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.