October’s bringing a wealth of fall feasts!

While you’re waiting for a review and video of our Israeli Fusion Dinner this past Wednesday, why not catch up on what we’ve got planned for next month and make sure your reservations are in for everything you plan to attend? We’ve got something for everyone in October: vegans, beer lovers, wine lovers, seafood enthusiasts and, yes, those who’d like to spend another Halloween season enjoying dinner Sookie Stackhouse-style.

First up is our “Taste of Fall” 3-for-$30 Vegan Dinner Thursday, October 13. Available from 5 to 9 p.m., this three-course meal highlights rich and homey autumn flavors for cooler weather:

Appetizer
Fried Green Tomato and Arugula Salad
Green Goddess Dressing

Entree
Crispy “Chicken” (Gardein) Marsala with Shiitake Mushrooms
Vegan Gnocchi with Roasted Root Fall Vegetables

Dessert
Pumpkin Creme Brulee

For those who get a hankering in the crisp, cool weather to head out to the beach, build a bonfire, dig a pit and enjoy a good old-fashioned clambake–but who would be happy to spare themselves the work of cooking–we have good news. The Bistro Clam Bake is back! On Friday, October 14 between 5 and 9 p.m., we’ll be serving up individual clambakes at a cost of $48.50 per person. With each clambake package, you get Manhattan clam chowder, 1 1/2 Ib. whole lobster, 1/4 barbecued chicken, a dozen middleneck clams, corn on the cob, a roasted sweet potato, slaw, cornbread and butter. It’s one of Cleveland’s favorite types of fall celebration, and you don’t even have to cook it yourself to enjoy it! We’ll have extra clams by the dozen available at $10.50 per order; just let us know ahead of time so we can get you as many as you like.

To get yourself in the mood for our next event, watch this:

Prohibition, Ken Burns’ documentary on the effects of the Eighteenth Amendment, debuts in October on PBS. And, as it so happens, October 14-22 is Cleveland Beer Week. What better way to celebrate a festival of beer and a documentary on Prohibition than to salute the end of that 14-year booze ban? Our Twenty-First Amendment Beer Dinner (named for the amendment that repealed Prohibition) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, will pair five courses with five beer selections at a cost of $45 per person. Take a look at this lineup:

First Course
House Smoked Chicken Mac and Cheese
Beer: Back in Black IPA

Second Course
Slow Roasted Beef Short Rib in a Red Zinfandel Reduction Sauce
Fall Root Vegetable Mash
Beer: Brew Free or Die IPA

Third Course
Fried Green Tomato-Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad
Beer: Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Fourth Course
Mojo Shrimp with Corn Pudding
Beer: Hop Crisis

Fifth Course
Bread Pudding
Orange-Vanilla-Fig Balsamic Sauce
Beer: Seasonal to be Determined

This dinner is bound to please all fans of the brew. But if beer isn’t your favorite beverage, perhaps you prefer something else. Something a little redder. Wine or…another drink entirely? As Halloween draws closer, we’re preparing just the dinner for you. Yes, Chef Ruth is once again indulging her adoration for her favorite TV series with a “True Blood: Season 2″ Wine and Spirits Dinner Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. The menu’s not ready yet, so watch this space to see which way she goes with her theme this time. Just don’t wait–make your reservations now, because this one was a sellout last year!

To reserve your prepaid reservation for any of these dinners, call 216.481.9635. Then get ready to enjoy fabulous food and decadent drink at the Bistro!

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.