Wisconsin State Fair will offer a rotating drive-thru fair foods menu this summer

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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.

Even though Wisconsin State Fair has been canceled this year, the fair grounds will be offering a curbside pickup featuring some of your favorite fair foods. We’ll be talking about that, as well as some restaurants that have closed temporarily after workers tested positive for COVID-19, on this week’s episode. Also Braise is hosting a paella party, there’s a new steakhouse with a Mexican flair coming to a beloved South Side location, and Iron Grate BBQ has a new food truck.

Can’t go wrong with funnel cake | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

For those who miss the treats at Wisconsin State Fair, the fair grounds are hosting a fair foods drive-thru, which will allow patrons to purchase corn dogs and cheese curds and other fair signatures. It kicks of July 23, and each week offers a different menu. The rotating menus will be posted each week, so you’ll have to wait and see what they offer. It runs through Aug. 16.

Restaurants temporarily close after COVID-19 exposure

Meanwhile, the pandemic continues to take a toll on Milwaukee restaurants. At least eight of them have closed after learning that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, including Stubby’s Gastrogrub and Beer Bar, Brandywine, Honeypie and Palomino, Who’s on Third, Steny’s and Buckley’s. Months into the pandemic, there’s still incredible uncertainty about its impact on restaurants.

Paella, steaks, chicken and more

On a happier note, Braise is hosting a paella party today from 4-8 p.m. Diners can either eat it on the patio or take it to go, and they’ll have their pick from chicken confit, shrimp and chorizo or summer veggie paella, all served with homemade bread and salad. The price is $20 per person or $75 for a family of four.

The former location of Fritz’s Pub, which used to have one of the most celebrated fish fries in the city, will become home to a steakhouse with a Latin flair. The owner has a great track record in the city. He also owns Fat Valdy’s, The Chicken Palace, Fiesta Cafe and the La Michoacana franchise.

Some more good news: If you can’t make the drive to the South Side for Iron Grate BBQ, you’ll be able to find it a little closer to Downtown, at 1010 S. 1st St. in Walker’s Point, starting Wednesday, July 8. Hours during its first week will be Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu, features some surprises, including a “hot dip sammie,” as well as favorites like pulled pork and brisket.

Hear us chat about all that and more, including a new chicken spot near the Deer District, on this week’s episode.

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Milwaukee’s ‘The Diplomat’ is back, plus a summer grilling guide

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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, we discussed Milwaukee Magazine’s summer grilling guide, a new vendor at Crossroads Collective, and return of Bartolotta and The Diplomat.

The Diplomat Diplomac Burger | via Facebook

We talked about Milwaukee Magazine’s grilling issue, just in time for the Fourth of July and summer. Ann shared tips on cooking on gas and charcoal grills, where to buy the best meats for your grill and the popular grill known as the Green Egg.

New vendor at Crossroads Collective

A new restaurant opened earlier this week at Crossroads Collective by the name of Mina.

From the press release:

“Mina is a new concept from husband and wife team, Ryan Hoffman and Patrice Gentile. Mina brings to Milwaukee the Northern Italian aperitivo tradition.

Mina serves up classic flavors in an approachable way, with rotating small plates that include a variety of topped toasts, chickpea fritters with pesto, steamed clams with chorizo and cider, shaved fennel salad with orange and parsley, melon and burrata, lamb ragu and polenta, and more at Crossroads Collective’s newly reopened dining room and expansive patio. Curbside carry out is also available.”

Small plates at Mina

Bartolotta returns

Bartolotta announced the return of Ristorante Bartolotta in Wauwatosa. This includes new safety measures due to COVID-19.

  • Face masks are required for both staff and restaurant patrons
  • Reservations are required, will be held for 15 minutes, and there will be temperature checks upon entry of the restaurant
  • Touchless payment options and QR codes to view menus on smartphones
  • Custom-made safety partitions between tables and booths
  • UV-C technology that “actively seeks and destroys” micro-organisms in the air and on hard surfaces
  • “Meticulously and deliberately” cleaned tables within every new reservation

You can learn more over at Milwaukee Magazine.

Local restaurants and business demanding a mandatory mask rule

Several local restaurants and businesses wrote an open letter to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett demanding he issues a mandatory mask rule. You can read the open letter here.

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Wisconsin State Fair is offering curbside cream puffs this year

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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’re looking at restaurants that are reopening for dining, as well as the city’s new reopening plan. Also, Congress has a bill to help independent restaurants with additional funding. We get into all that, as well as peaches, cream puffs and more. Stream the episode and read about it below.

Wisconsin State Fair won’t happen this year, but Wisconsinites can still get their cream puff fix. During the fair’s originally scheduled run, the fair will be offering curbside cream puffs at State Fair Park.

There will be set hours to pick them up: Thursday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 9 and Thursday, Aug. 13 to Sunday, Aug. 16, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. (There will also be a delivery option, but you’ll have to order a fair amount of them in order to take advantage).

There will also be cream puffs available at Festival Foods stores in Kenosha, Appleton and Madison from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 10-12. They’ll be available in three packs and six packs.

Looking to burn off the calories from those cream puffs? The fair is doing a Virtual Cream Puff 5K benefiting the State Fair Foundation. You can register online through July 30 for the run or walk.

Milwaukee restaurants reopen

More and more restaurants are announcing that they’re reopening. Maxie’s recently reopened, and Blue’s Egg and Story Hill are planning on reopening soon, too. But they’re being cautious, opening with reduced hours and reduced capacity.

Third Coast Provisions opened on Wednesday. They’ve taken measures to contact trace and test all their staff. Merriment Social is also open as well, and they’ve been taking advantage of the building’s large garage doors to create an open-air dining area. Company Brewing’s patio is open, too, and Transfer Pizza has a new patio. Expect this to be a big season for patio dining. But are we ready to start dining at restaurants? Ann says she isn’t.

Milwaukee shares its reopening plan for restaurants

The city has shared its reopening plan that will let restaurant owners reopen at full capacity. In order to do so, though, restaurants will have to share a safety plan, according to the Biz Journal.

The city is currently in what it calls Phase 3 of its reopening plan. Restaurants would be allowed to reopen at full capacity it reaches Phase 5. And today the city is debating whether it is ready to move to Phase 4, the in which restaurants could operate at 50% capacity. This is all subject to change, of course, but it means that it’s possible restaurants could be at full capacity again by the end of summer.

We also discuss a bipartisan bill that would deliver $120 billion in relief for independent restaurants. It’s called The Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive Act, or the RESTAURANT Act for short (we can’t make this up). What’s nice about the bill is it’s specifically for independent restaurants — not chains.

There’s a new takeout restaurant called Smax at 770 N. Jefferson St., in the food court that’s home to the beloved Pakistani restaurant Shah Jee’s. The concept it it offers boxed lunches, modeled after those sometimes seen in the TV show “Mad Men.” The menu is more globally minded than anything Don Draper ate on that show, though, with Cuban, Mexican and Vietnamese-inspired dishes.

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Celebrate Father’s Day with these specials from Milwaukee restaurants

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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’re discussing Father’s Day and what local restaurants are offering, a new vendor in Sherman Phoenix, the city’s pilot program for outdoor seating options, a review of Cavas, Crazy Water shutting down and becoming a Mexican restaurant and food on Juneteenth.

Ardent ‘s Burger DIY Kits for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday and several restaurants are offering something special for your pops. Ardent is offering Burger DIY Kits, which includes a seasoned burger patty, Big Marty’s Potato bun, brie cheese, Kasuzuke pickles, buttered and yeasted onions and a special sauce.

Sanford is offering a Father’s Day Grill Pack, which includes:

  • An appetizer (serves 4) of Malta Glazed Berkshire Pork Ribs – served with Mole Sauce and Slaw 
  • A 4 pack of Sanford House-made Elk Sausage – served with Pretzilla® Sausage Buns and Rhubarb Gooseberry Mostarda (a Northern Italian condiment we make in house)
  • Pasta Salad – Orecchiette, Fresh Herbs, Olives and Cherry Tomatoes 
  • Dessert of Grilled Georgia Peaches and Bourbon Butter Caramel topped with Amaretti Crumble and Spiced Mascarpone
  • Sanford embroidered chef coat

You must call Sanford to place your order at 414-276-9608

Odd Duck is offering a Father’s Day family meal pick-up. You can pick up a special meal for four that includes:

  • Smoked Baby Back Ribs with Maple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
  • Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Potato Salad with Eggs & Bacon
  • Sweet Corn Salad with Avocado, Cherry Tomato, Jalapeño, Cotija Cheese & Chili Vinaigrette

Birch + Butcher is offering a special dad’s day menu which includes cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing, hand-cut ham and rolls, or ready-to-grill marinated skirt steak.

New vendor in Sherman Phoenix

Sherman Phoenix announced that a new vendor, Rise & Grind cafe recently opened. They serve a variety of breakfast and brunch item plus a selection of coffee and fruit-based and green smoothies. They also have a location at 2737 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

City announces pilot program for outdoor seating options

The City of Milwaukee has started a pilot program for Active Streets for Businesses. As part of the program, bars and restaurants seek permission to expand outdoor seating by turning parking lanes, traffic travel lanes and sidewalks for more outdoor tables and chairs. You can learn more about the program via this presentation.

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Thum blesses Crossroads Collective with Laotian delights

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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’re discussing the recent policy change that allows Milwaukee restaurants to offer dine-in service. We also discuss a the new Laotian restaurant at Crossroads Collective, Fauntleroy’s new market and Ann’s cookbook pick of the week, which this week isn’t technically a cookbook. Stream the episode and read about it below.

Last week, Mayor Tom Barrett, out of the blue, told Milwaukee restaurants they could open for indoor service at 25% capacity. The announcement was made just 24 hours before the change, with very little guidance for how restaurants should proceed. And there was a lot of push back from local restaurants. The majority of restaurants Ann spoke to said they were not ready to reopen. Many posted on social media that they did not feel it was safe, and many cited the importance of Black Lives Matter protests. Some felt that the announcement was meant to distract from those protests.

There’s also the question of whether many restaurants can even turn a profit at 25% capacity, especially smaller restaurants.

Thum comes to Crossroads Collective

A colorful dish from Thum | facebook.com/thummke

There’s a new Laotian restaurant that popped up in Crossroads Collective called Thum. It offers food for pickup, and its menu is impressive. Options include crispy Lao eggrolls with pork, cabbage and carrots, served with sweet, tangy dipping sauce; fried chicken wings; sticky rice cakes; papaya salad; marinated beef and chicken and chicken laab. We discuss the distinctive sweet/sour/herbaceous flavor profile of Laotian cuisine.

We’re also excited about this news: Fauntleroy has a market now. It offers specialty goods, including sausages, jams and deserts, and offers 10% off to the service industry. You can even get pottery there. It seems like the market model is becoming more common post-COVID-19, as restaurants pivot to try to survive.

We discuss all that and more on this week’s episode.

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Milwaukee restaurants take a stand against police violence and systemic racism

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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 didn’t talk about a new restaurant or an upcoming pop-up. We didn’t even talk about what we were cooking this past week. Why? I’m tired, and I’m angry. Being a Black man and watching George Floyd, who happens to be the same age as me, killed on national TV made me nauseous. His death came only a few days after watching the video of Ahmaud Arbery, where I also almost threw up. And you might ask yourself, what does this have to do with food, restaurants?

A lot!

This week on This Bites, not only do we talk about how some Milwaukee restaurants are taking a stand against police violence and systemic racism, but we also have a conversation about food and its role in these issues.

Photo credit: Reddit user Timecook

Milwaukee restaurants take a stand

Restaurants have been hit hard by the effects of COVID-19, and many are struggling to stay afloat. But that hasn’t stopped some in the community to take a stand against police violence and systemic racism.

The iconic Mars Cheese Castle used its highly visible sign to convey the feelings of a lot of us with three words: “I Can’t Breathe.” In an interview with WUWM, Mars Cheese Castle co-owner Michael Ventura explained why he and his cousin put up the sign.

“My grandparents taught those values to us that you respect your fellow human being, you treat them with dignity and respect, and that’s what that sign means to me,” Ventura said.

In the city of Milwaukee, other restaurants demonstrated their solidarity in various ways. Braise is collecting donations that will be distributed to Milwaukee organizations helping promote racial equity. Earlier this week, Goodkind not only closed its doors in support of the protesters, but it also handed out water and supplies. Birch + Butcher also closed so their employees could march.

Throughout June, DanDan will be donating 10 percent of all sales to a different charity each week. This week it will donate the proceeds to NAACP. The Plate Collective did something similar with its monthly ramen, where they donated 10 percent of sales also to the NAACP.

Our conversation after goes further into the intersection of food and race. We talk about the gentrification of Nashville Hot Chicken and soul food, how foods like watermelon have been used to dehumanize the Black community. We even talk about how Bon Appetit has made a commitment to cover the more social issues in their magazine and website.

We also discuss why it is important to support Black-owned restaurants, breweries and distilleries.

If you want to learn more on this subject, I highly recommend you check out Michael Twitty’s book “The Cooking Gene.” The book is personal memoir about food and race, tracing the author’s roots. Also check out Twitty’s blog, Afroculinaria, where he writes about these issues. I suggest you read his latest piece titled “A Scolding in Seven Pieces.”

And then subscribe to the Gravy podcast. One of my favorite food podcasts that looks a food beyond the plate. They recently received a James Beard Award for their episode titled “Mahalia Jackson’s Glor-fried Chicken.” The podcast tells the story on how Gospel star Mahalia Jackson used fried chicken to push for economic empowerment in the black community.

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What does the future look like for Milwaukee restaurants?

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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 lot of sad news to share about restaurants closing and events being canceled, although we also have some silver linings to those cancellations and some good news to share about Glorioso’s reopening. I also give a happy update about how elevated my dim sum game has become (I made fried shrimp balls recently and they turned out awesome). And of course we share our cookbooks of the week. Stream and read about the episode below.

Don’s Diner | facebook.com/donsmke

Ann wrote a featured story for Milwaukee Magazine about Milwaukee restaurants that gave her hope during this pandemic. She wrote it during the first weeks of the shutdown, as she watched bars and restaurants close amid all the uncertainty. And many of these businesses were quick to respond, offering curbside pick-up,or delivery, even if they’d never offered delivery before. She reached out to some of her favorite restaurants to figure out how they’re adapting. And of course The Tandem’s community outreach efforts are mentioned, too.

“There will be restaurants that don’t make it through this ‘safer at home’ period, and I feel heartbroken for them,” Ann wrote. “But I also feel hopeful that this period will create new business models that bridge some of the gaps. There will always be the need for places that feel like home, in all its incarnations. Going forward, perhaps we will see more restaurants that feel like home for a broader section of our community.”

We also have a conversation about what the future may hold for restaurants, and whether the current curbside model is tenable. We’ll also see how this summer’s patio season plays out: Will it help diners adjust to the idea of eating around other people again? And will the state change some of its laws to help restaurants in need? Could we see beer deliveries in the future?

Gloriosos will reopen in June

Cheese at Glorioso’s | facebook.com/GloriososItalianMarket

Glorioso’s Italian Market has announced its reopening date. The store will open on June 2 after the store closed mid-March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The main grocery store at 1011 E. Brady St. will reopen to only curbside pickup and delivery. Meanwhile, an express market will open in the store’s smaller space across the street. Kudos to them for considering the health and safety of their employees and customers.

Glorioso’s online menu is already impressive. They’ll have a full selection sardines, cheeses, breads and doughs, frozen foods, pastas and even pasta makers.

In other news, Garlic Fest, hosted by Braise Restaurant, has been canceled. But Braise is planning to offer a Garlic Fest rescue kit from June 19-26 so you can still have those garlic Bloody Marys and pork buns.

West Allis’s restaurant scene has been hit especially hard by the pandemic. This week the city saw three permanent closings: Farmer’s Wife, Crawdaddy’s and Johnny V’s Classic Diner have all permanently closed their doors. It’s sad to see that happen. Unfortunately, this is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Restaurants are the life blood of the community, and they’re really struggling right now.

Hear us discuss all that below.

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Cool off this weekend with these curbside frozen treats and sundae kits

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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, it’s Memorial Day weekend and we’ve got some things to talk about related to the holiday. Ann has a great list of where to get some frozen custard, ice cream and gelato. We also have some information about SapSap, which is coming to Milwaukee one day only for a special floating market, and about Sanford’s new curbside pickup offerings (they’re offering some dishes they’ve never had before, and their selection has really evolved over the last two months). Additionally, we share some great news about a relatively new kosher grocery store. Hear us discuss all that and more — including our cookbook of the week picks — below.

Georgie Porgie’s sundae kits | facebook.com/georgie.porgies

Looking for some refreshing frozen treats? Oak Creek is the home of a little grill called Georgie Porgie’s, and it offers some incredible sundaes. The spot also has a treehouse theme, so if you go inside it looks like a treehouse. They’re offering build your own sundae packs that come with whipped cream and toppings. They also have unusual flavors like maple and bacon.

Scratch Ice Cream has a location that’s in Crossroads Collective, and they’re making it real easy to get their pints to go. Just order from their website. They also deliver. They offer pints of vegan ice cream, and they have an incredible salted caramel waffle cone. They’re also offering ice cream sandwich kits.

If you’re a frozen custard fan, there’s a place in Delafield called Wholly Cow that’s worth checking out. Like most custard places, they offer chocolate and vanilla every day, but they have a custom flavor that you can design on the spot. Sure, it’s a drive, “but I think this Memorial Day weekend a slow, leisurely drive might be a fun thing to do to pass the time,” Ann says.

SapSap returns to Milwaukee

SapSap fried chicken sandwiches | facebook.com/SapSapEats/

SapSap is a company that does Laotian popups in Racine. It was briefly in Crossroads Collective, but it’ll be back in Milwaukee for one day only on Sunday, May 24. The menu includes a fried chicken banh mi, ginger and chicken rice congee, and chicken and potato eggrolls with a cucumber sauce. You can find the complete menu here.

Stream the episode below.

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Incredible Milwaukee pizzas available for curbside pickup

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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 edition, we’re talking about Ann’s article about three foods that made Milwaukee famous, where to get locally made pizza during the pandemic, some amazing Milwaukee-area Chinese restaurants, a new Italian restaurant, unusual maple syrup and, of course, our cookbooks of the week.

We kick things off by talking about those three iconic Milwaukee foods, which include Usinger’s sausage, Buddy Squirrel candy, and Ma Baensch’s pickled herring, a food Ann says she hated as a kid, when she remembers her parents would eat it for special occasions (they ate it on Triskets). But she’s learned to appreciate that herring as an adult.

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. pizza | facebook.com/anodynecoffee

A lot of pizza places are offering curbside pickup right now, and Ann did a roundup on where to get some great pizzas right now. Pizza Man, with its locations in Wauwatosa and the East Side, is still going strong. Transfer Pizza and Lisa’s Pizza are, too, as is Tenuta’s, Classic Slice and Santino’s Little Italy in Bay View. And the Anodyne in Bay View, which serves incredible brick-oven pizza, is offering pizza to go. They always make great use of whatever’s fresh and in season. So you’ve got options, Milwaukee.

On a sadder note, there’s been a spike in racist incidents against people of Asian descent since the pandemic began. Ann thought she would counter that by creating a list of some of her favorite Chinese restaurants in the area. Jing’s is among them, and they offer an authentic menu in addition to an Americanized one (you have to request it, but it’s worth it). Emperor of China, a favorite on Brady Street, is open, too, as is East Garden in Shorewood. Fortune Restaurant in West Allis is another pick, and those are only the tip of the ice berg.

Hear us discuss those topics and more — including a new Bay View Italian spot called Sorella, and a family owned maple syrup shop called Tapped that offers some really interesting infused flavors of maple syrup, including an espresso and an Old Fashioned cocktail one — on this week’s episode below.

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Indulge with these decadent Milwaukee curbside pickup Mother’s Days meals

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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 edition of This Bites, we’re talking about Mother’s Day, and all the local restaurants offering curbside options. Then we talk about farmer’s markets that are opening this weekend and a Facebook group that supports farms. We also discuss a virtual beer festival and the return of Foundation tiki bar, and share our cookbook of the week. And, of course, we update you on what we’ve been cooking lately, including Ann’s creative use of vegetables and cheese.

Mother’s Day brunch from Mistral |facebook.com/MistralMke

For Milwaukee Magazine, Ann has a roundup of restaurants offering special curbside meals, including take-and-bake brunches and dinners. There are some really cool ones: Buckley’s has picnic basket featuring honey baked ham with mustard sauce, cheesy scalloped potatoes and Bibb lettuce salad with carrot-ginger. All the components are made in advance and you can reheat them at home.

Cavas, a tapas restaurant that opened just before the stay-at-home order, is offering a three-course dinner for a family of four, featuring two bottles of wine. The items include a mixed-greens salad with garbanzo beans, house-roasted red peppers and Spanish olives and Spanish vermouth vinaigrette; paella mixta with meats and seafood and egg custard flan.

Merriment Social’s family spread includes slow-roasted prime rib with whipped potatoes, maple roasted carrots, chopped salad, smoked whitefish deviled eggs and for desert a vanilla chiffon cake with whipped white chocolate ganache. And those are just a few of your options. Check out Milwaukee Magazine for the full list — there are more then two dozen of them.

Farmer’s markets reopen

Farmer’s markets are considered essential businesses under the Safer at Home order, and two of them are opening this week: Fondy Food Market and the West Allis Farmer’s Market. And they’re both posting special safety guidelines to help protect customers, encouraging them to wear masks and to limit their handling of the produce.

Speaking of farmers, farmers are hurting right now. There are a lot of people looking to buy from farms who might now know how, but there’s a Facebook group that helps connect them with local farmers with goods for sales. It’s called Farm Direct Wisconsin, and it features all kinds of produce and meats. If you’re looking for eggs and soup bones, you’ll find some really affordable ones that are likely better than what you can find at most grocery stores. It’s a very active Facebook group.

Hear us talk about all this and more on this week’s episode below.

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