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Where to find Easter dinner and brunch via curbside pick-up in Milwaukee

Easter brunch curbside pickup

Each week on Radio Milwaukee,  Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on  This Bites.

In this week’s episode, we talked about Ann's turkey chili, my take on Nashville hot chicken options for Easter dinner and brunch, local coffee companies doing good and cocktail kits from Great Lakes Distillery. Plus, we share this week's "Cookbooks of the Week."

Listen below.

Easter is this Sunday, and, due to the pandemic, we can't celebrate it like we usually do. However, there are Milwaukee restaurants that are trying to bring Easter to your home with special dinners and brunches that you can request via curbside pickup. Restaurants offering Easter meals include Polonez, Merriment Social, Sanford, Maxie's & Blue's Egg and more. Milwaukee Magazine has a roundup on its website.

Restaurant Pop-Ups

Even though restaurants aren't open for dine-in, there are a few that are doing pop-ups and events, adapted for curbside pick-up.

Meraki, starting today, is offering a "British Isles" themed pop-up. You can get dishes like Scotch eggs, meat pies, braised cabbage and custard tart from its special, limited-time menu.

Laughing Taco is also hosting weekend pop-ups with Allie Boys Bagelry & Luncheonette. Allie Boys will offer a brunch menu, and you can also pick up Ardent Burgers and tots, Carlisle beef and hot dogs. You can place your order here.

Great Lakes Distillery Cocktail Kits

If you are looking for an easy way to make good cocktails at home, look no further than Great Lakes Distillery's cocktail kits. There are a wide variety of kits to make everything from White Russians, Gin & Tonic, Bourbon Old Fashioned, Milwaukee Mule and more.

Cookbooks of the Week

Ann's pick: How To Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman

From Amazon: Mark Bittman's award-winning How to Cook Everything has helped countless home cooks discover the rewards of simple cooking. Now the ultimate cookbook has been revised and expanded (almost half the material is new), making it absolutely indispensable for anyone who cooks—or wants to. With Bittman's straightforward instructions and advice, you'll make crowd-pleasing food using fresh, natural ingredients; simple techniques; and basic equipment. Even better, you'll discover how to relax and enjoy yourself in the kitchen as you prepare delicious meals for every occasion.

My Pick: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience: Ride of Fry by Dante Gonzales

From Amazon: When the food is good, the party starts cooking! Media wunderkind and award-winning chef Dante Gonzales has fed some of the world's most popular celebrities--including Demi Moore, Theophilus London, and Santigold--at underground parties as well as red-carpet events. He also takes the party to the streets in the Ride or Fry food truck and around the world with his Ride or Fry pop-up stand, celebrated in this innovative cookbook of more than 100 fresh, delicious, recipes (including his signature Fried Chicken). Packed with innovative, eco-conscious meals (with many vegetarian and vegan options), his grandmother's heirloom dishes, and contributions from Dante's musical and culinary collaborators, this book is the only way to bring the Dante Fried Chicken experience into your own home.

Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee