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

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

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.

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.

Door County Coffee & Tea 21st Anniversary Sale: Sept. 26-28, 2014

POSTED ON September 26th  - POSTED IN Coffee & Tea, coffee shop, Dining, Discounts & Specials, lunch, News, Special Events

Door County CoffeeHead to Carlsville, Wisconsin on the Door Peninsula this weekend for Door County Coffee & Tea’s “Biggest Coffee Sales of the Year” celebrating 21 Years! This sale is in-store only, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday from 7:30am-5pm. Call 920-743-8930 with any questions.  Sale includes:

  • BUY 2 POUNDS OF BULK COFFEE & THE 3RD POUND IS FREE!
  • FREE COFFEE SAMPLING  & DOOR PRIZES
  • NEW! PUMPKIN SPICE SINGLE SERVE CUP SALE

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Door County with Great Food, Lots of Live Music & Theater, and Marina Fest 2014

POSTED ON August 28th  - POSTED IN Dining, Entertainment, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

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!

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Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard, Fish Creek

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.

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.”

Live Music at Cupcake Heaven in Sister Bay with Marybeth Mattson

Marybeth Mattson

Marybeth Mattson

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

4th of July Stone Harbor 2014All 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.

Chefs logoTo 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!

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