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DECKED FOR THE HOLIDAYS: WPR’S 2010 HOLIDAY RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY REPORT

From private dining ideas, to gift card incentives and great gifts, it’s time to make merry!

Anthony’s Restaurants

Give the gift of Good Taste

Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, say “Co-ho-ho” with Anthony’s gift cards! Enjoy $50 free with each $500 worth of gift cards ordered. This gift keeps giving deliciously to friends, family, co-workers, and special clients. Gift cards can be used at any of Anthony’s Restaurants 19 waterfront locations and issued in any amount. Personalize it with names of the giver and recipient by giving Julie a call at (425) 455-0732 to purchase a holiday gift card today. Anthony’s Restaurant’s is a local, family-owned company, serving the Northwest for more than 30 years. Look for Anthony’s in Anacortes, opening this winter.

 

Private Dining at Anthony’s HomePort at Shilshole Bay

Ballard’s best backdrop is yours for events. Here, banquet rooms overlook the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains providing a spectacular setting. Need to customize a menu for your group and budget? Wonderful! Unlike other banquet programs, there are no additional service fees, room rental fees, bartender or cake cutting charges.  Your final bill will include charges for food and beverage with state sales tax and you add the gratuity, just like dining in the restaurant. Contact General Manager Dawn Bergau at (206) 783-0780 for details, or e-mail dawn.bergau@anthonys.com.

 

Private Dining at Anthony’s Pier 66

Reserve Anthony’s Pier 66 for private dining during lunch daily!  Enjoy premier Northwest seafood with the spectacular view of the downtown Seattle skyline, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay's boating activities.  Complimentary validated parking is also available, making downtown dining a breeze. For more information contact General Manager Vicki Westberg at (206) 448-6688 or e-mail vicki@anthonys.com.

 

For more information and our locations, please visit www.anthonys.com.

 

Calidora Skin Clinic

Best Face Forward

Look your best for the upcoming holiday parties and events! Calidora Skin Clinic offers many treatments to suit every skin need. Schedule an appointment for a Calidora Signature Facial to reveal beautiful, glowing skin. For more dramatic results, try a chemical peel, injections and dermal fillers, microdermabrasion or laser therapy. You’ll also love Calidora Skin Clinic’s suite of branded skin care products, designed to help skin be more youthful and vibrant. Can’t decide? Calidora has beautifully packaged gift cards.

 

For more information about treatments and locations, visit www.Calidora.com.

 

Trellis at The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland

Wine Country-Inspired Holiday Feasts with Executive Chef Brian Scheehser

Chef Brian Scheehser at Trellis prepares elegant holiday feasts inspired by wine country cuisine and the produce cultivated from his 10-acre farm. Special multi-course menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are planned for Trellis, all at exceptional pricing, with numerous options for guests within the prix fixe format for the first two. Book early!

 

o         Thanksgiving, noon to 8 p.m., three-course dinner

Menu highlights include Wild Foraged Mushroom Soup, entrees such as Pan-Roasted Free-Range Pheasant, Free Range Roast Turkey, and Vegetarian Cassoulet; for dessert indulge in Lemon-Sage Flan and Pumpkin Pie (and so much more!) $55 adults, children 12 and under, $23

 

o         Christmas Day, noon to 8 p.m., three-course dinner

Menu highlights include Dungeness Crab Bisque, Painted Hills Filet Mignon, House Made Gnocchi, Spinach Stuffed Quail, and for dessert, choices such as Bûche de Noel , Rum Raisin Fruit Cake, and Christmas cookies. $59 adults, children 12 and under, $24

 

o         New Years Eve, 4-10 p.m., five-course prix fixe menu

This decadent, set menu includes Pan-Seared Foie Gras, East Coast Scallops, Painted Hills Petit Filet, Garden Greens & Pear Salad and Lemon Sage Flan. $69 per person

 

For all services, also enjoy sipping on House-made Egg Nog, House-made Hot Buttered Rum, and Spiked Cider (Cider from Chef’s farm)!

 

Trellis is located in the Heathman Hotel, 220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland. 425-284-5800. www.heathmankirkland.com/

 

Holiday Inn Renton

Yankee Grill – Turkey Dinner and More, Just Like Home

Away for the holidays? You can still get a wonderful meal full of American comforts, including a sumptuous turkey dinner at the Yankee Grill at the Holiday Inn Hotel Seattle-Renton. Incredibly priced dinner entrees ($12.99-13.99) include its World Famous Rotisserie Turkey, an anytime Thanksgiving-like entrée served with homemade sage dressing, garlic mashed potatoes, pan gravy, cranberry sauce and seasonal fresh vegetables; Yankee Meatloaf; Yankee Pot Roast; Chicken Fried Steak; Shepherd's Pie with Guiness demi glace; and Liver and Onions, a veal liver soaked in milk for 24 hours, pan seared and sautéed in brandy and white wine, then smothered with onions.

 

Yankee Grill at the Holiday Inn Hotel Seattle-Renton, One South Grady, Renton, 425-255-8543; www.holidayinn.com.

 

Il Fornaio

Gourmet Gifts in the Italian Tradition
Looking for a delicious and sophisticated holiday gift to bring along to a holiday dinner party or to reward your coworkers? Il Fornaio is featuring Holiday Gift Baskets to satisfy every palate and budget. Gift Baskets include the intimate Vino per Due ($34.99), which features a bottle of Il Fornaio wine (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Chianti) and two large monogrammed wine glasses; the tasty Piccolo Tesoro ($27.99), which features a five-ounce Il Fornaio Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, one-pound coffee, and four biscotti; or the impressive Regalo del Fornaio ($79.99), which includes an Il Fornaio Pasta Book, 17-ounce Il Fornaio Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, a half-pound of coffee, stainless steel travel mug, and assorted cookies.

 

Private Dining at Il Fornaio

Located in downtown Seattle overlooking the buzz of Pacific Place and Sixth Avenue holiday shopping, this award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Private and semi-private groups ranging from 10 – 100 guests have four unique dining options from which to choose. Savor rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made and imported pastas; brick-oven pizzas; fresh salads and house made soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch. To explore each of Il Fornaio’s private and semi-private dining options visit www.opentable.com. Contact Emily Osborne, Il Fornaio’s event planner at eosborne@ilfo.com

 

600 Pine Street in the Bakery Cafe, Atrium level, Pacific Place, Seattle. 206-264-0994. www.ilfornaio.com.

 

Kathy Casey

Throw a party, Toss a Salad or Celebrate in Style!

The holidays are coming up soon and Kathy Casey Food Studios is the perfect place to host a holiday party! From Kathy’s super fun and interactive Reality Restaurant® (great as a team-building event) to a Sips & Apps cocktail party or hands-on Cocktail/Cooking Classes, Kathy and her team are ready to cook up some fun for your next event. Contact Heather Jones at (206) 784-7840 or email her at info@kathycasey.com for more information.

 

Easy Entertaining

Easy entertaining is on the menu and Kathy Casey’s latest book, Sips & Apps, will help you pull together a great party!  The book features unique cocktails and crowd-pleasing appetizers perfect for upcoming holiday festivities. Sips & Apps can be ordered through Amazon.com or through www.Kathycasey.com (request an autographed copy!). On Kathy’s online store check out the new Liquid Kitchen™ Bar Kits, the just harvested 5130 Honey, as well as Golden Era Bitters, Dish D’Lish® seasonings, mixers and limited edition preserves and syrups.

 

Kathy Casey Food Studios Holiday Extravaganza – Dec. 18

This December, mark your calendars and leave Santa a note for the Kathy Casey Food Studios Holiday Extravaganza from Saturday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Kathy Casey Food Studios will once again open its doors for retail shopping again this holiday season. Shoppers will be able to sample tantalizing nibbles and sips while shopping the limited edition gifts, books and edibles. There’ll be lots of goodies to fill your favorite foodie’s stocking including delicious oven-pretty packaged little Spiced Apple Cakes, bags of crunchy Fennel-Roasted Walnuts, and her very popular “Over 21” Real Fruit Cakes!

 

Kathy Casey Food Studios is the perfect one-stop shop for the holiday shopper and party planner! Come see how d'lish your holidays could be!

 

Kathy Casey Food Studios, 5130 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, 206-784-7840; www.kathycasey.com

Catch Kathy on twitter (@KathyCaseyChef), Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog or find Sips & Apps on Facebook.

 

Marco Two Union Square Salon

Party Pretty in One Quick Stop

Rushing from work to a holiday dinner party? Instead of wasting precious time by stopping home to redo your hair, stop by Marco Two Union for a Holiday Blow & Go ($40) to transform your limp locks into a sleek blowout. Are your eyelashes bat-worthy? Consider the lash extensions only the advanced team at Marco makes seamless. Arrive to those holiday events pretty and polished, thanks to one of the most acclaimed salons in downtown Seattle. Gift cards are also available at Marco to give the gift of beauty!

 

601 Union Street, Seattle. 206-628-8881. www.marcotwounionsquare.com

 

Metropolitan Market
For All Your Holiday Shopping

This holiday season, Metropolitan Market’s Red Coat shopping concierge and Culinary Artists will be in the store to help you zero in on your list and to guide you quickly through the aisles. On Christmas Eve, the Red Coat team will be wearing Santa hats to make them even easier to spot as you scramble for those last minute ingredients!

 

Looking for the perfect ham for holiday dinner? Pick up a Kurobuta ham and the new release of Metropolitan Market’s Red No. 10 wine. The Deli also has incredible prepared meals to go with turkey and all the trimmings to feed an entire family (advance orders are required), at a fraction of what you’d spend to prepare the meal at home.

 

Metropolitan Market can also come to you! Order everything you need, from food, to champagne, to flowers, and let Metropolitan Market deliver it to your door. Available menu options include poached salmon, cheeses of the world, and chilled champagne. For a full menu, visit www.metropolitan-market.com/catering.

 

For additional information and locations, please visit www.metropolitan-market.com.

 

The Paramount Hotel

Shop 'Til You Drop Package

After shopping comes dropping, and why not stay right downtown and scoop up some purchase incentives?! The Paramount Hotel’s Shop 'Til You Drop package includes overnight accommodations, valet parking for one vehicle, a $10 Starbucks gift card (limit one per room), a $50 Macy's gift card (limit one per room) or a $50 Nordstrom gift card (limit one per room), plus coupons for local restaurants and retail stores, and a special gift. Rates vary. Located on Pine in between 7th Ave and 8th Ave, walking distance to the best shopping, restaurants, and attractions Seattle has to offer, get that holiday shopping out of the way, save money and have fun doing it at The Paramount.

 

724 Pine Street, Seattle; 206-292-9500 or Book online.

Parties that Cook

Spice up this year’s holiday party

Spice up this year’s holiday party with a deliciously fun, hands-on cooking event with Parties That Cook!
Perfect for all holiday celebrations: Office Holiday Parties, Team Building, Client Entertainment – Employee Appreciation, Holiday Cocktail Parties, or Family Gatherings. Celebrate with the following holiday events:

  • Sumptuous Small Plates -Gourmet Meal of Appetizers
  • Chef’s Table -Four Course Themed Meal
  • Kitchen Challenge – Iron Chef Competition
  • Ultimate Kitchen Challenge – Corporate Training Competition
  • Cooking With Cache – GPS Scavenger Hunt & Cooking Challenge
  • Hands-on Cooking Classes – Couples, Holiday Classes & More

 

CALL NOW AND SAVE $200, when you book by October 31, 2010. Be sure to mention this special holiday offer when you call or email. Holiday discount applies to new bookings only. Cannot be combined with other offers. The stove is filling up fast, so reserve your date today!

Call 1-888-907-COOK, e-mail info@partiesthatcook.com or visit www.partiesthatcook.com

 

Bradley & Mikel’s Pearl Bar & Dining

Holiday Dining

Pearl shines more lustrously than ever during the holidays. The restaurant will serve guests for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For those who dine at Pearl on Thanksgiving, guests who order turkey also enjoy Leftovers to go on Thanksgiving,” in which guests receive a box of leftovers to make turkey sandwiches the next day.

 

Unparalleled Private Dining in Bellevue

Pearl offers many dining options to suit every event need. The large semi-private alcove seats up to 30 people and features electronic equipment ideal for PowerPoint or DVD presentations. The smaller semi-private alcove seats parties up to 10 for more intimate gatherings. Both semi-private alcoves offer sheer or heavy velvet draping depending on your privacy requests. For a less formal gathering, three semi/private dining areas are available. Choose to sit at a dining table for a small group of up to six, or relax in the lounge with a larger party of up to 12. All three tables feature sheer draping to make your dining experience a little more intimate! For a unique dining experience, sit at the exclusive chef’s table. It is the ultimate experience for diners who want an up-close and personal dinner with the accompaniment of Executive Chef and Owner Bradley Dickinson (seats up to eight)!

 

Give Pearl Gift Cards

A visit to Pearl makes the perfect gift! Stuff your stocking with a gift card to Pearl!

 

Holiday Happy Hour

As always, Pearl will be serving its twice-daily Happy Hour throughout the holiday season. Stop in from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. – close, seven nights a week for half off cocktails and small plates!

 

700 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-455-0181; www.PearlBellevue.com

 

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Impeccable service, great steak and unforgettable parties

Downtown’s new, premiere steakhouse offers the finest hand-selected and hand-cut premium USDA high choice beef -aged a minimum of 28 days, select Seafood from local vendors, incredible broiled Australian cold water lobster tails and tempura Lobster tail. Breads, salad dressings, sauces and desserts are all made from scratch daily, so host the party there! Two incredible private dining rooms, fully connected and equipped with audio/video capabilities and no room fee make Sullivan’s the obvious choice for private holiday parties. Order from Sullivan’s award-winning menus, or work with its chefs to create a tailored affair.

 

Choose from The Theatre Room (capacity 55) which overlooks the hustle and bustle of Union Street and the ACT Theatre, or The Union Square Symphony Room (75 seated /100 reception), where an elegant staircase leads guests up to a dedicated room adorned with local artwork, sweeping mirrors and sleek décor; the room also features a  65" HD LCD television. Contact Lori Carchedi, Private and Special Events Manager to book at 206-494-4442 or seattlecatering@steakco.com.

 

621 Union Street, Seattle; 206-494-4442 www.sullivansteakhouse.com

 

SUR

Sizzling Hot Holiday Parties

SUR, located in Seattle’s gentrified SODO district, combines the best of all worlds: fine dining with flavors influenced by Latin cultures, a private venue with in-house party and venue planners, and a sizzling nightclub with impressive lighting, design, stage and sound. Club SUR is available day and night for special events. Event planner Liliana Edwards brings 18 years of planning experience and makes vendor selections seamless for a perfect affair. In-house artistic direction from renowned tango performers and stage designers Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucero are also yours by extension (dance lessons, anyone?).

Book with lilianaedwards@seattleclubsur.com.

 

2901 1st Ave. South, Seattle, 206.682.1292; www.seattleclubsur.com

 

Ipanema Grill

Festive Parties Go Brazilian!

 Ipanema Grill in Seattle is all about Rodízio, a popular Brazilian format of enjoying dinner among friends and a unique dining experience your group won’t soon forget. Rodízio offers a wide variety of different cuts of grilled meats slowly roasted in specially designed charcoal grills. Served continuously by “passadores” with food brought on skewers or carved to order tableside, servers make their rounds until guests are full! Dining at Ipanema also includes unlimited visits to the “mesa de frios” (cold table) for an array of cold cuts, cheeses, salads and exotic Brazilian specialties. Its private dining area accommodates 20 -80 people, so bring the crowd and Ipanema will have the party waiting, Brazilian style .

 1225 1st Ave, Seattle; (206) 957-8444 www.ipanemabraziliangrill.us

Terra Vista

Enjoy all your favorite holidays and a view!

Celebrate any of your favorite holidays with Terra Vista this season. The restaurant is open for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and the New Year, all perfect excuses to come in and indulge in a meal cooked just for you. Enjoy fine dining framed by a scenic, snow-topped mountain setting. On Thanksgiving, Terra Vista is open from 3 to 9 p.m. and will serve three special four-course menus at $49.95 each; a wine pairing is also available for an additional $20. On Dec. 24, you can dine from 5 to 11 p.m. and on the 25th, the Restaurant will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. The regular menu will be served on both days, with an additional holiday entree served on Christmas. For the New Year step out in style! Between 4 p.m. –midnight on New Year’s Eve and 4 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Terra Vista will be open for you, your friends and family to enjoy your favorite menu, cocktails and the beginning of 2011.

37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, 425-888-1234. http://snocasino.com

 Waterways Cruises & Events

Husky Sailgating Cruise – Nov. 18

 Love watching Husky Games but hate traffic and parking hassle at the stadium?  “Sailgate” with Waterways Cruises to the University of Washington! Your Saturday game afternoon aboard a beautifully appointed Waterways yacht includes a two-hour cruise to the University of Washington Football Stadium, a delicious deli sandwich buffet, and a cruise back to the port.  Handcrafted cocktails, regional wines and beers, and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase during the cruise and at half-time, including Waterways signature cocktails or “design-your-own” drinks. 

 

Husky Sailgating Cruises depart from the Waterways HomePort on the north shore of Lake Union in Seattle and from the Southport Pier in Renton on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure. The cruise will disembark at the stadium dock one hour before the game and board the yacht 30 minutes after the end of the game. 

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise – Nov. 25

 Celebrate Thanksgiving aboard a beautifully appointed Waterways yacht with a sumptuous buffet, festive atmosphere and magnificent views of Seattle during holidays.   Your Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise includes a two-and-a-half-hour cruise on Lake Washington, a champagne toast upon boarding, and an expansive buffet of traditional Thanksgiving selections.  Beer, wine, handcrafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase during the cruise, including wine pairing for each dining selection.  Request a window seat option to get the best views!

 

The Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise departs from the Southport Pier & Promenade in Renton and from the Waterways HomePort on Lake Union in Seattle on Nov. 25 at 2:30 pm. Boarding starts 30 minutes prior to the departure time.

  

Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise – Dec. 24

Your Christmas Eve dinner includes a two-and-a-half-hour cruise on Lake Washington, a champagne toast upon boarding, and a festive four-course menu designed just for this festive evening. Freshly prepared by our executive Chef onboard, this gourmet dinner with your choice of entrée is served at your private, view table.  Live music performance onboard adds an extra touch of elegance to your fine dining experience. Beer, wine, handcrafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase during the cruise, including wine pairings. Request a window seat option to get the best views!

 

The Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise departs from the Southport Pier & Promenade in Renton and from the Waterways HomePort on the north shore of Lake Union in Seattle ton Friday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. Boarding starts 30 minutes prior to the departure time.

 

Holiday Parade of Lights Cruises Nov. 27 – Dec. 23

Celebrate the holiday season aboard and join dozens of decorated boats for the annual Seattle's tradition of Holiday Parade of Lights Cruises.  Enjoy our seasonal specialty menus served buffet or in four plated courses, sip on a hot apple cider or a cocktail and take in the magnificent views of festive Seattle at night.  Caroling, spectacular lights and holiday cheer are all part of the show!

 

The Holiday Parade of Lights Cruises depart from:

o         Waterways HomePort on Lake Union in Seattle on Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 28 at 5 p.m., Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Dec.4 at 7:30 p.m., Dec.17 at 7 p.m., Dec. 18 at 3 p.m., Dec. 20 at 5:45 p.m., and Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. for the Grand Finale.

o         Southport Pier in Renton on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m., and Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., and from Pier 66 in Seattle on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Boarding starts 30 minutes prior to the departure time.

 

For all cruises, buy tickets online or call 206-223-2060 for groups of eight or more guests. For more information and our locations, please visit www.waterwayscruises.com.

 

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