Join us for a bite at our True Blood Dinner Oct. 27

We wanna do…um, actually, good things with you!

What’s the story behind our theme for October’s special dinner at the Bistro?
Well, if you’ve ever had a chance to talk with Chef Ruth about the topic of TV, one thing you know is that her favorite show is HBO’s True Blood. She can’t get enough of the saga of the vampires, telepaths, and shapeshifters that inhabit Bon Temps, Louisiana, where the good times bleed as much as they roll. So what better theme for the month of Halloween than a dinner based on True Blood?

It wasn’t long before Ruth came up with the perfect tribute: a dinner composed entirely of red dishes and red libations, from appetizers to dessert. And quite a few of them are inspired by classic Louisiana cuisine. Here’s what’s on the menu:

First Course
Shrimp Fritters with Red Devil Aioli

Second Course
Jambalaya with Andouille Sausage
Red Beans and Rice

Third Course
Roasted Red Beet and Pomegranate Salad
Balsamic Drizzle

Fourth Course
Seared Ahi Tuna with Red Cherry Sauce

Fifth Course
Roasted Beef Tenderloin Medallion with Red Wine Sauce
Root Vegetable Mash

Sixth Course
Red Velvet Cake with Raspberry Coulis

The dinner starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. on October 27 and is $65 per person, tax and gratuity additional. But the dinner itself isn’t the whole story. Sign up for this one and you can earn yourself a nice treat while helping up to three other people — and possibly even saving their lives.

As you may have heard, right now our region is in desperate need of blood. This time of year is often a low time for donations, and the need is critical. Because when it comes to “true blood,” there is no substitute!

That’s why, when you register for the Bistro 185 True Blood Dinner and donate blood between now and October 27, you’ll earn a $25 gift certificate good for a future visit to the Bistro. Simply show us your Red Cross blood donor card indicating the date of your donation to receive your gift certificate.

To make a donation appointment or for more information, call 1.800.RED.CROSS or visit the Red Cross blood donation Web site. To make donating easier, we’ll be publicizing locations and times of blood donation opportunities over the next month here on the blog. You can also find donation locations and times near your area on that site by plugging in your ZIP code. (The locations and times we list here on the blog will be based on our ZIP code, 44119.)

Here are a few locations you can take advantage of tomorrow!

Donation Locations and Times

Sept. 29
Cleveland Clinic Surgical Center
9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

200 Public Square (former BP Building), Cleveland
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

John Carroll University
20700 North Park Blvd., University Heights
Noon-7 p.m.

Red Cross Warzel Blood Donation Center
3636 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
1:30-8 p.m.

We’ll continue to post blood donation locations and times here on the blog up until the time of the True Blood Dinner. Even if you can’t attend the dinner, we’re hoping you will consider the critical need for blood and make a donation.

Come “Join Us for a Bite” on October 27 and help your community! Call 216.481.9635 and make your reservation today — then call the Red Cross and schedule your blood donation appointment. “True Blood: There Is No Substitute. Donate Now!”

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Our hors d’oeuvre lineup for Wednesday’s wine tasting

If you haven’t yet made your reservation for our “Bottle Shocker” wine tasting this Wednesday, take a look at the lineup of hors d’oeuvres we’re planning on serving with our California and French wines. If you have, take a look and let your mouth start watering!

Brie and Raspberry Phyllo Cigars
Trio of Tapenades on Bruschetta
Smoked Whitefish Paté in Phyllo Cups
House Smoked Duck Breast on Mini Potato Cake
Mini Crab Cakes
Antipasto Skewer
Spinach and Feta in Pastry

Hmm…what was that number for reservations again? We thought you’d be asking. It’s 216.481.9635. Don’t miss out!

Oh, and you may have already read on our Web site or in our Facebook events about the special dinner we have planned for October. We’ll be giving some more special details on that here soon!

Celebrate Oktoberfest vegan-style!

Fall just keeps getting busier and busier at the Bistro. Our next monthly Vegan Dinner is set for 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, and it’s going to be a real celebration of the fall harvest featuring the talents of Chek Jakub Mejstrik. Cost of the entree will be $18; we’ll have full menu details later, so watch this space!

More wine coming your way: Bottle Shocker Sept. 29

Looking for something different and new in a wine tasting? Join us at Bistro 185 for a “Bottle Shocker” blind tasting next Wednesday, Sept. 29. Taste French and California wines provided by Purple Feet and Père Jacques Wine Distributors and be surprised at what you taste and what you learn! Cost of the tasting is $30, hors d’oeuvres included. Make your reservations at 216.481.9635 today!

Celebrate local produce with us at Taste of Autumn 2010

We love every opportunity we have to get out of the Bistro a bit and expose our offerings to people who might not have tried us before — and we also have a huge commitment to local produce. That’s why it’s such a pleasure to announce we’ll be participating in the Coit Road Farmers’ Market’s Taste of Autumn 2010. The Taste of Autumn, from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, October 4 at Beachland Ballroom, will showcase the harvest of our local farmers. Along with other local chefs, we’ll be preparing a delicious local harvest dinner buffet using the donated bounty of the Coit Road Market. This event, hosted by Channel 3 ‘s Fred Griffith, will also feature live local music,  door prizes, a silent auction, and an awards presentation recognizing Coit Road Farmers’ Market supporters past and present. Tickets, available here and at Beachland Ballroom ticket outlets for $35, support the Market’s mission of providing access to affordable, locally grown farm fresh products to residents of Greater Cleveland. Hope to see you there!

Come join us to celebrate garlic!

We hope to see lots of you today at the first-ever Cleveland Garlic Festival! Come out to our booth and enjoy what we’re cooking up…French-Fried Garlic Chips on Lobster Ravioli with Laughing Bird Caribbean White Shrimp! Yeah, we know football season is starting and the Browns are on TV…but we’re here ’til 8 p.m.! So you’ve got no excuses, fans! Come on out, enjoy the festival, and be sure to stop by the Bistro 185 booth, say hello, and try this amazing treat. You’re going to love it!