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Your favorite family recipe could end up on Il Mito's menu for a year.

Il Mito celebrates home recipes

For the past few weeks, people from across the country have been uploading their family recipes onto familyreciperevival.com, as part of Il Mito's Chef Michael Feker's first initiative in a year-long plan to encourage people to make dining together at the dinner table a priority again.

Feker cites the convenience of eating on the go and pre-packaged meals as part of the reason families have lost touch with the true meaning of mealtime.

"Even family recipes, which long represented togetherness, have become something we make only during holidays and special occasions," he says.

Feker's Family Recipe Revival strives to remind people of the importance of the home-cooked meal, and that every meal is a special occasion.

For the next three weeks, the general public can vote for the recipe and story they like best. Feker will select weekly winners and reward them by featuring their dish on the Il Mito menu the following week.

Net proceeds from the sale of each winning menu item will go to the winners' charities of choice with Feker matching that contribution and donating it to the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. After four weekly winners are chosen, the public will decide on the ultimate family recipe, which will be featured on the Il Mito menu for an entire year. Additionally, Feker and his contest sponsors will award the recipe champion a prize package worth more than $2,000.

The first week's winner was Paul and Lori Fredrich of Milwaukee, who shared their family recipe and story for chocolate hazelnut schaum torte. The schaum torte will appear on Il Mito's menu from Sunday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 6.

If you would like to submit a family recipes and the story behind them, visit familyreciperevival.com. In addition to helping the winners' charities of choice, each weekly winner receives a prize package from Il Mito Trattoria, Strauss Free-Raised products, Time Warner Cable, Regal Ware cookware and Sub Zero-Wolf.


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milwacky_jackie | March 2, 2010 at 12:44 p.m. (report)

This is my fave restaurant in Wauwatosa by far. And what a great idea to embrace the family dinner. The lack of a nightly family dining experience is partially to blame for the obesity problem. Families don't have recipes to cool so they turn to a box or fast food. Cheers to IL MITO for this great celebration of family recipes!

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jakkalope | March 1, 2010 at 11:44 a.m. (report)

I go there for the food and Il Mito is one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee and suburbs. Their gnocchi is the best I have ever had. Definitely worth a trip.

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dickdave | March 1, 2010 at 9:51 a.m. (report)

Went there on Friday and had to leave. The noise and foot traffic made me unsettled and we left abruptly. I also could not find anything that appealed to me on the menu. What happened to quiet dining out? Also why do the waiters feel they need to stand together and talk?

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