The evening kicked off with an intimate five-course winemaker dinner, featuring selections from award-winning winemaker and owner Bill Kimmerly of Masquerade Wine Co. The dinner, which included foie gras ravioli and venison loin, hosted guests by a glowing fire, and was prepared “unplugged” tableside on propane burners by Executive Sous Chef Mark Santiago. Local singer-songwriter Brandon Keeley followed the dinner, performing an acoustic set to a standing-room only crowd.
As a part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar and the Westin Bellevue believe that economic growth and the well-being of society are inextricably tied to the health of the environment. Earth Hour celebrations have become signature events for the company internationally, as well as locally. Although Earth Hour is traditionally only from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Cypress honored the concept of sustainability by lighting the space by candles all evening, and the Westin Bellevue dimmed lobby lights by fifty percent.
Earth Hour is organized by WWF. With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries, it’s one of the world’s largest independent conservation organizations.
With millions of individuals and thousands of businesses around the world committing to turning off their lights for one hour once a year, Earth Hour has become a world-wide movement in support of global sustainability. Landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, have all stood in darkness as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar is dedicated to showcasing Washington wines by offering over 70 selections by the glass. Cypress was recently honored for its efforts by receiving the 2012 Washington Wine Restaurant Award of Distinction. Cypress is located at the Westin Bellevue – 600 Bellevue Way, NE, Bellevue 425-638-1000. Please Contact Cindi Breen for more information.