A meal of tacos al pastor with homemade salsa verde, Cuban style black beans and rice with coconut cream made by "Masterchef" contestant Katrina Kozar last weekend wrapped up the winnings for the Steinhafels' Dine In & Win Big contest.
The meal was served in the home of winner, Nick Chipman, who brought home the prize for his pizza stuffed biscuits recipe.
The dinner, says Chipman, was "a culinary delight."
"The tacos she made were nothing short of heavenly," he notes. "And even rivaled the authentic street tacos I stuffed my drunken mouth with when I [was] down in Mexico a few months back."
The contest, a partnership with Steinhafels during OnMilwaukee Dining Month, produced a cadre of mouth-watering recipes from seven finalists, with the winner chosen by OnMilwaukee readers.
Chipman’s grand prize included a $3,000 gift card good towards any purchase of dining room furniture at Steinhafels, as well as a meal for four cooked by "MasterChef" contestant Katrina Kozar using grocery items from Sendik's Food Market.
Chipman – who was looking for a comfortable dining room set with padded chairs to upgrade his current table and chairs – chose the five-piece Belmont dining room set from Steinhafels, which includes a trestle table with burnished mango finish, two 13-inch leaves and brown upholstered seating.
He also chose a Guinness bar which he and his wife Mallory will use to enhance their dining decor. The piece features an artistic distressed appearance, castors and a flip top which extends the bar for increased entertaining space.
Chipman, who says he is currently pursuing the purchase of a new home, notes that he's looking forward to the opportunity to use his newfound furnishings.
"I'm definitely psyched to have a sweet new table for our new home," he says. "It'll be the centerpiece of our new dining room!"
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.