Alderbrook Resort opened their doors on Hood Canal in 1913 – accessible only by boat for those looking for the ultimate Northwest getaway. Things have changed over 105 year making the trek to this Northwest gem less arduous, and more delicious!
Opening scene: Feet kicked up against hood canal’s seawall as I settle into a comfortable waterside adirondack chair. Crackling fire with a gathering of family and friends. Herons wade and dip – finding their treasures in the ebbing tide. Loons calling out in the distance. Cormorants with wings extended atop every available post. The subtle smell of a century’s old cedar forest is my backdrop and Lady Alderbrook’s gentle purr beckons me to climb aboard for a quick trip to beachside bliss.
Enter Alderbrook’s Canal Cookout: A delectable taste of Hood Canal’s natural larder. This monthly pop-up feast takes place just down the highway from the resort at Union City Market adjacent to the historic marina – a short drive, shuttle or chartered cruise from the resort. The market itself boasts a trove of locally made, foraged and created items – from art to ‘canal ware’ to Washington-made items for your pantry. Just outside, where gentle waves tickle the shoreline, Alderbrook’s chef Ben Jones looks to be a kid in a candy store. He’s buzzing about a makeshift beachside kitchen creating the elements of a showcase of Hood Canal riches. Each month’s cookout features the freshest of ingredients – curated through local farmers, fishermen, ranches and artisans. Jones’ mantra, ‘Life Life, Love Food’ is evident in every nibble of this waterside feast. From saut