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!

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Cheers to Summer!

It’s fun to play bartender at home, so why not try some more of our favorite summer drinks. 

Classic Bellinibelini

2 ounces fresh peaches, pureed

4 ounces champagne or prosecco

Slowly add the sparkling to the peach puree in a champagne flute!

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1.5 ounces Vodka

¾ ounces Peach Schnapps

¾ ounces Cranberry Juice

Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice, add all ingredients and shake

Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge

White Peach Julepjulet

½ white peach – peeled, pitted, diced

2 ½ ounces bourbon.

1 ounce peach liqueur

2 dashes peach bitters

8 mint leaves

Muddle peaches and 7 mint sprigs in a cocktail shaker

Add bourbon, peach liqueur and bitters – shake

Strain over ice into a highball and garnish with 1 mint leaf

Peach and Mango Sangria

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2 cups chopped peaches and mangos

1 cup Peach Schnapps

12 ounces Mango Nectar

1 bottle white wine

Mix all ingredients, serve over ice with a splash of soda to finish

KORAL featured in July Issue of The Points Living

KORAL was featured in the July issue of The Points Living, a newsletter for the residents of Clyde Hill, Media, Hunts Point and Yarrow Point. Check out the article below to hear about some of the residents favorite dishes.

Read the article HERE or view the photos and copy below

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Pearl wins the 2010 Haute Picks “Best cocktail” for the Shiso Wild Drop

The Bellevue Downtown Association has released the 2010 Haute Picks!

Pearl was honored to bring home the 2010 people’s choice for “Best cocktail, the Shiso Wild Drop” and placing in the final three for “Best romantic dinner” and “Best Happy Hour”. Congratulations to all the neighboring winners!

(Photo courtesy of the Bellevue Downtown Association)

To see more results visit Bellevue Local Table.

With Spring comes Spring Cocktails

Sip on two of Pearl’s refreshing and vibrant specialty cocktails this season: the Dragon-Berry Mojito and the Pomegranate Tequila Sour.

Pomegranate Tequila Sour

Pama liqueur, Triple Sec, house made sour, El Jimador tequila

Dragon-Berry Mojito

Bacardi dragon berry rum, fresh mint & raspberries, Triple Sec, simple syrup, soda water

Be our guest at Pearl Bar & Dining and taste our newest, delectable cocktails for yourself! Happy Hour is from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.- close. Receive half-price off signature cocktails, small plates, glass wine pours and draft beer. As always, valet park for free at The Westin Hotel.

The Local Connection

Pearl believes in giving back to the community it serves, and we’ve enjoyed raising funds for several great area causes over the past year.

In December, on Pearl’s one year anniversary, we partnered up with Eastside Domestic Violence Program to collect toys for the many children in the organization’s homeless shelters and programs. The event easily raised over $1,000 in toys.

Eastside Domestic Violence Program raised over $1,000 in toys at Pearl’s One Year Anniversary party.

Thank you to the many that attended (from left): Valerie Bee, Tona La Stella, Rob Bhatt, Lisa Hildebrand.
 
The women of EDVP (from left): Lisa Arnold (Special Events Manager), Kelly Becker (Development Director), Deanna Hobbs (Resource Development Assistant Director).

Over the holiday season, we also participated in the Adopt-A-Family program organized by the Overlake Service League. With the help of our guests, we fulfilled the wish list of a family of seven whose electricity had been disconnected after the family’s income had dramatically decreased. We set up a Christmas tree at Pearl, and each ornament represented a gift. Guests picked an ornament and returned to Pearl with an unwrapped gift.

Pearl’s Christmas tree for Overlake Service League’s Adopt-a-Family program

This past fall, we participated in the St. Joseph’s School Auction by donating a dinner event at Pearl in conjunction with The Woodside/Braseth gallery.  The auction was a successful evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and contemporary art. We have children who attend St. Joseph’s School, so the cause is close to us.

This weekend, Pearl is hosting The Eleanor Henry Reed Guild’s annual benefit supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund. We look forward to providing cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts for this important event.

It’s been a privilege to give back. Watch for our photos from the Eleanor Henry Reed Guild annual benefit in an upcoming posting.

-Bradley and Mikel

Get to Know Mikel Rogers

Mikel Rogers, Co-owner

Mikel Rogers is the co-owner of Pearl Bar and Dining. Mikel and Bradley worked together for many years in the restaurant industry before collaborating to open Pearl. Keep reading for the inside story on how Pearl came to be and a little inside peek into the personal life of Mikel:

“My vision for Pearl – urban, contemporary northwest, local, local, local – is pretty bang on and I think the most surprising piece is how the staff has embraced and embodies what Pearl needs to be – an independently owned and operated restaurant amongst a sea of chain restaurants. Bellevue is not what Bellevue was 5 years ago – we get it.  The people get it – those that live and work here.  There used to be a sense that if you wanted to eat you stayed in Bellevue to feed yourself, but if you wanted to dine you HAD to go to Seattle; I was probably the biggest advocate of that mentality seeing how BC (before children) I lived and worked almost exclusively downtown…not true anymore…

 

Finding a place where you can eat out with children can be difficult, even in Bellevue. Eating out is always a challenge.  With families at Pearl we like to say ’we love kids, but we love kids to leave’.  Let me explain.  Based on personal experience, once you sit down at a table in restaurant with young kids, the clock is ticking!  As a parent, I become very aware of what is happening around me and my family and how we are impacting other diners.  The clock is ticking for us, not the kids – so let us slow the restaurant down – nothing worse than kids that are done and we are waiting for entrees or the check or to just get the hell out!  My wife, Kelly, and I do enjoy a nice glass of wine and so we look to restaurants that can take care of our needs and the kids.  That being said, my middle girl loves calamari, my oldest loves the stinky-est cheese that is on the menu, and my youngest is a fresh fruit fan with discerning taste for ‘fresh’ (the berries need to taste like fresh juice!) Since opening Pearl, we are very aware of the small guys and support them when we can.  Restaurants my family likes to dine at include Matt’s Rotisserie in Redmond, Issaquah Brew House and Sip.

 

My free time is committed to spending as much time with my wife and kids as I can, usually Sunday afternoons.  We like to do day trips/hikes to places like Cougar Mountain, Snoqualmie Falls, Snoqualmie Pass, and Marymoor Park and spend time in the neighborhood with friends. We live in South Cove which is a community on the south end of Lake Sammamish, near Lake Sammamish Park in Issaquah.  My kids are relatively young, (eight, seven, and four), so we are always looking for things that are age appropriate.  We also like to cook around the house.  The kids are all developing cooking and knife skills. Again, age appropriate.

 

I think Pearl stands out because of the wine selection and great cocktails. At Pearl, I am a fan of the Crater Lake Vodka Martini and I keep the bartenders guessing (olives or twist, up or rocks…). I also enjoy white wine, O Chardonnay, I love the back story and the fact that it is a Washington wine with a hint of oak.  Red wine favorites include: Kennedy Shah, Temparnillo, Dussek Syrah, Lachini Pinot Noir, and Efteste Final Final… I like red wine…”