Posts by Amy Waeschle

Talking Turkey with Executive Chef “Wild” Bill Ranniger

Wild Bill and Duke Preparing Plate

Forget fancy, let go of perfect for the holidays. Our executive chef “Wild” Bill has the best advice. Take it away, Bill! By Bill Ranniger First things first: my advice to having a great holiday turkey dinner is to go to Duke’s for several days before Thanksgiving or Christmas, eat good food and mentally prepare…

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Duke’s Supports Local Junior Golfers with $1,000 Scholarship

Inspired by his own experiences as a young professional golfer, Duke’s co-owner John Moscrip started a scholarship program for local youth in 2015. “I am honored to support young men and women golfers who have both an enthusiasm and excitement for the sport as well as a passion and sincere desire to succeed,” says Moscrip.…

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How To Get $20 Off Every Visit to Duke’s

Dollar bills

I had a conversation with a guest at our Bellevue restaurant the other day that shocked me. He didn’t know about our frequent diner program! This got me thinking that maybe other customers aren’t aware that every time they come in to Duke’s, a frequent diner offer good for up to $20 off their next…

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“Elevated” Road Food

The day after my kids finished their school year in June, my family hit the road for a multi-week, multi-sport road trip through the West. Because my family is gluten-free and some of us are also dairy-free, food prep poses an extra challenge when traveling. I am a meticulous planner, so always make at least…

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In Love With Amor Tropical

Amy Waeschle surfing a right-breaking wave near Troncones, Mexico.

By Amy Waeschle Welcome to Paradise After a hard day of surfing, nothing beats a comfy chair with an ocean view and a refreshing, handcrafted beverage. The first time I visited Amor Tropical, a little expat haven on Mexico’s Pacific coast, I almost missed it. But the telltale baa-ing of a baby goat told me…

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Eat Good Food. Live Forever.

by Duke Moscrip To me, food is more than just the basics of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s more than just finding something to fill yourself up when you’re hungry. Good food is a lifestyle. My food philosophy is the basis for every business decision I make and is one of the driving passions in…

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Crabbing Around Westport

Westport Dungeness Crabs

By Duke Moscrip From the Ocean, With Love If you’ve ever been to Westport, Washington, then you’ve seen the giant crab pots stacked sky-high and the trawlers parked at the marina. Last week, our team of chefs and I arrived to tour the processing plant for Pacific Seafood, our only crab supplier. Westport in April…

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Now That’s an Oyster!

Duke Eating Oyster

By Duke Moscrip Just kidding . . . this five-year-old oyster is bigger than anyone would ever want to slurp, even me. But they are perfect for show. Last week, “Wild” Bill Ranniger, our executive chef, and chefs from our seven restaurants joined me for an oyster-seeking adventure in Raymond, Washington. Pacific Seafood, the only…

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Let’s Play Ball!

Baseballs

By Duke Moscrip With the 2018 MLB season underway, I recall a time in 1987 when fans rallied behind my idea to buy the Mariners. Back then, team owner George Argyros was not a favorite of the fans. Since the team’s rocky beginnings in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, the team never saw a profit…

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Duke’s and Stewardship Partners, a “Dirty” and Delicious Partnership

Stewardship Partners - Duke

By Amy Waeschle Where can you go where sipping delicious wine saves salmon? For the month of April, Duke’s! Duke’s partners with Stewardship Partners, a non-profit organization helping to promote “salmon-safe” farming practices. “Things like switching to drip irrigation, which saves water, and tricking pests into eating something else, which reduces their dependency on pesticides,”…

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