Skagit River Ranch Farm Day

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Chef Craig Hetherington

It was a gorgeous Sunday on Aug. 30 for the Skagit River Ranch Farm Day. George and Eiko Vojkovich are some of our favorite farmers. We get beef and pork products from Skagit, including the hot Italian sausage which is so popular. Our chef Craig Hetherington attended the event to represent TASTE on a sustainability panel as well as to compete in a friendly burger cook-off.

Craig threw down with a mini burger that had pureed caramelized Walla Walla sweet onions mixed into it. The burgers then were topped with a cumin Gouda cheese from Samish Bay and Pleasant Valley relish. Craig was grilling against chef Greg Atkinson, cookbook author, and chef Maria Hines, of Tilth.

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Craig's mini burgers

The judges were Nancy Leson, of the Seattle Times; Jill Lightner, of Edible Seattle magazine; “Oyster Bill” Whitbeck, of Taylor Shellfish; and Carol Havens, of Slow Food Skagit. The winner was Maria Hines, whose secret ingredient in her beef burger was duck fat — and a can of PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) beer to pair with the burger. We congratulate her.

Still, it was a great time. Anything we can do to support our local farmers, we’re happy to do.

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