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Photography by Jordan Ashwood Thirty-five community leaders, advocates and disruptors share their insights on the Fox Cities Anniversaries are a time of reflection. As FOX CITIES Magazine celebrates its 35th year, we look to the community to provide thoughts, insights and hopes for the Fox Cities in the years to come.  Maria Van Laanen  Executive READ MORE

Bowled Over

Posted on Dec. 1, 2018 by Sarah Wells

Five bowl dishes to try this winter  Featuring ingredients conveniently nestled in the confines of a bowl, “bowl foods” are a hot dining trend. Bowl dishes offer both convenience and comfort, and they even made an appearance on the menu at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. On this side of the READ MORE

Pastry Chef Approved Recipes 

Upgrade your holiday bake-a-thon with these cherished recipes from professional pastry chefs.  Kari Mueller  Pastry Chef, SAP Brunch, Bakery & Brown Bag Every year around the holidays, Kari Mueller and her mom look forward to making their infamous pecan rum cake. It has been a family favorite as long as Mueller can remember. “We only READ MORE

Historic Holiday Decor

Borrow ideas from history for a time-tested holiday look  From Christmas trees to cornucopias, many holiday decorations trending today are variations on styles from decades gone by.  “People today have simply built on the traditions of the past,” says Ann Sager, a volunteer at Hearthstone Historic House Museum in Appleton.  Debra Daubert, curator at the READ MORE

Sounds of the Season 

Composer Maury Laws set the tune for television’s most beloved holiday programs  For music fans worldwide, Appleton resident Maury Laws embodies the spirit and sounds of Christmas. Laws served as musical director for the 1964 animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – the longest continuously-running Christmas special in history. Laws also composed, arranged, orchestrated READ MORE

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