Have to write a year end blog, right?
We joined the FoodyDirect platform offering the best and most iconic specialty foods from around the nation. Customers go on our site or theirs to order. Chef ensures they arrive overnight fresh, cold (never frozen), ready to cook. Sous chef Nestor Gonzalez is supervising the five trips it took to get them all on the UPS truck!
.....talk about 6 degrees of separation. I was attending a Friends of St John’s College Board meeting and Michael Smith (a founder of White House Black Market and now owner of South Moon Under) said he had met Brad Koenig of FoodyDirect. Brad mentioned to Michael about taking Microsoft public in 1986 when he was with Goldman Sachs. Michael brought up my name as a friend from Annapolis who was also involved in the Microsoft deal. (It was a joint Goldman Sachs/Alex Brown managed deal). Brad said he remembered me from way back when. Long story short I contacted him and he came by the Boatyard and had our crab cakes. We shipped him some to his home in Palo Alto and we became a FoodyDirect provider. How did he start the company? After retiring from Goldman he happened to be in NYC walking to his favorite New York bagel store. He said to himself “why can’t I get these bagels tomorrow in Palo Alto.” He and his chef brother started the company and well, now he can. We are proud to be a part of the FoodyDirect portfolio of the best.
Winter is here but we have passed the winter solstice and days are already getting longer-starting Dec 22. The end of rockfish season has passed. The morning skies are amazing..... Not a lot of boats on the Bay except AYC Frostbite sailing series on Sundays, the pilot launch taking pilots to merchant ships going into Baltimore and several watermen heading out or an occasional hardy soul trying to shed cabin fever. I love the gray days actually with the only color being the red and green marks in the entrance to Back Creek. Our friend, singer-songwriter Scott Kirby, wrote a great song about the gray days on the coast of Maine with the only color being one float from a lobster pot that was left over from summer-love the image.
You might have seen Paula’s post regarding our being named as one of the 10 most sailing bars in the world by Sail Universe. It’s quite an impressive list and we are proud to be included. Check it out - pretty heady company.
We got the boat Georgina, our Dettling 48, to Hopetown, Elbow Key, Abacos - a week or so late with a consistent 20 knot wind from the NE messing up the Gulf Stream. We were on her there for a week in early December during the Hopetown Music Festival that benefits three wonderful local charities. It’s hosted by Chris Farren and his Combustion Music, a big Nashville production company. The participants had written over 100 number one country songs. One songwriter, Ashley Gorley, if I am correct, has written over 40 number one songs. We were proud to have the Boatyard as a sponsor and we will do so again next year.
Heading to St. Barths in early January. They got hit hard by Irma along with the other islands in the region. All of their hotels are closed but one by one restaurants are opening back up. The island is pitching to “come and have an experience of a local.” Don’t you love that there is a way to sell every product or experience. Then back and forth to Hopetown to Georgina some each month.
Hope your Christmas was joyful and we wish you a Happy 2018. Thanks to all our customers and suppliers for another great year at the Boatyard. We are so blessed to have such a remarkable staff and it makes it such a pleasure to be a part of the Boatyard team. So many people come up and say what a wonderful restaurant we have and my answer is always the same. “We owe it all to our great employees.”