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‘Tis the Season!

Posted on Nov. 30, 2022 by Grace Olson

Drink Up with Holiday-Themed Cocktails Erick’s Gingerbread + Peppermint Dream
 Calavera’s Fine Fusions Owners Edgar and Bekki Garcia named the festive Erick’s Gingerbread cocktail after one of their sons, one of many on the menu named in honor of a family member. Creamy and smooth with just a touch of cookie to top it off, READ MORE

Holiday Nostalgia

Posted on Oct. 31, 2022 by Grace Olson

Our Team’s Favorite Food Traditions While there are innumerable reasons to think fondly of the holidays, it’s fair to say the edible side of the season plays a big part. Sweet, savory and in-between, our Fox Cities Magazine team shares the special food items we look forward to during the holidays: Pecan Pie
 The holidays READ MORE

28th Annual Golden Fork Awards

Posted on Sep. 30, 2022 by Grace Olson

Veterans versus Rookies For almost 40 years, Fox Cities Magazine has been bringing dining stories to our readers: about fanciful dishes, mouthwatering flavors, restaurant updates and everything in-between. Perhaps the most popular food installment, the Golden Fork Awards, reaches its 28th year in this issue. We’re always proud to celebrate our local restaurants, but there’s READ MORE

The Art in Flavor

Posted on Sep. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Adding Unique Flair to Food “Caramelized onion and… peach? Really?” It’s just one example of the many questions Tyler Woodkey, Executive Chef at Houdini’s Escape Gastropub in Appleton, gets when he introduces potential dishes and unique flavor pairings to his team. “Some flavor profiles just play off of each other,” he says. “It’s one of READ MORE

Hometown BBQ

Posted on Jul. 31, 2022 by Grace Olson

A Taste of the South in the Fox Cities Summer is grilling season, and for many, grilling means barbecue. (Technically the two aren’t synonymous, but we won’t tell if you won’t!) Here in Wisconsin it means outdoor cooking and comfort food with southern roots. Literally it means cooking food over indirect heat with live fire READ MORE

The Fun in Food Trucks

Posted on Jun. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Mobile options bring life to on-the-go eating Fun mobile food options aren’t just reserved for fairs and festivals anymore, although it’s a veritable part of summer experiences. Food truck rallies and individual pop-ups are happening all the time from April to October—the unofficial food truck “season.” Especially in the Fox Valley, thanks, in part, to READ MORE

Pet-Friendly Patios

Posted on May. 1, 2022 by Andy Draheim

Man’s Best Friend Is Invited To These Local Hotspots   Bare Bones Brewery 4362 County Hwy S, Oshkosh Bare Bones is all about the dogs, down to its dog bone tap handles and a wall mural of dogs sitting at the bar. It’s a short distance from highways 41 or 45, but it feels like READ MORE

Food for Thought

Posted on Apr. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Area dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review Please check in with individual restaurants for updated days and hours of operation. NEW ON THE SCENE Area509 1025 N Badger Ave, Appleton www.facebook.com/area509appleton Caribbean Taste food truck lovers are in luck: the mobile favorite now has a brick and mortar location in Appleton. Area509 READ MORE

A Taste of Ireland

Local Irish Fare to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day To the Irish, passing a pint of Guinness is equivalent to exchanging currency. Luckily, you won’t have to travel across the pond to Ireland to take in the riches. Instead, visit one of our many local pubs and eateries on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate like a READ MORE

Meet the Chefs

Posted on Feb. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Devour details about four local culinary artists Our area restaurant scene is full of multicultural cuisine, fusion dishes and stellar teams made up of eclectic, passionate people. Step behind the scenes and into the kitchens to get to know the humble and hardworking leaders responsible for some of the most sought after food in the READ MORE