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November 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Seattle seafood: the folks behind the fish

In posts to come, I hope to share more of what I learned while researching the 2010 Dining Out cover-story for Pacific Northwest, our Sunday magazine, published November 28. Perhaps you read it over the long weekend? If not, be sure to take a look here, where you’ll meet some of the people who make ours such a scintillating seafood town. Among them, you might find a familiar face or two, including this one:

“Oyster Bill” Whitbeck, seen then and now: with his first geoduck, in 1976 and hanging with the “gooeys” at Taylor Shellfish Farms late last summer [Seattle Times photo/Mike Siegel].

Though he’s on a first-name basis with folks at some of Seattle’s best restaurants, you may not know Gene Ikeda of Mutual Fish, whom I spent the better part of a day with reporting my story. That’s Gene, below, hoisting fresh seafood in the name of good eating, while making a delivery on Capitol Hill. Tim Ferleman, a real kick-in-the-pants, is seen at right taking delivery at his homeport — the wholesale seafood division of Anthony’s Restaurants.

Gene, at Vios Cafe (left). Tim (in foreground), at Anthony’s delivery dock in Magnolia.

In this year’s dining guide I also offered ideas on ways to broaden your seafood-eating horizons (here), Seattle Times restaurant critic Providence Cicero named 10 new restaurants that float her boat (here), and gardening maven Val Easton gave us a taste of cottage living, taking us up-close and personal with Inn at Langley chef Matt Costello and his wife, Jodi Starcevich (here).

Broaden your seafood-lovin’ horizons with these delicious dishes. Applewood-smoked king salmon collars at Blueacre Seafood (left), and (Sichuan squid with young bamboo shoots at Spicy Talk Bistro. Bon appetit!

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