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restaurant & wine bar


established in 1977

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restaurant & wine bar


established in 1977

 

The Cookery is a family run restaurant, in Fish Creek since 1977. Serving “fresh food, expertly prepared” (Midwest Living, Best of the Midwest). Our menu features American fare with a creative twist. all menu items are made from start to finish in our kitchen. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily.  WE ALSO HAVE A NICE SELECTION OF VEGETARIAN ENTREES AND GLUTEN FREE ITEMS.our second level Wine Bar offers a view of the fish creek harbor. join us for an afternoon glass of wine during happy hour or come for our late menu in july and august. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU DINE WITH US. 

 
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Welcome


from The Skare family

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Welcome


from The Skare family

OUR STORY

It all began thirty eight years ago when Dick and Carol Skare honeymooned in Door County. It was May of 1977 and they found Fish Creek to be a sleepy lake side town. One shopkeeper, Hazel Elliott, took the time to find out that Dick and Carol were aspiring restaurateurs who met while working side by side at a supper club near Minneapolis. She arranged for them to look at a small, twenty seat restaurant in downtown Fish Creek. “Door County is growing,” she told them, “get in now before the rush.” They took her advice and put in an offer. Two short months later, on the weekend of July 4, 1977, Dick and Carol opened the doors of The Cookery.

Dick and Carol’s goal for their restaurant was to create a welcoming, casual environment where customers could enjoy great food that is prepared from start to finish in the restaurant’s kitchen. The restaurant's recipes were rooted in Carol's experience of learning to cook on her mother's apron strings on a small family farm in rural Minnesota. Over the years, the Skares expanded to become an 85 seat restaurant that also included lodging and a full line of jams and sauces.

In May 2008, The Cookery began another chapter when a devastating fire caused the restaurant to close its doors for the season. The restaurant re-opened in June 2009 with expanded outdoor seating and a new addition, a second floor water view wine bar.

Today, Dick and Carol are extremely proud to have their daughters, Courtney and Karin, involved in the daily operation of the business. Courtney and Karin share Dick and Carol's passion for food, which was engrained at a young age. Throughout the years and today, the Skares have continued to maintain their original values, to incorporate fresh ingredients focusing on local products from Door County and to bring delicious, homemade food to their customers. 

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The Cookery's menu is an ode to fresh, family home cooking. The menu is rooted in Carol's experience growing up on a small family farm and has grown to include classic American fare with a twist. The Skares firmly believe in sourcing local ingredients whenever and wherever possible. The following is a list of some of the restaurant's local purveyors.

Seaquist Orchards, J & M Fisheries, Jorns’ Sugar Bush, Sully’s Produce, Door County Creamery, Pine Valley Farms, Charlie’s Smokehouse, Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Market, Malvitz Strawberries, Milo’s Poultry Farm, Country Ovens, Ron’s Cheese, Roder Farms, Steep Creek Farm, Door County Sauerkraut, Tapuat Kombucha, Door County Coffee & Tea 

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PARKING

Street parking is available in front of the restaurant on Highway 42/Main Street. During the busy times, additional public parking is located 0.1 miles north of The Cookery behind the Fish Creek Post Office/Library building.

RESERVATIONS

We do not take reservations for the restaurant. If you wish to call when you are leaving to come to The Cookery, we would be happy to put your name on our waiting list.

GROUP DINING

If you are interested in arranging to have a large group dine at The Cookery, our second level wine bar is the perfect location for your rehearsal dinner, family gathering, group or bus tour or business outing. It can accommodate up to 45-50 guests, has it’s own bar, elevator access, and a water view.

The wine bar is available for private groups for lunch, dinner or breakfast. Parties with 20 people or less may order from our regular menu. For larger groups, we will work with you to create a set menu.

Please contact Karin Skare to plan your group’s event at karin.skare@cookeryfishcreek.com