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What to Pair with Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Korean Lettuce Wraps

To get the most out of your dining experience, it’s important to pair your meal with the right wine. To help our guests navigate their way through our wine and food menu, we have asked our Wine Steward, Mark Jacklich, to share some of his recommendations. Here is his latest recommendation featuring a popular dish off our new Happy Hour Menu!

Mark’s Food and Wine Pairing of the Month

This month I would like to highlight a popular item that has hit the menu recently, the “Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps”.

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 I suggest with this dish is our dry 2011 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.  Enjoy!

*There is a gluten free option on this dish where we skip the crispy fried part and pan sear instead.

Bentley’s Grill has one of the most extensive selection of Oregon wines in our region.  We hope you will come in and try this pairing, or check with Mark for other suggested pairings and ideas.   Learn more about our wines in Wine Notes with Mark. Enjoy!

Taste Cubanisimo Vineywards & Willamette Valley Vineyards This Month!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Cubanisimo

Cubanisimo Vineyards & Willamette Valley Vineyards to Bring Flavor of the Oregon Valley to Bentley’s Grill this month!

Oregon wine fans are in for a very special treat this month!  Stop by Bentley’s Grill the second and fourth Wednesday of the month and indulge in a fantastic wine tasting hosted by our featured winery from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.   Plan to stay for dinner (reservations recommended) and satisfy your palette by pairing it with seasonal Pacific Northwest cuisine.

Our wine tastings are a wonderful occasion for our guests to enjoy wine from some of the best winemakers in our region. During the tasting events, guests can also enjoy special food pairings and happy hour.

Our wine tastings this month are:

November 12, 2014 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Cubanisimo Vineywards

Since the company’s beginning in 1986, Cubanisimo (which means“very Cuban”) Vineywards have committed to gorwing the finest grapes and eventually developing wines into the top quality product meriting the name.

November 26, 2014 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Willamette Valley Vineyards

Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Watch “Jim’s 30 Year Quest” to learn more:

Can’t make it this month? Here’s whats coming up: Dec. 10th Eola Hills Wine Cellars

The Holidays are Coming…Let Us Help!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Salem Oregon Holidays

The holiday season is around the corner and between the shopping, the traveling, the baking and other holiday traditions, you probably have enough on your plate!  Why not leave your holiday party hosting to us?

The event spaces at Bentley’s Grill and The Grand Hotel Salem are perfect for everything from holiday parties to wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners to reunions, we can even accommodate meetings for small, medium and large groups.  Our event planning specialists are here to assist you with seating, menu planning and more so you can sit back and relax.

In addition to our beautiful space and professional service, your holiday guests will enjoy the convenience of our downtown Salem location, complimentary underground parking, complimentary WiFi, seasonal decorations inside The Grand Hotel in Salem lobby, and the unique cozy ambiance you’ll only find inside our restaurant.

Here is a brief overview of what we have available to guests looking for holiday event space:

Fresh Catering

The Bentley’s Grill catering team brings the Northwest’s freshest seasonal offerings to the table. Select items from our extensive menu or work with our staff to create a customized meal that you and your guests are sure to remember.

Bentley's Grill Catering

Amazing taste! Cantaloupe and prosciutto!

Salem Oregon Catering

Yumm!! Bentley’s Grill caters in-house at The Grand Hotel in Salem!!

Portobello Mushrooms! A Bentleys favorite!

The Liberty Room

The Liberty Room in Bentley’s Grill is PERFECT for a lunch or dinner for up to 25 guests. Versatile seating arrangements, customized menus and a professional staff will enhance your event and make things seamless! Ideal for Holiday Parties, Reunions, Business Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners, Small Receptions, Birthday & Anniversary Parties

Private Dining at Bentley's Grill

The Liberty Room

Liberty Room Bentley's Grill

The Liberty Room

Wine Nook

Looking for a more intimate setting? Consider hosting your holiday gathering in our Wine Nook, a semi-private dining environment in Bentley’s Grill. This elegant space is perfect for smaller groups (up to 15 people), birthday/anniversary celebrations, after hours cocktail party and more. Guests will enjoy the elegance and atmosphere of our restaurant.

Wine Nook Bentley's Grill

Wine Nook in Bentley’s Grill is all dressed up and ready to party!

Wine Nook Bentley's Grill

Bentley’s Grill Wine Nook

 

Here are some other locations you can choose from:

The Board Room

  • 1,204 square foot meeting room inside The Grand Hotel in Salem
  • Catering Available from Bentley’s Grill
  • Flexible, elegant, meeting space
  • Can accommodate up to 60 people
  • Ideal for corporate events, trainings, special events, and cocktail receptions.

The Marion Room

  • Spacious room inside the Grand Hotel in Salem
  • Can can accommodate up to 100 people
  • Available after 12pm each day
  • Ideal for corporate breakout space, luncheons, receptions, hosted dinners, hosted dinners, and more!!

Don’t wait too long! For questions and space reservations, please contact Soraida Cross at 503-779-1413 or email soraida@bentleysgrill.com

photo credit: Matti Mattila via photopin cc

Featured Pairing of the Month: Pan Roasted Smoked Duck Breast with Stafford Hill 2011 Tempranillo

Friday, October 24th, 2014
Salem Oregon Fine Dining

Pan Roasted Smoked Duck Breast with Marsala Jus, Saffron Risotto and Grilled asparagus

We know that pairing the right wine with your dish can enhance your dining experience which is why we have asked our Wine Steward, Mark Jacklich, to share some of his recommendations.

One of Bentley’s new specials is Pan Roasted Smoked Duck Breast with Marsala Jus, Saffron Risotto and Grilled asparagus. Mark suggests pairing this dish with Stafford Hill 2011 Tempranillo.

Stafford Hill 2011 Tempranillo

Photo Source: www.vivino.com

Stafford Hill is a second label under Holloran Vineyard Wines, which is a winery in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of West Salem. Stafford Hill use the same vineyard sources as well as the hand-on, traditional, small production regimen as Holloran Vineyard Wines.

This wine offers good weight in the mid-palate with out being over powering.  The wine pairs well with this dish because it finishes dry with subtle nuances and depth on a lingering finish while offering a pleasant flavor contrast.

Bentley’s Grill has one of the most extensive selection of Oregon wines in our region.  We hope you will come in and try this pairing, or check with Mark for other suggested pairings and ideas.   Learn more about our wines in Wine Notes with Mark. Enjoy!

Taste Chateau Bianca & Namaste Vineyards at Bentley’s Grill this Month!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

“The Oregon Wine region has become synonymous with high quality Pinot Noir, and rightfully so,….. Within the Willamette Valley, there are six sub appellations all with their own sub climate and terroir. The single vineyard Pinot Noirs from these areas are some of the highest rated wines in our Oregon Wine Reviews.” -Posted by wine reviewer Paul Gregutt on www.winemag.com

Chateau Bianca

Namaste Vineyards Wine Tasting October 22, 2014

Namaste Vineyards Wine Tasting October 22, 2014

At Bentley’s Grill, we support the Oregon wine movement!  That is why we host wine tastings from local wineries every other Wednesday from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Stop on by every second and fourth Wednesday of the month and taste new wines from our featured winery.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to enjoy wine from some of the best winemakers in our region. During the tasting events, guests can also enjoy special food pairings and happy hour.

Our featured wineries this month are:

Oct. 8  5 p.m.-6 p.m. Chateau Bianca

Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Chateau Bianca offers a variety of premium whites and reds as well as some additional niche products. Winemaker Andreas Wetzel’s attention to detail consistently results in many prestigious wine awards. Andreas’ great-grandfather began wine production in the region of Wurzburg, Germany. This love of winemaking continues, four generations later, here in the United States. Experience the Wetzel family’s passion for fine wine by enjoying the fruits of their labor! Click here to learn more and Like them on Facebook!

Oct. 22  5 p.m.-6 p.m. Namaste Vineyards

Award Winning. Hand-Crafted. Limited Production. Family Owned. Need we say more? Namaste Vineyards use only the finest grapes handpicked from our six estate vineyards that are nestled on gently rolling hills in the world renowned Willamette Valley region of Oregon and from exclusive others. “From our vineyard to your table every meal is enhanced with the right bottle of wine and we are thankful for this invitation to dine with you.”
Visit www.namastevineyards.com to learn more & Like them on Facebook.

Can’t make it this month? Here’s whats coming up:

Nov. 12th Cubanisimo
Nov. 24th Willamette Valley Vineyards
Dec. 10th Eola Hills Wine Cellars