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August 22, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Second Helpings: Camp Korey and The Dining Room at Salish Lodge

Wanna dish about restaurants then and now? Join Seattle Times restaurant critic Providence Cicero and food editor Kathleen Triesch Saul for an online chat about the “Second Helpings” series and more, Thursday, August 28 at noon.

British-born Steven Snook is the newest executive chef at The Dining Room at Salish Lodge, reviewed today in The Seattle Times. Since he moved here in May from Sonoma, California with his wife and two young children, he’s been cultivating a relationship with neighboring Camp Korey, a place where children with serious medical conditions can go free of charge to just enjoy the fun of being a kid.

The camp, on the site of the old Carnation Dairy Farm, has 880 acres of fields and orchards. Snook has been spending one day a week there picking produce to use at the Lodge, which donates 10% of the proceeds of his Chef’s Tasting Menu to Camp Korey. Though he arrived too late for planting season this year, Snook is already plotting what he wants to grow at Camp Korey for his kitchen to use next year.

image003He is also among the chefs participating in Camp Korey’s annual fundraising event, GROW, coming up on September 20 from 4-9 p.m. at the Camp. Brian Scheehser of Trellis Restaurant at The Heathman Hotel will prepare a four-course feast for the occasion. Snook, along with Mike Easton of Il Corvo and Pizzeria Gabbiano, Craig Hetherington of TASTE at SAM and Camp Korey chef Tana Mielke, will create bites for a pre-dinner wine-pairing event. The fun includes a campers’ talent show. Also performing: drummer Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who is donating a custom autographed drum to the live auction portion of the event. Click here for more red-hot details and to buy tickets.

The Dining Room at Salish Lodge is the subject of this week’s “Second Helpings” review, part of a month-long series revisiting restaurants that haven’t been evaluated in ten or more years. Next Friday, find out whether 30-year-old Pioneer Square hideaway Il Terrazzo Carmine has maintained the high standards set by its late founder, Carmine Smeraldo.

Are there other “Second Helpings” you’d like to see in the future? Do tell. Leave a comment below or email me at

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