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Milwaukee's 18th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser takes on hunger

Milwaukee Empty Bowls
Milwaukee Empty Bowls

Each Friday at 8am on 88Nine, Milwaukee Magazine’s dining critic, Ann Christenson, and 88Nine foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture.

On this week’s episode, we talk about the 18th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. We also talked about wild game dinner at Motor Bar & Restaurant, and the menu at the new Like Minds brewery.

Empty Bowls Fundraiser (Oct. 9 at MSOE Kern Center)

Since 1999, Milwaukee Empty Bowls has donated $637,630 to help feed those in need in the Milwaukee metro area. More than 95% of the funds raised during this perennially popular event – held around World Food Day – go directly to aid the hungry in our community.

Guests at the October event have their choice from a collection of more than 2,000 ceramic bowls handcrafted and donated by local artists, teachers and students.

Soups prepared by local chefs are served with bread and other refreshments. Some of the area’s top musicians entertain guests throughout the day. (Check back here or at our website as we continue to update information on this year's restaurants and supporters!) Guests take their bowls home to serve as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in our community.

Find more information about the restaurants taking part here.

Wild Game Dinner with MobCraft Brewery(Oct 18 at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant)

On Oct 18, MOTOR Bar & Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum, one can enjoy a multi-course dinner featuring wild game dishes prepared by Chef Josh and paired with MobCraft brews. Here is the menu.

Passed Appetizers:

Duck Confit Crostini with Brie cheese, orange zest, and fig marmalade
Bison Slider with a Miller Bakery Pretzel Bun, smoked Gouda, and wild mushrooms

Buttermilk Breaded Alligator Bites with Cajun remoulade and hot sauce
Hasenpfeffer Stew with rabbit, wild boar bacon, cipolini onions, and fried capers
Antelope Steak with Bordelaise sauce, root vegetable puree, and bacon-roasted Brussel sprouts
Vanilla Poached Pears with Mascarpone cheese, candied ginger, oatmeal crumble

Menu at the new Like Minds Brewery

Located at 823 E. Hamilton St, Like Minds Brewery co-owned by Sanford's Justin Aprahamian and beermeister John Lavelle. Check out their amazing menu here.


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