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Alaska Herring Week

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Various locations Across Seattle
June 19-25 2017 All Ages

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Two years ago, in an article about the disappearance of the Pacific herring from Seattle's food milieu, I asked, "Why, in Seattle—one of the world's major seafood hubs—can we not get a simple fillet of herring?" Thanks to the hard work of a few local herring lovers—Lexi at the Old Ballard Liquor Co., Bruce Schactler of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, and Warner Lew, one of the few fisherman bringing Bristol Bay herring down to Seattle—this is no longer such an issue. Before, getting any herring that wasn't pickled and flown in from the North Atlantic was pretty much impossible, as our own Puget Sound herring fishery was completely depleted, and all of Bristol Bay's herring was sent off to Japan, where the roe is a traditional New Year's Eve delicacy. Not exactly the most sustainable food system, right? And that's why Herring Week is so cool: By getting our best and brightest local dining establishments and grocers to celebrate the often overlooked fish, we get consumers interested in the fish again. This then convinces suppliers to send it our way, which involves a whole helluva lot less shipping and pollution. It's a big magical feedback loop of win. And it's a fabulous excuse to take yourself out to restaurants like the Walrus and the Carpenter, Lark, Terra Plata, Hitchcock, and so many more.

See below for a complete list of the restaurants and check out the event website for more information.


Central Co-op, Capitol Hill

Old Ballard Liquor Co.

Scandinavian Specialties

Wild Salmon Seafood


Herring Steckerlfisch

Anchovies & Olives
Grilled herring with salsa verde, orange, fennel, and Fresno chilies

Art of the Table
Tempura fried herring, smoked herring parfait, wakame salad, grilled green onion, shiso oil, dashi gel

Bar Melusine
Smoked Herring, summer squash, radish, herb vinaigrette

Bastille Café & Bar
Smoked Herring Pate-Pernod/Baguette Crutes
Herring Brandade Fritters-Artichoke Aioli

Blueacre Seafood
Escabeche of Alaskan Herring, roasted corn & poblano relish, pickled radish
Togiak Viking Pickled Herring, horseradish sour cream, pickled onion, toasted seed bread

Fried Herring with Cherry-Frisée salad and Mint-Dill cream

Salt and vinegar cured herring, sea bean relish, seaweed gremolata

Herring Toast: grilled herring on house farro bread with dill, fennel & cucumber (available for lunch at Slab)

Le Petit Cochon
Togiak Herring “Old Bay” Escabeché, Snap Pea and Fava Bean Panzanella, M.F. Ranch, Collins Farm Peaches, Pickled Onions, Mustard Dill, Tempura Squash Blossom

Little Uncle
Geng Som Pla – Southern Thai Sour Curry, spicy with Togiak herring, green papaya and greens

LoxSmith Bagels
Herring and the Hendersteins

Cold poached Herring appetizer with pickled vegetable, potato salad, Olive and Petit Pepper Tapenade

Marine Hardware
Tomato-Marinated Pickled Herring with Fennel Salad
Seared Herring, Fingering Potato Salad, Brown Butter with Pickled Elderberries

Miller’s Guild
Woodfire Grilled Herring, Warm Potato Salad, Red Wine Vinegar, Washington Coast Seaweed, Citrus

Old Ballard Liquor Co.
Traditional Swedish Pickled Herrings Bord: Blood Orange & Rhubarb, Classic Inlagd Sill, Curry Cream Herring with Tart Apple, Dill Herring, and Smoked Cream with Chives and Citrus Zest. Served with rye and barley flatbread

Hot Smoked Alaskan Herring with olive oil roasted potatoes, Spanish chorizo, pickled goat horn chilies & Espelette

Palace Kitchen
Smoked Alaskan Herring Pate, english cucumber, red quinoa, blueberries, pecan toast

Pork Chop & Co.
Charmoula-marinated Herring with mustardy Potato Salad

Smoked herring pancake, chermoula, rapini, bagna cauda

Salted Sea
Cold Soy Marinated Herring, soy, ginger and rice wine vinegar marinade, with cucumber, pickled shallot, toasted sesame, red chili, and wonton crisps
Smoked Herring Hush Puppies with Sambal Ketchup
Pan Seared Herring, with heirloom cherry tomatoes, ginger, shishito peppers, and butter

San Fermo
Antipasti Board: Cured Herring, Salame Gentile, Spicy Capicolla, Marinated Zucchini, House Pickled Vegetables, Burrata and Pecorino Toscano

Schooner Exact
Togiak Herring Oshizushi, lightly cured with salt, pickled with rice vinegar then torched, served atop sushi rice and shaved, marinated kelp, topped with grated ginger, scallion and ponzu sauce

Shiro’s Sushi
鰊と蓮根の煮物 (Herring and Lotus Root)

Roasted Herring-Pimenton, Green Shallots, Chickpeas, Butter Lettuce

Sushi Kappo Tamura

Swedish Club

Terra Plata
Alaskan Herring, piquillo pepper-golden raisin peperonata, pine nut gremolata, grilled bread

The London Plane
Seared Herring with sum choy, shiitake & oyster mushrooms, dashi, garlic scapes, ginger, tea leaves and flying fish roe
Pickled Herring with house-made labneh, rye toast, red onion, Old Chaser Farm French breakfast radish

The Walrus & The Carpenter
Herring escabeche, rye, caraway

The Whale Wins
Togiak Herring Butter on Toast, Pickled Onion
Oven-Roasted Herring, Fermented Snap Pea, Sea Bean, Smoked Potato, Garlic Crumbs, Sweet Mayo

Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • June 19-25 2017