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Port Gamble hosts dinner and art walk this Friday

Ethel Molina, owner of the Port Gamble General Store, gears up for her first specialty Autumn Dinner this Friday. In addition, select businesses will stay open an extra two hours, from 6-8 p.m., for an art walk through the town. - Kelly Joines/Staff photo
Ethel Molina, owner of the Port Gamble General Store, gears up for her first specialty Autumn Dinner this Friday. In addition, select businesses will stay open an extra two hours, from 6-8 p.m., for an art walk through the town.
— image credit: Kelly Joines/Staff photo

PORT GAMBLE — There’s nothing like a little heat in the Port Gamble General Store kitchen.

This Friday, three women take up flame and spatula to serve a specialty three-course Autumn Dinner, and there’s seating still available.

The town’s manager Shana Smith, wedding coordinator Julie McAfee and general store owner Ethel Molina are coaxing locals with a little Port Gamble Ghost Merlot wine and rosemary plum pork roast to enjoy a fun night out at the perfect date venue.

Every first Friday of the month, select businesses are already set to stay open an extra two hours, from 6-8 p.m., for people to enjoy an art walk through the town. Now, those art walkers can enjoy specialty dinners as well, in the back dining area of the general store.

The Autumn dinner starts with a shout-out to the vegetable of the season in a ginger squash soup.

The main course, the plum pork roast, is garnished with roasted autumn vegetables, fresh green beans with basil and buttermilk biscuits. A pecan pumpkin torte, follows dinner.

Molina, who took over the general store about 18 months ago ago said Smith and McAfee have taken on the roles of acting as her guides.

“We are the three musketeers,” Molina said, adding she’s not worried about having too many females in the kitchen. “It’ll be more like Shana, Julie and me cooking more of a personal dinner, like a chef table dinner.”

The dinner is $20 per person and is one seating that starts at 6:30 p.m.

So far the women have conjured up menus for December’s Holiday appetizer party and January’s Italiano dinner.

Smith and McAfee, who hold down fort in their offices throughout most of the day, also find time to spend in Molina’s kitchen.

Smith makes all the individual pies, sold at the store, and both Smith and McAfee have food handler’s cards.

“Julie doesn’t like to bake, she likes to cook,” Smith said.

Between the three, they all get to make the dishes they enjoy most and pair a specialty meal one night a month where locals won’t have to cook.

“We were going to call it Friday night date night but we didn’t want to indicate it’s just for couples,” McAfee said. “Everyone’s is invited. It’s going to be a fun night on the town.”

For more information or to make reservations call (360) 297-8074, ext. 22 or 23.

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