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Crusts on or off? One should be so lucky to have the choice.
Crusts on or off? One should be so lucky to have the choice.

Share the PB&J love

October is the fourth-annual Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delicious features, chef profiles, unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2010."

Crunchy, smooth, grape, raspberry or strawberry?

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin kicks off the eighth annual PB&J Challenge at Catholic East Elementary School, 2461 N. Murray Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The challenge runs throughout the month of October and asks students to donate jars of peanut butter and jelly for hungry children.

The public can also donate these goods at any area Pick ‘N’ Save by putting them in barrels featuring Bango, the Milwaukee Bucks Mascot. Or they can make a donation via the Website.

Approximately 330,000 people in eastern Wisconsin rely on food supplied by Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin each year.  The food bank is the largest, private, non-profit distributor of food in the state.

Check out the changes at Alterra. And have a free glass of wine while you're at it.
Check out the changes at Alterra. And have a free glass of wine while you're at it.

Free party at Alterra on Prospect

The renovations at Alterra Prospect are finished, and today, the cafe celebrates with a grand reopening / Milwaukee Film Festival After-Party.

The free event runs from 2 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30. The Milwaukee Film Festival After Party runs from 7 to 11 p.m. 

The celebration includes a Milwaukee Cup tasters Championship at 2 p.m.; Alterra presents "Waste Land" screening at The Oriental at 5 p.m.; live music with Bahia at 8 p.m. and performances by spoken word artists from the upcoming festival film "Mark My Words" at 9:30 p.m.

Earlier this year, construction at Alterra Prospect began and includes expanded seating and an "outdoor room." Other new developments are an expanded menu and a brewed-by-the-cup coffee bar.

Chakaia Booker will be at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Thursday.
Chakaia Booker will be at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Thursday.

MAM showcases works by Chakaia Booker

Manhattan-based artist Chakaia Booker uses cut tires to create outdoor sculpture, and the Milwaukee Art Museum will showcase her provocative work as part of its ongoing On Site Installation series from Sept. 30 to Feb. 13, 2011.

The name of the installation is "On Site: Chakaia Booker" and it will feature about a dozen of her works which range from figurative to abstract.  The pieces incorporate weaving, basketry and African dance.

Booker will give a lecture and tour of her installation at the museum on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 5:45 p.m. The event is free with paid museum admission.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays until 8 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and active military. Children 12 and under are free.

Flirt offers contemporary and fun apparel.
Flirt offers contemporary and fun apparel.

Two new boutiques!

Two new boutiques recently opened in Milwaukee. Flirt, 317 N. Broadway, is the fifth boutique for the former Commission Row, joining Lela (co-owned by Stephanie Sherman, the wife of Jeff Sherman), Falcon, Lorena Sarbu and Anthropologie.

Flirt is owned by Jenny Gale, the former co-owner of Mequon boutique, Gossip.

"Flirt complements the other stores on this strip. It's a different price point and there's something for everybody," says Gale. "We're really happy to be here."

In early September, 5 Hearts opened at 153 N. Milwaukee St. It's owned by Mary Jo and Kelly Mansell, the wife and daughter of Kohl's Corporation chairman, Kevin Mansell.