By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Mar 06, 2024 at 12:26 PM

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Milwaukee Public Museum is bringing back its popular Food & Froth fundraiser on Saturday, March 9.

The 21+ event, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m., with a 6 p.m. VIP entry, is the 24th annual iteration (if you ignore the two years lost to the pandemic) and it helps fund the museum's exhibits, programming, educational programs and community outreach.

It debuted in 1998.

In addition to sampling beers, ciders, meads and more, you'll also get to taste some great dishes from area restaurants and caterers.

Plus there's live music and more, all taking place on the museum's exhibit floors.

The VIP ticket gets you all that plus early access, night-long access to the VIP lounge, and unlimited VIP-only unlimited food and beverage including select VIP-only craft beverage samples and nonstop nibbles.

Tickets are $100 and include admission, samples and a collector's glass. There is also a limited number of Designated Driver tickets available for purchase. VIP tickers are $175.

For ticket information call (414) 278-2728.

So, who's taking part?

Here's a list of participating breweries, meaderies and cideries, with asterisked ones new this year:

Beer & Beverages

  •     12% Imports
  •     1840 Brewing Company
  •     3 Sheeps Brewing Company
  •     Ace Cider
  •     Amorphic Beer
  •     BeatBox Beverages
  •     Black Rose Blending Co.
  •     Blake’s Ciders
  •     Bofferding
  •     Broken Bat Brewing
  •     City Lights Brewing
  •     Component Brewing Co.
  •     DAOU Vineyards
  •     DESTIHL Brewery
  •     Door County/Hacienda
  •     Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company*
  •     Earth Rider Brewing*
  •     Gathering Place Brewing
  •     Great Lakes Brewing Company
  •     Go Brewing
  •     Hillsboro Brewing Company*
  •     Hinterland Brewery
  •     Hop and Barrel Brewing Company*
  •     Hop Butcher for the World*
  •     Hop Valley Brewing Co.
  •     Krombacher
  •     Lagunitas Brewing Company
  •     Lakefront Brewery
  •     Lion’s Tail Brewing Company*
  •     Lowlands Brewing Collaborative - The Lowlands Group
  •     Luna Bay Hard Kombucha
  •     McFleshmans Brewing
  •     MobCraft Beer
  •     New Glarus Brewing Company
  •     Odyssea Sangria
  •     Off Balance Meadery
  •     One Barrel Brewing Company
  •     Ope! Brewing Company
  •     O’so Brewing
  •     Phase Three
  •     Pilot Project Brewing
  •     Potosi Brewing
  •     PRESS Premium Seltzer
  •     Rhinegeist Brewing
  •     S&H Imports
  •     Shiner Brewery
  •     St. Bernardus/Duchesse
  •     Spindrift Seltzers
  •     Terrapin Beer Co.
  •     The Brewery @ Milwaukee/Water Street Brewery
  •     Third Space Brewing
  •     Torzala Brewing Company
  •     Tyranena
  •     Untitled Art
  •     Vintage Brewing Company
  •     Young Blood Beer Co.


  •     Café Benelux
  •     Carrie’s Crispies
  •     Casablanca
  •     Crumbles Confectionary/Whiskey Brown
  •     Double B’s BBQ
  •     Dream Dance Steakhouse
  •     Emmanuel’s Mix LLC
  •     Fred Usinger Inc.
  •     Freshchef MKE
  •     Hacienda Taproom & Kitchen
  •     Jandy’s Base Camp LLC
  •     Lulu Cafe & Bar
  •     Milwaukee Pretzel Company
  •     Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill
  •     Oak Barrel Public House
  •     On Rye
  •     Press Waffles
  •     Shawarma House
  •     Street Eatz
  •     Tabal Chocolate
  •     Thunder Bay Grille
  •     Toro Tacos & Bowls
  •     Tots on the Street
  •     Vault

Also taking part are Beer Barons of Milwaukee, Museum of Beer & Brewing and Trubmeisters Homebrew Club.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

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 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.