January 2011

Five Columns Newsletter for Saturday, January 01, 2011
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Monthly Dinner Special

Kotopoulo Yiachni


This month's special features a true original recipe! We start off by sauteeing tender chicken with white wine and garlic and then combine it with fresh tomatoes and onions. It is then seved over delicious homemade rice pilaf and topped off with a sprinking of Greek Myzithra cheese.


Your meal also comes with a small Greek salad or homemade soup and garlic bread to start.


Suggested Wine: Retsina White Wine

Kali Orexi! 

"Thank you to everyone who celebrated the holidays with us! We hope this holiday season was filled with lots of love, happiness and of course, great food!"

Here's just a bit of the fun and celebrating that took place in December:


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A Sweet 16 celebration for Maddy, the bithday girl!


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Natalia Calhoun's 70th birthday celebration with family!



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The Topps Group's annual holiday party!


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The Music Makers gather for a lunch-time meal.

Cutting the Vasilopita

Every January 1st, it is Greek custom that families gather to cut a traditional sponge cake called Vasilopita. January 1st is Saint Basil (Vasili) Day, so the cake is named in honor of this Patron Saint, and everyone with the name Vasili or Vasiliki is celebrated. What makes this cake so special is the one ingredient that everyone looks for ... a special coin hidden and baked somewhere inside. As the head of the household cuts the cake, every piece gets offered to a specific family member and the one who ends up with the coin is said to have lots of luck in the New Year.


This year, at the Christopoulos family gathering for the cutting of the Vasilopita, the lucky family member to receive the coin was our Grandmother Stamatina who is in town visiting from Greece!


Happy New Year Wishes to Everyone from all of us at Five Columns Restaurant!


Now's the time...Don't forget to redeem your Holiday Mystery Gift, valid until January 30th.


Just bring in your unopened envelope when you visit us for dinner and reveal your special gift from us to you.

January Dates to Remember


Thursday, January 6th - Epiphany: A religious holiday. In Greece, priests visit parishioners' homes to bless them for the New Year.


Monday, January 17th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day: An observed holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his important role in American history and standing for equality for all Americans.

Join us for the best breakfast in Bellingham!

Sunday we open early at 8am and serve breakfast till 3pm.

Tuesday - Saturday our breakfast hours are 11am - 3pm.

Our Sunday special is always delicious Eggs Benedict!

Monthly Winners!

Comment Card Winner of a $20 Dinner Gift Certificate
Kaley Larsen


Business Card Winner of a Free Lunch
Michelle Simms
The Royal Group - Cleaning Services

Fresh Soups Made Daily

We make a new fresh soup every day for you to enjoy!

Here's our weekly soup schedule:

*Tuesday - Split Pea with Ham

*Wednesday - Avgolemono (famous Greek egg-lemon soup)

*Thursday - Tomato Orzo

*Friday - Avgolemono

*Saturday - Lentil

*Sunday - Turkey Orzo

We feature Daily Specials for Lunch & Dinner 

Check our website for the latest in all our specials.

"Our server was very nice, helpful, and considerate - the food was delicious!" Paul, Katy & Emily




"Four generations came together 12/28/10 for a belated surprise 70th birthday party for Natalia Calhoun. Thank you to everyone at the Five Columns for making this celebration a success. The venue was an easy selection since my mother and her fiance had recently visited Greece and it seemed to be a natural fit to have our family celebrating at a family restaurant. The food is always superb, friendly and attentive service and nothing can beat the warmth of your family atmosphere." Stacey Moore




"Everything was great, the service was great." Chantal Larocque




"Everything was great! Service and meal was timed perfectly. Thank you." Mark Wascohn




"Great service and meal!" Debby Farmer



"Your food and service is outstanding." Greg Crediford




"Excellent service and awesome food! Came from Vancouver Island to enjoy your food." Tooie Casavant





"The service was great! First time and no complaints." Hannah Saunders





"The food tasted wonderful." Kaley Larsen





"Great Greek food." Neal Farmer






"Change your name to 5 Star Greek as Best Place Ever! Very friendly atmopshere! Loved the special attention and great staff - food fantastic." Chree & Kevin Davis





"It's a great local place with great food! I always leave full!" Steve Sawicki