August 2010

Five Columns Newsletter for Sunday, August 01, 2010
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Scallops prepared in a garlic-tomato sauce

Only available for the month of August.

Your meal will begin with a dinner salad or a cup of homemade soup and our house garlic bread.

This tasty dish features tender scallops that are sauteed in our homemade tomato and fresh garlic sauce. The robust flavors of the tomatoes make a perfect complement to the delectable scallops. The scallops are served over homemade rice pilaf and finished with a sprinkling of Greek Myzithra cheese.


Suggested Wine: Retsina White Wine

The Day of the Panagia - August 15th

This national Greek holiday is largely celebrated by Greeks worldwide in honor of the Virgin Mary and all who share her name, including: Panagioti (Peter), Panagiota (Pam), and Mary or Maria. It is the largest Greek summer holiday and the 2nd largest overall religious Greek holiday after Easter. Festivals all through Greece ensue, especially at the churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary. On the island of Tinos, this day is celebrated like nothing else as thousands of believers travel there to visit the island's church, Panagia Evangelistria - Our lady of good tidings (pictured below) and pay respects to the icon of the Virgin Mary which is dated even before the Byzantine era. The most devoted Greek Orthodox followers crawl on their knees up the many church stairs to pray and pay their respects. The festivals that take place are all-day affairs that that include your typical Greek roasts of lamb and pig. Dancing and drinking as live music plays keeps the crowds of people out till all hours of the night honoring this most respected Saint in the Greek Orthodox Church.


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The church's stairs are made of magnificent marble and the courtyard consists of offices, chapels, a health station and 7 museums. Inside the church, one must often wait in line to see the small jewel-adorned icon of the Virgin Mary. Worshippers frequently bring gifts of gratitude to decorate the icon.

Samish Way Block Party!

Saturday, August 7th

11am - 3pm

Come join the festivities, meet all the great Samish Way businesses and help support a local non-profit. All proceeds benefit Brigid Collins Family Support Center.

The day will be full of food samples (including homemade Greek desserts from yours truly!), a live KISM broadcast, and prize drawings. You may even win a gift certificate from Five Columns in a raffle!


Comment Card Winner of a $20 Dinner Gift Certificate 

G. Nicholas Bullet 


Business Card Winner of a Free Lunch

Mary Spady
"Plus Time" for You

Last Month of Gyro Sale!

Don't hesitate! Come in now to enjoy our delicious beef and lamb gyros at a sale price. Available only on Wednesdays for the entire month of August, our lunch gyro is only $7.95 and served with a cup of Avgolemono soup (a very tasty Greek egg-lemon soup) and our dinner gyro platter comes with rice pilaf or potatoes and soup or salad for only $9.95!

5 Columns Trivia

Do you know what type of column adorns the interior of the restaurant? They are the Ionic style columns shown below.

The varying styles and complexity of Greek columns range from Doric (the simplest in design) to Ionic and then Corinthian.

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Save the Date!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

5th Annual Support Officer Fundraiser Dinner

Join us for an evening of fun and good food in support of these great volunteers that give their time and skills to help local families dealing with tragedy. Support Officer Community Care is a local, non profit group. All proceeds go directly to SOCC. Visit for more information.

Beat the Heat!

Enjoy a comfortable meal in our air conditioned dining room. Pick from the great variety on our menus or enjoy one of our ever changing daily specials. Try a delicious Greek salad for a healthy and refreshing meal!

Donate to Muscular Dystrophy & Help Bring Soula Back to Work!

Thursday, August 12th at 3pm, Soula will be escorted off the restaurant's premises by the proper authorities and locked up until bail money is raised to free her. To help herself out of jail, she will be donating her tips from that afternoon to MDA. If you'd like to donate and help MDA continue the work they do in research as well as sending deserving kids to camp every summer just follow the link below or go to and click on the link on our homepage!


Thank you to everyone for all your support!!!


Soula's MDA Fundraiser Site:


Hosting a Party?

Need a great space for a special celebration?

Book our banquet room for your large get-togethers. We can accommodate groups up to 40 people and will work with you to pick the perfect menu for all your guests.


Come by or give us a call to make a reservation.

"Waiter was very friendly, food was excellent. Love the decor." Pat Harlan




"Our server was very friendly, attentive, and helpful. He refilled our coffee right when we needed it, yet didn't hover. Food was great too." Karolyn Merriman




"We always have excellent food and service when we are here." Norval & Joan Magnusson



"This was a great first experience. The flavors! Mediterranean food is so hardy and the customer service was quick and friendly." Emily Devereaux



"Everything was fabulous! The Greek salad and garlic bread." Angella Halk




"I thought the service and food were great. Best pita bread ever!" Debbie Harger




"Everything was really good. Lamb was perfect." Colby Alarcon




"Everything was perfect. The service and the food - couldn't be better." Keller Doss





"Friendly service, clean presentation." Tony Green




"Very nice service! Food was delicious and service was great! Thank you." Shane McClure





"Great service and lamb." Nadine Wrye