7 Holiday Experiences

Buffets, private dinners, tea and more

Cast Iron Studios. Photos courtesy Daniel Kezner and Salish Lodge & Spa

Afternoon tea: Trellis
Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at Trellis in Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel. Sip on warm tea paired with treats by pastry chef Sandra Watson. Enjoy sweets like Madeleines, savory items like deviled eggs and, of course, scones with blackberry jam. Pinkies are up noon-4pm Thursday-Sunday. Make a reservation at 425.284.5900.
Where 220 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland
Details Cost is $29 per person and kids 12 and under are $19.

Garden Wine Room: Café Juanita
The award-winning Café Juanita feels more like a warm home but also can be a backdrop for an unforgettable dinner party in the private dining space — the Garden Wine Room — located on the lower level. It holds up to 30, and owner and chef Holly Smith creates the menus.
Where 9702 N.E. 120th Place, Kirkland

Private Party/Dinner Space: Cast Iron Studios
Whether you’re planning a company party or a gathering with friends and family, the industrial urban-cool Cast Iron Studios makes for a savvy holiday venue. The large grand hall can seat 128 (more
if it is a standing cocktail-style party) and the intimate private room can seat between 20 and 60.
Where 10650 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue
Details Custom menu available, catering prices range from $45-$55+ per person; closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Salish Lodge & Spa

Salish Lodge & Spa

Holiday Celebration Dinners: The Herbfarm Restaurant
A nine-course dinner paired with carefully selected wines isn’t just a meal at The Herbfarm — it’s an unforgettable experience. Rated as one of the top restaurants in the country, The Herbfarm creates culinary magic with fresh ingredients from local farmers, foragers, cheesemakers, wineries and fishermen. It offers the Thanksgiving-themed Harvest Table from November to early December and The Holly and the Ivy for December. For larger groups a private dining room is available.
Where 14590 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville
Details $225-$275 per person; open Thanksgiving, closed Christmas day.

Elegant Thanksgiving dinner or buffet: The Barking Frog/Willows Lodge
Chef Bobby Moore at Willows Lodge offers an extravagant Thanksgiving buffet that includes free-range turkey, country ham, jumbo prawns, snow crab claws and a cornucopia of seasonal vegetable side dishes and desserts served in the Sammamish Ballroom. Or give thanks in a more intimate setting with a prix fixe multicourse dinner offering a choice of turkey, lamb or a vegetarian sampler and more at the restaurant.
Where 14580 N.E. 145TH St., Woodinville
Details Make reservations for the buffet or dinner online.

Private at-home dining: Lisa Dupar Catering
With clients like Harrison Ford and presidents from several countries (including the U.S.), chef Lisa Dupar creates private dining experiences on location, including in the comfort of your home. No need for a deluxe gourmet kitchen, Dupar and her team will work in the space available.
Where 18005 N.E. 68th Street, Redmond
Details Call 425.881.3250 or online.

Salish holiday tea: Salish Lodge & Spa
Executive chef Steven Snook created a special tea time menu that includes roast beef sandwiches, macarons, a frangipane tart and more. There’s also an overnight Holiday Breakfast in Bed package available November and December.
Where 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie
Overnight package details Rates start from $279. Holiday Tea Details: $18-$39 per person; children 5 and under free. Reservations required.

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