Seattle is a town of restaurants and Canlis is a restaurant fabled among them - expensive, exquisite, an unmatched view, a wine list longer than any other and servers in kimonos. Certainly not the usual fare for those of us in the nonprofit trenches. And so we were thrilled when Canlis invited us to join them for a party yesterday evening, to celebrate their 60th anniversary as a restaurant. We arrived to find a festive crowd of 200 people, all like us - dedicated members of the Seattle nonprofit/social enterprise arena.
Not only was the evening a great time, I think a lot of us felt really great to be honored in this way. Yes, people tell us all the time that the work we do is valuable, and thank us for our dedication. But not many people “put the food where their mouth is." What Canlis did was very Other Centered--that is their term, actually. Other Centered is one of the three Canlis family/company values. And they demonstrated it last night in spades. And so from Jon and Erik at TisBest, and all 200 other invitees, to the Canlis Family - thank you for a wonderful evening. Seattle is fortunate to have such institutions as your restaurant, your family and your collective heart.