Don’t let the cold, dark nights of winter stop you from enjoying some imaginative cuisine at area restaurants. Here are a few offerings that are sure to warm you up:
Wolf Peach (1818 N. Hubbard St., Milwaukee, wolf-peach.com) has unveiled weeknight specials of the local rustic cuisine for which it is known:
Mussel Mondays: Bottomless mussels
Bare Bones Tuesday: Wood-roasted spare ribs, charred radicchio, creamy polenta
Meat and Potatoes Thursday: Hanger steak, roasted potatoes, onion, carrots
Piggly-Wiggly Wednesday: Suckling pig, celery root puree, apples
Not-a-Fish-Fry Friday: Bouillabaisse, rouille
Chef Tony Mandella of Fattoni’s Italian/American Deli & Catering (7212 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, Fattonis.com) is celebrating its second anniversary of making homemade, authentic Italian dishes. Here’s a daily lineup of specials:
Sunday: Hot Italian beef, hot ham and rolls, fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and focaccia pizza
Tuesday: Comfort food, such as chicken pot pie
Wednesday: Pasta Night
Thursday: Lasagne (meat and cheese or spinach)
Friday: Crispy or baked cod fish fry
Favorite breakfast spot Blue’s Egg (317 N. 76th St., Milwaukee, bluesegg.com) is hosting a Friday night dinner club the last Friday of every month, January through May.
Seating is limited to 50 people. A season pass is $300 for all five events; individual tickets are available, space permitting, at $65. Food, beverage with each course, tax, gratuity and gift card (for sister restaurant Maxie’s Southern Comfort or Blue’s Egg) are included. Here is chef Joe Muench’s lineup:
Jan. 25: Tenth and Blake Beer Dinner
The Brewmasters from the Valley reimagine the art of paring beer with everything from roasted oysters to steak to dark chocolate dessert.
Feb. 22: Fish House on the Edge
A focus on the latest fresh catch paired with fine french wines and craft cocktails.
March 22: A Slice of Ancestral Favorites
An excursion through the family recipe box with a 21st century twist and matched with classic European wines.
April 26: A Stone’s Throw Wine Dinner
Local wine made from well-traveled grapes with foods celebrating local produce and Wisconsin’s bounty to match.
May 31: We “Roast” the Start of the Farmer’s Year
This little spit piggy and that little Abbancchio lamb served with house-made vermouth cocktails and Lemoncello, plus Italian Wines.
PHOTO BY NICK NOVELLI
Inside the unassuming storefront of Susan Fredman Design Group on Silver Spring Drive in Whitefish Bay is the home-shopper’s equivalent of a candy store with its furniture, lighting and home accessories galore on display. The stylish interiors, designed by Susan Fredman’s Aimee Nemeckay, recently won a first place award in the American Society of Interiors Designers contest in Illinois. (Susan Fredman also has a location in Chicago.) Love this store!
I imagine there won’t be much down time this winter for David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc. and Lied’s Nursery Co. Inc. as the two respected firms joined forces recently.
With Lied’s-Frank Residential Landscapes, a division of David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc., customers will be getting a combined 120 years of experience and the promise of continual improvements in quality, technology and environmental stewardship from the family owned companies.
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Dream Dance Steak at Potawatomi Bingo Casino will host The Native American Cuisine and Wine Dinner on Oct. 18.
Chef Walter Whitewater is the featured chef with such dishes as pine nut crusted rack of lamb and farmers market organic sweet yellow corn soup with chipotlé chile puree. Whitewater is from Pinon, Ariz., and a member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation. The dinner will also spotlight the wines of Oregon’s Ponzi Vineyards by Maria Ponzi.
The dinner is $65 per person, not including gratuity. Arrival time is 6 p.m. with dinner scheduled at 6:30 p.m.
For more information or to make reservations, call Dream Dance Steak at (414) 847-7883 or go to www.paysbig.com.
Designers’ Challenge: The Results
In our 3rd Annual Designers’ Challenge, design teams from Haven Interiors, McNabb & Risley Fine Furniture and Interior Design and Steinhafels Inc. created three unique concepts for a great room in a 4,000-square-foot house being developed by Thierfelder Builders in the Greystones subdivision in the town of Cedarburg. The designs appeared in the August issue of M and readers voted online for their favorites. Here are the results. Thanks to our online voters and the partipating firms.
Best Contemporary Design: Haven Interiors
Most Functional Design: Steinhafels
Best Timeless Design: McNabb & Risley
Daniel Dricken’s sculptural pieces
are among the offerings at this
weekend’s Milwaukee Fine Furnishings Show.
Don’t forget to put the Milwaukee Fine Furnishing Show on your weekend calendar. The seventh annual event features handcrafted furniture, furnishings, fine art and crafts for sale, order or commission from more than 60 exhibitors from across North America. There are lots of cash-and-carry items, too.
The show will be held Friday through Sunday at The Garage at the Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee. For more information, go to www.FineFurnishingsShows.com.
Sample cuisine from Brookfield and beyond Oct. 6 and 7 during the first ever Taste of Brookfield & Beyond event at Marcus Majestic Theatre, 770 N. Springdale Road, Waukesha.
Participating restaurants are Carrabbas Italian Grill, First Watch, Marcus Majestic Big Screen Bistro, Melting Pot, Noodles & Co., Olive Garden, Stir Crazy and Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event is sponsored by the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce.
Taste the Greats
The Great Taste of Hurling, the annual celebration of brews, food and fun sponsored by the Milwaukee Hurling Club, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.
Admission to the MHC fundraiser includes samplings from more than 50 beers from around the world, including Guinness Irish Stout, Guinness Foreign Extra, Southern Tier Crème Brulee, New Glarus Enigma, Coney Island Sword Swallower and Wells Banana Bread Beer.
There will be music by the Tritonics and soups and stews from Slim’s West and McBob’s Pub and Grill. Tickets are $35 at the door ($30 in advance), and a Designated Driver ticket for $10. For more information, go to www.hurling.net.
Celebrating 40 years in business, The Chancery Pub and Restaurants are offering a Special Destination Flavor Menu, which features three different dishes on one plate. The “flavors,” representing international cuisines — from Mexican to Mediterranean to Japanese and more — have been created by chef Michael Fifarek for the milestone event. The special menu will be available until Nov. 22 at all six Chancery restaurants.
Get ready for some fun and inventive cocktails at The Great Sconnie Sip-Off, a cocktail competition in which participants must use ingredients from the state of Wisconsin.
The event, the brainchild of Dy Godsey,
organic bar gardener, blogger (funbehindbars.blogspot.com) and bar supervisor at The Chancery Pub and Restaurant’s Waukesha location, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Waukesha Chancery, 2100 E. Moreland Blvd.
Each of the six Chancery locations will create one original cocktail for the competition (we can only hope Godsey’s Bacon Cocktail will be among them). Cocktails will be judged by Guy Rehorst, founder of the Great Lakes Distillery; Angie West, owner and editor of Alcoholmanac Magazine; and Ira Koplowitz, co-owner of Bittercube Bitters. Cocktails will be evaluated on their presentation, aroma, taste, balance and originality.
Guests who wish to judge the People’s Choice Award will taste samples of all the competition drinks.
Accomplished author, gentleman farmer and M Magazine writer Martin Hintz is promoting his latest book,
“Wisconsin Farm Lore: Kicking Cows, Giant Pumpkins & Other Tales from the Back Forty,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Next Chapter Bookshop, 10976 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon.
Few can spin a tale as Martin can, so call (262) 241-6220 to reserve a seat, or send your name and the number of guests in your party to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for kitchen design inspiration?
You can check out nine recently remodeled kitchens in Elm Grove during the Kitchens for a Cause walking tour, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
The event is sponsored by the St. Mary’s Visitation Parish Christian Women. Proceeds will benefit Nativity Jesuit Middle School, a middle school for Hispanic boys on Milwaukee’s South Side.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event. Tickets are available at Grasch Foods in Brookfield after Sept. 15 or at email@example.com.
Park at the Elm Grove Woman’s Club, 13885 Watertown Plank Road. No pets or children younger than 12 are allowed.
The online voting has begun in M Magazine’s 2012 Designers’ Challenge, in which we selected three firms — Haven Interiors Ltd., McNabb & Risley Fine Furniture and Interior Design and Steinhafels Inc. — to conceptualize an interior design plan for the great room of a Cedarburg home under construction by Thierfelder Builders.
Their design plans are featured in the August edition of M, and the sketches and narratives are featured on our website. You can vote for your favorite designs in these categories:
• Best Contemporary Design
• Best Timeless Design
• Best Functional Design (room layout)
Once you cast your vote here — and you can only vote once per day — you will be automatically entered to win a $50 gift card to WellSpa at The Pfister Hotel. Voting closes Aug. 10; results will be published in our October Fall Home Design Issue.
The frozen yogurt boom continues in the Milwaukee area as national frozen yogurt and smoothie franchise Red Mango announced it will open a store in Fox Point this summer.
It joins a growing list of national and locally owned “fro-yo” shops like Yo Mama! (Wauwatosa, Brookfield and Shorewood); My Yo My (Third Ward); Fro-Yo Bella (Bayshore Town Center); and Berry Me Frozen Yogurt and Yo Factory (both on the East Side) — not to mention shops with slightly less catchy monikers like CherryBerry (Waukesha and coming soon to Mequon and Whitefish Bay) and Orange Leaf (West Allis).
The West-Coast trend started catching on here a year or so ago and won’t slow down anytime soon as more stores enter the market.
Red Mango is scheduled to open next month at 8663 N. Port Washington Road in RiverPoint Village Shopping Center in Fox Point. CherryBerry will soon open in Mequon at 1424 W. Mequon Road and in Whitefish Bay at 106 W. Silver Spring Drive.
Sub-Zero’s new French door refrigerator is on display at the Appliance Gallery.
I recently received the VIP tour at Appliance Gallery, a new high-end appliance store at 45th Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee. It’s connected to the Granite Gallery, which is another great spot to visit if you’re in the market for a kitchen update.
Besides being treated to some really good pizzas made in a top-of-the-line Sub-Zero oven, M Magazine staffers were practically drooling (figuratively, of course) over the 25 different brands of appliances from around the world: Wolf, Sub-Zero, Viking, Miele, Fisher & Paykel, Dacor, Bosch, TurboChef, Thermador, La Cornue and Bertazzoni among them. Contact store manager Stephen Erb for your own tour, (414) 727-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check them out online, appliancegallerywi.com. There’s talk of hosting some cooking demonstrations down the road, too. (I highly recommend the pizza.)
The Walker’s Point neighborhood is one of the hottest spots on Milwaukee’s dining scene. If you haven’t been, here’s your chance to sample inventive cuisine and tour the historic neighborhood. From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday there will be a family-friendly food crawl featuring small plate items from the following establishments: Braise, Chez Jacques, Clock Shadow Creamery, Ginger Tapas, INdustri Café, The Noble, Purple Door Ice Cream, Rishi Tea and Zak’s Café.
Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/248745. Silver Tickets include eight small plates for $50; Gold Tickets include 14 small plates for $75.
The Raise a Glass to Hope Fundraiser, a preview of the 2012 Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 1 and features tours of the house, hors d’oeuvres, food stations for alfresco dining, complimentary wine and beer, a live auction, raffle and diamond pull, and music by the Andrew Gelles Band.
This year’s showhouse is the Vogel Mansion in the North Point Historic District, owned by businessman Andy Nunemaker. The home features formal gardens and a pool, a 20-room interior that is exquisitely enhanced by carved woodwork and decorative ironwork, and features a formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry and the impressive private art collection of the homeowner.
The house is located at 2221 N. Terrace Ave. Tickets are $100, $150 for patron sponsors, or $1,500 for Pink Ribbon Table Sponsors for a table of 10. To purchase tickets, go to www.raiseaglasstohope.com.
Sponsors are the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin and the Brewers Community Foundation/Doug and Ellen Melvin. Proceeds from this event and the showhouse tour, which runs June 2-17, are used for breast and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Julilly Kohler residence featured in M’s May issue is among 17 projects nationwide to receive an EcoHome Design Award. Kohler worked with architect Russell LaFrombois III for the design of her eco-friendly home in Milwaukee’s Kane Commons subdivision she developed. The judges recognized the project for “achieving the rare balance between architectural design and sustainable performance.”
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Designs in 3-D
If you’ve ever looked at an architect’s blueprint or a landscaping project on paper, you know how hard it can be to visualize the finished product. But Rodger Northouse of Northouse Landscape Co., Milwaukee, helps clients see his vision in 3-D. He brings his designs to life via virtual tours on YouTube, complete with birds flying through the sky and fire blazing in the fire pit. “Only 5 percent of the population can visualize,” Northouse says. “We can really create a strong visual sense of a project.” He says he recently presented a virtual tour to a client who said, “‘We wish we would have had this when we were designing our home.’” To take a virtual tour of Northouse projects on YouTube, go to www.northouse.com.
New work by Dwayne Sperber as seen at the furniture exhibit Urban(wood)Encounter 2012. Made of walnut, ash and pear from Milwaukee area urban forests.
Here are the winners in the Urban(wood)Encounter, part of the Spring 2012 Gallery Night at Design Within Reach. It’s an exhibition designed to challenge furniture makers and designers to create inspiring and thoughtful furniture from a regionally abundant and underutilized natural resource: urban wood. First place: Joseph Murphy (www.josephmurphy.net), walnut bench; second place: Michael Doerr (www.michaeldoerr.com), walnut chair; third place: Anthony Kajfez (www.akartistry.com), bedside table; honorable mention: MIAD student Aaron Malinowski.
URBAN(wood)ENCOUNTER was sponsored by Woodcraft and Town & Country Resource Conservation & Development Inc. Dwayne Sperber, furniture maker and owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products LLC, coordinated the event. The panel of judges included Juli Kaufmann of Fix Development, interior designer Nancy Miller of Form & Function Inc., Tom Kubala of The Kubala Washatko Architects Inc., and Monique Charlier of Rivet LLC.
Being M’s home and dining editor, I’ve kind of got a right brain/left brain thing going on. One part is devoted to all things home; the other to food and drink. This blog is dedicated to both, and will include timely information about upcoming local events and matters of interest for foodies and designophiles alike.
The Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club — the folks who sponsor MAM’s fabulous Art in Bloom — are inviting prospective members to a May 9 luncheon at the art museum. Members promote the fine art of gardening, floral arrangements, landscape design, horticulture and conservation.
The garden club’s winning floral entry from Art in Bloom will be on display and designers Jim Sequenz and Tim Garland will discuss the genius behind their design. Call or e-mail club president Pat Netzow to make a reservation, (414) 343-6608 or email@example.com.
Dream Day for Design
The design experts at Susan Fredman Design Group are putting together an exciting lineup for “A Day of Great Design” on May 17 at their Whitefish Bay design studio.
Here is a sampling of what’s in store: “Design-driven Home Automation” presented by Grand Home Automation; “Appliances at the Peak of Design and Technology,” presented by Thermador; “2012 Design Trends” by Susan Fredman Design Group; “Building Your Dream Kitchen” by Wood-Mode; and “Newest Collections of Fabrics” by Kravet.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and topics will be presented hourly between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The studio is located at 401 E. Silver Spring Drive. To make a reservation for this free event, call (414) 332-4600 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Building Finds
Looking for doors, lights, tile, appliances, lumber, sinks, roofing shingles and more? Construction and demolition materials that have been saved from landfills will be for sale at the seventh annual Milwaukee/NARI Foundation Fundraising Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 in the parking lot of Milwaukee Millwork, 11712 W. Dixon St. Proceeds from the sale will provide financial and educational support to students pursuing a career in the home improvement and remodeling industry.
For more information on the Milwaukee/NARI Foundation Rummage Sale, call (414) 771-4071 or e-mail email@example.com.
Foodies and aspiring chefs — and by aspiring chefs we mean home cooks, students or anyone who loves to cook — are encouraged to enter The Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge to become Wisconsin’s next great food entrepreneur. If you’ve got an innovative idea for a food business, go to www.hotwater247.com and submit a short application and a photo of your recipe or product concept.
The challenge, sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College and Reliable Water Service, coincides with the kick-off of MATC’s new Entrepreneurship Center, which opens this spring to help aspiring entrepreneurs with comprehensive resources and training to take a business concept from dream to reality.
The entry deadline is May 18. The grand prize winner will receive $2,500 in seed money from Reliable to start a business, a comprehensive entrepreneurial consultation package from MATC, and a gift certificate for professional cookware from The Boelter Cos. Finalists will be selected in mid-June to participate in a final judging event at Cuisine, the student-operated restaurant for MATC’s culinary arts program in late summer.
Judges for the contest are Justin Aprahamian, chef de cuisine for Sanford Restaurant and semifinalist for the James Beard Award, Rising Star Chef; Lynn Sbonik, co-owner of Beans & Barley Deli, Market & Full Service Café; Andrea Marquez-Paquin and Andrew Paquin, owners of La Luna, a local company providing fresh, authentic Mexican food products sold in select grocers’ freezers; and George Flees, general manager of Parkside 23 restaurant in Brookfield featuring American food featuring fresh, local ingredients.
Spice is Nice
There is a “Man Vs. Food” episode waiting to happen Wednesday nights at Trocadero Gastrobar, 1758 N. Water St., during Spice Night. Start out slow with some jumbo Buffalo Chicken wings and work your way up to the Black Widow wings — wings so hot (made with the ghost pepper, the world’s hottest pepper) you have to sign a disclaimer before you can eat them. At 75 cents per wing, how many can you eat?
The Spice Night menu includes other hot offerings, from tacos to burgers to drinks (Devil’s Cocktail, anyone?). You might want to order an ice-cold glass of milk for $1 to neutralize the spice, or as a perfect side to a slice of chocolate cake made with bourbon chile sauce and strawberries.
Urban(wood) Encounter is back for 2012 during Gallery Night and Day on April 20 and 21. See what can be done with wood otherwise deemed worthless. Furniture will be on display at the Design Within Reach Milwaukee Studio, 167 N. Broadway.
The stair treads and flooring used in the recent green redo of the Clock Shadow Building, 538 S. 2nd St., are a great example of this local natural resource. They are made from Milwaukee area ash trees removed due to Emerald Ash Borer devastation. The artwork in the space is by Jennifer Espenscheid of Soma Gallery.
Urban(wood) Encounter is presented by Wudeward Urban Forest Products and sponsored by Woodcraft of Milwaukee and Town and Country Resource Conservation and Development.
Enjoy five courses at Dream Dance Steak accompanied by wines of Napa Valley’s Hill Family Estates during a special wine dinner at 6 p.m. April 5. The menu by chef Matt Baier will feature dishes such as lamb ragout prepared with Zahtar tomato sauce and polenta, and bacon-wrapped venison made with house-cured bacon. Wines will include Hill Family Chardonnay, Hill Family Merlot, Hill Family Cabernet and Hill Family Origin. Ryan Hill, son of founder Doug Hill, will be on hand to talk about his family’s vineyard and wines.
The dinner costs $65 per person, not including gratuity. Arrival for the event is set for 6 p.m., with dinner scheduled at 6:30 p.m.
Dream Dance Steak is located inside Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee.
Callen-Bartolotta Get Cookin’
Does your dinner menu need some inspiration? Bartolotta Restaurant Group chefs will be preparing three courses during cooking demonstrations at the Callen kitchen and bath showroom in Muskego.
Mark Schmidt, executive chef, Bartolotta Catering at Pier Wisconsin, will prepare Three-Way Chicken — Pan-Seared, Braised, and Fried on April 14 and Nicholas Wirth, chef de cuisine, Bacchus Restaurant will present Spring Salad Selections on May 12.
The Saturday events will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Callen, W13131 Janesville Road, Muskego. The cost is $25 per event or $40 for two people per event, with half of the cost going to the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (414) 529-5509 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Bell’s My Wine School is offering a series of free, live, interactive online wine tastings for wine explorers. Spring offerings feature wine-related topics on everything from “Red Hot Rioja” to “Georgian Wines: Not from the Peach State.” In addition, Bell and co-host/chef Karen Bell, discuss the latest news in the food and wine world over a “glass and a nosh” during “Foodie Fridays With a Side of Wine.”
For more information, go to www.mywineschool.com or contact Bell (312) 972-WINE (9463).
SURG Goes American in Brookfield
The SURG Restaurant Group is busy preparing for the opening of a new restaurant in Brookfield, where Charro once operated. (SURG recently closed the Charro on Milwaukee Street as well.) The name of the new Brookfield restaurant is still a secret, but the menu, designed by company executive chef Aaron Patin, will feature American cuisine and include steaks and seafood. The restaurant will feature a wood fire grill to “add an extra zest of flavor to some of the post popular American dishes,” according to SURG co-owner Omar Shaikh.
Restaurant decor is being described as comfortable and rustic, geared to families and business diners. One wall will be an entire front of a barn. The bar will include six big-screen TVs. The new restaurant will be at 17800 W. Bluemound Road.
Have high design tastes but a low design budget? Sisters Jill Wightman and Jennifer Morales say professional interior designers have long shopped consignment shops for fabulous finds. The two have opened The Ottoman Society, a fine furniture consignment shop in Elm Grove. They say it’s on point with the broader retailing trend of “the blurring of tastes,” in which everyone shops everywhere — discount retailers, online, outlet malls, department stores and consignment shops.
Consignment shops drop the price of an item by 20 percent if it hasn’t sold in 30 days; 40 percent after 60 days. Sellers split the sale price with The Ottoman Society 50/50. The shop is located at 13408 Watertown Plank Road. Call (262) 786-1786 or go to www.theottomansociety.com.