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How to celebrate National Gin and Tonic Day in Milwaukee

Each Friday on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine’s dining critic, Ann Christenson, and 88Nine’s foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites. This Bites is supported by Society Insurance.

This week, we’re talking about the Annual Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown, Blue's Egg, new restaurant Char'd in the Third Ward, Gin and Tonic Day and more.

Read more and listen to the whole podcast below.

Gin and Tonic Day

Top Note and Great Lakes Distillery will be celebrating National Gin and Tonic Day, which is on April 9.

The two companies will be collaborating with Hotel Madrid, tapas restaurant Movida and Bavette, a Third Ward sustainable butcher shop and café. From April 9-16, these establishments will serve the traditional gin and tonic drinks with an Iberian twist, incorporating herbs and fruits such as tarragon, mint, oranges, and black berries. The drink menus include Jimi’s Gin & Tonic, a cocktail made with rose flower water and cucumber bitters, a Wisco G & T, with cranberry liqueur and a lime wedge and more.

Grilled Cheese Showdown

Beginning April 2, aspiring chefs of all ages are invited to submit their most creative grilled cheese recipes for the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown which runs through May 15.

One grand prize winner will receive $15,000 and be crowned the 2018 Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Champion. More than $25,000 in additional cash and bonus prizes will also be awarded throughout the competition.

The only rule? It has to be Wisconsin Cheese.

Last year’s grilled cheese glory was awarded to Lorie Roach of Buckatunna, MS for her Mississippi Comeback, a tasty combination that brings together Wisconsin fontina and cheddar cheeses with fried okra and the signature southern comeback sauce.

Perfect your recipe and submit your creation on the Grilled Cheese Academy by May 15.

Newaukee Food Prize Competition

Another food competition, this time an event, is coming to downtown in April. The Food Prize Competition from Newaukee is challenging AJ Dixon of Lazy Susan, Chris Xiong of Mason Street Grill, Elijah Loebbaka of Birch + Butcher, and Martin Magana of Tess to share their personal food mission statement on a plate. The crowd will pick the winning plate, and its chef will receive $5,000 and the title of 2018 Milwaukee Food Prize winner.

If you're a Milwaukee foodie, this sounds like a fun event. Along with sampling and judging the food from Milwaukee’s best chefs, guests will experience live art, live music and craft beer.

Food Prize will take place at 330 East Kilbourn on Thursday, April 26th from 6-9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here for $20.

Shorewood's new Blue's Egg Cafe

Starting in May, Tosa won't be the only place you can go for the best eggs benedict in Milwaukee, because Blue's Egg is opening a new location just north of the East Side in Shorewood on Oakland Ave.


A new Korean fusion spot, Char'd, is replacing Hinterland on Erie Street in the Third Ward, which closed in August. We're starting to notice more development in the space. We'll be keeping an eye on the space and for a menu and an official opening date.

P.S., if you are a chef or a restaurant and have a food-related announcement or event, please send us any information or press release to


HYFIN Program Director | Radio Milwaukee