Bits & Bites: New Restaurant, Lavender Fun, and Dinner on the Island

Casual fare with a southern twist

Sister Bay’s new restaurant serves up all the flavors of home from Southwest to Door County. Crane Kitchen, 10635 N. Bay Shore Dr. , comes from Andy Crain. He’s from Green Bay but has spent quite a bit of time in Denver, where he developed his taste for Southwestern food.

Featuring House-of-Scratch biscuits (both yoghurt and gluten-free sweet potatoes), homemade soup stocks, and grilled meats, the menu—described as casual dining with Southwestern flair—offers fresh, tasty options that are accessible, but anything but unusual. See the full list and opening hours at

Dinner among the vineyards

Dinner in a Vineyard, Among the Vineyards at Gathering Ground as its annual fundraiser, will return to Washington Island on July 29 to celebrate local flavors and artisans.

This year’s event will feature food, wine and cider dishes from Washington Island and guest chefs, including Island Edibles, Island Orchard Cider, Roots Inn and Kitchen, Jean True and Ashley Hamilton. Each course will also feature the freshest produce from local farms, including Hoot Blossom Farm, Island Harvest, Folk Tree Farm, and other local farmers and producers. Talented musicians Donna Bell, Mark Flash and Pauline Taylor will perform live music.

All proceeds from the event and its silent auction will go toward funding Gathering Ground farms and programs, including the Ground School, a 10-week program for young people who want to learn about sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship through hands-on work at the Gathering Ground farm and other local farm show.

Tickets, $135 each, are limited to 60 people at Gathering Ground, 1751 Lake View Road on Washington Island. Tickets are available online at, or in person at the Gathering Ground table at the Washington Island Farmers Market, held on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., on the main road.

Lavender pop-up gallery

Savory Spoon Cooking School, 12042 Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay, will host its annual lavender pop-up fair on July 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring Door Botanicals, owned by Tom and Bonnie Ansley. The outdoor educational event will offer lavender products from Door Botanicals for purchase, samples of delicious lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream, and recipes for making delicious lavender fudge at home.

New brewery project inaugurated in Bayliss Harbor
2434 Cty F in Baileys Harbor

Belly up to the counter at the new Sway Brewing + Blending—located below Heirloom and Provisions Café in Baileys Harbor—to sample the results of Door County’s latest draft beer on Friday, July 15, 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; and Sunday, July 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The brainchild of Matt Sampson of Hacienda Beer Co. Sway focuses on simple, easy-to-drink and session drinks that highlight local, organic, and organic ingredients.

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