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Food & Dining

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

Autumn Abundance 

Five salads to fall for this season  Fall salads? Hear us out. While salads are often touted as summer fare, there’s a lot to be said for the marriage of hearty and healthy. Enter the fall salad. Chock full of wholesome grains, robust root vegetables and full-bodied greens, these dishes prove that a satisfying salad READ MORE

The Great Outdoors 

From patios to walk-up windows, these “streateries” are upping the Fox Cities’ outdoor dining game  Unlike the fruity drinks and seafood overload usually prized during the warmer months, summer dining in 2020 has taken a turn with priority focus on safety and comfort in response to COVID-19. Fox Cities restaurants are gearing up for the READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Drive-In Restaurants 

Posted on Jul. 9, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

These drive-in restaurants just beyond the Fox Cities offer a dose of nostalgia for hungry roadtrippers. You’ll be sure to find a community-oriented atmosphere in any of these popular spots. Many of these drive-ins have been staples of their towns for decades, and are beloved by locals and visitors alike.  Milty Wilty, Wautoma  Milty Wilty READ MORE

2020 FARMERS MARKETS

Farmers markets may look different this year, but they are still the go-to source for local, fresh produce.  Downtown Appleton Farm Market Saturdays, July 4-Oct. 31. 8am-12:30pm. Only produce vendors. College Avenue from Appleton Street to Drew Street and Houdini Plaza, Appleton. 954-9112. BayCare Clinic presents Farmers Market on Broadway Wednesdays, June 3-Sept. 30. 4-7pm. READ MORE

Fox Cities Signature Dishes

Posted on Jun. 1, 2020 by Cody Wiesner

The Fox Valley is home to countless food establishments serving mouth-watering dishes, but if you were to recommend just a few, which would you choose to best represent our vibrant restaurant scene? Whether it’s a delicacy with a generations-old history or a new innovation taking the community by storm, the Fox Cities has a handful READ MORE

Food for Thought

Twelve months of dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review While we at FOX CITIES Magazine worked on our annual dining scene review earlier this year, we had no idea how the world would soon change as a result of the novel coronavirus and the devastating impact it would have on our local READ MORE