Carolina Smoke's pitmasters release bold, succulent taste bursts with a slow-smoked menu of down-home eats. All meats are hand-rubbed and eye-watched, never pre-cloaked in flavor-smothering sauces or frowny-face masks. Sink teeth into the tender beef-brisket sandwich ($10) or delve deep into the flavor furnace with a prime rib ($21). Diners can further slake smoky cravings with a half or full rack of baby-back ribs ($14, $22) or feed famished fingers a gratifying grip of hot wings ($10). The restaurant's policy of allowing eaters to add their own sauce permits patrons to customize flavoring and ink unique impressions on napkin and facial canvases. Behind the eatery's shingled sides and white shutters, dining-room guests can bookend bites with sips of Carolina sweet tea.
Exercise detective skills and untested telepathic abilities at the two-hour murder-mystery dinner, an evening of mock murder and faux fatalities unfolding over a three-course meal from Eamonn's. In between an introductory salad and a bread-pudding or ice-cream epilogue, guests can nosh on their choice of a sizzling steak, a plate of roast pork loin with mashed potatoes, a baked cod in lemon-butter caper sauce, or pasta primavera. As mouths occupy themselves, the comic mystery begins with a murder, with a detective arriving on the scene to locate the perpetrator in the audience. Work with tablemates to clear your good name, slyly sleuthing and sorting out clues while sketching out blueprints for a deer-stalker hat with integrated deer radar.
Port Ludlow, a 30-minute ferry ride from Seattle, resides along the northwest coast of the Puget Sound’s Main Basin and just minutes from historical seaport Port Townsend. Because of its location in the “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains, the area gets much less rain than other parts of the Northwest, making it a popular destination for hikers, bikers, and water-soluble witches. Just 15 miles to the south is Olympic National Park, where tall peaks and valleys host hikers and native animals, including black-tailed deer. A trail trek to Ludlow Falls yields views of an active salmon stream, in which the inhabitant fish regularly struggle against the current lay their eggs.
Starry Nights is a family owned and operated catering company that hand-makes its all-natural cakes from scratch, using only whole ingredients free of shortening, substitutes, and artificial flavors. Choose one of two European bakery–style classic cakes to please your choice of chocoholic or citrus stalker: the signature chocolate-truffle cake, which features layers of rich fudge cake fused together with a Belgian-chocolate mousse, or the elegant lemon cake, a vanilla chiffon cake stuffed with raspberry jam and a homemade lemon-mousse filling tucked cozily under tart lemon curd. Each of the nine-inch cakes will be covered in a vanilla buttercream and meticulously decorated to an elegant finish by Starry Nights' professional confectioners, ensuring a beautiful and scrumptious treat to bring to a staff soiree, whimsical wedding shower, or vaudevillian slapstick cake fight. Experience a chocolate buttercream covering for a $5 additional fee, or upgrade to a custom inscription for just $1 more (no custom décor).