Issaquah police crack down on liquor sales to minors

January 17, 2012

Issaquah police and the Washington State Liquor Control Board joined forces late last month to crack down on businesses serving alcohol to minors.

Officers cited six people for furnishing liquor to minors during the Dec. 21 operation. The crackdown encompassed businesses throughout Issaquah.

Such enforcement is part of the routine compliance checks conducted by the liquor board and law enforcement agencies.

“Enforcement of all of the liquor laws — not just these — are important,” Police Chief Paul Ayers said. “They’re there for the purpose of making sure that a person can go into a bar and have a drink if they want, but that they’re not driving after being overserved or that they’re not underage and having alcohol. It’s just important that we enforce all of those laws.”

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Sip restaurant hosts free seminar

September 13, 2011

Vision Woodworks, Inc., presents “Re-Creating Your Space: Organize, Design, Build” at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Sip Restaurant, 1084 N.E. Park Drive. Learn practical household tips for maximizing space, style and function from three local experts. RSVP to Jill Burwell at jill@visioncabinetry.com.

Highlands Day to celebrate Swedish/Issaquah

July 5, 2011

On its 10th anniversary, the Issaquah Highlands Council will host its annual Highlands Day on July 9, in conjunction with the grand opening celebration of Issaquah’s new Swedish Medical Center campus.

“This year will be the biggest Highlands Day ever,” said, Christy Garrard special events planner for the council. “We’re expecting over 10,000 people during the seven-hour event.”

This year, Highlands Day will carry a healthy living theme and will take place on the site of the new hospital.

More than 50 booths will represent sports, fitness and nutrition experts, local businesses and local nonprofit agencies. The booths will offer free carnival games and crafts, free samples and free answers to fitness and sports-related questions.

“Over 20 booths are just fitness professionals and nutrition experts.” Garrard said.

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Diners can sample bargains during restaurant month

March 8, 2011

Eateries encourage diners to sample special offers and menu items during Issaquah Restaurant Month.

The inaugural dine-out event kicked off March 1, as more than 20 restaurants rolled out discounts and other treats for diners. Organizers said the monthlong celebration is meant to attract attention to local restaurants, and encourage residents to try fresh flavors.

The participating restaurants include longtime establishments and newcomers. Diners interested in checking out Issaquah restaurants during the event can nosh on barbecue and pizza one day, and nachos and lo mein the next.

“Each restaurant will offer a lunch and/or dinner prix fixe menu that represents the best of what that restaurant has to offer,” Diane Symms, Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants president and CEO, said in a release. “This is not a discount but rather an offer of quality and value for the community.”

Issaquah Restaurant Month is similar to events staged in Seattle and other major cities nationwide. The year-old Issaquah Restaurant Coalition, a trade group, coordinated and promoted the celebration.

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Local women share business tips at Sip

December 28, 2010

Every month, women from Issaquah and the Eastside come together for appetizers and wine while they socialize and network for an hour out of their busy week.

The group, Sips and Tips, started in August, and continues to grow in numbers at Sip Wine Bar and Restaurant in the Issaquah Highlands.

The brainchildren of the group, Sip co-owner Jamie Scelzi and Seattle Restaurants Unlimited Marketing Director Karen Lawler, initially started it in Gig Harbor, where the Scelzis owned another Sip restaurant. When that restaurant closed in May, the duo moved Sips and Tips to Issaquah. Read more

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the highlands Tuesday

October 3, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 3, 2010

Join the battle against breast cancer Tuesday at sip. at the wine bar and restaurant.

The restaurant hosts Sips & Tips, a social networking event to bring together women in the spirit of friendship, community, empowerment and charity. The event, held the first Tuesday of every month, features a different theme, and offers opportunities to introduce local businesses.

The upcoming Sips & Tips commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event starts at 5 p.m. at the Issaquah Highlands restaurant, 1084 N.E. Park Drive.

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Catch of the day

June 29, 2010

Issaquah chefs turn local trout into gourmet creations

Christopher Brown, executive chef at sip. at the wine bar and restaurant, sprinkles the final touches onto his grilled trout with brown-buttered leeks. By Greg Farrar

Christopher Brown, executive chef at sip. at the wine bar and restaurant, sprinkles the final touches onto his grilled trout with brown-buttered leeks. By Greg Farrar

Sunshine, swimming at local lakeside beaches and dropping your line in the water for a leisurely afternoon of fishing is part of what summer is all about.

Whether you’re a fishing pro, a novice or beginner, the fish can start piling up faster than you can eat them. While plentiful and tasty, more often than not, trout can leave home cooks confounded for ways to prepare it.

So, we’ve asked for help from our local palate perfectionists — chefs from some of Issaquah’s most well-known restaurants.

Each restaurant’s chef was asked to submit his favorite or a creative way to prepare trout, so your culinary know-how can move from butter, salt and pepper into gourmet-inspired creations that will be anything but boring.

Bon appétit!

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Help recognize Issaquah restaurant for charitable work

June 25, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. June 25, 2010

You can help put sip. at the wine bar and restaurant on the map for its good deeds.

The eatery’s Issaquah Highlands location, a part of the Washington Restaurant Group, has been selected to represent Washington in the 2010 Restaurant Neighbor Award. In order to advance to the national competition, the restaurant needs your vote by noon Monday. Vote here.

Each year, restaurants throughout the nation compete for the award, which is given to restaurants that contribute to their communities through charitable work.

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Walk, run, spring into summer with a women’s night on the town

May 11, 2010

As the days get longer, it’s time to shape up, so on May 12 you’ll want to sprint to the Women Spring into Summer! event sponsored by Evergreen Ford of Issaquah.

“It’s going to be a really fun event with lots of great things to do,” organizer Lynn Rehn said.

“We’re really excited about any event that promotes local businesses,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matthew Bott said. “This event is really helping consumers rediscover some of the great businesses that we have here in Issaquah.”

Massages, nights out on the town with dinner, pedicures, drinks and cocktails — 60 Issaquah businesses are pulling out the stops to entertain the women who come to the event, Rehn said.

The free event runs from 6-8 p.m. at Evergreen Ford, 1500 18th Ave. N.W.

Each of the night’s sponsors has created gift packages worth $50 or more and there are so many prizes, Rehn said, she’ll give one, or several, away every five minutes during the two-hour event.

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Walk, run, spring into summer with a women’s night on the town Wednesday

May 9, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 9, 2010

As the days get longer, it’s time to shape up, so on Wednesday, you’ll want to sprint to the free Women Spring into Summer! event sponsored by Evergreen Ford of Issaquah.

“It’s going to be a really fun event with lots of great things to do,” organizer Lynn Rehn said.

“We’re really excited about any event that promotes local businesses,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott said. “This event is really helping consumers rediscover some of the great businesses that we have here in Issaquah.”

Massages, nights out on the town with dinner, pedicures, drinks and cocktails — 60 Issaquah businesses are pulling out the stops to entertain the women who come to the event, Rehn said.

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