5 YEARS and counting!

5 years ago, Pearl Bar & Dining opened its doors to the community of Bellevue.

What a difference 5 years can make:

Bellevue’s population has grown from 118,000 residents to nearly 140,000

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Facebook has increased it’s users from 100 million to 1.19 billion

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and…Miley Cyrus was ONLY famous for being Hannah Montana

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But one thing remains the same – Pearl has consistently delivered the best of what we have to offer. We work with the freshest product in fun and innovative ways. The servers welcome guests with a genuine smile and remember your name and favorite drink. The chefs work hard to execute each dish perfectly.

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We have fun sharing recipes, coordinating exciting events and working hard with our spectacular vendors. The one thing that isn’t highlighted as much as it should be, is the biggest thank you of them all – so thank you to Bradley Dickinson and Mikel Rogers. They took a chance on their own restaurant 5 years ago. Today, Pearl has an incredible reputation and they have a sister restaurant, Koral Bar & Kitchen to be proud of, as well. It’s easy to see Bradley working on the line and say, “Wow, that was an incredible sablefish dish!” or watch Mikel greet every guest and even help bus tables in the restaurant when needed. However, they do so much more than what can be seen everyday. This job for them doesn’t end at the end of the day. There are always creative ideas, special products and new vintages of wine to be discovered. As a team, we cannot thank you enough for all your diligent hard work. Looking forward to many more years!

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COME CELEBRATE WITH US TONIGHT!

2013

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Bookwalter Winemaker Dinner at Pearl for the Washington Wines Festival

Pearl is hosting an intimate winemaker dinner featuring Bookwalter Winery on Thursday, July 7 at 6pm. Chef Bradley and his talented culinary team will be crafting a special menu to be paired perfectly with a selection of Bookwalter’s fine wines.

This exclusive wine dinner honors the celebration of the 20th Annual Wine Weekend presented by the Washington Wines Festival. Tickets are $200/person with proceeds benefiting Camp Korey and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. Space is limited so sign up early to reserve your seat!

Visit www.washingtonwinesfestival.org to order tickets or call 206.236.6167.

Chef Bradley Dickinson at FareStart May 26th

Join Pearl’s Bradley Dickinson at FareStart on Thursday, May 26th. He will ge the guest chef of the night at the recently named James Beard Humanitarian of the Year recipient. To learn more about the great cause at Farestart, visit their website. For reservations call (206) 267-7601 or reserve your table online.

Put your mouth where your mouse is and vote for Pearl!

Don’t forget to vote for Pearl in your favorite categories for Bellevue Downtown Association’s ‘Haute Picks 2011’ and 425 Magazine’s ‘Best of 2011’. Voring ends on April 1 for BDA Haute Picks and May 5 for 425 Magazine!

Pearl Bar & Dining presents the VIP Eastside Launch of Pearl Vodka’s Newest Flavors!

Join us on Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. for a Pearl Party x2! Sip on creative concoctions mixed with Cucumber, Caramel, and Coconut infused vodkas paired with bites by Bradley Dickinson, Pearl Bar & Dining executive chef.  Be sure to RSVP to this VIP event by Friday, March 11!

Pearl Shines with Awards

It’s already proving to be an award-winning year for the restaurant, and we’re far from the end of 2010! And the awards are:

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. This award gives a nod to lists with more than 100 selections that demonstrate a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style, and Pearl made the cut.

The 2010 Washington Restaurant Association Award and Washington Wine “Award of Distinction” from The Washington State Wine Commission

Recognizing the great lengths we go to in hosting some of the most compelling, well-rounded winemaker dinners around, the training we give our servers, our dedication to maintaining an excellent list and its Washington-centric weight, these two awards made the team very proud to be an ambassador of Washington wine.

2010 Washington Restaurant Association – Finalist for National Philanthropy Award

Recently named a 2010 Washington Restaurant Neighbor Award Winner (small business category) for giving back to Eastside Domestic Violence Program and Overlake Service League, the WRA named Pearl Bellevue as one of three state finalists for consideration in its National Philanthropy Award. We’re excited at the possibility of giving even more to our community leagues if we win nationally!   Three award committees, local and national, deemed Pearl Bellevue worthy of commendation, yet none of it would be possible without you, our guests, supporting us in the work we do.  Thank you, again!

Cheers,

Bradley and Mikel

Camp Korey Experience 2010

Pictured from left to right at the Washington Wines Festival: Managing Partner Nicolas Kassis of The Capital Grille; Mikel Rogers, Co-Owner of Pearl Bar & Dining; Pearl’s Executive Chef and Co-Owner Bradley Dickinson; and Executive Chef Paul Vigil of The Capital Grille. Photo courtesy of Lindsay Larin, The Bellevue Scene

Mikel and I recently had the opportunity to support a great cause – We were involved with the Washington Wines Festival to support Camp Korey for the third consecutive year.  What an amazing event! Dozens of premier wineries from Washington working alongside chefs and restaurateurs to prepare a food and wine feast for the patrons supporting the “Wine Weekend”. By the time all was said and done, over $850,000 was raised from this year’s event.

Pearl teamed up with The Capital Grille to present an amazing meal. We were lucky enough to get paired with DeLille Cellars, Sparkman Cellars, Va Piano Vineyards and the Reynvaan Family Vineyards. What a great collection of wines, and, of course, we had to sample most of them throughout the night to ensure that they matched up well with the menu.

The weather was warm (90 degrees at 5 p.m.) and we were lucky enough to have the air-conditioned bungalow for our venue.  The most unique aspect of this event is how the restaurants team up to cook dinner. Usually in our business, there is a little friendly rivalry between chefs, but not this night. Our job was to work together and coordinate an amazing experience. We had met several weeks in advance to review the wines and talk about the pairings. We both wanted to show off some of our signature dishes while trading off courses. Chef Paul from the Capital Grille is very talented and pretty easygoing so we helped each other out and got along just great.

Chef Paul got things started with a twice-baked parmesan soufflé, Pearl followed that with an heirloom beet salad and then our famous miso-honey Sablefish. Paul kept things rolling with a chanterelle crusted filet and fennel-roasted rack of lamb. Dessert was presented by Pearl and featured strawberries picked that morning alongside a delicious bread pudding. By the time I was explaining the cheese course, everyone was about to burst!

The weekend also included an auction, antique car show, dancing under the stairs and much, much more. But my memories will be of the new friends we made at the Bungalow while supporting Camp Korey!

-Executive Chef Bradley Dickinson

Pearl Participates in the Washington Wines Festival benefiting Camp Korey

There’s a great sense of satisfaction we draw from helping our community, and one of the most moving fundraisers to which we’re honored to contribute is Camp Korey, through the Washington Wines Festival. Pearl will return for its second year to participate in the event’s July 9 winemaker dinner, part of a larger fund raising weekend July 9 to 11. Our restaurant’s creations will be paired with the acclaimed wines of DeLille Cellars, Reynvaan, Sparkman Cellars and Va Piano.

The first night of the Festival—like in previous years—is a huge opener with a reception, winemaker dinner, live auction, dancing and more. The picturesque setting at Carnation Farm makes for a perfect party among a trout pond, gazebo and beautifully set tent on an expansive field—ideal to enjoy the cuisine, wine and beautiful sunset.

Camp Korey is a medically supervised residential camp for children suffering from serious and life threatening illnesses at no cost to them. Camp Korey was founded by Tim Rose, father of the late Korey Rose who passed away in 2004 at the age of 18 after battling bone cancer. Camp Korey is part of Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

Not only will Camp Korey benefit from the Washington Wine Festival; the event also raises awareness for the Washington Wine Education Foundation.  

We hope to see you there Friday!

Get all the details here.

A Fashionable Event for a Cause

  

Lindeman Weddings & Events hosted a Sex and The City 2 Premiere Party at our restaurant last Thursday, May 27, to raise money and awareness for charity and human trafficking. Through raffle ticket sales and a silent auction of a gorgeous necklace worn by Carrie Bradshaw in the SATC2 film, just under $3,000 was raised to donate to Eastside Women of Purpose to aid in the fight against human trafficking. Raffle items and giveaways included an overnight stay at The Westin Bellevue, a pair of Manolo Blahniks donated by Lindeman Weddings & Events, a portrait session with seattle wedding and portrait photographer Kristen Honeycutt, a membership to David Barton Gym, a parlor membership to Julep Nail Parlor, a purse from Betsey Johnson, and much more! 

Eastside Women of Purpose was there promoting their “Freedom Stones”.  As a part of what the charity does, they keep girls out of brothels in Thailand by employing them to make fabulous pieces of jewelry.  Many of the pieces were for sale at the event for guests to purchase.  

After the party at Pearl Bar and Dining, there was a private showing of Sex and the City 2 at Lincoln Square Cinemas and everyone received a swag bag that was filled with donations. Guests went home with four custom Sex and The City fragrances from Jo Malone at Nordstrom, nail polishes from Julep Nail Parlor’s Sex and The City Spring line, complementary bowling pass & shoe rental at Lucky Strike Lanes, a spa treatment at Truce Spa in The Westin Bellevue, a complimentary haircut from Seven Salon, Sky Vodka SATC2 tank top, a three day pass and personal training session at David Barton Gym, a cup cake from Sugar Rush Bakery, and more! 

See for yourself – fashion, friends, a great cause and happening atmosphere! The party was a beautiful success. 

Karan Dannenberg of Karan Dannenberg Clothiers donated the necklace that was worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in the SATC2 Movie

Photos courtesy of www.kristenhoneycutt.com 

Cheryl Cardwell of O Wines; Co-founder of O Wines, Kathy Johanson; Co-owner of Pearl, Mikel Rogers; and Melissa Schickler of Heidik Jewelery

Photos courtesy of www.kristenhoneycutt.com 

Seattle wedding and portrait photographer, Kristen Honeycutt and founder of Lindeman Weddings and Events, Erin Lindeman 

Photos courtesy of www.kristenhoneycutt.com