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In Dining

Sample your fill of award-winning Wisconsin cheeses at Brady Street Festival. (Photo: Shutterstock)

In Dining

The vegan charcuterie plate at Wolf Peach makes the most of summer's bounty. (Photo: Wolf Peach)

The Weekly Nibble: Get ready for Cheesefest


Get your cheese on at Brady Street Festival
When you live in Wisconsin, it's always the perfect time for cheese. But, on Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. you'll have the opportunity to visit with some of Wisconsin's finest cheesemakers, taste their wares and purchase some of your favorites.

Cheesemakers will include Errico Auricchio from Belgioioso, Todd Jaskolski from Caprine Supreme, Sid Cook from Carr Valley Cheese, Robert Wills of Cedar Grove Cheese and Clock Shadow Creamery, Cesar Luis of Cesar's Cheese, Filippo Candela of Grande Cheese Company, Henning's Cheese, Rolf and Marieke Penterman of Holland's Family Farm, Klondike Cheese, Koepke Family Farms, Fayette Creamery, Martha Davis Kipcak of Martha's Pimento Cheese, Montechevre goat cheeses, Jay H. Noble of Noble View Creamery, Sartori, Saxon Creamery and Stella Cheese.

Cheese varieties will include classic Italian favorites like Burrata, Fontinella, Parmesan, and Provolone, Oaxacan string cheese, European style Quark, fresh goat cheeses, Feta cheeses, a variety of flavored and aged cheddars, and Wisconsin originals like Bellavitano and Snowfields.

Charcuterie goes vegan at Wolf Peach
While the carnivores enjoy the daily selection of cured meats, sausages, pates, and meat-filled mousses, vegans can now get their fill of custom charcuterie at Wolf Peach.

Charcuterie expert, Cole Ersel and Executive Chef Dan Jacobs have created an amazing array of meat-free options that celebrate the flavors of summer. The stunning tomato terrine – prepared with agar-agar – is served over basil almond pesto, followed by a beet tartare, cherry tomato bruschetta with tofu ricotta and mushroom pate with truffle marmalade.

Gluten-free diners can also enjoy this gustatory delight by ordering the vegan charcuterie board sans bread.

Ruby Tap presents Greek Night
Don't miss the opportunity to try something completely different and broaden your International wine knowledge. On Tuesday, July 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Ruby Tap in Wauwatosa will celebrate Greece and its little known wine culture with an evening of authentic Greek food paired with four Greek wines. The event is $15 per person, first come, first serve.

Cooking class: From farmer's market to table
Shopping at your local farmer's market is always fun, but with everything it has to offer it can also present a bit of a challenge. Learn the tricks of the "market trade" from Chef Michael Feker of Il Mito, and let him show you how to navigate the stalls at the market to create your next perfect dinner menu. Class will be held at the Boelter Superstore, 4200 N. Port Washington Rd., on Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per person, and seating is limited. Call (414) 967-4333 for reservations.

Blue Moon beer dinner at Dream Dance
Dream Dance Steak, Potawatomi Bingo Casino's four-star restaurant, will host showcasing award-winning craft beers from Blue Moon Brewing Company, of Golden, Colo.

The Blue Moon Beer Dinner will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7 and hosted by brew master John Legnard. Selections from Blue Moon Brewing will be paired with five exquisite courses prepared by Chef Matt Baier of Dream Dance Steak. The menu will feature dishes such as cured salmon served with thyme crusted grilled potatoes and mascarpone cream; pheasant breast with red beet and Carr Valley Creama Kasa tart; and roasted grape and quinoa salad with fresh watercress and lambs lettuce. Accompanied craft beers will include Golden Knot, Tongue Thai-ed, Pine in the Neck, Crimson Crossing and Agave Nectar Ale.

The dinner is $65, not including gratuity. Arrival for the event is set for 6 p.m. with dinner scheduled at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call Dream Dance Steak at (414) 847-7883 or online at paysbig.com.

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