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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

The Year of the Veggie


Vegetables are having a moment and you’re actually going to like it.   In 2017, vegetables will transition from side dish support to the main meal event in both restaurants and home kitchens. Driving this trend are more meat-eaters experimenting with “flexitarian” (semi-vegetarian) diets and an overall growing interest in healthy eating. Janel Abel, owner READ MORE

Budget Bites


A new year brings a slew of resolutions, and fiscal responsibility often tops the list. For those looking to bulk up their savings accounts without sacrificing a dining out addiction, we have the answer. We’ve compiled some of the best eats in the Fox Valley for under $10, so you can eat like a king READ MORE

The Best Local Brews


Photography by Dave Compton Wolff Wisconsin has long been hailed as the Land of Beer, and the Fox Cities craft beer scene supports that reputation – just take a look at these locally brewed beauties if you need proof. Grab a designated driver (not it) and make a day of checking out the breweries in READ MORE

22nd Annual Golden Fork Awards

Photo by Adam Shea of Adam Shea Photography,

Local, authentic, humble. No, we aren’t updating our online dating profile (although it totally applies). These words epitomize the trends that are hot in the Fox Cities dining scene. Maybe they aren’t trends as much as they are a way of life for these restaurants and chefs who have been voted the best in class READ MORE

Farm to Photo


Emmy Heiser turns restaurant side work into artwork It began as a typical serving shift for Emmy Heiser at Weasel’s of Waupaca. As she prepped her salad station like she did every day, Heiser noticed the colorful stains left behind by the cabbage, carrots and tomatoes she chopped. She decided to take a picture of READ MORE

Food with Swagger


Photography by Dave Compton Wolff Confidence is attractive, especially when it comes to cooking. These platings ooze sophisticated style, so grab a fork, belly up and try not to be impressed. Salad Envy Salads can be upscale too, as demonstrated at Bamboo Chinese & Japanese Cuisine in Appleton. Sliced and splayed avocado becomes the perfect READ MORE