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Chef Dylan’s Pork Recipe: bin on the lake Launches “A study of…” Feature on New Menuphoto

If you haven’t visited bin on the lake this year, come and try the new menu featuring an innovative and inspired twist on bin on the lake's dining experience. The new menu highlights locally-sourced ingredients that capture the bright, seasonal tastes of the Northwest with a Mediterranean influence. Aside from exceptional Lake Washington views from every table, bin on the lake serves approachable cuisine in a relaxed, yet stylish setting.

A chef with a passion for pure ingredients, Chef Dylan Giordan has developed “A study of…” program designed to explore each element of food.  Periodically, a new ingredient will be highlighted on the menu – from pork to cheese to lamb to salt – with specially created menu items that demonstrate the versatility of fresh ingredients and proteins. This distinctive exploration, along with bin on the lake’s use of freshly prepared honey from the Woodmark’s own “Bee on the Lake” program, inspired the restaurant’s new menu and further enhances the guests’ culinary experience.

Try Chef Dylan Giordan’s pork recipe at home!

Pork Belly with Quince and Butternut Squash Puree



1          #          Pork belly, rind off, cut into 4 pieces

1          T          Kosher salt

1          ea        sprig thyme

2          T          Black pepper

4          c          Chicken stock

2          c          Butternut squash puree

3          T          Unsalted butter

1          ea        sage leaf

1          ea        Quince, recipe

1          ea        Quince reduction sauce



In a baking pan, season the pork belly with the salt, pepper and thyme.  Refrigerate for 24 hours.  Preheat the oven to 300.  Bring the chicken stock to a boil and pour over the pork belly.  Cover with foil and place in the oven for 3 hours, or until very tender.  Remove the pork belly from the liquid and put the pork between two baking sheets.  Put a weight of a couple pounds on top of the pork and refrigerate overnight. 

To serve, preheat the oven to 400.  Place the cooled and pressed pork in the oven for 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, warm the butternut squash puree and quince sauce. 

In a sauté pan, heat the butter with the sage leaf.  Slice the quince into 3 pieces per quarter and place in the pan with the butter.  Let the butter brown, and flip the quince until nicely caramelized. 

To plate, put a dollop of the butternut squash puree on a warmed plate, and plate the hot pork belly on top.  Put the sliced quince around the pork and drizzle with the quince reduction. 


4 portions


Butternut squash puree


8          oz        Butternut squash, roughly chopped

1          t           cumin seeds

1          t           coriander seeds

6          ea        cardamom pods, seeds only

½         t           fennel seed

½         t           black peppercorns

2          t           sweet paprika

1          t           cinnamon powder

1          t           turmeric

1          t           cayenne pepper

1          t           salt

½         t           sugar

½         t           allspice

4          T          butter



In a saucepan, cover the butternut squash with water and set to boil.  When boiling, turn to just under boiling until the squash is cooked, approx. 30 minutes. Meanwhile, toast all whole spices, grind and combine with remaining spices.  In a food processor, combine the drained and cooked squash, the spice mixture to taste, and the butter.  Puree until smooth, and season to taste.


Poached quince


1          ea        quince, core removed, quartered

1          ea        chamomile tea bag

2          ea        clove

2          ea        juniper

2          ea        allspice

1          ea        orange, halved

¼         c          sugar

2          c          water



Combine all ingredients and set to boil.  Simmer until the quince is soft, drain and reserve the liquid.


Quince sauce


2          c          rich pork stock

                        Quince poaching liquid


Reduce the poaching liquid until syrupy and add the stock.  Reduce until only ¼ c remains.


“I am so excited to be able to showcase my passion for great food and introduce the “Study Of” where I take guests on a culinary tour of pure ingredients”, said Giordan, Chef de Cuisine at bin on the lake. “The Pacific Northwest if full of amazing natural foods and artisans. The new bin on the lake menu highlights the best of what the region has to offer, with a Mediterranean twist.”

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Sweet Beauty Tips from the Woodmark Hotel: Honey At Homephoto

Did you know we are lucky enough to produce fresh, pure honey from our very own Italian honeybees? Nearly eight months ago the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland introduced a buzz-worthy program called ‘Bee on the Lake’. With the installment of nearly 180,000 Italian honeybees just steps from Carillon Point, we have the luxury of enjoying this versatile ingredient in more ways than we imagined possible. For now, we are utilizing our honey in several savory dishes at bin on the lake, but plan to incorporate this sweet element into several outlets and amenities at the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington.

We are excited about the possibilities our honey will bring in 2013. To spread the excitement about our own locally-sourced honey, we would like to share several benefits of this natural ingredient. Not only does honey have the natural ability to sweeten up just about any dessert, it also is an excellent resource for your skin/beauty regimen. As a natural antioxidant, honey can help protect your skin from sun damage, rejuvenate and cleanse, and help your skin to retain a youthful appearance. Honey is antibacterial and has the ability to absorb and retain moisture. Try these simple, at-home remedies as an easy way to enhance your skin or hair.


For cleansing:

- Try a simple honey-oats facial scrub. This mixture is perfect to exfoliate and soften your skin, in addition to a deep cleanse. Combine the following ingredients and massage gently onto the face. Rinse with warm water.

  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon finely-ground Almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons Dry Oatmeal
  • Splash of Lemon Juice to cleanse or a Tablespoon of Yogurt to soothe

For moisturizing:

- If you have dry skin, especially in these winter months, try adding ¼ cup of honey to your hot bath. This simple addition will leave your skin extremely silky and moisturized.

For revitalizing:

- To revitalize your scalp and hair, try an olive-honey hair conditioner. Massage your hair and scalp with the following ingredients and enjoy silky, healthy hair. After applying this conditioner, cover with shower cap and let sit for at least 25 minutes.

  • ½ Cup Honey
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil

Although honey is a natural ingredient, consult with your doctor or one our highly trained estheticians from Northwest Face Spa to ensure maximum results with these at-home remedies.

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Top Three Lakeside Proposals at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirklandphoto

With February fast approaching, lovebirds are preparing to make the most romantic plans to impress or surprise their loved one. A lakeside experience can create the perfect ambiance. The Woodmark Hotel provides an ideal setting to pop the question in a unique and romantic way. Each couple has its own personality and chemistry.  Whether you wish for a proposal that is personal and private, flashy or whimsical, the stunning view of Lake Washington and distant but breathtaking Olympic Mountains create a priceless backdrop.  

Lakeside Proposal #1: A Dream on the Docks

For an outstanding proposal near Seattle, take your special someone on a stroll along Carillon Point, a beautifully groomed landscape featuring a quiet Kirkland marina, displays of sculptures among tendered gardens, and an awe-inspiring sunset that reflects sparkles across the water. As the sun hits the horizon, take her breathe away by leading her to the end of the dock, where a private and serene place to share a timeless moment awaits you. After you propose the Woodmark II, our 1956 vintage Chris-Craft, can appear dockside and whisk you away across the water. On board, pop some champagne and take a moment to celebrate the experience. If you want to share this moment with your friends and family, have them wait on board the Woodmark II until after you pop the question. Perfect for an evening celebration on the lake, you can enjoy drinks and snacks with all of our loved ones! They can even capture photos or video of the proposal from afar!

Carillon Docks

Lakeside Proposal #2: Woody Mae to Bring the Ring

As most of you know, our pet-friendly hotel near Seattle is home to our beloved Woody Mae, a four-year-old rescue Labrador Retriever who greets each of our guests with tail wags and kisses at the door. If your special someone is a dog lover, be unique and heartfelt by incorporating Woody Mae into your proposal. After all, who could resist such an adorable canine! At any time of day, lead your sweetheart to a private grassy beach located north of the Woodmark’s terrace. The picturesque views of Lake Washington coupled with the stunning Olympic Mountains in the distance create the perfect setting for an intimate proposal. Signal to Woody Mae and have her deliver the most important gift you will ever give.  For those looking for a flashier proposal, this is the perfect spot for a flash mob starring all of your friends and family!

Lakeside Proposal #3: Boats and Bubbles

Looking for the perfect proposal but don’t consider yourself the perfect planner? You’re in luck! The Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington has created a package that has all the inclusions to create a flawless romantic evening. This inclusive hotel special features several ‘perfect’ moments to propose. After all, you will know when the time feels right! To heat up the romance, climb on board the Woodmark II and set sail for a twilight cruise. Enjoy a savory lakeside dinner for two at bin on the lake, and return to your luxurious guest room to find a decadent dessert and bottle of bubbly to share. Get creative with the evening and take advantage of each special moment. Cheers!


Boats and Bubbles Proposal Package Includes:

  • Luxury accommodations
  • Signature champagne arrival
  • Twilight cruise onboard the Woodmark II
  • $100 Credit toward romantic dinner at bin on the lake
  • In-room dessert of either chocolate covered strawberries with a bottle of champagne or chocolate truffles with a bottle of wine
  • One dozen long stem roses
  • Complimentary valet parking

See details and availability here.

Here at the Woodmark your celebration is our dedication. Rejuvenate and relax with spa treatments at Northwest Face Spa, wine and dine at our Kirkland restaurants bin on the lake or Beach Café, or just stay within the comfort of your own guest room or suite. It is our desire to be part of your romantic evening, proposal, wedding or anniversary.  We wish the best for you and your loved one this February as you celebrate at our Lake Washington hotel near Seattle.

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Homemade Fig Jam from Beach Cafe

Try Chef Matthew Steffen’s outstanding fig jam from the Beach Café! Perfect for a scrumptious daily breakfast snack or for entertaining guests, enjoy this recipe at home or visit the Beach Café at Carillon Point. Enjoy!  

Homemade Fig Jam

Recipe Ingredients:

5lbs – Fresh Mission Figs, stemmed and split

5 ½ cups – Water

4lbs – Sugar

5 stars – Anise (Whole)

1 each – Cinnamon Stick

1oz. – Lemon Zest


In a heavy bottomed sauce pot, add the figs and water and cook over medium heat until the figs are soft and almost all of the water is evaporated. Put the cinnamon stick and anise in a sachet and set aside. Blend the figs thoroughly and place back on the heat. Add the sugar, zest, and spice sachet to the pot and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Remove the sachet and cool the jam.

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New Year, New Woodmarkphoto

Lobby Renovation at the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington

To kick off the New Year with a fresh start, the Woodmark has some exciting changes to announce! Throughout the month of January, the Woodmark’s lobby, library area, as well as Marina and Bayshore meeting rooms, will experience outstanding renovations that will feature a stunning, contemporary design.

Front Desk_Renovation

The lobby renovation features a bright design with new luxury furniture, carpet, light fixtures, wall covering and beautiful marble floors. Fireplaces and lobby restrooms will be updated. With these changes, we hope that our completed lobby update will truly transform the arrival experience at the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington.

Front Entrance_Remodel

Please excuse our appearance during this lobby renovation project. There may be occasional noise and fresh paint, and some areas will be closed during this process for your safety. Should you have any questions, please contact guest services at 425.822.3700.

At the end of January, we invite you to come view the enhancements!

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