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A foodie's week in MKE
Learn new techniques, kick back over a multicourse meal, and connect with others who love good food

Photos by Matt Haas

September 2016

In Milwaukee, you could pack in a different food-centric event for every night of the week if you really wanted. In fact, for one week in September, we’ve done the work for you! Whether you’re ambitious enough to attend them all, or decide to make just one or two, is up to you.

Monday, Sept. 12

Wellspring Seasonal Cooking at Amilinda with Gregory Le"n and Orry Le"n. If you want to cook like a chef, start with seasonal ingredients — and instruction from a pro. On this night, you can step up to Amilinda’s colorful open kitchen, where Executive Chef Gregory Le"n will focus on carrots and fennel, sharing tips, techniques and simple yet elegant ways to prepare these versatile veggies at home. You’ll also sample recipes made with organic produce freshly plucked from Wellspring’s gardens near Newburg. 315 E. Wisconsin Ave.,

Tuesday, Sept. 13

I Can — Tomatoes and Salsa at Milwaukee Public Market. Perhaps one of the most satisfying pleasures of summer in Milwaukee is biting into a juicy tomato you grew yourself. Wondering what to do about the surplus from your garden? Lisa Kingery, a registered dietitian, master gardener and master food preserver, will guide you through making crushed tomatoes and zesty salsa to take home. She’ll also share how to safely can your vegetables and provide handouts and recipes. For an added feel-good factor, proceeds from the class will support "culinary literacy" in Milwaukee schools. 400 N. Water St., (414) 336-1111,

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Historic Third Ward Walking Food Tour. On a beautiful September day, what could be better than exploring the city on foot? How about sampling food at five restaurants as you stroll along the Riverwalk and down Broadway, formerly known as Commission Row? Milwaukee Food & City Tours will steer you to some of the Historic Third Ward’s tastiest spots and along the way tell you little-known stories behind the establishments. "‘I’ve lived here my entire life and never explored Milwaukee like I did today!’ (is something) we often hear from local tour attendees," says founder Theresa Nemetz, adding that your belly will be full by the end of the night. (414) 255-0534,

Thursday, Sept. 15

Preserve the Harvest: The Basics of Drying Food at Bay View Community Center. Fall is not just canning season. Learn food-drying methods from Ann Wegner LeFort, a master food preserver with 15 years of experience in restaurants such as Sanford and Beans & Barley. She’ll show you how to create a seasoning mix for soups and stews as well as a healthy, tasty green smoothie blend. You’ll get jars of each to take with you, plus recipes and a chance to win other giveaways at the end of class. 1320 E. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 482-1000,

Friday, Sept. 16

"Evening Drinks" at Splash Studio. Wine doesn’t just pair with food these days — it gets added to races, yoga workshops and even visits to art studios. Splash Studio calls itself a painting bar, and you can choose whether to grab a brush or simply grab a seat and watch the artists make their masterpieces based on the evening’s featured work. Capture your love for great conversation over a favorite drink in this night’s "Evening Drinks," designed by emerging local artist Dan Fleming. 184 N. Broadway, (414) 882-7621,

Saturday, Sept. 17

Braise Farm Dinner at Farm 45. Relax and take in the scenery as you enjoy a four-course farm-to-table dinner at the farm. Chef Dave Swanson, a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest, will cook at Farm 45, a sheep and goat farm in Jackson. You can mingle with the farmer and other guests as you sip a cocktail before the meal, which will include wine pairings with each course. A farm dinner earlier in the season featured coffee pork carnitas with summer succotash and grilled lemon vinaigrette. 3180 County Highway C, Jackson,

Sunday, Sept. 18

The Plate Collective at DanDan. Sink into your seat at the recently opened DanDan, where you’ll be treated to a collaboration among food and ceramic artists. Potter Kate Riley works with the evening’s chefs to design the ideal dish for each of five courses, paired with a different wine. This event features fine eats from Daniel Jacobs and Dan Van Rite of DanDan, Shay Linkus of Vanguard, and Aaron Patin of Iron Grate BBQ, as well as Jonny Hunter from Madison’s Underground Food Collective and Jorge Guzman from the Brewer’s Table at Surly Brewing Co. in Minneapolis. 360 E. Erie St., plate m



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