Our June 19 Martini Dinner will shake you up and stir you!

Maybe you can’t resist a good martini. Maybe you love the idea of pairing imaginative cocktails with deliciously creative dishes. Or maybe you’re really having a tough time being deprived of Mad Men again until next year. Whatever the reason, we invite you to join us to celebrate National Martini Day at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at our Five-Course Martini Dinner. You’ll enjoy course after course of inspired cuisine and glass after glass of unique and intriguing martinis. Take a look at the lineup:

First Course
Catalonia, Spain-Inspired Tapas
“Pan Tumac”
Local Seasonal Tomato and Herb Bruschetta
Martini: Hendrick’s Gin with Muddled Cucumber

Second Course
Romaine Crab Salad Wrap with Blood Orange Segments and Sweet Limoncello Drizzle
Martini: Honey-Lemon Citron
(made with Richard Stein’s famous honey-lemon simple syrup)

Third Course
Seared Beef Tenderloin Medallion
Potato Gratin
Spinach and Horseradish Crème Fraîche
Tomato Confit
Cilantro-Pear Fricasee
Martini: Rooftop Cilantro Vodka Martini with Local Pears

Fourth Course
Parmesan Puff Pastry Napoleon with Crispy Proscuitto-Wrapped Local Organic Asparagus
Hollandaise Sauce and Olive Vinaigrette
Martini: Peppadew Martini

Fifth Course
Goat Cheese Beignet
Fig Coulis
Balsamic Drizzle
Sweet Lavender Drops
Martini: Bistro 185 Champagne Martini

The price for this special dinner is $49 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Make your prepaid reservation now at 216.481.9635 and prepare for a journey into summertime martini magic! 

Help us name the next Bistro Martini!

Love a good vodka martini–shaken OR stirred? We’re looking for some new ideas to help us come up with the next amazing martini. And you can help us by entering our Name the Next Bistro Martini Contest. The creator of the winning recipe will receive a $50 Bistro 185 Gift Certificate and will have his or her name featured on our menu as inventor of the winning martini!

All you need to do is email your martini recipes and ideas to Ruth@bistro185.com by Monday, March 5. Five will be chosen for our special Martini Tasting with Hors D’Oeuvres Thursday, March 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. At our tasting, featuring Seven Brothers Vodka from Leroy, Ohio with Master Distiller Kevin Suttman, guests will taste all five martinis and vote for their favorite.

If you want to be one of our taste testers, make your reservations now! Cost of the tasting is $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 216.481.9635 now–and if you want to enter the contest, get thinking about that perfect martini of your dreams! It just might be our winner!

Why wait ’til the weekend…when you can enjoy Happy Hour with us now?

Sure, everybody loves the weekend, but there’s no rule that says you have to save your good times for Friday and Saturday. Especially when we’ve got some great daily specials going at the Bistro, especially designed to lure you out of the house to enjoy yourself long before the weekend comes. Take a look…

Mondays: A limited selection of  our wine bottles are available at half price. Ask your server for more details. You might just discover a new label you really like, whether for sipping on its own or enjoying with an early-in-the-week dinner.

Tuesdays: It’s Happy Hour all night on Tuesdays! You needn’t get here before 6:30 to enjoy our drink and appetizer specials in the bar area–enjoy them all night long!

Wednesdays: Beer aficionados, this is your night of the week. Enjoy $2.50 “hump day” drafts all night.

Thursdays: Get your sophisticated side on for Martini Time. Enjoy $5 martinis all night.

Got a little cabin fever? Why not grab that special person or some good friends, get away and make an evening of it? The Bistro is waiting for you!

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!

Seafood and duck on the Key

Hi and greetings from Key West!

Last night we ate a great place — Michaels. We started with a glass of champagne with Chambord, and Marc had a great martini — Ketel One with Gorgonzola-stuffed olives. We started with a crêpe stuffed with beautiful and sweet chunks of crab, grouper and shrimp with a bechamel sauce — really lovely — coconut shrimp with an apricot dipping sauce and a wonderful wilted spinach salad. For dinner, we shared the duck entree. Too full for dessert!

They have a fondue menu that we may try tonight, along with a chocolate soufflé.
We are heading out for lunch to Sarabeth’s.