Ruth shares a great idea for livening up the school lunchbox!

Sent kids back to school recently? If you’re packing lunches, you may find yourself (or the kids) tired of the old PB&J and casting about for something nutritious and tasty that won’t get traded away in the inevitable cafeteria exchanges.  Well, it’s Ruth to the rescue with an idea she shared with the Plain Dealer recently, along with a number of other notable Cleveland chefs asked for their lunchbox suggestions. Try Ruth’s recipe for “almond- and panko-crusted chicken that kicks McNuggets to the curb.” Hot or cold, this one is so tasty you’ll want to pack it for your work lunch!

Love a good Scotch? Taste five of them at our Scotch Dinner Sept. 25!

Consider yourself a connoisseur of fine Scotch as well as fine dining? Have we got an event for you! Our Scotch Dinner, Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m., will pair five courses of savory cuisine with five very special Scotches:

First Course
House-Smoked Trout with Nueske Bacon Lardons
Caramelized Pecans on an Apple and Arugula Salad
Raspberry Vinaigrette

Second Course
Wild Mushroom Bisque

Third Course
Hangar Steak with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese
Fingerling Potatoes

Fourth Course
House-Smoked Salmon Cake with Watercress Crème Fraîche
Garlic Spinach

Fifth Course
Chocolate Crème Brulée with Candied Bacon

Cost of this banquet is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Make your reservations now at 216.481.9635 for a feast sure to gratify the heart of any Scotch lover!

Oktoberfest comes early: Enjoy German food and a bevy of beers Sept. 19

With all we’ve got going on this fall at the Bistro, you’ll have to update that calendar to make sure you can keep track. Lovers of German cuisine will need to keep this in mind as well: we like celebrating our Oktoberfest in September! We couldn’t wait another month to serve up our dinner that celebrates this country’s hearty cuisine with a slate of complementary brews. Join us Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. for the Oktoberfest Rare Bomber Beer Dinner, and experience a menu with plenty of oom-pah-pah:

First Course
Veal Schnitzel with Fried Organic and Local Egg, Anchovy and Lemon

Second Course
House-Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Kraut and Apples

Third Course
Bavarian Cucumber and Sour-Cream Salad

Fourth Course
Beer-Braised Bavarian Sausage and Spaetzle

Fifth Course
Apple-Filled German Crêpe

Savor it all with this selection of beers:

• Ommegang Gnomegang—Belgian Style Strong Pale Ale
• Blue Moon Vintners Series—With Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes
• Uinta—Cahoots Double Rye India Pale Ale
• Sierra Nevada—Ovila Dubbel
• Affligem—950 Cuvee

Cost of this tasty European culinary excursion is $49 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 216.481.9635 and make your reservation to experience the best of Germany on a plate!

It’s clambake season again! Join us for a seafood feast Sept. 11, Oct. 10

Yes, it’s that time of year already…kids back in school, an occasional cold snap to the air, the Browns back on the field. All this can only mean one thing…it’s clambake season. If you’ve got a hankering to chow down on a passel of clams, lobster, barbecued chicken and all the fixins’, we have four great opportunities for you to enjoy them. This year we’re expanding our Bistro Clambake to two nights—Wednesday, September 11, and Thursday, October 10—and two seatings: 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. both nights. For $58.50 per person plus tax and gratuity, you get all this:

• 1 Pound Whole Lobster
• 1 Dozen Clams
• One-Quarter Barbecued Chicken
• Corn on the Cob
• Roasted Sweet Potato
• Coleslaw
• Cornbread

As before, extra clams will be available for $12 per dozen; be sure to order when you make your reservation. Don’t delay, because this event is always a hit: call  216.481.9635 to claim your spot on our virtual beach!