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1. 4 Italian red wines to welcome spring
Summer is beer season in Milwaukee, it's true, but in spring, when the temps can fluctuate wildly, a nice glass of red wine can still warm the soul. Here are four Italian reds I've tasted recently that are worth scouting at fine wine purveyors around town ...
2. Chef Zak Groh takes helm at Milwaukee Art Museum
Chef Zak Groh, an industry professional with more than 16 years of experience, has taken the helm at the Milwaukee Art Museum. As executive chef, Groh will oversee the museum's culinary program, including Café Calatrava and special events.
3. Top Milwaukee chefs stand up for environment at Clean Wisconsin gala
For 47 years, Clean Wisconsin has worked to protect the state's clean water and clean air, and on June 8th the organization will host its 2nd annual Epicurean Evening fundraising gala at Discovery World.
4. Georgie Porgie's in Oak Creek expands dining room and adds craft beer
Georgie Porgie's Treefort Restaurant, the frozen custard and burger eatery, says it will open George's Garage - "a concept meant to provide a more grown-up experience to the current Treefort theme" - next door to the Oak Creek location, 9555 S. Howell Ave., in May.
5. Cousins Subs expands franchise network in Wisconsin and Illinois
Over the last several years, Cousins has taken a calculated approach to its growth plan by strengthening its unit-level economics and creating a stronger core of franchise partners. It has also rebranded its shops, preparing for the next phase of growth.
6. Wisconsin's first Grimaldi's Pizzeria coming to The Corners of Brookfield
The Corners of Brookfield today announced that Grimaldi's Pizzeria is the latest tenant to secure a spot at the soon-to-open lifestyle center offering dining, shopping and residential options. Grimaldi's has 50 locations spread throughout the United States.
7. Stone Creek cafe slated to open in Chicago
It seems Milwaukee coffee is swiftly infiltrating the Chicago market. Last summer, Colectivo announced it was breaking ground on its first Chicago cafe. And this week, Stone Creek announced that it, too, will open a new cafe in Chicagoland.
8. Chef Justin Carlisle cooks for vets at Milwaukee VA Medical Center
On Thursday, veterans and employees will be treated to a cooking demonstration and free samples of food from award-winning chef Justin Carlisle and Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center dietitians.
9. Cafe Benelux has reopened, complete with Milwaukee flag
After a brief closure for renovations, the Lowlands Group announced today that its Café Benelux restaurant has reopened for business. The café, which has been operating in the Third Ward since 2011, closed for ten days to complete the renovation.
10. Chef Talk: Gypsy Taco's Mitchell Ryan Ciohon, part 2
In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down for part two of his conversation with Mitchell Ryan Ciohon of Gypsy Taco to discuss the most frustrating part of owning a food truck and much more.
11. Do this: EsterEv dinner with James Beard semifinalist Jorge Guzman
Among this year's James Beard semifinalists is Jorge Guzman, executive chef of the Brewer's Table at Surly Brewing Company, an in-demand chef-driven experience pairing exceptional food with beer. Get a taste of Guzman's skill on March 14.
12. Wisconsin's Rare Steakhouse to open in Washington D.C.
It looks like the president will have the opportunity to order up a well-done Wisconsin steak beginning this fall. Noble Chef Hospitality, owners of Rare Steakhouse, signed a lease with the Laborers' International Union of North America in January..
13. Cafe Benelux next on Lowlands' list for redux
The Lowlands Group announced today that it will begin renovations on Café Benelux in Milwaukee's Third Ward. The restaurant will be closed beginning the evening of March 5 and will reopen with regular breakfast, lunch and dinner hours on March 17.
14. 10th annual Usinger's Day means free sausage for you!
Once again, Usinger's neighbor, Old German Beer Hall, joins the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County in celebrating Feb. 23 - today! - as Fred Usinger Day. That means free brats, free beer, free live music and more.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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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19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.