Make the most of the season at our Summer Time Beer Dinner Aug. 28

Shakespeare probably said it best: “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” Seems as if you’re just getting into the relaxation and sunshine groove when whoosh—the back-to-school ads start appearing and you’re reminded oh, so soon that fall is coming. No, not already! It’s not often that living in Cleveland feels almost like living in San Diego weatherwise, but this summer has come close. And we earned it after a winter like that last one, didn’t we? If only we could stretch it out just a little bit longer…

Well, we can. Kids may be headed back to class soon, but there’s nothing says adults can’t kick back and enjoy the season for as long as it lasts. And what better way than with a five-course dinner of dishes perfect for summer, each accompanied by a satisfying brew? Even better—a dinner in which the brews themselves are used in the preparation of the dishes?

If that sounds like your perfect way to ease into Labor Day, our Summer Time Beer Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 28, is for you. We’re pairing each in a five-course menu of warm-weather delights with a specially selected beer, ale or stout actually used to make the course. Take a look:

First Course
Liefmans Fruit and Shrimp Ceviche
Blood Oranges, Peaches, Watermelon and Cantaloupe Infused with Citrus and Beer
Beer: Liefmans Fruitesse Framboise

Second Course
Sweet Lamb Mini Flatbread
Pulled Leg of Lamb Braised in Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat Ale
Caramelized Onions and Roasted Red Peppers
Rooftop Garden Mint Drizzle
Beer: Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat Ale

Third Course (Intermezzo)
Crabbies Spiced Orange Ginger Granitée
Beer: Crabbies Spiced Orange Ginger Beer

Fourth Course
Beer Batter Scallop
Warm Asparagus and Watercress Salad
3 Floyds Sauce
Beer: New Belgium 3 Floyds Grätzer Ale

Fifth Course
Russian Chocolate Stout Soufflé
Chocolate Stout-Infused Crème Anglaise
Beer: Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Cost of this end-of-season celebration for beer lovers is $49 per person plus tax and gratuity. Get ready to enjoy it now by making your prepaid reservation at 216.481.9635 today!

“Farm to Table” Wine Dinner Benefit rescheduled for Sept. 12

We’ve rescheduled—and relocated—our Farm to Table Wine Dinner to benefit Hospice of the Western Reserve. The dinner will now be held Friday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m., and it will be here at the Bistro. It is still sponsored by Laurello Vineyards and Cavotta’s Garden Center, and will featiure produce from both those sponsors. All proceeds will benefit the Hospice. Reservations are still $98 per person (tax and service additional) and are available at if you wish to reserve online. You may also make your reservations by phone with a credit card at 216.481.9635.

The five-course locally sourced menu remains as originally planned, and it’s going to be something special: it will include a salad made with Cavotta Gardens heirloom tomatoes and herbs, as well as the Gardens’ bok choy and kale salad; boccocini, pork tenderloin, organic chicken, and marinated shrimp; and a host of other organic delights, accompanied by a delightful selection of Laurello wines. It will be local cuisine at its finest. Don’t miss it!