Food films that look good enough to eat
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.
We normally traffic in news and recommendations you can taste, but this week we decided to give you something else to chew on: our top Milwaukee Film Fest events focused on food.
Actually, the picks we offer in the podcast offer the best of both worlds, giving you the opportunity to go see a movie and then follow it up with a curated menu or drink experience that matches what you saw. While we were a little disappointed to not find a wider food series this year, we did spot a couple satisfying selections.
Love Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter shows at 4:30 p.m. this Sunday, April 30, and Living Wine at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday, both at the Oriental Theatre (Herzfeld Cinema). Unfortunately, it looks like tickets for the former are in short supply, but you can still score a seat at the latter.
Equally important are the two tie-ins connected to the films. At 6 p.m. next Monday, May 1, chef Paul Bartolotta will present a five-course, five-pairing tribute to Trotter at Bacchus with a blockbuster menu (check it out here, along with ticket info). And after you see Living Wine, bring your ticket stub right around the corner to Strange Town for discounts on flights and pours.
Here’s what else we’re serving up on this week’s episode:
- Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, giving you a few more chances to support and enjoy food from Black-owned businesses.
- Pupuseria Los Angeles will bring a taste of El Salvador to North Avenue Market.
- Egg & Flour isn’t going away (thank goodness), but it did decide to close down its Crossroads Collective outpost.
- Hot Dish Pantry’s new location is open at 4125 S. Howell Ave. after starting at the 3rd Street Market Hall.
- Sweet Connie’s Cafe will replace the Spice House on MLK Drive, bringing European-inspired flavors to the neighborhood.
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