Book Your Culinary Weekend in Door County at Eagle Harbor Inn w/ Chef Terri Milligan, Oct. 24-25, 2014
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.
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!
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.
“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.”
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!
ELLISON BAY, Door County, WI (June 12, 2014) — Door County North, the business association for northern Door County, Wisconsin, encompassing the Ellison Bay-Gills Rock region, has announced a partial list of the foods and beverages that will be served at the peninsula’s first county-wide food and wine festival, Uncork Summer, scheduled for June 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Click the following link to view, download, and print the UncorkSummer2014Map.
Uncork Summer will be located outdoors on the grounds of Wickman House, a highly-regarded restaurant on Mink River Road in Ellison Bay, and will feature 20 food booths, plus wines, ciders and craft beers. Local acoustic musicians will perform live music throughout the day. There is no admission fee to attend Uncork Summer. Tickets for individual small plate dishes and drinks are only $5 each.
EPHRAIM – FYR BAL WEEKEND!
This weekend is the 50th Annual Fyr Bal Festival in Ephraim with the main festivities on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Get acquainted with Ephraim on Friday, June 20, with a Free Historic Walking Tour from the Anderson Barn History Center at 10:30am, and enjoy Free Museum Day and Reception from 11am-4pm at Ephraim Village Museums.
On Saturday, June21, start the day off right with a Pancake Breakfast at the Village Hall, then check out the Artisan Market and the Yacht Club’s Fyr Ball Regatta, visit the Door County Land Trust’s Open House at their Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond, take a Free Trolley Ride, play a round of mini golf, and participate in an Ice Cream Eating or Pie Eating Contest! And there’s more – from face painting to children’s entertainment, to live music with Katie Dahl and Big Shoes, you’ll want to bring the whole family! The night heats ups up with the lighting of the bonfire at 8:30pm in which we burn the “Winter Witch” and then fireworks of Eagle Harbor at 9:30pm! Check out Ephraim Fyr Bal Festival ful schedule of events HERE.
The Taste and Tunes of Door County, WI June 12-15, 2014: Steel Bridge Songfest, DC Beer Fest, and Sip & Savor w/ Paddlefest
Get a taste and a tune in Door County this weekend! June 12-15, 2014 is Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay. This Saturday, June 14th is Sip & Savor with Paddlefest in Sister Bay, as well as Door County Beer Fest and the Ride For Nature in Baileys Harbor, and July 15th is Father’s Day – so bring Dad for all the festivities and toast to his health! Sample local beers, wines, and hard ciders, and treat the taste buds to dishes from a variety of local food vendors while you treat the ear buds to lots of live music. Skip the paisley tie this year and give Dad a six pack or two of a new brew or a few bottles of his favorite wine, and don’t forget that most of the musicians performing throughout the county this weekend sell CDs of their original music – which make great Father’s Day gifts too!
STEEL BRIDGE SONGFEST, STURGEON BAY, WI
Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay runs Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15, 2014. This is an astonishing festival in that all the musicians who perform volunteer their time, and those who participate in the “Construction Zone” (there are some 70 this year) spend the entire week prior to the festival spinning a whiskey bottle to form groups in which they co-write dozens upon dozens of original songs which they record at the Holiday Music Motel, then perform for audiences at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues.
CLICK HERE for the Steel Bridge Songfest Venue Line-Up of Performers!