Westport Dungeness Crabs

April 11 2018

Crabbing Around Westport

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…
Duke Eating Oyster

April 11 2018

Now That’s an 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…

April 10 2018

Let’s Play Ball!

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…

February 1 2018

DukeWorthy Defined 

Everything on the menu has passed the “DukeWorthy” test, a word coined by a boat captain friend of mine many years ago on a fishing trip. He caught a Halibut that was too small, tossed it back and said, “that’s not DukeWorthy.” It stuck, and it helps define everything we do. If you eat at…

February 1 2018

Where have all the Salmon Gone? Smart Catch Knows.

That wild salmon populations are disappearing can no longer be ignored. It’s my passion to save salmon for future generations, not just so we can serve it to our guests at Duke’s, but because it is the treasure of the Pacific Northwest. This post is not going to preach to you or spew out fact…

February 1 2018

Lopez Island Creamery Makes Dessert a Necessity

Here’s a challenge: try to find ice cream that isn’t loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Trust me, you’ll have little to no luck at the supermarket. I searched high and low for ice cream that I could serve with a clear conscience. That search led me to local ice cream maker Alex Thieman, owner…

February 1 2018

Happy Chickens; How They Are Raised Matters

Free range and cage-free are terms tossed around wildly in the chicken world. Why does it matter?  Chickens raised in a cage-free environment and served only a natural diet grow bigger, are nutritionally richer, taste better, and, frankly, are raised more humanely. That matters to us. Harvestland/Perdue, our only chicken supplier, shares these values. They…

January 30 2018

Essential is, well, Essential at Duke’s

Relationships matter and for the past 10+ years, Essential Baking Company has baked our luscious sourdough bread. Guests have told me they drive across town just for a slice of oven-warmed sourdough . . . it’s that delectable. Don’t try to duplicate it with another sourdough; this recipe is exclusively Duke’s. I fell in love…

January 28 2018

“DukeWorthy” – Fishing with the Pros

Fresh fish is my passion and the reason I started Duke’s 40+ years ago. Knowing the source of what we serve is critical, which is why I fish with the fishermen . . . regularly. These men and women are pros. Don’t ever underestimate the amazing work they do every day to bring us the…

May 12 2017

The Story Behind Duke’s Crab Un-Crab Cakes

It’s no secret that I love salmon. I mean, I really love it. It’s one of my favorite things to eat in the world! Breakfast, lunch or dinner, I will always love Wild Alaskan Salmon. But if I had to pick a second favorite, I’d go with Dungeness crab. This is a love I share…