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A preview of Milwaukee's newest restaurant, Birch + Butcher

Birch + Butcher

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. ‘This Bites’ is sponsored by Society Insurance.

On this week’s show, we talked about new Milwaukee restaurant, Birch + Butcher. We also talked about brunch at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, Yokohama's brand new menu, Strange Town's Orange Wine tasting event, and the annual Holiday Folk Fair at State Fair Park.

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Birch + Butcher

Today, Milwaukee's newest restaurant Birch + Butcher opens its doors to the public. Located at 459 E Pleasant St, Birch + Butcher is not only a restaurant but a retail store that sells baked goods, meats, sausages (provided by Madison's Underground Meats), cheese and more.  One of the unique things about Birch + Butcher is that it cooks all of its dishes in an open, wood-fired hearth.

Created by Executive chef/co-owner Miles Borghgraef, the menu at Birch + Butcher features Midwestern inspired dishes like:

  • Beef Carpaccio*, Smoked Whitefish + Remoulade
  • Sunflower Seed Risotto + King Trumpet Mushrooms
  • French Onion-Stuffed Leeks
  • Soft Pretzels, Whipped Cheddar + Pickled Jalapeno
  • BBQ Parsnips, Chili + Yogurt

Brunch at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin

Beginning this weekend Taliesin in Spring Green Wisconsin will offer brunch April 29, 2018 at their Riverview Terrace Cafe. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Riverview Terrace is designed to serve as a restaurant for travelers and locals alike and to be the gateway to visiting Taliesin.

Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am - 2 pm.  Below is the menu.

Yokohama to introduce a new menu

On Nov. 22, Yokohama will introduce a full new menu. The new menu launch will coincide with their Sapporo release partywhich kicks off at 7 pm.  Some of the features include:

  • Fried Egg & Beer $8
    sausage wrapped egg, pickled daikon, sesame dipping sauce, served with Sapporo, Miller Lite or Coors Light
  • Okonomiyaki & Beer $12
    savory pancake, pork belly, kimchi, kewpie mayo, furiyaki, “dancing” bonito, served with Sapporo, Miller Lite or Coors Light

Strange Town's orange wine tasting event

On Nov. 22 from 7 pm - 11 pm, Strange Town will guide you through the oxidized, divisive, trendy, and weird-hued world of orange wines. These are wines not made from oranges, but white wine grape flesh left to ferment with their darker skins for varying amounts of time producing a wine typically orange-tinted and containing tannic elements usually found only in red wine.

They will have offerings from Channing Daughters (Finger Lakes, NY), Batic (Slovenia), Folk Machine (Wash/Ore/Cali), Faith Armstrong’s mighty Onward (Cali) and more. $20 gets you 2oz samples of 5x wines and a full-sized glass of whichever one you like best!

International Holiday Folk Fair @ State Fair Park

The 2017 International Holiday Folk Fair will take place Nov. 17 - Nov. 19 at State Fair Park and will feature a wide variety of cuisines from around the world. Check out the menu below.

Falafel Sandwich, Chicken Shawarma Wrap, Grilled Chicken Pita Sandwich, Chicken Curry with Rice, Dinner Combo (Chicken, Basmati Rice, Falafel, Hommus & Pita), Appetizer Combo (Falafel, Hommus, Grape Leaves, and Pita), Spinach & Feta Cheese Swirl, Rolled Grape Leaves, Fries, Mango Lassi, Lamanada “Rosewater Lemonade”, and Baklava.

Dinner: Schnitzel (Seasoned breaded pork loin) or Bratwurst Dinner (2 per dinner; choice of regular or smoked spicy brat): all dinners served with Knoedel (bread dumpling), Sauerkraut, and Rye Bread.
Sandwiches: Schnitzel (seasoned breaded pork loin) on a bun with a pickle, Bratwurst on a bun with sauerkraut or pickle (choice of one regular or one smoked spicy brat), Knoedel (one bread dumpling) with gravy, and Sauerkraut (one serving).

Combo Platter (White or Fried Rice, Chicken or Garlic Green Bean, 1 Pot Sticker, 1 Egg Roll, and 1 Fortune Cookie) Sesame Chicken with Steamed Rice, Spicy Beef with White or Fried Rice, Pot Sticker (2 Pieces), Crab Rangoon (2 Pieces), Baozi (1 Piece), Teriyaki Chicken on a stick (2 Pieces), Egg Roll (1 Piece), Cookie (3 pieces), Sesame Ball (3 Pieces), Pearl Bubble Tea, and Hot Tea.

Dinner: Veprova Pecene (Roast Pork with Dumpling, Gravy, Sweet Sour Cabbage, and Rye Bread) and Hovezi s Koprovou Omackou (Beef with Dill Gravy, Dumplings, and Carrots).
Sandwiches: Veprova Pecene (Roast Pork with Rye Bread) and Chlebieky (open face sandwich with pickle).
Side Order: Knedliky (2 Dumplings with Gravy), Combo (Dumplings with Cabbage), and Zeli (Sweet Sour Cabbage).

Macaroni Bachamel, Chicken Kabob with Rice and Salad, Kabob Hala (Beef Stew and Rice), Koushary, Stuffed Grape Leaves (2), Spinach Cheese Pie (1), Kahk (Egyptian Cookie 1), Baklava (1), Konafa (1), Pickle (1), Mango Juice, and Guava Juice.

Pancit Sampler, Pancit, Mami, Siopao, Combo – Siopao/Mami, Lumpia Shanghai (pork), Egg Rolls (chicken), Combo – Pancit/Lumpia Shanghai (2), Rice.
Dessert: Leche Flan or Cassava, Dessert Sampler (Small Flan, Small Cassava), Nagaraya Nuts, and Salabat – Ginger Tea.

Sweet Crepes: Butter and Sugar; Butter and Cinnamon; Butter, Sugar, and Lemon; Raspberry Jam; Apricot Jam; Strawberry Jam; Nutella; Nutella and Banana; and Suzette.

Schnitzel Sandwich (Breaded Pork Cutlet), Pork Goulash with Noodles, Potato Pancakes with Sausage and Applesauce, Potato Pancakes with Applesauce, Smoked Hungarian-style Bratwurst, Seasoned Steak Fries and Dip, Apple Strudel, Cherry Strudel, Assorted Cookies and Bars, Bienenstich, Assorted Torts, Landjaeger, and Hot Mulled Cider.

Gyros Sandwich, Spanakopita, Greek Salad, Grecian Fries with Seasoning, Dolmadas (3 grape leaves wrapped rice and meat), Greek Bread, Lemon Rice Soup – Avgolemeno, Baklava, Koulouria (1 dozen cookies on a ribbon), Kourambiethes (powdered sugar cookies-no nuts), and 32 oz. Blue Agean Lemonade.

Vegetable Combo Plate, Non-Vegetable Combo Plate, Chicken Legs (2 pcs.), Chicken Tikka Masala with rice, Chicken Curry with rice, Aloo-Chole with rice; Rice Plate, Bhel Mix, Samosa (1 Pc.), Mixed Vegetables with rice, Vegetable Pakora (4 pcs.), Mango Juice, and Mango Lassi.

Bowl of Potato Soup, Corn Beef Sandwich, Half-Sandwich and Cup of Soup, Cup of Soup, Soda Bread (whole loaf), Soda Bread (half loaf), Soda Bread (1 slice), Cookie, and Mead.

Quarter Pizza (Sausage, Pepperoni or Cheese), Rigatoni Pasta with Breadstick, Rigatoni Pasta with Meatballs and Breadstick, Meatball Sandwich, Lasagna with Breadstick, Arancini (Rice Ball), Italian Bread with Dipping Oil, half-pound Assorted Italian Cookies, Cannoli (Regular or Chocolate), Tiramisu, Italian Ice Cup (strawberry), Pineapple Cookie, and Pizzelle.

Tempura Dipped Vegetable Egg Roll, Garlic Pepper Edamame Pods, Gyoza Dumplings (3), Assorted Sushi Rolls (California, Crunchy, Spicy, Tuna, Shrimp and Tempura), Chicken Yakitori with rice, Hibachi noodles with Vegetables, Teriyaki Bourbon Chicken with Rice, Shrimp Tempura Boat, Combo Platter, Hello Kitty Meal (Chicken Nuggets with Rice and Hello Kitty Cookie), Fresh Squeezed Green Tea Lemonade

Plate of 2 tacos with rice, Plate of 2 tamales with rice, Nachos Supreme, Quesadilla Supreme, Nachos, Taco (hard or soft), Quesadilla, Tamal (pork or chicken), Bean Bowl with Cheese and Chips, Churro (plain, strawberry, or vanilla), Side of rice, and Fruit water.

Indian Taco (fry bread with beans, meat, onion, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream), Bison Burger (fry bread or bun), Bison Chili (meat, beans, tomatoes, and spices), Corn Soup (chicken broth and pork), Pumpkin Soup (vegetarian), Blanket Dog, Wild Rice (served plain or with cranberries and nuts), Fry Bread (optional toppings), and Wojape (fry bread with fruit toppings).

Momo (8 pcs.), Chow Mein, Chiya, Dal Bhat Masu, and Dal Bhat Tarkari.

Fataya, Beignet, Mafe (Peanut Stew with chicken) over white rice (incudes juice or beignet), Thiou (Tomato Stew with chicken) over white rice or couscous (includes juice or beignet), Yassa Chicken (with roasted onions) over white rice or couscous (includes onion sauce), Rice and Beans, Citrus Juice, Bissap Juice, and Mild or Hot Sauce.
Sides: White Rice, Couscous, Chilled Vegetables, and Onion Sauce.

Filled Puff Pastries, Walnut Strudel (whole or half loaf), Filo Dough (assortments), Apple Tarts/Lenja Pita, Assorted Cookies, and Palacinke (Gluten free cookies available).

Cabbage Roll with Bread, Chicken Paprikash with Halushky, Klobasa Sandwich with Kraut and Pickle, Lentil Soup with Bread, Halushky with Gravy, Halushky with Kraut, and Assorted Bakery.

Veggie Spring Roll, Crab Rangoon, Thai Style Chicken Wings, Chicken Fried Rice, Pud Thai Chicken, Stir Fry Chicken with cashew-nut, Volcano Chicken with sautéed vegetable (served with jasmine rice), Chicken Red Curry, Thai Iced Tea, and Real Young Coconut Juice.

Appetizers: Sambusas (2 turkey or veggie pie), Bajia (Potatoes dipped in chick Pea Flour); Smoked Grilled Masala chicken legs (2), and Sweet Potato Fries.
Entrée: Chicken Curry with Rice, Jerk Chicken with Rice, Goat Curry with Rice, Lentil Stew with Rice, Combo Plates: half Chicken Curry and Jerk Chicken Rice, Lentil Stew, Bajia and 1 Sambusa; Chicken Curry, Rice, Lentil Stew, Bajia and 1 Sambusa; Smoked Jerk Chicken, Rice, Lentil Stew, Bajia, 1 Sambusa; Goat Curry, Rice, Lentil Stew, Bajia, and 1 Sambusa; and Lentil stew, Rice, Bajia and 2 veggie Sambusas.
Drinks: Fresh Mixed Tropical Juice – Mango, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Orange, and Carrots; and Fresh Hot Ginger with Cardamon Tea.

Pork Steam Bun; Banh Mi Sandwich (includes house mayo, pickled carrots, daikon, cucumber, and cilantro; fresh jalapenos are optional); House special chicken, tofu, turkey and cheese; or turkey, ham and cheese; Noodle Dish served on a bed of rice noodles, lettuce, pickled carrots and daikon, jalapenos, and eggroll (Peanuts and House sauce on the side with chicken, tofu); Veggie eggrolls (one, half dozen, or dozen); Pho Noodle Soup, served with Rice Noodles and Beef Broth (choice of beef or tofu); Nab Vam (Tapioca) Lotus Cookies; Steam Rice Cake; and Boba Tea.


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