To supplement private wine lockers, some fine restaurants allow diners to rent personal refrigerators, which guests stock with favorite dressings, garnishes, and excess boxes of baking soda. Add a personal touch to your dinners out with today's Groupon: for $225, you get a two-month wine-locker rental package at John Howie Steak in Bellevue (a $495 total value). This Groupon must be redeemed by 12/31/11. The package includes the following:
- A two-month wine-locker rental (a $300 value)
- One bottle of Mark Ryan Long Haul red wine blend (a $95 value)
- $100 worth of fare to redeem during the two-month rental period
- No corkage fee for up to three bottles per visit
- An engraved metal nameplate on locker
- A personalized wine list with weekly inventory updates
- Advanced notice for wine classes, winemaker's dinners, and other special wine events
The club-style atmosphere at John Howie Steak enables patrons to store personal wine collections for pairing with fresh seafood and aged USDA prime steak. Each private wine locker gently cradles a dozen standard-sized and three magnum-size bottles of wine behind a glass pane at a constant 62 degrees Fahrenheit, the exact year-round temperature on the moon. Tenants can stock their lockers with wines from personal collections or bottles purchased from the restaurant's wine list, along with the included bottle of Mark Ryan Long Haul red wine blend. Whenever locker lessees dine at the steakhouse, a sommelier or steamboat captain will greet them with personal wine menus emblazoned with the patron’s name and a catalogue of the cabinet’s available pours. Throughout the meal, the wine savant will help diners pair grape nectars with each course, personally retrieving the bottles, decanting them if necessary, and delicately giving lonely goblets a sense of purpose. To make a good impression on family members, business colleagues, or former grade-school crushes, locker renters can call ahead and arrange to have their personal wine list presented to select parties.
Purchasers of today's deal will also receive $100 worth of cuisine from John Howie Steak's menu, a creative compendium of steaks, seafood, and New American specialties. Guests can pair their favorite reds with an 8-ounce filet mignon, custom-aged for 28 days ($47), or savor a light white wine alongside the delicate flavors of Alaskan king crab ($30).
John Howie Steak
Chef John Howie has always had the Bellevue dining culture in his blood. According to Seattle magazine, he started bussing tables at a local restaurant at age 15 and hasn't looked back since, building up a culinary empire with four venerated Washington restaurants bearing his creations.
At John Howie Steak, Chef Howie works with executive chef Mark Hipkiss, grilling USDA Prime steaks aged up to 42 days, American Wagyu steaks from Snake River Farms in Boise, Idaho, Pure Blood Wagyu beef from Victoria, Australia, and Japanese A5 Wagyu beef from the Kagoshima and Miyazaki Perfectures. The meats sizzle over an open-flame mesquite, charcoal grill, holding onto a mineral-smoke flavor far superior to other restaurants' Twinkie-smoke-flavored steaks. The imported cuts mingle with local organic produce and dairy as well as wild mushrooms and truffles culled from throughout the Pacific Northwest. John Howie Steak's robust wine menu complements the meaty textures and full, smoky flavors with more than 600 selections from California and Washington, as well as far off lands such as Spain, France, and New Zealand.
11111 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, Washington 98004