At about 4 p.m. Saturday, Oprah Winfrey, her half sister and several others walked into Swig, 217 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.
The group sat at a front window table, talking, asking customers for recommendations and taking in the Downtown neighborhood scenery. A driver in an Escalade waited outside.
Winfrey, wearing a fashionable off-white (my wife called it "winter white") outfit, left the restaurant at about 6 p.m. laughing, talking and even hugging people on the sidewalk. The entire group had to-go boxes with them.
My wife, who works down the street at Lela, helped Winfrey's driver navigate into the parking lot next to Swig as he picked up the group.
Winfrey’s recently discovered half sister, Patricia, lives in Milwaukee.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.