Autumn is a great time of year. We can have warm days with full sun. It almost feels like summer if you close your eyes. It’s equally possible to have a chance of rain and the familiar cold breeze that signals a change. You can enjoy a glass of wine out on your patio and light a fire. I almost never dismiss a good Gin and tonic or Brandy. Changes in the weather also bring changes in palate. We eat and drink differently; heavier. You will see a change in seasonal vegetables especially with the root crops finishing up where squash, turnips, garlic, potato or beets are fully used. Thanksgiving is a great example when wine and Fall flavors come to the table.
EVENT Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014:
We host a major Winemaker Dinner at Bistro 42 adjacent to Door Peninsula Winery in Carlsville, in September (Saturday, Sept. 13th, 2014), where a 5 course dinner is paired with wine and concludes with a handmade desert. Many of the ideas we discuss to make this dinner special revolve around current food trends and medium to light bodied wines. If you are interested in our dinner you can find more information and tickets online at dcwine.com in the Events Ticketing section, or by calling 1-800-551-5049.
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Door County with Great Food, Lots of Live Music & Theater, and Marina Fest 2014
Kick off your work shoes and slip away to Door County, Wisconsin this Labor Day Weekend! With autumn approaching, the county is blooming with delicious flavors and aromas, and local restaurants are creating dishes with lots of local ingredients. Stroll through a farmer’s market in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay on Saturday, and in Baileys Harbor on Sunday, and bring the bounty home. Bring the family to Sister Bay to experience the excitement of the Sister Bay Marina Fest, going on all day Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 and ending with a fireworks display!
Take in dinner and a show! AFT’s original musical “The Bachelors” opens at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek this weekend. The English Inn and Gibraltar Grill are both close to the DCA and Arroyo Bay Grill is across the street – just let them know you have tickets when you are seated. “Butler,” a sharp-witted Civil War drama wraps up this weekend at Peninsula Players Theater – 8pm nightly through Saturday, and Sunday, August 31st at 4pm. Grab a bite at the Bayside Tavern to hold you through the performance, then stop at Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard for a post-show treat.
Gibraltar Grill in Fish Creek, WI is celebrating this Labor Day Weekend with their End of Summer Party and Music Festival! If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy live music at Gibraltar’s Patio Bar, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy fantastic food and drinks as well as great service whether you dine inside before the entertainment, or outside in the midst of it! Bring chairs or blankets to sit on if you’d like to enjoy music and drinks on the lawn after your meal. In addition to appetizers, dinner entrees, burgers and sandwiches, the Grill has a kids menu sure to please picky palates, and even a Gluten-Free Menu!
Fish Creek, WI (Aug. 22, 2013) – There will be live music in the The Cookery’s wine bar Labor Day weekend on both Saturday and Sunday nights! David Hatch & Lynn Gudmundsen will be performing everything from Beatles to Beethoven, acoustic classic rock and bluegrass, with a tad of country and folk at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 30st. On Sunday, August 31st at 8 p.m., progressive folk singer/songwriter, mother/daughter duo, The Girls of Small Forest will be playing originals and obscure covers with fabulous harmonies.
Wednesday, August 27th offers the chance to get a head start on Labor Day Weekend! Enjoy live music with local folk singer Katie Dahl Wednesday at 6 p.m., joining her will be Tommy Burroughs from Memphis!
All music will take place in The Cookery’s wine bar. The appetizer, small plate, and dessert menus as well as the beer and wine list will be available. There is no cover charge for the music!
Sister Bay, WI (Aug. 1, 2014) During the month of August, Cupcake Heaven in Sister Bay is partnering with United Way of Door County. For every Black and White Cupcake sold during the month of August, they will donate 50 cents to United Way. The funds donated will go towards meeting United Way’s Annual Campaign goal for 2014.
United Way of Door County’s mission is to empower people to build better lives. They focus their efforts in the areas in the Basic Needs, Community Wellness, Health, and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA). If you would like to learn more about United Way of Door County, check out their website at www.unitedwaydc.com. United Way can be reached at (920) 746-9645 or email@example.com.
Lewis & Hoffman Join Katie Dahl at The Cookery plus August Late Night Wine Bar Hours & Happy Hour Specials!
The Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Fish Creek has extended their wine bar hours for the month of August to accommodate Door County’s delightfully long summer nights! The kitchen will be open until 11:00 p.m. nightly, serving the full bar menu & dessert menu. Not a late night person? Stop in from 3 to 6 p.m. every evening for Happy Hour and enjoy $5.50 wine glass pours, $3.50 tap beers, and appetizers on special from $2.50 to $8.
Also a great Door County music scene, The Cookery offers live music in the wine bar three nights a week! Local folksinger Katie Dahl performs each Wednesday evening starting at 8 p.m. and on July 30th will be joined by special guest multi-instrumentalists Eric Lewis of Memphis and Rory Hoffman of Nashville (check out Rory’s story on GuitarPlayer.com HERE) – this is a duo you don’t want to miss!
The dining scene in Door County often offers more than a great meal, especially at Gibraltar Grill in Fish Creek where diners can enjoy live music from the patio four nights a week. With plenty of room on the lawn, you can bring chairs and hang out before or after dinner while you enjoy drinks from the outdoor bar and a variety of music from live bands and musicians.
Offering a wide selection of menu items sure to please from steaks and seafood to pasta and appetizers to sandwiches and salads, Gibraltar Grill also has a kids menu as well as a Gluten-Free Menu! Bring your best friend for supper too – Gibraltar Grill’s patio is dog friendly, welcoming well-behaved dogs on leashes. All performance begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of their Gibraltar Music Festival (End of Summer Party III) on Sunday, August 31, which runs from 2-10 p.m. and includes music from Cookee, One Too Many, and Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns!
SISTER BAY, WI (June 2014) – Cupcake Heaven in Sister Bay invites you to stop in and enjoy live music each week this summer with local singer/songwriter Marybeth Mattson, performing in the shop from 2-4pm every Sunday in August.
Mattson began her performance and songwriting career after the 2008 season of America’s Got Talent, in which Door County piano man Eli Mattson took second place. As any good big brother, Eli encouraged Marybeth to follow her dreams and, along with fellow performer Seth Raddatz, offered constructive criticism which ultimately helped shape her musical and lyrical choices, and gave her the courage and drive to record her first album Relative Hunger, released in 2012.
4th of July Weekend in Door County, WI: Live Music, Art on the Scenic Side, & DC Renaissance Faire: July 3-6, 2014
All the Independence Day Events, Fireworks, and Celebrations this week can make a body hungry! Catch Live Music while you eat in Door County, WI… Many restaurants will have live music to serenade you as you dine, or, pick up a to-go meal and enjoy live music at the Concerts in the Parks throughout the peninsula.
Every day this weekend offers a Farmer’s Market so you can enjoy fresh and local produce, meats and cheeses, canned goodies, handmade arts and crafts, and even fresh flowers! Baileys Harbor will have a special market on Friday, July 4th at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, and their regular Sunday Farmer’s Market also at the Town Hall on Sunday July 6th from 9 a.m. – noon. On Saturday, July 5th you can visit the Sturgeon Bay Farm & Craft Market from 9 a.m. – noon at Market Square on Michigan & 4th Ave., or head north to Sister Bay’s Corner of the Past Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. – noon at the Country Walk Shops, at Hwy 57 & Country Ln.
To find great dining in Door County, DOWNLOAD the Door County Chefs FREE, GREEN, MOBILE Dining App. Search by category and proximity to your current location; look at DC Chefs members’ menus, use the click-to-call feature to make reservations or check serving hours, and get GPS directions right to each restaurant! Find what you’re hungry for on the Door Peninsula today!
Still looking for a place to stay this weekend? Check out Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging Blog: July 3-6, 2014.
Looking for Fireworks? Check out Door County Guide’s Independence Day Celebrations, Fireworks, and Festivities Schedules!
Live Music in Door County + Uncork Summer, Olde Ellison Bay Days & DC Renaissance Faire, June 25-29, 2014
The end of June in Door County offers a new food and wine festival, lots of live music, and tons of summer fun! Check out Door County Chefs Live Music Calendar on Facebook to see who’s playing and where each day in Door County, including the Concerts in the Park and live music at Door County restaurants. Check out Door County Guide‘s blog “Uncork Summer at Olde Ellison Bay Days & Live Music, June 25-29, 2014” to find out what’s happening this weekend during Olde Ellison Bay Days which kicks off with the Liberty Grove Historical Society FISH BOIL, Thursday, June 26th from 4pm-8pm at the Viking Grill and includes a Saturday morning parade, the NEW Uncork Summer Food, Wine & Music Festival, and the Door County Renaissance Faire in Carlsville complete with jousts, face painting and henna, period music, and shopping for handcrafted items!
FESTIVALS, EVENTS & LIVE MUSIC IN DOOR COUNTY, WI June 25-29, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014:
- June 25, 3 p.m. Sister Bay Concerts in the Park: Birch Creek Percussion
- June 25, 7 p.m. Sturgeon Bay Concerts in the Park: Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns
- June 25, 8 p.m. The Cookery Wine Bar, Fish Creek: local folk icon Katie Dahl performs
- June 25, 9:30 p.m. Arroyo Bay Grill, Fish Creek: Open Mic hosted by Terry Murphy!