Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Mike & Susan and the Staff of Bistro 108 and Celebrations by Bistro 108. 

Bistro 108 and Celebrations by Bistro 108 Wine Bar will be open tonight -- Wednesday November 23. So if your bored or tired of cooking or just want to get away for a glass of wine -- come see us tonight at the Wine Bar, 127 N. Main Street.

We will be closed Thursday November 24 to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. 

Bistro 108 and Celebrations by Bistro 108 Wine Bar will be open our regular hours Friday November 25.

Have a great Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Celebrations by Bistro 108 Artist Bonnie J. McConnell

Celebrations by Bistro 108, Banquets, Wine Bar & Market would like to introduce you to Bonnie J. McConnell and her fabulous art. She is creative and goes to great links to produce her work.  Thanks Bonnie for sharing your talents will us.


Bonnie J. McConnell was born in Houston and graduated with Honors from the University of St. Thomas in the 70’s with a degree in Art, the tutelage of Earl Staley, Jack Boyton and the contributing impact and inspiration of the DeMenil’s. 

Although Bonnie produced art throughout her life, her artistic ambitions were restrained by child-raising and the demands of an entrepreneurial real estate business.  But upon grand-parenthood and retirement, her drive for art-making was unleashed. 

With new-found time and attention, she discovered and explored the painterly potential of Polaroid Transfers, emulsion lifts and chemical enhancements until Polaroid film ceased to be manufactured.  Forced to divert her experimentation, she began to explore new alternatives in digital photographic processes and is now on the cutting edge of the emerging field of digitally enhanced photography.  She creates her own substrates using transfer film, handmade papers, metals, and multiple other processes.

Houston Center for Photography-juried student show

“Twisted Sisters Family Reunion
BastropTX 2011

“Twisted Sisters”
Mary Nichols Art Guild
SmithvilleTx 2010

Mark Chapman Award
ArtWalk 2010

Group Show
Height’s Coffee House,
Houston, 2010

Fotofest 2008

Annual Membership Shows
The Art Guild of Rural Texas,
Fayetteville, 2007 - Present

Bonnie’s Eye”
The Art Guild of Rural Texas
Fayetteville, 2006

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It is Time to Celebrate!!!

Grand Opening
Celebrations Wine Bar in La Grange
November 10th, 2011 from 6:00pm-10:00pm
There will be a Chamber Mixer from
5:00pm-6:00pm as well as an Art Opening
Event Space, Wine Bar & Market
127 N. Main
La Grange, TX 78945
Bookings/Info 979-966-9959
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5-10 PM 
It's time to celebrate at Celebrations by Bistro 108! We will be having our Grand Opening, Thirsty Thursday November 10. Beginning with a Chamber Mixer. We would like to invite all the members of all the Fayette County Chambers to come and celebrate with us. Then, beginning at 6 we will have live music with "The Acoustic Crackerjacks" - Mike Stroup, Tom Duplissey and Hans Ahlrag. At the same time we will welcoming our first artist to hang in Celebrations by Bistro 108 -- Bonnie McConnell. It is going to be a fun time for all.  Come drink a little wine, listen to some good music and enjoy Bonnie's latest works. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wine & Beef Dinner

We have a few spaces left for the Wine & Beef Dinner:

Join us Friday, October 28, 7pm at Celebrations by Bistro 108.  Please make plans to join us at Bistro 108’s wonderful new event space and wine bar as we highlight Bertapelle Wines and Fayette Cattle Company’s Longhorn beef. $150 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. Make your reservations as soon as possible as we have limited seating. This promises to be a night to remember.

Celebrations by Bistro 108
Event Space and Wine Bar
127 N. Main St., La Grange
Call for reservations ASAP

Dry Prosecco from Italy
Amuse Bouche: 
Tomato Sorbet
Fayette Cattle Company Longhorn Beef Consomme with cayenne cheese wafer
Domaines Schlumberger, Pinot Blanc, Les Princes Abbes, France
Arugula, jicama, Serrono ham, manchego cheese with Fayette Cattle Company Longhorn Beef Tongue, light vinaigrette
Spanish Grenache
Brioche Roll with smoked Fayette Cattle Company Longhorn Brisket with pickled onion
Becker Malbec, Fredericksburg, Texas
Fayette Cattle Company Short Ribs with roasted butternut squash
Bertapelle Cellars Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Main Entree: 
Fayette Cattle Company Longhorn Beef Tenderloin with reduced glace of
Bertapelle Zinfindel with fingerling potato
Bertapelle Cellars Petite Syrah, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Cheese Course: 
Board of Crisp Pear, goat cheese with cran raisins and ginger snaps, and marcona almonds
LLano Estacado Port, Lubbock, Texas
Roasted Pumpkin Pot De creme

Friday, October 14, 2011

Celebrations Wine Bar & Market Opens

Celebrations Wine Bar & Market, 127 N. Main, La Grange, Texas, opened quietly last night to a large, happy crowd. Everyone who came by had a great time and enjoyed some excellent wines and great appetizers. The new hours will be 5 pm to 10 pm Thursday and Friday and noon to 10 pm on Saturdays. Thanks to everyone who has come by and checked out Celebrations and to those who haven't, we hope to see you very soon.

Wine Dinner Friday, October 28
Make plans to come to Celebrations first wine dinners. We will be highlighting Bertapelle Wines and Fayette County Cattle Company's long horn beef. The price will be $150 per person. The price includes tax and gratuity. Make your reservations as soon as possible because we have limited seating.

I will send out a full menu and list of wines next week, so stay tuned and follow what's happening at Celebrations and Bistro 108.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Celebrations by Bistro 108

Celebrations by Bistro 108 banquet facility is up and running. Book your event by calling Susan at 979-966-9959. She will work out the particulars for you. Celebrations by Bistro 108 Wine Bar will officially open next Thursday, October 13 with our first "Thirsty Thursday". Stop by between 4 pm and 10 pm for a glass of wine and a quick bite of cheese and fruit. Relax, converse and celebrate what ever you want. I will be growing the wine selections gradually as I find out what wines you are looking for. You can purchase a glass, a bottle or a case of wine. If I don't have what you want I will try to get it for you. In the mean time, if you see me working there stop by and see what wine I have open. Hope to see you soon.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Quick Note from Bistro 108

Bistro 108 Closing September 10
This a quick note to let everyone know Bistro 108 will be closed Saturday, September 10. We will be open for our regular Sunday Brunch.

Celebrations by Bistro 108 -- Banquet Facility, Wine Bar & Market

Well it is happening -- Celebrations by Bistro 108 Banquet facility, Wine Bar & Market will be opening very soon. We have our first gig September 14 for the banquet facility and the Wine Bar & Market will open -- hopefully -- the week of -September 21 (Antique Week). If you are interested in having a function (wedding reception, Christmas Party, Fund Raiser, Social Get to Gether, whatever ....) we're booking up fast. More info to follow.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Antique Week Has Come and Gone

Thank Goodness it happened...and...Thank Goodness it is over!!!! All of us at Bistro 108 survived another 14 days of Antique Week! We are so pleased to have the extra guests...but...Wow! It is exciting and exhausting at the same time! Thanks to all of you brave souls who came to dine with us during the rush. For those of you who wanted to come in and couldn't because we were already overrun, remember to call ahead at least a week a head of time -- or at least the day before -- so I can get you on the "list".

"Heart of the Tin Truck" Fundraiser
Do not miss this fun time....This Saturday, April 9,at the Gallery in Round Top we will be catering a fundraiser for the musical "Heart of the Tin Truck" which will debut at Festival Institute in Round Top this Summer. So come on out to Bybee Square in Round Top and listen to some good music, eat some yummy food and drink some cold beer or wine...just have a good time and support a local musical adventure. Mike has tickets at the Bistro.

Tejas Healthcare Clinic Fundraiser
Be sure and get your ticket for Monday, April 11, Lasagna Fest. Susan is cooking up Lasagna...from scratch...with garden salad and garlic bread. The proceeds benefit the Tejas Healthcare Clinic. Tickets are $15.00 for a lasagna dinner for 2 and are available at the Bistro or from the Clinic. You may drive by the Bistro and dinners will be at the curb waiting for you.

Mark Your Calendar for Music on the Patio
Wednesday, April 27 we are happy to have Steve Shroyer's Band on the Patio. The other band members are Kirk Craig, CT Bednar, Mark Fitspatrick and Irene Wilson. They play all the oldies. Come eat, drink and have a great time.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bistro 108 New Happy Hour Specials

New Happy Hour (5 pm - 7 pm) Specials for February - March 2011

Every Tuesday Happy Hour Special  -- Half Priced Appetizers
Crab Cakes -- crab mixed with shrimp rolled in panko bread crumbs with lemon basil aioli
Onion Rings -- thinly sliced onion rings dredged in spicy flour and deep fried
Catfish Beignets -- deep fried pecan crusted catfish beignets with spicy lemon thyme butter sauce
Fried Ravioli -- deep fried parmesan crusted five cheese ravioli with marinara sauce
Mussels -- mussels steamed in white garlic butter with tomato, artichoke and mushrooms
Calamari -- cornmeal crusted calamari fried golden brown with house made marinara sauce

Wednesday Only Happy Hour Special -- Half Priced Wine:
This Wednesday - February 23 -- our half priced wine will be a new wine just added to our list -- MonteVina Zinfandel 2005, Amador County, California. Our regular price is $7/glass or $28/Bottle. This Wednesday only, you can try this great new Zin for only 3.50/glass or $14/bottle. Wine maker notes: Montevina Sierra Foothills Zin is all about berry fruit and spice. Red currants and raspberries swirl with gentle hints of pepper and baking spices. Soft tannins fade away on a drizzle of raspberry sauce.

Next Wednesday -- March 2 -- our half priced wine will be another new wine just added to our list -- Llano Estacado's Viviana, Lubbock, Texas. Wine maker notes: Our 2009 Viviana is a non-traditional blend using aromatic white varieties. Grown in the hot climate of West Texas, these varieties exhibit the perfume of honey, orange blossoms and tropical fruit. Blending at the time of fermentation allows us to achieve an integration of these wonderful fruit flavors. With its fragrant nose, savory acidity and mouthwatering flavors, the Viviana will surely leave you wanting more. This wine will go well with a wide variety of chicken, fish or pasta dishes. Its aroma and bouquet will pair nicely with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Catch Bistro 108 on Facebook!

Catch Bistro 108 on facebook. Robin is helping us stay updated with the daily specials and special events on our  facebook page. Since we are a little hard to find use this link and create a bookmark. Bistro 108 Facebook

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cold Weather - Super Bowl - Valentines Day

Brrrrr! Is it cold enough for you?

This is the coldest weather I can remember.  Cold Weather calls for food to warm your soul!

So....on Wednesday, at lunch, we will have Chili with onions and cheddar cheese....salad....cornbread...AND
...Frito Pie (remember that!?!)...with salad.  Along with the regular specials of Chicken Fried Steak with cream gravy, home fries and salad....and Chicken Pot Pie.  So come and warm up your innards.

...last year I think we had 20 guests all day.  So we put a big reminder in the calender to close on Super Bowl Sunday we are CLOSED on February 6, Super Bowl Sunday.

...we will be open, Monday evening, February 14th.

We will celebrate Valentine's Day on Saturday Night and Monday Night.  
Please...please...make your reservations now!!!  We feel terrible when our loyal guests and friends call on the night of the 14th and we have to say that there is no room in the Bistro!

Menu so far:
Lobster Tail 5 oz with drawn butter
Lobster Tails (2) 10 oz with drawn butter
Lobster Tail and 6 oz Beef Tenderloin with drawn butter and sauteed mushrooms
Osso Bucco over creamy polenta
Mushroom Ricotta Ravioli
Fresh Ahi Tuna
Fresh Sea Bass
and some regular dinner menu items

Baked Fudge with whipped cream paired with Raspberry Mead (Honey Wine)  Yummy!
Pots of Chocolate
French Vanilla Cake layered with Strawberries and French Pastry Cream

We promise to make Valentine's a special night for you and your sweetie!

Coming up in March....
...corned beef for St Patrick's Day
...warmer days
...Susan is looking for homegrown produce that we have natural, antibiotic and hormone free beef...would you like the same for pork? for future thought...a Mead Dinner...mead is a honey wine...produced locally.
...let us know what you think...what would you like to see on the Bistro menu.

Good Eating!
Mike and Susan