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Brendan’s McGill’s Bainbridge Island Restaurant, Seabird, was named the 12th Best New Restaurant in the Country by Esquire magazine.

His review praises chefs McGill and Grant Rico for their “creamy French toast, halibut ceviche with tangy leche de tigre and jalapeño crema, and sable fish in a delicious almond broth, infused with tangy salsa macha.”

It continues: “It would be remiss to miss the veg – it’s just as compelling as its oceanic counterparts. Roasted salsify, slathered in a brown butter sauce and served with a rich, runny duck egg and roasted carrot fricassee, will make you think about veggies in a whole new way.”

The Seabird was Cafe Hitchcock for years. McGill owns other restaurants on BI and in Seattle.

night market

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is holding its first Winter Night Market December 2-3 from 4pm to 8pm

Each evening, in time for the holiday season, the square fills with lights, music, food and celebratory drinks, and over 20 local vendors. There will be a free photo booth and free films in the Frank Buxton Auditorium.

Activities for all ages will be offered throughout the museum as well as in the plaza with fire pits to keep participants warm. Build a gingerbread house with KidiMu or write a letter to a loved one or Santa Claus in the galleries.

Play in the library

The Island Theater presents a dramatic reading of Augusta at the Bainbridge Public Library on December 3-4 at 7:30pm.

A minimum donation of $5 is recommended.

In the dark comedy, Molly and Claire clean houses for wealthy Maine summer guests, but their world is rocked by Jimmy, their new boss, who is abusive and seductive. The three find themselves in a relationship of twists and turns, betrayal, power grabs, moral dilemmas and finally a crime that offers an unexpected glimmer of hope.

Augusta is directed by Steve Stolee and stars islanders Sabrina Fiander, Cathy Richards-Ingram and Dustin Ingram. It is recommended for high school seniors and older.

The Island Theater returns to the library after a long COVID hiatus. Audiences should appreciate the higher stage and improved lighting for better visibility.

The non-profit theater is run by volunteers. Visit for details

Raised $3,000

Bainbridge students raised over $3,000 for a medical university on November 12 by bringing together a range of panelists from diverse public health backgrounds.

The Bainbridge Island Youth Partners In Health Engage Chapter hosted an expert panel at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Stephanie Farquhar, professor of public health at the University of Washington, Dr. Rabi Yunusa, a physician and researcher specializing in structural violence, and Dr. Neil Gupta, former Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health in Rwanda.

The event showcased the importance of intersectionality within public health and aligned with the University of Global Health Equity Youth Project. This medical university is reshaping the way medicine is taught by embracing global health leadership and the “One Health Approach”: embracing animals, people and the environment. This holistic approach is a critical aspect that is needed in the field of public health. Panellists shared how their work incorporates intersectionality and how it is required for all topics.

Other stakeholders alongside BIMA included: the BI Senior Center, the Bainbridge Community Foundation and the 1066 Fund.

youth involved

The City of Bainbridge Island has developed a curriculum to help students participate in their Climate Smart Challenge.

Autumn Salamack, the city’s climate officer, and Hannah Ljunggren, climate work coordinator, adapted the challenge for fourth through twelve graders. “The goal is for teachers and groups to use the lesson plans to talk about climate change,” Salamack said, adding she hopes students take on the challenge with their families as well. By the end of 2022, BI has reached about half and involved 250 households.

Students can measure their carbon footprint and learn how to reduce it. Lesson plans are posted on the city’s website for everyone to see. Resources for younger students will be available shortly. See for details

BI ride

Kitsap Transit and the City of Bainbridge Island are looking to increase usage of the on-demand BI-Ride program.

The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions and increase traffic safety and accessibility of BI. BI Ride lets you plan rides anywhere on the island, but many are unfamiliar with it, the city said in a statement.

They are looking for people to participate in Zoom Virtual Focus Groups on December 6th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm or December 7th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The groups will address messages and motivations that would increase ridership.

If you choose, you’ll receive a $75 Visa gift card. To apply, go to

Local Author

Christina A. Kemp of Bainbridge Island has written her first book entitled Across the Distance.

She has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is also a writer and teacher.

Her book is a reminder of the people who shaped and hurt her and her determination to learn from those encounters. According to a press release, readers will identify with their situation. “Her words reflect the boundless depths of loss, the power of healing, and the sacred truths that lie within us.”

The 230-page book is available from Eagle Harbor Book Co. in Winslow.

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