Wine lovers, don’t miss our Local and Organic Wine Dinner August 22!

August is going to be a wonderful month for everyone who likes to both eat AND drink locally. On Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m., we’re serving up a Local and Organic Wine Dinner that pairs five courses of fresh and delicious local food products with wines from Laurello Vineyards of Geneva. This menu is pure Northeast Ohio all the way:

First Course
Rooftop Garden Caprese Salad
Wine: Illuminata 2011

Second Course
Crispy Lake Erie Perch
Local Corn and Potato Chowder
Wine: GRV 2012

Third Course
Greek Lamb-Stuffed Local Zucchini with Rooftop Garden Roasted Tomato Sauce
Wine: Cab Franc 2012

Fourth Course
Local Peach and Ancho-Chili-Glazed Chicken Thigh
Wine: Single Barrel Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

Fifth Course
Local Berry and Lake Erie Creamery Goat Cheese Tart
Burton Maple Syrup Glaze
Wine: Sweet Genevieve Ice Wine 2012

Cost of our local salute to summer is $55 plus tax and gratuity. You won’t want to miss this one—call 216.481.9635 to reserve your place now! 


Vegan locavores rejoice! Our Vegan Local and Organic Dinner is August 15

If you’re vegan and you love to eat the bounty of the local harvest (and why wouldn’t you?), you’re in for a treat Thursday, August 15, when we present our 3-for-$30 Vegan Local and Organic Dinner. Available between 5 and 9 p.m. will be a trio of the summer season’s best:

Rooftop Tomato and Basil Salad

Local Roasted Corn and Potato Chowder with Vegan Grilled Sausage

Local Peach Cobbler

It’ll all be fresh, delicious, and local…some of it having traveled no further than from our rooftop garden! Call 216.481.9635 now and make plans to celebrate summer’s harvest with us. Even if you’re not vegan (yet), you’ll love it!


Another “Meal to Remember”

Last year, the Bistro took part for the first time in Hospice of the Western Reserve‘s “A Meal to Remember” program. The Hospice of the Western Reserve devotes itself to providing palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio. Celebrating the individual worth of each person’s life includes providing families with opportunities to share memory-making moments, and that’s what “A Meal to Remember” is all about.

This monthly event allows families of loved ones in hospice care to gather together to share a heartwarming, carefully prepared meal served by a local restaurant. It means they can take the time to enjoy not only wonderful food, but the company of each other, in a relaxed, unhurried setting. Moments like these become ever more precious when someone you love is facing the end of life. They help create memories that matter and endure.

This year, once again, Bistro 185 will prepare the Hospice’s “A Meal to Remember,” July 9 at David Simpson Hospice House. It’s a beautiful setting on the Lake Erie shore, where patients and their loved ones will gather to enjoy a truly special dinner.

We invite all our friends to visit the Hospice’s website and learn more about what they do. Many people don’t realize exactly how much wonderful work this hospice does for the community. Providing compassionate end-of-life care—whether at home or in one of their two hospice houses—is only part of the story. Hospice of the Western Reserve also provides support to caregivers and offers help to anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one—even someone who did not receive hospice services. Whether or not you currently have concerns about end-of-life care for someone close to you, you may find the Hospice offers a service that can make your life easier and better.

Has it been too long since your family has all been in one place at one time? Have the demands of work, school, and other activities turned everyone into eaters on the run? Is texting taking the place of face-to-face conversation? It’s easy to let it happen, but trying to slow down the pace can be so satisfying. Life goes by so quickly—it’s worth the effort to create a time and place where you and those you care about can sit down, take a breath, and really talk with each other.

Maybe it’s time you put a family meal on your schedule. Whether you plan it at a restaurant or at home, it’s a terrific way to get back in touch with the people who really matter in our lives.