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Valentine’s Dinner at The Fireside Restaurant, Ellison Bay

POSTED ON February 10th  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Discounts & Specials, fine dining, Restaurant Guide
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Asian Sesame Beef

Treat your Valentine to a spectacular meal in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin this weekend. The Fireside Restaurant will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and will be serving from their regular menu AND a special Valentines menu featuring a choice of 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts, and a bottle of wine, all for $80! Please call for reservations: (920) 854-7999.

White Lace Inn’s Baked Cherry French Toast Recipe

POSTED ON February 1st  - POSTED IN breakfast, Dining, dinner, Door County Recipes, News, Recipes

Baked French Toast is a great option for your next brunch and the White Lace Inn‘s recipe is one of our favorites! Prepare it ahead of time and bake in the morning or pre-bake and reheat so you can sleep in; or make this delicious dish for one of those special breakfast-for-dinner nights with the kids… Serve with your favorite breakfast sides and your favorite beverage from Door County Coffee & Tea!

White Lace Inn’s Baked Cherry French Toast

White Gull Inn Winter Concerts Wrap Up in March & April 2016

POSTED ON January 31st  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, fine dining, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

Door County, WI has become well known for offering high-quality live music entertainment throughout the year, and in the winter, the White Gull Inn delivers with their Folk Concert Series, now entering its 32nd season. Held monthly in the quiet season, the series features accomplished artists and bands from near and far. Concerts begin at 8pm, preceded by an optional 6pm dinner featuring a Chefs Special that varies each month (see details below). There are just 2 concerts left this winter, so make sure to get your tickets ahead of time! Call 920-868-3517 or toll free 800-624-1987 for concert, dinner, and/or room reservations Upcoming Concerts are as follows…

Delicious Winter Dining in Fish Creek, WI 2016

Some of Fish Creek‘s best restaurants and lodgings are open year-round, serving what you’re hungry for, breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Many lodgings offer great winter packages and special rates to help you experience the magic of Winter in Door County, Wisconsin for a night, a weekend, or even a week. Ready? Dine on you crazy diners…

WINTER DINING in FISH CREEK

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“The English Inn”

Find a great meal in Fish Creek this winter at The English Inn, The White Gull Inn, or Juniper’s Gin Joint! Phone numbers, GPS directions, and menus can be found at DoorCountyChefs.com and on the Mobile Dining App.

Greens N Grains Dinner & a Movie Screening of “Citizenfour” Jan. 7, 2016

POSTED ON January 5th  - POSTED IN Coffee & Tea, dinner, Entertainment, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

EGG HARBOR, WI (Jan. 3, 2016) – Greens N Grains Cafe invites you to Dinner and a Movie Night on January 7th, 2016. The film is Citizenfour, and Greens N Grains will serve a natural/organic dinner special before the screening including a soup specialty, salad, fresh baked roll and cup of tea for $7.50, available starting at 6pm. Film starts at 7 pm. No charge for the film, but seating at screenings is limited to 28. Dinner and film reservations are requested: 920.868.9999 or email info@greens-n-grains.com

“After Laura Poitras received encrypted emails from a stranger who called himself, “Citizen Four” with information on the existence of a massive covert, surveillance program undertaken by the US government, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet the sender, who turned out to be Edward Snowden…” (See trailer below and read more about the film at greens-n-grains.com.)

 

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Northern Door County 2015-16

POSTED ON December 21st  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Entertainment, fine dining, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

The Fireside Restaurant and Wickman House in Ellison Bay would like to invite you to Celebrate the New Year with them! In partnership with Husby’s and the Mink River Basin, you can celebrate locally and safely by enjoying dinner or drinks at one of these restaurants, and after your meal, get a safe ride to Husby’s or the Mink before the ball drops!

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Fireside Restaurant (920) 854-7999

Wickman House (920) 854-3305

Chefs App snowflake iconDownload the FREE Door County Chefs Mobile Dining App to search, find, and eat what you’re hungry for on the Peninsula! Now you can also access our Door County Events Calendar right from the app, add events to your personal calendar, and get GPS directions to events!

Thanksgiving Day Dining in Door County WI: Nov. 26, 2015

Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade

Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade!

It’s almost Thanksgiving and we’re all taking stock of what matters most in our lives: identifying the things we’re thankful for of course, and the people we want to be around the most. Many Door County visitors and locals have made it their family tradition to enjoy holiday meals in the comfort of one of our fabulous restaurants, opting for less stress and a guaranteed great meal, not to mention – no clean up!

There are several options to get you out of the kitchen this year, including a take home feast as well as Thanksgiving dinners and buffets; and don’t forget, there’s also the Annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning, this year benefiting DOOR CANcer, and the Packers vs. Bears Game in the evening!

8 great ways to enjoy Thanksgiving Day in Door County…

A Little Music with your Meal: October 2015 in Door County, WI

POSTED ON October 2nd  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Entertainment, lunch, News, Wines & Spirits

david & LynnGibraltar Grill, Fish Creek

Friday & Saturday, October 2 & 3 (7:30pm) David Hatch & Lynn Gudmundsen a/k/a The Sidekicks

Saturdays, October 10 & 17 (7:30pm) Cookee – Timeless Music!

For more information visit Gibraltar Grill.

 


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The Cookery Wine Bar, Fish Creek

Mondays in October (3-5pm) listen to the Peninsula Ukulele Club practice through Happy Hour!

Wednesdays Oct. 7 & 14 (6:30-8:30pm) Katie Dahl performs delightful original and familiar folk music!

Thursday Oct. 8 (6:30-8:30pm) Seth & Mark Raddatz play folk rock originals and traditionals.

Fridays in October (7-10pm) feature string band blues, folk, country, and bluegrass music!hotshots

For more information visit The Cookery Wine Bar.

 


Katie DahlWhite Gull Inn, Fish Creek

Mondays & Thursdays in October (5-8pm) Cheryl Murphy plays harp during candlelight dinners.

Tuesdays in October (5-8pm) Katie Dahl performs while you dine.

For more information visit White Gull Inn.

 


Bedrock Bluegrass at BrewBrew Coffeehouse, Ellison Bay

Saturday, Oct. 10 (11am-1pm) Bedrock Bluegrass

Monday, Oct. 19 (10am-12pm)  Bedrock Bluegrass

Saturday, Oct. 31 (11am-1pm) Bedrock Bluegrass

For more information visit Brew Coffeehouse.

Remember, the Door County Chefs Mobile Dining App is always FREE to download and use – find restaurants, pubs, wineries and more, check out menus, get GPS directions, and click-to-call for more information. The App’s newest feature offers easy access to Door County Lodging’s Events Calendar! Get out and do more in Door County!

Juniper’s Gin Joint Features the Artistic Creations of Chef Neller Polanco + Live Music for Labor Day Weekend!

The new chef at Juniper’s Gin Joint in Fish Creek, Chef Neller Polanco, isn’t a newcomer to Door County.

Chef Neller PolancoPolanco’s family came from Wadsworth, IL to Door County for vacations often and she was an infant on her first visit. Her memories were of family good times and the beauty Door County’s nature.

A love of food came from her deep relationship with her Grandma, a fine and experienced home cook. Neller was her Grandmother’s shadow, first watching and then learning to cook everything from scratch; and inculcating her with a strong work ethic and an abiding love for the making and sharing of food. Though many memories of her time in her Grandmother’s kitchen and one stands out: rolling out the dough for egg noodles.

Chef Neller can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a chef.

Nine years ago at age 30 she decided that if this was her dream she should get started, so she went to the Kendall ‘School of Culinary Arts’ in Chicago (considered the best cooking school in the Midwest), and graduated in two years. She loved cooking and was an accomplished home cook, but Kendall taught her the basics plus all the cooking techniques she’d need for professional cooing. In addition she learned the management of a kitchen, the methods, the reasons for doing things and the finances of a successful restaurant. After that she went on to study Restaurant Management so she could bring more to the table as a chef and then began at Mangiano’s Little Italy (a Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant in Illinois).

Not busy enough it seemed, at this time Chef Neller also started her catering company in Wadsworth which she called ‘Princess and the Pea: One Small Girl Doing Big Things’. The jump into her own business stretched her skills even further:  Menu writing, running a successful company, being in charge of all aspects of her business, learning to become a good baker and managing her time and resources combined with working at Mangiano’s was for her like jumping from the frying pan into the fire.  Her love of food and desire to create memorable menus and dishes and make people happy wasn’t diminished by her workload, it was strengthened.

Juniper's Gin Joint frontAll this led to Chef Neller to apply and interview for the position of head chef at the Juniper’s Gin Joint (formerly Cooper’s Corner) in Fish Creek (owned by the Pollmans, who also own and operate Door Peninsula Winery, Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Fat Louie’s Olive Oil, Bistro 42 and Door County Distillery). After the interview on her way home to Illinois while her son drove, Chef Neller started creating a menu for the restaurant and sent it the next day. She’s been involved from the beginning in the re-branding and creation of Juniper Gin Joint.

Spending that time catering developed her creativity in creating a menu and the foundation of Kendall taught her how to manage her costs, a combination that is essential in today’s restaurant.

The menu at Juniper’s Gin Joint is a Door County influenced Chicago Style Steak House. Imagine a classic American supper club influenced by Chef Neller’s unique flavor palate. She has created flavors using what Door County (cherries, cheeses, junipers, whitefish) is so well known for and then added some creative touches. Take Saturday’s special for example. It is Prime Rib like you’d never expect – finished off on the grill, giving it that deep, smoky flavor.

Chef Neller's Friday Fish Fry - Hand Breaded Perch or Copper Ale Battered Whitefish

Chef Neller’s Friday Fish Fry (photo from Facebook)

She didn’t forget whitefish – serving up a Lemon Juniper poached whitefish with juniper, lemon and white wine, over herb roasted new potatoes. There’s also a Whitefish Club sandwich: a beer battered whitefish fillet with bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard (made fresh in the kitchen) on a special Kaiser roll. The Friday Night Fish Fry will satisfy the fish lover offering perch, whitefish and halibut.

Juniper’s Gin Joint‘s Signature dish, available at lunch and dinner, is a Cheese and Charcuteries Board featuring cheese from Renard’s Cheese (Door County Cheese makers) and an Artisan Sausage Board, both serving a Grilled Door County Cherry Brat. And not to jump to the end, but the restaurant’s (and Chef Neller’s) Signature Dessert is a Chocolate Pinot Noir Cake featuring the Pinot Noir from the Door Peninsula Winery in Carlsville, just a little drive south on Hwy. 42.

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Above: Chef Neller’s Chocolate Maple Bacon Cookie Sunday (photo from Facebook)

“I consider myself an artist,” says Chef Neller.


Chef Neller likes to have fun with her desserts. During May lucky diners enjoyed the Fish Creek Fluffy Pie and the Tipsy Bunny Cupcake (carrot cake with a rum butter).

All sauces, dressings, soups and bakery is made in house. The food is clean and delicious, with nothing added that doesn’t have to be there. “Having the kitchen organized and food prepped means preparing it for our customer is smoother and provides them with an elevated dining experience that makes them feel satisfied and happy. That’s what our whole team is working towards every day.” Diners with special diets have many options to choose from and using the very best ingredients and everything from scratch means the food is at its best.

Chef Neller has been working with the Pollman’s to rebrand the restaurant this summer, and she’s had the complete support of her team in the front of the house and the back of the house. Neller believes that everyone should be able to step in and do anyone’s job if need be, including herself and including washing dishes. She wants the staff to know what they are making and serving so she often cooks dishes for them.

“They’re excited and proud to be making and serving our food. We’re all here to create a memorable dining experience for our guests and they know we’re in this together.”

Enjoy a meal at Juniper’s Gin Joint, open daily from 11am-10pm in season, with live music each weekend in the summer. For Labor Day Weekend there is music each night at 9:30pm!

***Saturday, Sept. 5 – Marybeth Mattson performs outside in front of J. Jeffrey Taylor from 2-4pm (right across the street from Juniper’s Gin Joint). This local singer/songwriter welcomes Juniper’s diners to enjoy her music and encourages listeners to enjoy Juniper’s dining and outdoor seating.

For more Live Music and Entertainment and Last Minute Lodging Options this weekend, please visit our Labor Day Weekend Blog!

Live Music & Marina Fest Punctuate Labor Day Weekend 2015 in Door County, WI

POSTED ON August 28th  - POSTED IN carry out, Dining, dinner, Entertainment, lunch, News, pizza, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

Labor Day weekend in Door County brings some great weather so you can enjoy being outside for Sister Bay’s Marina Fest, the beautiful light and music at Woodwalk Gallery’s End of Season Music Festival, and take advantage of tons of opportunities to enjoy free live music with a great meal!

An abundance of indoor and outdoor LIVE MUSIC can be found this weekend as summer comes to a close and Door County anticipates autumn (for more, visit the Door County Events Calender). Each of these venues offers their own delicious menu and musical flavor, and invite you to enjoy a meal with them this weekend. (Restaurant Menus can be found HERE, or by downloading the FREE Door County Chefs Mobile Dining Guide App.)


JunipersLogoMartini-01Juniper’s Gin Joint in downtown Fish Creek – Juniper’s Menu is a Door County influenced Chicago Style Steak House. Imagine a classic American supper club influenced by Chef Neller’s unique flavor palate. She has created flavors using what Door County is so well known for (cherries, cheeses, junipers, Whitefish), and then added some creative touches. Late Night Live Music makes a drink after dinner especially enticing!

  • *Saturday, Sept. 5 – Marybeth Mattson performs outside in front of J. Jeffrey Taylor from 2-4pm (right across the street from Juniper’s Gin Joint). This local singer/songwriter welcomes diners to enjoy her music and encourages listeners to enjoy Juniper’s dining and outdoor seating.

End od Summer Party Poster 2015Gibraltar Grill on the north end of Fish Creek – With what has been called the Best Patio Bar and Outdoor Music Venue in Door County, Gibraltar Grill celebrates the end of summer in style! Live music Friday and Saturday night will be followed by the End of Summer Party IV will run from Noon until 10pm on Sunday, Sept. 6th. Admission is just $10 and your wristband gets you $10 in Food and Drink Tickets, In and Out privileges, and 10 hours of live music! Even the family dog is welcome to join the fun—well behaved and leashed at all times please! They’ll be serving up brats and hot dogs, cold beer, and more!


Girls of Small Forest Jeanne Kuhns and Marybeth MattsonThe Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar in downtown Fish Creek – Listen to live music in the Wine Bar while you enjoy dinner, wine and beer, and/or coffee and dessert from indoor or outdoor seating! Their menu offers American cuisine with a creative twist, and lots of homemade recipes featuring many local  and in-season ingredients.


Katie Dahl & Rich HigdonWickman House restaurant in Ellison Bay Wickman House serves an out-of-this-world Sunday Brunch featuring Door County Farm Fresh Eggs, Buttermilk Pancakes, Biscuits and Gravy, and lots more, with local songbird Katie Dahl performing while you dine! Reservations accepted for parties of 6 or more.

  • Sunday, Sept. 6 – Katie Dahl with Rich Higdon 11am-2pm

stone harborStone Harbor Resort in downtown Sturgeon Bay Enjoy live music on the patio at this waterfront resort. Rooms are still available with no minimum stay requirement for Labor Day weekend!

  • Friday, Sept. 4 – Crossing Paths 8pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 5 – Unity at Stone Harbor 8pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 6 – Out of Time 2-6pm

 

marina-fest-2015-460x600Sister Bay Marina Fest – September 5 & 6, 2015 – Enjoy Labor Day Weekend outdoors with live music, kids’ carnival rides, a petting zoo, dingy and cardboard boat races, a boat show, and the return of the Waterboard Warriors Water Ski Show. The Festival kicks off with a Pancake Breakfast at 8am on Saturday, Sept. 5th, and Marina Fest activities begin at 10am with live music from River City 6 until 2pm. Replica takes the stage with more live music at 4pm, and Fireworks will light up the shoreline at 8:45pm. On Sunday the fun continues with more live music, rides, tours and more, including showings of the animated movie Finding Nemo. Whiskey Ditch performs at 6:30pm, and another round of Fireworks wraps up the evening. For more information visit the Sister Bay Marina online.


WWCS Woodwalk Festival week poster 2015_edited-1Jeanne Kuhns’ Woodwalk Concert Series – Season Finale Music Festival Week, Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor. 3 Nights of Music Sept. 2-4. All Shows begin at 7pm. $20 at the door. BYO wine is welcome! Coffee, Soda, Beer, and Ice Cream treats will be for sale before and during each show. Concert goers are welcome to arrive as early as 5:30 to picnic before the show but must reserve tables ahead of time as limited tables are available. Call (920) 868-2912 for ticket and picnic table reservations.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 2 – Julian Hagen at “This Land is Your Land” – A Door County Land Trust Event Night. This Washington Island singer songwriter performs classic Door County folk music that is heartwarming and delightful, infused with an unmistakable sense of humor.
  • Thursday, Sept. 3 – Hans Christian in Concert. This multi-instrumentalist creates dialogues with sarangi and sitara answering each other and swooping cello sitting in opposition, in layers of musical voices through live looping.
  • Friday, Sept. 4 – Michael Lee Ammons & The Water Street Hot Shots in Concert. Experts at performing blues, rags, hokum, and novelty tunes in the style of the 1930s jug bands. Celebrate the closing of the concert season with the vintage party music that this acoustic combo brings to the stage. 

For open rooms, suites, condos, and more in Door County, Wisconsin over Labor Day Weekend 2015, please visit Door County Lodging‘s Last Minute Lodging Blog and book your stay today!

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