Milwaukee-area writers and M Magazine contributors Martin Hintz and
Pam Percy have penned a new book, "Food Lovers’ Guide to
Wisconsin," released earlier this year by Globe Pequot Press. In
addition to listings of trendy restaurants and landmark
establishments, the book includes food festivals, culinary events,
farmers markets and specialty food shops in each region. It’s a
must-have resource for travelers and residents alike. Here, Hintz
shares some insights about the book.
1. The book
covers the whole state. What were your criteria for "making the
has so many interesting, exciting and fun restaurants it was certainly
a challenge to scope out such a range of eateries. But we’ve been
covering the state for many years doing assorted publishing projects,
as well as always being on the hunt for great food. In addition to
hitting new places on our research expeditions and updating info we
already had collected, we utilized tips and suggestions from friends
in the tourism and foodie world, agriculture industry groups, the
Wisconsin Farm Bureau and folks we trusted to give us the scoop on
their favorite places. We’d then follow up on these leads.
2. How did you
narrow the list?
We wanted to be
sure we included places that ranged from ma-and-pa restaurants to
fine-dining establishments. I know we could write several more volumes
from additional sites we wished we could have included, especially
since we are finding new eateries all the time. Drawing on our
experiences writing about chefs and restaurants for M Magazine was
also a definite plus, giving us a leg up on the culinary scene in our
3. What are some
of your favorite experiences from writing the book?
fun to meet the chef, the creator of a meal or even a restaurant
owner. Most culinary types are glad to hear how you like your meal or
what you enjoyed about a particular dish. This adds to the overall
experience; you can even pick up great tips on food prep by asking how
something is prepared.
4. If you had to
pick one place as your all-time favorite, what would it be?
vote for our favorite as wherever we are at the time. Each place has
its own personality and "flavor."
5. As such
experienced travelers and dining authors, do you have any dining-out
advice for the less-traveled?
Be sure to try a
new place every so often, even if you enjoy visiting your favorite
places. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised with what you’ll
discover by stepping out of the tried-and-true. Even a
hole-in-the-wall can provide a marvelous dining experience.