Not Quite a Food Revolution but a Step in the Right Direction

May 2, 2010

This is an event I am especially proud to announce and promote.  Queen Victoria Public School’s Parent Council is holding the first, of many more, hot school lunch days.  On Tuesday May 4 senior students will be preparing 2 types of soups for the rest of the school to purchase for their lunch.  This program acts as a fund raiser for the Parent Council but reaches far beyond that in promoting the new food guidelines set out by the Provincial Government as well as teaching the students where their food comes from.  The program was made possible by working in partnership with private sponsors.  We at the Black Kettle Bistro along with the Essex County Associated Growers are contributing our time and products for the program.  All produce used is grown locally and helps promote the Buy Local movement. Once we have worked out all the kinks we hope to grow the program to eventually have regular scheduled hot lunch days in our school; all prepared from local ingredients and by our very own students.  This program has been in the works for awhile and we hope to expand it more in the coming school year.

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Special Promotional Offer from Local Theatre Company

March 2, 2010

This message was forwarded to me by Demetri Vacratsis from Breathe Art Productions.  This is a great promotional offer to get you out this weekend and support one of Windsor’s best and most progressive theatre companies.

2 for 1 Special!!!

Detroit audiences and critics gave Mr. Marmalade great reviews and now we are offering a special short term 2 for 1 deal to see Breathe Art Theatre Project’s Mr. Marmalade in Windsor this Friday or Saturday at Mackenzie Hall at 8 pm!

2 for 1 if you book your tickets by Thursday at noon. Call 519-255-7600 or Online at You must quote “Lucy’s list” to get the deal!

Mr. Marmalade is a funny and harsh story of a four-year old Lucy and her imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade. Mr. Marmalade, however, is no ordinary friend, spending way to much time at the office while feeding his drug and porn addiction. The result is a humurous by chilling story on the world we are creating for our kids.

Review from Marty Kohn, Encore Michigan: “Breathe Art Theatre Project staging brings together again the winning duo of Christa Coulter and Joel Mitchell…Coulter plays an actual child here, Lucy, but she’s never cutesy. Few actors do brutish rage as well as Mitchell…when he’s not pouring on the charm, (he) makes Stanley Kowalski look like Dr. Phil.”

Review from The Rogue Critic: “Clever…Highly experimental…I found myself reflecting on the choices and presentation long after leaving the theatre…This is one of those plays to which those who enjoy it will likely be compelled to return.”

Mackenzie Hall is located at 3277 Sandwich / Regular Ticket price is $20

Breathe Art Theatre Project (est. 2004) is an award-winning professional theatre company located in Detroit, MI and Windsor, ON, making it one of the few professional cross-border arts companies in North America. Breathe Art Theatre Project produces contemporary works based on the principles of ensemble collaboration that showcases the works of actors, directors, and designers from Detroit and Windsor. The company, formed in 2004 by a collective of actors, directors and designers, is cultivating a history of producing challenging and socially related theatre with an intimate relationship between the audience and the actors.

Breathe Art Theatre Project performs in Detroit, MI and Windsor, ON, making it one of the few professional cross-border art companies in North America.

Unique Promotional Offer – 10% off with Facebook Screenshot

January 12, 2010

We’re looking for help to get as many people as possible exposed to our new line of commercials.  If you’re reading this than I’m guessing you’ve already seen them.  We’re hoping to get our name out there and get some greater awareness of what we offer.  With as much help as we can muster we are hoping the videos go viral and people who have never been to BKB get some idea of what we’re all about.  To encourage this we have come up with a unique promotional offer.  Simply post the video on your Facebook status and printout a screen shot.  Come in to BKB anytime with that printout/coupon and receive 10% off any purchase.  Hopefully our loyal customers and supporters will help out and we can get as many eyes on the videos as possible.  Hope you enjoyed the videos and stay tuned for more recipe video clips coming.  Subscribe to our channel and receive email notification anytime a new video is posted.

Exciting Events with Winter Bites – Week full of great food, music and art!

January 4, 2010

Black Kettle Bistro is excited to announce its participation in Winter Bites.  We are taking the culinary festival one step further and incorporating some of Windsor’s finest artistic talents to create not only a great culinary experience but a great taste of the Windsor arts & music scene.  Each night we will be hosting a special guest artist or musician.  It will be a special small and intimate atmosphere.  You may not get a chance to see these artists is such a setting anywhere else.  We will be offering a new and unique menu for the event.  When you purchase the $25 menu $5 will automatically go to the artist and if you choose the $35 menu then $15 will go to the artist and you will receive a signed copy of their CD or a special limited addition print signed by the artist.  Below is a list of the participating artists and musicians.  As outlined in a previous post, BKB is also starting their cooking class series the week of Winter Bites.  This is an exciting event that we are very proud to be offering and very excited to host.  Winter Bites is the perfect excuse to get out in the middle of a long cold January.  If you’re a fan of BKB this is an opportunity to try something that is not usually on the menu.  If you haven’t tried BKB yet, this is definitely the time to do so.

Sunday January 17 – Cooking Class: Soups & Stews

Monday January 18 – Jeremy Coulter (Stereo Goes Stellar)

Tuesday January 19 – Owen Wolters Photo Exhibit Show Closing

Wednesday January 20 – Adam Rideout-Arkel (Yellow Wood)

Thursday January 21 – Mike Hargreaves (Michou & Solo Artist)

Friday January 22 – Stefan Cvetkovic (Efan)

Saturday January 23 – Cristina Naccarato Photo Exhibit Opening

For BKB Menu Options & Details and more Winter Bites info visit Windsor Eats

Reservations are Required for this event……

Reservations: Call BKB  519.252.4333 or email

Shows start @ 7:15pm Reservations for 6:30, 6:45, 7, & 7:15 available

News & Notes from BKB

December 15, 2009

Christmas is soon approaching and this might be a tad late for those of you who get Christmas shopping out of the way early but BKB has some great gift ideas for those who love food and love to cook.

Gift Certificates

Our gift certificates always make a great gift but they are especially perfect for stocking stuffers, teacher’s gifts, secret Santa gifts, or for coworkers because they come in $10 denominations.  Give someone the gift of great food without breaking your piggy bank.  There are ten days left till Christmas so hurry on down and get some.

BKB Cooking Classes

Purchase one of these classes for $30 or a package of 3 for $75.  This is a great gift for those who love to cook or would just enjoy a fun night out.  Buy a certificate and let them choose which class they would prefer.  Our first class coincides with Windsor Eats’ Winter Bites.  What better way to kick off Winter Bites than learning what makes BKB’s soups and stews so special.

On the third Sunday of each month BKB will be holding a series of cooking classes.  These classes will demonstrate the technique used to create the dishes as well as sampling the dishes themselves.  Participants will also get to sample wines that pair well with the dishes being made.  These classes are very informal and are meant to be as social as they are informative.  Cooking was meant to be fun.  Food, wine and friends.  Come alone or book as a group.  Attendance is limited to 20 people so book early.

Sunday January 17th, 2009     6:15pm to 8p.m

Soups & Stews – come see what makes BKB’s soups so memorable.  What better way to warm up on a cold winter’s night.

Sunday February 21st 2009    6:15pm to 8p.m

Appetizers – learn how to make simple yet elegant and impressive appetizers. What you learn will be perfect for any party or family function. Your parties will never be the same.

Sunday March 21st 2009        6:15pm to 8pm

Pastas – one of the most versatile foods than can render endless possibilities.  Learn how to make fresh pasta as well as a plethora of different sauces.

Sunday April 18th 2009          6:15pm to 8pm

Sauces and Dressings – put away the Paul Newman forever.  You won’t need to buy any packaged dressings or sauces after you learn how easy it is to make your own.

Sunday May 16th 2009            6:15pm to 8pm

Vegetarian – while many of the classes will be veg friendly and have many veg options, we will look at specific veg flavours and styles along with a closer look at lesser known grains and vegetables.

Sunday June 20th 2009           6:15pm to 8pm

Desserts – learn some great shortcuts and some easy ways to make healthy alternatives to the heavy decadent desserts you may be used to.  Use of fruit and natural sweeteners with classic techniques can render delicious results without the boatload of calories.

Location: The Black Kettle Bistro – 357 Ouellette Ave

Price: $30/each (taxes included) or 3 for $75

For more info or to book a spot please email or call 519.252.4333

BKB Participates in Windsor Eats’ Winter Bites

BKB is excited to participate in Winter Bites.  Winter Bites gives us an opportunity to create dishes and menus that go beyond our regular menu.  Don’t miss this chance to sample some new dishes.  We also have some other fun and unique events in the works for the week.  Our first cooking class kicks the week off.  Stay tuned for more info and our Winter Bites menus.  Visit Windsor Eats for full details and a listings of all participating restaurants.

Yellow Wood Promotional Offer

October 30, 2009

It’s been quite awhile since my last post.  Five months to be exact.  Many things have kept me busy including participation in the Downtown Farmer’s Market, new initiatives in our catering department, and last but definitely not least having our baby.  little Wilson is doing well and things have finally seemed to calm down a bit.  I now have more time to tackle blogging again.  I’ve got many ideas for blog posts so keep tuning in for much more activity.

Supporting Local Arts & Music


I have been brewing over this idea for quite sometime now and am excited to finally get this off the ground.  We have been trying to support the local art scene since we opened but have had trouble finding ways to do it and also finding the time to do so.  We are always looking for artists to hang shows at our place and welcome anyone with posters etc to post them on our windows.  Today I’m announcing a special promo that supports one of Windsor’s great music groups.  Yellow Wood is unveiling their newest album later in November on the 21st.  Their CD release party promises to be a big event.  I’ve heard the album and can assure you it won’t disappoint.  In anticipation of this date  we are offering something very special, totally free.  Starting November 1 we will be giving away a digital download card, FREE, for everybody that comes in and eats at BKB after 4 o’clock.  All you have to do is spend more than $5.  It has 4 songs on it and can hold you over until you can by the CD on the 21st.  We’re doing this in partnership with Yellow Wood.  They are great guys and supportive customers and when I ran the idea by them of doing combos with music specials they jumped on the opportunity and were willing to offer their cards for promotion.  If you know Yellow Wood and like their stuff this is a great chance to get a free teaser of the great forthcoming album.  If you haven’t heard of Yellow Wood, well this is a great chance to get to hear a bit of their stuff.  So come on in to eat anytime this month after 4pm and receive a free download card from Yellow Wood. Simply ask the person at the counter about the offer.  We would like to give it to people that actually want to hear it.  Quantities are limited and the offer will expire when we run out of cards so don’t wait too long.  Here’s all the pertinent links and info to help you get to know one of the areas most talented bands.  Take the time to peruse these sites well.  They know how to keep in touch with their fans.  Follow the links to the Facebook page, their twitter updates, their livestream channel and their Youtube channel.  These guys know their shit.  Music nerds for sure. I know they’ll take that as a compliment as its meant.


A side note….. any artist or musician looking to hang their work or participate in some sort of cross promotion please stop in anytime to chat.  we welc0me the opportunity to work with anybody helping promote and share their work.  message me here or stop in.

Vote for BKB on

May 16, 2009

windsoreats logo is giving the public an opportunity to have their say. They have created 9 categories in which to show your support and give your opinions on. The voting for the Awards is open until midnight June 1. We are encouraging everyone to not only vote but visit the Windsor Eats site and take a good look around. Windsor Eats has been servicing local restaurants and foodies for years. Their dedication to promoting the local restaurant and food scene is unmatched. They care and they want people to share in that passion for food and all that Windsor has to offer. Please go through every category and weigh in on who you think is the best. We at BKB hope you will consider us for every category that we are nominated but we are especially hoping that people recognize us as Favourite Casual Restaurant. We have been committed to making great food in a stylish atmosphere at the most reasonable pricing in town. If that doesn’t equal best casual restaurant, I can’t imagine what would. So please take a moment and go to to vote. Please pass this on. We have been struggling to communicate exactly what BKB is to people. This would help immensely. Vote. Encourage others to vote. Show your support. Thanks