Our teachers are professional chefs and food writers from Vashon and the Pacific Northwest.
We also feature local experts passionate about helping you make your life intentional.
Relish is the place for your private event. Let us cater a special dinner for you. Or, gather a team of people to cook a feast together with one of our chefs.
Who We Are
Melinda Powers believes in creating community. Fifteen years ago, she peered through the windows of the oldest commercial building on Vashon, right in the center of town. Even though the historical building was the dusty remains of an old hardware store at the time, Melinda could envision an expansive restaurant serving great good food, a gathering place for the community. She persisted to make that dream a reality.
Today, the Hardware Store feeds thousands of people, breakfast through dinner, 7 days a week, with the work of its 50 employees. The Hardware Store truly has become the center of the community.
Right next to The Hardware Store, Melinda has opened Relish, a space for cooking classes and so much more. She believes strongly that, in these times, we need to come together and work with our hands, in community. Once again, she has created the space for people to learn together, eat well, and become friends. She can’t wait to meet you there.
For more than a decade, Shauna Ahern wrote a much-loved food blog called Gluten-Free Girl. She and her husband, Daniel Ahern, ran that site together, offering recipes to readers around the world. Their cookbooks have won the James Beard award and been honored in The New York Times, Newsweek, and Gourmet magazine. However, Shauna’s heart lies in the community of Vashon Island, where she has lived, off and on, for more than 2 decades. While she continues to write books of essays, her greatest working joy this year has been to help bring Relish into the world. She is resident writer, photographer, and teacher at Relish.
Vashon Island, only a 15-minute ferry ride from West Seattle, feels like it is decades away from the mainland. There are no stoplights on the entire island, which is the same length as Manhattan. Farmstands work on the honor system — buy some kale by putting money into a coffee can. Everywhere is forest and water. There’s something magic about a place you can only reach by ferry boat.
This is a small town for talented artists, entrepreneurs, people who like to live in the woods, activists, crafters, homeschoolers, gardeners, musicians, writers, and people who like to gather in community. Relish is the place for that gathering.
When you come to Relish, you’ll be making the journey to someplace special. Treat yourself to a meal at The Hardware Store after your class at Relish. Stay awhile. (We recommend Lodges on Vashon.) Once you have slept on an island, you may never want to leave.
(This is a photo of a painting by Pam Ingalls, an island artist dear to us at Relish.)
We want you to walk away from every experience at Relish feeling nourished. Then, come back for more.
We hope to see you soon at Relish.