Mindy Moody, the owner and chef at the recently opened Glass Alley Café in Freeland, says she got into the restaurant business because of her love of good food, especially old world style cuisine. Mindy, with her partner Chuck Miller, opened Glass Alley Café on July 10th.
The Glass Alley Cafe specializes in delicious Northern Italian and French cuisine. The menu features homemade pastas, Bolognese and Alfredo sauces, coq au vin (Mindy’s specialty), dinner crepes and other dishes sourced from the local farmer’s markets and whatever is currently available.
Mindy only recently received her professional training as a chef. She always enjoyed cooking, but she became much more interested in pursuing in career in the restaurant business after a trip to Italy in 2007. She comments, “I met so many people and enjoyed so many wonderful food styles there.” She followed up her trip to Italy by enrolling in the Culinary Program of the Art Institute of Seattle.
Earlier this year, she heard that the Midway Café on Harbor Avenue in Downtown Freeland was closing. She took the leap and created Glass Alley. She reasoned, “Everybody loves Italian food!”
She believes the success of this venture owes a great deal to the support of her partner, Chuck, and the young people she hired to help with the cooking and the service. The first person she brought on board was her 22-year old son, Josh Moody, who is the Lead Chef with seven years’ experience. He notes, “I am really grateful seeing the people come in to try our restaurant who leave feeling really satisfied and happy.”
Josh is assisted in the kitchen by his friend, Corey Norman, who is the Sous Chef and Chris Brinton, who shares the same love of cooking and good food that characterizes everyone who works at Glass Alley. Andrew Koleda is the maître d and greets every customer with a great smile and a genuine attitude of wanting them to be pleased with the service.
Mindy notes that The Glass Alley Café is offering a very different experience from what is offered elsewhere on Whidbey:
- Fresh handmade pasta;
- A unique take on traditional Italian and French cuisine;
- A special, intimate dining environment (with much of the artwork created by Mindy); and
- The ability to watch the chefs at work
Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch services) and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (dinner). Reservations are recommended: 360-331-0343. Their menu is on the website.