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The food trends we want to see in Milwaukee in 2023

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

While Ann and I are hosts of Milwaukee’s longest-running culinary podcast, we don’t really flatter ourselves with the title of “trend-setters.” Something like “trend-spotters” might be more accurate — and accuracy is what we’re going for in this episode as we share a few trends we think might hit big in 2023.

To get the conversation going, we started with this list that ranged from pretty tame items (regional pizzas and pasta alternatives) to a little more out there (tinned fish and “seacuterie” boards). I won’t give away our picks for what we’ll see around here in 2023, although I will say ham is involved.

You’ll hear that discussion toward the end of the podcast. But before we get there, we have a lot to squeeze into our very last Milwaukee culinary roundup of 2022, including:

  • Ann’s guide to wine bars and deals you can find on vino around town Sunday through Thursday.
  • The latest food truck to go the brick-and-mortar route — Pho Spot MKE, which will bring Vietnamese to 3rd Street Market Hall.
  • A new venture from the folks beyond Discourse Coffee (one of Ann’s favorites), a non-alcoholic cocktail bar. Just don’t call it mocktails.

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Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee