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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.

Gibraltar Grill’s Oktoberfest with Live Music & German Cuisine, Oct. 4, 2014

Gibraltar Grill OktoberfestCelebrate  the fall season in Door County  at Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 4th from 1-9pm at Gibraltar Grill, Fish Creek! Purchase a $15 wrist band to get “in and out” admission privileges, access to 6 hours of live music, and $10 in food and drink tickets. Gibraltar Grill will be featuring German food including Sauerbraten,  sausage with sauerkraut, and Spaetzle, as well as a dessert table, and German beer and wine all day while you dance to the sounds of Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns from 2-5pm followed by Jerry Voelker and the Jolly Gents from 6:-9pm. Join the party!

The Harbor Fish Market Harnesses the Sun: Solar Water Heating System is ON in Baileys Harbor!

POSTED ON September 28th  - POSTED IN breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Dining, dinner, fish boil, lunch, News, Personalities
Harbor Fish Market Solar Panels (from facebook)

Harbor Fish Market Solar Panels (from facebook)

Karen and Carl Berndt, owners of Harbor Fish Market & Grille and Custards Last Stan in Baileys Harbor went live Thursday when they flipped the ‘ON’ switch on their new solar water heating system. 

The project, which took ten months to complete, included two very important people in the process: Ben Anschutz of Anschutz Plumbing in Baileys Harbor and Patrick Strantz, a building contractor, full time maintenance manager at the YMCA in Fish Creek and long time maintenance manager for the Berndts.

Together they have created a custom solar water heating system that not only addresses the water heating needs of the two restaurants but will also provide the hot water for the employee housing and the Berndt’s living quarters.

Baileys Harbor Autumnfest Includes Fish Boil & Shop Up an Appetite at Fish Creek’s Inside Outside Sale: Door County Sept. 26-28, 2014

POSTED ON September 22nd  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Entertainment, fish boil, lunch, Restaurant Guide, Special Events
Autumn in Door County

Autumn in Door County

The Autumn Equinox is upon us and so we welcome the changing of the season with festivals and events, fall flavors, and fun for the whole family! Bring your favorite people with you to experience the Fall Colors in Door County. Whether you’re walking, biking, or driving (keep those windows rolled down!), you can smell the changing season – the crispness of the cooling air, the earthy aroma of fallen leaves, the crash of waves on Lake Michigan – which seems to have a scent all its own – and the woodsy smoke from kilns, campfires, and fish boil fires…

Gibraltar Grill’s End of Summer Party & Music Festival, August 28-31, 2014

POSTED ON August 26th  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Entertainment, Special Events

cookee timeless musicGibraltar 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!  

Live Music at The Cookery Labor Day Weekend 2014!

POSTED ON August 25th  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Entertainment
Girls of Small Forest Jeanne and Marybeth

The Girls of Small Forest are –  Marybeth Mattson & Jeanne Kuhns

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!

Book Your Culinary Weekend in Door County at Eagle Harbor Inn w/ Chef Terri Milligan, Oct. 24-25, 2014

POSTED ON August 18th  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Discounts & Specials, News, Personalities, Recipes, Special Events
Chef Terri Miligan logoChef Terri Milligan & Eagle Harbor Inn will be hosting another wonderful Culinary Weekend in Door County, WI. This two day event includes a champagne reception, hands-on cooking class, a dinner at Eagle Harbor Inn following class, and–new this year–a morning culinary tour of favorite spots with Chef Terri Milligan. The Culinary Class Weekend is $119 + accommodations. Please call the Eagle Harbor Inn at 800-324-5427 to choose from a fabulous B&B Inn room or an elegant Whirlpool Suite.

Milligan at Eagle Harbor

For more information about this great weekend experience visit Chef Terri Milligan online – see the menu you’ll be creating as well as the weekend agenda! This class will be on October 24-25th, 2014 and is limited to 8 people so reserve your spot today! You may even want to book a private a la carte cooking class (minimum of 4 people) and come back to Ephraim to help Nedd & Natalie Neddersen celebrate their 20th Anniversary of owing & managing the Eagle Harbor Inn. They have welcomed innumerable guests who return annually making new memories with every visit while contributing to the Inn’s 70 year history! Check out their ‘History Wall’ with photos from the old cottage days & historic rate cards & ads – they’ll even invite you for a glass of lemonade and their fantastic homemade treats! Visit www.EagleHarborInn.com & www.ChefTerriMilligan.com for more details!

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.

Rory Hoffman & Eric Lewis, Woodwalk Concert Series 2014

Rory Hoffman & Eric Lewis, Woodwalk Concert Series 2014

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!

Experience the Music on the Patio at Gibraltar Grill this Summer, 2014

POSTED ON July 17th  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Entertainment, lunch, News, Special Events

big_mouth_on_labor_day_weekend_2013_065_97191a-mThe 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!

Ask a Chef July 2014: Barbeque & Wine – A Pairing Suggestion

Question: What kind of wine should I bring to a BBQ?

July has come to Door County, Wisconsin and the grills are out! Paul Santoriello, Winemaker and Production Director at Door Peninsula Winery, and Door County Chefs ‘Ask a Chef‘ contributor, has some fantastic advice on finding the perfect wine for your next  backyard BBQ:

After suffering through what feels like the worst winter in 30 years, Wisconsinites are anxious to get back outside – and that means lighting the grill. Whether they burn charcoal or gas, people here have a longstanding love affair with outdoor cooking. Though brats and burgers remain the go-to grill meats, many backyard chefs are upping the ante with steaks, ribs, chops and fish. Here are a few tips for making the most of those pairings.

Pairing food and wine is really simple and about personal taste, but there are a few helpful practices to make your meal better, says Paul Santoriello, head winemaker at Door Peninsula Winery.

Print“Match the weight of the food to the weight of the wine, so one won’t overpower the other,” Santoriello notes.

“Lighter meats (like chicken and fish) tend to call for white and lighter red wines, while traditional red wines are a natural pairing for red meats and smoke flavors off the grill.”

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