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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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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Spring Winemaker Series with Chef John Sarich of Chateau Ste. Michelle, April 12

Prepare yourself for the ultimate Northwest culinary and wine tasting experience at Pearl. Executive Chef Bradley Dickinson will be pairing up with James Beard Award Winning Chef John Sarich of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery to create a sensational menu crafted to match perfectly with the innovative wines of Chateau Ste. Michelle. The reception begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Complimentary valet parking is available at the Westin Hotel.

Scroll down for a peek at the menu. For more information and reservations, please call us at 425.455.0181.

Chateau Ste. Michelle WineImage Courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winemaker Dinner Menu

Passed Amuse
Gerard & Dominique Smoked Salmon canapés
new potatoes with crème fraiche and caviar
Nicolas Feuillate Rose Champagne

Salad
Artisanal baby lettuce

Seasonal garnishes, champagne vinaigrette, goat cheese crostini
Riesling

Fish course
Pan-seared Alaskan Halibut

Cumin spice rub, “Paella” broth, Penn Cove shellfish
Sauvignon Blanc

Second course
Spring Lamb Carpaccio

Olive tapenade, roasted garlic hummus, grilled ramps
Syrah

Entrée
Grilled Wagyu Sirloin

Bleu cheese fritters, perfect mashed potatoes, herb glace
Col Solare
Shining Hill Cabernet Blend

Dessert
Lemon curd

Gran Marnier pound cake, candied orange peel
Ste Michelle Late harvest Chenin Blanc

Spring Winemaker Series at Pearl

We are excited to welcome DeLille Cellars on Thursday, March 31 to kick off our Spring Winemaker Series at Pearl Bar & Dining. Be sure to save the date for a special evening with guest Chef John Sarich of Chateau Ste. Michelle on April 12!

Fall Winemaker Series – Long Shadows Nov. 3

With two sold out winemaker events already this fall, your last chance to get in on Pearl’s Fall Winemaker Series looms Wednesday, Nov. 3, when it welcomes Long Shadows Wineries featured winemaker, Gilles Nicault. This collection of ultra-premium wines, in which each winemaker is a part owner in the company, brings a portfolio of individual wines that showcase the viticultural excellence of Washington State’s Columbia Valley. Enjoy five courses of Pearl’s contemporary Northwest fare paired thoughtfully with Long Shadows selections.

This event is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reception begins at 5:15 p.m. dinner at 6:30 p.m.; limited seating is available. Enjoy complimentary valet parking at the Westin directly across the breezeway. 

Our Final Spring Winemaker Dinner with Lachini Family Vineyards

On Thursday, May 20, be a part of Pearl’s final spring Winemaker Dinner with Ron Lachini, owner of Lachini Family Vineyards. Join Executive Chef Bradley Dickinson and Ron Lachini as they pair world class wines with Pearl’s fresh and seasonal dishes. Ron will be showing the amazing wines his own vineyard in the Willamette Valley produces as well as a few wines made from outstanding vineyards in the Columbia Valley.  The reception begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. There is limited seating available. Learn more about Lachini Family Vineyards at their website, www.lachinivineyards.com. Reserve through Pearl Bar & Dining; call 425-455-1081 or e-mail. As always, valet park for free at The Westin Hotel. See menu below.

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Pearl Gives Back

When Mikel and I made the decision to open a restaurant, we knew that we would become part of a local network of philanthropy. We knew that the community would come to us for support and that we would be able to partner with a number of worthy charitable organizations in unique and creative ways. We have focused our support towards children, medical research and the local arts community.

This past week we were involved with three separate events.

RYAN HYDE FOR TEAM PHOTOGENIC © 2010

Poker Slam for Rise n’ Shine
On Thursday night, Pearl catered the annual “Poker Slam” at the Mercer Island waterfront home of local game inventor and philanthropist Rob Angel. Menu items included the “Full House” Wagyu Sliders, “No Limit” fresh seafood platter  with gulf shrimp and Dungeness crab and the “All In” porcini grilled chicken. But this was much more than just a poker night on the lake… numerous guests arrived by boat, the vintage wine was flowing, several cigars were smoked. You see, Rob invites his close friends along with local celebs and sports stars to raise money for a great cause – Rise n’ Shine of Seattle. I was lucky enough to be hosted at the tables that night by Lakeside Capital, a longtime sponsor of the event. With a little bit of luck I did make it to the final table where we lost to a pair of 10’s. When all was said and done, Sean Hobday won the poker tournament, but Risenshine was the big winner – as they accepted donations of over $45,000. Thanks to Rob and all the participants for such a great night!

RYAN HYDE FOR TEAM PHOTOGENIC © 2010

RYAN HYDE FOR TEAM PHOTOGENIC © 2010

RYAN HYDE FOR TEAM PHOTOGENIC © 2010

Efeste Winemaker Dinner for Sacred Heart School
Friday night Pearl catered a Winemaker’s Dinner at the Efeste Winery in Woodinville as part of the Sacred Heart School 2010 auction. Efeste is a wonderful venue for these events and they are open for tastings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Winemaker Brennon Leighton is doing amazing work and is busy collecting numerous accolades. Sacred Heart is a wonderful school on Clyde Hill and we have supported their cause for several years. I could tell this would be a great pairing before we had our first sip. The evening started with hors doeuvres and wine in the kitchen and then moved into the beautiful barrel room for dinner. Guests were treated to four stunning Efeste wines paired with a delicious menu from Pearl: spicy ahi tuna canapés, roasted King Salmon with fresh favas, black angus tenderloin with bleu cheese demi glace and ginger-molasses ice cream sandwiches.

Wine Dinner for Special Olympics Washington Chapter
Saturday night at Pearl we hosted a Chef’s Table wine dinner in support of The Special Olympics. The kitchen team was on track that night, working alongside Wine Director Matt Davis to create a memorable evening. Appetizers included beautiful Kushi oysters paired with shiso mignonette. The salad course was a classic frisee salad with warm bacon vinaigrette with poached egg and goat cheese crostini, paired with the wonderful Chaleur Blanc from Delille Cellars. The fish course was wonderful Sablefish from Neah Bay, marinated in honey and miso and served with an intense “Namya” broth and Dungeness crab dumplings. For the entrée we paired our latest signature dish – Grilled Wagyu Sirloin with bleu cheese fritters alongside two wines; Dussek Cabernet from Woodhouse Family Cellars and the The Tsutakawa from aMaurice Cellars. WOW! What an incredible steak and two awesome wines.

Three events in three nights! I’m tired, but I feel good about supporting our community. I know that we can’t do every event, so I really give it my all for the ones we can.

– Co-owner and Executive Chef Bradley Dickinson

Spring Winemaker Dinner Series

Thursday, April 1, Bradley and Mikel team up with Barrage Cellars for a paired wine dinner, whose winemaker Kevin Correll produces in Woodinville from the very best Eastern Washington growers; his award-winning run with Cabernet Franc, “Trifecta” Merlot and a Chardonnay called “Nuclear Blonde” back up his savvy for creating great tasting wine.

To view the menu for the paired wine dinner with Barrage Cellars click here

Thursday, April 15, Pearl hosts a winemaker dinner with Woodward Canyon Winery, a Walla Walla Valley producer started in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. The winery has consistently created premium, award-winning cabernet sauvignons and merlots as well as chardonnays.

Thursday, May 6,  Pearl hosts a winemaker dinner with Dunham Cellars

Thursday, May 20, Pearl hosts a winemaker dinner with Lachini Vineyards

Reception begins at 5:15 p.m. dinner at 6:30  p.m. Tickets for each event are $75 per person plus tax and gratuity; limited seating available. For more information and reservations call 425-455-0181. Complimentary valet parking at the Westin directly across the breezeway.

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…”