“Farm to Table” Wine Dinner Benefit rescheduled for Sept. 12

We’ve rescheduled—and relocated—our Farm to Table Wine Dinner to benefit Hospice of the Western Reserve. The dinner will now be held Friday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m., and it will be here at the Bistro. It is still sponsored by Laurello Vineyards and Cavotta’s Garden Center, and will featiure produce from both those sponsors. All proceeds will benefit the Hospice. Reservations are still $98 per person (tax and service additional) and are available at Eventbrite.com if you wish to reserve online. You may also make your reservations by phone with a credit card at 216.481.9635.

The five-course locally sourced menu remains as originally planned, and it’s going to be something special: it will include a salad made with Cavotta Gardens heirloom tomatoes and herbs, as well as the Gardens’ bok choy and kale salad; boccocini, pork tenderloin, organic chicken, and marinated shrimp; and a host of other organic delights, accompanied by a delightful selection of Laurello wines. It will be local cuisine at its finest. Don’t miss it!

Farm-to-Table Wine Dinner Benefit to be rescheduled

If you’ve been looking forward to our 5-Course Farm-to-Table Wine Dinner with Laurello Vineyards, or you just found out about it and want to be sure you’re there, please bear with us; we are rescheduling from the original date. All of the proceeds will benefit Hospice of the Western Reserve, a wonderful resource in our community.

A listing of the menu and wines planned for the dinner is here. You won’t want to miss this special event. We’ll let you know as soon as we have a new date set.

A special “farm-to-table” wine dinner for a special cause

As fans of the Bistro may already know, the Hospice of the Western Reserve is an organization dear to our hearts. It does more for the community than many people know. The Hospice not only provides care for individuals in the final phase of life—whether at home or in one of its residences—but compassionate support for their families, education and resources, and bereavement support that is available to the entire community, not just those who lost a loved one in hospice. It’s for this reason that we’ve teamed up with Laurello Vineyards of Grand River Valley, Ohio and Cavotta’s Garden Center to present a very special summertime dinner to help benefit these wonderful neighbors and friends.

Our Farm-to-Table Wine Dinner, Thursday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Cavotta’s, 19603 Nottingham Rd. in Cleveland, will bring together a bounty of the freshest, most perfectly prepared summer produce with a carefully paired complement of Laurello wines in five courses that will put the best of the season on your plate.


First Course
From the Cavotta Garden: Heirloom Tomato and Herb Salad with Locally Made Boccocini
Wine: Josephine Chardonnay-Viognier

Second Course
Locally Sourced Pork Tenderloin Grilled Chinese Style
Cavotta Garden Grilled Baby Bok Choy Finished with a Sesame-Miso Glaze
Organic Freekah Pilaf
Wine: Cosmo-Sangiovese Merlot

Third Course
Indian-Inspired Tandoor Style Grilled Organic Chicken Thigh
Saffron-Scented Organic Brown Basmati Rice
Cavotta Garden Kale Salad
Grilled Naan Bread with Cumin-Scented Ghee
Wine: Illuminata-Reisling-Muscat Gewurztraminer

Fourth Course
Grilled Shrimp Kabob with Local Herb and Olive Oil Marinade
Local Watermelon-Mint-Feta Salad
Wine: Unoaked Reserve Chardonnay

Fifth Course
Selection of House-Made Desserts and Fresh Seasonal Berries
Wine: Sweet Genevieve Vidal Blanc Ice

Price of this unique banquet is $150 per person, including tax and gratuity. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hospice of the Western Reserve.

To reserve your place for this very special event, purchase tickets here at Eventbrite. Participants must be age 21 or over. Eventbrite will add a $9.25 service charge. Tickets are transferable, but all sales are final (no refunds). Please bring your ticket to the event.

We hope to see many of you at this one-of-a-kind dinner to benefit a one-of-a-kind organization. Join us!

“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:

Puff Pastry-Topped French Onion Soup

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

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:

Marinated Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad

“Chicken” Paprikash Potato Gnocchi

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!

Sweets for your sweetie: our fourth annual Chocolate and Wine Valentine’s Dinner

Love is a wonderful thing…whether it’s for another person, or for chocolate. If the one you love also loves chocolate — and even more so if you both have a passion for it — you may already know that for the past three years, the Bistro has been celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special wine dinner in which each course incorporates some form of chocolate. If you do know, you’ll want to make plans now to join us for our Fourth Annual Chocolate and Wine Valentine Dinner Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. And if you don’t, well…now you do!

Wouldn’t treating your loved one to a complete dinner full of chocolate delights beat a box of candy any day? If just the idea isn’t intriguing enough, here’s the menu:

First Course
Hazelnut- and Panko-Crusted Middle Eastern Baby Lamb Lollipop Chop
Arugula-Cherry Tomato
White Chocolate Vinaigrette

Second Course
Seared Scallop
Tangerine-Chocolate-Balsamic Drizzle

Third Course
Risotto Cake
Cocoa-Cayenne-Dusted Shrimp

Fourth Course
Sous Vide Duck Breast
Chocolate-Cherry Cordial Sauce

Fifth Course
Chocolate and Banana Ravioli
White Chocolate Shavings
Crème Anglaise

If you haven’t yet joined us for one of our chocolate dinners, you may be thinking “Chocolate in every course? Wouldn’t that be an awful lot of sweetness?” Surprisingly, no. Without the addition of sugar, chocolate and cocoa (both brown and white) act more as flavoring or spices than as sweeteners. Our chocolate-flavored entrees (other than dessert) are more savory than sweet —and they’re a revelation in flavor.

Watch this space for wine pairings to come. You’ll fall in love with them, too!

Cost of this candy crush of an evening is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity, by prepaid reservation. Don’t think too long about whether to call 216.481.9635 and make one…just go with your heart. Then go, with your heart’s desire.

Toast the New Year at our Dec. 30 Champagne Dinner

It’s time for us to break out the bubbly again and toast a new year…and you’re invited to join us. Our Champagne Dinner Monday, December 30, at 6:30 p.m. will pair five sumptuous dishes with five sparkling wines that will lighten your spirits and float your taste buds away. Here’s what we have planned:


First Course
Wild Mushroom Tart
Black Truffle Vinaigrette
Wine: Baron Fuente Rosé Champagne

Second Course
Lobster Bisque with Butter-Poached Lobster Medallions
Wine: Collalto Extra Dry Prosecco

Third Course
Sous Vide Rack of Lamb
Baby Arugula Salad
Polenta Cake
Wine: Graham Beck Brut

Fourth Course
Seared Day Boat Scallop
Coconut-Lemongrass Saffron Broth
Wine: Baron Fuente 2004 Champagne

Fifth Course
Boule de Neige
Wine: Graham Beck Demi Sec

Cost of our end-of-year feast is $80 per person plus tax and gratuity. After you call to make your prepaid reservation, you will receive an email confirming your reservation and payment. Sorry, but we cannot accept any cancellations after Tuesday, December 24.

We look forward to seeing you at this very special dinner event. Don’t miss out; call 216.481.9635 to reserve your spot before it sells out!

Celebrate the new year with us and sparkling wines from around the world

The end of the year’s the time to pop the cork on the bubbly, saying goodbye to all things ended and toasting all things new. This year at the Bistro, we’re doing it Monday, December 30, with a very special dinner of five courses paired with five sparkling wines representing the world’s effervescent best, so mark your calendar now. Menu and wine lineup to come!

Scare up a great time at our Michael David Winery Premier Vintage Wine Dinner

Who says Halloween is just for kids? You may be too old to go begging for candy house to house, but not to worry—here at the Bistro, we’re ready to get out our cauldrons and cook up some spooky fun adult-style. If you like great food and fine wine, and you’re not above indulging in a few of the seven deadly sins, come to our door at the witching hour of 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 31, and we’ll have plenty of treats for you at our Michael David Winery Premier Vintage Wine Dinner.

Join winery representative Nicole Gardner as we enjoy five devilishly delicious courses paired with the wines of this Lodi, California-based vintner. Costumes optional!

First Course
House-Made Pumpkin and Mascarpone Ravioli
Roasted Pumpkin-Seed Sauce
Wine: Lust
Zinfandel—Lodi 2010

Second Course
Moroccan-Inspired Chicken B’Stilla
Wine: Rage
Dry Creek Zinfandel 2012

Third Course
Day Boat Seared Scallop with Caramel-Orange Sauce
Bacon- and Pecan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Wine: Incognito
White Blend 2012

Fourth Course
Cola-and-Jam Beef Short Rib
Parsnip-and-Potato Mash
Wine: Rapture
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Fifth Course
Apple-Pear Marzipan Tart
Brown-Sugar Whipped Cream
Wine: Gluttony
Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2009

Cost of this haunting repast is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Don’t find yourself all alone in the dark this Halloween—call 216.481.9635 and make your reservations to share a frighteningly good time with us!

Wine lovers, don’t miss our Local and Organic Wine Dinner August 22!

August is going to be a wonderful month for everyone who likes to both eat AND drink locally. On Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m., we’re serving up a Local and Organic Wine Dinner that pairs five courses of fresh and delicious local food products with wines from Laurello Vineyards of Geneva. This menu is pure Northeast Ohio all the way:

First Course
Rooftop Garden Caprese Salad
Wine: Illuminata 2011

Second Course
Crispy Lake Erie Perch
Local Corn and Potato Chowder
Wine: GRV 2012

Third Course
Greek Lamb-Stuffed Local Zucchini with Rooftop Garden Roasted Tomato Sauce
Wine: Cab Franc 2012

Fourth Course
Local Peach and Ancho-Chili-Glazed Chicken Thigh
Wine: Single Barrel Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

Fifth Course
Local Berry and Lake Erie Creamery Goat Cheese Tart
Burton Maple Syrup Glaze
Wine: Sweet Genevieve Ice Wine 2012

Cost of our local salute to summer is $55 plus tax and gratuity. You won’t want to miss this one—call 216.481.9635 to reserve your place now!