Bellevue Local Table

Bellevue Local Table - or “BLT" for short - is a blog featuring fresh insight on the Downtown Bellevue food scene.



  • DINE TO WIN in Downtown Bellevue, your summer dining destination!

    by Geri Massengale | Jul 22, 2014
    DINE TO WIN - Bellevue


    Where will you be this summer? Perhaps Lake Chelan or New Orleans? Maybe you’ll enjoy a great meal right here in Downtown Bellevue. DINE TO WIN is back this July and you have a chance to win one of these fabulous prizes and more just by dining at participating DINE TO WIN restaurants!

    During July spend at least $10 (before tax and gratuity) at any participating DINE TO WIN restaurant and earn a chance to win a grand prize! Each time you dine at any participating DINE TO WIN restaurant, you will receive an enter-to-win form. Fill it out and give it back to your server. It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner. There is no limit to the amount of entries— the more you dine the more likely you could win!

    Your entry will also be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card at any of the participating restaurants. Winners will be announced every week in July via social media and on our blog. So follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to find out if you’re a winner! Grand prize winners will be announced at the end of the month. You could win one of the following exciting grand prizes:

    Trip for two to New Orleans
    Round-trip tickets for two to New Orleans
    courtesy of Alaska Airlines, plus hotel at the New Orleans Marriott

    Lake Chelan Trip for Two
    A two-night stay for two at Campbell’s Resort
    including dinner at Campbell’s Pub & Veranda

    Dinner for Two for a Year
    $1,000 in dining cards to the DINE TO WIN
    participating restaurants listed below.

    Tickets will also be available at the Bellevue Downtown Association during regular business hours in July (400 108th Avenue NE, Suite 110). One entry per day. See complete rules and regulations here

    Participating Dine to Win Restaurants:

    520 Bar and Grill
    Basil’s Kitchen at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel
    Black Bottle Postern
    Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar
    El Gaucho Bellevue
    John Howie Steak
    KORAL Bar & Kitchen
    Lot No. 3
    Lunchbox Laboratory
    Monsoon East
    Palomino Rustico
    PEARL Bar and Dining
    Pogacha Restaurant
    Purple Café and Wine Bar
    Scotty Browns
    Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
    Suite Restaurant/Lounge
    Tap House Grill
    Wild Ginger

    So what are you waiting for? Get your grub on and DINE TO WIN!

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  • DINE TO WIN Recipe Spotlight: Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar’s Sweet Treat

    by Geri Massengale | Jul 21, 2014

    Strawberry shortcake is a classic for a reason. It’s understated with a tart bite and sweet finish. It's the perfect way to top off a hot summer day. Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar takes this classic and adds a little twist- a dollop of delicious orange cream on the top. Come on in to this DINE TO WIN restaurant and enjoy the Strawberry Shortcake with Orange Cream or whip it up at home. Recipe follows.

    Ingredients
    Serves 4

    • Orange Shortcake Biscuit – recipe follows, 1/3rd of top cut off 4 each
    • Strawberry Blend - recipe follows 3 cups
    • Orange Cream Topping – recipe follows 1 ¼ cup
    • Mint Sprig – fresh 4 each

    Strawberry Blend Ingredients
    Yield: 3 cups

    • Strawberries - de-stemmed and sliced 1/4" 3 cups
    • Lemon Juice – fresh 1 Tbsp.
    • Sugar - powdered ¼ cup
    • Sugar - granulated ¼ cup Strawberry Blend Procedures:

    1. Place 1 cup of the strawberries, the lemon juice and the powdered sugar in a blender. Blend until pureed.

    2. Toss together the strawberries and sugar, let sit for 30 minutes, toss until sugar is completely dissolved. Then add the strawberry puree toss until completely coated. Hold refrigerated until needed.

    Orange Shortcake Biscuit Ingredients
    Yield: 6 Each

    • Flour - sifted 2 cups
    • Baking Powder 1 Tbsp.
    • Sugar - granulated 1 Tbsp.
    • Salt - kosher ¼ tsp.
    • Lard or Shortening- ½ cup
    • Milk - whole 5/8 cup
    • Eggs - beaten 1 each
    • Orange Zest – fresh, minced fine 1 tsp.
    • Sugar - crystals 1 Tbsp.
    • Butter - melted 1 Tbsp.

    Orange Shortcake Biscuit Procedures
    1. Pre-heat oven to 400° convection. Sift the dry ingredients together. Then in a mixing bowl with the dough hook attachment, add the lard, ¼ at a time, until completely incorporated but not over mixed. Then add the eggs, milk and orange zest, until incorporated. Don’t over mix or the biscuits or they will become too dense.

    2. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flour coated cutting board. Knead the dough lightly then roll out to ½” thick. Cut into 3 ½ ” rounds then baste with melted butter and sprinkle sugar crystals evenly over the top of the biscuit.

    3. Place on a non-stick cookie sheet and place in the pre-heated 400 ° convection oven. Then bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven, cool to room temperature.

    Orange Cream Ingredients
    Yield: 1 ¼ Cups

    • Orange Zest – minced, very fine 1 tsp. • Grand Marnier 2 Tbsp.
    • Orange Juice – fresh 2 Tbsp.
    • Sugar – powdered 1 ½ tsp.
    • Vanilla Extract ½ tsp.
    • Whipping Cream – Heavy 5/8 cup

    Orange Cream Procedures

    1. Place all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. Hold refrigerated until needed.

    When Served

    1. Cut the top 1/3rd off of each orange shortcake biscuit; place the bottoms in the center of the bowls. Top each shortcake biscuit ¾ cup of the strawberry blend. Let sit for 1 minute allowing the sauce to soak into the biscuit.

    2. Top with the orange cream, place the biscuit top on top of the cream, just off center. Garnish with a mint sprig and serve.

    Recipe and photo provided by Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar. Blog introduction written by Hayley Murphy.

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  • Congratulations to these DINE TO WIN $50 gift card winners!

    by Geri Massengale | Jul 17, 2014
    Only two more weeks of DINE TO WIN and another week closer to finding out who the winners are of the grand prizes! First, let's find out who won a $50 gift card to a DINE TO WIN restaurant!

     Winners for the week of July 14:

    Adam S. winner of $50 gift card to Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
    Toni R. winner of $50 gift card to John Howie Steak
    Hannae K. winner of $50 gift card to Tap House Grill
    Yuko H. winner of $50 gift card to Black Bottle
    Cassandra B. winner of $50 gift card to Scotty Browns

    Bellevue Local Table and 19 Downtown Bellevue restaurants invite you to dine out during the entire month of July for the chance to win one of three amazing grand prizes:

    Trip for two to New Orleans 
    Round-trip tickets for two to New Orleans
    courtesy of Alaska Airlines, plus hotel at the New Orleans Marriott 

    Lake Chelan Trip for Two
    A two-night stay for two at Campbell’s Resort
    including dinner at Campbell’s Pub & Veranda

    Dinner for Two for a Year
    $1,000 in dining cards to the DINE TO WIN


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  • DINE TO WIN Recipe Spotlight: Lot No. 3’s Watermelon Salad

    by Geri Massengale | Jul 13, 2014

    Lot No. 3 Watermelon Salad

    Watermelon is the fruit of summer. Simply slice it up and you’ll have a healthy treat in seconds. Lot No. 3highlights watermelon in a refreshing and tangy salad. Stop by the restaurant to enjoy the watermelon salad or make it in the comfort of your own home. Recipe follows.

    Ingredients:

    1 watermelon
    Misithra Cheese
    Fleur De Sal
    Grape Tomatoes
    Mint
    Olive Oil
    Balsamic Gastrique (recipe below)

    Technique:

    • Start by cutting the rind off the watermelon

    • Once the rind has been removed, you can then begin to cut the watermelon into portions.

    • For portions, you can cut the watermelon into any shape you want, we happened to do triangles.  The main thing is to not cut them very thick.  Shoot for ¼” thickness.

    • The grape tomatoes, cut into coins.

    • Chiffonade cut the mint

    Plating:

    • Start by laying your watermelon slices down on the plate, 4 pieces per plate (you can adjust this to desired amount)

    • Then add tomatoes

    • Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the set

    • Using a fine zester or small grater, grate your mizithra cheese right over the watermelon and tomatoes

    • Sprinkle a touch of fleur de sel over the whole plate

    • Drizzle the balsamic gastrique onto the set

    • And garnish with you chiffonade of mint.

    Balsamic Gastrique

    Ingredients:

    4 cups Balsamic Vinegar
    2 cups Sugar

    Technique:

    • Place everything in a pot

    • Bring to a simmer and reduce by ¼

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  • Congratulations to these $50 DINE TO WIN restaurant gift card winners!

    by Geri Massengale | Jul 10, 2014
    DINE TO WIN - Bellevue

    What are you craving this July? DINE TO WIN restaurants are serving up the best summer drink and fare around! This July, visit a DINE TO WIN restaurant and you will also be entered to win $50 gift cards or a grand prize! 

    Check out this week’s lucky diners who won for dining in Downtown Bellevue this July!

     Winners for the week of July 7:

    Ifran P. winner of $50 gift card to PEARL Bar and Dining
    Tanner H. winner of $50 gift card to Suite Restaurant/Lounge
    Andy H. winner of $50 gift card to KORAL Bar & Kitchen
    Amy G. winner of $50 gift card to Monsoon East
    Thomas B. winner of $50 gift card to 520 Bar & Grill

    Bellevue Local Table and 19 Downtown Bellevue restaurants invite you to dine out during the entire month of July for the chance to win one of three amazing grand prizes:

    Trip for two to New Orleans
    Round-trip tickets for two to New Orleans
    courtesy of Alaska Airlines, plus hotel at the New Orleans Marriott

    Lake Chelan Trip for Two
    A two-night stay for two at Campbell’s Resort
    including dinner at Campbell’s Pub & Veranda

    Dinner for Two for a Year
    $1,000 in dining cards to the DINE TO WIN


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