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Wine and Food Menus for November 2017 Red Wine Weekend

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Hosts Dennis Kohl and Julie Phillips at the Old Rittenhouse Inn's Red Wine WeekendThe November, 2017 Red Wine Weekend at Old Rittenhouse Inn will be held Friday and Saturday, November 3-4. Here are the details:

“Life is a Cabernet” Tasting and Apps Party at Le Chateau, 7:00 PM, Friday, November 3, $45/person

“An Exploration of ‘Other’ Grape Varieties” Seminar at Old Rittenhouse Inn, 1:00 PM, Saturday, November 4, $45/person

“Sideways Pinot Noir Dinner,” 6-Courses with Wines at Old Rittenhouse Inn, 6:30 PM, Saturday, November 4, $75/person

Please Reserve in advance: 715-779-5111.

Friday’s event, Life is a Cabernet, offers Cabs from Trefethen, Buehler, Round Pond, and Daou and a buffet with Blue Cheese Bacon Tart, Brie En Croute With Fig Preserves, 40 cloves of Garlic Chicken, Cabernet Sausage, Polenta with Tomato Jam and Walnuts, Chevre Olive Tapenade Pinwheels, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cranberry Snickerdoodles. $45/person.

Saturday’s Pinot Noir Dinner features Ragu of Smoked Chicken, Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Wild Ramps and Eucalyptus, a Squash and Apple Bisque, Spinach Salad with Oyster Mushrooms, leeks and bacon vinaigrette, and a Sorbet. Entrée’s: Grilled Salmon Filet and Shrimp with Pinot Noir Beurre Rouge and parmesan couscous OR Sliced Beef Tenderloin Roast with Michigan cherry sauce, potato croquette and cherry tomatoes with parsnips. Dessert is a Chocolate and Strawberry Torte. Courses paired with Pinot Noirs from Dipinti, Faiveley, Cherry Pie, Migration, King Estate and Decoy. $75/person.

Please Reserve in advance: 715-779-5111.

Food and Beer Pairings for 2017 Fall Brew Fest

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Note: this photo is from a previous tasting. We are tasting ALL NEW beers at Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Fall Brew Fest, October 27-28, 2017

If you’ve never been to a Fall Brew weekend event at the Ritt, this would be a great time to join the fun! We taste a lot of great beers and eat some great food. We tell stories, learn some cool stuff about beer and, of course, we laugh a lot. This year, for the first time ever, we have paired ALL the food for the weekend with appropriate beers. That’s right, all those yummy items on the Friday buffet table are now paired up with a great beer too.

It all kicks off with a Beer Tasting and Apps party at Le Chateau on Friday at 7:00 PM for $45/person. We’ll taste 8-10 beers and enjoy the buffet (menu below). On Saturday, we take a tour of the South Shore Brewery and enjoy a tasting at the South Shore Brewery Taphouse $45/person. The Fall Brew Dinner is scheduled for 6:30 PM on Saturday night (see menu below) with excellent beers selected for each course for $75/person. These events can be attended ala carte, or as part of a lodging package. For information and reservations, call 715-779-5111.

FRIDAY 10.27 FOOD & BEER PAIRINGS $45/person call 715-779-5111

Thai Chicken Pizza paired with La Fin Du Monde-Unibroue from Quebec, Canada. This Belgian Triple will complement the lively Thai flavors and chicken.

Shredded Pork Bruschetta Topped with Mole Sauce and Poblano/Red Onion Slaw paired with First Kiss from Three Sheeps Brewing Sheboygan, WI. This Double IPA brewed with a sweet backbone of locally sourced honey will cut salty flavors and plays well with the tangy flavors in this dish.

Mini Rueben Sandwich paired with Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing CO. in Fort Bragg, CA. This beer has light caramel sweetness with spice in the finish and just enough hops to penetrate the salty flavors of corned beef.

Mac ‘n’ Cheese Stromboli paired with Saison DuPont from Bresserie DuPont, Belgium. A perfect Italian food beer, its crisp/dry pepper flavors cut through rich, heavy cheese flavor like a hot knife through butter.

Cornbread with Beer Syrup paired with Mosaic Promise from Founders in Grand Rapids, MI Pale Ales and corn are a terrific marriage: the hop presence complements sweetness, and this is a terrific offering of the style.

Veggies with Stout Romesco Dip paired with Imperial Stout-Sam Smith, Tadcaster, Yorkshire, England.

Salted Beer Caramel Corn paired with Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue, Newport, OR. This self-sustained brewery has it’s own hazelnut tree farm. Needless to say, their nut brown has lots of delicious nut flavor. It’s wonderful complement to candied corn.

Beer Candied Bacon paired with Sweet Action from Six Point in Brooklyn, NY. This cream ale has enough sweet to complement both candy and salty/smoky bacon flavors.

SATURDAY 10.28 FOOD & BEER PAIRINGS $75/person call 715-779-5111

Apetizer: Bruschetta with Goat’s Milk Lemon Ricotta, Maple Butternut Squash, fried Sage leaf and Olive Oil paired with White Rascal from Avery Brewing CO in Boulder, CO. Avery’s flagship beer, this witbeer has a fuzzy carbonated mouth feel and a natural coriander and citrus flavor that will go well with ricotta.

Soup: Borscht Escoffier: a savory stock of Beets, Cabbage and Leeks simmered with Beef Shanks, Kielbasa, and Duck. Paired with Korbinian-Weihenstephaner, a German Dopplebock with toffee/malty flavors.

Salad: Duck Confit Salad with mixed Greens, Potato, Scrambled Eggs, Mushrooms and Raspberries. Paired with Tank 7 from Boulevard in Kansas City, KS. This Farmhouse Ale/Saison has the flavors to complement eggs, mushrooms, and even fruit, and the effervescence will wash away the richness of the Duck Confit.

Sorbet- Sam Smith Chocolate Stout float with Tetzner’s Chocolate Ice Cream. Back by popular demand, and really really really tasty!

Entree Choice 1: Smoked Salmon Pastrami with Pumpkin Blini, Apple Slaw, Cider & Mustard Vinaigrette. Paired with Orval-Brasserie d’Orval from Luxingbourg, Belgium. This classic Belgian Pale Ale has the perfect amount of bitterness to cut the smoke and spices.

Entree Choice 2: Sliced Whole Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Michigan Cherry Sauce, Sweet Potato Gratin and Fennel Sauerkraut. Paired with Founders Porter from Michigan. Founders was the #2 rated Porter in the globe in 2016 for good reason. This rich and silky-smooth dark beer will enhance the roasted beef flavors.

Dessert: Earl Grey Bavarian and Chocolate Malt Ganache with Citrus Cream. Paired with Nitro Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing, CO.

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival :: Wisconsin Off-Road Cycling

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Chequamegon Fat Tire FestivalOff-road bicyclists from across the Midwest are gearing up for another Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. Each year, in mid-September, hordes of fat-tired bikers descend upon the towns of Cable and Hayward in northwestern Wisconsin to face a gruelling test of endurance and agility.

The event features the rolling glacial terrain of the Chequamegon Forest, making the course as beautiful as it is challenging. This famous off-road bicycle event truly sets the benchmark for scenic beauty, quality and popularity.

The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival began in 1983 and steadily built a nationwide popularity. The original group was just 27 hardy cyclists who lined up to face the unknown during the race’s first year. Today, a limited field of 3,100 is sold out annually.

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Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival from Hayward to Cable in northwestern Wisconsin. (c) 2010 Tom Kelly/Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival

Bikers are chosen by a random lottery in March. If you’re interested in participating in next year’s race, sign-up now.

The Fat Tire Festival is part of a larger event called the Chequamegon Festival, an event that is held the second weekend after Labor Day each year. This year’s event falls on September 19, 2015.

The weekend is filled with activities for the family to enjoy. Besides the fat tire fun, there’s also a bicycle toss, children’s bicycle parades and rodeos, all combined with the seasonal beauty of fall color in northern Wisconsin.

Chequamegon Festival

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival 2013 (c) 2013 Tom Kelly

The event is an annual sell-out, drawing large numbers of people to the northwestern Wisconsin resort communities near the Chequamegon National Forest. (note- Old Rittenhouse Inn is located on Chequamegon Bay, about 40 miles north of the Fat Tire Festival finish line)

The main race event begins in downtown Hayward and finishes on the grounds of the former Telemark Resort in Cable, Wisconsin, where the other weekend events are headquartered.

Registration is limited to just 3100 participants who are selected by pre-registration lottery in mid-March. Participants range from national level professional fat tire riders to top regional racers to everyday cyclists. The competitors come from all over the United States, Canada and the world.

Cycling in WisconsinSince its inception in 1983, there are many highlights in the history of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. In the years following its debut, the race tripled in size twice. It was definitely the hot race on the circuits as “fat tire fever” hit the Northwoods.

After the 1986 race, mountain bike pioneer Joe Breeze of Mill Valley, CA is quoted in Mountain Bike bike magazine as saying “this is the best event I’ve ever attended. Not just off-road either this is the best bicycle event, period. ”

In 1990, Tour de France champion Greg Lamond joined the limited field of (then) 2250 other fat tire cyclists in winning his first mountain bike race ever. “I’m just here to have fun,” Le Monde said, a statement that was in line with the event’s philosophy.

Le Monde’s presence drew the eyes of the cycling world to the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival again the next year when he repeated as champion in a rain-shortened race.

In the year 2002 to the race celebrated its 20th birthday with a sold-out advance limit of 2500 riders, and the festival earned the title of the nations most popular off-road adventure.

As the event moves firmly into its fourth decade, it is stronger than ever. The registration limit for riders was raised in 2013, and there’s been talk of another raise for future races. As it stands, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival is one of the premier off-road bicycle races in the country. It’s an event we’re proud to say is hosted here in Bayfield County, so book your rooms at the Old Rittenhouse Inn!

Check out these videos of the festival!

Chequamegon 40 Starting Point Footage

Chequamegon 40 Winners Finish – 2014


Thanksgiving Dinner Served From 12 Noon to 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 27

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner at Old Rittenhouse InnEnjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant with your family and friends. Chef Matt Chingo has created a delicious menu that features all the classics you’d expect, plus a variety of other choices.  For reservations, please call 800-779-2129.

Thanksgiving 2014 Dinner Menu
Chicken and Pastry
Sweet Potato – Butternut Squash Bisque

Mixed Baby Greens with a Champagne Strawberry Vinaigrette, Shaved Parmesan, Cracked Pepper & Balsamic Marinated Strawberries.
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing, Boiled Egg, Bleu Cheese and Red Onion.

Cranberry Stout

Slow Roasted Hen Turkey with Mascarpone Whipped yukons, Gravy, Cranberry Chutney & Asparagus.
Local Double Smoked Ham with Corn Souffle, Cherry Glaze, Cranberry Chutney & Asparagus.
Sweet Potato Crusted Quiche filled with caramelized onions, spinach & Swiss Cheese accompanied with Asparagus, Cranberry Chutney & Roasted Red Pepper Rouille (Gluten Free). White Wine Poached Salmon with warm Farro salad, Maltese Sauce, Cranberry Chutney & Asparagus.

Turtle Sundae
Triple Chocolate Torte with Bayfield Raspberry Sauce
Panna Cotta with Bumbleberry Compote

Thanksgiving dinner is served from 12:00 Noon to 6:30 PM. The cost is just $55/person or $25 for children under age 12. For reservations, please call 800-779-2129.