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24th Annual Golden Fork Awards

By Amelia Compton Wolff & Erika Hearden  Photography by Jordan Ashwood The ballots have been tallied and the results are in. For our annual reader survey of area food and drink, Fox Valley foodies selected their favorite establishments in 33 categories of dining, from Best Steak to Most Vegetarian Friendly. Learn more about the winners READ MORE

Artisan Kitchens

Posted on Oct. 1, 2018 by Sarah Wells

Adding personal touches to the heart of the home  Fox Cities homeowners are modernizing their kitchens with artisan features such as customized cabinetry, handmade tile backsplashes and reclaimed light fixtures. These bespoke details reflect the personal tastes of the inhabitants and infuse an element of artistry into the heart of the home.  Design Meets Function  READ MORE

Kai & Hall 

Two tragic tales of national celebrities who met their demise in the Fox Cities  A Hawaiian musical sensation and an Australian boxing champion – what could they have in common? They both met their untimely fates in the Fox Cities and are buried at local cemeteries. These are their stories.  The Guitar King  In an READ MORE

Interior Mural Inspiration 

Customize your space with a statement-making wall mural  Paul Schroeder, owner of Schroeder Carpentry Inc. of Greenville, not only works with muralists in his business, but he is also the proud owner of a mural in his own home. The mural depicts the farm Schroeder lived on as a child in Greenville and features a READ MORE

The Last Straw

Restaurants fight plastic pollution by reducing or eliminating straws from their establishments  Photography by Jordan Ashwood  Plastic waste has become a huge threat to our ecosystem, piling up both in landfills and oceans. According to Plastic Pollution Coalition, over 30 million tons of plastic is discarded every year in the United States, but only eight READ MORE

Tools of the Trade

It’s easy to appreciate a beautiful painting, a stunning ballet or moving musical performance, but we often overlook the artistry that takes place behind these creative expressions. Four craftspeople offer insight on the art of producing the tools artists use to create their masterpieces.  Fine Art Materials Manufacturer Shannon Piette, executive director of the Richeson READ MORE

Cool Summer 

Chill out this month with frozen treats and icy delights August is often one of the steamiest months of the year. With temperatures well into the 80s, 90s and beyond, sometimes the only way to cool off is with an ice cold popsicle, drippy ice cream cone or fruity blended drink. Embrace the heat this READ MORE

People, Places & Things: Our 12th annual photo contest

GRAND PRIZE WINNER “Lawrence Memorial Chapel Sunset” Hongwu Zhao, Neenah Photographer Hongwu Zhao took this grand prize-winning image of Lawrence University Memorial Chapel last July just as the summer sun was beginning to set. “The beautiful Lawrence Chapel was standing there quietly against this glowing colorful background,” Zhao says. “It was magnificent scenery and a magical READ MORE

The New Millennial Home Hotspot 

Move over Austin and Chicago – millennials are buying more homes in the Fox Cities than anywhere else in the country Realtor.com recently ranked Appleton as the number one market in the country where millennials buy homes. Millennials, as defined by the Pew Research Center, are the generation born between 1981 and 1996. Today they READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Breweries 

Posted on Jul. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

With Appleton (in)famously being the second-drunkest city in the nation and with the countless bars and taphouses on College Avenue alone, it’s no secret that drinking is our thing. But while much of the best is minutes away, there are some amazing breweries and taphouses from out of town that outshine the competition and provide READ MORE