by Carol Riley, Contributing Writer
Port Ludlow, you are in for a treat! Chef Thysen (Ty) Scott, owner of God Bless Food (GBF) Catering, is branching out. The number one business Port Ludlow residents have been longing to see is coming—COFFEE—in the form of God Bless Coffee (GBC.) Covid-19 changed our lives in 2020.
Small businesses were hit hard and GBF Catering was no exception. On March 23, 2020, GBF was looking forward to a great year with 147 catering jobs on the books. In a week, those bookings dropped to zero. The Scotts needed a new business model, and GBF was able to secure space in the building where Grace Christian Center holds its services, and that enabled Ty and wife Debi to set up a catering operation preparing and serving take-out dinners two nights a week.
Ty is an award-winning chef who serves award-winning food. The Port Townsend Leader reader poll garnered Chef Ty a first-place win as chef/cook and another first place for his “white gold” clam chowder in 2020. In addition, Ty won Best Desserts and Best Carry Out in the County for a total of four awards. Ty and his crew have accomplished an amazing renovation to their space in the church building and have now expanded into a second room that holds their steam tables, giant rice cookers, walk-in refrigerators, proofing cabinet, and prep tables. The space is a necessity as GBF is serving 80 to 100 meals each Tuesday and Friday.
The idea for GBC came from their satisfied customers who kept asking, “Why just dinners?” That question was music to Ty’s ears as he considers the creation of awesome breakfast dishes his favorite and best effort. Providing breakfast, lunch, and coffee required a different approach. A permanent installation was needed so townspeople and visitors could drive or walk to the location and order coffee, breakfast, and lunch items. A custom-built trailer, designed and outfitted to their needs, was ordered for the purpose. Another requirement? Finding a “star” barista, and they found that person in Jordyn Johnson. Jordyn is not only a master at the art of crafting coffee drinks, but she has excellent management experience as well and has become a valuable member of the GBF/GBC team.
In addition to serving a variety of coffee drinks made with Dillanos Coffee Roasters (DCR) premium coffee, Ty will be making his buttermilk biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruit, items that are gluten free/dairy free/sugar free, sandwiches, hot dogs on steamed buns, smoked salmon (salmon candy), and of course, clam chowder. Most food items will be seasonal and locally sourced, with daily specials, and a goal of adding soft-serve ice cream as the weather warms. Check out gbfcatering.com to find out how to receive texts announcing the daily specials.
Opening day is scheduled for mid-April if all goes as planned. Hours of operation will be 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The plan is to make it a 7-day-a-week operation once summer arrives. Watch your email for opening day announcements or check out gbfcatering.com for more information.