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Why Fermentation Fest could be Wisconsin's best food event

Fermentation FEst

Each Friday at 8 am 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 show, we reviewed our favorite food films from the Milwaukee Film Festival We also talked about one of the coolest food events of the year, Fermentation Festival. Then we chatted about some great fundraisers. If you are a chef or a restaurant and have an announcement or an event, please send any information or press release to

If you love cheese, beer, Mezcal, bread, kimchi, kombucha, then the annual Fermentation Fest is for you.  Taking place over two weekends - Oct 6 & 8 and Oct 13 & 15 in Reedsburg, Fermentation Fest is a celebration of all things that are fermented.Fermentation Fest brings together farmers, chefs, artists, poets, and performers for tastings, demonstrations, cooking classes, art events, performances, food carts and more.

I have never seen a food event like this.  There are over 60 classes and workshops that will teach you about the microscopic organisms that make some of your favorite foods.  In addition to classes, the festival will offer a variety of events from a Mezcal dinner to a chocolate & beer pairing event. Here are some classes that will be available

19th Annual Milwaukee Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Kern Center – MSOE | 1245 N. Broadway, Milwaukee
Bowls: $25 each - includes 2 soup tickets
Kid-made Bowls: $10 each - includes 2 soup tickets

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.

With the involvement and support of MSOE, local businesses and nearly 300 volunteers, proceeds from this year’s event will benefit several agencies in the Milwaukee area. Meet our 2017 recipient organization: Milwaukee Rescue Mission, Fondy Food Center, Repairers of the Breach, The Gathering, Milwaukee Christian Center, Guest House of Milwaukee, and Project Concern of Cudahy-St. Francis

Delicious soups provided by:
The Anchorage
Beans & Barley
Cafe Corazon Riverwest
Centro Cafe
Colectivo Coffee
The Comet Cafe
Hi Hat
Outpost Natural Foods Co-op
Sabrosa Cafe & Gallery
The Soup Market
Emperor of China
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
On the Way Cafe – NEW!
Kam's Corner Tap / Kam's Thistle and Shamrock – NEW!
Story Hill BKC
Glorioso's Italian Market
Sprecher's Restaurant and Pub - Glendale
Hue Vietnamese Restaurant Milwaukee
Milwaukee Ale House
The Bay - NEW!
Company Brewing – NEW!
Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub: Downtown - NEW!
The Mequon Chancery
Nightmares Food Truck – NEW!
Irene's Catering Service
MOTOR Bar & Restaurant
GypsyTaco – NEW!
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro – NEW!
Lakefront Brewery - NEW!
Devon Seafood + Steak Milwaukee – NEW!
Café Hollander

Fresh baked bread from The City Market, Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery, and Troubadour Bakery.

Entertainment Lineup:
11:00 to 11:45 - Michael Henszey
12:00 to 12:45 - Layers&Layers
1:00 to 2:00 - Micah Olsan

Strange Town

A new vegan restaurant called Strange Town recently opened in the old Alium space on the East Side.  Started by DJ Andy Noble (Kings Go Forth, The Get Down), Strange Town features an all plant-based menu including a pizza of the day.  In addition to the food, Noble plans to invite DJs for to spin records a few nights a week.

Kick Hunger Challenge

On Oct. 23, Taste of the NFL and Hunger Task Force teamed up for the 'Kick Hunger Challenge' at Sanford. The challenge is a national fundraiser which pairs up local chefs with food banks to raise funds for hunger relief.

A social hour kicks off the evening at 5:30pm with a cash bar, complimentary passed appetizers and a raffle for an autographed Jordy Nelson game jersey. Guests will be seated for a 4-course dinner at 6:30pm, which will include:

:: Menu ::

Cured Uplands Pork Shoulder and Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Apple and Turnip,
Beer Vinegar Reduction
Seared Sea Scallop with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Fennel Dusted Strip-loin of Beef with Preserved Corn Cream,
Parmesan and Truffle
Dried Wisconsin Cherry and Peach Steamed Ale Pudding,
Gingerbread Ice Cream

Details and Schedule

5:30pm Social Hour (Cash Bar, Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres and Raffle)
6:30pm 4-Course Dinner with Wine Pairings (and Q&A with Frank Winters)

1547 N. Jackson Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Dinner is $125/person and includes passed hors d’oeuvres, 2 raffle tickets, 4-course dinner and wine pairing. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the social hour. Each guest will also receive an autographed Frank Winters photograph. (Guests are asked not to bring any personal memorabilia to sign.)

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