It’s always great to see anniversaries pass for our local Queen Anne businesses, especially when they celebrate with a special event! Local restaurant Lloyd Martin is celebrating its one year anniversary on October 6, and during the first year it received both critical accolades and a Best New Restaurant award. To mark the occasion, Lloyd Martin is hosting a special 5-course menu that includes favorite dishes of both guests and critics.
I spoke with chef-owner Sam Crannell about his first year on Queen Anne and what’s in store for the future. As with many new restaurants, the first year was a learning experience. At one point Lloyd Martin had over 20 items on the menu, but they’ve since refined their offerings to be “tighter and more focused, keeping favorite dishes around longer” (as long as fresh, quality ingredients are available). Crannell’s overarching goal with Lloyd Martin is to “take what has worked, understand why, and make it better”.
Crannell sees a bright future for Lloyd Martin as a Queen Anne neighborhood restaurant that has “a focus on premier food and exceptional ingredients”. He’s successfully made the transition from chef to chef-owner, but you’ll still find him working 5 days a week in the kitchen at Lloyd Martin.
The anniversary menu ingredients will be determined by what’s available and in season, but guests can expect to see the following dishes, plus a few surprises:
- Rabbit Raviolis with Truffle nage
- Elk or Bison bolognese with huckleberry (elk or bison is dependent on availability)
- Veal with caraway and caramelized apple
- Molasses roasted pork
The 5-course menu is $65 and includes a glass of champagne. Wine pairings with each course are available for an additional $40. In addition, guests can splurge and purchase a bottle of wine from Lloyd Martin’s library, including Brunellos, Barolos, and Opus One.
Seating is limited to 30 people, and will be staggered throughout the evening. Reservations are required, and they’re filling up fast – call Lloyd Martin for reservations at 206.420.7602.
And, if you’re interested in learning more about Chef Crannell’s approach to cuisine, he’ll be at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market Chef Tent today from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, sharing his secrets on how you can get big flavors out of your home kitchen with fresh market produce!