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Wow, super jealous. We were toying with the idea of going to that, such an amazing group of chefs, but then we bought a car instead (seriously). I expect a blow-by-blow account!

 

Still hoping to make ti to Willows for a 'regular' dinner this summer or fall.

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Wow, super jealous. We were toying with the idea of going to that, such an amazing group of chefs, but then we bought a car instead (seriously). I expect a blow-by-blow account!

 

Still hoping to make ti to Willows for a 'regular' dinner this summer or fall.

 

Frank Bruni of the NY Times visited in 2011, and was quite impressed with it. Here's a mouthfuls mention of the place:

 

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In this mornings emails:

 


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The Willows Inn
2579 West Shore Drive
Lummi Island, WA 98262


Phone: (360) 758-2620
Toll Free: (888) 294-2620
Email: info@willows-inn.com

 

We are so saddened by the stories from our former staff that were published by the NYT last week. It has been extremely difficult to hear these accusations and read these comments from people that we worked with so closely for years. In the past several days we have put all our time and energy into supporting our current team and our families. 

We recognize that the culture of our workplace in the past has caused people undue stress both emotionally and physically. 

The restaurant industry for too long has created a culture that applies an extreme amount of pressure on everyone involved to create perfection from a chaotic environment. The hours are too long, the margins are too thin and the accepted norms of behavior are too extreme. 

While we want to defend ourselves from what we feel like is a biased mischaracterization of our team and our sourcing practices, it is much more important for us to take accountability for the past and create a better future. 

One point that must be clarified further is that no one on our team has ever reported sexual harassment or misconduct in the workplace to our management team. The stories from this article about those behaviors are absolutely devastating and can never be tolerated. 

In recent years we have made intentional efforts to improve our hiring practices, provide HR support for our team and maintain a supportive and creative environment. We have adapted our schedules to give employees shorter work days, more time off and better wages. 

In addition, we will be bringing an HR representative in house to help support our team and provide them an outlet for any issues. We also plan to provide further education and training for our management team in the areas of leadership, inclusion and diversity. Moving forward we will also create a paid internship program with free housing to help create better opportunities for a wider range of backgrounds in our kitchen. This work must continue and must be the priority for all of us.

The Willows Inn and the industry as a whole needs to rally in support of the amazing individuals that create memorable experiences every night for guests around the world. No one from any level of experience or department should be treated with anything but the utmost respect for their dedication to hospitality. 

It is our mission to move forward with the intentional gratitude and graciousness that will make our families, colleagues and community proud.

 
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