Saturday, November 14, 2009

A day on the Eastside!

Everywhere I go I run across unique venues and business owners who are the backbones to the event industry. I spent a day visiting some of these places in Redmond with Josie Weiss of JW Events.

Our first stop was The Catering Company where we were treated to a delicious lunch. Beau, Marty and Gregg of The Catering Company sat down with us to share some of their specialties. We feasted on caesar salad, homemade fococia bread, chicken marsala, green beans, rice with apricots and a sampling of their desserts while they shared with us their experiences from the past twelve years of business. Their main focus has been in the corporate world, where they have served crowds up to five thousand, however, they have worked on just about every type of event since they opened. What a wonderful group of staff they have!

With a full stomach, we headed over to Big Picture in Redmond Town Center. From the moment you walk into Big Picture, you know you are going to have a good time! The plush couches and chandeliers hanging on the ceiling set the mood for a swanky evening! Big Picture was created with the belief that hotel meeting space is boring and that there is nothing really special about going to a multi-plex theatre. From business meetings, to private movie screenings and wedding receptions, guests 21 and over are able to experience the star treatment! Enjoy martini olives that are stuffed with real blue cheese and fresh popped popcorn served in Champagne buckets with white cheddar cheese sprinkled on top while relaxing in the TempurPedic theatre seats. Redmond Big Picture features one theatre with seating of up to 150 and a Q Club. In addition to hosting an event at Big Picture, why not stop by for a movie any night of the week. Ticket prices range from $7 to $11!

Our last stop in Redmond was at Gold Class Cinemas, also located in Redmond Town Center. At Gold Class, you can relax and enjoy fine wine and a delicious meal all with a press of a button in your plush reclining chair. Their seasonal menu provides a wide range of dishes that can be enjoyed while watching the latest movie. Gold Class Cinemas caterers to the 21 and over crowd, however, they make sure to offer options for those under 21. This includes a theatre specifically for all ages and a weekly Sunday Brunch that has become a family favorite of locals. For those who are looking for a unique venue to entertain clients or host a private party, Gold Class is the perfect option. From tailored menus to the first in entertainment options, this is the place to wow your clients, friends and family!

Our evening ended at Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue. From the first act to the last, we were rolling with laughter! I would highly recommend an evening out at one of their shows. In addition to their Comedy Club, Parlor Live features Trivia Night on Tuesdays', Flirt! Singles Nite featuring Rockaraoke every Wednesday and many other events sure to keep you entertained. And if that doesn't satisfy your needs, the Parlor Collection houses a Billiards area and Lounge. Do you have a favorite place that Pink Blossom should visit? We would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

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