By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Sep 30, 2021 at 1:01 PM

Uncle Bucks, 1125 N. Old World 3rd St., has hired a new executive chef to oversee its menu of elevated, locally sourced pub fare.

Chef Matthew Affholder brings 20+ years of experience to the table at the popular Deer District venue, including work with local venues including Centro Cafe, Jackson Grill and the Ambassador Hotel. The Blackhawk Technical Institute of Culinary Arts graduate has also worked as a pastry chef and baker, and he brings a globally influenced palate to the table, which is influenced by a variety of cuisines, from Spanish to Vietnamese

While a multitude of Uncle Bucks’ staples, including Nashville Hot Chicken, bone-in wings and scratch cheese curds will remain on the menu, guests can also look forward to a variety of new additions.

“Cooking is about being inspired, conveying an idea and helping to create a wonderful experience for others,” says Affholder, noting that he plans to roll out a series of inspired new dishes showcasing bold-yet-balanced flavors and a combination of locally sourced and wild ingredients.

Options will include items like crispy duck nachos with shredded Napa cabbage, radishes, sweet chili sauce and mozzarella cheese and a citrus turkey melt showcasing slow-roasted, citrus-brined turkey breast on grilled sourdough.

Uncle Bucks is open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to midnight, with hours until bartime on weekends.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.