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  • Bellevue Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Nov 15, 2016

    For a stress free and delicious Thanksgiving let the professionals get your meal ready while you relax with family and friends!

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    Here are a few Downtown Bellevue restaurants that have you covered! They are offering four-course specials to unbeatable buffet spreads, all featuring Thanksgiving favorites with their own flare. And the best part? No dishes to wash. 

    13 Coins
    Menu: Featuring special Thanksgiving dishes along with their regular menu.
    Price: Varies
    Opens at 11 a.m.

    Basil’s Bistro at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel

    Menu: Thanksgiving buffet that will feature traditional turkey to snow king crab.
    Prices: Adults $44.95, Children 6-12 $19.95, free for 5 and under. 
    Open from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

    Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar

    Menu: Serving a special Thanksgiving menu that includes sage rubbed turkey, grilled glazed ham and more. 
    Price: Starting at $28
    Opens at 4:30 p.m.

    Daniel’s Broiler

    Menu: This holiday feast includes your choice of roast turkey, prime rib, pork roast or fresh salmon with all the trimmings. Special steak feature menu available.
    Price: Adults $60, Children $12, free for 5 years old and under.
    Open from 12 - 8 p.m.
    Eques at Hyatt Regency Bellevue
    Menu: Offering brunch featuring 48-hour braised short ribs, Beecher’s cheese cornbread, pumpkin gnocchi with spinach, sage, and parmesan.
    Price: Adults $47.95 , Children 5–12 $23.95 for. Free for 4 years old and under.
    Open from 1– 5 p.m.


    Menu: Offering Italian-American family style dining that includes four courses.
    Price: Adults $44.95 for adults, Children $18.95.
    Open from 11:30 –  8 p.m.

    Mccormick and Schmick's
    Menu: A delectable roasted turkey dinner with plentiful sides.
    Price: Adults $28 for adults, Children $9.99.
    Opens at 11 a.m.


    Menu: Offering a wide of selection of festive features and traditional Thanksgiving favorites.
    Price: Varies
    Open from 1 – 7 p.m.

    Menu: Complete four course meal including traditional favorites
    Price: Adults $45, Children $15.
    Open from 1 – 8 p.m.

    Ruth’s Chris Steak House
    Menu: Serving up a delicious three-course turkey dinner. 
    Price: Adults $39.95, Children $12.95. 
    Opens at 12 p.m.

    Reservations are strongly recommended.




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  • Donate food and toys to local fire departments and receive free skate rental tickets

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Nov 10, 2016

    The Bellevue Fire Department is hosting its annual food and toy drive now through December 23rd.

    Donate and receive free skate rental tickets to the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena courtesy of the Bellevue Downtown Association.


    Fire stations are collecting food and toys for Bellevue families in need. New, unwrapped toys for infants, youth and teens will be distributed at the Crossroads Youth Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 13th. Donations will be accepted through December 23rd. Non-perishable food collected will be donated to Hopelink in Bellevue to support low-income families during the holidays. 

    Requested toy donations include:
     cars and trucks, games, sports equipment, arts and crafts kits, books and dolls. Ideas for infants include age appropriate plush animals, toys and gift cards for parents to purchase needed items. Ideas for teens include gift certificates for clothing, restaurants, malls and music stores.   

    Requested nonperishable food include:
    canned meals, canned meat, cereal, dry beans, fruit (canned or fresh), pasta, peanut butter, rice, soup, tomato products and vegetables (canned or fresh).

    Donation sites:
    Fire Station One - 766 Bellevue Way SE (Downtown/West Bellevue)
    Fire Station Two - 2802 148th Ave. SE (Eastgate/Lake Hills/W. Lake Sammamish)
    Fire Station Three - 16100 NE Eighth St. (Crossroads/Northeast Bellevue)
    Fire Station Four - 4216 Factoria Blvd. SE (Factoria/Somerset)
    Fire Station Five - 9621 NE 24th St. (Northwest Bellevue)
    Fire Station Six - 1850 132nd Ave NE (Bridle Trails/Spring District)
    Fire Station Seven - 11900 SE Eigth St. (Wilburton/Woodridge)
    Fire Station Eight - 5701 Lakemont Blvd. SE (Eastgate/Cougar Mountain)
    Fire Station Nine - 12412 SE 69th Way (Newport)

    For more information, go to BellevueWA.gov or call 425-452-6892.


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  • Shop at the Bellevue Club’s Holiday Bazaar on November 5th

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Nov 01, 2016

    The Bellevue Club is hosting their Annual Holiday Bazaar that will feature some of the region’s best artists and craftspeople. 

    From accessories, art, clothing and toys to delicious, local confections, you’re sure to find something for everyone at more than 100 vendor booths! The event will take place in the Bellevue Club’s full size basketball gymnasium and Olympic Ballroom. The annual Holiday Bazaar is free and open to the public.


    11200 SE 6th Street,
    Bellevue 98004

    Saturday, November 5th
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


    Donate new and unopened toys for Toys for Tots for a chance to win a prize from one of the vendors! 

    For more information, call 425-688-3382 or visit BellevueClub.com.


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  • Your Guide to Halloween Events in Downtown Bellevue

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Oct 26, 2016

    Halloween is right around the corner! It's time to start thinking about what and where you're going to be for this year's Halloween.


    We can't help you decide on your costume, but we can definitely give some ideas on what to do and where to go this year. Here is a roundup of the ghoulish events going on this Halloween weekend in Downtown Bellevue. 

    Fun for the entire family:

    October 29th, Noon - 4 p.m.
    Bellevue Arts Museum

    Join BAM for one of their favorite Free Family Days of the year! Celebrate Halloween early with fun activities and art projects for the whole family to enjoy. Costumes encouraged! Best for kids age 4–10; all are welcome. 

    Free admission.

    The Dracula Show
    October 29th at 7 p.m.
    October 30th at 2 p.m.
    Meydenbauer Center

    Come experience the story of tragic love in the International Ballet Theatre’s original production of Dracula!

    Halloween Family Fun Fest
    October 31st, 5 - 7 p.m.
    Bellevue Collection

    Enjoy trick-or-tricking and other spooktacular activities at the Bellevue Collection! Select stores will be ready for little ghosts and goblins with candy.

    Free admission.

    For those monsters that come out at night and are over 21:

    The 6th Annual Fireball Halloween Bash
    October 28th, starts at 8 p.m.
    Suite Restaurant/ Lounge

    Have a frightfully fun time at the 6th Annual Fireball Halloween Bash! There will be a costume contest with cash prizes! Music by DJ's Kourosh & Joey Roxville and Fireball drink and bottle specials. 

    Untameable Halloween Costume Party
    October 29th, starts at 8 p.m.
    Suite Restaurant / Lounge 

    Show off your costumes at the Untameable Halloween Costume Party! There will be Bacardi drink and bottle specials and lots of dancing!

    Parlor Halloween Bash

    October 29th, starts at 9 p.m.
    The Parlor 

    Experience the Northwest’s #1 night club! DJ Polo and DJ Sketch will be spinning on both dance floors the entire night. 

    Free cover.

    11th Annual Halloween Party

    October 29th, starts at 9 p.m. 
    520 Bar and Grill

    Celebrate with 520 Bar and Grill at their 11th Annual Halloween Party. Don your best costume and come join the fun!

    Free cover.

    alloween Weekend Apocalypse 
    October 28 and 29th, starts at 10 p.m.
    Lucky Strike

    Join Lucky Strike Bellevue for the Apocalypse Halloween Weekend Party all weekend long! Costume contest begins midnight both nights- Over $2000 in prizes!

    Free cover.

    19th Annual Black Cat Ball
    October 29th, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
    Meydenbauer Center

    The Black Cat Ball will feature over 500 items for sale in a silent and live auction, a champagne reception and a delicious gourmet three-course vegetarian or vegan dinner including wine. Be a part of this fun and festive benefit event where all proceeds will support the life-saving work that Purrfect Pals is doing for cats and kittens in our community.




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  • Mario Batali to Headline Hopelink's 21st Annual Luncheon, October 24th

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Oct 19, 2016

    Acclaimed restaurateur, chef, author and TV personality, Mario Batali will deliver the keynote address at Hopelink’s Reaching Out Benefit Luncheon.

    Monday, October 24th

    Meydenbauer Center
    11100 NE 6th St

    There is no charge to attend, but a minimum donation of $150 is suggested.

    Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 20th.

    Join Hopelink as they host their 21st Annual Reaching Out Luncheon, the social services agency’s largest annual fundraiser. The luncheon raised more than $1 million last year. The funds provided food, shelter, family development, transportation and job readiness skills for homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people living with disabilities in the North and East King County.

    This year’s keynoter, Mario Batali is a Seattle native and perhaps best known for his fleece vest, baggy Bermuda shorts and orange Crocs. He is a philanthropist and social activist whose passion for food is matched only by his commitment to feeding people in need. 

    He created the Mario Batali Foundation in 2008 to ensure that children are “well read, well fed and well cared for,” and is a staunch supporter of nutrition education programs and ensuring emergency food resources for low-income families. Batali also supports the New York Food Bank and The Lunchbox Fund, which provides food for vulnerable children in rural South Africa.

    Currently appearing as a host of ABC’s “The Chew,” Batali is the author of 10 cookbooks. Release of his next book: “Mario Batali – Big American Cookbook,” will coincide with his Hopelink appearance.


    For more information, contact Tanya Quaife at 425-897-3705 or go to Hopelink.org.


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