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Serving Up Holiday Cheer at The Lakehouse

December 9, 2021 - by Sandy Vo

Serving Up Holiday Cheer at The Lakehouse

After a small hiatus, The Lakehouse re-opened two months ago with new and exciting concepts. The farm-inspired restaurant exudes elegance, featuring an all-white interior, black trimmings along the ceiling and unique plants scattered across the walls. With an abundant amount of empty space and a chance to engage more with the community, Chef Scott Emerick and Pasty Chef Tanya Emerick revamped the place, adding a new gift shop and rows of locally produced wine for purchase by the glass or bottle. While both projects have taken up room in The Lakehouse, the behind-the-scenes work continues as Scott and Tanya create new and notable dishes in the kitchen.

“Our upscale French-inspired menu serves local organic ingredients and hand-selected wine to complement all dishes,” Tanya said. “The most popular dish has been Scott’s Cassoulet and Bouillabaisse roasted with a marrow bone. We hope the dish reflects the changing season well.”

The Bouillabaisse is a traditional Provencal fish stew served with lots of bread and a collection of seafood ingredients. Scott Emerick created the dish that incorporates his love of living in the South of France with his love of Pacific Northwest ingredients, including mussels, clams and prawns.

While Scott continues to beat the heat in the kitchen, Tanya fights the same battle as she curates the perfect holiday dessert menu. One of the shining dessert dishes is her chocolate brownie made with a rich dark chocolate ganache, a peppermint meringue cloud and a candy cane crumble.

“This dessert combines my love of locally made Theo's dark chocolate and holiday flavors,” Tanya said. “It’s festive, pretty and delicious.”

The new offerings continue as The Lakehouse brings a new wine program serving over 50 natural wines. This gave the Emericks a chance to showcase the people behind the wine and highlight the importance of local sustainability.

"Agriculture is an important part of everything we do at The Lakehouse,” Scott said. “We are meticulous about sourcing sustainably grown produce from local family-owned farms for our menu and we want our wine program to be an extension of those values.”

Their wine shop offers a quick by-the-glass serving or a whole bottle to gift during the holiday season. While guests decide on the perfect wine bottle, they can also explore more festive gifts in a new corner gift shop inside The Lakehouse. There you can find locally made products ranging from artisan soap, holiday cards and wrapping paper to delicious olive oil, hot chocolate and honey.

“We want to provide a relaxed but luxurious environment for people to come together again and enjoy themselves while also maintaining a level of excellence in the sourcing of the food and beverages that we offer,” Tanya and Scott said.

This holiday season, shop local at The Lakehouse and enjoy seasonal dishes you can’t find anywhere else.

Images courtesy of: The Lakehouse

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The Lakehouse
10455 NE 5th Place
Bellevue, WA 98004

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