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Nate Crave with his girls, ages five and six.
Nate Crave knows a thing or two about maintaining the ol' work-life balance. In addition to


Seatown Chef Nate Crave Get His Kids into the Kitchen

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Nate Crave with his girls, ages five and six.
Nate Crave knows a thing or two about maintaining the ol' work-life balance. In addition to serving as sous-chef at Tom Douglas's Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie, he's the father of two girls. He also does most if not all of the cooking at home, a fact Crave says his wife, "does not mind at all."

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The 33-year-old cut his teeth cooking at the Dahlia Lounge before moving to Boston several years back. When he returned to Seattle, Crave worked in the kitchen at Tavolata, Spring Hill, Monsoon, and Etta's. Here, the Edmonds resident talks about where he shops, what he feeds his kids, and why manners matter.

Do you keep a traditional schedule, or do you work most nights?

I'm lucky enough to have the best of both worlds. Four days out of the week I am home in time to see my family. I work Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in the evenings.

How did you get into food?

My grandfather owed a bar in a small town in Upstate New York. I can remember the most amazing smells coming out of there. When we moved to Seattle (I was 12) my stepfather introduced me to a whole new style of cooking. Most of the stuff we were having for dinner was very new to me and sparked my interest.

How do your daughter's diets differ from yours when you were growing up?

They love all the things I loved growing up, and being half Filipino they love all the things my wife grew up with, too. There are a lot more cultures in Seattle, so they have the opportunity to eat things that I never even knew existed. We didn't have "The Google" back then.

Are your kids interested in what you do, and has either girl mentioned wanting to become a chef?

Yes, they love to be in the kitchen and helping out. As for becoming chefs, they mention it from time to time, so it's pretty rad. But they also mention becoming fairy princesses...we'll see how that pans out.

How can parents get kids ready to eat in "nice" restaurants? Do many families eat at Seatown?

I think as parents it's definitely our responsibility to teach kids table etiquette and it really begins at home. In our house we eat all our meals at the table, and we emphasize manners. If kids are accustom to that, taking them to places will rarely be an issue. We serve a fair amount of families at Seatown, and we love to help families teach their children how to dine.

Do you eat out much with your family? If so, name some favorites.

We don't really have a ton of time to eat out due the girl's various activities, but when we do, we tend to stay in the area. BCD Tofu, Portofino, Hill's, and Tacos Guaymas.

How can you explain eating local to kids in a way that sticks?

We really just try to make going to the farmers market fun. We let them pick out fruit, and ask if they can see the difference in colors or flavors of the veggies from (the farmers market) as opposed to the supermarket.

Where do you buy groceries? Do you plan meals first or just throw dinner together using what's around the house?

In the spring and summer months, we shop at the Edmonds Farmers Market every Saturday. In the winter months, we go to QFC, Safeway, Ranch 99, PCC...whatever is the most convenient at the time. Typically, I try to plan our meals based on the kid's activities and how much time we have. But there are days were I will just throw things together.

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