By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Oct 08, 2010 at 11:05 AM

October is the fourth-annual Dining Month on All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delicious features, chef profiles, unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2010."

I told you about the anniversary specials at St. Paul Fish Company last week and promised full details on the Milwaukee Public Market’s big 5-year anniversary celebration, October 16-17, too.  Well, here they are.

The Milwaukee Public Market, which opened in 2005, has fun filled weekend on tap with some of its best vendor specials to date. They include the $10.95 lobster dinners (St. Paul Fish Co), $5 build-your-own-pita sandwiches (PitaWorks), $5 margaritas (Margarita Paradise), 10% off all sushi (Sushi-A-G0-Go), 5 percent off all purchases and free cranberry clusters with purchase (Kehr’s) and much more. 

On Saturday, Oct. 16 at noon chef and cookbook author Clay Erickson, will whip up a batch of his famous Cajun seafood soup for sampling and will be available to sign his book, "25 Soups and One Chili", in the Madame Kuony Demonstration Kitchen.  Also on Saturday, there will be a pumpkin bowling area, live music from Mud River Lee, and Cole Heinrich and Gallery Night events featuring Anita Burgermeister, Bela Roongta Eitel and Melanie Ariens. 

In addition, the second level of the Market will play host to an event for Wellness & the Arts, celebrating the grand opening of one of Milwaukee’s newest health and wellness networks.

"The 5 Year Anniversary Celebration is for people of all ages," said Market spokesperson, Paul Schwartz. "The Market’s success over the last few years is attributed to the loyal customers who walk through our doors each and every day. Providing a weekend of live entertainment for all ages, along with quality food products at phenomenally reasonable prices, is the least we can do to show our patrons how much we appreciate them after 5 years."

Earlier this year, the market announced Diablos Rojos will open a European-style market and café at the former Good Harvest store at the Market's building across from the main Market at 346 N. Broadway.  It’s expected to open in early 2011. 

"We are on track to have a record breaking year for overall sales," said Schwartz. "We have the perfect mix of vendors right now, and we feel that mix has solidified our status as one of the most unique downtown food destinations."

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

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.