What’s cookin’? ‘Greg Atkinson's In Season’ revived at Brickworks

Former San Juan Island chef, now of Seattle, returns to his culinary roots for a book-signing party, June 1, at Brickworks.   - Contributed photo / Charity Burggraaf
Former San Juan Island chef, now of Seattle, returns to his culinary roots for a book-signing party, June 1, at Brickworks.
— image credit: Contributed photo / Charity Burggraaf

Down Sound where quality places to dine are many, Bainbridge Island’s newly established Restaurant Marché is winning accolades, thanks in large part to the culinary expertise and innovations of none other than Seattle chef Greg Atkinson.

(Marché was named No. 7 in Seattle Weekly’s review of Seattle’s Top 10 New Restaurants in 2012)

If the name Greg Atkinson sounds somewhat familiar, well, it should.

He pretty much got his start in the culinary field on San Juan Island (the Journal regularly published guest columns by Atkinson in the 1990s). Oh yeah, he’s an author, too.

Atkinson will be headed back to San Juan Island for a homecoming, of sorts, as well as for a book-signing party celebrating his recently re-released and re-issued memoir, “Greg Atkinson’s In Season: Culinary Adventures of a Pacific Northwest Chef” (Sasquatch Books, March 2014; $22.95).

Featured prominently in the new edition is stunning color photography by Charity Burggraaf.

In SeasonIn the memoir, Atkinson describes a deep appreciation for local ingredients, the passage of the seasons, the joys of young family life, and, of course, simple and gratifying meals.

Originally published in 1997, “In Season” touts the concept and delights of eating seasonally, which at that point, was somewhat ahead of its time.

In an excerpt, Atkinson writes, “while the intervening years have been rich and productive, no period in this writer’s life has been quite as meaningful or as magical as that time was. I was developing my skills as a chef, learning to be a husband, father, neighbor, and citizen in a small town. And like my take on everything then, my youthful perspectives on many of the ingredients and combinations were fresh, unclouded by overlaying years.”

Tickets for the event, Hosted by Brickworks, 150 Nichols St., Sunday, June 1, 5-7 p.m., are $50, appetizers and wine included, and are available for purchase at The Market Chef and Griffin Bay Bookstore.

The event is presented by San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild and Griffin Bay Bookstore as part of the Ag Guild’s “Live Life Well Education Series.”

For more on the event or Brickworks, Tanja Williamson, 360-472-0337, or,


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