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Valentine’s Day … and Cheese Class Coming Soon!

Many of you have already called us and made reservations – but we have a wonderful 5-Course Dinner slated for Valentine’s Day (or Singles Awareness Day, according to Zach) for $45. Call us! 817-281-9500.

Also, sign up now for Understanding Cheese I – A Cheese Primer. Saturday, February 25th, starting at 1:00 p.m., taught by Tracy & James McKinney; $30 per person. Cheese, goodies, vino, beer – the basic food groups (although they are not inclined to include bacon…so they’re not entirely perfect – ;).

And coming up soon (we have to finalize the dates, but it’s definitely on our radar): Karaoke Late Night (I will not be singing…lucky you), new Martini Infusions, Fat Tuesday Food, and (wait for it) St. Patrick’s Day Specials.

We need help! We’re hiring floor & kitchen help – so if you have interest or know of someone with possible interest in working here (experience needed!!!), get with us!

And check our Facebook page to get last-minute specials & upcoming events!

Elaine aka Queen Bee

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Upcoming Events That Might Tickle Your Fancy

Valentine’s Day (or Singles Awareness Day, depending on your outlook) is fast approaching and we are cooking up a storm in the kitchen as we experiment (and taste & taste…umm, can jeans actually be let out or should I just pull out my fatty girl ones from storage?) with delicious and different fare for you.  Details to follow next week!

In the meantime, this week:  Crawfish Etoufee with Dirty Rice and Split Pea Soup with Smoked Ham.  Both absolutely scrumptious.  Also two new vodka infusions:  Lemon & Rosemary and Watermelon & Whipped Cream.   Danger, Will Robinson!  For those of you that are still following your New Year’s Resolutions, we have Pavlova with Chantilly Cream & Fruit for dessert.  Only slightly sinful.  Of course, if you want to taste total richness, try our Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce.  OMG.  That’s all I can say.

This weekend we’ll add our yummy Lasagna with Meat Sauce served with Salad and Garlic Bread along with some fun wine pairings.

Tracy & James McKinney have given us the date for our first Cheese Class: Understanding Cheese I — Saturday, February 25th from 2-4 p.m.  A great selection of cheese and accompaniments, vino to match, and lots of fun (just wait for Tracy to talk about malolactic fermentation!).  Call us (817-281-9500), email us (queenbee@bizzisbistro.com) or come by – we don’t want you to miss out!

Elaine aka Queen Bee 

Dry Out and Warm Up!

My hair’s wet. My socks are wet. My feet are wet. So…hot food. And if you’re wondering if I went and worked out last week at our new gym, wonder no more. I did not. But enough about me.

This week we have Spicy Red Beans & Rice with Smoky Sausage as well as Corn Chowder. Still have Salmon Cakes with Remoulade Sauce and Spinach & Artichoke Dip with house-made tortilla chips & toasts and our low cal/low fat Yogurt, Fruit, and Granola Parfait in addition to our regular menu. We are keeping our coffeepot on for you with our coffee drinks (Gran Godiva, The Dream Cream, Café Almond, and Irish Coffee … or just plain old java). This weekend we’ll have a terrific Mexican Dinner complete with all the home-made fixings and whatever seafood tickles our fancy at the market on Friday morning – ready by 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

We’ve finalized another Brad Thompson Music Night: Wednesday, February 1st from 7-9 p.m. We’ll be serving a cheese plate to each table and have heavy hors d’oeuvres for $20 per person – well worth it. On Brad’s last visit, we had standing room only – so make a reservation by calling us at 817-281-9500 or emailing to queenbee@bizzisbistro.com. A perfect Wednesday evening to get you ready for the rest of the week.

And lastly, sign up for a Cheese Class taught by our own cheese gurus Tracy & James McKinney! Details to follow.

Elaine aka Queen Bee

A New Year…New Hope and New Diets!!

Well, my guess is that many of you have taken down your holiday trimmings and thrown away (or eaten) all that candy that was in your stockings.  We joined a fitness club (another near-yearly event) and have every intention of using it liberally, although experience tells me that it may just be something I like to think about from a prone position (and I don’t mean reclining on a weight bench, either).

It’s New Year’s Resolution time, and we have a couple of dishes that you may be interested in trying – our Tortilla Soup has less than 350 calories and 5.5 grams of fat.  If you opt out of the cheese & tortillas, it’s only 96 calories and .5 grams of fat (but who would choose to leave the best part out of the soup?).  Or get fresh housemade Pasta with our own Marinara Sauce – only 350 calories.  For dessert this week, our Yogurt, Fruit, and Granola Parfait is low cal and low fat.  Ahh, the luxury of being virtuous without giving up fabulous flavor!

And for luck, order Hoppin’ John – it’s fresh black eyed peas in a sausage stew.  I want to be sure my luck’s all good, so I’m chowing down.

Try one of our coffee drinks while it’s chilly – deliciously named: Gran Godiva, The Dream Cream, Café Almond, and Irish Coffee.  We can even make them with decaf coffee so you can sleep when you get home.

Still serving soups, stews, and other toasty fare to keep your tummy warm during these short days (hurry up, spring!).

Elaine aka Queen Bee

December Offerings … and what’s to come

Most of you have likely put up your holiday decorations and are busy shopping & wrapping.  Me…not so much.  Too cold and rainy.  Bah, humbug. 

We do have food to keep you warm in this weather, though.  Soups and stews are on our menu until we get out from under our down comforters in March.  In addition to Posole, French Onion Soup, and Chicken & Dumplings, we have 15-Bean (don’t ask me to name them all) Soup with Pecan Smoked Jalapeno Sausage.  This week we’ve also been serving Salmon Cakes with Remoulade Sauce along with Eggplant Parmesan, and we’ll be cooking up Beef Burgundy and other new soups & stews next week to usher in the holidays.  The Chocolate Lava Cake is such a hit that we’ll be serving it for a while, too.  And as you warm up in our cozy little space, have a cup of Wassail or a Vodka Infusion.

News for the holidays:

We will be taking some time off after Christmas. We’ll be closed from December 24th and will re-open Tuesday, January 3rd.  We’ll have new menu items for you, and give you a rotation of special features throughout each month!

Elaine aka Queen Bee

Wassail’s a-heating!

Hopefully everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday – I took laziness to a new level by sleeping late every day, watching old movies non-stop, and ignoring the dust bunnies (which may have made the transformation to deadly dust rabbits) under my beds. We started drinking wassail on Thanksgiving and decided to serve it here this weekend and beyond! It’ll warm you up all night long – and make you forget you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping (or like me, haven’t started it).

Warming you up this week: Potato-Corn Chowder and Chili. Along with our usual home-cooked fare, we’ve got wonderful stone-ground cornbread muffins and pumpkin mousse cheesecake, too, and this weekend we’ll be featuring Pasta a la Norma (yeah, go look it up – interesting story…and why can’t I have a pasta named after me?) and Molten Chocolate Cakes.

Leslie tells me that we’re keeping Martini Tuesdays. She’ll change up the mix a little bit (and keep bringing us ideas, peeps – I can’t wait for the Lavender-Infused Martini) but as usual, will keep it fun.

We had a great brunch last weekend – we’ll be thinking about a repeat sometime soon. Come see us to have a relaxing moment after the holiday traffic & shopping madness.
Elaine aka Queen Bee

Winter…and new food. Plus martinis (what could be better?)

Now that it’s cooler in the mornings (very helpful to those of us that live with hot flashes) we’ve added some terrific new features.  Many of you have tasted our take on chicken & dumplings – and we’ve added it to our menu for the foreseeable future.  This week it’s been red beans & rice, loaded potato soup, and butternut squash soup.  On all Friday & Saturday nights we’ll be serving a nice plated meal – this weekend we’ve got pork loin glazed with a whiskey mustard sauce and served with sweet potato mash and asparagus.  Next week we’ll have beef burgundy again with some new soup, pasta, and appetizer, and on the weekend we’ll have beef tenderloin with potatoes and sautéed spinach.  Plus meatloaf (which leads to meatloaf sandwiches – my fave).

We’re keeping Tini Tuesdays through November – Leslie is shaking up some brilliant martinis from 5-7 p.m.

Remember to come in for Brunch on Sunday, November 20th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Eggs, pastries, bacon, sausage, breads, cheeses, muffins, and more – all made from scratch.  We’ll keep the coffee on for you, too.  Make a reservation – 817-281-9500!

And lastly, we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and the weekend thereafter.  I’ll be cooking up a storm at home for the fam and then will be putting on my fluffy bunny slippers for a day or two of extreme sloth.  Happy holiday, all.

Elaine aka Queen Bee

Come see Brad Thompson on Wednesday, November 2nd from 7-9 p.m.

Reminder about our fast-approaching first magical music night: Brad Thompson, soloist extraordinaire. $15 covers a fabulous snack table with hot & cold finger foods, and we’ll have some great beer & wines choices for the occasion. Call us if you want to make a reservation – 817-281-9500.

Foods next week will still be all about comfort in the cold: Beef Burgundy, some kind of Ravioli (whatever we feel like rolling out and stuffing on Tuesday), and potato & leek soup. Chicken and dumplings made it to our seasonal menu for the whole winter. Our sandwiches are now being served with nice hot rosemary roasted potatoes. Great selection of desserts, too. To name a few: chocolate-pumpkin cake, strawberries Romanoff, brie en croute with fig jam and maple walnut syrup. The flourless chocolate cake is coming back on the menu after several requests last week (plus it’s a gluten-free offering). Killer!

Brunch on Sunday, November 20th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lots of breakfast dishes, made from scratch like we do everything here, and mimosas and bellinis to make it a perfect start to your day off. Make a reservation!

Elaine aka Queen Bee

Come see Brad Thompson on November 2!

Our first musical evening (other than those of us in the kitchen who frequently break into harmonious tunes to Broadway recordings) is fast approaching. Brad Thompson, a hugely talented (and local) one-man show, will be here to serenade us from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2. We will be serving, buffet style, a host of our popular appetizers and sandwiches (and we might even throw in a little dessert bite or two). Snacks – $15 per person, and we will have our usual selection of wines & beers. First groups that make it in get the couches!

Also worth mentioning…

  • Next week we will be offering lasagna again – it’s finally the weather for it. We’ll also have chili with jalapeno cornbread as a special, not to mention some delectable desserts. We’ll have another Halloween cake, full of chocolate yumminess.
  •   Sunday Brunch – November 20th from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some mornings when we are out of sorts and need a double espresso and something comforting to eat, Zach whips up some cream biscuits and gravy. We’ll be offering those for this brunch, and will pad out the menu with other great brunch foods like quiche, homemade sausage, bacon, Southwestern egg & chili casserole, warm cinnamon rolls, and mimosas. We haven’t even thought of all the good food yet, so stay tuned. Cost will be $20 per adult, $8 for kids, and we’ll be serving family style. So make a reservation! If that doesn’t get you in the mood for the holidays, nothing will.
  • Thanksgiving sides – We will be offering fresh holiday sides for you to pick up before the in-laws and grand kids get to your house for Thanksgiving: yeast rolls, breads & biscuits, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, ambrosia, dressing, and all sorts of desserts from pumpkin pie to a full dessert sampler tray. More on that in early November! Just think about relaxing on Thanksgiving with your guests instead of getting up before the crack of dawn.  I might even have time to scare the dust bunnies out from under my beds before my crew arrives!

Elaine aka Queen Bee

I love bacon (after all, it is one of the major food groups)

Let me confess how many slices of bacon I’ve had this week.  More than 30 (but who’s counting).  We decided to jazz it up a little bit – we’re taking good applewood smoked bacon and then, before we cook it, drizzling it with maple syrup, brown sugar, and plenty of black pepper.  Sometimes the bacon actually makes it into a sandwich.

Maybe less glamorous but quite tasty, we have a lovely tomato & mozzarella tart for lunch served with a nice house salad.  My daughter says it’s glamorous.  My take is that it is delicious, and who cares?  Here’s my other terrible (and I mean TERRIBLE) vice:  hot wings.  We cooked up some for an experiment, and I ate all the evidence.  They are messy, hot, and absolutely perfect.  I ate 10 of them today for lunch – my husband’s and my order combined.  Yummy with Asian or buffalo sauce.  My reasoning is that since it’s football season, it’s OK to eat wings every day.  After the Super Bowl next January, I will grieve and give them up until next September.

We do have other specials – both desserts and entrees, so come by – some of our specials include chicken enchilada casserole (with homemade tortillas) served with mango salsa,  carrot cake (you can claim to have eaten vegetables), spaghetti & meatballs, chicken & dumplings, and more.  In any case, we will be offering something special every day (although I will mostly stick with wings and bacon).

One more thing.  It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we are offering a Tasting for Tatas.  Every single one of our staff members has been affected in some way by breast cancer, so we are donating $1 per flight to breast cancer awareness and treatment.  The wines are exceptionally good (and pink or red), and each flight also comes with slices of crisp & juicy Pink Lady apples and a nibble of brie topped with a gorgeous wine, honey, & cinnamon reduction.

Lastly, mark your calendars:  Wednesday, November 2nd, LIVE MUSIC!  Brad Thompson, local phenom, will be playing an acoustic set or two.  Details to follow!

 

Elaine aka Queen Bee