By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published May 20, 2022 at 10:01 AM

You’re not likely to find any snozzwangers or whangdoodles at the upcoming Dinner of Pure Imagination at Saint Kate, 139 E Kilbourn Ave.  But you will be treated to a gloriumptious one-of-a-kind dinner, plus a golden ticket good for an evening of Oompa Loompa filled theater.

In fact, if a four-course meal featuring fizzy lifting drinks and whipple scrumptious fudgemallow bars served up in a magical, super secret restaurant location sounds intriguing, you’re going to want to secure your tickets for the affair, which takes place on Saturday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. 

During the event, guests will enjoy their fantastical meal inside Saint Kate’s hidden dining space, The Dark Room, followed by a live performance of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Marcus Performing Arts Center. One lucky diner will also receive a golden ticket that comes with a very special reward.

The scrumdiddlyumptious menu

Curious about what's in store? Here's the menu 

  • Overture: Fizzy Lifting Drink 
  • ACT one: Charlie Bucket Bread | country ‘button’ bread with whipped ham ‘butter’ 
  • ACT two: Augustus Gloopwurst | smoked Bavarian sausage with cherry mostarda (paired with Founders KBS) 
  • ACT three: The Chewing Gum Meal | heirloom tomato gazpacho with charred fennel relish; roasted beef tenderloin; hasselback baked potato; marrow onion soubise and blueberry ricotta tart (paired with Hartford Court Lands Edge Pinot Noir) 
  • ACT four: Whipple Scrumptuous Fudgemallow Delight Bar (paired with a “Chocolate River” bourbon cream espresso martini)
  • Parting gift: Rupert Salt Peanut Co. malted sea salt peanuts

Get your golden tickets

Tickets for the Dinner of Pure Imagination are available online for $200 per person. Each ticket includes the four-course dinner, beverage pairings and a ticket to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s performance of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” following your meal.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.