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Decked Out: Holiday Cheese Board Edition 

We’ve all seen them on Pinterest – epic cheese and charcuterie boards overflowing with a bounty so great it makes your mouth water. From gift exchanges to cocktail parties, the holiday season presents many occasions for designing your own picture-perfect spread.  A classy cheese presentation offers your guests the opportunity to casually explore a menagerie READ MORE

25th Annual Golden Fork Awards 

By Amelia Compton Wolff, Jelissa Burns and Cody Wiesner   Photography by Jordan Ashwood   It may be our silver anniversary, but these forks are definitely golden. For our 25th annual reader survey of area food and drink, Fox Valley foodies selected their favorite establishments in 34 categories of dining, from Best Steak to Most READ MORE

The Art of Bread Making

Posted on Aug. 29, 2019 by Zack Dion

Local bakers share their tips for making loaves you’ll love The transition from Wisconsin’s hot, humid summer to its cool, orange fall brings preparation for the season of giving. With fall comes many gatherings centered around the sharing of food, drinks and good times. Bread making is a hobby that reveals itself openly during these READ MORE

Go Fish

Upgrade your standard fish fry with the freshest catch at area restaurants  Photos by Jordan Ashwood Friday night fish is a time-tested Wisconsin tradition. When you’re looking for a less deep fried take on this weekly ritual, try one of these dishes for something that is sure to make a splash. Get Hooked  Take a READ MORE

Brat Royalty 

Meet the sausage kings of the Valley Thank the region’s strong German heritage or the simple fact that a perfectly grilled brat is one of life’s greatest joys, but it’s safe to say that summer is sausage season in the Fox Cities. Take a look at some of our favorite ways to enjoy the wurst READ MORE

Small-Plate Wonders

A quick bite to eat can be as satisfying and complex as any entree With so many great places to eat in the Fox Valley, foraging foodies could visit a different restaurant each night for one of those delicious, lingering meals where we enjoy the food and the company we keep. But with the many READ MORE

Food for Thought

12 months of dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review CONTRIBUTORS: Meghan Diemel // Cheryl Kaczmarek Sarah Wells // Cody Wiesner // Kate Youdell Photography by Jordan Ashwood Fresh Faces 313 Dodge, Kaukauna Opened December 20th, 2018, this bistro opened by Janel Abel and fiancé Kyle Megna has been a great location for READ MORE

{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

Posted on Jan. 2, 2019 by Kate Youdell

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