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Catered Cuisine

Posted on May. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

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

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

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

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

Cooking Creations

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

From a culinary theatre to a kitchen that could be part of your home, there are a variety of cooking demonstration opportunities and classes encouraging foodies and newbies, to roll up their sleeves and whip up delicious recipes — an art in and of itself. “Things that you used to learn at your mother or READ MORE

It’s Tradition

Posted on Dec. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

By Ric Reynolds People have many long-held traditions, and that especially holds true during the holidays. Traditional home-cooked meals on the big days are the norm, but the season affords numerous opportunities for family get-togethers or annual gatherings with friends at favorite places. The Fox Cities is blessed with so many choices, so it’s no READ MORE

Recipe for the holidays

Posted on Nov. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

The holidays aren’t just a time for gift giving, but rather breaking bread with loved ones and taking delight in wonderful scents wafting from the kitchen. From spicy to savory to sweet, recipes can evoke time-honored traditions. For five area restaurants, this season is full of delicious flavors that they’ve shared with FOX CITIES Magazine READ MORE

Fun Factoids with Kyle Cherek

Posted on Oct. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

Fast 5: FOX CITIES Magazine turned the tables on “Chef Talk” host Kyle Cherek by putting him on the hot seat with some fun, rapid-fire food questions. Take a look at how he responded: Q: Favorite cookbook? A: “Jacques Pépin More Fast Food My Way.” He’s like a loving, patient grandfather who wants you to READ MORE

21st Annual Golden Fork Awards

Posted on Oct. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson
Rye Restaurant & Lounge, Appleton. Photo credit: Brad Thalmann of Harle Photography

This year, FOX CITIES Magazine aimed to serve up something new with our 21st Annual Golden Fork Awards. We kept some of your favorite categories, added in new ones and brought the total count on the ballot to a more palatable number. We thank our readers for taking the time to recognize the efforts and READ MORE

Cheese, please!

Posted on Sep. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

Colby, monterey jack, feta, goat and more. Wisconsinites are no strangers to cheese and its no wonder why the state produces more than 2.5 billion pounds each year, according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. The process of creating cheese and getting it to your cracker, pairing it with a glass of wine, or even READ MORE