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1. Taste & Toast to take place Downtown March 6-10
Get out and enjoy Downtown during Taste & Toast, an annual event featuring specially priced small plates, appetizers and beverages at a variety of downtown bars, restaurants and lounges. This year's event takes place March 6-10 from 4 to 7 p.m.
2. Odd Duck celebrates five years with retrospective celebration
In honor of its fifth anniversary, Odd Duck will host a retrospective celebration complete with a series of throwback and favorite dishes from a number of chefs who have worked in its kitchen, along with favorite cocktails from the original Odd Duck menus.
3. Hello Falafel to launch brunch Feb. 26
Hello Falafel, the Middle Eastern inspired fast casual restaurant at 2301 S. Howell Ave. will launch brunch service beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday Feb. 26. Brunch will include a variety of new dishes, as well as mimosas made with freshly squeezed juices.
4. Gaze in horror upon KFC's The Chizza
Have you watched the ads for those Taco Bell fried chicken-shelled chalupas and thought to yourself, "That looks too healthy"? Well, meet The Chizza, KFC's new pizza option with, you guessed it, the crust replaced by fried chicken.
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5. Chef Zach Espinosa to take reins at Mr. B's, A Bartolotta Steakhouse
Chef Zach Espinosa will take on a new challenge as head chef for Mr. B's, A Bartolotta Steakhouse. The news comes with the departure of Chef Dane Baldwin, who has been a part of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group since 2004.
6. Former Plum Lounge chef Adam Pawlak joins Black Sheep
Known for his creative small plates and inventive dishes, many infused with elements from his Italian heritage, Chef Adam Pawlak will continue bolstering the options at Black Sheep, which is driven by seasonal and local ingredients.
7. New Heritage Dairy Center takes shape in Plymouth
Downtown Plymouth will get a number of upgrades over the next year. One is a brand new Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center, which will highlight Sheboygan cheesemakers and the State's strong cheese-making tradition and heritage.
8. Goody Gourmets ready to pop with new look in Shorewood
I was a bit taken Aback when I stopped at Goody Gourmets in Shorewood yesterday, and saw it closed. No need to worry, though, the space is just getting a facelift and ripping out some old carpet. The popcorn, in all of its amazingness, will remain the same.
9. Chef Talk: The best of 2016
For this new episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek looks back at 2016, revisiting some interviews from the past year and sharing some great clips and answers that may not have made the cut in previous episodes.
10. Sixth annual SoundBites promises memorable tastes and tunes
Milwaukee's hottest chefs, some from the city's newest restaurants, and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee DJs will serve up one-of-a-kind music-and-food pairings at the station's sixth annual SoundBites fundraiser Thursday Feb. 9 at the Iron Horse Hotel.
11. FreshFin Poke to host grand opening on Jan. 28
FreshFin Poké (po-kay) is Milwaukee's first poké restaurant and will be hosting its grand opening ceremony Saturday, Jan. 28. Festivities will include a ribbon cutting ceremony as well as free tastings of FreshFin's signature bowls.
12. Mason Street Grill to close Jan. 22 for interior refresh
Mason Street Grill celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017. And, as part of the festivities, the restaurant will be temporarily closing to accommodate a refresh in decor. We've got the details on the changes, which include a brand new dining experience.
13. Purple Door Ice Cream closed through Jan. 31
Looks like you'll have to suppress your local ice cream cravings for a couple of weeks. The Purple Door Ice Cream scoop shop at 205 S. 2nd St. is taking a two-week hiatus.
14. EsterEv changes reservation system to accommodate diners
Despite its obvious advantages to the restaurant, EsterEv - the chef's table restaurant inside dandan - will switch its reservation platform from Tock to OpenTable beginning this afternoon. And the changes were made specifically with the customer in mind.
15. "Tour de Tosa" to feature four village restaurants in progressive dinner event
This January, enjoy the "Tour de Tosa," an event showcasing dishes and drinks from around Europe, served up in a "progressive dinner" format, where guests move from restaurant to restaurant for unique dishes and a wine or beer pairing.
16. Tosa Hollander will close for updates
Lowlands Restaurant Group announced today that the Cafe Hollander, at 7677 W. State St. in Tosa Village, will close from Jan. 2 to 13 for a quick refresh.
17. Bruegger's closes Downtown Milwaukee location
After nearly 10 years, Bruegger's Bagel Bakery has closed its location in Downtown Milwaukee at 753 N. Water St., at Mason Street.
18. Chef Talk: Gypsy Taco's Mitchell Ryan Ciohon, part 1
In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down with Mitchell Ryan Ciohon of Gypsy Taco to discuss his culinary journey to running a taco truck (that doesn't really go anywhere) and his approach to food.
19. Watch: How Sendik's potato chips are made
Do you like potato chips and "how things are made"-type videos? This is for you.
20. Bella Italiana to replace Wild Earth Cucina at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
The restaurant that was formerly Wild Earth Cucina at Potawatomi Bingo & Casino will be replaced by Bella Italiana beginning next week. The new concept will feature a more traditional Italian menu of classic dishes to better serve clientele at the casino.
21. Chick-fil-A opens West Allis location Thursday
On Thursday, Dec. 8, fast food chain Chick-fil-A opens its newest Wisconsin location at 2645 S. 108th St. in West Allis.
22. Point Burger Bar opens this week in Pewaukee
A new Pewaukee location of Point Burger Bar will open this week adjacent to the Veloce Indoor Speedway. The Las Vegas-style burger bar owned by restaurateur Brian Ward debuted its first location on the Northwest Side in fall 2015.
23. Chef Talk: Karen Gill of Down to Earth Chef
In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down with Karen Gill of Down to Earth Chef about choosing to be a personal chef, how to make the job work, how she gets to cook what she wants and loving the process of cooking.
24. Take a peek at updates & dishes at the refreshed Cafe Hollander on Downer
Sunday, Nov. 20 marked the re-opening of the original Cafe Hollander, located at 2608 N. Downer Ave., which got a spruce up for its 10th anniversary. We've got a peek at the updated interior as well as some new items on the restaurant's menu.
25. Growing Power's Allen joins Chef Alice Waters at food perspectives event Friday
Four renowned food leaders - including Growing Power's Will Allen and Chez Panisse Chef Alice Waters - unite Friday Nov. 18 to discuss how farming, social justice and the culinary arts can be powerful tools for economic and cultural development locally, nationally and internationally.