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September 2010 | Tamara Wilson PR

September 2010 Velvet Rope


Artfully Mastered Dumplings
Coming this Oct. to Lincoln Square, Din Tai Fung is a famous dumpling house with roots in Taiwan and more than 40 restaurants throughout Asia. The exacting art of Din Tai Fung’s dumplings is the result of months of training by its Pacific Rim-based master chefs. Patrons will be able to watch a team of dumpling-makers prepare their delicious fare through a glassed in kitchen. Bellevue’s Din Tai Fung, seating 220 people, is the first U.S. franchise (there are two adjacent restaurants pleasing huge crowds in the Los Angeles area, currently).

For more information please visit, www.dintaifungusa.com.



Juicy News: Peaches and Nectarines are here!
The peach and nectarine bounty has arrived and it’s time to enjoy large, sweet, juice-dripping-down-your-chin goodness from Washington State. The tree-ripe fruit is continuing to arrive in stores now through September. Peaches and nectarines are great eaten fresh and in pies and tarts, but consider trying them reduced in sauces, baked or even grilled. Want the recipe for the perfect peach smoothie? Click here. Prep tip: to quickly and easily peel peaches, place them in boiling water for 20 seconds and then ice water for 10 seconds; the skin should peel off easily.

For more information, please visit www.wastatefruit.com.



A “SUR” thing excites with all things Latin-inspired
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. Executive Chef Maritza Texeira and her culinary team transport you to their respective native homelands through fine food and wine. SUR’s hybrid dining room/club also brings a mix of scheduled performances, such as salsa, samba or tango dancing to light up the weekends. It’s also the ideal private function venue with every capability imaginable.

2901 First Ave. South, Seattle; 206-682-1292; www.seattleclubsur.com.



Surpassing 100 reviews on TripAdvisor.com
Fresh from the traveler’s preferred web site, packed with more than 35 million firsthand reviews and opinions, The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland announces it has just passed the 100th traveler review mark on TripAdvisor.com. With a 97 percent “Thumbs Up” cumulative approval and five bullet rating, the boutique, luxury property has among most positive user-rated reviews of any Puget Sound hotel. Serving the business traveler as well as the leisure-oriented, pet-pampering, wine-country-loving and eco-friendly guest, see what travelers of all types are saying here.

220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland. 425-284-5800. www.heathmankirkland.com.
Follow The Heathman Hotel on Twitter @HeathmanHotel and Facebook





Metropolitan Market's For the Love of Cheese
Celebrate a shared love of cheese, featuring award-winning, farmstead, artisan and specialty cheeses from the Northwest and beyond! Savor unique cheese pairings such as chocolate, sea salt, beer, Boat Street Pickles, salami and more. Meet cheese-makers, chefs, local artisans, cheese authors and experts. Sample our hand-stretched mozzarella and cheeses found only at Metropolitan Market. Get your slice of the love only at your neighborhood Metropolitan Market; find locations here!

All locations – Sept. 15 – Sept. 28 www.Metropolitan-Market.com.



Pearl shines with Awards!

The 2010 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award – “Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator's Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

The 2010 Washington Restaurant Association Award and Washington Wine “Award of Distinction” from The Washington State Wine Commission Recognizing its winemaker dinners, server training, dedication to maintaining an excellent list and its Washington-centric weight, Pearl is a proud ambassador of Washington wine.

2010 Washington Restaurant Association – Finalist for National Philanthropy Award Recently named a 2010 Washington Restaurant Neighbor Award Winner the WRA selected Pearl Bellevue as one of three state finalists for consideration in its National Philanthropy Award.

621 Union Street, Seattle. 206-494-4442. www.PearlBellevue.com.
Follow Pearl on Twitter @PearlBellevue and Facebook.



Your gooooooal: one great soccer overnight package
Now through Nov. 30, Soccer fans unite! Kick back at The Paramount Hotel in one of its urban contemporary rooms. You will score with complimentary valet parking for one vehicle, a 20 percent off VIP Card for the award winning restaurant Dragonfish Asian Café, and one Seattle Sounders Scarf (additional scarves can be purchased at the front desk). Rates vary.
Don’t miss the upcoming Sept. 9 match, Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake at 8 p.m.

Book online or call 206.292.9500.

724 Pine St., Seattle; 206-292-9500; www.paramounthotelseattle.com.
Follow The Paramount Hotel Twitter @ParamountHotel_ and Facebook.



Summer dining on seasonal delights
Each season Tidbit swaps out its menu with new Madrid-meets-Napoli favorites, and even with a move to central Capitol Hill, the guys seamlessly turned out a new offering. Try starters such as the carpaccio de bresaola, with arugula, fennel, shaved parmesan with lemon oil ($10), or the gambas al ajillo con pimenton, prawns sautéed in a spicy Andaluz sherry sauce ($10). Tasty entrees include the house made pappadelle al funghi in tomato salsa with sautéed mushrooms, arugula, and shaved parmesan ($14, or $18 with grilled chicken); or enjoy the seasonal fresh fish with baby squid, prawns, grilled and served with arugula, olive oil and lemon (market price).

1401 Broadway, Seattle; 206-323-0840; www.tidbitbistro.com.
Follow tidbit bistro on Twitter @tidbitbistro


We love you, honey!
The Greek Gods Yogurt has fast risen to fame thanks largely to its incomparable favored flavor we know and love as “honey.” Snapped up as quickly as “The Gods” are able to get it back on supermarket shelves, there’s now a perfectly legitimate excuse to double up your supply soon: September is National Honey Month! Always naturally flavored, super thick and creamy in the Greek tradition, hormone-free and gluten-free, make September your honey of a month with Greek Gods Yogurt. And remember to thank the bees of the world for their natural super food!

For more information and recipe ideas for The Greek Gods Yogurt, please visit: www.greekgodsyogurt.com.
Follow the Greek Gods on Twitter @TheGreekGods
and Facebook.



Chateau Ste. Michelle: Scholarship Fund
Chateau Ste. Michelle and the College Success Foundation have partnered for nine consecutive years to financially empower the state’s underserved students to attend and graduate college with a four-year degree. With this goal and an emphasis on children of agricultural workers, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Diversity Scholarship Fund began in 2001; it makes a difference by:

• providing four-year college scholarships for underrepresented, low-income students in Washington State to attend colleges and universities in the state,
• offering a special emphasis on assisting students whose parents work in the agricultural sector,
• funding more than 140 students four-year scholarships, and
• celebrating the 84 students who have already completed an undergraduate degree and on a path to success.

“I envisioned the Chateau Ste. Michelle Scholarship Fund is an investment in the future of young men and women striving to improve their lives through a university education.” Ted Baseler, President & CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates “In providing the means for these high-achieving students to continue their education, we all help them prepare for successful lives in our community across the state, paying forward the immeasurable gift of a college education through their future contributions to society.”

To date, more than $2.5 million has been raised to support these vital scholarships. You may easily make a gift to the Chateau Ste. Michelle Diversity Scholarship Fund by clicking here. Contact Barry Goren at the College Success Foundation at 425.679.5546 or bgoren@collegesuccessfoundation.org for details.



All Things Beverage: Spill It!
From juicy sips to wine dinner tips, Wilson PR’s SpilI It! is your direct line to all things beverage. Find the happiest of happy hours, engaging tastings, inventive drinks, and more here


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The grand opening of SUR took place in SODO on Friday, August 13.

The doors are open at SUR and the senses are ablaze at this new club and restaurant located in Seattle’s gentrified SODO district. SUR combines the best of all worlds: fine dining with flavors influenced by Latin cultures, the perfect private party venue with in-house event and set planners, and a sizzling nightclub with impressive lighting, design, sound and entertainment roster.

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