Category: Food & Drink

Get the scoop on Door County food and drink scene, including breweries, restaurants and taverns. From Brussels to Washington Island, we’ve got the latest on what the peninsula’s chefs, bartenders, and artisans are cooking up for you in Door County.

  • Bits & Bites: Ice Cream, Farm Dinners and Coffee to Go

    Stabbur Introduces Signature Ice Cream Flavor What do you get when you combine Wisconsin-made ice cream with Al Johnson’s Swedish lingonberries and Swedish gingersnap cookies? Why, the new signature ice cream flavor at Stabbur, of course! Swedish Swirl is now available at Stabbur Beer Garden, 10698 N. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay. The KöK […]

  • JJ’s Last Call: Era Ends with Sale of Sister Bay Restaurant

    Last Tuesday, JJ’s La Puerta filled with familiar faces.  The cohorts were there one last time – Bruce, David and Jeanne, Rhonda, Dave and Timmer. There was the next generation of restaurateurs inspired by the JJ’s dream filtering in as well. Chad, Travis, Randy, James, Mike, Paula.  And there were those of us who just […]

  • A Tour for the Senses: A guide to the Door County Wine Festival

    Whether made from traditional grapes, Door County cherries or numerous other fruits, the wines produced locally are growing in number every season. Wisconsin winters may scare off some growers, but the wineries located along the Door County Wine Trail have found a home – and a following – here. Each stop has its own personality, […]

  • Attend Wine Fest for Free

    Volunteer pourers needed If you like to drink wine, have a good time and hang out with fun people who also like to drink wine and have a good time – all for free – Wine Fest could use your help. Volunteer to pour wine at Wine Fest on Saturday, June 25, 12-4 pm, and […]

  • BITS & BITES: Awards, a New Wine Release and a Special Guest

    Door 44/Parallel 44 Announce New Wine, Awards Part of the Vintner’s Choice Club, Dazzle is the newest wine release from Door 44/Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery in Sturgeon Bay and Kewaunee. This semi-sweet rosé blend is made from Marquette, Frontenac Gris and Louise Swenson grapes, which creates notes of cherry and apple blossoms.  This latest […]

  • Let’s Sip Together

    New coffeehouse opens in Ephraim The blue, purple and yellow shine brightly under the large, open windows in the front room of Sip, the new coffeehouse at 10326 Water St. (Hwy 42) in north Ephraim. Everything from the mermaid and pirate signs on the restroom doors, to the giant flower ball hanging from the main […]

  • The Beer Fest Guide for People Who (Think They) Don’t Like Beer

    Local brewers’ top picks for those who are new to craft beer I’m not one to interject movie lines into a conversation very often – at least not with the same wit, timing and frequency as my husband – but there is one line I’ve been known to use, on a fairly regular basis, whenever […]

  • Attend Wine Fest for Free

    Volunteer pourers needed If you like to drink wine, have a good time and hang out with fun people — all for free — Wine Fest could use your help. Volunteer to pour wine at Wine Fest on Saturday, June 25 from 12-4 pm and you’ll get into Wine Fest for free.This year’s event will […]

  • BITS & BITES: Picnic Picks

    Nothing says “summertime” like a picnic in the park, so grab your blanket, a good book or favorite lawn game, and hit up these establishments to create the perfect Door County picnic.  Zeke’s Village Market 2361 Mill Road in Sister Bay If you’re headed to the Sister Bay Beach for the day, swing by Zeke’s […]

  • Travel Door County’s Food Trucks

    Food trucks are a fun way to get a quick lunch, try a new dish or skip packing the cooler when visiting the beach. Brimming with variety, specialties and signature items, the peninsula’s food truck scene will take more than a day to explore – and more than one stomach. So grab your friends, build […]

  • Say Cheese: A tasty tour of Door County’s cheesemakers

    When people say “Door County,” cherries are likely the first agricultural product to come to mind. And for good reason. The county typically harvests between 8 million and 12 million pounds of cherries annually, and the Montmorency cherries grown on the peninsula account for 95% of all tart cherries produced in the state.  But Door […]

  • Mastering the Cheeseboard

    Putting together the ultimate cheese board can seem overwhelming: which cheeses, which pairings, which board? There is no perfect formula or perfect pairings, but here are a few things I keep in mind when building my cheese offerings. Don’t Crowd the Board People tend to want to really fill up the board with lots of […]

  • Bits & Bites: New Brews in the Neighborhood

    Raise a glass to the new brews, new tasting rooms and new projects entering the Door County beer scene. Ahnapee Brewery opens new digs202 Clark St. in Algoma Ahnapee Brewery will host a June 4 grand opening at its new Algoma digs after relocating from the original location on Navarino Street to a new garage […]

  • Hold the Cream

    Milk substitutes for your morning coffee  Morning routines for many begin with a piping hot cup of coffee to help jump-start the day. Others opt for a fruit smoothie on the go. Although there are dozens of combinations and sweet additions, nondairy milk alternatives can elevate a morning brew or blend in a more healthful and […]

  • PHOTOS: Peach Barn Brewery’s New Taproom

    Peach Barn Brewery has unveiled a new indoor taproom for 2022. Sister Bay’s first brewery opened in July of 2021, but only served outdoors at its expansive, family-friendly beer garden. Owners Jason and Sarah White toiled through the winter to create the new indoor space that will be home to live music throughout the summer.

  • BITS & BITES: Al Fresco Dining in the Door

    Memorial Day weekend is one of the earliest times of the year when it’s warm enough (most of the time) in northeastern Wisconsin to enjoy a meal outdoors. Here we’ve listed a few places to help you make the most of the beginning of the outdoor dining season, whether you’re looking for patio dining or […]

  • Making the Cut: Change your grilling game with the right cut of meat

    After a long winter and – as was the case this year – a consistently cold spring, it’s no surprise (locally, especially) that Memorial Day ranks as the second most popular “grilling” holiday weekend. In fact, 56% of Americans will fire up the grill on Memorial Day. If that includes you, make the most of […]

  • New Businesses 2022: Waterfront Dining Returns to Alpine Resort

    Burton’s on the Bay scheduled to open May 27 for soft opening  The wistful setting of the Hof, the former restaurant at the Alpine Resort, offered diners a unique ambiance. To enter the waterfront location was to step back in time, somewhere between the 1930s and 1950s. It wasn’t a stretch to envision men and […]

  • Bits & Bites: New releases, special events and summer openings

    Kingston Black Arrives at Island Orchard Cider12040 Garret Bay Rd. in Ellison Bay There’s a new cider joining the lineup at Island Orchard Cider in Ellison Bay. Kingston Black is made solely of Kingston Black apples from the cider house’s orchard on Washington Island. Hand-harvested in late October, the apples are then slow-cold fermented to […]

  • A Dandy Dinner

    The culinary power of dandelions As the weather continues to warm, fields and lawns will soon be scattered with a sea of familiar yellow speckles: dandelions. While many regard the flowering plant as a pesky weed, dandelions actually serve a purpose — as food — for both pollinators and people.  Come spring, dandelions provide bees […]