By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published Oct 19, 2011 at 3:36 PM

For the fifth straight year, October is Dining Month on, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2011."

As I stare out my office window into a cold, dark and dreary October afternoon, it's easy to get bummed out over the end of nice weather.

But then I think about all the fall food I can look forward to.

Suddenly, it doesn't seem so bad, after all. Just like Labor Day is the cutoff for wearing white pants (though I would argue that white pants are never allowed unless you're Freddie Mercury or a baseball player), some of my favorite foods shouldn't be consumed during Milwaukee's amazing summer.

My personal top five includes:

  1. Chili
  2. Fondue
  3. Pumpkin pie (and pumpkin ale!)
  4. Matzo ball soup
  5. Brisket

What are your fall favorites? Chime in using the Talkback feature below.

Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.