by Wynn Wilder
As the sun sets on the lives of two culinary legends in Seattle, we pay homage to their indelible impact on the city's food scene. Ron Zimmerman and Rachel Marshall were trailblazers who not only changed the way we eat and drink, but also the way we think about food.
Ron Zimmerman, co-owner of the iconic Herbfarm, and Rachel Marshall, creator of Rachel's Ginger Beer, leave behind a lasting legacy that has shaped Seattle's culinary landscape. Their dedication to their crafts and the community is an inspiration to us all.
The Herbfarm, nestled in a picturesque farm setting, was a trailblazer in the farm-to-table movement. Ron Zimmerman and his wife, Carrie Van Dyck, transformed the property from a humble herb farm into a nationally acclaimed dining destination. Since 1986, their seasonal multicourse dinners have taken countless diners on a gastronomic journey, highlighting the incredible flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Zimmerman's passion for herbs and cooking education not only introduced Seattle to innovative culinary experiences, but also inspired a generation of chefs and restaurateurs.
Rachel Marshall's love for ginger beer was contagious. Returning from her time in Europe, she introduced Seattle to the refreshing and invigorating taste of her homemade ginger beer. Word of her delicious creation spread like wildfire, turning Rachel's Ginger Beer into a beloved local staple. Marshall's kindness and generosity extended beyond her business, as she was known for her compassion and ability to bring people together.
As we remember and celebrate the lives of these two remarkable individuals, we are reminded of their unwavering passion for their crafts and the positive impact they had on Seattle's food community. Ron Zimmerman and Rachel Marshall will forever hold a special place in our hearts, and their influence will continue to shape our city for years to come.
In their honor, let us raise a glass of ginger beer and toast to their extraordinary lives, their pioneering spirits, and their lasting legacies. Rest in peace, Ron Zimmerman and Rachel Marshall – your contributions to Seattle's culinary scene will never be forgotten.