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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

Food Trucks of the Fox Valley

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Tucked alongside the parked vehicles lining College Avenue is an inconspicuous white trailer hitched to the back of a truck. The black boldface lettering printed on the trailerʼs side reads simply, “French Crepes.” Donʼt keep walking. Stop here. And if youʼve moseyed on past, itʼs time to backpedal. Inside the trailer, chef Amri Prince is READ MORE

Catered Cuisine

Posted on May. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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Planning a gathering can lead to a checklist of to-do items. Whether it’s a corporate meeting for 50 or a wedding with 250 guests, food is a necessity that rises to the top of the list. Fortunately, the Fox Cities hosts a variety of restaurants offering catering options. “I think it’s just the accessibility factor. READ MORE

Food for Thought 2016

Posted on Apr. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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New restaurants and cafés brought their expertise to the table this year as they welcomed patrons to explore a variety of flavors. Others changed hands as new owners took over spaces vacated by previous establishments and still others recognized the need to expand. Here is a taste of what happened and what lies ahead for READ MORE

Maple mastery

Posted on Mar. 1, 2016 by Ariela Rosa
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March marks the peak of maple-tapping season — a busy time for maple farmers as they hustle to collect and process the sap that syrup lovers crave. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin tapped 760,000 maple trees in 2015 to produce 215,000 gallons of maple syrup, making Wisconsin one of the top READ MORE

Cup of Comfort

Posted on Feb. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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As the weather turns colder, it’s not uncommon for people to grab their favorite mugs and curl up with a spoonful of steamy soup. While chicken noodle is a time-honored mainstay, there are plenty of other recipes outside the norm that are ready to bowl you over at Fox Cities restaurants. “Certainly in winter we READ MORE