November 29, 2008
In my Pacific Northwest Taste Column on November 23, 2008, I extolled the virtues of our downtown Seattle neighborhood thanks to the recent influx of new buildings, the Seattle Art Museum expansion, and much-improved dining options.
Perhaps the crown jewel in the ‘hood’s renaissance has been the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at 99 Union Street. It’s a sleek, luxurious, and contemporary space with big plans for the holiday season. The photo above shows two appetizers we enjoyed at ART Restaurant and Lounge, which is under the steady hand of long-time Seattle chef Kerry Sear.
So if you haven’t been downtown lately, here’s an excuse to check out the new kid on our block.
A Chocolate Holiday
On Dec. 4, 11 and 18, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle will commemorate the season with A Chocolate Holiday, a celebration for serious chocolate lovers.The buffet’s 11 temptations include Chocolate Fondue, Dipped Strawberries, White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cake and a Chocolate Smores Tart. If that’s not enough chocolate for you, how about Chocolate Chili Pasta with Basil and Cocoa Nibs?The most committed cacao-philes can begin their chocolate-themed adventure at the dinner table on those three Thursdays only. The fixed-price menu infuses chocolate into each savory dish.
Shopper’s Holiday Package
Ringing in the festive season, the Shopper’s Holiday Package pairs luxurious accommodations at Four Seasons Hotel with another Seattle service icon – Nordstrom. Offered from Nov. 12, 2008, through March 31, 2008, this package kicks off guests’ shopping excursions with a $200 Nordstrom gift card to use at the flagship store just a few blocks from the hotel. Return victorious and unwind with a holiday beverage in ART Lounge while you relish your purchases.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
ART Restaurant will host two different multi-course, holiday-themed dinner menus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.In addition to traditional dishes such as Slow-Braised Goose and Dry Aged Roast Beef, the menus feature salmon, Truffled Beef Tartare and vegetarian options.ART’s Counter will serve as a dessert centrepiece with made-to-order desserts, fruits and seasonal items, including mincemeat pies, plum pudding and other twists on perennial favourites.
New Year’s Eve
On New Year’s Eve, guests can ring in the New Year in style by indulging in ART’s seven-course dinner.The culinary journey incorporates the best seasonal ingredients available in the Northwest and beyond.Coupled with musical entertainment and sweeping views of Elliott Bay, it will be a night to remember.