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1. Victory Garden Initiative launches fifth annual orchard contest
For the fifth year in a row, Victory Garden Initiative (VGI) is giving away five community orchards through the Fruity Nutty 5 Contest. Apply via mail or email by Feb. 1, to win up to 30 fruit and nut trees.
2. Chef Talk: Easy Tyger's Evan Greenhalgh
In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down with Chef Evan Greenhalgh of Easy Tyger to chat about trying to define Easy Tyger, the Milwaukee food scene and just what the heck the difference is between tapas, small plates and shared plates.
3. Georgie Porgie's celebrates 25 years with anniversary bash
To celebrate 25 years in Oak Creek, Georgie Porgie's Treefort Restaurant is hosting a 25th anniversary community celebration on Saturday, Oct. 1 at its Oak Creek location at 9555 S. Howell Ave.
4. Enjoy your beer with the bears at Zoo Brew on Sept. 29
Enjoy beer from 30 breweries along with and food samples from over 20 local food vendors in various locations around the Zoo, including the Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country, the Peck Welcome Center and the Flamingo Patio Beer Garden.
5. Drum roll please: All-American grilled cheese sandwich winner
Each year, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board hosts a contest, the Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Showdown, challenging home cooks to submit their best recipes for creative grilled cheese sandwiches. And we've got the goods on this year's winner.
6. Hibachi Boy closing Sept. 14
Hibachi Boy, the Japanese fast casual restaurant located at 530 E. Mason St., has announced that it will close this week. The restaurant, which opened in April, specialized in Japanese style grilled items, rice and noodle dishes and sushi.
7. Dining and cooking classes showcase local bounty at the Osthoff Resort
An organic garden at the Osthoff Resort now begets plentiful produce for use at Lola's on the Lake, Otto's, The Elkhart Inn, as well as for hands-on classes at the Osthoff in-house French cooking school, L'ecole de la Maison.
8. Brewers Organics adds meal delivery thanks to chef partnership
Brewers Organics will begin offering ready-to-eat meals for delivery beginning next week. The Wisconsin-based organic grocery delivery service has announced a partnership with Zak Groh, owner of Whisk Culinary, to bring fresh, ready to eat meals, directly to customer's homes.
9. Chef Talk: Merriment Social's Andrew Miller
In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down with Chef Andrew Miller of Merriment Social to chat about what he likes to cook on and off the job, as well as sticking out in the growing Milwaukee food scene.
10. The Chocolate Factory opens Oak Creek location
The Chocolate Factory, long known for its ice cream and subs, has opened a new location in Drexel Town Square, the Oak Creek development that includes a new City Hall and library, as well as retail stores, restaurants, shops, businesses and apartments.
11. In search of the perfect pizza: Jimmy's Grotto
In his 100th pizza blog, Rick ventures out to Waukesha where, upon the recommendation of a friend or two, he tries pizza, garlic cheese bread and ponza rottas from Jimmy's Grotto. What's a ponza rotta? Well, you'll have to read to find out.
12. SALA Modern Sicilian Dining marks 15 years with Oct. 2 celebration
One of Milwaukee's favorite Italian restaurants is celebrating 15 years in business. Siblings Tony and Teresa Balistreri opened Sala restaurant in 2001, with a commitment to serving Sicilian fare rooted in family tradition and fresh local ingredients.
13. Cousins Subs invites community to tackle cancer in September
Eat at Cousins and be a part of the fight against cancer. In September all Wisconsin-based Cousins Subs restaurants will donate a portion of every combo meal sold to Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation for local research and cancer care in the state.
14. Chef Talk: David Magnasco of The Chef's Table
In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down with David Magnasco of The Chef's Table to chat about the balance between serving one's customers and serving one's creativity, flying under the radar and the origins of The Chef's Table.
15. RAWR! Easy Tyger fights hunger with fall benefit for Hunger Task Force
Itching to do some good as the harvest season approaches? Mark this date on your calendars. On Monday, Oct. 3 beginning at 6 p.m., Easy Tyger, along with six of Milwaukee's best restaurants, will serve up delicious eats to benefit for the Hunger Task Force.
16. Chef Joshua Rogers takes helm at Iron Horse Hotel
There's a new executive chef at the helm at the Iron Horse Hotel. Chef Joshua Rogers joins the hotel from the Cheeca Lodge & Spa. Rogers will lead the hotel's team of culinary professionals at Smyth, Branded and The Yard as well as catering operations.
17. Tickets on sale Friday for "Barefoot Contessa: Ina Garten" at the Riverside
Best-selling cookbook author and Food Network star Ina Garten will be back in Milwaukee for a show at the Riverside Theater on March 8. Her performance will offer an insider view of her hit television show, "Barefoot Contessa," along with a Q&A.
18. Corner Bakery prepping new location in Shorewood
Corner Bakery will replace the Baker's Square at 1305 E. Capitol Dr. in the Village of Shorewood.
19. JB's on 41 goes fresh with new menu and beer pairings at Junction Bar & Grill
The Junction Bar & Grill has released a new menu with a focus on fresh ingredients along with craft beer and food pairings. The restaurant, located inside JB's on 41, has a reputation for its housemade pizzas. But a new menu features fresh new offerings.
20. Sendik's to host Hatch chile pepper roasting events at select stores
We've entered the dog days of summer, and Sendik's is celebrating with a special offering: Hatch chile peppers from New Mexico. These unique peppers, which are common in Southwestern cooking, are rarely - if ever - found in Wisconsin in their fresh form.
21. You can now grab lunch at Tre Rivali and a seat on the patio
You've had dinner in the dining room and a cocktail on the rooftop patio. And now you can enjoy lunch (inside or on the patio) at Tre Rivali, the new restaurant inside the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel at 200 N. Broadway St.
22. Limited tickets available for annual rosť dinner at c.1880
The annual rosť dinner at c.1880 has become one of the most illustrious celebrations of summer, with the initial event selling out with unprecedented speed. However, a second seating on Aug. 24 means that a few more rosť lovers can get in on the fun.
23. Lowlands hires director of operations to oversee market expansion
As rapid expansion looms on the horizon - including a new Cafe Hollander location in Brookfield - Lowlands Group has appointed Dave DeMarco as its new Director of Operations. DeMarco brings 17 years of retail and restaurant experience to the table.
24. Skip the line with Portillo's new online ordering app
A new Portillo's app, which launched today, offers customers the ability to skip the line and order food for pick-up at the counter or drive-thru for any of the concept's 44 restaurants, including the new Wisconsin location in Brookfield.
25. In search of the perfect pizza: Fixture Pizza Pub
Rick Rodriguez says he doesn't think he's ever written about a pizza place as new as Fixture Pizza Pub. In this installment of his pizza blog, he gives the lowdown on the space, the food and a few other interesting facts about the owners and offerings.
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