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Schera’s News

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Abu Nawas Anniversary Beer Tasting on 4/12!

Once again our friends at Abu Nawas Beverage Company are celebrating their anniversary at Schera’s, and you’re invited. The tasting will be on Saturday, April 12 from Noon to 5pm. We will have 16 different beers on tap from breweries such as Evil Twin, Stillwater, Xbeeriment, Mikkeller, Jolly Pumpkin, Freigeist, La Trappe, and Perfect Crime. Final tap selections will be posted on our website by April 7. Admission is $25 per person and includes 2 ounce pours of the 16 beers plus light refreshments. Will-call tickets can be purchased in advance with a credit card by calling 563-245-1992. Otherwise, they can be purchased at the door on the day of the event. The restaurant will be closed for regular service during the tasting. Bottles of some of the featured beers will be available for carry-out sales. Don’t miss out on this awesome annual event!

Seven Deadly Sins…on May 3!

In the last few emails, I’ve hinted at a very special upcoming beer event.  The event will take place on Saturday May 3.  Schera’s will be one of only 16 locations in the United States participating in the US debut of the Sinners series from Amager Bryghus. The seven beers range in styles from pilsner to imperial IPA, and 5 more inbetween.  Read more about the individual beers at the importer’s website.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity because it won’t happen again!  More details about the event will be coming soon, but definitely save the date!

New menu, etc.

Spring is here and so is our new Spring Menu.  I’ve added several new tagines including Beef and Lamb Meatball Tagine to the menu and a new vegetarian entree: Panko-Crusted Fried Polenta with Spicy Tomato Sauce.  Check out all the new additions on our website.  The patio will open once temperatures stay in the 70s.  Finally, we will be closed Easter, April 20, so that our staff may enjoy the day with their families.

Lakeside is open for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Valentines Day is tomorrow and Lakeside Ballroom is open this Friday night! Surprise your valentine with a great night out. We are featuring T-Bones and Porterhouses as well as our delicious Prime Rib. Don’t forget our big salad bar and other menu items. See you there!!

Too Cold Today for Johnson’s Oriental Buffet

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Due to the extreme cold Johnson’s Restaurant & Reception Hall has decided to cancel tonight’s, Jan 6th Oriental buffet. Stay warm everybody!

FREE Turkey dinner

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Elkader will hold its annual free Thanksgiving Dinner, beginning at noon on Thanksgiving Day.   If you are interested in attending call the Dinner Chairpersons, Jim and Virgie Downey at 563.964.2219.  Takeouts are available and walk-ins are welcome.  Volunteers will also be delivering carry-out dinners.  Please call the same number to reserve a delivered meal.

Anchor Inn Update

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Join Boone and the crew at the Anchor Inn, Garber for two fun events:
Saturday, April 6th 1pm King & Queen Pool Tournament
Thursday, April 11th Oriental Buffet

Mother’s Day

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Mother's Day on DishnTunes.comJohnson’s Restaurant, Elkader – Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in Reception Hall  Breakfast, Salad, Dinner  & Dessert items  Reservations Recommended 10am – 2pm

Franklin Hotel, Strawberry Point – Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet:  Seafood Liguini, Garlic Chick Breast, BBQ Baby Ribs, Cheesey Potato, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage,  Breakfast items, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Salad &  Dessert Bar and Pastries 10 am – 2pm

Schera’s, Elkader -See Full  Post

Clayton Litehouse, Clayton: Mother’s Day Buffet 11-2 Chicken, Shrimp, Walleye and Roast Beef iwth all the trimmings, includes dessert Reservation Appreciated: 964.2103

Osterdock Store Restaurant and Bar – Mother’s Day Hog Roast, Saturday May 12th 1st Hog and Beef Roast of the Season

Doug’s Pub &, Grill Guttenberg - Mother’s Day 10:30 am – 9pm Serving Full Dinner Menu All Day

Fireside Pub and Steakhouse – Manchester Mother’s Day Brunch at Fireside! (behind Wal-Mart) 10 am to 2 pm. Buffet includes: roast beef, baked ham, broasted chicken & baked cod potato’s vegetables, rolls, breakfast items and omelet station.
Salad bar, fruit and dessert bar.

Graffitti’s, Edgewood - Mother’s Day Meat Buffet 10 am – 2 pm  Ham, Sausage, Chicken, Beef & BBQ Ribs and all the trimmings

Elkader Opera House –  Sunday, May 13th 2pm Love That Big Band “Jukebox Saturday Night” 16 piece Big Band with Swinging Vocalist in all New Show Tickets: 563.873.2378 or Moser Pharmacy

Boike’s Trailside Inn – Fayette:Mother’s Day “Breakfast Buffet” Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Kielbasa, Biscuits and Gravy, French Toast, Cakes, Hashbrowns, Melon and pastries. Serving 7am to 10:30 am. $7.99.

Mother’s Day Family Style Dinner ( All these foods are served to your table and we refill them if you want more) Turkey and Dressing, Old fashioned ham, Roast Beef, Salads, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Corn, Rolls. $9.99 per person. Kids: $.75 x their age. Call 563-425-3672 to reserve a table.

Eat before you Hunt

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Deer Hunters: DnT establishments invite you eat before you hunt!

Johnson’s Restaurant, Elkader: Saturday, Dec 3rd and Sunday Dec 4th Opening at 5:30 am Deer Hunter’s Breakfast Buffet

Osterdock Store Restaurant & Bar: Saturday, Dec 3rd and Sunday Dec 4th Opening at 5:00 am Deer Hunter’s Breakfast Buffet

Corned Beef and Cabbage Pairs Well with Fireside Matchbox Wine at Fennellys’ Irish Pub

Sunday, October 9th, 2011
Fennellys' Irish Pub

by Trisha Finley

This article is compliments of Make Mine Wine magazine and was written by Barbara Rasko

When William Fennelly left Ireland and stepped off the boat in America in 1890, his name was Americanized to Finley. He couldn’t have imagined that 121 years later, his great-grandson and wife would be serving his favorites like corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, shepherd’s pie and boxty to residents and visitors at Fennellys’ Irish Pub in Elkader, Iowa.

Nestled in the hills of Northeast Iowa, Fennellys’ Irish Pub offers Americanized Irish fare along with some great American favorites, served in a friendly, relaxed pub-style atmosphere, where lively conversations drift easily from table to table. A framed photo of a stoic, and probably proud, William Fennelly hangs on the wall.

On any given day you can see Trisha Finley behind the long oak bar, pouring a Guinness for a regular customer, or welcoming a new customer walking in the door, while Chef Tim Finley prepares flavor-filled meals and appetizers in the well-lit open kitchen.

Tim Finley is a Certified Chef with degrees in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and Iowa State University. He trained with DMACC’s Chef Robert Anderson, who was pleased to see his young student in action when he attended the Pub’s grand opening in September of 2008.

In three short years, Tim and Trisha have built a successful business by consistently serving excellent food at a reasonable price and providing a comfortable, friendly place to enjoy a meal or hang out and watch a game with friends.

He encourages small town success by partnering with other local businesses. Pedretti’s Bakery creates all of the bread, buns, and rolls served at Fennellys’. In the same spirit of cooperation, he carries a selection of fine wines, but encourages customers to walk across the street and bring back Iowa wines from The Wine Cellar at Willow Creek Wine and Garden, to pair with their meals.

The menu includes big flavorful burgers, excellent steaks, soups, sandwiches, traditional Irish favorites, and home-made desserts. Fennellys’ has thirteen beers on tap including selections from Iowa breweries, over 30 domestic and specialty bottled beers, mixed drinks, and wine.

Weekender Highlights

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

This weekend our tips include:

Catch a movie at Prairie Cinema: fully digital and they will be showing their first 3D movie that everyone can enjoy. Lion King 3D begins plus Drive starring Ryan Gosling.

Stop for a cold one at Fennellys’: Their Bad News Good News Message  Summer is officially over because the Summer Shandy is gone. Don’t worry too much because Samuel Adam’s October Fest is now on tap at Fennellys’. Get it while it lasts!

Finger Lickin Good Band will perform at the Lone Wolf Lounge – Lady Luck Casino tomorrow, September 17 at 7pm.

Plagman Barn Show DaysSee this Link or Ad this page

Main St. Elkader 20th Anniversary – Saturday September 17th 5pm Taste of Elkader and Entertainment – see ad this page

Memorial Weekend Buffets and Fun

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Memorial Day weekend brings out the brunches and buffets.  Of course Johnson’s Restaurant in Elkader is perfect place for you to enjoy traditional buffet style dining.  The Stadium in Guttenberg is serving a Graduation Breakfast Buffet on Sunday May 29th  7am – 1pm.  They are also  serving their Memorial Day Breakfast Buffet on Monday 7am – 1pm.  The Lady Luck Casino will be serving a delicious Memorial Day Brunch on Monday, May 30th from 8am – 3pm.  Of course the Franklin Hotel will be serving their traditional Sunday Brunch as well.

Weekend fun  abounds just follow our Food n Fun Calendar for details. Live Music, Outdoor Tourney….Let the summer begin!

Buffets are on

Restaurant News

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

FYI Dining Out Crowd, The Barn in Prairie Du Chien, WI is temporarily closed… That is the bad news. The good news is….
The Barn’s management crew, led by Trudy Dilger is opening the former Cedar Lodge Steakhouse in Manchester. The new restaurant will be open soon and is called Fireside Pub & Steakhouse and is located behind Wal-Mart. The Dilgers also own the well known Kolby’s Restaurant in New Hampton, IA.