Chef Ed to Retire August 5

With terribly mixed emotions, I announce my retirement from professional cooking after fifteen years at the range of One Block West. Our last day of service will be Saturday August 5th. Between now and then, we are also closing on Tuesdays to give me some time to make this transition. Sadly, the restaurant will not continue and this will leave a big void in the local food scene.

Several years ago, I made my wife Ann a solemn promise to get out of the business once we became empty nesters. That time is upon us and I am keeping my promise to her. Ann has been a saint to put up with this insane restaurant life. No longer: it is now time for her, and for us.

While I know my decision upsets many of you—it upsets me—I’d like to ask for you to be happy for me. For the past 15 years—where did 15 years go?— I have worked more than most people do in 30 years. I’m exhausted and I’m in constant pain from years on my feet and I need a break. So be happy for me that I am going to get a well-earned break.

This business has seen me miss my two beautiful daughters grow up, contributed to the loss of one marriage, and put a huge strain on my marriage to Ann. Those of you in this business will understand the neglect that my body, my wife, my kids, my friends, my house, my yard, and my truck have suffered because I have never had time to attend to anything other than being hospitable to our guests, to you.

I want to thank you, our thousands of loyal fans, for being the inspiration for keeping us going for so long. Without your help, support, and friendship, this quest to bring you the best local food would have ended long ago. I also want to thank all our amazing farmers and foragers on whom we depended to run the restaurant. Farmers, foragers, and friends, I am sorry to be depriving you of an income stream from the restaurant and I thank you for your dedicated support.

I am very proud to have had the opportunity to serve our customers. Many, many of you have become friends and many of you have become my extended family. I am going to miss you terribly, our catching up from time to time, hearing stories of your children and grandchildren, even exchanging idle chit chat. Thank you for letting me live life vicariously through you. Thank you for your friendship.

But as much as I am going to miss this business and you, it is time that the other things in my life take priority. Henceforth, I do not want to miss a thing that I don’t want to miss. It is time to be the husband to my wife that my mistress has not let me be, time to sleep past 6:30 in the morning if I feel like it, time to get more than six hours of sleep a night, time to see my children, time to learn how to cook for two people rather than an army, time to go hiking, time to see the world, and time to have the time that I have never had to reflect on what it is that I really want to do and to go do it.

Ann and I are retiring to the vicinity of McMinnville OR in the heart of Pinot Noir country. You are all invited to come visit us in wine country: we are only as far away as the Internet. Come raise a glass with us.

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