Wisconsin supper clubs have been a dining tradition for generations, but as corporate chains increase, are these family owned establishments fading away or will they find a resurgence with their unique identities and scenic locations?
Wisconsin Supper Clubs – An Old Fashioned Experience shows why supper clubs are such a big part of Wisconsin’s food culture and the full experience of supper club dining: a brandy old fashioned sweet at the bar, relish trays at the table, huge portions of steaks, seafood and game, and the friendly, loyal customers who have been dining at their favorite places for so many years.
The “World Premiere” of the film will be held at the Times Cinema this Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The documentary runs 60 minutes and there will be a Q&A session with the film’s director Ron Faiola at each show. Tickets are $8 and are available through the Times Cinema. DVDs with bonus footage will be available at the shows.
Wisconsin Supper Club Trailer:
5906 W Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
On Monday, Invoke Media, the creators of HootSuite launched Eat St., an application that enables users to search nearby street food vendors by proximity, popularity and cuisine type.
The free, web-based app is launching in conjunction with a television show called Eat St. which is set to debut on the Cooking Channel on April 12.
As of press time there were five local Street food vendors listed in the Milwaukee area:
- American Euros
- Streetza Pizza
- Tiger Bite Truck
- Pita Brothers
- The Fast Foodie
Plans for each vendor’s page include; listing vendor’s hours, menu, real-time location (with Google map), specials, photos and a live-Twitter feed.
Just like Foursquare, business owners will be able to manage and claim their pages on Eat St. to list specials, add photos and list their real-time location.
Please keep in mind that this app just launched so the Milwaukee venue pages listed are still being udpated.
It’s finally here!
Dave Swanson has announced that Braise Restaurant is now a reality. In the last few weeks, they have secured a space in Walker’s Point and are building out the restaurant and home for the culinary school.
Two buildings on the corner of 2nd Street and Washington make up the space. One is a 1907 cream-city brick building and the other a 1940′s era former bowling alley.
Those of you who have enjoyed Braise on the Go’s community dinners will be able share the same experience at the restaurant. Braise Restaurant will serve lunch, light appetizers and dinner offerings.
Of course, food, materials and anything else Braise can think of will be sourced locally and sustainably.
Possible menu items include spring time roasted asparagus and morel mushroom ragout with hand-made gnocchi; a late summer heirloom tomato salad; and braised pork belly with winter lacinato kale and beans. Pastries, bread, pickled veggies and seasonal cocktails will all be made from scratch.
Braise RSA, Braise on the Go, and Braise Home Delivery will continue to offer the best in local foods.
Swanson says, “I can’t wait to see you at the new place. My goal is to not only cook you a wonderful meal, but also to help you support small, independent local farmers and artisan producers.”
Stay tuned to MilwaukeeFood.com for the latest updates on Braise Restaurant.
More information can be found at www.Braiselocalfood.com
Photo credit: Lisa's List
Milwaukee restaurateur Marc Bianchini announced Sunday that he is working on plans to relocate his legendary Milwaukee Italian Restaurant Osteria Del Mondo that he and his wife Marta have operated since 1994.
The restaurant will remain open at 1028 E. Juneau Ave. (in the Knickerbocker Hotel) during the search for a new space, but plans call for Osteria to close as soon as September, and at the latest, February 2012, giving the landlord ample opportunity to secure an appropriate replacement.
“While the current location has served us extremely well for the past 16 years, dynamics in the restaurant business have changed and the current space doesn’t fully fit my vision for Osteria moving forward,” said Bianchini.
“We will be moving to a smaller, high-profile urban site to continue Osteria’s tradition of excellence.”
Bianchini cited the search for a new location, numerous events scheduled at the restaurant as well as a long-term relationship with the Knickerbocker as reasons for the extended wind-down of operations at Osteria. “We want to assure our customers with events scheduled with us that we’ll be here for them – but we needed to put a timeframe in place to move forward,” said Bianchini.
The landlord for the current Knickerbocker space, Kira Kleynerman said that she will begin seeking a new tenant to replace Osteria immediately.
“This space has been a Milwaukee restaurant cornerstone for 40 years – first with Sally’s steakhouse and then with Osteria. This is a prime and easily identifiable location within an upscale residential area, thirsty for a great neighborhood restaurant.” Kleynerman said that anyone interested in leasing information, can email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Marc is very innovative, dedicated, hard working and creative,” said Kleynerman. “I wish him nothing but continued success with his new ventures.”
“As my first restaurant, Osteria is near and dear to my heart,” said Bianchini. “It will return as the flagship for the BIANCHINI restaurants once we find the right location. In recognition of all of our loyal customers, over the final months at the current location, we’ll be bringing back a number of Osteria’s ‘greatest tastes’ menu favorites and we will, of course, continue to provide Osteria off-site catering services during the transition.”
In addition to the Osteria move, Bianchini says he’s “been really busy with another exciting concept that we’ll be opening later this year.”
BIANCHINI EXPANDS TO ILLINOIS
The BIANCHINI restaurant group currently features four restaurants: Osteria Del Mondo, Cubanitas, Indulge and COA. That’s about to change, as construction is set to begin on a new BIANCHINI restaurant, the first outside of the city of Milwaukee, in Libertyville, Illinois.
“Construction will begin in the next few weeks and the restaurant will open in late Summer or early Fall,” said Bianchini.
Due to competitive reasons, Bianchini is not willing to disclose the specifics of the restaurant but assures that “the Libertyville restaurant is an exciting new concept, something completely different from any of our existing properties.”
In addition to the new Libertyville restaurant, BIANCHINI will be expanding his restaurant empire by opening another Cubanitas restaurant “south of the border” in Illinois.
“We really think Cubanitas is primed for expansion,” said Bianchini. “It’s very
likely we could see a second Cubanitas within the next 18 months.”
Osteria Del Mondo
1028 E. Juneau Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Photo credit: Miller Time Pub
Miller Time Pub, located inside the Hilton Milwaukee Downtown is celebrating its 10-year anniversary throughout the month of April with the introduction of a commemorative beer, plus many great food and drink specials.
The pub’s new 10-year anniversary commemorative beer, Miller Time Pub Copper Top Ale will be unveiled to customers today. The Copper Top Ale is a slightly hoppy, smooth, medium-bodied ale with aromas of citrus, malt and spice.
Also during the month of April, get ten 4oz pours of any or of the 14 different beers on tap for only $1 each, ‘Beer, Brat & a Shot,’ which includes a brat, a pint of Copper Top Ale and a house rail shot for $10; and customers will receive a 10-cent sample of Copper Top Ale with the purchase of any Pub Burger.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating 10 fantastic years,” says Miller Time Pub manager Lindsay Allen. “And we’re even more excited to announce our new beer. We invite our regulars and newcomers alike to stop by and take advantage of our great drink specials this month. With 15 beers on tap, there’s one to satisfy every thirst.”
Miller Time Pub
509 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Open seven days a week with food served daily from 11am and Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3-6pm.
Lots of happy faces from Antigua last month.
Guests of the Milwaukee Supper Club enjoy specially created, 5- course dinners from a rotating list of Milwaukee’s top restaurants.
Hosted the first Wednesday of each month (at 7pm), attendees meet at the chosen venue for a 5-course culinary adventure served by each venue’s chef. This Wednesday, April 6, the Supper Club is in for a treat from Tess.
If you missed Antigua this past month, it was great! Amazing food, and we can’t say enough about the Cochinita Sliders and Cevice de Camaron. Also, the homemade blackberry ice cream and flan was fabulous!
Course one from Antigua: Cochinita Sliders: Pulled pork sandwiches w pickled onions & chipotle mayonnaise, Shrimp Ceviche marinated w lime juice.
If you’re a ‘foodie’, you’ll enjoy sampling a diverse selection of items from each venue’s menu as well as new dishes not yet featured. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the offerings with the chefs, restaurant owners and ‘foodies’ in a comfortable, VIP setting.
With a limited attendance of no more than 16 guests, Milwaukee Supper Club and the host venues are able to create an intimate, culinary adventure with one-of-kind tasting menus.
5-course tasting menu for Tess:
- 1st Course – Lumpia ground pork spring rolls, pickled green papaya, sweet & tangy Thai chili sauce
- 2nd Course – Sweet Potato Chowder with Nueske’s bacon and tomato
- 3rd Course- Bleu Salad – field greens, pecans, bartlett pears, grape tomato,bleu cheese dressing
- Entree – Moroccan Chicken, dried date garbanzo sauce, sauteed zucchini & squash, cous cous, preserved lemon and green olives
- Dessert- Peanut Butter S’mores Tart
All guests must be pre-registered by Tuesday, April 5 at 4pm.
Tickets to the monthly events are $38 per person (includes tax/tip). All beverages are sold at the event. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-847-778-0653.
2499 North Bartlett Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211-4302
Update: Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 2:42pm:
Graffito announced today that they are ready a little early. It’s original grand opening date was planned for April 4th.
Special hours as follows; March 31 4pm-10pm, April 1-2 11am-11pm, April 3 Closed (Getting ready for “Opening Day”)
The following blog was originally posted on March 28, 2011 at 2:23pm:
The owners of Ryan Braun’s Graffito (Graffito) in Milwaukee’s Third Ward have announced Monday, April 4 as the official grand opening, the same day as the Milwaukee Brewers first home opener.
After months of planning and long hours redesigning the interior, developing and testing a new menu, and training staff, SURG Restaurant Group (SURG), owners of Graffito, have everything in place to introduce the new look and dining experience to the public.
“When we decided the direction for Graffito, we knew it was going to take a lot of work to get it done but we also knew we had the right group to make it happen,” said SURG owner Mike Polaski. “From the minute our guests step into Graffito, it will feel like nothing else in the city and that goes for the menu as well. If someone is looking for an all-around unique dining experience, then we’ll see you at Graffito.”
When entering Graffito, guests will instantly be taken by the artwork which was designed and painted by Milwaukee native and local artist, Fred Kaems. Using vibrant colors and themes from the city, the murals set the tone for the restaurant: a modern spin on a classic Italian ambiance. “I wanted the guest to be part of a fun and lively place, but also feel relaxed and comfortable while they are enjoying their meals,” said Kaems.
Mezzaluna: Butternut squash and goat cheese stuffed half moon pillow of pasta, limoncello creme fraiche, pancetta sauce. Photo: Graffito
The menu, developed by executive chef Dominic Zumpano’s, has a range of Italian cuisine from small plated gnocchi and Carpaccio, to pasta dishes of linguini with clams or bigger plated dishes such as New York Rossini. Items will feature the best available artisan products, as well as locally raised cattle and grown produce. Pastry chef Kurt Fogel has created a dessert menu exclusive to Graffito.
Capellini: Oven roasted tomatoes, tomato jam, artichokes, poached egg. Photo: Graffito
The bar, which will feature eight tap beers, seven Wisconsin beers including Ale #8 specially brewed for Graffito by Lakefront Brewery. The bar will also offer a full selection of spirits and a wine list featuring 40 wines with an Italian sensibility and that can be wonderfully paired with selected menu items.
“The opening of Graffito has been a long time coming and we are excited to finally present the finished product to the people of Milwaukee,” said SURG owner Omar Shaikh “I think they will agree it was worth the wait and we’re not done. We know people will anxiously be waiting for the patio to open, which we’re expecting to be closer to May. We’ve got a few special things planned for the patio this year which will really make it the place to go after work or to just hang out with a group of friends.”
Graffito’s dining area seats 120 and also features a private dining room for 40 and has seating in bar area for 80. The restaurant will be open seven days a week with dinner served from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 p.m. on Sunday. Beginning April 8, lunch will be served Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
SURG owners would like to remind guests that gift cards under the previous ownership will be honored at Ryan Braun’s Graffito.
Ryan Braun’s Graffito
102 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
George Webb Restaurants is once again this year giving baseball fans something extra to cheer about. Every game the Brew Crew scores five or more runs, win or lose, fans get six delicious hamburgers for just five dollars until midnight the following day at all George Webb Restaurants.
This special applies only to the regular season, not spring training. The Brewers season opener is this Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers play the Atlanta Braves Monday, April 4 for its home opener at Miller Park.
In order to make things even more interesting this baseball season, George Webb’s is once again predicting the Brew Crew will win 12 games in a row. George Webb’s makes this prediction ever year and has a good feeling it will happen again this year. In 1987, when the prediction came through, George Webb’s celebrated by serving nearly 170,000 free hamburgers.
To meet the demand in 1987, George Webb:
- Ordered more than 25,000 pounds of ground beef and 173,000 hamburger buns
- Used 573 gallons of ketchup and 286 gallons of brown mustard
- Topped the burgers with 2,868 pounds of onions and 367,180 slices of pickles
You can follow the 12 game tracker here,
George Webb’s was founded in 1948, with it’s first location being the corner of Ogden and Van Buren streets in Milwaukee. There are now 36 locations throughout Milwaukee, Appleton, Brookfield, Burlington, Cedarburg, Franklin, Germantown, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Hartford, Kenosha, Menomonee Falls, New Berlin, Oconomowoc, Peshtigo, Racine, South Milwaukee, Sussex, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, West Allis and West Bend.
George Webb Restaurants
Photo credit: Pfister Hotel Milwaukee
Update: March 29, 9:02am:
For those of you who still haven’t seen it, here is your view inside the new Cafe at the Pfister. (Via Facebook)
March 28, 2011 at 9:07am:
After a 6 week renovation, the Pfister Café officially opened today at 6am for its Grand Re-Opening.
As we reported back on March 1, renovation plans for the space included incorporating a patisserie into the entrance of the café with casual seating and a barista counter. The patisserie area will feature in-house gourmet pastries and desserts from Chef Robert Ash and his culinary team.
The majority of the existing Café will remain as originally designed in order to retain the style and reputation it has earned throughout the years.
Lunch Specials today are as follows…
- Grilled Strip Loin Slider w/Gorgonzola cheese and caramelized onions
- Icelandic Cod Fish Fry
- Soup of the Day – Chipotle Corn Chowder
Café at The Pfister
424 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202