“Travel down the Pacific Coast” with us May 22; enjoy our Vegan Dinner May 29

Now that it’s finally full-out spring, we’ve got wanderlust in us, and we want you to join in. Explore and travel with us for an adventure in food and wine down the Pacific Coast Highway at our Pacific Coast Highway Wine Dinner Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. It will be a five-course adventure in California cuisine paired with the fruit of its great vineyards. Take a look:

First Course
Pan-Roasted Oysters
Persian Lime Aioli
Wine: Fiddlehead Cellars Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc

Second Course
Chili Pepper Asian Leg of Lamb
Crispy Baby Bok Choy
Roasted Seaweed Crumble
Wine: Fort Ross Pinot Noir

Third Course
Baby Pea Shoot
Poached Organic and Local Egg
Pickled Red Onion
Champagne and French Mustard Vinaigrette
Wine: Husch Chenin Blanc

Fourth Course
Roasted Pacific Halibut
Tomato-Ginger Confit
Freekeh Pilaf
Wine: Harmony Chardonnay

Fifth Course
Orange-Glazed Nutella Tart
Toasted Hazelnuts with Fleur de Sel
Brown-Sugar-and-Orange Crema
Wine: Gunflighter Zinfandel

Cost of this quick West Coast escape is $90 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Are you dedicated to eating vegan? Interested in trying it? We’ve got a dinner for you, too. Our Vegan Dinner Series continues Thursday, May 29, with three courses of gourmet cuisine that will delight you with their richness of flavor and variety:

Starter
Puff Pastry-Topped French Onion Soup

Entree
Quinoa Pilaf-Stuffed Roasted Portobello Mushroom
Tomato-Basil Coulis
Blanched Asparagus

Dessert
Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
Seasonal Berries

Cost of this fresh-as-spring dinner, available between 5 and 9 p.m., is $38.50 per person, including tax and gratuity.

Whether you’re a wine lover, a devoted vegan or a bit of both, we’ve got something to tempt you this May. Call 216.481.9635 to reserve your place at our table!

Kiss winter goodbye at our Hungarian Inspired Vegan Dinner and “La Vie en Rosé” Wine Dinner

If you’re like us, you’re ready and willing to say “Enough already!” to winter. Time to poleax the Polar Vortex and get on with spring, right? Well, here at the Bistro we can’t control the weather, but we can bring soft feelings of spring to your palate, and we’ve come up with two different ways to do it.

Our Hungarian Inspired Vegan Dinner Thursday, March 20, will make you feel as if you’ve escaped the snow and ice and are enjoying the bounty of spring in Budapest. This “3-for-$30” (plus tax and gratuity) menu is a heartwarmer:

Starter
Marinated Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad

Entree
“Chicken” Paprikash Potato Gnocchi

Dessert
Apple and Dried Apricot Strudel Vanilla Frozen “Yogurt”

The menu will be available between 5 and 9 p.m. This one is sure to be a pleaser for vegan diners and those just trying it out, so make your reservations now!

Are you a wine lover? You won’t want to miss our “La Vie En Rosé” Wine Dinner Thursday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. This fabulous feast teams five courses of sumptuous dining with five prime examples of rosé wines. Here’s the menu:

First Course
Skewered Sweet Red Chili Shrimp
“Bar-B-Que” Style Trio of Avocado, Edamame and Bean Sprouts
Warm Honey-Lime Coulis
Wine: Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé

Second Course
Panko-Crusted Herbed Goat Cheese
Roasted Beets — Medallion of Grilled Sweet Sausage
Red and Green Grape Salsa Arugula with White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Wine: Regaleali Nerello Mascalese Rosé

Third Course
Char-Grilled Mahi-Mahi
Smoked Tomato-Garam Masala
Israeli Couscous Black Bean and Hominy Relish
Wine: Domaine de Nizas Mourvedre Rosé

Fourth Course
Slow-Roasted Veal Short Ribs
Wilted Savoy Cabbage with Smoked Nueske Bacon and Cannellini Beans
Finished with a Pomegranate Bar-B-Que Glaze
Wine: Demorgenzon Cab Rosé

Fifth Course Chocolate Mousses Roulade
Fresh Raspberry and Chambord Whipped Cream
White Chocolate Ribbon
Wine: Batasiolo Muscat Rosé

Cost of this “view of dinner through rosé-colored glasses” is $58.50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Be sure to save your place by calling 216.481.9635. The time to stake your claim on the first taste of spring is now!

Feast with us at our fourth annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 27

Looking for something to be thankful for? You’ll find it Wednesday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m., when we host our fourth annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner. Sit down at our table and enjoy a four-course celebration that puts mouthwatering vegan cuisine front and center. Here’s what we have planned:

First Course
Chestnut Soup

Second Course
Baby Spinach Salad with Medjool Dates and Almonds

Third Course
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Mushrooms and Farro
Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Fourth Course
Pumpkin Tart with Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Dinner will be served with spiced mulled apple cider and a glass of vegan-friendly wine sure to keep your spirits glowing!

Cost of our holiday banquet is $45 per person plus tax and gratuity. This is a popular event every year, so don’t delay; call 216.481.9635 and make your reservation now!

A wealth of news for your fall pleasure: Restaurant Week menu, Ruth’s latest recipes, Beer Dinner and Vegan Thanksgiving!

We’re bursting with news here at the Bistro in November…so bursting that some of it we’re not even ready to tell you the details about just yet! But let’s tackle our bulletins one at a time…

RUTH’S PUMPKIN RECIPES: Looking for a good recipe you can make at home to take the damp and chill out of your bones? Ruth has just the thing, and she cooked it up on the Fox 8 Recipe Box segment just this past week: Pumpkin Chili with Chicken and White Beans. Or if you’re in a Mexican-food mood, try a Pumpkin Chicken Cheese Quesadilla! Watch the video here, and get the recipes here:

Pumpkin Chili with Chicken and White Beans (serves 8)

4 tablespoons canola or olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
4-6 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 – 3 tablespoons good quality chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
1 15 oz. can pure pumpkin
32 ounces chicken broth
1 ½ lbs. ground chicken
1 rotisserie chicken, meat pulled off the bones, or leftover chicken or turkey
2 cans diced tomatoes (do not drain)
2 15 oz. cans white navy beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Garnish:  sour cream, chopped scallions, shredded cheddar or jack cheese , tortilla chips, cilantro

Instructions
In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, red pepper, celery, and jalapeno pepper and sauté about 10 minutes until vegetables are tender. To the same pot add the ground chicken, chili powder, ground cumin, oregano, basil, bay leaf and cinnamon. Cook together until the ground chicken is pink. Add the chicken broth, diced tomato, pumpkin, beans, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the shredded rotisserie chicken. Cook for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the chili is slightly thickened. Garnish with any of the above suggestions.

Pumpkin Chicken Cheese Quesadilla

Mix ½ cup of pumpkin puree with 1 teaspoon sriracha chili sauce. Spread on 2 flour tortillas. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and ½ cup cooked chopped chicken. Top each with another tortilla. Heat 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil in pan. Add tortillas and cook until they are golden brown. Cut into wedges.

CLEVELAND RESTAURANT WEEK IS COMING!: Cleveland Independents Restaurant Week is once again TWO weeks: Monday, November 4, through Saturday, November 16. We invite you to join us (especially if you haven’t tried us yet) and enjoy one of our “3 for $33” (plus tax and gratuity) complete dinner options. Choose one each from these starters and entrees, and add our Dessert of the Day:

Starters
Soup of the Day
Potstickers
Field Green Salad
Tempura-Battered Calamari

Entrees
Bistro Steak with Hollandaise and Mashers
3-Cheese Ravioli with Marinara or Alfredo Sauce
Panko-and-Almond-Crusted Cod with Corn Pudding
Mussels in a Spicy Marinara with Pasta
Chicken Marsala
Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Peanut Noodles
1/2 Slab St. Louis Ribs with Fries

Whatever you select, you’ll love it! Of course, our other starters and entrees will also be available a la carte at the prices listed on the menu.

BEVY OF BAVARIAN BEERS: Beer lovers and fine-dining aficionados will want to join us for our Ayinger Beer Dinner Wednesday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. This $45-per-person event will highlight five courses specially paired with beers from this traditional Bavarian brewery. Watch for a menu coming soon!

VEGAN THANKSGIVING: You loved it so much it’s become a tradition: our meatless, completely animal-free Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner. This year’s feast will be Wednesday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m. (the night before Thanksgiving). We’re still working on the menu for this one, but you can be assured it’s going to be another amazing meal! Check back soon. Cost will be $45 plus tax and gratuity.

AND THERE’S MORE NEWS TO COME…We’re announcing something brand-new to our schedule this month that we think you’re going to like very much. What is it? Watch this space and find out!

Our late-fall Vegan Dinner features autumnal delights

Vegans (and non-vegans looking to give it a try)! Ready for some heartwarming fall fare? You’ll find it at our Vegan Dinner Thursday, October 24, between 5 and 9 p.m. This 3-for-$30 repast highlights the flavors of fall in three tasty courses:

Starter
Pumpkin-Ginger Soup with Frizzled Leek Garnish

Entree
Wild Mushroom and Quinoa Phyllo Parcel
Black Truffle Cream Sauce

Dessert
Chai-Spiced Pomegranate Poached Pears

Although we’d be happy for you to join us for this special offering (call 216-481-9635 to make your reservation), we hope you’ll stop by even sooner than that. We’re tweaking our menu a bit to add more vegan options you can enjoy on other nights of the month. Come in sometime and see what we’ve got cooking!

Enjoy a “magnifique” French July at the Bistro…it’s as easy as “un, deux”

Quel magnifique juillet! What a magnificent July the Bistro has in store for you! Whether you’ve ever been to France or you’ve never even eaten a French fry, you’re going to love what we’ve got in store. Next month, we’ve scheduled two Gallic feasts with cuisine that will leave you saying “Oo là là!”

First, celebrate Bastille Day with us. Yes, it’s July 14, but we’re celebrating it Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. We’ll pair our five courses of French delights with five French wines (to be announced):

First Course
Blini with Smoked Salmon and Caviar
Crème Fraîche

Second Course
Celery Root Remoulade
Herb-and-Cream-Baked Local Organic Egg with Black-Truffle-Toasted Brioche

Third Course
Filet of Beef au Poivre

Fourth Course
Shrimp Provençal
Black Beluga Lentils

Dessert
Profiteroles
House-Made Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce

Cost of this one-night excursion to France is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity—a bargain fare indeed for a gourmet journey!

Next on our travels…a vegan excursion to the South of France. Whether you eat vegan already or just want to try it out, you’ll have a second opportunity to delight in the flavors of France at our South of France Vegan Dinner Wednesday, July 24 between 5 and 8:30 p.m. This 3-for-$30 offering stars this trio of courses that will make you feel as if you’ve just strolled in from sunning on the beach in Nice:

Starter
Chilled Potato-Leek Soup

Entree
Local and Organic Ratatouille with Couscous

Dessert
Mixed Local Berry Tart
Silken Tofu
Lemon Sauce

Are you ready for a tasty trip or two? Call 216.481.9635 and make your prepaid reservation today! Sacre bleu, it’s going to be délicieux!

Join us this summer as we “tour France” in July and go “Farm-to-Table” in August

As you can see, we have some great dinners coming up for your June at the Bistro, but that’s just the beginning of the special things we have planned for you now that summer’s here. Mark your calendar and put these dates in your phone now, so you don’t miss any of these delicious events.

FRANCE IN JULY: August is the month when the French go on vacation, but July is the month the Bistro is taking you to France. First, we’re celebrating Bastille Day with a French Wine Dinner Wednesday, July 17. This feast will pair five French-inspired courses with five French wines for $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. Menu and wine list to come soon! Vegans won’t be left out of the celebration—join us for our 3-for-$30 South of France Vegan Dinner Wednesday, July 24. Menu coming soon!

“FARM TO TABLE” IN AUGUST: Here at the Bistro, we love summer because it’s that special time of year we pick vegetables and herbs for you straight from our rooftop garden and source other fresh ingredients from our local farmers. We’ll kick off our Farm-to-Table feasting with a 3-for-$30 Farm-to-Table Vegan Dinner Thursday, August 15, followed by a Farm-to-Table Wine Dinner Thursday, August 22. The wine dinner will shine a spotlight on our local Laurello Vineyards, pairing one of their wines with each of the five courses. Watch this space for menus to come!

But that’s not all. If you haven’t stopped by in a while, you’re missing out on some exciting new additions to our regular menu that you will definitely want to try. How does macaroni and cheese baked with chunks of breaded fried chicken, bacon and a wealth of incredible cheeses sound? Or try that chicken in a scrumptious penne a la vodka, or limoncello sauce with pappardelle pasta? Maybe you’re more in the mood for Steak Oscar with a crab cake? A lamb shank cooked sous vide until it’s so tender it falls off the bone? A comfort-food favorite like chicken schnitzel or sauteed calves’ liver? Or maybe some of our incredible fish dishes that change regularly depending on what’s the freshest and most delicious (and always sell out quickly)? Alaskan sockeye salmon, Florida hog snapper, Canadian walleye—see what’s on the menu tonight.

Our patio is open, so whether you’re looking for a complete dinner or just a place to enjoy wine and cocktails with friends, we’ve got a place set for you. Things are starting to heat up at the Bistro. Plan on spending some sizzling summer nights with us!

Our Vegan Dinner goes Middle Eastern June 27!

We love exploring the cuisines of the world through our monthly Vegan Dinners, and the Middle East is a part of the world where they know how to create a multitude of exciting, sumptuous dishes full of vegetables, grains, spices, and other vegan ingredients. Savor the flavors of the Middle East with this month’s 3-for-$30 “A Middle Eastern Adventure” Vegan Dinner Thursday, June 27 from 5 to 9 p.m.:

Soup and Salad Course
Israeli Chopped Salad and Chick Pea Soup

Entree
Couscous with Grilled Vegetables
Spinach Pie

Dessert
Walnut and Pistachio Phyllo Cigars

Make your reservations now at 216.481.9635 and experience the flavors of the Middle East vegan-style!

Go south—WAY south—at our “Tex-Mex Night” Vegan Dinner May 23

Vegans—and those interested in trying out vegan cuisine—are invited to take a tasty trip with us to Tex-Mex country Thursday, May 23 at our Tex-Mex Night Vegan Dinner between 5 and 9 p.m. If you think Tex-Mex cooking has to be all about the beef, come to this 3-for-$30 dinner and be amazed!

Starter
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad

Entree
Tex-Mex Bar-B-Que Tofu
Black Bean and Corn Sauté

Dessert
Silken Tofu Mexican Chocolate Mousse

Enjoy a meatless barbecue with south-of-the-border spice and a flavor as big as all Texas. Call 216.481.9635 to reserve your place at this feast!

It’s finally spring! Celebrate at our “April Showers Bring May Flowers” Vegan Dinner April 30!

Winter has definitely been dragging its heels in these parts of late, but the calendar says spring is here and the weather is finally starting to cooperate. Rejoice with us as we present an appropriate offering in our Vegan Dinner Series: “April Showers Bring May Flowers,” Tuesday, April 30.

Between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., we’ll serve up a 3-for-$30 menu of vegan cuisine as fresh as an April garden:

Starter
Tomato-Basil Soup

Entree
Pasta with Spring Vegetables

Dessert
Rhubarb Mousse with Strawberry Sauce

Don’t miss out on our spring celebration—call 216.481.9635 and reserve your place today!