Upcoming Winemaker Dinners

If you like wine, and we know you do, we invite you to join us at our upcoming winemaker dinners. Our chef, Bradley Dickinson, invites local winemakers into Koral Bar & Kitchen and Pearl Bar & Dining to pair their beautiful wines with our fabulous food.

First up: DeLille Cellars

Koral Bar & Kitchen will be hosting DeLille Cellars and winemaker Jason Gorski on November 13th for a memorable evening of food and wine. Below is the menu. Reservations are required – email Kristi at kristi@koralbellevue.com or call 425.623.1125

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And because these are events are such a blast for us, we’ll be hosting a second event the very next day.

Next up: Long Shadows Winery 

Pearl Bar & Dining will be hosting Long Shadows Winery and winemaker Gilles Nicault on November 14th. Below is the menu. Reservations are required – email Kristi at kristi@pearlbellevue.com or call 425.455.0181

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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

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…”