. SAD is a form of major depressive disorder … Read the rest »
On July 20th, we will have the pleasure of hosting a very unique winemaker dinner. Marty Clubb, owner and managing winemaker of L’Ecole N° 41, will be joining us together with Joe and Kristina Czarny, graduates of Walla Walla Community College’s Enology and Viticulture program. This will be an excellent opportunity to show off not only the accomplished wines produced by L’Ecole N° 41, but also to meaningfully demonstrate how Walla Walla stakeholders have banded together to create a case study of doing well by doing good. You can make your reservation to the dinner by clicking … Read the rest »
Maria Ponzi is coming so Janet has pulled out all the stops!
Bethany’s Table declared 2017 as our “Year of Walla Walla.” We should have declared it as our “Year of Superstars and Visionaries.” For we are so pleased and honored to take a break from Walla Walla to host Maria Ponzi, President of Ponzi Vineyards, for a memorable night of eating, drinking and storytelling.
Ponzi Vineyards was founded in 1970 when Dick … Read the rest »
Did you know that the Pacific Northwest played a significant role in establishing Father’s Day as a national holiday? There had been a celebration of fatherhood promoted by the Catholic church in Europe since the middle-ages, as St Joseph’s Day, celebrated on March 19th. The celebration was brought to Latin America by the Spanish and Portuguese, where Father’s Day is still celebrated in March. The Coptic Church has also celebrated Father’s Day as St Joseph’s Day, apparently since the 5th century, but that date is set as July 20th. Except for within the Catholic tradition, … Read the rest »
Last month I wrote about how I buy produce. That task has gotten a lot easier now that the farmer’s markets have reopened and the abundance is rolling in off the valley floor. However, my challenges purchasing beef have gotten much more difficult. For years my job was made easy because of Oregon Natural Meat. Stephen Neal and his family ran this small operation and it was the perfect solution. Stephen’s nickname is Dr. Meat. He has a PhD in food safety, once taught at Oregon State and consults on matters of food safety for governments around the world. They … Read the rest »
It is my pleasure to welcome this year’s new produce. Spring is always the best time of year for me because I am so ready for fresh greens and color. The last few Saturdays I have gotten up early and headed down to the Portland Farmers Market. It’s been helpful to talk with some of the farmers to see what the timing of the different crops will be. Right now there are so many raabs (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts) and you’ll find them on your plate at the restaurant, adding both beauty and flavor. I have been buying baby … Read the rest »
Our “Year of Walla Walla” continues as we host Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars winemaker, Jean Francois Pellet, for an evening of tasting truly world-class wines together with unique and insightful food pairings. There will be six wines to taste, five courses of brilliantly crafted food and loads of fun. Wine will be available for purchase the day of the event for a substantial discount. You really shouldn’t miss this dinner!
Kicking off our “Year of Walla Walla,” we are so pleased to host a winemaker dinner featuring Five Star Cellars on Thursday night, April 20th. Most of you know about the explosion of wineries and convergence of talent and opportunity that makes the Walla Walla Valley a winemaking mecca. It’s in the air when we travel to Walla Walla. The generosity and congeniality we experience as we engage the wine and hospitality community in Walla Walla is like a warm bath. One senses an ease with which these folks associate with each other that comes from … Read the rest »
It’s A Family Thing
Owning a restaurant that is really a family-run enterprise makes for some really good stories. All six of our kids have worked in the restaurant. The first of these was my oldest son, John. I caught a lot of grief from qualified staff when I initially installed John to wash dishes and do prep. He was, shall I say, willfully inanimate. But things progressed and John became useful. Happiest when challenged by learning new things, John progressed to work with Kyle on the hot line. And then we hired Lauren.
Lauren came to us with very … Read the rest »
Meet Jon Jennison & Taste His Wines
When: Thursday, March 23rd
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Thistle Winery’s vineyard is located in the Dundee Hills, where the very best of Oregon Pinot Noir grapes are grown. Winemaker Jon Jennison is a regular customer at Bethany’s Table and he and his wife, Laura, are close friends with many of our oldest and most dedicated customers. This dinner will definitely have and insider’s feel to it and there will be loads of laughs and great conversation.
We will be hosting the event in our newly constructed private dining room, which seats … Read the rest »
Join Us In Purchasing Some Fabulous Wines
(and support the wonderful work these folks are doing)
Last year we had one of the all-time best experiences when we went to Walla Walla for the first ever Reveal Walla Walla Valley Wine Auction. There were 40 or so lots of wine auctioned, but that is almost beside the point. The warmth and generosity we received from the collaborative and quirky cast of characters turned us into customers for life. We are going back again this year and we want your help.
Among the lots we tasted last were some … Read the rest »
It is fascinating how our Irish blood washes away the remnants of our remaining family tree on this day. There is sentimentality to this aspect of our heritage that swells with the imagery of shamrocks and leprechauns, Guinness and whiskey. And there is a yearning to warm oneself with the songs and landscape of this lush piece of Earth.
Paddy’s Day festivities pose a new set of challenges for us this year. The dining room is larger, and it’s L-shape makes it hard to sing and tell stories to the entire room. And it arrives on a Friday. So we … Read the rest »