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Lamb Ragout Recipe: Explore the Study of Braising at Kirkland Waterfront Restaurantphoto

Throughout the winter season, bin on the lake is continuing its "Study of Braising" as part of an inspired culinary series that has expanded across the country within the culinary collection of Destination Hotels & Resorts. “The Study of…” highlights the exploration of specific elements or cooking techniques. At bin on the lake, enjoy cuisine that highlights locally-sourced ingredients that capture the bright, seasonal tastes of the Northwest with a Mediterranean influence.

Enjoy the "The Study of… Braising" with mouthwatering recipes you can try at home this holiday season. To experience this culinary exploration at our waterfront restaurant in Kirkland, Wa., view bin on the lake’s current menu and inspiring braised dishes.

Ninety Farms Lamb Ragout
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Holiday Braising Recipes

5 lb Organic lamb shoulder (we source whole lambs from Ninety Farms, Arlington, WA)
3 ea Onion, yellow, peeled and chopped
2 ea Carrot, peeled and chopped
2 ea Celery rib, chopped
1 c Garlic, whole
2 T Oregano, chopped
1 c Tomato paste
6 ea Anchovies, salt packed, deboned, soaked, chopped
4 c White wine
1 G Veal stock
1 c Heavy cream  
Canola oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a heavy bottomed pot, brown the lamb in the canola oil on all sides.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove to a hotel pan.  Saute the vegetables until the onions are translucent, 8 minutes.  Add the garlic, oregano and anchovies, sauté 4 more minutes.  Stir in the tomato paste, cook 2 minutes.  Deglaze with the white wine and cook until dry.  Add the veal, bring to a boil.  Pour the broth with the vegetables over the lamb and cover tightly with foil.  Bake for 3 hours, until tender.  Cool overnight.  Remove the lamb from the jus, and discard the vegetables.  Reduce the jus by half and add the cream.  Check for seasoning.   Shred the lamb by hand and add jus to reach saucy consistency.  Toss with cooked cavatelli pasta, fresh chopped parsley and top with grated parmesan. 
Serves 10

Cavatelli Pasta
6 c All-Purpose Flour
3 T Crisco
½ t Salt
1 ½ c Hot Water
½ t Baking Powder

Combine dry ingredients with the Crisco in the stand mixer.  Slowly add in the hot water.  Knead until combined.  Cover with plastic wrap and rest at least 10 minutes. 
Roll the dough to a thickness of about 3/8 inch and cut strips about ½ inch wide.  Flour each strip generously before rolling and pinch the end flat that you will insert into the rollers.  Turn the handle with one hand slowly while guiding the strip with the other hand.  Place a sheet tray under the maker to catch the falling pasta.

Bon Appétit!

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Winners Announced for Second Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contestphoto

The Second Annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest at the Woodmark Hotel has concluded and we are thrilled to announce this year’s winners! It was a close competition as all participants submitted outrageous and creative gingerbread house displays.

Your votes and ballots have been counted and the Woodmark Chefs have weighed in their votes. Drum roll please…

Best in Show: Southern Wine & Spirits

Gingerbread Display in Kirkland

Most Creative: Greenpoint Technologies

Kirkland Gingerbread Display

Most Delicious: Tie between BGI and Starbucks

Gingerbread Display in Kirkland
Photo: Submission by Starbucks

Gingerbread Display in Kirkland
Photo: Submission by BGI

We would like to extend a huge thank all of the participants, voters and chefs for contributing to our Second Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. Each year just gets better and better...

Happy Holidays from the Woodmark Hotel!

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Kirkland Waterfront Property Listed in T+L Magazine's Top Hotels in the Worldphoto

Honored with the recent vote of one of the Top 10 Hotels in the Pacific Northwest by Condé Nast 2013 Readers' Choice Awards, the Woodmark is proud to announce an additional traveler’s choice award this season. As the only hotel on Lake Washington, our Kirkland boutique hotel has been included in Travel + Leisure’s Top 500 Properties in the World! Ranked as one of three properties in the state of Washington, the Woodmark joins other high-ranking properties within the Destination Hotels & Resorts across the nation.

Travel+Leisure 500 – The World’s Best Hotels 2014

Woodmark Hotel Kirkland

The Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best’ list is based on a comprehensive reader survey that rates each property on their facilities, location, service and culinary fare. The Woodmark’s dedicated associates bring their passion and commitment to ensure a positive and memorable waterfront experience.

Thank you to each of our guests for recognizing the Woodmark among their top choice hotels when traveling to the Seattle area. 

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New Year Celebrations near Seattle, Washingtonphoto

The bells are ringing at Carillon Point! Make your New Year’s Eve plans in Kirkland, Washington just minutes from bustling downtown Seattle. With a serene lakeside setting and culinary offerings at both bin on the lake and Beach Café, celebrate the New Year with gorgeous water views and fresh cuisine.

For a memorable experience, reserve an overnight stay in one of our luxury suites that overlook the Seattle skyline in the distance, backdropped by snow-capped and majestic Olympic Mountains. We welcome guests of the Woodmark Hotel to escape the winter chill by sipping a holiday cocktail and cozying up by one of our fireplaces.

Say ‘Bon Voyage’ to 2013 and ring in the New Year with our NYE hotel package!

Seattle New Year’s Package includes:
• Luxury accommodations
• $75 Credit toward bin on the lake's New Year's Eve Pre-Fixe Dinner*
• Bottle of Champagne Amenity
• Complimentary Valet Parking

Package valid through January 1st, 2014. * bin on the lake pre-fixe dinner occurs on December 31st and requires advance reservations. Credit applies toward dinner - guests are responsible for additional charges. May not be combined with any other promotions or discounts. Not applicable to groups. Other restrictions may apply.

New Years Eve events in Kirkland, Washington
Photo: Lobby at Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington 

The countdown to 2014 is fast approaching! With more than one way to celebrate, learn about dining options for New Year’s Eve in Kirkland, Washington.

bin on the lake
Highlighting pacific northwest cuisine with a Mediterranean twist, bin on the lake is celebrating New Year’s Eve with an inspired special menu crafted by Chef Dylan Giordan. Available from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Tuesday, December 31st, indulge with water views and sumptuous treats for $65 per person.  View NYE Menu and reserve your table online today. For additional questions, please call 425-803-5595.

Beach Café
As tradition, the Beach Café will debut New York City's Times Square Ball Drop at 9:00 PM. Diners can enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as we toast to the New Year! On New Year’s Day, skip the cooking and come on down to Carillon Point's waterfront. With specials focused on crave-able comfort foods, ease your recovery from the late evening prior. Perhaps a Mimosa or Bloody Mary will do the trick! To join us, make your reservation online.

Celebrate new beginnings and the New Year at our cozy and serene boutique hotel in Kirkland, Washington.  The Woodmark Hotel provides the perfect New Year’s Eve and lakeside setting that features destination dining and an unforgettable luxury experience. Perfectly situated along the picturesque shores of Lake Washington, we hope to welcome 2014 with you and your loved ones! 

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