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Stock Your Pantry

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By Rebecca Rehberger and Amelia Compton Wolff   When you think of Wisconsin food, perhaps your mind goes straight for beer, cheese and brats. (Or beer cheese, or cheese brats, or cheese and beer soup – you get the idea.) But there’s more to the Wisconsin food scene than that. There’s something here for every READ MORE

The Year of the Veggie

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Vegetables are having a moment and you’re actually going to like it.   In 2017, vegetables will transition from side dish support to the main meal event in both restaurants and home kitchens. Driving this trend are more meat-eaters experimenting with “flexitarian” (semi-vegetarian) diets and an overall growing interest in healthy eating. Janel Abel, owner READ MORE

Budget Bites

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A new year brings a slew of resolutions, and fiscal responsibility often tops the list. For those looking to bulk up their savings accounts without sacrificing a dining out addiction, we have the answer. We’ve compiled some of the best eats in the Fox Valley for under $10, so you can eat like a king READ MORE

The Best Local Brews

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Photography by Dave Compton Wolff Wisconsin has long been hailed as the Land of Beer, and the Fox Cities craft beer scene supports that reputation – just take a look at these locally brewed beauties if you need proof. Grab a designated driver (not it) and make a day of checking out the breweries in READ MORE

22nd Annual Golden Fork Awards

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Local, authentic, humble. No, we aren’t updating our online dating profile (although it totally applies). These words epitomize the trends that are hot in the Fox Cities dining scene. Maybe they aren’t trends as much as they are a way of life for these restaurants and chefs who have been voted the best in class READ MORE

Farm to Photo

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Emmy Heiser turns restaurant side work into artwork It began as a typical serving shift for Emmy Heiser at Weasel’s of Waupaca. As she prepped her salad station like she did every day, Heiser noticed the colorful stains left behind by the cabbage, carrots and tomatoes she chopped. She decided to take a picture of READ MORE

Food with Swagger

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Photography by Dave Compton Wolff Confidence is attractive, especially when it comes to cooking. These platings ooze sophisticated style, so grab a fork, belly up and try not to be impressed. Salad Envy Salads can be upscale too, as demonstrated at Bamboo Chinese & Japanese Cuisine in Appleton. Sliced and splayed avocado becomes the perfect READ MORE

Kombucha Club: a look at the fermented frenzy

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Kombucha is trending in the Valley and throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Not only is it lining the local store beverage aisles, but it’s also appearing on deli and coffee shop menus. The drink has even found its way into our beer and health food markets, and we’re fascinated by the frenzy. WHAT’S KOMBUCHA? Kombucha is a READ MORE

Fox Cities Restaurant Week returns for seconds

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Fox Cities, eat your heart out. A second helping of Fox Cities Restaurant Week gets served up September 8–15. The eight-day event features upwards of 30 local restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe menus. Lunch menus are $12 and dinner menus are offered at two price points, either $25 or $35, giving diners a low-risk opportunity to READ MORE