During a stretch of economic hardship, Brad and Lisa Havens decided to trade in their worry for a tandem bicycle, on which they rode to wineries, outdoor concerts, famers markets, and art festivals over the stretch of nearly 1,800 miles. On this mobile sojourn, the Havens eventually pedaled their way to the idea for Tandem Dinner and Wine Bar.
In the comfy eatery, a constantly changing selection of local Northwest wines complements Brad?s contemporary culinary take on American classics, including butternut squash ravioli, crab cakes made with local Dungeness crab, and mac 'n' cheese. Besides crafting menu items from local, organic ingredients, he also leads cooking classes to share his skills with customers.
Paying homage to the epic journey that started it all, the duo mounted a tandem bicycle to the outside of the new restaurant. To decorate the rest of the space, they collected and decorated with pieces inspired by the feel of their own home. Live music also fills the space with laid-back atmosphere during concerts held three nights a week.
WineStyles' nationwide family of stores grew out of a backyard barbecue, where friends sampled bottles of wine without looking at the label and found that the tastiest were not always the most expensive or the best advertised. Rather than arranging merchandise by varietal, region, or number of appearances on Frasier, the boutique demystifies the bottle-buying process by classifying wines into one of eight flavor categories and describing aroma details and food pairings on individual notecards. More than 100 styles are available for less than $25, and staff members can special order more obscure wines by the case or bottle to accommodate any palate.