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River Farm

Washington State abounds with farmers and ranchers, foragers and fishers whom bring exceptional products to the tables of food lovers near and far. Not far from our own dining table is River Farm Organic Produce, a third-generation farm rooted in soil that fronts the Yakima River...

River Farm

Washington State abounds with farmers and ranchers, foragers and fishers whom bring exceptional products to the tables of food lovers near and far. Not far from our own dining table is River Farm Organic Produce, a third-generation farm rooted in soil that fronts the Yakima River.



River Farm produces many varieties of peppers, tomatoes, melons, squash and zucchini, corn, herbs, greens and more, all certified organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Crop rotation is utilized along with the farm’s hens and hogs to control weeds and pests.



And speaking of hogs and hens, River Farm also raises these animals for pastured non-GMO eggs and pork that are available most of the year through the farm stand on Highway 10 near Ellensburg. Here is Bruni, one of the farm’s sows. Don’t worry, she won’t be found on your dinner plate, although one of her juicy piglets will grow a tender pork chop someday.

You can also find farm-made specialties like pickles, kimchee, sauerkraut and relishes year-round at Seattle’s University District Market and seasonally at Kittitas County Farmers Market. Next time you are at the market or traveling by the farm, make sure to treat your palate to the fresh taste of River Farm Organic Produce.

All photos courtesy River Farm Organic Produce


Crave Culinary Arts is a Private Chef and Catering Boutique servicing Roslyn, Cle Elum, Ronald, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, King County and other Washington counties. Our private chef service and event catering provides on-site cooking for events ranging from intimate hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and small dinner parties to thematic social events, noteworthy celebrations and more.

Cabin Creek Lodge

Tucked away from Interstate 90 and the constant flow of people and goods is Cabin Creek Lodge, the quintessential rustic retreat set in the Wenatchee National Forest and graced with the modern conveniences and comforts of home. The Yakima River flows nearby, wildflowers and wild critters abound, and the serenity of nature settles over the landscape...

Cabin Creek Lodge

Tucked away from Interstate 90 and the constant flow of people and goods is Cabin Creek Lodge, the quintessential rustic retreat set in the Wenatchee National Forest and graced with the modern conveniences and comforts of home. The Yakima River flows nearby, wildflowers and wild critters abound, and the serenity of nature settles over the landscape.

We have had the pleasure of cooking in their fabulous kitchen for our own clients and would gladly recommend Cabin Creek Lodge to any group looking for an outdoor experience to complement their next gathering. The lodge is available year-round and offers flexibility to meet their guests’ needs, whether it’s a family reunion, corporate retreat, conference, or wedding. With sleeping accommodations for 40-plus guests and dining space for up to 140 guests in the warm months, Cabin Creek has space galore. Every bedroom has it’s own full bathroom, and the family room boasts a Jacuzzi tub.

And when it’s time to kick back and have fun, this awesome game room is just the place.

We certainly look forward to our next event at the gracious space that is Cabin Creek Lodge.

Cheers & Bon Appetit,
Chef Monique


Crave Culinary Arts is a Private Chef and Catering Boutique servicing Roslyn, Cle Elum, Ronald, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, King County and other Washington counties. Our private chef service and event catering provides on-site cooking for events ranging from intimate hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and small dinner parties to thematic social events, noteworthy celebrations and more.

A Night With Crave

Whether you choose to hire Crave Culinary Arts for an intimate dinner party, corporate retreat, food and wine tasting or a larger affair, we will create a food experience to be remembered. Here is a look at one of our signature events; an appetizer and wine pairing evening that leaves all guests satiated and smiling...

A Night With Crave

Whether you choose to hire Crave Culinary Arts for an intimate dinner party, corporate retreat, food and wine tasting or a larger affair, we will create a food experience to be remembered. Here is a look at one of our signature events; an appetizer and wine pairing evening that leaves all guests satiated and smiling. Come take a look at what we do!

Cheers & Bon Appetit,
Chef Monique


Crave Culinary Arts is a Private Chef and Catering Boutique servicing Roslyn, Cle Elum, Ronald, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, King County and other Washington counties. Our private chef service and event catering provides on-site cooking for events ranging from intimate hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and small dinner parties to thematic social events, noteworthy celebrations and more.

Spring is in the Air & the Ground!

The wild weather of spring is in full swing with rainy days of the week punctuated by sunny ones that have us in flip flops and shorts. As the world above ground buzzes with the changing seasons so too does the web of life below. Generous precipitation coupled with warming soil breeds...

Spring is in the Air & the Ground!

The wild weather of spring is in full swing with rainy days of the week punctuated by sunny ones that have us in flip flops and shorts. As the world above ground buzzes with the changing seasons so too does the web of life below. Generous precipitation coupled with warming soil breeds the necessary conditions for a wild delicacy of the forest to emerge – the morel mushroom.



Each spring brings a frenzy of reproduction in plants and animals alike. A mushroom is the fruiting body of some such procreation, the aboveground love child of fungi lurking below. We will spare you the lurid scientific details about fungal reproduction, but you can go here if you want to get technical. The morel is estimated to be approximately 129 million years old, clearly an organism with adaptive qualities. And like so many generations before us, we wander the forest floor looking for these wild edibles. The courtship phase of mushroom hunting turns into a full romance when we are lucky enough to discover our prize. And we consummate the relationship by giving the morel a proper preparation.



Like the best things in life, it is the beauty of simplicity that makes morels an easy companion to common ingredients like butter, salt and fresh herbs. A light sauté brings out the flavor and texture of the morel and there the mushroom can stand on its own. Morels pair well with other springtime ingredients like asparagus and peas and also elevate many pasta dishes. We adore the combination of spring flavors in the morel recipes at Honest-Food.net. Now to collect our bounty!

Editor’s Note: If you choose to forage for mushrooms or any wild edible, always make sure you can 100% positively identify your food before consuming it. Some edible mushrooms have similar appearance to toxic species. If you aren’t sure, don’t eat it.

Cheers & Bon Appetit,
Chef Monique


Crave Culinary Arts is a Private Chef and Catering Boutique servicing Roslyn, Cle Elum, Ronald, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, King County and other Washington counties. Our private chef service and event catering provides on-site cooking for events ranging from intimate hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and small dinner parties to thematic social events, noteworthy celebrations and more.

The Eating Circle

Members of the “Clean Plate Club” are proud of their eating prowess, the sheer fortitude it takes to consume a mound of food. Surrounding World War II, U.S. Army mess halls displayed posters imploring soldiers to clean their plates because food was a limited commodity. And “waste not, want not” is a mantra...

The Eating Circle

Members of the “Clean Plate Club” are proud of their eating prowess, the sheer fortitude it takes to consume a mound of food. Surrounding World War II, U.S. Army mess halls displayed posters imploring soldiers to clean their plates because food was a limited commodity. And “waste not, want not” is a mantra that families have followed for countless generations. But today, we want to talk about a different kind of clean plate. Whether it’s family dinner at home or fine dining at an exquisite establishment, there is some etiquette surrounding a place setting that really ought to be followed.



One of our servers once commented on how unfortunate it was that her thumb repeatedly landed in leftovers smeared to the edge of the plates she had served and cleared during Crave events. The rim of a plate exists for a reason – it’s the serving portion of your personal dish. Within the eating circle, people may have a proclivity for organizing their food in any given matter, but the delectable morsels should stay within the confines of the food-designated area. Really, who wants to clear this from the dinner table?



(Aside to parents: we understand that children of various ages may have peculiar eating habits, but setting good examples as the adult is always a technique to get through to our little darlings – albeit slowly over many, many repetitions.)

Buffet dining is another occasion where normal etiquette sometimes gets obstructed by the generous portions in front of us [Editor’s note: “first-world problems,” we know.] Self-restraint meets with being a respectable guest by taking all that you can eat, but eating all that you take. From the food professional’s perspective, every plate should be equally impressive. Granted, the buffet allows guests to choose their preferred dishes and portions, but each of us should remember that someone else also wants to try that amazing lobster mac ‘n cheese.

One other bit of etiquette that can be very helpful for both guests and wait staff is the placement of utensils during and after a meal. Employing some simple visual cues can be helpful for servers to know where you are at enjoying your food. And for those in the business of serving those meals, make sure your people know how to read this language of cutlery. Below are a few simple maneuvers that make non-verbal communication possible across the table.



Practicing good meal etiquette at home sets a positive example for those around us and ensures we are ready for a special occasion when a high level of decorum is expected. Of course, we would argue that respect for the food in front of us and the person that prepared it are fundamental to daily living.

Cheers & Bon Appetit,
Chef Monique


Crave Culinary Arts is a Private Chef and Catering Boutique servicing Roslyn, Cle Elum, Ronald, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, King County and other Washington counties. Our private chef service and event catering provides on-site cooking for events ranging from intimate hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and small dinner parties to thematic social events, noteworthy celebrations and more.

The Leavenworth Lodge

As a private chef and boutique catering service we have to adapt to the amenities available at each client’s chosen venue. From faulty gas grills to non-working ovens and doorknobs, we’ve worked in our share of kitchens that required creativity to execute a flawless meal. Thankfully, The Leavenworth Lodge is now on our list of...

The Leavenworth Lodge

As a private chef and boutique catering service we have to adapt to the amenities available at each client’s chosen venue. From faulty gas grills to non-working ovens and doorknobs, we’ve worked in our share of kitchens that required creativity to execute a flawless meal. Thankfully, The Leavenworth Lodge is now on our list of recommended venues in Kittitas County with a kitchen that boasts “two of everything” and dining space for 40 guests. Other desirable amenities include plentiful natural light throughout the lodge, an expansive 3,000 square feet of outdoor space, a game room and, of course, an outdoor hot tub with gorgeous views.

Our recent experience with dinner for a corporate retreat at The Leavenworth Lodge was truly a pleasure. Working with Nathan Newell was a joy and he made sure that the lodge met our needs in creating a memorable night for our client.

Cheers & Bon Appetit,
Chef Monique



Crave Culinary Arts is a Private Chef and Catering Boutique servicing Roslyn, Cle Elum, Ronald, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, King County and other Washington counties. Our private chef service and event catering provides on-site cooking for events ranging from intimate hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and small dinner parties to thematic social events, noteworthy celebrations and more.

A Parisian Dinner Party

WA themed dinner party always allows for the mind to roam and conjure up the best way to satiate your guests. A recent menu of a Paris excursion is included here to help entice you to plan a fabulous soiree as well as a link to a stellar dinner party description from the 1970′s hosted by none other than the Rothschilds...

A Parisian Dinner Party

A themed dinner party always allows for the mind to roam and conjure up the best way to satiate your guests. A recent menu of a Paris excursion is included here to help entice you to plan a fabulous soiree as well as a link to a stellar dinner party description from the 1970′s hosted by none other than the Rothschilds. Click this link: here to read about: “A Surrealist Parisian Dinner Party chez Madame Rothschild, Circa 1972″

Cheers & Bon Appetit,
Chef Monique


Crave Culinary Arts is a Private Chef and Catering Boutique servicing Roslyn, Cle Elum, Ronald, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, King County and other Washington counties. Our private chef service and event catering provides on-site cooking for events ranging from intimate hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and small dinner parties to thematic social events, noteworthy celebrations and more.

A Seattle Dinner Party: The Physiology of Taste

Truly stellar and adventurous client’s of Crave, Kat & Armen, embarked on a culinary odyssey prepared and presented by Crave Culinary Arts in their home. Thirteen courses, one hundred and forty three plates total for eleven guests, each paired with hand selected fine wine and a final single malt scotch and...

A Seattle Dinner Party: The Physiology of Taste

Truly stellar and adventurous client’s of Crave, Kat & Armen, embarked on a culinary odyssey prepared and presented by Crave Culinary Arts in their home. Thirteen courses, one hundred and forty three plates total for eleven guests, each paired with hand selected fine wine and a final single malt scotch & signature handmade chocolate truffle pairing. The food selections were fashioned after the traditional French menu gastronomique with multiple small courses featuring the land and the sea. The menu was named after the famed gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Who said “Tell us what you eat and I will tell you what you are”. We made his namesake proud this night.

Cheers & Bon Appetit,
Chef Monique

First Course: Amuse Bouche – Eggs Arpege Soft Cooked Egg Yolk, Sherry Creme, Maple Syrup, Chives

Second Course: Hors d’oeuvres: Waygu Filet Oscar Crostini

Third Course: Potage – Five Star Forest Mushroom Soup

Fourth Course: Poisson – Slow Roasted Salmon, Fennel Aioli, Tobiko Caviar

Fifth Course: Entree – Tartare De Boeuf with Quail egg yolk

Sixth Course: Releve – Duck Two Ways

Seventh Course: Sorbet – Yuzu, Grapefruit & Champagne Float

Eighth Course: Roti – Roast Squab with Bacon, Grapes, Fig & Red Wine Reduction

Ninth Course: Legume – Purple Spring Asparagus, Wild Morels, Morel Cream

Tenth Course: Entremet – Baby Spinach Salad

Eleventh Course: Savoreaux – Cheese delicacies with D’Anjou Pear

Twelfth Course: Dessert – Chevre Cheesecake, Honey Poached Apricots, Lemon Thyme Shortbread

Thirteenth Course: Grande Finale – Single Malt Scotch and Truffle Pairing

Thirteenth Course: Grande Finale – Single Malt Scotch and Truffle Pairing


Crave Culinary Arts is a Private Chef and Catering Boutique servicing Roslyn, Cle Elum, Ronald, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, King County and other Washington counties. Our private chef service and event catering provides on-site cooking for events ranging from intimate hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and small dinner parties to thematic social events, noteworthy celebrations and more.

Local Event Venues

Crave Culinary Arts is proud to be a part of Kittitas County, Washington with our boutique private chef company being centrally located in Roslyn, Washington. The local area not only provides an abundance of beautiful outdoor scenery, intimate cafes and a variety of seasonal festivals it also is host to amazing venues...

Local Event Venues

Crave Culinary Arts is proud to be a part of Kittitas County, Washington with our boutique private chef company being centrally located in Roslyn, Washington. The local area not only provides an abundance of beautiful outdoor scenery, intimate cafes and a variety of seasonal festivals it also is host to amazing venues for all types of celebrations. At Crave Culinary Arts we have the pleasure of cooking at some of the most scenic properties in Washington. Come take a look with us!

Cheers & Bon Appetit,
Chef Monique


Crave Culinary Arts is a Private Chef and Catering Boutique servicing Roslyn, Cle Elum, Ronald, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, King County and other Washington counties. Our private chef service and event catering provides on-site cooking for events ranging from intimate hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and small dinner parties to thematic social events, noteworthy celebrations and more.

Contact

(206) 353-3772

chefmonique@craveculinaryarts.com

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