Executive Chef Ryan Donaldson Brings the Culinary Art of Europe’s Bistronomy to Ballard

Seattle, WA — Executive Chef Ryan Donaldson today announced new weekly specials and expanded menu selections including seasonal changes, updates to signature dinner and brunch dishes, and a robust hand-crafted cocktail menu launched this month.

The new menu features a full selection for happy hour, dinner, dessert, and weekend brunch. Large and small plate highlights include roasted beets and wild arugula, grilled octopus, Grimmaud Farms duck leg au Vin, and Carlton Farms braised pork cheeks. On the brunch menu diners can expect buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, eggs baked in piperade with crispy polenta cakes, and lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote. The dessert menu is a mix of fresh ideas using unique techniques such as seasonally prepared beignets and orange and Ceylon-cinnamon crème brûlée.

Gather’s menu changes seasonally (updated weekly online) and focuses on Northwest farm to table cuisine influenced by international cultures prepared with classic Spanish and French technique. 


Gather’s cocktail menu offers a variety of spirits with bases all made from scratch. The bar also provides a selection of craft beer featuring eight local breweries and food friendly wines. The new Happy Hour menu features daily specials and expanded hours, including all-day Wednesday and late night from 8:00-10:00PM on Friday and Saturday.  

Recently launched weeknight specials include Tuesday ½ price bottles of wine, and 3 for $35 Thursdays. Chef Donaldson plans to start a beer dinner series with a variety of local Ballard breweries, themed dinners, and live music nights soon to be announced. A rooftop patio perfect for private dining and parties is set to open late spring with views of old Ballard and the Olympic Mountains.

29249461_870625639781022_5457737010292719616_oGather, as its name reflects, embodies a warm, lively, and inviting “you-can-eat-here-every-day” feeling encouraging family and friends to come together to share in good conversation, embrace life, and enjoy a great meal. 

Gather Kitchen and Bar seats 80 and is located at 5605 22nd Ave NW inside the Commons at Ballard, across from the Ballard Public Library and one block off Market Street. The restaurant is open Tuesday – Saturday from 5:00pm – close. Happy Hour is offered Tuesday – Friday from 4:00-6:00PM and Saturday 3:00 to 6:00PM with brunch on Saturday from 10-2 and Sunday 9-2. 

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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