Grand Opera House

Author: Grace Olson

Small plates encourage big camaraderie

Posted on Dec. 1, 2021 by Grace Olson

Tapas style bites are on the rise While taste and presentation are essential for an overall great dining experience, there’s more than taste that brings food to life to catapult it into an unforgettable experience. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the tradition of Spanish tapas: festive appetizers enjoyed with drinks, and always focused READ MORE

Choosing a fireplace

Posted on Dec. 1, 2021 by Grace Olson

What you should know about safety, efficiency and heat Hello, winter. The season has officially turned and we’re in for the long haul in the Fox Cities. Undoubtedly, when it’s cold outdoors, we crave warmth and coziness inside. Perhaps the most iconic combatant to the frigid temperatures and mental fatigue is the fireplace. They add READ MORE

Taking off!

Posted on Dec. 1, 2021 by Grace Olson

Area airports offer first-class service at a whole new level July 2019 was a great year for aviation. Passenger numbers were high and overall, worldwide airports were on the right trajectory. But like many industries, it has its ups and downs (pun intended). There’s a cycle that experts say happens approximately every ten years, lending READ MORE

A place at the table

Posted on Oct. 31, 2021 by Grace Olson

Elevate entertaining and sit down to inviting decor “The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” —Terri Marshall Regardless of age, the holiday season feels as if it holds a magical secret—the comfort of gathering around a Thanksgiving table, READ MORE

Holiday cookie craze

Posted on Oct. 31, 2021 by Grace Olson

Seasonal treats make life that much sweeter Typically perceived as playful and charming, cookies have a way of brightening any scene they enter. And during the holidays, these unassuming treats reach a whole new level of popularity. Derived from the Dutch word koekje, which means “small or little cake,” the cookie’s history in America dates READ MORE

27th Annual Golden Fork Awards

Posted on Sep. 29, 2021 by Grace Olson

With a year of uncertainty surrounding the dining scene lingering, 2021 came in with a hint of caution and a lot of hope. Our area restaurants are rallying, but many are in need of support and patience to continue to provide us with the food and service we’ve come to appreciate in the Fox Cities. READ MORE

The “New” Contemporary Cocktail Hour

Posted on Jul. 30, 2021 by Grace Olson

Local bars look to history to elevate drinking culture Where classic serves a purpose of preserving tradition and history, contemporary brings a blast of fresh air and something not typically seen before. There’s certainly room for both, especially on the bar scene. In fact, it’s impossible not to build upon the former to create the READ MORE

Home on the Road

Posted on Mar. 1, 2021 by Grace Olson

Local DIY enthusiasts go the extra mile to achieve their dream campers Travel is a hobby that many consider a favorite. It starts with a spark, something igniting the desire for a change in scenery. Adventure, discovering a new culture, relaxation and a shift in routine all await when wanderlust sets in. This year, simply READ MORE

Love in the Time of COVID-19 

Posted on Jan. 31, 2021 by Grace Olson

Creative wedding trends prove that love will prevail despite the pandemic  From large and energetic to intimate and reserved, wedding festivities have been occurring since ancient times, each new season bringing a unique twist to tie it to its place in history. The long-vanished custom of a bride and her bridesmaids wearing identical dresses to READ MORE