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St. Patty’s Day Celebration 2014 Features the Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums

Bentley’s Grill is THE place to be this Saint Patrick’s Day!  Come out, join the party and bring all your friends with you! Good food, great specials and the best wine selections available in downtown Salem. RSVP TODAY!

Our annual Bentley’s Grill St. Patty’s Day celebration is coming up and we are so excited that the Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums will be back to get everyone in the spirit!

Our Irish celebration on Monday March 17th features an authentic Irish inspired menu and St. Patty’s Day drink specials.  Be here at 4pm and/or 7pm for the amazing sounds of Great Highland bagpipe and Highland pipe-band style drumming from the one and only Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums!

Since 2008, the annual Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drum St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl has been a favorite local tradition.  The purpose of the organization is to support the Salem Professional Firefighters by performing at parades, memorials, fire department functions, and other civic and community events as requested. Learn more about the organization and how you can support them at



Celebrate Fat Tuesday March 4th here at Bentley’s Grill !!!!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Tuesday March 4, 2014 is known all over the world as Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras, the festival New Orleans is famous for; but if can’t make it down to the French Quarter this year, celebrate Mardi Gras with us at our annual Fat Tuesday celebration!

We are  bringing in the spirit of New Orleans with delicious Cajun food & $5 Drink specials!

Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, occurs on the day before Ash Wednesday and is a day of celebration and the opportunity to enjoy that favorite food or beverage that you give up for Lent.

New Orleans has made this celebration famous and has a long standing tradition of wearing Mardi Gras beads and giving them to others. So Bentley’s will of course be providing Mardi Gras beads!!!

You don't have to be in New Orleans to have a great time on Fat Tuesday! !  Come to Bentley's for some fun!

You don’t have to be in New Orleans to have a great time on Fat Tuesday!!   Come to Bentley’s for some fun!If you know of another party as cool as this one, we’d be surprised! Make your reservation for our craziness right away!!

Left Coast Cellars is our Featured Winery February 26th

Friday, February 21st, 2014

By Bentley’s Grill Wine Steward, Mark Jacklich

Left Coast Cellars Photo @ Left Coast Cellars

Left Coast Cellars, one of Willamette Valley’s most beloved wineries, will be in house pouring for our tasting February 26th from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. as part of our Wednesday Wine Tasting series every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

This local favorite is just 15 miles northwest of Salem, Oregon and boasts a sprawling estate of old growth oak trees, lovingly cultivated gardens, fields of wild flowers and meticulously cared for vines which presents a forest like oasis.

Nestled among the trees, you will find their tasting room/cafe. With an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients, the menu always has something for everyone. Having a Farm Fresh Market Café is always a draw for me while tasting out in the area.

On the sustainability side, Left Coast is one of 14 wineries to complete the Oregon Environmental Council’s Carbon Reduction Challenge and one of 6 to undergo an independent audit to achieve a goal of complete carbon neutrality. Along with a significant solar array and hybrid vehicles, the sustainability is noticeable right out of the gate.

Photo @Left Coast Cellars

Photo @Left Coast Cellars

It’s always fun to get one of their renowned Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay, and Rose’ flights that they offer in the tasting room. If you can get your hands on some of the Orchards Pinot Gris or White Pinot Noir consider yourself lucky as these wines move fast and are often limited!

With their phenomenal wines and emphasis on sustainability, Left Coast Cellars is one of the premier wineries in our back yard. Ask me more about them or suggested pairings next time you stop by!

Wednesday Wine Tastings are Back at Bentley’s Grill!

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Photo @ Left Coast Cellars

Are you a fan of Oregon wine? If so, you will be happy to know that our popular Wednesday Wine Tasting series is back this spring! 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.

Photo @ Left Coast Cellars

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

Feb 26th- Left Coast Cellars

March 12th – Chateau Bianca Winery

March 26th – Cubanisimo Vineyards

April 9th – Namaste Vineyards

April 23rd – Willamette Valley Vineyards

May 14th – Eola Hills Wine Cellars

May 28th – Trinity Vineyards

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

Rehearsal Dinner Tips and Etiquette

Friday, January 24th, 2014
Salem Oregon Rehearsal Dinners

Salem Oregon Rehearsal Dinners

If you are a bride-to-be, chances are you have set the date, booked the wedding venue, found the dress and are now well on your way to planning the perfect wedding. Now it’s time to think about the Rehearsal Dinner!

Although it’s origins are unclear, rehearsal dinners are an important part of the traditional wedding weekend and a great way for the families and wedding party to become acquainted. If you are in the process of planning a rehearsal dinner, here are some basic tips/etiquette to bear in mind:

  • We recommend booking the rehearsal dinner venue four to six months in advance of the event to give yourself plenty of time to plan.
  • The event is typically held the evening before the big day and is custom for the groom’s family to host; though more and more couples are sharing the expenses or even hosting themselves depending on their circumstances.
  • There are no rules as far as how formal you want to make the event, but your goal should be to make everyone invited feel welcome and comfortable.
  • The rehearsal dinner is an appropriate time for the bride and groom to subtly present gifts to the bridal-party and express their gratitude for their support.
  • The host of the party (usually the groom’s mother and/or father) toasts the bride and her family. Traditionally, the groom also toasts his new wife, the guests, and the hosts.
  • Depending on budget, the guest list is fairly flexible. It should include the bride and groom (of course) along with immediate family members, the wedding party and their spouses/significant others, and the officiant and guest. Some rehearsal dinners also include family members and friends who have traveled to be there for the big day.
  • If including out-of-town guests at the rehearsal dinner stretches your budget too far, you could host an “after-party” at a bar or restaurant so you will have a chance to include them in the festivities.

Our goal is to make every event special, no matter the occasion. 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.


So which room is right for your rehearsal dinner?  Here are some locations you can choose from:

The Liberty Room

  • Newest Private Dining Area inside Bentley’s Grill
  • Versatile seating arrangements
  • Can accommodate up to 45 people in a banquet setting
  • Ideal for Holiday Parties, Reunions, Business Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners, Small Receptions, Birthday & Anniversary Parties

Wine Nook

  • Semi-private dining environment in Bentley’s Grill
  • Guests will enjoy the elegance and atmosphere of our restaurant
  • Perfect for smaller groups up to 15 people, birthday/anniversary celebrations, after hours cocktail party and more.

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!!

Your event guests will also enjoy free covered parking, free Wifi, convenient downtown Salem location, and a flexible and knowledgable event staff. Don’t wait too long! For questions and space reservations, please contact Soraida Cross at 503-779-1413 or email

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