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FED UP Film & Dr. Nicole James at Greens N Grains Dec. 18, 2014

POSTED ON December 17th  - POSTED IN coffee shop, dinner, News, Special Events
Greens N Grains

Greens N Grains

Greens N Grains Natural Food Store & Café hosts a presentation by Dr. Nicole James regarding the launch of the Center For Optimal Health’s new CANcer THRIVEr program, on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Come to listen and discuss, questions are welcome. Beginning at 6pm will be the biweekly Dinner & a Movie event, featuring the film, FED UP.

Shop Local & Save at Holiday Open Houses in Carlsville, December 11th, 2014

POSTED ON December 10th  - POSTED IN Coffee & Tea, Dining, lunch, Special Events, Wines & Spirits

DCmoonshineThursday, December 11th, make Carlsville, Wisconsin your daytime destination in Door County, and enjoy special savings at the holiday open houses of area businesses. Finish your holiday shopping (or maybe get it started?), sample coffees and wines, and get in the holiday spirit – just don’t forget to pause for a good meal!

Door Peninsula Winery will be offering fabulous in-store specials during their open house: Buy 2 Get 1 FREE on Wines, Fat Louie’s Oil, Shipwrecked 6-Packs & Door County Distillery Products and 25% off all merchandise and food items through-out the weekend. Can’t make it to Carlsville this weekend? Visit dcwine.com and get FREE Shipping on any 12 bottles of mix and match wine. Just enter the promo code FREESHIP at checkout.Candy Cane Mocha pic

Door County Coffee & Tea is all dressed up for the occasion too, open 7:30am-6pm so you can stop in for great gift shopping. Buy 2 Get 1 FREE on all coffee, 15% off pre-made coffee gifts, and 25% off holiday home décor, plus coffee sampling all day makes this a winning spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch! Throughout December you can also enjoy a delicious Candy Cane Mocha and Door County County Coffee & Tea will donate 50 cents for every one sold to United Way of Door County!

Visit Carlsville online for more information. Shop Local and Save!

Tree Lightings & Holiday Festivities in Northern Door County,WI: Dec. 6 & 7, 2014

POSTED ON December 3rd  - POSTED IN Dining, Entertainment, News, Special Events

Come home to Door County for the holidays – you can feel like family on the Peninsula this time of year as locals and visitors alike gather to celebrate the season. There are holiday tree lightings to sing carols at, Christmas cookies to purchase, decorate and devour, ornament crafting to be done, chili suppers to warm up with, horse drawn wagon rides to hop on, holiday open houses to explore, local gifts to be found, a winter farmers market to shop, and more holiday cheer than you might think is possible on the very first weekend of December! Looking for a home base while you play this weekend? Visit Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging blog for options!

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Ornament Making in Baileys Harbor

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 – Christmas in the Harbor, Baileys Harbor

The Baileys Harbor community becomes one big family this weekend, so join in the fun! The festivities begin at 4pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall where you can make ornaments for your tree or for gifts with the Baileys Harbor Historical Society, enjoy food and drinks, and sit with Santa so you can tell him what you want for Christmas. At 6pm head out to the front lawn for the annual tree lighting and sing a carol or two with friends and family. Do some local gift shopping on Sunday at the Town Hall during the Baileys Harbor Farmers Market – Winter Edition which runs from 10am-2pm. Don’t forget to make your Christmas Buffet reservations at Harbor Fish Market & Grille – stop in or visit them online for reservations. Visit online or call (920) 839-2366 for more information

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Have you been Nice this year?

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 – Christmas in the Village, Ephraim

Ephraim is especially picturesque when lit up for the holidays, so bundle up and walk through town or hop a Horse Drawn Wagon Ride! Bring the kids for Holiday Stories at the Ephraim Library from 11:30am-12:30pm, and stop by the Ephraim Moravian Church for their ADVENTure & Sweets Sale from 11am-2pm. Visit with Santa from 1-3pm and check out the live Reindeer display! Inside the Ephraim Village Hall, warm up with Chili & Soup from noon until it’s gone, sponsored by Chef’s Hat Café and Summer Kitchen and Cookie Exchange Plates will be for sale. All afternoon, participate in cookie decorating, holiday crafts, and heritage games, then join in the Christmas Carol sing-along before heading outside to Harborside Park for the Tree Lighting Ceremony!

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Holiday Tree Lighting w/ Santa!

There will also be open houses at many Ephraim businesses including D.C. Specialty Foods (holiday items, 10am-4pm) and Eagle Harbor Inn (enjoy a smorgasbord of homemade holiday treats from 1-4pm). For more information and reservations at this beautiful B&B visit online or call (920) 854-2121. This event is free, though attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate to Koinonia Cupboard food pantry. Sponsored by the Ephraim Business Council, visit online or call (920) 854-4989 for more info.

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 – Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Chili Supper, Ellison Bay

Gather and Giver at the River on Sunday for a complimentary chili supper and fabulous cookies at the Mink River Basin. At 5pm gather around for the lighting of the town Christmas tree, enjoy a reading of the Nativity, and sing carols! This free event is sponsored by Ellison Bay Service Club, call (920) 854-4937 for more info or visit Door County North. On your way north, stop in Fish Creek at the Northern Door YMCA between 1 and 2:30pm to visit with Santa!

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Door County Thanksgiving Weekend Festivities & Holiday Tree Lightings: Nov. 27-30, 2014

POSTED ON November 24th  - POSTED IN Dining, News, Special Events
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JJ’s of Jacksonport

There’s lots to be thankful for in Door County this weekend! Check out our dining blog for Thanksgiving Brunches, Buffets, and Dinners at Door County Restaurants, visit our lodging blog for Last Minute Lodging Options so you can stay and play on the peninsula, and read on for festive events, shopping, and dining this weekend…

Nov. 27, 2014: Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Jacksonport

The only Thanksgiving Day Parade in Door County takes place each year in the quiet town of Jacksonport and is an extra special event as the parade is always a benefit for a good cause. This year’s funds will help Maggie DeMeuse, a local resident of Institute (just north of Sturgeon Bay), who is in stage four of breast cancer. Parade attendance is a fun social gathering in which you can make a difference in someone’s life.

Thanksgiving Day Brunches, Buffets, & Dinners in Door County: Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

POSTED ON November 24th  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

Take a load off and leave the cooking to someone else this year! Here are the Door County restaurants that will be serving Thanksgiving meals and buffets on Thanksgiving Day 2014… 

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The English Inn

The English Inn in Fish Creek serves a delightful Thanksgiving Day Buffet from Noon-7pm on Thanksgiving Day. Cost is $19.95 per person, with an ascending scale for children starting with 5-years of age at $5.95, 6-years at $6.95, 7-years at $7.95, etc. …matching their age to the price accordingly up through 12-year olds at $12.95, and children 4 years of age and younger are free. The buffet includes their famous 5-tier chocolate fountain, surrounded by goodies to dip – fresh fruit, cookies, marshmallows, biscotti, etc… as well as chef-carved Ham and Turkey, Baked French Toast, Stuffed Hash browns, Eggs Benedict, Quiche, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage and Bacon, Kielbasa and Sauerkraut, Au Gratin Potatoes, Pepper Steak, Swedish Meatballs, Shish kabob, Baked Chicken, Blackened Whitefish, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Vegetables and a Full Salad Bar, and Full Dessert Table with assorted Desserts. Reservations Encouraged: (920) 868-3076.

Holiday Meals & Wine Pairing – Keep it Simple!

POSTED ON November 18th  - POSTED IN Ask a DC Chef, Dining, Special Events, Wines & Spirits

I need to be reminded not everyone thinks about wine all of the time, and I’m also the person who will ask what is for dinner while eating breakfast. So, let’s talk about the Thanksgiving and Christmas wines you need to explore and specific varieties to pair with holiday foods…

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First thoughts on wine selection, avoid overly big and powerful wines that might overwhelm the food. Food-friendly wines enhance rather than overwhelm food. Food-friendly wines have good acidity, are light, fruity and, they can be sweet. Fruit wines are trending right now, they are food-friendly wines, and they strike a nice balance in the sense they do not show extremes; extremes of power, alcohol, ripeness, oak or extraction. Food-friendly wines are refreshing, and tend to clean your palate between bites, complimenting richness in the food.

“Thanksgiving & Christmas are big meal main events, having a variety of different foods, and that is why people have a problem sorting out what wine will work.”

Roast Turkey at Thanksgiving is the food exception where many wines pair with it, depending on your choice of dark meat or light meat. Heavy red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon (or blends of red), lighter body Pinot Noir to a full bodied barrel aged Chardonnay work perfectly. We are also seeing tannin-filled fruit wines such as Door Peninsula Winery oak barrel-aged cherry wine or cranberry wine (or blend of cranberry). A classic matching is Riesling or Gewürztraminer, fantastic light and fruity wines.

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DPW offers Gift Baskets!

Roast Beef is dense protein, so a heavier red wine is always a nice match, Syrah can stand up to beef and match the mouth feel. If prime rib is the main course, the cut tends to be rich and have mild flavors, I often recommend a Merlot or Zinfandel as a lighter fruitier red.

Spiral-cut Ham is a very lean and light meat, often has a gamey flavor, so light bodied wines work, especially red wine like Pinot Noir. However, ham is tricky, because of the salty brine and smoked flavor, we have recommended a range of wines: sweet Riesling, fruit wines such as cranberry apple and Door Peninsula Winery ‘Cranbernet’ wine, Chardonnay, Peninsula Red, and Pinot Noir.

Briefly thinking about wine chemistry and food pairing from our earlier conversations to match flavors… “The weight of the wine should match the weight of the food” … there are at least 4 significant chemistry components that affect the body of a wine (aka-mouth feel), and they are:

  1. Ethyl Alcohol – Beverage alcohol increases wine viscosity as the alcohol by volume content increases, it adds the sensation of heat or burn to your palate, a wine high in alcohol is ‘hot.’
  2. Organic acids – Adds ‘brightness’ at higher levels, and ‘flabbiness’ at lower levels.
  3. Flavor compounds – Gives the wine a sensation like fruitiness, or a tactile mouth feel with tannin.
  4. Residual sugars – The sugar left after fermentation will add balance to the above components and increase the thickness of the wine.

If you have ever heard someone correctly use the term “big wine” they are referring to high alcohol, high tannins, and elevated acids in the big wine; perhaps some sweetness.

“Here is the solution to your holiday wine and food matching conundrum: keep it simple.”

12 Days of Christmas

The fact remains, Thanksgiving and Christmas main event meals tend to fill your plate with complex flavors. There is not one wine that will take you from appetizers to main course to desert, and your guests all have different wine palates. I would suggest having available 3-4 different wines to offer choice, but not so many that every bottle needs to be open at once. How much wine will you need? With any dinner party lasting over 3 hours, plan on ½ bottle per person, and maybe have a few back-up bottles!

That can be a lot of wine depending on your family size… To save you money in December, Door Peninsula Winery has an internet wine sale called ‘The 12 days of Christmas.’ Go to our web site DCWINE.COM to sign up and receive our newsletters, you will be notified by e-mail of the daily deal starting on December 1st and ending the 12th. We also offer free shipping on a case of wine from November 28th through December 31st. As always, we have Gift Baskets available for the holidays and other great ideas on or web site. Happy Holidays!

~Paul Santoriello, DPW

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Return of Dinner & a Movie at Greens N Grains, Egg Harbor, WI

POSTED ON October 28th  - POSTED IN Dining, Entertainment, Healthy Alternatives, News, Special Events

In celebration of Non-GMO Month, Greens N Grains in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin will kick off their season of film screenings with “GMO OMG.” This first Dinner & a Movie will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at 6pm, with the screening beginning at 7pm by the Green Door Film Society. Greens N Grains will be serving a special soup, salad, fresh baked roll with a cup of tea for $7.50 starting at 6pm. The movie screening is free, but loft area seating is limited to 30 people so reservations are advisable! Dinner & a Movie will be a bi-weekly event, so visit Greens N Grains online and join their mailing list to stay in the loop! For reservations, call 920.868.9999 or email info@greens-n-grains.com. Check out the link for a preview of the film: “GMO OMG.

 

Live Music & Lots of Food at Fall Fest in Sister Bay, WI: Oct. 17-19, 2014

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A marching dead band?! Catch the Parade on Saturday!

Most festivals tend to have two things in common – Music & Food – and these are two things to be found in abundance at the 69th Annual Sister Bay Fall Fest, Oct. 27-19, 2014. Throughout the weekend you’ll find Food & Drink vendors at various locations throughout the village (10-5 Fri./Sat. and 10-4 Sun.), and lots more to tempt the taste buds and please the palate at local restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops!

There are two special meals this weekend that you won’t want to miss: Friday from 5-8 pm, experience a Door County tradition – a real Fish Boil at the Fire Station on Mill Road, sponsored by Sister Bay Lions Club. On Saturday, from 7-11am, enjoy a fabulous Pancake Breakfast at the Village Hall Saturday, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Northern Door.

United Way of Door County Presents the 19th Annual Chefs for a Day!

POSTED ON October 11th  - POSTED IN News, Recipes, Special Events
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Chef for a Day!

Sturgeon Bay, WI (Oct. 11, 2014)  The United Way of Door County 19th Annual Chefs for a Day event will be held on Saturday, October 18th at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and volunteer servers will be distributing hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 until 7:15 p.m. At 7:15 guests will be able to sample the entrees, served by each chef at numerous buffet stations.

During the hors d’oeuvres, guests will have the opportunity to sample wines and cheese pairings.

Live Music & More for Pumpkin Patch Weekend, Oct. 11-12, 2014

pumpkin alePumpkin Patch logoAccording to Travel Wisconsin Door County is at 70% Color and will peak the second week of October – so get up here and enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Pumpkin Patch Festival in Egg Harbor runs Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10am-5:30pm and Sunday, Oct. 12 from 10am-4:30pm. The festival is free to attend and great for families and groups of all age, featuring live music with Modern Day Drifters, Big Mouth, and even a children’s musician, food and drinks, and inflatables and carnival rides all day Saturday and Sunday.

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