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The “New” Contemporary Cocktail Hour

Posted on Jul. 30, 2021 by Grace Olson

Local bars look to history to elevate drinking culture Where classic serves a purpose of preserving tradition and history, contemporary brings a blast of fresh air and something not typically seen before. There’s certainly room for both, especially on the bar scene. In fact, it’s impossible not to build upon the former to create the READ MORE

Fair Food Frenzy

Local restaurants offer sweet & savory options with a side of nostalgia As the days grow longer and Wisconsinites head outdoors to soak in summer, the warmer weather also ushers in the start of fair season. This time-honored tradition brings communities together for several days of agricultural education, carnival fun and loads of culinary delights. READ MORE

Recipes from the Heart

Favorite recipes & fondest memories from local restaurateurs Mother’s Day is a time for gathering and honoring those mother figures in our lives who mean so much to us. In reverence to this holiday, local chefs and restaurateurs in the Fox Valley have kindly shared their fondest memories — and best recipes — from the READ MORE

Food for Thought

Twelve months of dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review Fresh Faces These pandemic-born businesses are briging new flavors to the Fox Cities SNAPS Wraps, Neenah Easy, quick and socially distanced, drive-thru is a winning pandemic concept that also, on the flip side, often means unhealthy food from non-local chains. “People want convenience, READ MORE

Local Market Must-Haves

SPECIALTY GROCERY STORES OFFER UNIQUE ITEMS FOR COOKING UP SOMETHING SPECTACULAR It’s a delicious time to live in the Fox Cities. From Asian markets to organic grocers, the area is teeming with small markets that offer unique food items, whatever the niche may be. Here are four worth checking out before giving up on those READ MORE

Meet the Chefs

Get to know five area chefs as they offer a glimpse into back-of-the-house life Photography by Kacie Mischler Bass Mike Buckarma  Chef & Owner, Becket’s in Oshkosh Chef Mike Buckarma’s career has been in the kitchen from day one. He got his first restaurant job at age 16 and never looked back.  “I needed a READ MORE

Made with Love

A round-up of classic and cozy Italian fare  As a child, Kristen DeFranza recalls climbing the stairs to her family’s apartment in Dobbs Ferry, New York, her mouth watering from the smell of her grandmother’s cooking that lingered in the stairwell. Sometimes the aroma of red sauce simmering on the stovetop was coming from her READ MORE

Comfort Kings

Soul-soothing dishes that will get you through winter and a pandemic  Photography by Kacie Mischler Bass  Potato Pancakes | WeatherVane Restaurant, Menasha It’s always a good idea to start with a hearty breakfast. Melanie DuFrane, general manager of popular brunch spot WeatherVane, thinks that potato pancakes are the perfect comfort meal to start the day. READ MORE

Candymakers of the Fox Cities

Posted on Oct. 29, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

A behind-the-scenes look into the Fox Cities’ most famous confectioners and chocolatiers  For many people, the centerpiece of the holiday season is a box (or three) of hand-dipped, old fashioned chocolates and nostalgic candies. No holiday gathering would be complete without the handcrafted delicacies made by local confectioners and chocolatiers. These modern day elves work READ MORE

26th Annual Golden Fork Awards

Our annual reader poll recognizes the all-stars of Fox Cities dining  By Amelia Compton Wolff, Emily Speers & Charlie Hildebrand Photos by Alexa Jones and Jordan Ashwood, unless otherwise stated To say this year has been rough on restaurants is an understatement. Our local dining scene may be a little battered and bruised (thanks Corona), READ MORE