Martini Tasting postponed to May 17

Good things come to those who wait–so although we won’t be having our Martini Tasting this week as originally planned, you’ll still want to take note of the new date so you don’t miss out! Our martini concoctions, featuring Ocean Organic Hawaiian Vodka, will instead be served from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. The cost is still $40 per person, and reservations are still required, so call 216.481.9635 to make sure your place is saved!

Get out your calendars! We’ve got months of fun planned for you!

We hesitate to say anything too soon, but it seems that maybe the weather is actually starting to act like spring (even if that means rain instead of snow). Can warm, sunny weather be far behind? We hope not. But whatever the weather, we’ve got some amazing events planned at Bistro 185 that will keep you enjoying fantastic food and inspirational spirits all spring and summer long.

We’re kicking off the fun this month with three events sure to make your April fly by. First of all, our next Vegan Dinner is already set for Wednesday, April 20. In keeping with our around-the-world theme, this 3-for-$30 dinner will whisk you off to “A Night in Paris.” This will be French cuisine the way Julia Child never imagined it! The very next evening will be a treat for martini lovers. Our Thursday, April 21 Martini Tasting with Hors D’Oeuvres, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at $40 per person, will introduce you to some incredible bar-side concoctions. And wrapping up the month, our Wednesday, April 27 Wine Dinner, “OPA!,” will spirit you off to the Greek Isles with six courses of Greece-inspired cuisine and wine pairings for $65 per person. Much less expensive than a Greek cruise, and the food will be just as tasty!

You might call our month of May “Asian Month,” even “Sake Month.” We’re planning two different multi-course Sake Dinners: a Vegan Sake Dinner Wednesday, May 18, offering five courses of Asian-inspired vegan cuisine paired with five vegan sakes for $60 per person, and a non-vegan Sake Dinner Wednesday, May 25, pairing six courses of Asian-inspired cuisine with six sakes for $75 per person. This food and drink will be just right for fresh springtime eating.

On Thursday, June 16, we’ll be going back to our 3-for-$30 Vegan Night dinner offering with a menu we’re calling “Hello Summer.” That’s all we’re going to divulge about it right now; keep watching for details! Wednesday, June 22, will see us presenting our “Hello Summer” White Wine Dinner: five delicious courses paired with five summery white wines for $60 per person.

In July, we’ll be celebrating Bar-B-Que Month, so if you didn’t get your fill at your 4th of July cookout, no need to worry–we’ll satisfy your cravings for delicious Q…vegans too! Thursday, July 14, we’ll serve up a Vegan Bar-B-Que 3-for-$30 special, while for the non-vegans Wednesday, July 20, we’ll feature a Bar-B-Que with a Latin American flair: five courses and five wine pairings for $60. Ole!

Locavores rejoice! Our cuisine theme for August celebrates our brief but precious market growing season by featuring the bounty of local farmers’ markets. We kick off Wednesday, August 17, with a Vegan 3-for-$30 “From Farm to Table” dinner, followed on Wednesday, August 24, by a Farmer’s Market Wine Dinner featuring five courses of all-local, all-organic cuisine paired with five organic Lorello Winery wines for $65 per person. Of course, this one, like much of our spring and summer cuisine, will include THE most local food we can serve: produce from our rooftop garden! It just doesn’t get fresher than that!

Finally, we’ll wrap up a summer season of fantastic food and drink with a bit of fun. Did you know that Monday, September 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Arrrh! If ye didn’t know before, mateys, ye know now! So shiver me timbers, we’ll be celebratin’ with a spirits tastin’ of–what else–rum! Our Rum Tasting will cost 40 gold doubloons (or dollars, if you lack doubloons) and feature hors d’ouevres to satisfy ye hearties’ appetites.

Be sure to mark your calendars and set your reminder alarms, because you won’t want to miss any of the Bistro 185 fun this spring and summer! You can start now by calling 216.481.9635 to reserve for the Vegan Dinner, Martini Tasting, and “OPA!” Wine Dinner. Also, keep watching this space for more details as we draw closer to the events!

STILL WANT TO LEARN HOW TO COOK LIKE CHEF TODD?: You’ve got more chances coming up! First, Todd will present an “April in Paris” cooking lesson this Sunday, April 10, teaching you how to prepare an entire menu of springtime French bistro-style classics. Then, on May 15, his “Small Sweets” class will give you hands-on experience in creating classic French sweet treats. Both classes will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sur la Table Woodmere, 28819 Chagrin Boulevard at Eton; tuition is $65 for “April in Paris” and $69 for “Small Sweets.” Call to reserve your place now at 800.243.0852. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to study French cuisine with a Paris-trained chef!

Single Malt Scotch Tasting set for March 2

There’s always something going on at Bistro 185 to help melt away your winter blues, and isn’t this a time when you seriously need to melt them? For connoisseurs of single malt scotch, or just those who would like to become connoisseurs, we’ve got a Single Malt Scotch Tasting planned for Wednesday, March 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Our lineup will feature Cardhu 12 (back from a five-year hiatus), Craggganmore 12, Dalwhinnie 15, Oban 14, Glenmorangie 10, and Glenmorangie Lasanta-Sherry Cask. Hors d’ouevres will also be served.

Cost of the tasting is $40 per person by prepaid reservation. Because this is a bar event, seating is very limited, so call 216.481.9635 now to make sure we save you a spot!

Hot News! Wine tasting Dec. 6; Vegan Dinner Dec. 15

The holiday season continues to heat up here at the Bistro!

Our wine tastings have become so popular that we’re adding another to the schedule for Monday, December 6. Four wines will be available for $10, along with hors d’oeuvres you may purchase in addition.

Not only that, but our Vegan Thanksgiving Wine Dinner was so popular that we’ve decided to offer a prix fixe three-course Vegan Dinner on Wednesday, December 15. This dinner will feature a vegan appetizer, entree, and dessert, all for only $30 plus tax and gratuity. Watch this space for the menu to be announced soon!

To make reservations for either of these events, call 216.481.9635 and prepare to enjoy yourself!

A reminder: Bistro 185 is in the running for “Best New American Restaurant” on the Fox 8 “Hot List”! Please vote here to help us win–voting ends December 3!

Enjoy a $10 Wine Tasting August 23

OK, so we’ve had an amazing Sake Dinner recently and there’s a wonderful Tequila Dinner in the works…but you miss your wine? Well, miss it no more! Next Monday, August 23, the Bistro is having a wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring light hors d’oeuvres for purchase and a variety of Northern California coastal wines: Meyer Family Syrah, Robin K Pinot Noir, Hoe Down Chardonnay, and Teira Sauvingon Blanc. Cost of the wines is $10, and space will be limited, so call 216.481.9635 now to reserve your spot!