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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.

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 HERE) – this is a duo you don’t want to miss!

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!

Live Music & Festivities in Door County for Fyr Bal Weekend, June 20-22, 2014

POSTED ON June 20th  - POSTED IN coffee shop, Dining, Entertainment, News, Restaurant Guide, Special Events


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.

Katie Dahl

Katie Dahl

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!


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The Tambourine Lounge, located next door to the Holiday Music Motel on 1st Ave. 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!

The Cookery Announces September 2013 Music Series

POSTED ON September 4th  - POSTED IN dinner, Entertainment, Special Events, Wines & Spirits

SONY DSCThe Cookery’s Wine Bar Music Series will continue this fall and move to weekend evenings.

The September schedule includes Steve Schad on September 7, Small Forest on September 14, Mark & Seth Raddatz on September 20, and David Hatch & Lynn Gudmundsen on September 27.

The music starts at 7:30 p.m. in the wine bar. The wine bar’s small plate, appetizer and dessert menu will be available before and during the show. There is no cover charge.

Folksinger Katie Dahl will also be performing on Wednesday evening in the wine bar at 6:30 p.m. starting on September 11.Seth and Mark 2012 WWCS

The Cookery’s wine bar is open daily and is located at 4135 Highway 42, Fish Creek. For more information about the music series and for a full schedule visit or call 920-868-3634.

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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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David Hatch & Lynn Gudmundsen Live at The Cookery Wine Bar May 4 After Door County Half Marathon

POSTED ON April 25th  - POSTED IN Entertainment

The Cookery is kicking off its’ music season with Lynn Gudmundsen and David Hatch on Saturday, May 4 at 5 p.m. David and Lynn will play a mix of acoustic classic rock and bluegrass, along with a tad of country and folk.

davidandlynn2The music will be in The Cookery’s wine bar. The appetizer, small plate, and dessert menu as well as the beer and wine list will be available. The happy hour menu is also available 3 to 6 p.m., which includes specials on tap beer, glasses of wine and appetizers. There is no cover charge.

The Cookery is open daily starting April 26th serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The restaurant and wine bar are located at 4135 Highway 42, Fish Creek.

Offering contemporary American casual fare with an emphasis on local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. The water view wine bar offers a casual menu including small plates, appetizers, wine flights and desserts. Vegetarian and gluten free selections available. MtubhM87yA_Uyuud4ZAbVnR2apFAcKKz7ALXEai0ReE,sEnUIGHMrUp7NwnQg5tYutFV3GXvIEY496-uZnlJy2o

The Cookery is offering three pasta features on Friday night before the half marathon. The first is a whole wheat linguine with wild shrimp sauteed with garlic, pimenton (spanish paprika) and red pepper flakes, finished with dry sherry and parmesan. A vegetarian version of this dish is also offered with a variety of fresh vegetables. The third option is a whole wheat linguine tossed with house made kale pesto and roasted tomatoes, grilled wild salmon or chicken can be added to this entree.

The Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar Opening for the Season April 26!

POSTED ON April 16th  - POSTED IN dinner, Entertainment, News

The Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar is opening Friday, April 26 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Wine Bar will open daily starting at 3pm for small plate/appetizers menu and cocktails.

TMtubhM87yA_Uyuud4ZAbVnR2apFAcKKz7ALXEai0ReE,sEnUIGHMrUp7NwnQg5tYutFV3GXvIEY496-uZnlJy2ohe Door County Half Marathon is coming up fast on May 4th. The Cookery is putting on a Runner’s Feast on May 3rd for dinner. They will be offering three pasta features for runners to load up on carbs before the big race. The first choice will be a whole wheat linguine with wild shrimp sauteed with garlic, pimenton (Spanish Paprika) and red pepper flakes, finished with dry sherry and Parmesan. The second option is a vegetarian version of the shrimp linguine with a variety of fresh vegetables. The third option is a whole wheat linguine tossed with house made kale pesto and roasted tomatoes, grilled wild salmon or chicken can be added to this entree.
After the race is done, relax and sip a glass of wine in the Wine Bar with live music by David Hatch & Lynn Gudmundsen. Music starts at 5pm and will feature acoustic classic rock, bluegrass, a bit of country and a tad of folk.

The Cookery’s Lodging options include two rental units for the upcoming season. They have one two bedroom suite with a water view and a one bedroom cottage. Both units are centrally located in downtown Fish Creek, close to dining, shops, and Peninsula State Park. Visit our website for more information about our lodging units.

Upcoming Events in Fish Creek:

Door County Half Marathon
May 4

Concerts in the Park
mid June – mid August

FOG Hairpin Run
July 4

Summer Festival & Fireworks
July 6

Plein Air Festival
July 22-27

Inside Outside Sale
September 27-29

Jack O Lantern Days
October 25-28

Sidekicks & One Voice Singing at Third Avenue Playhouse March 29

POSTED ON March 22nd  - POSTED IN Entertainment, Special Events

Join some local talent for a entertaining night at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay on Friday March 29 at 7:30pm. David Hatch, Lynn Gudmundsen, Patrick Palmer, and Lloyd Michalsen will be serenading the night away.

david & lynn 3-21The First Set will be Sidekicks which is Hatch, Gudmundsen, and Palmer singing along to the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, bass and conga. For the Second Set, Lloyd Michalsen will be joining to introduce One Voice. They will be performing songs from their first CD titled Happy Trails. The three part traditional, gospel harmonies will inspire the memories from the good ole days. They invite you to attend this great event.

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