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Beasys on the Creek

December 22, 2005

Holiday meals, without the dishes

It&

s not easy, even in Ashland to find a restaurant open for dinner on Christmas &

understandably. But ther e is good news for those who want to dine out. At least a dozen restaurants plan to be open, and the chefs at many of these are planning special Christmas feasts. Please use the phone numbers listed in the sidebar for reservations and additional information. Bon Appétit and Merry Christmas!

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The bar and restaurant at Alex's will also be open.

Adam Cole | For the Tidings

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149; Alex&

s is serving their standard menu, Northwest regional, and a reading of the Christmas story on Christmas Eve. The restaurant and bar has fireplaces and upstairs views of the Plaza.

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149; Beasy&

s on the Creek offers a set price Christmas Eve menu consisting of special items selected from the regular menu. Owner and chef Rob Harvey has planned the following choices among a few others: prime rib, cold water lobster tail, spicy Pacific rim crab cakes, wild coho, filet mignon, Portobello mushrooms with port demi, and ahi (Hawaiian tuna)with sabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce. Dessert offerings include crème brûlée, crème caramel and chocolate brownies. A glass of champagne or non alcoholic beverage is included.

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149; The Black Sheep&

s chef, Sam Maggi, has planned a British Christmas Eve dinner beginning with the appetizer, Scotch eggs ( hardboiled eggs with hot English mustard, wrapped in ham, covered with breadcrumbs and deep fried) and a choice of soups, including vegan and vegetarian, followed by a choice of dinners, each including fresh, sautéed vegetables:

Roast goose with potatoes, sage and apple stuffing served with poached, Port wine pears; crab and smoked salmon fritters with mango chutney and mash cakes; blackened leg of lamb, roast red potatoes and tomato chutney; and a vegetarian nut loaf with mushroom gravy and roasted yams.

The heady dessert consists of a stout chocolate cake topped with frothy white chocolate, Irish whisky frosting. &

You wouldn&

t want to let the children eat the frosting,&

says Maggi.

— — GET OUTThe following Ashland restaurants are serving dinner — on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or both. Serving times provided are for — dinner only. Reservations are recommended.

— Alex's — From 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. — 4 p.m. Christmas story reading. — 35 N. Main Street, on the Plaza. — 482-8818 — Beasy's on the Creek — 5 p.m., Christmas Eve. — 51 Water Street. — 488-5009 — The Black Sheep 5 p.m. to — a.m., Christmas Eve — 51 N. Main Street, on the Plaza. 482-9897 — Callahan&

s Siskiyou Lodge — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Christmas Day; 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. — Live acoustic music throughout Christmas Day and 6 to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve. — 7100 Old Highway 99, South Ashland. 482-1299 — Dragonfly — 5 to 9 p.m., Christmas Eve. — 241 Hargadine — 488-4855 — Larks — Noon to 6 p.m. — 212 E Main Street 488-5558 — Macaroni's Ristorante — 5 to 10 p.m., Christmas Eve. — 58 E. Main Street. 488-3359 — Monet 5:30 to 8:30, Christmas Eve. — 35 S. Second Street. 482-1339 — Omar&

s 5 to 10 p.m., Christmas Eve, — 1380 Siskiyou Boulevard. — No reservations. — "First come, first serve" — White Pine Restaurant — 3 to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve; — p.m. Christmas Day. — 17250 Highway 66 at Jenny Creek, Greensprings. — 488-1002 — Quinz Restaurant Serving from 5 p.m., Christmas Eve. — 29 N. Main Street, on the Plaza. — 488-5937. — Zingaro's — 5:30 to 6:30 and 7:30 to 8:30 seatings, Christmas Eve. — 23 N. Main Street. 488-5511

The children can however eat the candy canes off the 14-foot Christmas tree. Next to the dining tables is a fireplace, sofas and games such as chess and darts. The only thing missing from this living room setting is a television. &

We try to keep the art of meeting people and talking alive,&

says proprietor Susan Chester.

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149; Callahan&

s Siskiyou Lodge is serving a traditional Christmas feast in a traditional white Christmas setting. At 4,000 feet elevation, guests can bank on snow around the perimeters says Donna Bergquist, co-owner of Callahan&

s. A 24-foot Norfolk pine in this 1947 circa lodge, the second oldest restaurant in Ashland, two fireplaces and live, acoustic Christmas music complete the Christmas card scene.

Christmas Day&

s four-course feast includes oven roasted turkey and glazed ham (vegetarian entrees can be substituted), Callahan&

s signature mashed potatoes, traditional entrees such as yams, maple glazed carrots and whole cranberry relishes. Salad choices include fresh fruit or tossed green salad topped with mandarin orange, dried cranberries and caramelized walnuts. Pecan pie, apricot croissant, and bread pudding are among the dessert choices. Along with the set-priced feast, a shorter version of the standard menu is offered Christmas Day, including slow roasted prime rib and 20-ounce T-bone/Porterhouse. Guests order from the regular menu on Christmas Eve.

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149; Dragonfly. In addition to the restaurant&

s Latin, Asian influenced menu, chef and co-owner Neil Clooney is preparing Christmas Eve delights, including crab spring rolls with chili- lime dipping sauce, steamed black mussels with lemongrass basil and wine, honey and sesame braised beef short ribs with baby bok choy, mashed sweet potato with ginger, seafood laksa with shrimp, scallops and calamari with udon noodles and lemon grass and lime leaf crème bole.

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149; Larks in the Historic Ashland Springs Hotel. Executive Chef Damon Jones (formerly of Emeril&

s) has a special four-course menu planned for Christmas Day. For a set price, guests may choose from two soups: roasted banana squash bisque and traditional split pea and ham hock; three salads, including one with organic greens with cranberry vinaigrette and goat cheese, apples and candied walnuts.

Four main entree choices are offered: grilled filet of tenderloin beef topped with a lemon chive hollandaise, served with roasted garlic Yukon gold mashed potatoes; pan roasted pork loin with a cranberry-orange sauce, served with a roasted root vegetable ragout; fig and chestnut stuffed, roasted game hen, topped with a Pinot Noir-sage jus served with a parsnip puree; and for vegetarians, a wild mushroom and truffle risotto with onions, carrots and sun dried tomatoes. Three delectable desserts will make choosing difficult: persimmon bourbon cake with warm caramel and whipped cream, pumpkin-eggnog cheese cake with a fig compote, and cranberry-pear pie with butter brown sugar streusel.

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149; Macaroni&

s Ristorante offers its regular menu Christmas Eve, including fettuccine con scampi and spumoni classico.

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149; Monet Restaurant is also serving from its standard menu Christmas Eve, with one enticing exception: the traditional French Christmas dessert, Bûche de Noël. A light sponge cake wrapped wrapped around raspberry preserves, swathed in buttercream frosting; and in keeping with the yule log motif and Monet&

s artistic presentations, decorated with mushroom shaped meringue.

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149; Omar&

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co-owner and long-time chef, James Williams (silver medallist, International Culinary Olympics, 1992) is preparing his traditional Christmas Eve dinner featuring bouillabaisse, Marseille style with 15 varieties of seafood, including lobster, clams and snapper; finished off with a bit of cream and served with garlic croutons and curry aioli.

Also on the menu at Ashland&

s oldest restaurant: roast prime rib, lavender scented lamb noisette, oven roasted cranberry orange duck breast, Cornish game hens, herb roasted chicken, juniper stout grilled venison, fresh seafood and crème brûlée.

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149; Quinz Restaurant is serving from its regular menu (Mediterranean and Northwest inspired cuisine) on Christmas Eve.

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149; White Pine Restaurant at Pinehurst Inn. New co-owner/chef Ira Krizo is planning a special Scandinavian/American dinner for Christmas Day. The restaurant&

s Scandinavian smorgasbord will be open Christmas Eve. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Ira brings gourmet dining to the inn&

s rustic atmosphere. Christmas dinner features honey and Dijon, smoked ham, roasted turkey, ginger and molasses sweet potatoes, Swedish meatballs and something special for dessert. Christmas music and decorations, candlelit tables and a fireplace in the lobby create an inviting ambience in the intimate dining room at the 1920 circa, historic inn.

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149; Zingaro&

s. The Italian/Spanish restaurant&

s owner was at the time of interview, not yet decided upon the menu, but does plan to offer a special Christmas Eve menu.