A preview of what’s happening in Fall 2010

As we said earlier, the Bistro goes on summer vacation starting August 29 — but when we get back after Labor Day, it’s going to be a busy fall for us! In addition to enjoying our food here at the restaurant, you’ll be able to find us at some terrific fundraising events.

The festivities begin with our appearance at the North Union Farmers Market’s first-ever Garlic Festival at Shaker Square September 11-12. This festival will be a celebration of everything there is to love about the humble but mighty garlic! On the 12th, from noon to 8 p.m., we’ll be among the local restaurants serving up delicious dishes featuring garlic — ours will be French-Fried Garlic Chips on Lobster Ravioli with Laughing Bird Caribbean White Shrimp, so you know it’s going to be amazing. (FYI, Laughing Bird is the only brand of shrimp that’s imported fresh into the United States. You can read a little more about them here.) The event will also feature artisans, farm representatives, and contests such as a grill-off, a bake-off, a competition with local bartenders (garlic martinis? who knows?), and much more. There will also be educational tents for children to learn about local food and farming. All proceeds will support North Union’s mission of championing local foods by connecting certified producers with consumers through their network of seven markets. For more information, watch the Market’s Web site.

If you love dogs, on September 19, you’ll want to look for us at the Muttsquerade Ball, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Moxie in Beachwood. The Muttsquerade Ball, a fundraiser for Dogs Unlimited Rescue, will be hosted by Fox 8 News in the Morning anchor Stefani Schaefer and feature live music by Cleveland legend Michael Stanley, a silent auction, and a magnificent spread of food from area restaurants. Our contribution to the feast will be Fall Corn Pudding with Pancetta and Sautéed Laughing Bird Shrimp. Tickets for this wonderful evening are $100 each, and all donations help Dogs Unlimited Rescue in its work of rescuing and rehabilitating abused and neglected dogs and placing them into permanent loving homes. For more information, visit Dogs Unlimited Rescue’s Web site.

On September 27, we’ll be at the American Liver Foundation Flavors of Northeast Ohio event, which takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel on the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic. At this unique and creative culinary event, premier regional chefs (including us!) will each prepare, tableside, a signature five-course gourmet dinner, complete with wine pairings and distinctive décor, for a table of ten. Nowhere else can you witness firsthand culinary experts creating a menu personally for you! The event supports the American Liver Foundation’s mission to facilitate, advocate, and promote education, support, and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease. To find out how you can experience the thrill of having Chef Ruth create a dinner designed especially for you and your table, visit this page.

You’ll also be able to find us on November 22 at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction at Embassy Suites Cleveland Rockside from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This event gives you the opportunity to sample specialties from Northeast Ohio’s finest chefs (again, that would include us!) and varieties of fine wines from across the country while supporting the leading nonproft organization for pregnancy and baby health.

So, mark your calendars now — it may be a hot summer so far, but the events on our schedule will make it an even hotter fall for fans of the Bistro!

Wednesday Night Is Vegan Night!

It’s already coming time again for our monthly Vegan Night! We’ve got some great vegan dishes planned for this time around. Join us Wednesday, July 21 for these fabulous creations from Chef Jakub:

Mini Potato Latkes

Roasted Vegetables Topped with Miso Tahini Sauce Served with Brown Rice and Nori

Grilled Peaches with Key Lime Cream and Blueberries

Here’s some other news that should make vegans and all foodies happy…did we mention that another great vegetable we have growing in our rooftop garden is eggplant? It is! And our eggplant has been growing big, fat and ripe, so expect to see it on our menu in the weeks to come, along with our squash, tomatoes, tomatillos, arugula, and terrific herbs! The peak of summer’s bounty is coming in now!

Summer is passing by quickly, though…hard to believe the back-to-school ads are out already, isn’t it? It won’t be long before fall is with us, and it’ll be a busy one for the Bistro. Watch this space for a wrapup of all the special events where you’ll be able to catch us away from the restaurant! In the meantime, take note that while we’ve still got plenty of summer left to spend with you, we’ll be closing the Bistro for vacation August 29 through September 4. We’ll be back open on September 7, the day after Labor Day.