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taste photoFUSS-FREE FEAST
(Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 22!)

Thanksgiving is all about the food. But the day also brings a lot of stress—sometimes more than the tryptophan can make up for.

Although the holiday relies heavily on tradition, there are alternatives to the hectic details that come along with the huge turkey dinner. For instance, there's the option of not cooking. And with this choice comes a host of others.

If the best part of the day for you is the traditional feast, then the Bellevue Club is here to help. There's something for every Turkey Day dreamer because this isn't just any tradition, it's a Bellevue Club tradition.

Thanksgiving Buffet
Come to the buffet, or enjoy a plated dinner, and leave everything to us. At the buffet, there will be a fruit and cheese station, a seafood station, a salad station and a dessert station. Below, find the plated choices. There's limited seating for both, so please call for reservations at 425-688-3410.

Plated Menu Choices
• Slow-roasted turkey breast, apple-sage stuffing, gravy
• Herb-crusted prime rib, rosemary-roasted baby red potatoes, roasted shallot demi-glace, creamed horseradish
• Slow-roasted leg of lamb with bay leaf, lemon and herbs, garlic mashed potatoes, fig and rosemary sauce
• Roasted vegetable lasagna, three cheeses, tomato basil sauce

Thanksgiving To Go
For a complete Thanksgiving meal to enjoy at home, the Club's popular to-go option is the perfect choice. Meals for six people up to a party of 12 provide a delicious main course, sides and desserts. Full menus can be found on the Members Only website.

Carefully selected and created by the Club's chefs, it's a fantastic deal. Simply pick it up on Thanksgiving day, from 9 a.m.-noon, and heat it up. Meal pickups will be car-side near the Athletic Entrance, and payment can be made by check or charged to your member account.

To order, call 425-688-3382 or visit www.bellevueclub.com/ThanksgivingToGo. Orders must be received by Monday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m.

Package No. 1
Serves 12-14 people with leftovers
• A 16- to 18-pound oven-roasted, free-range turkey
• Turkey gravy
• Orange cranberry chutney with ginger
• Apple-sage stuffing
• Yukon gold mashed potatoes
• Green beans and caramelized onions
• Rolls with butter
• Pumpkin pie and pecan pie

Package No. 2
Serves 6-8 people with leftovers
• A half oven-roasted, free-range turkey
• Turkey gravy
• Orange cranberry chutney with ginger
• Apple-sage stuffing
• Yukon gold mashed potatoes
• Green beans and caramelized onions
• Rolls with butter
• Choice of pumpkin pie or pecan pie

Package No. 3
Serves 12-14 people with leftovers
• Rosemary-rubbed, slow-roasted prime rib
• Au jus gravy
• Creamed horseradish
• Yukon gold mashed potatoes
• Green beans and caramelized onions
• Rolls with butter
• Pumpkin and pecan pie

Package No. 4
Serves 6-8 people with leftovers
• Rosemary-rubbed, slow-roasted prime rib
• Au jus gravy
• Creamed horseradish
• Yukon gold mashed potatoes
• Green beans and caramelized onions
• Rolls with butter
• Choice of pumpkin or pecan pie

Extras (can add on to an order and will also be available to purchase at Luna on Thanksgiving day)
• Whole turkey
• Half turkey
• Whole prime rib
• Half prime rib
• Pumpkin pie
• Pecan pie
• Orange cranberry chutney with ginger
• Apple-sage stuffing
• Yukon gold mashed potatoes
• Green beans and caramelized onions
• Turkey gravy
• Au jus gravy
• Creamed horseradish

Important: If you need to change or cancel your order, call Kate Avery at 425-688-3382. The last day to change or cancel is Monday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m.

taste photoTHE ART(E) OF COFFEE

We love coffee here at the Club. Actually, we admire the process of creating a delicious coffee beverage so much that we chose a supplier with the word "Art" in the name. Seattle's Caffé D'arte supplies all the drip coffee and espresso in Luna Express, Polaris Grill and Splash.

Caffé D'arte translates to "The Art of Coffee," and the people behind the name take this seriously. "We chose our name to remind us that there is an art to roasting and blending coffees, and we must keep the art alive," said Joe Mancuso, Caffé D'arte's general manager.

With Italian roots, the company is continually trying to evolve, while also keeping those values alive.

Because they are a specialty coffee roaster, they begin the process by selecting beans from the growers, specifically the beans that fit the taste and aroma profile Caffé D'arte has become known for.

Each season, the company will request samples from growers, since the product always changes with the weather. After a taste test, the blends are selected.

But one of the things that makes Caffé D'arte special is that it offers wood-roasted coffee, with a 1949 Balestra wood roaster, providing a distinct flavor to the Velletri and Fabriano coffees.

Many industry folks will say it takes passion and knowledge to make a delicious cup of coffee, and this knowledge is always expanding.

Caffé D'arte even offers educational classes to the general public for this very reason. The hands-on academy teaches students how to make specialty espresso drinks by educating them on the product—how it changes and how it can be used.

"People want to know what makes a perfect cup of coffee. The answer is that it may be a little different for each person, as it is a personal choice, and the answer evolves over time," Joe said, adding that a novice coffee drinker may start with a lighter roast until eventually opting for something darker.

Much like the drink itself, preference doesn't have to be constant.

As for Joe, he'll take a double espresso.


 


 
Executive Chef: Paul Marks | askchefpaul@bellevueclub.com
Polaris: 425-637-4608 | M-F 6:30-10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | M-Th 5:30-9 p.m.; F & Sa 5:30-10 p.m.
Cosmos: 425-688-4650 | M-Th 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. | F 11:30 a.m.-midnight | Sa 5:30 p.m.-midnight
Splash: 425-688-3345 | M-F 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Sa & Su 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Luna Express: 425-688-3228 | M-F 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. | Sa 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Su 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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