December 2009

 
   
 
 
 

All We Want for Christmas is
Food, Fun, and Fabulous Finds

It’s already December, and that means it’s time to start making plans for the holidays. From the perfect stocking stuffers to gourmet New Year’s Eve dinner, sail through the holidays stress-free!

 
     
   

A Hand-Picked Meal; Home for the Holidays
Treat your family to the freshest Christmas Dinner at Trellis! Chef Brian from Trellis has prepared a beautiful Christmas dinner menu with produce hand-picked and preserved by Chef Brian himself. The three-course prix-fixe menu ($49 for adults, $21 for children 12 & under) will be served from noon to 8 p.m.

The Heathman Hotel is also the perfect place to host your holiday party! Dates are still available and your reservation will include amazing offers: complimentary Valet parking, one complimentary guestroom suite on night of the event, complimentary holiday table linens, 20% discount on guestroom rates over event dates, and 30% off any service at Penterra Spa before Dec. 31. Also, if you have holiday guests from out of town, book them a room at The Heathman Hotel for only $119 a night, which is part of their Home for the Holidays special. Book your reservation now using the special promo code HOLIDAYHHK. Treat your friends and family to a gift card for The Heathman Hotel. Purchase $250 in gift cards and receive a complimentary $50 gift card!

Trellis and Penterra Spa offer complimentary valet parking for patrons.

220 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland. 425.284.5800. www.heathmankirkland.com.
Follow The Heathman Hotel on Twitter: @HeathmanHotel


   

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits
The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits is locally revered for its fantastic pizzas, tasty local microbrews and an irreverent, rock ‘n roll attitude, and now it’s infiltrating Canada! Keep Rockin’ LLC recently announced an agreement with Kaizen Brands, Inc. of Surrey, B.C. to operate as exclusive franchisor in Canada for The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits. The 40-store development agreement means Kaizen Brands, Inc. will franchise The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits through a Master Development Agreement. The first location is slated to open in Red Deer, Alberta. Get into one of 10 area Rock locations!

For a full list of locations please visit www.therockwfp.com.
Follow The Rock on Twitter: @TheRockWFP

   

Dine and Give Back by purchasing a Gift Card
Now through Jan. 3, 2010, Restaurants Unlimited, Inc. (RUI) is conducting an aggressive fund-raising campaign for select Children’s Hospital foundations in the communities its restaurants serve. Its goal is to raise $300,000 system wide in kind for the foundations. The program is simple: For every RUI gift card purchased Nov. 2, 2009 through Jan. 3, 2010 in person or online, RUI will donate five percent of the purchase amount as in kind to a Children’s Hospital partner. Throughout Puget Sound, stop by Cutter’s Bayhouse, Fondi, Maggie Bluff’s, Newport Bay, Palisade, Palomino, Scott’s Bar and Grill, Stanford’s and Stanley & Seafort’s to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

For a full list of participating restaurants please visit www.r-u-i.com.

   

Best reason to come back to Belltown
Belltown received the ultimate Christmas gift a little early this year! Ventana Restaurant, adjacent to newly remodeled Twist, has opened its doors and opened eyes with its New American menu. Ventana’s power team, Chef Joseph Conrad, Owner Dave Lyon and General Manager Franco D’Amico, has created a breath-taking atmosphere and an equally show-stopping menu. Alicia Arter from Seattle Magazine, raves about the creative introduction of “multiple French sea salts in the menu, and in interesting mixes like soy salt with edamame, lavender/rosemary salt, truffle salt with fries, and Nicoise olive salt paired with fresh bread and olive oil.” Chef Joseph’s inventiveness includes such fare as Ahi Tuna & Watermelon Satay with soy sambal, salted peanut brittle, and thai basil to Bone Marrow Gratin, served with salsify, parmesan, and truffle oil. Book a table for the fare and its sweeping view of Elliot Bay!

2323 1st Avenue, Seattle. 206-441-4789. www.ventanaseattle.com.
Follow Ventana on Twitter: @VentanaSEA

   

Stocking Stuffers
Looking for the perfect gift for the foodie on your list? Head over to Kathy Casey Food Studios on Saturday December 12th for the open house (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.). A variety of delicious holiday treats will be offered to fill your favorite food lover’s stocking! From little Spiced Apple Cakes, Fennel Spiced Walnuts, Makers Mark “Over 21” Fruitcake, to Dish D’Lish Seasonings and Nectarine Rose Preserves and Blueberry Lavender Chutney, the variety of choices will guarantee that you will find the perfect gift! Kathy Casey will also be signing copies of her book Sips & Apps, an incredible cookbook filled with recipes for creative cocktails and accompanying appetizers. As if you needed another reason to be there, Kathy Casey will be offering samples of some of the appetizers from her book, such as Bacon Blue Cheese & Pecan Cocktail Cookies!

5130 Ballard Ave. NW Seattle, WA 98107. 206-784-7840. www.kathycasey.com.
Follow Kathy Casey on Twitter: @KathyCaseyChef

   

Halls are decked, table’s set:
Christmas and New Year’s Eve Dinners

Celebrate Christmas and the New Year with Terra Vista! Why cook on Christmas when you can enjoy fine dining framed by a scenic, snow-topped mountain setting? Terra Vista will serve its winter menu with ala carte service on Dec. 24 and 25. The Restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 4 to 9 p.m.

Then, get ready to step out for the New Year in style! Between 9 p.m. – midnight, a five-course prix fix menu will be served ($95, add a wine flight supplement for $30). The feast will include such menu items as lobster and truffle cauliflower risotto with roasted foie gras, chive and chervil oil, and licorice syrup and olive oil poached loch duart with haramasa and ahi mosaic, hot black garlic ice cream, sorrel velouté and golden caviar. Save room for a decadent dessert: Bitter Sweet Chocolate and Lapsang Souchong Tea Soufflé and Fire & Ice (white chocolate genoise, LN frozen coconut meringue, coconut macadamia nuts and lemon porridge).

37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, 425-888-1234. www.snocasino.com.

   

Gifts so perfect, you can shop while you dine!
Need a satisfying break from all your holiday shopping? On Dec. 10-11, 17-18, and 21-22, Morton’s will be offering a Prime Lunch for $25 per person between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. including soup or salad, choice of entrées such as grilled rib eye steak or Northwest King salmon, and dessert. A limited a la carte menu is also available. Don’t miss out on these special meals!

Morton’s is also excited to help you with your holiday celebrations! The staff at Morton’s will offer several options for every party need. Choose from three-course luncheons (starting at just $25 per person), cocktail receptions (hors d’oeuvres paired with fine wine and chilled cocktails), tasting events, dinner parties, and Morton’s Prime to Go (for in-home or office celebrations). Also, enjoy complimentary private dining rooms for a more intimate dining experience. Contact Monica Pavelka Agbalog at 206-223-0550 or monica_agbalog@mortons.com to make arrangements!

1511 6th Ave., Seattle. 206-223-0550. www.mortons.com/seattle.
Follow Morton’s The Steakhouse on Twitter: @Mortons

   

Boost Immunity with Healeo
Feeling a little under the weather? Head over to Healeo and stock up on some immunity-boosting supplements. Health-boosting options include: Healeo Seasonal Immunity SFx, Healeo Immune System Support Cx, and Healeo Seasonal Immune Complex Cx. Healeo suggests complementary lifestyle changes to maintaining your health during the holiday season; make sure to exercise, eat right, get plenty of rest, and take time to relax.

Creating artwork can be therapeutic, and Healeo is happy to provide a place for you to show off your creative masterpieces. Healeo will be displaying art around the store from local kids, students, and adults. Everyone is welcome to submit and on the 1st of the month Healeo will announce an “artist of the month” who will have the chance to present their artwork and answer any questions. The first art show will be Dec. 10 to correspond with the Capitol Hill Art Walk.

1520 15th Avenue, Seattle. 206-453-5066. www.healeo.com
Follow Healeo on Twitter: @HEALEO

   

Wine Dinner featuring Animale
Carnivorous? No. Animale? Definitely! Carmelita presents its second annual, four-course wine dinner with Animale winemaker Matt Gubitosa on Dec. 8, 6 p.m. Animale is based in nearby Ballard (www.animalewine.com), underscoring Carmelita’s local offering for this special evening. The menu starts with an amuse bouche of goat cheese-thyme mini-tart topped with Meyer lemon zest, and it finishes with a homemade chocolate and pink salt crepe, filled with warm anise seed chocolate, roasted almonds and wild huckleberry chutney. Each course is perfectly paired with Animale wine. Space is limited to 18 ($75 per person), so call to reserve or email inquiries to: www.carmelita.net/reserve_table.html

7314 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle. 206-706-7703. www.carmelita.net or call 206-706-7703. Follow Carmelita on Twitter: @CarmelitaVeggie

   

Stretch Your Holiday Clams with Ivar’s and PNB Nutcracker Deals
As you gear up for the holidays, give the gift of clams with Ivar’s gift cards. Receive a FREE $5 gift card with every $25 gift card purchase (to purchase gift cards online, click here)! Also, planning to see the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker? Save 15 percent on select performances to this prized holiday performance by picking up a specially coded flyer at all Ivar’s and Kidd Valley locations.

For a full list of locations please visit www.ivars.net.
Follow Ivar’s on Twitter: @IvarsClam
Facebook Fan: www.facebook.com/IvarsRestaurants.

   

Grab a Gourmet Gift
Il Fornaio is your holiday helper, offering Holiday Gift Baskets to satisfy every palate and budget. Gift Baskets include the intimate The Vino Per Due, with your choice of Il Fornaio wine (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Barbera) and two large monogrammed wine glasses ($35), the tasty Piccolo Tesoro, a small Il Fornaio Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, 1 lb coffee, and four biscotti ($28), or the impressive Regalo Del Fornaio, a pasta book, large olive oil and vinegar, half pound of coffee, travel mug, and assorted cookies ($85).

Looking for a place to host your holiday party? Il Fornaio offers a range of options for every type of party. To check out their private dining options, visit opentable.com.

600 Pine Street, Seattle. 206-264-0994. www.ilfornaio.com.
Follow Il Fornaio on Twitter: @IlFornaio_sea


   

Wine and tidbits
‘Tis the season to treat yourself to delicious food! Throughout December, Tidbit is cooking up a special daily event, “wine and tidbits.” For $10, sip on a glass of wine and choose two tapas from 6 p.m. – close. Tidbit offers authentic Spanish and Italian wines as well as some local favorites. Select from tempting tapas such as traditional Spanish Patatas Bravas (golden fried potato cubes served with salsa sciué sciué topped with garlic allioli), Italian Arancini (two golden fried risotto cakes with tomato, saffron and mozzarella,served with tomato salsa sciué sciué), and Rotolini di Bresaola (rolls of bresaola filled with lemon oil arugula, parmesan, and fennel).

Tidbit also provides a welcoming atmosphere for your private party. Choose from a variety of prix-fixed menu options. Depending on the size of your group and budget, tidbit offers prices ranging from $25-45 per person. Parties can be held at lunchtime for groups of 18-20 or more. To discuss the various options, contact Tidbit by email at tidbitbistro@hotmail.com.

2359 10th Ave East, Seattle. 206-323-0840. www.tidbitbistro.com
Follow Tidbit Bistro on Twitter: @tidbitbistro

   

Eastside Domestic Violence Program
On Tuesday, Dec.1, Pearl will be celebrating a full year of food, fun, and fabulous cocktails! To share the joy, Pearl is partnering with Eastside Domestic Violence Program and Pam & Rochelle from Chat with Women. Party attendees are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to the many children in EDVP’s homeless shelters and programs. Pearl will be offering half off signature cocktails, glass wine pours, small plates, and draft beer to honor the occasion! Beginning at 6 p.m., come raise your glass to a great cause!

Learn more about Eastside Domestic Violence Program by visiting www.edvp.org.

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Wilson PR at Seattle Magazine’s 2010 Preview Event with fabulous catering by Bradley and Mikel’s PEARL Bar & Dining and dessert by Cupcake Royale.
Photo courtesy of MORGAN KEULER FOR TEAM PHOTOGENIC © 2009.

 

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