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{not just} Salads for Supper

God, I love this job. How else would one discover that the cornucopia that we know as the “salad bar” was born of frugality … and, born here in Wisconsin? Local history, with compelling provenance, informs us that the first-ever salad bar was conceived in nearby Plover in the early ‘50s when the owner of READ MORE

Five Cozy Restaurants in the Fox Cities

Don’t let winter stand between you and a delicious meal When winter winds howl and one snowstorm runs into the next, venturing out for dinner might be the last thing on your mind. However, human contact during the coldest part of the year keeps us Wisconsinites sane, so we suggest strapping on some boots and READ MORE

The Art of the Tap Handles

The beer isn’t the only work of art at these local breweries  One of the most unexpected places to encounter art within the community comes in the form of the tap handles at local breweries. Each brewery showcases their unique style and brand through the tappers’ designs. From rawhide bones to a family crest, these 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

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

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

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

Restaurant Crawl

Three progressive dinner itineraries for meals on the move  You may have heard of (or participated in) something called a round robin where groups of friends or neighbors visit each others’ homes for one course of a multi-course meal. This concept can easily be applied to a night on the town, hitting several restaurants in READ MORE

The Heroes of Happy Hour

It doesn’t matter if you’re an office nine to fiver, a round-the-clock entrepreneur or side hustling freelancer, the happy hour ritual is a sacred practice for those who grind. These happy hour hot spots all offer something special, from amazing drink specials to Zen-like waterfront views. Add them to your post-work hangout rotation, if you READ MORE