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Milwaukee's Sweet Diner is not your typical greasy spoon

Sweet Diner

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 Ann's review of the new Third Ward restaurant, Sweet Diner. We also talked about chili cook-off events this weekend, Snack Boys and more.

If you are a chef or a restaurant and have an announcement or an event, please send any information or press release to

42 Grams Screening at Iron Horse Hotel on Jan 30

On Jan. 30, The Iron Horse Hotel will host a screening of the documentary 42 Grams.  The screening is free and will take place at 7:00 pm.

About the film:

After working at some of the world’s best restaurants, Jake’s aggressive personality kept him from finding a kitchen to call home. A chef without a restaurant, Jake began cooking fifteen-course menus out of his apartment. Alongside his dedicated wife Alexa, their “underground” restaurant becomes a foodie hot spot. The experience is unique: they present refined flavors while dirty dishes soak in their bedroom. A year later, they take out a lease on an abandoned chicken joint to open a real restaurant, 42 Grams. The film follows them developing menus, hiring and firing staff, shows Jake’s temper, the strains on their marriage, and what they risk in their pursuit of the American Dream.

Two Chili cook-offs this weekend

Milwaukee's 12th annual Chili Bowl on Jan. 28 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

On Jan. 28 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, the 12th annual Chili Bowl returns to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Milwaukee's top chefs and restaurants will compete for Milwaukee's best chili and the coveted Golden Ladle Award.  You can grab tickets here. Here are some of this year's participants:

Joe's K Ranch: Traditional chili spices with a beefy tomato base. Sweet onions, red peppers, green peppers and loads of lean ground chuck all come together to form a mild spiced chili.

Delafield Brewhaus: Brisket beer chili with caramelized onion, cream beer cheese. Also serving a Veggie Chili- Chickpea vegetable chili with poblano sour cream

Mulligans Irish Pub & Grill: Traditional beef and pork loin chili . Also serving it's Vegetarian Chili - a Smoked Poblano and white bean vegetarian chili

Ugly's: Spicy Steak and Beef Chili: Sirloin, ground beef and and a special blend of fresh and dried hot peppers. Chipotle sour cream garnish.

Kettle Range Meat Co.: WHOLY SMOKED chili highlights our signature grass fed beef and smoked sausage paired with charred and smoked chili’s and tomatillo slow cooked in a deeply seasoned bone broth reduction.

Trysting Place Pub: Traditional ground beef chili in three different types of heat. Mild, spicy, and OH MY GOD

Bunzel's Old-Fashioned Meat Market & Catering: Cowboy Prime Ribeye Chili topped with duck fat potatoes

Allgauer's Bistro In The Park: Traditional and Spicy Chili: Saltillo White Bean Chili - White Bean, Spicy Homemade Chorizo Sausage, Ground Beef, Tomatillos’, Array of Spicy Peppers, Chili’s and Roasted Corn. Topped with Cilantro Sour Cream

The Astor Hotel: Beer Cheese Chili - Beer, cheese, ground bratwurst, white northern beans, and a mix of spices.

2nd Annual Port Chili Bowl

Port Washington will aslo be host to chili cook-off on Jan. 28.  12 Port Washington restaurants will compete in the 2nd annual Port Chili Bowl from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Restaurants include: Ashley’s Restaurant and Bar, Beanies Mexican Restaurant, Inventor’s Brewpub, Java Dock, John’s Pizzeria, Newport Shores, Schooner Pub & Grill, Smith Brothers Coffee House, Tello’s Grille and Cafe, Twisted Willow, Wicked Grille, and Yummy Bones BBQ.

2nd Annual Wisconsin Foodie Winter Smorgasbord & Fundraiser

On Feb. 18, Wisconsin Foodie will host its 2nd annual Winter Smorgasbord & Fundraiser at the Italian Community Center. You will get the meet the artisans and chefs featured on the show, take part in master classes, and taste some amazing culinary delights from all over the state.
Master Class presented by Roth Cheese 

Reshaping Organics - The Driftless Cafe, Luke Zahm, Viroqua

Home Brew - Company Brewing, George Bregar - MKE

Cheese - Larry’s Market, Patty Peterson - Brown Deer

Chocolate - Roots Chocolates - Lisa Nelson, Wisconsin Dells

Open to guests with General Admission tickets we will host two live Chef Experience performances on the TimothyJ Kitchen Stage. 

Chefs will be paired in groups and have designed a menu featuring products from their region.

You will have the opportunity to hear their passion and their personal story of what drives them to do what they do!

12:30 pm featuring:

Amy Ann Huo - Th e Informalist, Eau Claire

Matt Chambas - Wickman House, Ellison Bay

Dan Fox, Heritage Tavern, Madison

3:30 pm featuring “The Plate Collective” 

by Kate Riley & Dan Jacob’s 

The premise of the Plate Collective is chefs of each restaurant and Kate work together to make a vessel specifically for each course. They work out sizing and color and what would be the perfect backdrop or canvas for the food. 

Dan Jacobs & Dan Van Rite - EsterEv & dandan, Milwaukee

Luke Zahm - Driftless Cafe, Viroqua

Karen Bell - Bavette, Milwaukee 

Paul Zerkel & Lisa Kirkpatrick - Goodkind, Milwaukee


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