Food for thought: Milwaukee you are beautiful and magical and don’t you ever forget it!

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

In this week’s episode of This Bites, Ann and I talked about how some amazing Milwaukeeans are helping others in these difficult times, a craft beer-drive thru, restaurants selling groceries, a new website to purchase gift cards from local businesses and more. We also share what each of has been cooking in our isolation.

The Tandem’s owner Caitlin Cullen receiving a check from C.J. Krawczyk, which was from his birthday fundraiser | Photo by C.J. Krawcyzk

There is a lot of fear and uncertainty in the world right now and it is easy to sink into a dark place. And to be honest, I have been in some of those dark places. Then you see amazing Milwaukeeans stepping up and helping people out in need. There are others who are doing some innovative and creative things to support local businesses. These individuals and local businesses are doing their part to make sure those dark places are full of light.

Caitlin Cullen of The Tandem not only deserves a James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award, but she and the rest of the folks at The Tandem deserve a parade once all this craziness is over. She stopped regular operations of her restaurant to focus on cooking and feeding people in need. So far, Caitlin and her staff have served hundreds of free community meals. She has been collecting donations via The Tandem’s website to keep the operation going.

And speaking of donations, one attorney by the name of C.J. Krawcyzk stepped up in a big way by raising over $25,000 from his birthday fundraiser to support local restaurants. The fundraiser called Save Our Spots (S.O.S) was temporarily shut down by GoFundMe because the donations were coming in so fast that they stopped it so they could verify the account.

That didn’t stop C.J. and his wife, Julie. The couple took $15,000 out of their personal account and donated it to six local restaurants. Each restaurant received a $2,500 check, The Tandem. The other restaurants included Bavette la Boucherie, GoodKind, Three Brothers, Ca’Lucchenzo, Pilcrow and Interval. Just writing this is making my eyes water. By the way, GoFundMe has reinstated the fundraiser.

This beauty in spirit and kindness doesn’t stop there. New Barons Brewing found a way to support some of their fellow local breweries by hosting “Beer Drive-Thru.

The “Beer Drive-Thru” will take place on March 28 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at 3807 S. Packard Ave. in St. Francis.

From the Facebook event page:

To support the growing MKE craft beer community during this tough time when bars, taprooms, and breweries are unable to be open. Many are reporting an 80% to complete loss in sales over these next few weeks and we’ve been discussing ways to support each other during this period. Luckily, in the beer industry, we have pre-packaged product that is manufactured with the most professional level of sanitation and we are employing new ways to deliver it to you as safely as possible! The state of Wisconsin has approved our “Beer Drive-Thru” as an alternative to visiting our taprooms and events during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

We’ll be setting up a Drive-Thru in the parking lot of co-host and member-owner, Faklandia Brewing that will allow people to stay in their cars to purchase and receive six-packs of cans and/or bottles.

PARTICIPATING BREWERIES INCLUDE:
New Barons Brewing Cooperative, MobCraft Beer, Broken Bat Brewing Company, The Fermentorium Brewery & Tasting Room, The Explorium Brewpub & Gathering Place Brewing Company. More will be added once confirmed!

And they will be taking proper precautions taken in the exchange of money and good, which they explain on the Facebook event page.

Gift card guide supporting local businesses

The parent company of the Journal Sentinel recently launch a gift card guide to support local businesses. There are over 70 Milwaukee businesses listed on the site.

Vegan spot Maya Ophelia’s offering delivery

Maya Ophelia have announced they will be offering no contact delivery. You must call 262-409-0795 to place an order. Here are their hours:

Monday 3-8 p.m.
Tuesday 3-8 p.m. (#trapwraptuesday is back!)
Sunday 11 a.m – 3 p.m.

Braise offers grocery essentials

Milwaukee’s Braise is not only doing take-out and curbside pickup, they are also offering some grocery staples like eggs from Yuppie Hill Poultry, Sassy Cow milk, Sorghum, ground beef and buffalo and more. Below is the full list of offerings

And finally, if you are thinking of ways to spend some time, how about making a cookbook for yourself and friends? MyCookbook.io does just that by taking your favorite online recipes and converting it into a cookbook that you can get printed or share with friends and family via a PDF.

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How to support Milwaukee restaurants and bars

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

This week and future episodes are going to be different. You will hear the difference. Due to the COVID-19 virus, Ann and I are recording the show remotely, which in itself is new territory for us. Usually, we talk about some amazing dinner events or a new restaurant opening, but this week we had nothing to share along those lines. It was weird and even a little unsettling. Even though there are dark clouds for the Milwaukee culinary and dining scene, the folks behind the scene are doing everything to make sure that the proverbial silver lining is shiny and bright. And once this situation is over, Milwaukee’s food scene will be better and stronger than ever before.

In the meantime, Ann and I are going to highlight the amazing chefs, bartenders, distilleries, breweries and others doing amazing things to help each other. We are going to share some of our favorite recipes, podcasts, cookbooks. And if you like to share anything with us, please email thisbites@radiomilwaukee.org.

In this episode of “This Bites,” we talked about what restaurants are offering curbside pickup and delivery, an emotional open letter from Milwaukee restaurants to Wisconsin state legislature. We also talked about restaurants giving back to the community with free meals, a local distillery making hand sanitizer for people who need it the most and finally, we discussed ways of helping your local restaurants and the people who work for them.

Because of the pandemic, Milwaukee restaurants and bars had to shut down their dine-in operations. Fortunately, a lot of these restaurants have made accommodations for curbside pickup and delivery. Milwaukee Magazine has an updated list of places that offer pickup and delivery.

Funky Fresh Spring Rolls via Facebook
Burgers from Funky Fresh Spring Rolls at the Sherman Phoenix | Photo via Facebook

An open letter to Wisconsin State Legislature from Milwaukee restaurants and bars

On March 17, several Milwaukee restaurants and bars wrote an open letter to Wisconsin state legislative speakers Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald. In the letter, the restaurants and bars asked to support their industry due to the pandemic situation of COVID-19. Some of their requests include:

  • Support emergency unemployment benefits for all affected restaurant and bar workers,
    hourly and salaried;
  • Suspend payroll taxes and sales and use taxes immediately;
  • Enact rent, mortgage, utility bill and loan abatement for restaurant and bar workers; and
  • Enact rent freeze and mortgage abatement for restaurants and bars.

The restaurants and bars also created a petition on Change.org for people to sign. There are over 3,600 people who have already signed.

Restaurants giving back

Even as this pandemic is hurting the restaurants and bars, some are taking the time to give back to the community. Fresh Fin Poke is offering free lunches to MPS students from 1-3 p.m. daily (Monday-Friday) at their East Side shop located at 1806 E. North Ave.

The Tandem recently shut down operations to provide free community meals from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (Monday-Friday) to those in need. To reserve a meal, call The Tandem at 414-885-1919. You can learn more at their Facebook page.

Central Standard Craft Distillery producing disinfectant spray

Early this week, Central Standard Craft Distillery announced that they were converting their high-proof vodka into a disinfectant spray. They use a formula provided by the CDC and will distribute the spray to places like nursing homes, critical-care centers and first responders at no cost.

How to support Milwaukee restaurants and bars

These are very uncertain times and we must come together and support each other. The restaurant and bar industry is getting hit hard by this pandemic. There are many ways to support your local restaurant by purchasing gift cards to having food delivered (make sure you tip well) to purchasing merchandise. One good way is to purchase restaurant bonds.

A restaurant bond is like a gift card, but it becomes worth more later. For example, purchase a $25 bond and in June it matures for $30, $35 in July, or $40 in August. You can learn more about restaurant bonds via Milwaukee Magazine.

Buy a $25 “Restaurant Bond” gift card now from restaurants and bars who have pledged to stand with their employees, and you can use one per visit when it matures for $30 in June, $35 in July, or $40 in August or beyond!

James Beard Foundation also has a list of ways you can help restaurants.

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How to celebrate Pi Day in Milwaukee

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

In this episode of This Bites, we highlight ways to celebrate Pi Day in Milwaukee, the winners of the World Championship Cheese Contest held in Madison, Egg & Flour’s new Bay View location, Merriment Social’s March Burger Madness, milkshake madness at Don’s Diner, and a Bavette beer dinner featuring Good City Brewery.

Photo via Small Pie’s Facebook page

On Saturday, March 14, Milwaukee will celebrate Pi Day, and Milwaukee Magazine has round-up of events related to that circular treat. You can find events celebrating all types of pies, from savory, to sweet, to pizza pies.

In the podcast, Ann and I preview a Pi Day party at Crossroads Collective. Pies will be provided by SmallPie, and the party will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. MPS Art Teachers will also teach Pi Day crafts to the kids. Stream the episode for all the details.

World Championship Cheese Contest

Photo via the World Championship Cheese Contest

A little over a week ago, the annual World Championship Cheese Contest took place in Madison, and several Wisconsin cheesemakers took home top prizes. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin cheesemakers claimed the top spot in 48 of the 132 categories judged.

The competition was tough; the contest received thousands of entries from 36 states and 26 countries. Wisconsin’s Crave Brothers took home several prizes, including first place in the cheese curds category for its jalapeño cheddar variety.

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Triciclo Perú offers a very Wisconsin spin on the empanada

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s episode, we have a bunch of mushroom puns for you in honor of Ann’s new story about The Mushroom LADY. We also discuss Ann’s review of a the Peruvian restaurant Triciclo Perú, and WMSE’s 18th Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser, as well as a new happy hour special at Morel and a new soup place.

The Mushroom LADY | facebook.com/MushroomLADYLLC

In the March issue of Milwaukee Magazine, Ann profiles Diane Summers-Yelton, otherwise known as The Mushroom LADY, one of the most prominent women foragers in the state. It’s a dangerous hobby, as Ann explains: Learning which mushrooms are and aren’t edible is not for the fainthearted. Eventually she was able to prove to prominent local chefs that she was able to attain the freshest, most local mushrooms available.

She also sells to home cooks, and offers items like truffle honey, truffle salt and truffle butter. From April to November, “each month reveals a few different wild edible mushrooms,” she told Ann.

Triciclo Perú is an empanada lover’s dream

Empanadas at Triciclo Peru | facebook.com/tricicloperumke

You may have seen the food truck for Triciclo Perú. Now the chefs have a brick and mortar location at 3801 W. Vliet St., next door to Pete’s Pops. It’s a super charming little space–a one-room dining room and bar with a classic tin ceiling. The menu specializes in, as you’d expect, empanadas.

You can not only buy them for lunch and dinner, but you can also buy them frozen to go. They make a handy quick dinner, if you’re in a pinch. Just bake them in the oven. In addition to the traditional beef filling (with onion, black olives, raisins and hard-boiled egg), there’s a Wisconsin cheddar empanada with breakfast sausage and scrambled eggs.

WMSE’s Rockabilly Chili returns

WMSE’s Rockabilly Chili returns for its 18th year this Sunday. It’s the biggest chili event in the city. There will be more than 50 chilis at this year’s event, competing for a variety of awards including best chili, best heat and best veggie chili. There’s even an award for best display. Ann and I share the stories behind some of the spiciest food we’ve ever eaten, and Ann recalls a time she was tricked into eating canned chili and actually enjoyed it.

To hear us get into all of that and much, much more–including a new happy hour sandwich at Morel–stream this week’s episode below.

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What do Milwaukee’s top chefs really think of diners in Milwaukee?

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

This week we have some big announcements, including the semi-finalists for the 35th annual James Beard Awards, and news of a forthcoming East African Restaurant coming to Milwaukee. We also discuss the latest Milwaukee Magazine cover story that goes inside the minds of the city’s top chefs.

On March 25 we’ll learn who the finalists are for this year’s James Beard Awards, and we’ll see if any of these three semi-finalist Milwaukee chefs are among them: Dane Baldwin, an industry vet best known for The Diplomat, is nominated for Best Chef Midwest, as is Karen Bell of Bavette La Boucherie. And in the category of Outstanding Restaurateur award, there’s Paul Bartolotta of The Bartolotta Restaurants (Ristorante Bartolotta, Harbor House, Lake Park Bistro, Bacchus and others). It’s amazing seeing Milwaukee chefs getting recognized.

A tempting dish at Sanford | sanfordrestaurant.com

Then Ann gives us the scoop on the latest huge dining feature in Milwaukee Magazine, the magazine’s annual Chefs Dish roundtable. They dish about what they eat, where they eat, the challenges the industry faces, and sexism and inappropriate behavior in the kitchen in the age of #MeToo. Among the chefs included are Justin Aprahamian, the chef-owner of Sanford, as well as Miles Borghgraef of Birch + Butcher, Joe Schreiter of Mistral and Mia LeTendre, the chef-owner of Strange Town. They also discuss their customers. Do Milwaukee diners live up to the stereotype of being frugal Midwesterners, or is the reality more complicated than that? You’ll have to read the issue to find out.

And finally we discuss a new East African restaurant. Swahili Kitchen will replace Asian Papayoyo at 2020 W. Wisconsin Ave. It’ll have rice options including white rice with coconut, spicy rice, vegetable fried rice and Pilau, “a fragrant rice seasoned with cardamom and cumin.”

Hear us discuss all that and more on this week’s episode below.

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Raise a brat: This Sunday is Fred Usinger Day in Milwaukee

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

This week on Milwaukee’s longest running food podcast, we’re looking at a really cool Hmong pop-up, a sake-themed dinner at Screaming Tuna and some exciting news from Funky Fresh Spring Rolls.

But first: This Sunday is Fred Usinger Day. The iconic Milwaukee sausage shop Usinger’s is celebrating its 140th year in Milwaukee. You can head to the Old German Beer Hall for a free Usinger’s brat beginning at 10 a.m. There will also be free beer starting at 4 p.m. until the keg runs out.

Ann also recommends going to Usinger’s store and checking out its second’s table — a selection of heavily discounted meat that’s marked down simply because it doesn’t look perfect. It’s a great value.

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Braise will host a Hmong pop-up dinner prepared by Chef Yia Vang of Minneapolis’ Union Hmong Kitchen on Feb. 25. The dinner will be family-style and will feature a variety of Hmong dishes including smoked Hmong BBQ pork, whole grilled striped bass with smoked tomato chili, whole tribe chicken, Hmong sausage, cucumber salad with tamarind vinaigrette, char root veggies with Indian curry, grilled broccoli and roasted cauliflower.

Funky Fresh Spring Rolls in the Sherman Phoenix is growing. The business started out doing health, fresh spring rolls. But they’re expanding their menu, and to accommodate that growth, they’re growing their space. They’ll be offering burgers and bowls based on quinoas and other healthy grains.

Here’s an event sake lovers won’t want to miss: Screaming Tuna is welcoming Monica Samuels. Dubbed “the Sake Samurai,” she’s the director of sake and spirits for Vine Connections, “one of only 66 in the world to hold this title and has worked for the sake business for over 10 years,” according to the restaurant. She’ll explore the history of sake along with a four-course pairing meal.

Hear us discuss all that and more on this week’s episode below.

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Milwaukee’s most romantic dining destinations

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, and on this week’s episode Ann shares four ideas for a perfect date night in Milwaukee. If you’re in an unpretentious mood, she suggests going to The Vanguard, sitting at the bar and watching WWE wrestling while eating a sausage you’ve prepaid for. “Just sit there and let all those first date jitters subside,” Ann says.

She also recommends an entire day at the Milwaukee Art Museum — it has a restaurant that’s open for lunch, and it offers a nice view of the lake. Its lunch menu is often inspired by the current exhibits, and if you stay late enough, there’s a bar and lounge where you are watch the sun go down — pretty romantic.

If you’re a plant-based kind of person, head to Strange Town, where DJs spin vinyl as patrons snack on great vegetarian food and enjoy wine and cocktails. After that, head over the Jazz Estate for some live jazz — that place has great cocktails. And finally, she suggests, head to Third Coast Provisions for some seafood. They offer lobster rolls and oysters.

Third Coast Provisions | facebook.com/thirdcoastprovisions

Speaking of romantic places, we’re talking about Ardent. It’ll be closing from Feb. 23 for some renovations that will last through early April. When it reopens, part of the restaurant will be open to walk-in guests only, and they’ll be offering “smaller a la carte food menu offerings, and a thoughtfully curated beverage list.” It’ll be a more casual experience for people who don’t love making reservations.

Apertivo opens in the Pritzlaff Building

Next we look at a couple of places that will be opening. Apertivo in the Pritzlaff Building just opened. It currently serves breakfast, lunch and cocktails, but its specialty will be an “apertivo hour,” which offers pre-dinner cocktails and snacks. Expect a menu filled with drinks like Campari, Aperol and Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato.

For breakfast there are items like bagels, breakfast burritos and a breakfast croissant filled with two eggs, cheddar and bacon. The building is absolutely gorgeous, too.

Apertivo | facebook.com/aperitivomke

And then we discuss Crab Du Jour, a new Cajun seafood chain restaurant that’s coming to Brown Deer. Offerings include boiled seafood dishes like clam, crab, crawfish and shrimp. It is crawfish season right now, by the way. The restaurant also will have fried seafood and chicken wings. The restaurant is opening in a former Applebee’s building at 9080 N. Green Bay Road.

Hear us get into all of that and more on this week’s episode.

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Forget candy, give the gift of pie this Valentine’s Day

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On this episode of This Bites, we’re talking pie! Milwaukee Magazine’s Ann Christensen and I talk about a lineup of local pie-makers looking to sweeten your Valentine’s Day. Plus, we uncover a hidden steakhouse, check in at a forthcoming bagel shop and discuss some don’t-miss food events coming up in Milwaukee this month.

Listen to the podcast below.

Honeypie is again offering “piegrams” for Valentine’s Day. Photo courtesy Honey Pie’s Facebook page.

No shade to the great candy and chocolate makers in town, but if pie is more your speed, why not opt for a slice of locally baked love instead? (Or better yet, both!)

Thankfully, you have many options for freshly made pies near Milwaukee, whether you’re looking for a traditional lard crust, a fruit pie made from Wisconsin ingredients or an innovative flavor combination. Check out these local pie makers this Valentine’s Day:

New Harbor District bagel shop

The former Drink Wisconsinably space will soon be vacant no longer with a new bagel shop and deli coming soon. Enter Allie Boy’s Bagelry and Luncheonette.

Owners Ben Nerenhausen and Staci Lopez are updating the space and aim to open by late March. The new venue will offer New York-style bagels, made in house, and a variety of global flavors. Look for latkes, smoked fish and soups, including borscht.

Fine-dining arrives in Bay View at the White House. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

White House reopens

Bay View has a new fine-dining restaurant — with a familiar name. After years of vacancy, the White House is back open with new owners and new concept.

The former corner bar has been transformed into a high-end restaurant with white table cloths, fresh flowers and romantic chandeliers. The wife-husband duo Allison Meinhardt and Zachary Bryne plan to continually update the menu, according to the restaurant’s website.

“The rotating menu we offer allows our Chef to provide guests with a higher culinary experience. Our commitment to serving the finest food possible is exemplified through the freshest ingredients available. Daily specials, fresh soup, fish du jours and homemade desserts are curated for the change in seasons.”

Hidden steakhouse

Art may reign supreme at Saint Kate Arts Hotel, but the culinary offerings are every bit as interesting. And if you know who to ask, you’re sure to impress your dinner companion by visiting the hidden steakhouse inside the hotel.

There is no overt signage, and the restaurant is called The Dark Room. You’ll find it by checking in at a host stand near the Giggle Champagne Bar. Ann recommends trying the dry aged ribeye and the New York strip. Be sure to get a reservation; the ultra-intimate restaurant offers just 24 seats.

February food events

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How great are Ruby’s Bagels?

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

In the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine, Ann takes a visit to Ruby’s Bagels, the popular bagel spot in Zocalo. For those who have a sweet tooth, we also discuss the upcoming Sweets and Treats Fest in Waukesha. We also talk about 88Nine’s amazing upcoming SoundBites event and share some hot sauce news. Hear us get into all of it on this week’s episode.

Ruby’s Bagels | facebook.com/ZocaloFoodPark

Ruby’s Bagels is the food truck owned by baker Daniela “Ruby” Varela, who spoke with Ann in the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine. She’d never expected to run her own shop until she was approached by Zocalo. She offers a variety of bagels (rosemary sea salt and cinnamon sugar among them) and flavored cream cheeses (including honey chipotle), and they’re amazingly delicious — and a very welcome change of pace from the chain bagels that proliferate Milwaukee.

Speaking of Milwaukee Magazine, Ann has a new piece in this month’s issue about Wonderland, the charming new diner in Riverwest. It’s at 732 E. Burleigh St., and has some hearty dishes that will appeal to vegans and meat eaters alike, with highlights like soy chorizo, vegan loaf, seafood cakes and chicken and waffles. And how is this for convenience: You can get food from Wonderland while you’re at Art Bar next door. Ann also raves about the pie.

Next we throw out a bit of a shameless plug for Radio Milwaukee’s SoundBites event, which returns for its 9th year on Feb. 6 at the Ivy House. It will feature dishes from Anytime Arepa,  Birch + Butcher, BrandywineBuckatabon, Lake Park Bistro , FauntleroyFireflyHatched MKEMaya Ophelia’s, Pabst Theater GroupScreaming Tuna and Uncle Wolfie’s, each of which will be paired with a song from a Radio Milwaukee DJ. This is some seriously exclusive dining, with some plates you won’t find anywhere else. You can get your tickets here.

Sweet lovers and chocoholics will want to check out this one, too: Waukesha County Expo Center will host its Sweets and Treats Test on Feb. 22. Seventeen dessert vendors will be on hand, offering cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, macarons, gourmet rice crispie treats, cakes, waffles, cotton candy as more, with many gluten-free and dairy-free options.

Hear us discuss all of that and more on this week’s episode.

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A Laotian pop-up is headed to Milwaukee’s Crossroads Collective

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s installment of Milwaukee’s longest-running food podcast, we’re talking about Laotian cuisine coming to Milwaukee’s East Side, a new pizzeria and a cheese festival I compare to the Coachella of cheese. Then we have a double dose of pasta news. Hear us chat about all of it below.

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The pop-up company SapSap will bring a Laotian pop-up to Milwaukee’s Crossroads Collective food hall. From March 12-22, SapSap will be serving items like Lao beef jerky, egg rolls, and Lao-style lime-leaf sausage. There will also be a charred skirt steak served with rice noodles, daikon radish, cucumber and fish sauce.

Next Ann gives us the early scoop on a new pizza spot that’s focusing on Wisconsin cheesemakers and specializing in vegetable toppings. There will also be a clam-sauce pizza.

Speaking of cheese, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin have put together a three-day cheese festival in Madison called the Art of Cheese Festival. It’ll include cheese classes, a pop-up cheese market and a cheese-themed ball. There will even be opportunities to visit dairy farms on a cheese bus.

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A new pasta place has opened in the former John Hawk’s Pub building at 100 E. Wisconsin Ave. It’s called Tua Pasta and offers design-your-own pasta options using fresh homemade pasta. Customization is king in this modern space, which features seating for more than 100 guests. And speaking of pasta: Egg & Flour is doing a takeover at San Giorgio on Thursday, Jan. 30.

Hear us talk about all that and more (including a big paczki party at the Polish Center on Feb. 9) on this week’s episode.

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