Raise a stein to German cuisine at our November Fest!

October’s almost over, but no need to worry about missing out on your chance to celebrate Oktoberfest. We’re holding the Bistro’s celebration of hearty German food and drink in November! Our three-course November Fest Dinner Thursday, November 15, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. (open seating), features courses that’ll make you want to break out the lederhosen:

Course 1
Bavarian Cucumber Salad with Black Bread

Course 2
Local Sausages
Sauerkraut Braised with Apples and Beer
Potato Pancakes

Course 3
House-Made Apple Strudel with Fresh Whipped Cream

Of course, no German dinner would be complete without beer, and ours is no exception. We’ll be serving up two brews straight from Bavaria, Ayinger Oktoberfest and Ayinger Celebrator, as well as a local offering, Lagerheads Bed Head Red from Lagerheads Smokehouse & Brewing Co. in Medina.

Cost of our November Fest Dinner is $38.50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Join us for some gemutlichkeit next month — call 216.481.9635 now!

White Wine Dinner and Beer Dinner coming up!

Bistro 185 has not just one, but two special dinners on our schedule in the near future — one for wine lovers and another for beer aficionados. Whatever your taste (or if you like both) you’ll want to mark your calendar for these events!

“SPRING INTO WHITES” MARCH 24: Springtime is the time when our thoughts turn to wearing white (and not the snow on our boots!) and drinking white — those delightful white wines that so well complement the light, fresh flavors of spring. We’re celebrating with a “Spring Into Whites” White Wine Dinner on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m., highlighting a variety of the finest in white wines.

Here’s the menu:

First Course
Sea Bass Veronique: Pan-Roasted Sea Bass with Chive Beurre Blanc and Green and Red Grapes
Wine: Scharffenberger Brut

Second Course
Lollipop Lamb Chop Milanese with Peach-Ginger Chutney
Wine: Conundrum White Blend

Third Course
Grilled Pineapple Carpaccio with Fresh Raspberries and Arugula Salad in a Champagne Vinaigrette
Wine: Yalumba Viognier

Fourth Course
Chicken Wellington with Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach in an Herb-Crêpe Beggars’ Purse with Leek Ribbon, Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Basil Sauce
Wine: Cloud 9 Pinot Gris

Fifth Course
Thai Seafood Coconut-Mango Curry
Wine: Filadonna Pinot Grigio

Phyllo-Wrapped Roasted Banana and Caramel
Assorted Chef’s Whim
Wine: Valley of the Moon Chardonnay

Cost of our White Wine Dinner is $60 per person, gratuity and tax to be added. Call now to make your reservations at 216.481.9635 and get ready to “Spring Into Whites”!

If you need any further persuasion to join us, take a look at our latest wine dinner video and the accompanying review from our “Passport to Romance” event February 15.

NORTH COAST BREWING COMPANY BEER DINNER APRIL 14: One of the pioneers of microbrewing in 1988, North Coast Brewing Company of Fort Bragg, California is famous for its Red Seal Ale and many other craft beers that have won more than 70 awards in national and international competitions. Now, you can enjoy a variety of North Coast brews, selected to complement a six-course chef-driven menu, Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. Cost of our beer dinner is $50 per person, gratuity and tax to be added. Seating is limited, so make your paid reservations now at 216.481.9635. We’ll be posting a menu soon!

How to say “Happy Holidays” AND “Bon Appétit!”

Are you scanning your holiday gift list and pondering what to get for that friend of yours who had such a good time with you in the summer going to see the movie Julie & Julia, and following up the trip with a visit to Bistro 185, where you enjoyed dinner and dessert Julia Child-style to cap off your evening? We have a great idea for you.

As it so happens, Julie & Julia has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray. So, here’s what to do: Go get a copy of the movie, get a Bistro 185 gift certificate, wrap them up together, and give them to your friend. You can even get creative with your wrapping: tie a few wooden spoons or a metal whisk into the ribbon bow.

And what about your other friends, relatives, colleagues, etc., who appreciate great food and could use a nice night out? Bistro 185 gift certificates are always just right. Whatever they enjoy in cuisine — adventurous dishes or old reliable standards — they can find it here at the Bistro. And you don’t have to mess around with the crowds and parking at the mall to get this gift, either — just ask your server. Gift certificates are available in $25, $50, $75 and $100 denominations.

Get a lot of your holiday shopping done quickly and painlessly — give the gift of Bistro 185!

PERFECT PAIR: We’re trying out something new on the Bistro’s dinner specials menu: wine and beer pairing suggestions for many of our nightly offerings. Next time you stop in, take note of the wine or beer we list along with some of our dishes as a suitable accompaniment. It’s a great way to try something new and different, even if you don’t feel comfortable enough with your own knowledge of wine or beer to make a selection yourself. Also, always keep in mind that if you’d like us to suggest a wine or beer for your dinner choice, we will happily do so.

Enjoy Cleveland Beer Week even more: Try one of these menu pairings

To help you celebrate Cleveland Beer Week, Bistro 185 has come up with some menu pairings that should appeal to both the beer lover and the foodie in you. Enjoy a special treat, this week or anytime this fall, by teaming up these beers we offer on draft with just the right kind of item from our special menu to complement them best:

Two Brothers Domaine DuPage French Country Ale — This Bronze Medal winner at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival is a rural, northern France, amber colored ale, well balanced, full and sweet up front with caramel, toasty and fruity characters. Its finish has a gentle floral and spicy hop balance that cleanses the palate. Like Julia Child’s cooking, it will put you in mind of great rustic French cuisine — so if you loved and miss the Julia Project, try this beer with our Lamb Shanks with Rosemary Mint Demi-Glace and Baby Fall Vegetables.

Unibroue Trois Pistoles — This is a strong dark ale brewed with roasted malt with a rich, smooth texture, an aroma of ripe fruit and chocolate, and a taste of wild fruit with an aftertaste that lingers like old port wine. It goes beautifully with a dish that has a strong garlic flavor. Try it with our Sautéed Calves’ Liver with Onion Pan Gravy, Bacon and Mashers.

Rogue Ales Brewery Double Dead Guy Ale — Halloween is coming, and how better to celebrate than with a couple of Dead Guys? This strong ale has a deep amber copper color and aromas of buttery peanut brittle and orange blossom tea that follow through to a rich, chewy and fruity full body with notes of caramel-drizzled dried apricot and roasted grains and spice. It finishes with a long, tangy grilled grapefruit and chocolate fade. Combine it with our Double Cut Pecan Wrapped Pork Chop Stuffed with Prosciutto, Imported Swiss Cheese and Apple with Maple-Ginger-Apple Glaze for a fall treat without any trick to it.

Magic Hat Roxy Rolles — This one is Magic Hat’s “Autumnal Amber Ramble,” combining Pale, Crystal and Caramunich malts with Brewer’s Gold and Simcoe hops. We think it goes just beautifully with our Pan Roasted Wild-Caught Alaskan Halibut with Mango, Papaya and Macadamia Nut Tropical Fruit Sauce and Butternut Squash Ravioli. Try it yourself and see if we’re not right.

There’s never been a better time to enjoy a fine craft beer and a finely crafted meal than now during Cleveland Beer Week. So raise a glass and a fork at the Bistro — you’ll be glad you did!

Ein Prosit! It’s Cleveland Beer Week!

Beer Taps at Bistro 185When you think of October, you think of Oktoberfest and traditional German celebrations with plenty of great beer. This year, in Cleveland, there’s a new reason to think of beer when you think of October: the first-ever Cleveland Beer Week, October 16-24. If you love great food and great beer, you will not want to miss this!

Cleveland Beer Week is a not-for-profit collaborative celebration to raise awareness of and education for the strong American and imported craft brew industry while promoting patronage at local establishments. Bars, taverns, restaurants, grocers, specialty beverage stores, and other retail and purchase locations throughout the region are celebrating with musical entertainment, leisure activities, ale tastings, and brewmaster meet-and-greets offering unique specials to raise awareness of craft brews. It will all culminate in BREWzilla, a grand reception on Saturday, October 24, at The Arcade in downtown Cleveland. BREWzilla will feature more than 80 tasting stations, appetizers and other culinary delights that pair well with craft brews, as well as entertainment and guest appearances by renowned brewers. All proceeds will be donated to the Malone Scholarship Fund, managed by the Cleveland Scholarship Program, Northeast Ohio’s only nonprofit resource that promotes educational awareness and community enrichment by preparing the workforce of tomorrow.

Bistro 185 is proud to be part of the Cleveland Beer Week celebrations, and you can be part of them with us starting tonight! From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this evening, we’ll be hosting the Great Draft Beer Tasting, an event at which you’ll be able to choose any six beers and receive a 6 oz. sample of each one, accompanied by sausage, smoked meat, fruit, and cheese. Our featured beers will be Guinness, Magic Hat Summer Wacko, Labatt Blue Light, Great Lakes Grass Roots, Moosehead Lager, Ithaca Apricot Wheat, Great Divide Belgica, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Stella Artois, Breckinridge Avalanche Ale, and Triple Karmeliet. Cost is $35 per person.

On Thursday, October 22, starting at 5 p.m., we’ll host a Great Divide Keg Tapping, a special tapping from Great Divide Brewing of Denver, Colorado, featuring $4 pints of Great Divide 15th Anniversary Oak Aged India Pale Ale. Stop by to enjoy a fine product from this award-winning Western microbrewery.

For more information about Cleveland Beer Week, visit the Web site. For more on our Beer Week events, call us at 216.481.9635.