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Fusion Foods

The mouth-watering marriages of unexpected culinary pairings Colliding two unrelated ingredients takes guts – and sometimes a little blind faith. When it’s not ending in complete and abject failure (remember Swedish Fish Oreos?), the results can be heavenly (hello, pancake cheese curds). This lineup of unlikely culinary duos proves that some ingredients are just better READ MORE

Great Steaks 

The finest cuts and where to find them The Fox Cities lie in the heartland of a state where taverns literally raffle off cuts of meat, so it’s safe to assume our obsession with steak is real. Wisconsin’s enthusiastic meat culture has not left the Fox Valley untouched, as evidenced by the abundant selection of READ MORE

Naughty or Nice

Decadent holiday treats and health-conscious counterparts Real talk: no one is starting a diet during the holidays. November kicks off the season of culinary decadence, and hey, we are fully on board with that. But for those who want to indulge a little more strategically, there are nice (or “nicer”) alternatives when you’ve overdone it READ MORE

23rd Annual Golden Fork Awards

By Laura Zornosa and Amelia Compton Wolff Welcome to the 23rd Annual Golden Fork Awards (otherwise known as The Oscars of Food in the Fox Cities). Upsets abound in this year’s reader poll that tips a hat to the best local restaurants, chefs and dishes – long-time winners were ousted and underdogs emerged victorious. Because READ MORE

Homegate Zone 

Recipes for an at-home tailgate party Watching a Green Bay Packer game at Lambeau Field is an experience every Fox Citian should have at least once, but sometimes home is the only place you want to be. Skip the lines, stay warm and save some money by hosting your own tailgate party right at home. READ MORE

Spice Nirvana

The FOX CITIES Magazine guide to curry In the United States and much of the West, “curry” is a catchall term for any spicy, saucy dish of South Asian origin. The reality, however, is much more complex. From India to Thailand, curries come in countless variations that are influenced by local ingredients and regional traditions. READ MORE

Taco Season

Six feats of taco engineering, perfect for scarfing down this summer Photos by Courtney Martin  Tacos are the ultimate summer food. They exemplify freshness. They satisfy without weighing you down. Not to mention, these hand-held portals of deliciousness make simultaneous walking and eating a real possibility – a must during summer festivals when you can’t READ MORE

Brunch Club

The Fox Cities know how to celebrate the meal weekends made famous By Amelia Compton Wolff & Hibah Ansari Who doesn’t love a meal that is also a verb? Brunching is practically a sport in the Fox Valley, where bacon comes candied and no eyebrows are raised at vodka before noon. In honor of prime READ MORE

Food for Thought

Twelve months of dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review By Amelia Compton Wolff and Nicole Witmer Notable New Kids Wilder’s, Appleton After more than three years cooking at Scuba’s Pourhouse in Appleton, Terrance Wilder decided to open his own restaurant. Wilder’s, which is billed as a cutting-edge pub and bistro, opened in READ MORE

Stock Your Pantry

By Rebecca Rehberger and Amelia Compton Wolff   When you think of Wisconsin food, perhaps your mind goes straight for beer, cheese and brats. (Or beer cheese, or cheese brats, or cheese and beer soup – you get the idea.) But there’s more to the Wisconsin food scene than that. There’s something here for every READ MORE