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Oregon Wine Tastings Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Bentley’s Grill!

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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Are you a fan of Oregon wine? If so, you will be happy to know that our Wednesday Wine Tastings will continue this spring and summer! Come to Bentley’s Grill every second and fourth Wednesday of the month and taste new wines from our featured local winery from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Willamette Valley wines have developed a reputation of being among the finest in the world, and many of it’s acclaimed wineries are right here in our own backyard!

This is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to enjoy wine from some of the best winemakers in our region. Special food pairings and happy hour options will also be available for purchase during the tasting.

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Our featured wineries for our *Spring Wednesday Wine Tasting series will be as followed. Mark your calendars!

March 9th Willamette Valley Vineyards
March 23rd Firesteed Winery
April 13th Pudding River Wine Cellars
April 27th Johan Vineyard
May 11th Bethel Heights Vineyard
May 25th Left Coast Cellars
June 8th La Chouette Vineyard
June 22nd Chateau Bianca Winery
July 13th Illahe Vineyards
July 27th Namaste Vineyards
Aug 10th Cubanisimo Vineyards
Aug 24th Eola Hills Wine Cellars

*This schedule is subject to change at any time without notice, please contact us at (503) 779-1660 for information.

What Do We Mean When We Talk About Sustainability?

Friday, February 26th, 2016
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Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

 

Sustainability has been a guiding principal of Bentley’s Grill from the very first moment we opened our doors in 2005. It defines who we are and has shaped our business practices for over a decade. But when we talk about sustainability what do we really mean?

Buying Local Healthy Ingredients

We know that buying the best and freshest local produce doesn’t just mean our food tastes better, it means our food is healthier too. When possible, we source our ingredients from local vendors and growers.  It’s not uncommon to find our chefs spending their Wednesdays finding the freshest, healthiest ingredients at Salem’s Wednesday Market. By buying local, Bentley’s Grill supports the local economy and long-term sustainability.

Replacing Garbage Cans with Recycling and Composting Cans

Instead of one-dump-fits-all garbage cans we use recycling and composting cans to separate our trash, ensuring that every bit of waste is placed into its proper receptacle. It’s only when trash is separated accordingly does it becomes clear how much extra waste is created every single day.

Committing To Recycling

When we say we are committed to recycling, we absolutely mean it. We recycle our plastic wrap/bags, paper, newspapers, cardboard, Styrofoam, tin, metal, light bulbs, batteries, ink cartridges, milk lids, plastic ware, straws, stir sticks, key cards, and even old CD’s. We recycle everything but the kitchen sink because frankly we need it.

Creating a Waste-free House Front

We strive to keep the front of the house as close to waste-free as possible. To this endeavor all tickets, straws, bottles, napkins, corks, and other waste are either recycled or composted. 

Training our Team to Ensure Sustainable Practices

All the previously mentioned practices are encouraged and maintained through our enthusiastic and committed team. By educating our employees in recycling procedures (what can and can’t be recycled) and our waste-free front policy we have cemented our philosophy of great meals through sustainable practices. 

Being Recognized and Certified for Sustainability

These policies are what lead us to become the first EarthWise certified restaurant in Salem, an honor we don’t take lightly. We’ve completed Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge, and in 2011 were named “Large Sustainable Business Of The Year” by Mid-Valley Green Awards!

These recognitions are a testament to the hard work of our team, but in the end of the day are not the reason we maintain these practices. We do it because we believe that sustainable practices are better for our customer, our team, and our planet.

 

That’s what we mean when we talk about sustainability.

 

 

Three Food and Wine Pairings to Try Right Now

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

There is no question that food and wine belong together. When the perfect match is made, they simply bring out the best in one another.

Bentley’s wine steward, Mark Jacklich, is always happy to offer his insight and experience when you are selecting the perfect wine to accompany your dining selection from our menu ‐ or to sip while relaxing in our wine lounge. Let Mark help you choose from our robust wine selection that caters to every taste and every occasion.

Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps & Brooks Riesling

Korean Lettuce Wraps

Our popular Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps have a spice component that pairs nicely with a Riesling. This appetizer features chicken marinated in garlic and chili then crispy fried and tossed in a savory Korean BBQ sauce. The dish is then topped with house made spicy cucumber Kimchi and sesame seeds. Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as spicy and sour.

The wine paring Mark suggests with this dish is a dry Brooks Riesling.

Brookes Riesling

With flavors of Bartlet pear, honey and lemon, this wine is medium bodied with great acidity and a dry finish that makes it a perfect counter part to the complex flavors of the Korean Chicken Lettuce Wrap.

Carlton Cellars Sauvignon Blanc with Oregon Rockfish

Oregon Rockfish

The moist, flavorful Rockfish fillet topped with parmesan-herbed bread crumbs pairs nicely with a light, crisp sauvignon blanc.  We recommend a glass of Carlton Cellars Sauvignon Blanc.  With subtle notes of fruit and citrus, this dry wine is a great way to enjoy this popular local dish served with lemon beurre blanc, risotto and seasonal vegetables.

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Witness Tree “Chainsaw” Pinot Noir & Harissa Steak Salad

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The medium bodied Witness Tree “Chainsaw” Pinot Noir offers lovely fruit flavors as it evokes the aromas of fresh berries and dried herbs. This wine is an ideal pairing with a our ever popular, “Harissa Steak Salad”, a dish comprised of grilled romaine hearts topped with Harissa (a spicy chile sauce from North Africa) marinated steak, capers, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, toasted almonds & red wine vinaigrette.

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Where to Have the Ultimate Date Night This Valentine’s Day

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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In case you’ve forgotten, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Don’t worry.  There is still plenty of time to plan an epic night out to sweep your sweetheart off their feet right here in Downtown Salem.

Your first move (obviously) is to make your reservations for an elegant (yet laid back) Valentines Day dinner at Bentley’s Grill. Our chefs are creating a delicious menu featuring seasonal Northwest cuisine that will be sure to impress.  Contact us to reserve your table, or simply call (503) 779-1660 between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. We can’t wait to have you join us!

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So now that you have your reservation for Valentine’s Day dinner at Bentley’s Grill  booked, what else are you going to do with Valentine’s Day? Have no fear, for we have some suggestions that may help you out!

The Grand Romance Hotel Package

For the “Grand Daddy” of Valentine’s Day dates, we recommend going all in and booking an overnight package at The Grand Hotel in SalemThe Grand Romance Package includes overnight accommodations for two in your choice of Suite, Champagne or sparkling cider delivered to your room, fresh flowers, and the Grand Hotel’s complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet. Top off this package with a late check out of 1 pm. The best part? You won’t even have to leave the building since we are adjoined to The Grand Hotel!  Call 877-540-7800 for more information and to book this package.

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Eager for a night out on the town? Head to one of these romantic destinations just around the corner before or after your romantic dinner at Bentley’s!

Salem Cinema

This is the cinema for those looking to avoid the movie explosions and crowds of big chain movie theaters. Salem Cinema provides a relaxed environment complete with a helpful and friendly staff and an excellent selection of films to choose from.

Simply Blissed Spa

Spend the day together being pampered and tended to in the way only Simply Blissed can. For a real treat indulge yourselves with the Totally Blissed Out package, a 5-6 hour treatment that includes a massage, a pedicure, an organic facial, and a light spa lunch.

Valentine’s Day Brunch Cruise

Williamette Queen Excursions- 11AM-1PM Feb 14thEnjoy a relaxing brunch with a Bloody Mary in your hand as you travel the Williamette River on a true to life sternwheeler ship! Be sure to ask for your choice of a dozen colored roses for your table when you make the reservation. Futhermore, all proceeds from this brunch will be donated to the Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program. Make your reservation early as this boat expects to sell out soon.

Chocolates, Wine, and Music

Arcane Cellars – 12-4PM Feb 14th Arcane Cellars Winery will also be joining forces with Missionary Chocolates of Portland to host the Chocolates, Wine, and Music event, pairing two of life’s great joys: Chocolate and Wine.

Salem’s Riverfront Carousel

Why should the kids have all the fun? A ride on Salem’s historical Riverfront Carousel is incredibly romantic, and completely unexpected.

Valentine’s Day Tea

Historic Deepwood Estate -February 14, 2016 11:00 AM -1:30 PMA delicious three-course tea catered by Gardner House Cafe and set in the beautiful historic home of Deepwood. Bring a piece or two of jewelry to have appraised by expert, Lisa Hand of Wind Horse Antiques. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their party finery.

Hope these ideas are enough to get you started as you plan your romantic outing! Whatever you wind up planning, we hope you and your sweetie have a very safe and enjoyable Valentine’s Day Weekend!

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Holiday Food & Wine Recommendations

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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There is no question that food and wine belong together. When the perfect match is made, they simply bring out the best in one another.

While there are no pairings listed on our regular menu items (which changes seasonally), there is always a wine to compliment the dishes available. All you have to do is ask and we will help you make a selection sure to please the senses.

Bentley’s wine steward, Mark Jacklich, is always happy to offer his insight and experience when you are selecting the perfect wine to accompany your dining selection from our menu ‐ or to sip while relaxing in our wine lounge.

Let Mark help you choose from our robust wine selection that caters to every taste and every occasion. Here are some of his holiday tips-

What Pairs Well With A Holiday Meal?

M.J: “A great pairing for the holidays is sparkling wine. The bubbles work wonders with the variety of foods set on the table. Two of my favorites are Argyle Brut as well as their Argyle Brut Rose’.

If you had your heart set on a red the most versatile ones would be Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah. For Pinot Noir I would suggest something with good weight and big flavor, Angela Estate 2010 from Yamhill-Carlton is one that I’ve had recently that comes to mind.

For Zinfandel and Syrah there is some wiggle room based on your personal preference, styles very but either would work well.

What Do You Recommend Pairing with dishes from our “Small Plates” menu?

M.J.- Our Seared AhiKorean Chicken Lettuce Wraps are 2 dishes that have a spice component that pairs nicely with a Riesling.  Try our by-the-glass dry Riesling from Pacific Rim, Wallula Vineyard 2010. The subtle floral aromatics, balanced acidity and low residual sugar make this wine a great counter to both dishes that feature pepper induced heat characteristics.

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Try our Seared Ahi Tuna

Korean Lettuce Wraps

Korean Lettuce Wraps

Do You Have a Favorite Holiday Drink?

M.J.- During the holidays, I always enjoy relaxing with a nice hot cup of mulled wine. This drink is great because it is one of those things you always get right, everyone has their own style.

While some places use cheap red wine for this holiday favorite, I prefer something a little more desirable to the palate, while still not breaking the bank. I suggest Trinity Vineyards Syrah or Eola Hills Cabernet Sauvignon.

I hope you all enjoy your holiday season and I leave you with this mulled wine recipe. Feel free to make it your own and have fun experimenting!

Mark’s Mulled Wine

6 whole allspice berries
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
2 whole star anise
3 cinnamon sticks
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced
3 large strips orange zest
3 large strips lemon zest
2 (750-ml) bottles red wine
3/4 cup honey

Add ingredients to slow cooker or large pot and heat thoroughly. Serve warm in mugs.