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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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