Your Black Friday shopping just got easier!

We know a lot of you are out shopping today, and are going to be exhausted from getting up early and struggling to get those bargains before they’re gone — so we’re doing something to make finding the perfect gift much simpler and less stressful!

Stop in to Bistro 185 today, not just to take a break with a nice lunch or dinner out, but to get some of your holiday gift shopping done deliciously! TODAY ONLY, if you purchase $100 worth of Bistro 185 gift certificates (in any denomination — one $100 certificate, two $50 certificates, one $75 certificate and one $25 certificate, or four $25 certificates), you will receive a $25 certificate FREE! You can use that one as an extra gift, or to treat yourself!

Bistro 185 gift certificates are the perfect choice for foodies who already “have everything.” You never have to worry about color or size, they never lose value or expire, and there’s no such thing as having too many! What’s more, you don’t have to fight anyone to get them — just ask your server!

You won’t just be giving a gift of delicious food, you’ll be giving the special people in your life the gift of a relaxing afternoon or evening out, away from the stress and strife. And who couldn’t use that kind of break?

Remember, the “Buy $100, get $25 free” offer is good TODAY ONLY, in person! So stop by and get lots of your shopping done easily at Bistro 185!

Happy New Year!

We’re open tonight for New Year’s Eve — so if you like the idea of a nice low-key New Year’s Eve with a great dinner, a drink or two and good conversation with friends, we’re the place to drop by.

If you’re looking for a place to spend New Year’s Day, we’ll be open tomorrow at 5 for dinner as well. Why not start 2010 off right by joining us?

We wish the happiest of New Years to every friend of Bistro 185 and thank you for a wonderful 2009. We truly appreciated your patronage and your support of our new ventures into special cuisine such as the Julia Project and our yet-to-be-completed James Beard Project. Be looking for more such exciting culinary explorations in 2010, because we look forward to bringing them to you!

We’re open today and tonight

If you need a respite from last-minute Christmas shopping or just whatever…Bistro 185 will be open for lunch today and dinner tonight. We will be closed tomorrow — Merry Christmas! We will reopen for dinner Saturday, Dec. 26.

In the meantime, here’s a little treat for everyone who’s been enjoying the James Beard Project and looks forward to its continuation: a link to a video tour of James Beard’s former house in New York City that we found online. (For some reason, it doesn’t want to embed.) Enjoy, and look for more tidbits about James Beard here in upcoming weeks!

Planning a holiday party?

It’s November, and definitely time to start planning those holiday parties. Of course, we highly recommend Bistro 185 for small holiday get-togethers, such as treating an office staff to lunch as a thank-you for all its hard work over the year. Be sure to call 216.481.9635 to make reservations for your group.

Thinking of a more personalized, catered event? Ruth Levine Events will customize every detail for you, from personal shopping for your produce and meats to the most minute touch. We can supply chefs, bartenders, consultations (for flowers, video, photography and more) and full rentals of items such as linens, china, tents, tables, chairs and more. Whether it’s a holiday-themed banquet, luncheon or cocktail party, or another special event such as a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, shower, birthday, bnai mitzvah, corporate event or fundraiser, we can make it memorably special.

Here’s an example of a dinner Ruth is working on for a private customer right now. The event will begin with an offering of crab cakes for cocktail hour, followed by dinner choices of roast beef tenderloin with Gorgonzola cheese sauce or sautéed salmon with dill-lemon sauce. The dinner entrees will be accompanied by a spinach gratin with blistered cherry tomatoes and roasted baby potatoes. For dessert, guests will enjoy a choice of a Pavlova — a baked meringue filled with whipped cream and fresh berries — or individual banoffee pies. Never heard of a banoffee pie? It’s a kind of English dessert with a dulce de leche filling, layered with fresh bananas, whipped cream and crumbled English biscuits (we’re using the ones known as Digestives). Our client is from England, and banoffee pie is one of her favorite homeland desserts.

This is just one example of the kind of catering Ruth Levine Events can provide for you. Is your staff working long and hard hours on a big project that’s keeping them too busy to leave the office for lunch? Show your appreciation by ordering them some of our upscale boxed lunches, served in uniquely elegant black Chinese take-out boxes. What a great way to say “thank you” for the extra effort and to help re-energize everyone!

To have Ruth Levine Events handle all the details of your custom catering needs, call 216.404.0500 or email us.