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Winter and holidays are arriving

A new season approaches bringing winter fun and holidays. So much food, beverage, and fun ahead!

Happy Holidays from Conversation and The Nest!

Relaxing in Conversation's comfortable dining room, you'll warm up and wet your whistle with our fresh, new holiday cocktail list and seasonal food pairings at Conversation Kitchen & Bar. While you're there, don't forget to make reservations for our exclusive New Year's Eve 2021 celebration at The Nest, Thompson Seattle's iconic and cozy rooftop bar. You'll toast at midnight with champagne; menu details coming soon on the website. Reservations will be available exclusively through Don't wait to make your plans!

Conversation and The Nest are located within the Thompson Seattle Hotel at 110 Stewart Street on the corner of 1st Avenue and Stewart Street. Enter through the hotel main entrance. See website for reservations and hours of operations. Click here for The Nest and here for Conversation.

Whistlin' Jack's Outpost & Lodge

Serenity surrounds this mountain getaway in the woods on the river, ideal for a holiday getaway. But wait. Does half your party crave peace and the other half wild adventure? Whistlin' Jack's has you covered. Read in your room or cabin, bubble away in a brand new hot tub, OR do some alpine skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, sledding. Or maybe a combo. And the best news is that Chef Calvin Elliott is on hand with quick appetizers and casual dishes for lunch, and unexpected dinner delights like red wine braised short ribs and walnut-crusted halibut. Make Whistlin Jack's your new holiday tradition!

Experience holiday magic at Whistlin' Jack's, located at 20800 WA-410 in Naches, Washington (about 2-1/2 hours from Seattle), at Chinook Pass. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 509-658-2433.

Pogacha Restaurant & Bar

Winter is the perfect time to hunker down with your besties over food made with care. But sometimes you don't want to do it yourself. Your worries are over because Pogacha focuses on detail and high-quality ingredients to make meals memorable. Hand-rolled, applewood-fired fresh bread; house-made pastas flavored with fresh herbs for specific dishes; house-made sauces and dressings; local sourcing of ingredients. Their winter cocktail list wows with Pumpkin Rum-a-Latte (house-made caramel pumpkin sauce), Fireside Chat (whiskey and cider), Pama Paloma (pomegranate, reposado, fresh grapefruit and lime juices), and Holiday-Tini (vodka, Bailey's, Kahlúa in chocolate-drizzled glass). Don't resist-just go!

Pogacha is located at 2707 78th Ave SE on Mercer Island. Dinner is offered daily (don't forget Big Fish & Chips on Sunday and Monday nights), lunch Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and brunch Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Direct catering inquiries to Jane at . 425-455-5670.

Christmas and New Year's at Water's Table

We all want a friend with a lakeside house where we could relax, eat, and drink. Good news-we do! The Hyatt Regency on Lake Washington is your perfect pal: you can overnight or drop in for a meal. Christmas day at Water's Table brings a prix fixe four-course dinner with starters for the table and entrée choices of lamb shank, prime rib, roasted chicken, or cauliflower steak, plus dessert. On New Year's Eve, celebrate with specials like Tenderloin + Prawn, Teres Major steak, and a midnight champagne toast. Follow each holiday the next day with Water's Table brunch! Let them know what time you'll be dropping by.

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, Water's Table, and Dock & Drink are located at 1053 Lake Washington Blvd N in Renton. Water's Table will stay true to their normal hours of operation on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Dock & Drink will operate normally for Christmas, stay open until midnight on New Year's Eve, and close on New Year's Day. 425-207-2240.

A Bit of Taste, Queen Anne Olive Oil Co.

Holidays are upon us with opportunities to create lasting memories through meals and gifts; all kinds of magic can be found at A Bit of Taste. Making someone's life easier and more tasteful is always appropriate. Items like Basil Pesto, Hot Crispy Oil, Jordan Delights Chocolate Dates, mustard, salts, honey, and truffle products never go unused! And, of course, beautiful extra virgin olive oils and balsamics make every meal come alive. December Flavors of the Month are Oregano EVOO, with its earthy yet delicate flavor, and zesty Elderberry Dark Balsamic that is perfect in marinades, dressings, and more. Come taste!

A Bit of Taste is located at 1629 Queen Anne Ave N, Suite 100, on top of Queen Anne hill. Open Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find recipes here. 206-420-2989.

Pork chop with huckleberry sauce using elderberry balsamic

December 2021

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