Food Finds

Taste of the Town

Janna Wemmer talks last meals and strange cocktails.

By Kristin Cordova September 22, 2009

There are just two Thursdays left to visit the Queen Anne Farmers Market before it closes for the winter, so make sure you get over there in time to meet Janna Wemmer. Wemmer and her partner, chef-pal Joseph Conrad of Belltown’s Twist, launched their Secret Stash Sea Salts about a year ago at farmers markets, and you can also find their products at Redmond Whole Foods. Soon Wemmer hopes to be stashing them in shops all over Seatown.

Ingredient of the Moment
Our Nicoise Olive Salt. It’s a Mediterranean black olive, very similar to, say, a kalamata olive. A little bit smaller, purple, it has a really briny, flavorful, oily texture. That salt I use everyday, on everything.

More than anything, on a day-to-day basis, I read blogs. I’m always reading Cook Local. They’re a Seattle couple who made it their mission to shop entirely local at farmers markets. They post really accessible, easy, simple recipes. It’s just admirable and inspiring what they do.

Favorite Restaurant
Overall, for food and wine, it would be Lark. But depending on the mood that I’m in, I love sushi too. Moshi Moshi in Ballard has really good fish. I order grilled hamachi and salmon. And their cocktails are insane. Their bartender [Erik Carlson] is from the The Slanted Door in San Francisco. He makes really inventive, progressive, cutting edge cocktails. I really like bourbon and tequila and anything with egg foam.

Favorite Coffee Drink
I like Stumptown for a double cappuccino. I really admire what they do with fair trade prices.

Market Stall/Specialty Shop
I would say Olsen Farms for their grass-fed beef and gourmet potatoes. And then anything from Taylor Shellfish.

Guilty Food Pleasure
I’m going to say wine, chocolate, and cheese on the same plate. And, if I’m lucky, any cured meat. If I had to choose my last meal, it would be a combination of that charcuterie board with cheese and a nice cabernet franc.

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