We are so very excited to share this inspiring new event space with you – enter Storybook Farm, located in Carnation, WA.
The options for this exquisite farm are very exciting, with multiple areas to choose the perfect setting for your event. A rustic red barn features room for a sit down dinner, buffet, and dancing all set within a recreated western town. The Top House features a view overlooking the vineyard with seating for approximately 80 guests. The patio and wrap-around covered deck also has room for 80 seated, with surround sound, outdoor lighting, access to the charming Wine Cellar (which can seat up to 10 guests for an intimate cellar dinner), and includes access to the gorgeously appointed full kitchen. An outdoor garden patio may seat 125 guests, with a tented marquee available to rent. And the outdoor kitchen with full gas grill setup and wood burning pizza oven rounds off the many options for hosting and entertaining just about any set, from weddings and fundraisers to corporate team building!
The estate features an English country garden, a pond and waterfalls, a gazebo, patio, and outdoor kitchen. The name Storybook Farm truly captures the magic of this getaway from the city – all only a 30 minute drive from Seattle. As a preferred caterer, we look forward to creating memorable events this Summer and beyond and invite you to contact Kappie Ayers, Storybook’s on-site manager and event coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.445.0911. For full details and more beautiful photos, visit www.storybookpartners.com
Photos from Storybook Farm Facebook, www.storybookpartners.com
This weekend, Lisa & Jonathan celebrate the soft-opening of their “culinary playground”, Pomegranate Bistro, 8 years ago. Lisa opened her first 50-seat restaurant, Southern Accents, in 1983 where old-school Southern dishes were lovingly served up for the Redmond crowd (she was just 23!). With her cousin Ellen, she eventually added catering services to make her business venture profitable, and Lisa Dupar Catering was born.
On June 15, 2005 Pomegranate Bistro officially opened its doors to the public. Just as it did then, the menu changes quarterly to allow for fresh, seasonal fare to inspire flavors from the Northwest, Southern cooking, and ethnic foods from around the world. Jonathan and previous-Pom-Manager-turned-Events-Director Seth have spent years fine-tuning and rotating a wide selection of fine wines spanning almost every continent. And with the addition of POMBAR last Spring, a new focus on inventive craft cocktails has added to the vibrancy of this unassuming little spot in Redmond.
Lisa’s penchant for high-end and down-home fare has been a blast to share with y’all over the last 8 years…we can’t wait to show you what’s up our sleeve in the years to come!
As we head into wedding season 2013, we wanted to share some highlights from an amazing wedding we were lucky to be a part of this past year. Last October, we were tickled to have catered Morgan & Matt’s gorgeous wedding at Bella Luna Farms. This couple was as fun & sweet as they come. There was a perfect mixture of elegant, whimsical & romantic details, carefully thought-out and woven beautifully into their special day.
A few unique details for their wedding: Adorable fingerprint tree art work was featured in lieu of a traditional guest book, with romantic floral and paper flags guiding guests around the farm. A lovely, rustic Jewish chuppah (which symbolizes the home that the couple will build together) was erected for their exchange of vows. Plaid wool blankets were given to guests to cuddle under later at the reception to stay warm. The impeccable Lisa Chambers of Chambers & Co. paid careful attention to every detail and it showed – we are always amazed when we step into the world she creates at her events!
The multiple food stations were unique and showcased another style for wedding meals. Many couples assume a plated meal or buffet are the only options. Yet, in a venue like Bella Luna, the setup encouraged guests to tour the grounds while sampling yummy food along the way. So that every food station didn’t get hit at once, guests were divided into three groups and their “escort card” flag told them what station to start at.
Another unique touch was the “flash mob” the bride invited her female guests to participate in. Ladies were sent a private YouTube link with the dance moves so they could practice in advance. But, they were sworn to secrecy! – no husbands or dates knew what was in store. Half way through the couple’s first dance, the DJ scratched the song and started playing the flash mob song! The ladies hit the dance floor and knocked the dance out of the park. The groom acted like he had no idea what was going on at first, but then jumped in and actually did the dance because he had learned it too! Our service staff was in on the surprise and were asked to join the fun – we even caught part of it on camera.
And the perfect sweet treat to take over the dance floor afterwards? A build-your-own ice cream sandwich bar with chocolate chip, Redmond crisp & ginger molasses cookies paired with chocolate, vanilla & salted caramel ice cream & all the fixings.
Wedding Team // Photographer: Michele M Waite Photography | Event Planner: Chambers and Company | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Bella Luna Farms | Invitation Designer: Paper Moxie | Catering: Lisa Dupar Catering | Florist: Bella Luna Farms | DJ: Austin Beaver
photos by Lucas Mobley Photography & Barbie Hull
We were so happy to be involved in this year’s Hopebrew by Get Hitched Give Hope, a celebration of local home-brewers benefiting Young Survival Coalition and Dream Foundation, at Melrose Market Studios in Capitol Hill. Thank you to Heather Driscoll, Erin Stroup, Megan Keller and the many others who put on such a wonderful benefit experience! Our event planners Conni & Kimberly were in attendance and had some glowing things to say about the evening:
Kimberly: The event was really well attended and there was such good will. The pirate theme was a crack up and many guests went all out with their costumes. Unlike more formal fundraisers, this event is attended by a much young audience. Almost 100% of the proceeds benefit Young Survival Coalition which supports young women fighting breast cancer. It was very moving to meet survivors and see them truly enjoying themselves – eating, drinking and dancing. Thanks to Stacy Kvam, the amazing venue manager at Melrose Market Studios for having us!
Conni: I couldn’t agree more. They said they work really hard to not just create a fundraiser, but to create a fun party that people want to come back to each year. And they did just that! The décor was spot on, the DJ had great energy, guests were high spirited, and food and beer could not have been better! The pirate theme was so fitting for the venue. I have never see Melrose Market Studios look that festive with interchanging up lighting, marine nets & drift wood, pirate striped linens, and treasure chests!! So fun. Cheers to GHGH for a fabulous event!
We are looking forward to next year’s event – and hope to see you all there!
We’re so excited for the promise of warmer weather, we’ve got coconuts on the brain already! Our mixologist Ryan Slimak, who you’ve probably exchanged witty batter with at the bar, is shaking up a fun new cocktail for our Spring menu at Pomegranate Bistro – Nice Coconuts. A young coconut is shaved and cut open as soon as you say, “I’ll have one of those!” Ryan then shakes up a refreshing set of ingredients to be served in your vessel: Pyrat XO rum, Licor 43 (a Spanish liqor made from citrus & fruit juices, vanilla and other herbs & spices) with fresh lime, lemongrass, kaffir, coconut milk & coconut water – all made better by a little umbrella and spoon to scoop the delicious coconut meat once you’re done! It’s the perfect Spring treat to get you ready for Summer – available at the restaurant and POMBAR!
Please join us Sunday, April 21st at Pomegranate Bistro for our Q for Care barbecue, a benefit for our chef, Chet Hunt, who was diagnosed with cancer late last year. His positive attitude and ever-present smile has inspired all of us at Dupar & Company and we are rallying for his successful recovery. In addition to donations, we will be auctioning off our house slab bacon, celebrity-signed cookbooks, fine wines & more. 100% of the proceeds go toward Chet’s cancer care – let’s make it count!
Neiman Marcus at The Shops at the Bravern Bellevue recently launched their new CUSP department, fashion from new and known designers at great prices to get you in the now. We were tapped to create some fun snacks & apps for the trendy, fun attendees lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the new fashions available!
Colored popcorn, each with unique flavor profiles welcomed guests as they arrived - gingered beet, chocolate, caramel & sea salt, and orange, rosemary & olive oil.
Colors that pop! Our specialty cocktail, the Blueberry Mojito – Bacardi rum muddled with fresh blueberries, mint leaves & lemon.
Passed apps on the runway - Mini Beef Sliders with Bacon Mayo served on scallion rolls with pickled red onions and Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with fresh chevre, mint & spiced peach chutney, paired with shots of Blue Moon beer in mini mugs!
Photography by annie b/STILLS
This past weekend, Lisa stopped by for the one year anniversary of Whole Foods Market in Lynnwood to demonstrate her recipes for Carrot Apple Soup and Beets & Blue Salad from “Fried Chicken & Champagne.” While warm soups and Winter go hand in hand, try some of your favorite vegetable soups served chilled in the Summer; with a dollop of sour cream and chopped chives, Lisa’s Carrot Apple Soup transitions wonderfully on a hot Summer day!
We are thankful for the opportunities to partner with Whole Foods Market over the last year with cooking demos and book signings – their support of local farmers and vendors is remarkable and makes our community that much stronger!
We’re excited to introduce you to 2 options you should consider when planning your next party or company function this Spring and Summer! Both located in Woodinville, the Redhook Brewery Bowl and Mark Ryan Winery Tasting Room each offer something unique to bring out the best in your event!
Redhook Brewery, located in the heart of Woodinville’s tourist district, is America’s premier craft brewery. The brewery boasts a plush grass amphitheater ideal for summer daytime events, such as company picnics, for groups of up to 300. The options are nearly limitless for this vast outdoor venue with green grass and blue skies, frisbee and bocce ball on the lawn, the smell of beer brewing in the air, and delicious BBQ fare to accompany the freshest beer around. The Bowl is available for rental from June through September. Please note that the Bowl is not available on Thursdays from July 11 – August 29 due to Redhook’s Moonlight Cinema movie night series (which we totally recommend checking out this Summer!) To book the Redhook Bowl, visit http://redhook.com/breweries/woodinville-brewery/ or call 425.420.1113
Voted Seattle Magazine’s 2011 Winemaker of the Year, Mark Ryan Winery recently opened a beautifully appointed new tasting room in the Hollywood Vineyard complex, 5 doors down from the Purple Cafe in Woodinville. Gorgeously distressed hardwoods, wine tasting bar, ping pong table, flat screen TVs, andunique art and iron work make this space modern and hip. The tasting room can hold up to approximately 100 guests for cocktail style events. An opportunity to sample interestingly named wines like Dead Horse and The Dissident Red might be a welcome perk as well! For more information on booking the tasting room, visit www.markryanwinery.com or call (425) 415-3865.
We are very happy to be a preferred caterer for both Redhook and Mark Ryan Winery and invite you to check out these spaces as the weather warms!
by Lisa Dupar
After meeting David Hawksworth and Chef de Cuisine, Kristian Eligh of Hawksworth restaurant last spring, I’ve been determined to sample their food at the – now nationally acclaimed – restaurant in Vancouver, BC.
Kristian was at the helm Saturday night and Jonathan and I knew to simply ask him to send out some of his favorite dishes.
His impressive resume includes tenures as Chef de Cuisine at Market by Jean-Georges at the Shangri-La Hotel, Chef de Cuisine of Diva at the Met at the Metropolitan Hotel and stages at a collection of leading restaurants that include Blackbird Restaurant and L2O in Chicago, Spice Market, and Jean Georges in New York, as well as McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina.
Highlights from our Hawksworth tasting menu Saturday included: