on board the bus for culinary adventures — and leave the driving to
Milwaukee Food Tours. Theresa Nemetz and husband Wade will ensure a
good time, grand fun and an exciting peek into the city’s history,
all rolled into one jolly excursion.
started their citywide ramblings as a hobby five years ago, combining
Theresa’s love of Milwaukee and Wade’s love of food. Their
community showcasing started as a walking food tour of the Brady
Street neighborhood, but now offers 12 different bus or walking
opportunities, in addition to many customized private tour options.
an opportunity to hear inspirational stories about those who started
their businesses with nothing more than pennies and a dream,"
says Nemetz. "It’s a chance to sample top dishes from a variety
of stops in a condensed time frame, and a chance to hear from locals
about Milwaukee’s history."
several chefs and entrepreneurs who have taken the tour told her they
enjoyed seeing the struggles and successes of other business owners.
She points out that culinary instructors also bring their classes to
experience what the city has to offer food-wise.
About half her
clientele are repeats, especially during the holidays, with a Pizza
Bus and Christmas Around Milwaukee bakery tours among the most
popular. Nemetz points out Milwaukee is an ideal place for such
culinary tourism because its foods have been influenced by the many
immigrant groups that found a home here. She chooses restaurants, as
well as the food served at each stopover, to build a story.
Tours has 40 of what Nemetz calls "restaurant partners,"
along an ever-changing route. Her greatest challenge is juggling the
many food allergies and dietary requirements of visitors. But, somehow
everyone appears to be accommodated. After all, this is Milwaukee.
reservations, visit www.milwaukeefoodtours.com
or call (800) 979-3370.
Stop: Food Nirvana
these scrumptious culinary options by wheel or foot.
Pizza Bus — This three-hour culinary expedition ranges
from old-school joints to gourmet pizza establishments, combed
with drives through historic neighborhoods, beginning in West
Milwaukee at 6 p.m. Hefty slices, dessert and transportation are
included in the $55 per person prices. Beverages are provided at
some stopovers. Dates: Jan. 12 and Feb. 2, 9 and 16.
Third Ward Food Tour — This tour provides a variety of
foods, tied together with some Wisconsin-brewed beers. Length is
approximately one mile, with walking breaks and opportunities to
sit down along the way. About 20 minutes is spent at each
restaurant. Plan on spending up to two-and-one-half-hours,
depending on whether guests are amblers or striders. Cost is $50
per person, departing at 5:30 p.m. Dates: Feb. 2 and 16.
Point Dine Around — Tagged at $75 per person, expect to
spend up to three hours chowing down around one of city’s
trendiest dining neighborhoods. Be aware the tour is not
handicap accessible because of stairs and an on-off bus route.
Be sure to come hungry because of the beer/wine pairings and
desserts. Included is a stop at Clock Tower Creamery, Milwaukee’s
only urban cheese factory. Hit the road at 5:30 p.m. Dates:
Jan.19, 26 and Feb. 23.