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

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:

Chilled Potato-Leek Soup

Local and Organic Ratatouille with Couscous

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!

Take a walk on the unusual side with our “Off the Beaten Path” Wine Dinner May 22

Feeling like you’re in a bit of a rut? Ready to explore something new this spring? The Bistro has just the thing for you: Try some new wines and some different, delicious dishes at our “Off the Beaten Path” Wine Dinner Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. Each course will feature a dish you’ve never tried before (at least not the way we make it!), paired with a wine that is also likely to be new to you. Discover some fresh flavors and fall in love with a new label—just take a look!

First Course
Gazpacho Shooter
Wine: Zuccardi Serie A Torrontes

Second Course
Johnny Cake with Maple Butter Reduction
Smoked Trout Pâté with Salmon Caviar
Wine: Ferrari-Carano

Third Course
Chicken and Almond Beggar’s Purse Crêpe
Wine: Liquid Velvet Red Blend

Fourth Course
Korean Surf and Turf: Korean Short Rib and Scallop
Kimchi with Red Rice
Wine: Gundlach-Bundschu Mountain Cuvee

Fifth Course
Bibb Lettuce with Hearts of Palm, Duck Bacon and French White Vinaigrette
Wine: Skulls

Dessert Course
Lemon Curd Tart
Limoncello Macerated Berries
Wine: Meeker Zinfandel Ice Wine

Cost of this vacation to a oasis of new flavors is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 216.481.9635 and book your reservation!

Float away to happyland with “Bubbles, Barbera and Barbaresco” April 25

The grapes and the cuisine of Italy take center stage this month at the Bistro’s “Bubbles, Barbera and Barbaresco” dinner Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. With six courses of fine Italian cuisine including an aperitif and antipasto, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the Mediterranean springtime. Courses will include accompaniments of either a robust Barbera or an aromatic Barbaresco wine. Feast your eyes on the menu:

First Course: Aperitif
Prosecco Frizzante
Imported Olives, Bread and Cheese

Second Course
Chicken Napoleon
House-Made Apple Butter, Cured Bacon, Brie and Arugula
Calvados Creme
Wine: Villa Crespia Franciacorta
Brolese Rose, Extra Brut

Third Course
Pasta Puttanesca
Wine: D’Alba Barbera

Fourth Course
Lamb Lollipop Milanese
Wine: Braida Montebruna-Barbera

Fifth Course
Pistachio-Crusted Bronzini
Wine: Pelissero-Barbaresco

Sixth Course
Olive Oil Polenta Cake
Lime-Infused Crème Fraîche
Seasonal Berries
Wine: Dante Rivetti—Moscato D’Asti

Cost of this celebration of the best of the Italian vineyards is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 216.481.9635 to book your passage now!

Give your Valentine a sweet treat at our Valentine’s Chocolate Wine Dinner!

It’s that time of year again…time to start thinking about hearts, flowers and romance. At the Bistro, our suggestion is always: If your beloved adores chocolate, be imaginative! Don’t settle for a heart-shaped candy box when you can give your Valentine the full chocolate experience: our Valentine’s Chocolate Wine Dinner. On Valentine’s Eve, Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30, we’re serving six full courses (plus an amuse-bouche) of chocolate-based and chocolate-kissed delights, each paired with a wine sure to kindle the fires of passion:

Aperitif: Juve y Camps Cava

First Course
Butter-Poached Lobster Tail
White Chocolate-Saffron Sauce with Pappardelle Pasta
Wine: Icardi Cortese

Second Course
Pan-Seared Duck Breast
Orange-Chipotle Mole Sauce
Wine: Le Cigare Volant

Third Course
Grilled Baby Hearts of Romaine Caesar Salad
Wine: One Last Kiss White Blend

Fourth Course
American Kobe Sirloin
Shiitake Mushroom Cap
Black Truffle Chocolate Drizzle
Wine: Jim Barry Cover Drive Cab

Fifth Course
Hazelnut–Panko Crusted Day Boat Scallop
Nutella Sauce
Wine: Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

Sixth Course
Chef’s Whim Trio of Chocolate-Inspired Desserts
Wine: Bugey Botex Du Cedron

The cost of our rapturous salute to chocolate and love is $100 plus tax and gratuity. Reserve your place and delight your Valentine by calling 216.481.9635. It’ll be a sweet soiree indeed!

Celebrate the new year at our January events!

We’re more than ready to celebrate 2013 here at the Bistro. With another fantastic addition to our Vegan Dinner Series and yet another exciting wine dinner, the feasting doesn’t end along with the holidays. On the contrary–to give you a break from the snow and cold, we’re highlighting cuisine that will put you in mind of warmer climes. Join us for…

MEDITERRANEAN-INSPIRED VEGAN DINNER: Our Vegan Dinner Series travels to the sunny Mediterranean this month. Our 3-for-$30 dinner Thursday, January 24, available from 5 to 9 p.m., will warm your stomach and your heart with these three courses:

Provencal White Bean Soup

Pan-Seared Tofu with Capers, Basil, and Tomato

Winter-Spiced Poached Pear

LATIN-AMERICAN FUSION WINE DINNER: Could you use a vacation somewhere south of the border? We can provide you with one that’s relatively inexpensive, and you won’t even need a passport. Come to the Bistro at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, for five courses partnering adventurous Latin-American-style cuisine with wines from South America:

First Course
Gaucho Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Arugula and Heirloom Tomato Salad
Wine: Kaiken Malbec

Second Course
Sous Vide Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Leg
Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Wine: Santa Ema Carmenere

Third Course
Sausage-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potatoes
Wine: Root 1 Pinot Noir

Fourth Course
Brazilian Shrimp Stew
Wine: Zucardi Torrentes

Fifth Course
Coconut Bread Pudding with Creme Anglaise
Wine: Alma Negra Sparkling Rose Malbec

Cost of this dinner is $75 plus tax and gratuity, by prepaid reservation.

To reserve your spot for either one of these mini-excursions in dining, call 216.481.9635 and get ready for a quick and satisfying winter getaway!

DID YOU KNOW…that the Bistro still offers a la carte dining on evenings when we’re holding a Vegan Dinner or wine dinner? We do! Even if you’re not planning on dining vegan or joining us for the wine dinner, you’re welcome to select starters and entrees from the menu we prepare fresh for each evening. We’ve always got a few beloved dishes (like Boeuf Bourguingon and Chicken Schnitzel with Pierogies), but we also rotate many specials in and out of the lineup, depending on what’s fresh and local and, of course, on Ruth’s imagination. Follow it up with something irresistible from our dessert case, and you’ve had one satisfying evening. Come in tonight and be comforted by your own reliable favorite, or try something you’ve never tried before…either way, you’ll be glad you did!

Gift cards and special events to make your season bright!

We’ve got plenty going on at the Bistro for you this holiday season–and one of our special events is going on today and Friday to make your shopping easier, so jump on it right away!

GIFT CARD SALE: Buy $100 in Bistro 185 gift cards during our two-day-only Holiday Gift Card Bash on today, “Manic Monday,” or on “Festive Friday,” December 21, and you’ll get $25 in gift cards free! What a great way to treat those hard-to-buy-for foodies on your list who seem to already have everything, and maybe even treat yourself!  Keep in mind, you must buy your cards either today or this Friday to get this special deal–in the restaurant only.

BUBBLY BANQUET: Are you ready to party to celebrate another year’s end? We hope so, because we have two terrific opportunities lined up for you to do it! Our annual Champagne Dinner, Thursday, December 27 at 6:30 p.m., will have you enjoying five courses of the finest of cuisine accompanied by magnificent champagnes. On the menu:

First Course
Seared Day Boat Scallop
Meyer Lemon Risotto
Champagne: Cremant de Limoux Rose

Second Course
Black Truffle Beef Tenderloin Filet
Sauteed Garlic Greens, Red Wine and Vanilla-Scented Poached Pear
Champagne: Vintage 2004 Brut

Third Course
Hearts of Palm, Fennel, Mushroom Salad
White French Vinaigrette
Champagne: Vintage 1998 Brut

Fourth Course
Butter-Poached Lobster in Puff Pastry with Lobster Sauce
Champagne: Rose Dolores

Fifth Course
Chocolate Pots de Creme
Champagne: Moscato d’Asti

The Champagne Dinner is $100 per person plus tax and gratuity. Make plans now to spend an evening floating to Happyland on the bubbles–call 216.481.9635 and reserve your prepaid place at the table!

NEW YEAR’S FEAST: We won’t be out of champagne when our special dinner is over–nor of fantastic food. We’re planning a menu of exclusive offerings from our regular selection of fare plus some very special additions–including Seafood Pot Pie, Rack of Lamb, and Veal Chop–at three seatings on Monday, December 31. Seating times are 5, 7 and 9 p.m. We’ll cap off the festivities with a champagne toast at midnight. To reserve your seating time, call 216.481.9635. Happy New Year!

IN THE NEWS: Did you see our recent writeup in the News-Herald’s article on vegan and gluten-free dining? If not, here it is. We’ll be seeing you vegans (and non-vegan fans of our vegan fare) for our “Down On the Bayou” dinner this Wednesday!

Taste the cuisine and wines of Germany with us!

Not only are we Novemberfesting this month at the Bistro, we’re sticking around Germany to enjoy its food and drink just a little longer. We hope you’ll join us for Wines and Foods of Germany Thursday, November 29, at 6:30 p.m. We’ll serve up five classic German-style dishes paired with a selection of Germany’s best wines:

First Course
Roquefort and Pear Strudel
Wine: Villa Wolf Pinot Noir

Second Course
Maultaschen in a Hearty Beef Broth
(German Bacon and Spinach Ravioli)
Wine: Maxim Grunhaus Riesling QbA trocken

Third Course
Apple-Fennel Salad
Wine: Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese

Fourth Course
Jaegerschnitzel with Mushroom Sauce
(Veal Schnitzel with Mushrooms)
Wine: Erdener Treppchen Spatlese

Fifth Course
Apple Tart with Bavarian Cream
Wine: Dr. Loosen Eiswein

Cost of this mini-trip to Germany is $65 per person. Call 216.481.9635 and make your reservation now for an evening that’s sure to be wunderbar!

You’ll fall for our special October and November dinner events!

September’s almost over already (can you believe it?), but the fall fun at the Bistro is just getting started. Whatever flavors you savor, you’ll find a special dinner event — and maybe more than one — to your liking:

FALL VEGAN DINNER: As the weather gets a cold snap in it, our monthly 3-for-$30 Vegan Dinner offering warms up. On Monday, October 29, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., we’ll serve up these cozy dishes:

Celery Root-Parsnip-Potato Soup

Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff

Apple Strudel with Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

WITCH’S BREW DINNER: Celebrate Halloween Wednesday, October 31, by enjoying a spooky-but-savory feast with no tricks — just treats. Our Witch’s Brew Dinner at 6:30 p.m. pairs five courses of hauntingly delicious cuisine with an assortment of intoxicating potions:

First Course
Deep Down Underground Root Cellar Soup
(Celery Root-Parsnip-Potato Soup with Creme Fraiche)
Potion: Monks’ Blood Ale

Second Course
Vampire Tenderloin “Stake” with Garlic Butter
Potion: Freak Show Cabernet

Third Course
Baby Spinach, Avocado, and Pumpkin-Seed Salad
Potion: Witches’ Cackle Cocktail

Fourth Course
Black-and-Orange Shrimp Pasta (Orecchiette Pasta with Nicoise Olives, Caramelized Garlic, and Roasted Butternut Squash)
Potion: Bobbing for Eyeballs Cocktail

Fifth Course
Pumpkin Whoopie Pie
Potion: Warm Mulled Mead

This wickedly tempting feast costs $55 per person plus tax and gratuity.

ENCORE CLAMBAKE: If you missed our September Clambake — or you made it and are hungry for more — we have great news. We’re bringing the Clambake back Thursday, November 8. Once again, between 5 and 9 p.m., for $58.50 per person, you’ll get New England clam chowder, a 1-lb. whole lobster, one-quarter of a barbecued chicken, 1 dozen clams, corn on the cob, a roasted sweet potato, coleslaw, and cornbread. Extra clams are $12 per dozen; order when you make your reservation to be sure to get your share.

VEGAN THANKSGIVING DINNER: Vegan Thanksgiving feasts a week before the calendar date have become an annual tradition at the Bistro, and this one is no exception. Watch this blog for more details on the menu for this year’s event, Wednesday, November 21.

NOVEMBER WINE DINNER: Our wine dinner for November will be Thursday, November 29. Mark your calendar now and watch this blog for theme and menu details.

“NOVEMBERFEST”: Ein prosit! We’re going to make sure nobody misses the fun of Oktoberfest this year by having our own three-course  “Novemberfest” of classic German cuisine paired with hearty beers. Dishes will include local sausages, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, and apple strudel. Again, watch this space for more details.

To make reservations for any of these upcoming events, call 216.481.9635 and get ready to enjoy an autumn harvest of incredible dining experiences!

Taste the latest wines from Chile at our special September dinner

For our next wine dinner, we’re taking another trip without leaving the Bistro — because our destination will be coming to us! Our excursion on Wednesday, September 12, will be to South America, where we’ll savor the colorful and intensely flavored cuisine of Chile while uncorking a brand-new line of Chilean wines from Epica and meeting the winemaker.

Our Epica Chilean Wine Dinner menu will be as follows:

First Course
Laughing Bird Shrimp Ceviche
Wine: Epica Sauvignon Blanc

Second Course
Beef Empanada
Tomato-Onion-Avocado Salad
Lemon Vinaigrette
Wine: Epica Red Wine

Third Course
Roasted Chilean Sea Bass
Plantain Stew
Wine: Epica Chardonnay

Fourth Course
Chicken Thigh Chimichurri
Green Chili Corn Pudding
Wine: Epica Cabernet Sauvignon

Fifth Course
Chocolate-Cayenne-Cinnamon Creme Brulee
Wine: Obtuse Cabernet Port Justin

As always, our wine dinner will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Cost of our Epica excursion to Chile is $65 plus tax and gratuity. Book your reservation on this trip now by calling 216.481.9635 and get ready for a delicious journey!