ÆLDER is a restaurant on Orcas Island.
ÆLDER is an ongoing investigation into the terroir of the Pacific Northwest islands. We offer three set tasting menus that explore our region and change as the Island and our farm dictate. Ælder happens 4 nights a week in the dining room at 460 Main Street.
Alder is a pioneer species of deciduous tree. It is scrappy, fast growing and resilient. It can grow in virtually any conditions and does what it must in order to flourish in even the most challenging situations.
An elder is a person or being that has accumulated a great deal of wisdom, knowledge and experience throughout their existence. They are transmitters of such information to successive generations, and therefore fill an invaluable cultual role.