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1. Sixth annual SoundBites promises memorable tastes & 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. "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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Watch: How Sendik's potato chips are made
Do you like potato chips and "how things are made"-type videos? This is for you.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. Wing nut: Pineapple habanero wings at Motor
Pineapple habanero is November's wing of the month at Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum. We stopped in to try them.
18. Chef Talk: Story Hill BKC's Joe Muench
In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down with Chef Joe Muench of Story Hill BKC to chat about balancing all of the facets of life in and out of the kitchen, what he cooks off the job and the future of fine dining.
19. Good City launches brewery brunch starting Nov. 13
There's a new spot to try out for brunch this weekend. Good City Brewing will launch an all-day brunch menu beginning Sunday, Nov. 13. The menu, which will feature a combination of savory and sweet items will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
20. West Milwaukee Sendik's to open Nov. 15
West Milwaukee residents will have a new place to shop for their Thanksgiving dinners, as the much-anticipated Sendik's location on the east side of Miller Park Way - between Mitchell and Burnham - opens Tuesday, Nov. 15.
21. Wisconsin cheesemaker named 2016 Martha Stewart American Maker
Award-winning Wisconsin cheesemaker Andy Hatch of Uplands Cheese has been named one of Martha Stewart's 2016 American Makers. The news comes on the cusp of the annual release of one of Wisconsin's most anticipated seasonal cheeses, Uplands' Rush Creek Reserve.
22. Angelic Bakehouse acquired by Ohio-based Lancaster Colony
Jenny and James Marino, owners of Cudahy-based Angelic Bakehouse, have announced plans today to sell their company to Lancaster Colony Corporation, a maker of specialty foods based in Ohio.
23. Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market begins Nov. 5
As regular season farmers markets pack up their tents and shut down shop for the year, people searching for a taste of Wisconsin can continue to support small producers and celebrate the tastes of the season at Southeast Wisconsin's premier winter farmers market.
24. Hollander on Downer gets 10th anniversary spruce-up
The Lowlands Group announced today that it will close Café Hollander on Downer Avenue for renovations on Nov. 6. When the restaurant reopens on Nov. 18, it will celebrate its relaunch with numerous events and offerings.
25. Curated #foodporn that'll make you hungry
I post a lot of photos of food, mostly because I'm guilty of the new axiom, "If you didn't put it on social media, it didn't happen." Judgement aside, whenever I look at my Instagram feed, I get hungry. So here are a bunch of photos I've taken from Wisconsin restaurants. Maybe after seeing them, you'll be hungry, too.