Door County, Wisconsin is teeming with romance as Valentine’s Day weekend approaches. Hotels, resorts, and B&Bs are offering Romantic Lodging Specials & Packages so you can enjoy a weekend away with your sweetie, and there are lots of options for your Valentine’s dinner. We asked, and Door County Chefs Facebook followers told us where they love to take their loved ones for romantic dining on the Peninsula…
Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant took the cake as Door County’s #1 Favorite Romantic Dining Spot,
Door County, Wisconsin is ready to ring in the New Year! Are you? There are special meals on New Year’s Eve to be enjoyed at Sister Bay’s The Inn at Kristofer’s, and 136 Restaurant & Wine Bar in Sturgeon Bay, as well as live music and food at several restaurants and pubs including The Local Yokels at Sister Bay Bowl, Mickey Grasso at Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant, and Michael Lee Ammons & the Water Street Hot Shots at Wickman house. On New Year’s Day catch Centerline at JJ’s of Jacksonport right after the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club‘s Polar Plunge into Lake Michigan! There’s also a New Year’s Day Parade in Egg Harbor, so make your plans now and make January 1st, 2015 a day to remember! Read on for who will be open this week, this winter, and for New Year’s celebrations, and visit Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging blog for great places to stay…
New Year’s Eve & Day Open Hours, Live Music, & Special Meals in Door County, WI
Thursday, December 11th, make Carlsville, Wisconsin your daytime destination in Door County, and enjoy special savings at the holiday open houses of area businesses. Finish your holiday shopping (or maybe get it started?), sample coffees and wines, and get in the holiday spirit – just don’t forget to pause for a good meal!
Door Peninsula Winery will be offering fabulous in-store specials during their open house: Buy 2 Get 1 FREE on Wines, Fat Louie’s Oil, Shipwrecked 6-Packs & Door County Distillery Products and 25% off all merchandise and food items through-out the weekend. Can’t make it to Carlsville this weekend? Visit dcwine.com and get FREE Shipping on any 12 bottles of mix and match wine. Just enter the promo code FREESHIP at checkout.
Door County Coffee & Tea is all dressed up for the occasion too, open 7:30am-6pm so you can stop in for great gift shopping. Buy 2 Get 1 FREE on all coffee, 15% off pre-made coffee gifts, and 25% off holiday home décor, plus coffee sampling all day makes this a winning spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch! Throughout December you can also enjoy a delicious Candy Cane Mocha and Door County County Coffee & Tea will donate 50 cents for every one sold to United Way of Door County!
Visit Carlsville online for more information. Shop Local and Save!
I need to be reminded not everyone thinks about wine all of the time, and I’m also the person who will ask what is for dinner while eating breakfast. So, let’s talk about the Thanksgiving and Christmas wines you need to explore and specific varieties to pair with holiday foods…
First thoughts on wine selection, avoid overly big and powerful wines that might overwhelm the food. Food-friendly wines enhance rather than overwhelm food. Food-friendly wines have good acidity, are light, fruity and, they can be sweet. Fruit wines are trending right now, they are food-friendly wines, and they strike a nice balance in the sense they do not show extremes; extremes of power, alcohol, ripeness, oak or extraction. Food-friendly wines are refreshing, and tend to clean your palate between bites, complimenting richness in the food.
Celebrate 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!
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.
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!
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.”
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!