Edmonds Restaurant News: Salish Sea celebration, drink spot delays, soup that sizzles

Salish Sea Brewing’s Fifth Anniversary Party
Sunday, Nov. 18
Noon-8 p.m.
518 Dayton Ave.

Sounds like Salish Sea Brewing Company is pulling out all the stops for its 5th Anniversary celebration this coming Sunday, Nov. 18, from noon-8 p.m. They’re featuring a new beer release and hourly prize drawings, with 5th Anniversary special pricing on food and drink items throughout the menu.

Salish is a real gem. They’ve given us a bona fide American Public House experience these past five years. It’s great to have watched them grow and thrive.

On the program this Sunday, they’ll unveil their local collaboration beer with Edmonds’ new Caribbean-inspired restaurant Calypso! They’re also planning raffles for Salish swag and other prizes.

They’ve even planned a photo contest. Dig through your photo files and send your best Salish-related party, fun-run or other great shots to info@salishbrewing.com, or tag Salish on your Facebook or Twitter pages and you’ll be entered to win a prize worth $200 in mug club memberships and Salish merch. Be sure to include contact information.

Owners Erika and Jeff Barnett had this to say:

“We are thrilled to have become part of this community’s vibrant and thriving downtown core. We love that Salish Sea Brewing has become a gathering place where all of Edmonds’ diverse community can come and enjoy a great meal, fabulous hand-crafted beers, local wines and the company of our fine friends and neighbors. Over the past five years, Salish has hosted everything from a ladies’ knitting group to Chamber of Commerce events and International tourism parties. We have sponsored runners’ clubs and other school and community outreach organizations as well. Jeff has a knack for putting fun-loving people together and has helped to create some new friends and social groups like our ‘Senior Seminar’ comprised of some of Edmonds finest retirees — who meet every Friday at the brewery. We love living and working in Edmonds and are looking forward to five more years of bringing this community an ‘Edmonds kind of beer’ and public house experience. Come join us for a pint!”

Learn more at www.facebook.com/events/2178636055730084/?ti=icl

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Kali and Kris Kelnero

Roadblocks clearing for Kelnero Cocktails – shooting for a year-end opening

I checked in with Kris and Kali Kelnero, who’ve been encountering a series of obstacles as they prepare to open Kelnero Cocktails at 545 Main St.

They remained upbeat about opening their craft cocktail and small plate piano lounge, in spite of recent setbacks. They’ve now aiming to open the doors before the end of the year. “We really want to get open in 2018. My cousin made us a beautiful sign that says ‘established 2018,’ so there is that incentive,“ Kali Kelnero quipped.

“We’ll do everything humanly possible to get open by the end of the year,“ added Kris Kelnero.

The Kelneros are keeping their sense of humor, as the sign shows.

All of their experiences with small, local contractors have been very positive, but one large plumbing contractor just stopped coming in to work. They’ve hired a new local contractor and are optimistic, but the process has consumed almost three months. Anyone who’s ever been in a situation like this can sympathize. There’s always some hitch in the giddyup.

While they wait to get their plumbing issues resolved, they’ve done a lot of finish work around the place. The deck is stained, the tables are in. State licensing, insurance, contracting with the linen service, the thousand little things are getting done. Kali Kelnero’s web designing skills have come in handy — www.Kelnero.bar is ready to launch when the time is right.

Bar ownership has long been their dream. Kris found he loved working in the restaurant business since his first job at the Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood when he was still in high school. “I’ve been scheming of ways to open my own place since I was 20,” Kris said.

Kali (pronounced Cal-Ee’) Kelnero started out in another direction. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in environmental policy in 2008, just as our economy was tanking. She managed to find an internship with Earth Justice in Washington, D.C., but job openings were virtually nonexistent. After a one-week vacation in Hawaii stretched into a year (during which time she picked up bartending and surfing skills), she discovered she liked working the bar. As a server, she found that she really enjoyed the component of making people happy. “It’s pretty great when you can do that well,” she said.

Kris and Kali then embarked on a year-long trip that included working at a couple of great bars in Australia. After taking in Cambodia and Thailand, they returned to the Pacific Northwest. A brief stint working for Amazon convinced Kali that self-employment might be desirable.They arrived at the shared vision of opening a bar together and have been working toward that end ever since.

More recently, both have worked at Scratch Distillery in Salish Crossing. They found that understanding the distilling process has enriched their understanding of spirits in general. They’ve enjoyed their association with Scratch owners Bryan and Kim Karrick very much.

It seems like Edmonds restaurant Salt and Iron, where both Kelneros currently work, has become a veritable incubator of restaurant start-ups. Besides the Kelneros, Jennifer Myatt — co-owner of  Calypso! (slated to open just after Thanksgiving) — also hails from Salt and Iron.

“I was a little afraid to tell them (owners Andrew Leckie and Shubert Ho) about our plans, but they’ve been amazing. Alex (Marek, Director of Operations) has been so understanding. They’ll all been really supportive,” said Kali Kelnero.

Hey! That reminds me! Salt and Iron and its sister restaurants Bar Dojo and Mar•ket are in the middle of a food drive that benefits Nourishing Network. Don’t forget to gather up some canned and nonperishable food and drop it by any of these restaurants.

Don’t know what I’m talking about?

Click here.

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Hot pot sought?

Boiling Point Pork Belly

For some reason, it’s taken me this long to get into The Boiling Point, even though they opened back in May of 2015. It beckons to me every time I drive by it at 22001 Hwy 99, Ste. 100 in Edmonds. It’s like one of those niggling things that’s on my to-do list which never gets accomplished. But my son’s recent interest in all things Asian cuisine has finally prompted us to drop in.

There are about 29 Boiling Points, mostly along the West Coast in the U.S. and Canada, with five in China.

It might be the social aspect of spooning out piping hot soup to friends and family, as much as the plain old delicious wholesomeness of soup, that makes hot pot restaurants so enormously popular in China. That popularity has caught on in a big way in America lately. Tasty Pot Taiwanese Cuisine will open a restaurant in Aurora Village in the near future, and Boiling Point was pretty packed when we ventured in last Tuesday evening.

The servers work fast and efficiently, lugging out caldron-sized bowls, described as “mini woks”of soup on heavy cast iron heating units. From our table we could just see the mother of all hot pots in the kitchen. You could probably cook a whole cow in it. I assume that’s where their base broth is simmering.

Orders are customizable, but you can also choose from 10 menu entrées. You can expect generous portions at pretty reasonable prices which probably accounts for some of The Boiling Point’s success. Everyone likes a good deal.

We started out with the pork belly appetizer — thinly sliced chopstick-friendly bites of pork, which had a garlic sauce I could smell 5 feet before it arrived at our table. We were pleased.

Taiwanese Spicy Hot Soup at Boiling Point

With most entrées, spice levels were none, mild, medium, very spicy and flaming. I opted for the Taiwanese Spicy Hot Soup, available only “flaming hot.” It was. I almost met my match. My eyes were watering pretty copiously at one point. The cool thing about this hot and spicy dish was the unusual variety of ingredients. I counted 15 separate food stuffs — things it wouldn’t occur to me to throw together. Somehow it all worked.

There are a couple of dozen beverage choices available. I opted for the honey milk green tea, which turned out to be a nice combination. Milk tea is a pretty popular with my family this week. I make a special trip to Central Market to get a brand called Royal Milk Tea. I’d order it by the case, but who knows what will be popular next week.

If you haven’t been, and you love hot pot, give Boiling Point a try. But unless you really love spicy heat, avoid the “flaming hot” option.

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Holiday Market food options

The Saturday Holiday Market is underway on 5th Avenue (across from City Hall) in downtown Edmonds. Swing by from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday. Forty-plus vendors are on hand with lots of great gift ideas. There are many food items available: honey, baked goods, oysters and seafood, oils and vinegars, jams, cranberries (one last week), pasta and sauces, ciders and wine, candy, produce and, of course, kettle corn.

Visit 88 Cues for great Filipino cuisine. Adobo, lumpia, inihaw and pancit are on the menu.

If you’re more in the mood for gyros or pirozhki, Gramma’s Yummies has you covered.

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James Spangler— By James Spangler
The furthest thing from a finicky eater, James Spangler insisted on trying everything on the table from the earliest age. At 13, he prepared Baked Alaska for an entire classroom and has had an insatiable appetite for good food ever since. On his days off, he’s rather be in the kitchen cooking for the people he loves than doing just about anything. If you catch him reading a book at his bookstore on 4th Avenue in Edmonds, there’s a good chance it’ll  have something to do with food.









  1. Thanks James! Appreciate your reviews of food and entertainment in our wonderful city. We’re so lucky to have your quality writing and down to earth, witty style. See you at the bookstore!

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