Which wine pairs best with ribs?

wine-and-football-foodA question probably not asked too often on Sunday…or Thursday Night. But as diehard football fans and purveyors of upper level football grub, we think you can enjoy a glass of wine during the game just as much as a cold beer.

Granted, sipping a 2007 Rosato in the tailgate lot may seem as out of place as a porkchop in a salad bar. But not every occasion calls for brewskie. For instance, let’s say it’s Thursday and you just ordered dinner at your favorite locally owned restaurant named after an azure-hued canine. Maybe you ordered a cut of sirloin or a nice steak & rib combo and a baked potato. And maybe a tall, frosty beer sounds a little too heavy to go with your meal.

Or maybe you’re just an ambassador for fine taste, showing the rest of us savages how it’s done.

Whatever the reason, pairing a glass of wine with football food is more than possible – it will actually bring out some pretty incredible flavors with your meal. Allow us to help guide you through this uncharted territory. Continue reading

If you’ve ever tried dicing onions at home, then you already know how much of a tear-jerking experience it can be. And we’re not talking about slicing your finger with the knife (though we highly recommend avoiding that too).

However, with a little info and advice, you can dice an entire onion without shedding a tear, or at least minimizing the waterworks.

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Perfectly Diced Peppers No Muss, No Fuss

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Dicing bell peppers, or anything for that matter, can be one of the most annoying parts of prepping a kitchen. Those seeds get everywhere!

When it comes to dicing, people think they have to be a Gordon Ramsay every time. But moving fast doesn’t always make for top-shelf knife skills. Our advice is to take your time and save yourself an ER trip (or three).

Here are a few easy tips to quickly get perfectly diced peppers with as little mess as possible. Continue reading

Eating Seafood Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle

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We hope everybody is having a great summer so far! Cooking this time of year can be a challenge because nobody wants the heavy, rich foods that they typically eat during the Ohio winters. So, for a low-calorie option that is rich in nutrients, seafood is the way to go.

Our kitchen always has a great fish feature on the dinner menu, from swordfish and Chilean sea bass, to a delicious Fresh Seafood Pomodoro. Aside from being delicious (which it absolutely is), we like to feature seafood this time of year because it’s light and has so many health benefits. Continue reading

Strawberry Fields Forever

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As the seasons change, we always look forward to the fruits and veggies that come with the changes. But we’d be lying if we said strawberry season wasn’t our favorite!

In the Mahoning Valley, we are blessed with an abundance of local farms that produce some of the sweetest and juiciest strawberries you’ll ever sink your teeth into. When it comes to size, sweetness, and that eye-catching red color, locally grown strawberries are lightyears beyond anything you’ll find in a grocery store. Continue reading

Live Music with The Labra Brothers on Thursday

Blue Wolf is pleased to present The Labra Brothers this Thursday, March 30. Enjoy live acoustic music from one of the Mahoning Valley’s premier musical groups from 9 pm to 11:30 with no cover charge.

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, The Labra Brothers combine smooth lyrical harmonies with elements of R&B, Funk and Soul, while tapping into their Hispanic heritage by adding a touch of Santana-esque flavor.

They just released their 5-song EP, which includes the single “Sin Solución.” Check out the video here!

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Adrian Labra – Guitar/Vocals
Cristian Labra – Bass/Vocals
David Labra – Guitar/Sax/Vocals

These wines go great with our Valentine’s Day features!

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When you’re treating that special someone to a romantic meal, nothing complements the food or the evening better than a great glass of wine. We’ve carefully selected two very special wines you can pair with any of our Valentine’s Day features. Be sure to try a glass…or a bottle! Continue reading

You’re gonna love our Valentine’s Day specials!

One of our favorite traditions at Blue Wolf Tavern is treating that special someone to a romantic evening on Valentine’s Day. It’s such a joy for us to see the different couples come through our restaurant.

From the young couples enjoying their first Valentine’s dinner together, to the ones who’ve got a few more miles behind them but haven’t lost that spark. We’ve had people celebrate milestone anniversaries in our dining room, and we’ve even had one or two proposals!

And this year, our Valentine’s Day dinner game is strong! We’ve loaded up our features menu with a selection of elegant dishes that are sure to please. Continue reading