On the Bayou: A Taste of New Orleans

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary describes gumbo as “a soup thickened with okra pods or filé and containing meat or seafoods and usually vegetables.” The dictionary’s definition wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. But ask Chef Gregory Johnson, and he’d tell you there’s a lot more to the soup than meets the eye. “Gumbo means: take her, take you, take me,…

Latte on a Lazy Day

I had an incredible – and incredibly busy – Friday taking in some of the best parts of summertime in Milwaukee. After getting off work in the morning, I went on a tour of the 2nd annual edition of Sculpture Milwaukee, which showcases more than 20 international artists right on Wisconsin Avenue – all for…

Exploring Blue Bat’s Tequila Menu

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria, one of the newest restaurants in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, offers more than just the 160+ tequilas you see on the menu. Each drink has a flavor, an age and a hint of history waiting to be told. Blue Bat’s tequila expert, Mike Guardalabene, can tell you about not only…

View MKE Announces Opening Date

View MKE is expected to open Monday, June 25th at the top of Historic Brewer’s Hill, in the former home of Wolf Peach. The restaurant’s name gives nod not only to its fantastic view of downtown Milwaukee, but also to the chef’s goal of highlighting local and global cuisines through sharable plates. “I think once…

Hotel Madrid Hosting First Sangria Fest

This Sunday, June 24th, Hotel Madrid will host its first Sangria Fest in Walker’s Point. The restaurant is partnering with Café Corazón in Bay View, DanDan, Vanguard, Movida and Mikey’s to share six unique sangria recipes. Each restaurant will set up an outdoor booth at Hotel Madrid, where festival-goers can meet the people behind the punch. Additionally, attendees…

Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery to Open Second Location in Wauwatosa

Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery will be opening a second location in Wauwatosa this summer. The cafe’s newest spot, opening no later than August 1st, will be in the former Milwaukee Career College building at the corner of Highway 100 and Burleigh. “There are a lot of things going in this building that are all…

Comfort is Key at Batches Bakery

It’s located on a quieter street in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, but any sleepiness fades away the second you walk into Batches, where a burst of colors dots the wall across from the entrance. It’s bright, but calming. Funky, but traditional. And for Jaceleen Latin-Kasper, the owner of Batches, it’s practical, but still a leap. Latin-Kasper…

From the Ground Up: Hatched

Baking, like music, is the marriage of art and science. In music, it takes the mathematics of rhythm to produce a melody. In baking, it takes precise measurements to make the dough rise. It’s a comparison that Allison Cebulla, the baker behind Hatched, understands perfectly. She majored in music performance and minored in culinary arts….

BluTender Battle: Ladies vs. Lads

Generally speaking, when I talk about cooking with my cousin Linda Marcus, she’s almost always the one giving me great recommendations. Same goes for fashion advice – she competed in Season 15 of Project Runway. But not this time. Shortly after publishing a hot toddy recipe a couple days ago, I received a notification that she…

Sprecher Brewery to Open Off-Site Taproom

Sprecher Brewery will open an off-site taproom in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. The new taproom, which will be called Sprecher Milwaukee, will take over the space Brenner Brewing previously occupied, located at 706 S. 5th Street. According to Sprecher Brewery, the Milwaukee site has 24 working tap lines, furniture and brewing equipment that was left behind…