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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!

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!

Live Music & Delicious Dining for Father’s Day Weekend 2015

POSTED ON June 18th  - POSTED IN carry out, News, Special Events

Celebrate Father’s Day in Door County, WI. There are lots of opportunities to catch live music, enjoy delicious food, and have a cold brewski or two with Pop! Still looking for a great room this weekend?  Visit Door County Lodging’s Last Minute Lodging Blog for open rooms, suites, and more festival information!


Katie Lott George Sawyn

Katie Lott & George Sawyn

Door County’s Concerts in the Park series began this week and will continue tonight Thursday, June 18th when Jeanne Kuhns’ band Small Forest plays at Egg Harbor’s Harborview Park from 5-7pm (inside at Landmark Resort in case of rain). Sit outside for supper at Shipwrecked Brew Pub, pick up a to-go order from Greens N Grains to enjoy outside, or bring a picnic bag of your favorite goodies from Main Street Market to enjoy while you listen! Sit on the grass or bring your own chairs or a blanket, and enjoy the view behind the band!

Find more live music Thursday evening at The Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Fish Creek where Katie Lott and George Sawyn will play from 7-9pm.

Live Music & Fall Flavors Wrap Up 2014 at The Cookery, Fish Creek

POSTED ON October 12th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized
Cookery Cherry Apple Walnut Salad

Door County Cherry Apple Salad

The Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar is wrapping up their 2014 Season with a closing date of Sunday, October 26 at 2 p.m. If you’re anything like us, you’ll miss The Cookery’s food and music scene over the winter, so get to Fish Creek and enjoy their delicious Fall Flavors and live music while you can!

Fresh and festive, the Door County Cherry Apple Salad is a fast favorite for salad lovers and health-conscious folks, and combines dried Montmorency cherries and Gorgonzola cheese with apples, honey glazed walnuts, green onion, and a deliciously light, house made red wine tarragon vinaigrette. The chefs at The Cookery are great about substitutions too – can’t handle Gorgonzola? Try it with Feta!

Baileys Harbor Autumnfest Includes Fish Boil & Shop Up an Appetite at Fish Creek’s Inside Outside Sale: Door County Sept. 26-28, 2014

POSTED ON September 22nd  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Entertainment, fish boil, lunch, Restaurant Guide, Special Events
Autumn in Door County

Autumn in Door County

The Autumn Equinox is upon us and so we welcome the changing of the season with festivals and events, fall flavors, and fun for the whole family! Bring your favorite people with you to experience the Fall Colors in Door County. Whether you’re walking, biking, or driving (keep those windows rolled down!), you can smell the changing season – the crispness of the cooling air, the earthy aroma of fallen leaves, the crash of waves on Lake Michigan – which seems to have a scent all its own – and the woodsy smoke from kilns, campfires, and fish boil fires…

Jack O’Lantern Days Puts the “Eek!” in Fish Creek, Oct. 24-27, 2013

POSTED ON October 21st  - POSTED IN Dining, Discounts & Specials, Entertainment, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events

Fish Creek logoA hometown Halloween celebration is in store for Fish Creek’s annual Jack O’ Lantern Days, October 24-27. The fun-filled weekend highlights mask making for kids, pumpkin carvings, a Halloween parade, trick-or-treating, and costume parties for both kids and adults. Scroll down to see the full list of Jack O’ Lantern Days Events.

Live Music at The Cookery for Labor Day Weekend

POSTED ON August 26th  - POSTED IN Dining, dinner, Entertainment, Special Events, Wines & Spirits

Seth WW 2012There will be live music in the The Cookery’s wine bar Labor Day weekend on both Saturday and Sunday nights.

David Hatch & Lynn Gudmundsen will be performing at 8 pm on Saturday, August 31st. David and Lynn play everything from Beatles to Beethoven, acoustic classic rock and bluegrass, with a tad country and folk.

On Sunday, September 1st at 8 pm, Seth Raddatz will perform acoustic folk-rock and country styles with haunting and heartfelt lyrics, ushering in the new folk generation.

The Nicks will be playing on Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 pm. The Nicks are a guitar and mandolin duo performing an eclectic mix of music.

The NicksAll music will take place in The Cookery’s wine bar. The appetizer, small plate, and dessert menu as well as the beer and wine list will be available.

There is no cover charge.

The Cookery is open daily serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant and wine bar are located at 4135 Highway 42, Fish Creek. Please visit for a full fall music schedule.

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Door County YMCA Benefit to be Held at The Cookery’s Wine Bar on May 27

POSTED ON May 23rd  - POSTED IN Special Events

The Cookery’s Wine Bar will be hosting a benefit concert for the Door County YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign on May 27.

JessHollandThe enchanting Jess Holland will perform spirited folk songs starting at 7 p.m. A cover charge of $10 will be collected at the wine bar door, all proceeds will go towards the Y’s annual campaign.

The Cookery’s Wine Bar is located at 4135 Highway 42, Fish Creek. Call 920-868-3634 or visit for more information.

Red Quinoa Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing from The Cookery in Fish Creek

POSTED ON June 6th  - POSTED IN Door County Recipes, Recipes

Door County Chefs would like to share The Cookery’s recipe for its popular Red Quinoa Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing. Dick and Carol Skare feature this recipe in their restaurant when they have locally raised greens, squash, beets, mint and tomatoes from Sully’s Produce of Sturgeon Bay. The vegetables in this recipe can be adjusted based upon the produce that is available and in season. The Cookery is located in downtown Fish Creek. Newly remodeled after a devastating fire, the restaurant is better than ever. The Skare’s pride themselves on using locally grown products and being active in the popular “Door County Buy Local” movement.

Red Quinoa Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing

1 cup red quinoa, rinsed, drained

¼ cup packed chopped mint

¼ cup tarragon vinegar

2 ½ tsp smoked paprika

½ cup olive oil

½ cup thinly sliced patty pan squash

½ cup roasted beets, cut into wedges

¼ cup sliced green onions

½ cup halved red cherry tomatoes

½ cup halved yellow cherry tomatoes

3-4 cups mixed greens

¼ cup crumbled feta

Place quinoa in a large saucepan, add water to cover quinoa by one inch, salt to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Drain. Chill until cool.

To make the dressing, whisk mint, vinegar and smoked paprika in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Combine patty pan squash, roasted beets, green onions, and cherry tomatoes in a bowl. Add quinoa and toss to blend. Pour dressing to taste over salad, toss to coat. Place mixed greens on plates, top with vegetable/quinoa mixture, and sprinkle with feta.

Recipe serves four.

The Cookery•920–868–3634•4135 Hwy 42•Fish Creek, WI 54212

Breakfast is Back at The Cookery in Fish Creek!

POSTED ON April 18th  - POSTED IN breakfast

The Cookery is excited to announce that it will be serving breakfast again daily.

“Customers told that they miss us for breakfast on weekdays, so we listened and are now offering breakfast everyday,” Dick Skare, owner of the restaurant, said.

Breakfast will be served 8 a.m. to noon. The menu includes customer favorites such as granola French toast, buttermilk pancakes, omelets and buttermilk biscuits with house made jam.

Take out coffee and bakery including caramel rolls, cinnamon rolls and cherry scones will be available from the lobby.

The Cookery opens for the season on Friday, April 27. The restaurant and wine bar are located at 4135 Highway 42, Fish Creek.  Visit to see a full breakfast menu or for more information.

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