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Fein Brothers – sponsor of OnMilwaukee Dining Month – is having a huge inventory reduction sale this week, from Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 19-21. Since there are just 66 days until Christmas – but who’s counting, right? – I was tasked with stopping in to make a little kitchen wish list.
The store – in a historic former Schuster's location at 2007 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. – has a variety of items on sale, including new and used restaurant equipment, cookware, glassware, china and furniture.
The first 25 customers in the door each day of the sale get a 10 percent coupon to use that day and all customers will get a free reusable Fein Brothers tote with every purchase.
Here’s what we liked, in the realm of reality:
1. Mercer santoku knife
Every cook, whether in a commercial or home kitchen, needs a few quality knives and the fully-forged santoku knife by Mercer pictured in the foreground is a deal at $25 (originally $45). I use my small and large santoku knives for nearly everything when I cook. There are other Mercer knives on sale, too, starting at $13.
2. Full-size sheet pans
Like trusty knives, sheet pans are a cook's bread and butter. A selection of sheet pans that normally sell for $8.95 and up are on sale starting at $4.95.
3. Bar shaker
A shaker is a bar essential and these handsome and inexpensive Table Craft copper-clad ones are $2.90. They normally sell for $5.
4. Anchor Barbary beer taster glasses
Enjoy shorties in your own home with these stylish little five-ounce beer tasters, on sale for $19.75 a dozen, down from $26.64.
And, someday, in a dream world, our kitchen will have:
5. Star fryer
Damn, you know you want one of these two-basket, 15-pound capacity fryers, too. Fish in one side, Mars bars in the other. It was $1,011.56, but you can nab it at the sale for $800.
6. Frigo drink beverage dispenser
Sure, you could put juice in this Arctic Delux Twin, but you could also fill the five-gallon tanks with adult slushies. The regular price is $1,378.24 but this week it's $1,168.
7. Star popcorn maker
Turn down the lights, fire up the big screen and pop yourself some theater-grade popcorn in this baby, which is on sale for $624 (originally $885).
8. Saturn slicer
Set this 12-inch, professional meat slicer to paper-thin and I'll make a prosciutto panino every day for lunch. On sale for $325, down from $590.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.