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December - such a fun time of the year!

All year long we meet up with friends, get together with family, have special meals at restaurants, drink great wine, go to fun events. So why is December so different? It just is. There's a level of excitement and fun around the holidays that makes everything brighter. Enjoy!

Thurston Wolfe Winery

We think 'food!' during the holidays, yet one of the great joys is wine-savoring old favorites and finding exciting new ones. Thurston Wolfe, owned by Wade Wolfe and Becky Yeaman, focuses on high-quality rare wines. This year, the 7th vintage of their The Geologist blend (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Petit Verdot, 15% Malbec) is available. Inspired by volcanic and river-eroded geology of eastern Washington's viticulture regions and geoscientist Michael Yeaman, it has been aged 33 months in French oak. With a limited production of 100 cases, you need to get onto their website and secure your bottles!

Thurston Wolfe's tasting room is open Saturdays and Sundays in December noon-4 p.m. During open hours, call the tasting room at 509-786-3313. To make an appointment, call Wade at 509-832-2920. The tasting room is located at 588 Cabernet Court in Prosser, Washington. For more information or to purchase wine, go to www.thurstonwolfe.com/wines


Petra Mediterranean Bistro

Holidays: filled with tradition, family meals and events. Surely times to treasure, but, really, you don't want to relive them for months in a row. As you meet with friends and family outside those special days, relive century-old traditions from another part of the world. Visit the welcoming dining room and lounge at Petra. Savor Mediterranean flavors of hummus, labnie, falafel, spanakopita, shish tawook, kabobs, baklava. Meet for a weekday lunch or leisurely dinner. Bond over beverages from the full bar and tapas during happy hour. Head to the Mediterranean for the holidays and reserve your spot for New Year's Eve!

Petra Mediterranean Bistro offers lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner is offered weekdays 4:30-9 p.m. and Saturday 4-9 p.m. Happy Hour 4:30-6 p.m. Closed Sundays, Christmas Eve and day, and New Year's day. Petra is located at 2501 4th Avenue in the Belltown neighborhood. 206-728-5389. www.petrabistro.com


B&E Meats and Seafood

Families around tables, talking, laughing, connecting over a shared meal. Being together is what's important, but what draws us to the table? Wonderful food from B&E: fresh meats and seafood, marinated and smoked items, fruit sausage and bacon. Order the main course for your holiday dinners: top loin roast, American Wagyu beef standing rib roast, crown pork rib roast, gourmet bone-in smoked ham, and whole smoked turkeys. More great traditions include whole salmon, crab, and lobster. With food this good and ordering made easy as 1-2-3 (1-visit or call B&E, 2-Place your order, 3-Pick up at your convenience), B&E is your go-to holiday butcher.

B&E Meats and Seafood has four locations: Queen Anne, Des Moines, Burien, and Newcastle. Check the website for hours and contact information. www.bandemeats.com/location


Oregon Truffle Festival

The Oregon Truffle Festival is back! Agreed: give experiences, not things. Truffle Festival tickets are the ideal gift. Wonderful events return, plus a new Eugene Grape & Grain weekend tour (truffles at every stop!). In Newberg, a two-day cooking class: forage then cook your finds; plus an unforgettable Valentine's Food is Love event in wine country. Possibly the first time, truffles, caviar, and oysters are to be had at the same event! Alderbrook Resort chef and chefs/owners of Mexico's Masala y Maiz (named by Time as one of the 100 Greatest Places in the World) at the Grand Truffle Dinner. Get tickets today!

Photo credit: Kathryn Elsesser

Eugene and Willamette Valley Truffle Country takes place January 24-26, 2020. Celebrate truffles with packages, hands-on cooking classes, truffle dog training, truffle hunts and workshops. Yamhill Valley Wine Country February 14-16, 2020. Savor wine and truffles and their shared terroir. An immersive package, à la carte events, cooking classes, Fresh Truffle Marketplace. Make your choices at: oregontrufflefestival.org


Collections Café

Delight in unique items from Dale Chihuly's personal collections at the Cafe at Chihuly Garden and Glass. During the holidays, you can wram up with special seasonal beverages, each with the option of being either a cocktail or mocktail. Consider Feliz Navidad with Mexican hot chocolate and tequila, or Caramel Apple Pie-Tini with apple cider, apple pie spice, vodka, and a caramel graham cracker rim. These festive drinks are only available through January 1, so plan your holiday celebrations at Collections Café soon!

Collections Café is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Collections Café is located at the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition on the Seattle Center grounds, 305 Harrison Street. 206-753-4935. www.chihulygardenandglass.com/visit/collections-cafe


A Bit of Taste - Queen Anne Olive Oil Company

Traditional and infused olive oils and balsamics take holiday dishes to a level everyone appreciates. Mixing flavored balsamic with soda water gives you a refreshing and fun non-alcoholic beverage perfect for adults and kids. With 70 oils and vinegars to choose from, it's holiday heaven. Specials to keep in mind: Queen Anne Holiday Magic (December 13, open to 8 p.m.); enjoy food and product tasting, plus buy one 375ml bottle and get the second 375ml bottle for $5 (limit two). Black Friday, every $100 spent 11/29-12/24 brings a $10 reward redeemable 1/15-2/28. Cyber Monday, spend $70 and receive a 200ml bottle of traditional balsamic.

A Bit of Taste - Queen Anne Olive Oil Company is located at 1629 Queen Anne Ave North, #100, on the top of the hill. The store is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 206-420-2989. abitoftaste.com


Revolve Food & Wine
Relatives arriving for the holidays? Often there are multiple dietary needs in a group. Where do you go to dine out? Revolve, of course! All menu items are free of gluten, grains, MSG, preservatives, trans fats, refined or cane sugar, emulsifiers, GMO and soy. They serve only animal proteins that are natural and raised humanely: wild seafood, grass-fed beef, organic farm fresh eggs, seasonal organic produce. Even better news? The food is so delicious, no one will miss what's not there and know they are enjoying food that's good for them. They welcome groups of 6-24 or larger. Book it!

Revolve is located at 10024 Main Street in Bothell. Dinner Monday-Saturday 4-10 p.m., Sunday 4-9 p.m.; happy hour all day Monday, 4-6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to close Tuesday-Sunday. To book an event, contact events@revolvefoodwine.com. 425-287-6420. revolvefoodwine.com


Salty's Waterfront Seafood Grills
A magical Nutcracker Kingdom watched over by towering Nutcrackers, family members helping their aging parents choose just the right bites, kids so excited by tables of holiday special foods (even if they will only be piling their plates with bacon), families and friends laughing and talking over one of their favorite meals - brunch at Salty's. Holidays can bring out the best in us and it certainly brings out the best at Salty's! Some of the holiday specials: garlic-and-herb-crusted prime rib, crispy roast duck with orange marmalade glaze, prawn scampi station, eggnog crème brûlée. Make Christmas Eve Brunch reservations today!

Magical Christmas Eve brunch: Salty's on Alki Beach, 206-937-1600. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grand Ballroom 4 p.m. Adults $74.99, ages 9-13 $29.99, 5-8 $19.99, 4 and under free. Salty's at Redondo Beach, 253-946-0636. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $63, ages 9-13 $29.99, 5-8 $19.99, 4 and under free (please mention in reservation). Salty's on the Columbia River, 503-288-4444. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $75 or $85 with tableside Champagne, ages 9-13 $29.99, ages 5-8 $19.99, 4 and under free, seniors 60+ $5 off adult brunch. Santa Claus will be in the house! www.saltys.com/christmas

December 2019


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