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1. Local 8-year-old to represent Wisconsin in Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
Today, the winners - including an 8-year-old from Whitefish Bay - were announced for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge which invites 8- to 12-year-olds across the nation to create healthy, affordable lunch recipes.
2. Colectivo prepares to open Chicago cafe
Colectivo Coffee broke ground this week on a new cafe in Chicago, its first-ever location outside of Wisconsin. The fully renovated, 1,800-square-foot space sits at 2530 N. Clark, in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.
3. Dear Ray Allen, please open your next restaurant in Milwaukee
Former Milwaukee Bucks guard Ray Allen and his wife have opened one of the country's first all-organic "fast food" restaurants in Miami. Called Grown, it's getting rave reviews on Facebook, and, from the photos I've seen, I want to eat there right now.
4. Taco Bandito coming to Walker's Point
A new Mexican restaurant, Taco Bandito, will soon open at 605 S. 1st St. in the Walker's Point Plaza between Cafe India and the gas station.
5. Local Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge finalists announced
This year's top food business concepts for the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge bring a sense of history, family heritage and culture to the table.
6. Moo & Brew pairs cheese and beer for a cause
In celebration of National Dairy Month, the Milwaukee Public Market will be rolling out the beer barrels and the cheese wheels for a beer and tasting event that you won't want to miss.
7. StandEatDrink hosts job fair at MOVIDA on June 13
StandEatDrink Hospitality Group, the owners of MOVIDA in Walker's Point, as well as the forthcoming Hotel Madrid and Yokohama 1910, will host a job fair for qualified candidates on Monday, June 13.
8. Book signing & car show this weekend at Five O'Clock Steakhouse
The weekend is loaded with events at Five O'Clock Steakhouse, which will host a book signing by supper club expert and author Ron Faiola, as well as a vintage and custom car show to benefit veterans.
9. Psst... It's National Doughnut Day. Celebrate with a free doughnut
Happy National Doughnut Day. Holey Moley is celebrating with free doughnuts!
10. Ferch's Beachside Grille hosts grand opening next week at Grant Park
Ferch's Beachside Grille, a new concessions area located in the renovated beach house at 100 E. Hawthorne Ave. in Grant Park, will host its grand opening and kickoff for the season on June 9.
11. In search of the perfect pizza: Zayna's
Despite a sizable menu that includes hand-tossed pizzas, pizza blogger Rick Rodriguez dings Zayna's Pizza for the dense crust and a Mexican pizza on which the toppings "could use a little tweaking."
12. Westown Farmers' Market kicks off today
The Westown Farmers' Market kicks off on Wednesday, June 1 at Zeidler Union Square. The market offers a variety of lunch, prepared food and handcrafted art and jewelry, every Wednesday through Wednesday, Oct. 26.
13. Tuesday will be last day for HOM in Brookfield
SURG Restaurant Group, operator of HOM Wood Fired Grill, decided not to extend the expiring lease of its Brookfield restaurant and will focus energy on Glendale location.
14. A taste for National Wine Day
Today is National Wine Day - though I admit I celebrate this event considerably more than once a year - and it seems like the perfect time to share some of the wines I've been tasting lately.
15. Rare Steakhouse announces June opening date
The wait for Rare Steakhouse, a restaurant which specializes in USDA Prime steaks and exceptional wines, is coming to a close as the Noble Restaurant Group announces a June opening date.
16. Hello Falafel now open in Bay View
It's official. After a solid soft opening on Tuesday, May 17 during which the new shop sold over 100 falafel sandwiches in just over three hours, Hello Falafel is officially open to the public.
17. Cousins Subs rebrands, remodels
After 44 years in the sub shop game, Cousins Subs is rolling out a streamlined look and feel across all locations as it seeks to expand its footprint throughout the Midwest.
18. Chef Talk: Goodkind's Paul Zerkel and Lisa Kirkpatrick
In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down to chat with Paul Zerkel and Lisa Kirkpatrick of Goodkind about running a kitchen and restaurant as a business partners and life partners.
19. Northpoint Custard launches new season May 21 with free burgers
Northpoint Custard and Burgers on the lakefront will reopen on Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. Get there early because the first 150 customers in line will get their burger for free.
20. Braise Leaders in Local Food series highlights Midwest chefs
During the months of May, June and July, Braise will host three dinners featuring Midwesterners who uphold a firm commitment to supporting and developing their local food systems.
21. Yelp names top 20 restaurants in Milwaukee
For the first time, Yelp has released a list of Milwaukee's top 20 restaurants. The picks are based on Yelp user ratings of the restaurants, taking into account both the overall number of stars and the total number of reviews. What do you think?
22. Pop-up at Morel will unveil Dandan
Dandan, the Chinese American concept opening this summer, has been the object of some serious buzz. But some of the mystery of the new restaurant will be unveiled at an upcoming pop-up event.
23. Dangerous development: Delivery now available on #CookieFriday
I told you a few months ago that Treat Bake Shop started an amazing new tradition called #CookieFriday during which it makes and sells amazing cookies. Well, the deal has gotten even better.
24. Vagabond celebrates Cinco de Mayo with street party
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Vagabond will host a street party outside its 1122 N. Edison St. location beginning today at 11 a.m.
25. Downtown Milwaukee needs which type of restaurant next?
As we look at the growth in greater Downtown, I think a place like City Winery could do well. It's unique, large and creates an experience that's missing in our market. But, what do I know? What do you think?