We are very excited to be a part of this years upcoming Dine Around Seattle Nov 3rd-27th. Chef Aaron Willis has put together an incredible selection for this 3 course offering and we feel it is the perfect time to see what our dinner program is all about. As a member of Seattle Good Business Network we are proud to be involved with such an event that focuses on supporting locally owned and operated restaurants. For more information click here.
SEA! HAWKS! We had a tough loss last week but the boys look great this season. All you 12th Men and Women out there let’s get LOUD for the HAWKS and welcome them back home! We will be here every home game cheering them on to victory. Join us on Sunday Oct 13th at 1:05pm for our infamous Delicatus Bloody Mary (spiced with lamb stock) and try out our brunch menu (10am-2pm) but don’t worry Sandwich Junkies you can still get our Sammies too!
Actually, they’ve been making wine for awhile—they were tinkering with the stuff even before they opened Delicatus three years ago (technically, the sandwich shop turns three-years old March 11). Says co-owner Mike Klotz:
That first wine was a learning curve. We basically played around with it in [Derek's] basement. By the second year, we knew we could make good wine. At the time, all five business partners were still at Oceanaire: Klotz and Derek Shankland were bartending, while Joshua Podawiltz and Ambrose Romero were servers, along with Derek’s wife Michelle.
In 2010, they took winemaking from a three-year-old hobby to a serious business endeavor. Over the fall, they opened up a cool new venue in Pioneer Square to house it.
But let’s go back to 2007, when it all began. The crew was still in the planning stages of Delicatus, purchasing used barrels to break down and use for furniture at their future deli. Says Shankland:
The gentleman who we now use to source our fruit was like, “Well, what are you going to put in these barrels?” And we said, “Unfortunately, nothing. We’re going to tear them all apart and make furniture.” And he said if you’re interested, give me a call and we’ll try to get you something in the barrels. A week-and-a-half later, Shankland, who is the dedicated winemaker, made the largest impulse buy of his life: half-a-ton of grapes.