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 Our Twenty-First Amendment Beer Dinner (named for the amendment that repealed Prohibition) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, will pair five courses with five beer selections at a cost of $45 per person.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!

Night at the Oscars: The Last Emperor and Asian Short Ribs

Our “Night at the Oscars” featured special for Thursday through Saturday pays tribute to the 1987 Academy Award Best Picture, The Last Emperor. Enjoy our rendition of Chinese cuisine in the form of Asian Short Ribs with Brown Rice and Stir-Fried Vegetables. You’ll dine like royalty!

Behind the Dish: Cream Puffs with Chocolate Sauce

Cream Puffs with Chocolate SauceLast night’s James Beard Salmon Provençal is on the menu again tonight! As for tonight’s new James Beard dish, we think this one is going to make a great finish to your meal: Cream Puffs with Chocolate Sauce. The cream puffs are made from a classic French choux pastry recipe and baked up golden brown. We’re filling them with our own freshly made vanilla-bean ice cream before topping them with a chocolate sauce made of heavy cream and both semisweet and unsweetened chocolates and a final touch of powdered sugar.

So, your dessert for tonight is decided. Now your dilemma is: What to have for dinner? Luckily, we have some suggestions. Maybe you’ll want to try our Asian-Inspired Short Ribs. To create those, we’re removing all the bones from the short ribs except one, then wrapping the meat around that remaining bone to impart added flavor while it cooks. The ribs will be braised in a liquid including Asian five-spice powder, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and sesame seeds, and served with an organic brown rice pilaf.

Or, you might prefer our Baby Rack of Lamb. Or, you might consider our Lollipop Veal Chop, stuffed with prosciutto and Gruyère cheese, with shiitake mushrooms alongside, served with a porcini mushroom sauce.

Whatever you’re in the mood for, come in and look at our specials and our reliable regular menu. You’re sure to find something that will make you smile and get you ready to enjoy an elegant dessert to top off a delicious dinner.

How long has it been since you treated yourself? Too long, right? Join us at the Bistro for some pampering to start off your weekend the best way.