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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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Wednesday Wine Tasting Events From Local Wineries Continues into Fall

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Erath is our featured winery at the next Wednesday Wine Tasting October 23, 2013. Join us from 5-6pm!

Our Wednesday wine tasting events launched last summer have been so well received, we have decided to continue hosting them  every second and fourth Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm through the fall season!! 

This Wednesday, October 23rd, we will feature selections from Erath Winery:

There is a place in Oregon wine country where EARTH and HEART intersect. It is called ERATH. As we enter our fourth decade of winemaking, Erath embraces its leadership role in producing Oregon wines. Regardless of season, regardless of year, Erath is a place for Pinot discovery.

Learn more by visiting

What better way to celebrate the harvest and sample the diverse selections of local Oregon wineries in our lounge bar!  Our featured winery will also be sharing special food pairings and happy hour options during the tasting events.

Our Oregon wine section has been recognized by esteemed publications such as Wine Spectator & Oregon Wine Press (who has honored our restaurant with multiple Superior Cellar Awards) and more.

Mark your calendars for the following wine tasting events coming up!

November 13th Eola Hills
November 27th Van Duzer
December 11th Firesteed
December 25th – Closed

Don’t forget, every Thursday we host A Bottle Among Friends, where we introduce new wines to our guests at a discounted price. We also offer Wine flights or “tasting flights” as some call it. Our wine flights include three two-ounce pours of different wines and have become quite popular with our guests who can’t decide on one bottle.

We hope you will join us for one (or many) of these wine events!

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Experience Mia Sonatina Cellars at Bentley’s Wednesday Wine Tastings August 28th

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

By Bentley’s Grill Wine Steward, Mark Jacklich

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With the recent addition of Bentley’s “Wednesday Wine Tastings” (held on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month), I wanted to highlight a lesser known winery that we will be featuring on Wednesday August 28, 2013: Mia Sonatina Cellars.

They are known for producing wines that are “A Song for the Palate”. Produced in an “Old World” European style their red wines are dark in color, smooth, and rich in flavor from a minimum 2 years aged in Oak. Their white wines are produced with yeasts to bring out the full flavors of the grape with light filtration to preserve those flavors.

With production around 1200 cases each year and a wide range of varietals and blends, the production of each wine is small, right around 100 cases of each. Their goal is to produce hand crafted wines with balance between structure, acidity and flavor. Another goal is to produce wines of unique character. These goal become reality during production, yeast selections and varietal blending.

Make sure to put Aug. 28th on your calendar and stop in for happy hour/ladies night and tastes some great wines while you’re at it!

Read what others have to say: 
Jo and Vern Spencer are two of the most down to earth, hospitable people you will encounter, their winery Mia Sonatina Cellars is a young operation having only been in production since 2007. The name and winery are represented by a music theme which translates through the wines they make…….One thing I feel separates Mia Sonatina from other wineries is their philosophy, as they seek to create very balanced wines. -Dan P. on

Click here to read more about Mia Sonatina Cellars on Yelp

Firesteed is our Featured Winery at our Next Summer Wine Tasting Series!

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Firesteed Wine Tasting at Bentley’s Grill Wednesday July 24th, 5-6pm

Photo: Firesteed

Photo: Firesteed

Bentley’s Grill is bringing the tasting rooms from some of Willamette Valley’s most acclaimed wineries directly to you!

Our wine tasting series features some of the best winemakers in our region every second and fourth Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm  all summer long!  Guests can also enjoy special food pairings and happy hour options during the tasting.

Our next featured winery is Firesteed Cellarslocated in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the Eola Hills region, just 13 miles west of Salem, Oregon.

Since opening in the early 90′s, the winery has received rave reviews from wine writers, numerous awards and is considered today to be one of Oregon’s largest and most popular producers of Pinot Noir.


“These are wonderful food wines, with bright fruit flavors and low tannins. They are wines we enjoy drinking, and are proud to serve to our guests.”

“In winemaking we strive to have the fruit character be the “star” of our wines. Firesteed seeks to produce wines that are balanced and elegant with aging potential for the reds.” 

Firesteed Oregon wines at a glance:
Oregon Pinot Gris – Layers of honeysuckle and melons with hints of anise and a crisp finish.
Oregon Pinot Noir – Fruity with gentle tannins and bright acidity.
Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé – Luscious flavors of cherries, strawberries and blueberries – rich and intense.
Oregon Riesling – Crisp, bright acidity with a delicious, lengthy finish.
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – Full bodied, yet elegant.
Citation Oregon Pinot Noir – Firesteed’s “Reserve”, the best of our best, not produced every year, released 8 to 10 years after the vintage.

We hope you will join us July 24th for this special event!  If you can’t make it this time, mark your calendars for these upcoming wine tastings (all tastings are from 5-6pm):

AUGUST 14TH Johan Vineyards
AUGUST 28TH Chateau Bianca Winery

Don’t forget, every Thursday we host A Bottle Among Friends, where we introduce new wines to our guests at a discounted price. We also offer Wine flights or “tasting flights” as some call it. Our wine flights include three two-ounce pours of different wines and have become quite popular with our guests who can’t decide on one bottle.

Bentley’s Grill has been selected as a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winner!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Wine at Bentley's GrillThis has been a very exciting week at Bentley’s Grill!

First we launch our new mobile payment system, Tabbedout- then we receive word that our restaurant has been selected as a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winner!

Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

In August, Bentley’s Grill will be featured in Wine Spectator Restaurant’s Annual Dining Guide and on their online restaurant database that boasts over 3,800 restaurants worldwide!

Congrats to our  Wine Steward, Mark Jacklich!  

Wine Spectator 2012


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