Tom Douglas hosts annual ‘Salmon Chanted Evening’ benefiting Seattle Parks and Recreation

Chef Tom Douglas, right, at a previous Salmon Chanted Evening in Victor Steinbrueck Park.


On Aug. 31, Tom Douglas Seatown Restaurants invites you to celebrate a gorgeous summer evening outdoors with Chef Tom Douglas at the annual Salmon Chanted picnic dinner and fundraiser for Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Now in its fifth year, the picnic provides an event in Victor Steinbrueck Park for nearby residents that is community-based, delicious and fun! Salmon Chanted celebrates what is great about our town, while raising money for the park. People can picnic on salmon with seasonal sides, gaze out at Elliott Bay and listen to live music.

Specifically the money raised will go to fund the park’s concierges, M. Kay Skinner and Lemont Thornton, who help clean and maintain the park. They are first responders to any incidents or accidents, and also answer questions for tourists. Their positive presence in the park helps everyone to feel welcome.

New developments are also on the horizon for Victor Steinbrueck Park. The Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) is preparing to complete the final piece of the Market Historic District with the addition of the Waterfront Entrance adjacent to the park. Throughout the picnic, the Pike Place Market Foundation will be on hand to talk about the new “MarketFront.”

Forty years in the making, the Market expansion is spurred by the removal of the elevated Alaskan Way Viaduct and the opportunity to create a dynamic connection from the waterfront to Pike Place and the Pike/Pine corridor. The new MarketFront will transform what is now a .75-acre surface parking lot on Western Avenue into a waterfront-facing entry point to Seattle’s public market. True to the Pike Place Market Charter and character, the expansion will provide opportunities for farmers, craftspeople and local entrepreneurs, as well as civic space, public art, social services and low-income housing.

Envisioning a brighter future for the park and all of those who frequent and enjoy the park remains a top priority for the PDA, the Market Foundation and other community stakeholders in the planning and designing of the MarketFront. The Foundation will
host a table to show guests the designs and plans for the new MarketFront, answer questions and provide information on how to stay informed on the project’s progress.

If you have any questions, please contact Eva Mark-Blumberg at or call 206-448-2001.

Tickets to the picnic dinner are $30 per person. Because everything from the food down to the forks and napkins are donated by Tom Douglas Seatown Restaurants and other concerned businesses, we are able to give 100% of the proceeds to Seattle Parks and Recreation.

We invite you to join us by buying your ticket today at or at Etta’s and Seatown.