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Culinary Delights
Five foodie-friendly experiences to try this winter


Dec. 2017

We live in a city with dozens of great restaurants, but what exactly defines a “foodie experience”? Which restaurants offer something truly memorable? Here we round up five experiences to try this winter.

The Trout House at Rushing Waters

“Food miles” is the distance between where food is grown and where it’s served. The Trout House replaces the word “miles” with “yards” for the freshest fish in town. “The fish are raised 200 yards away from where you sit in the restaurant,” explains Peter Fritsch, co-owner and president of Rushing Waters Fisheries, LLC. The eatery offers the chance for you to “hook and cook” your own fish too. Reel in the trout, then leave the cleaning and cooking to the pros. The fantastic food and gorgeous setting attract devoted fans from Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago. “We don’t get too many people fishing when it’s 0 degrees, but we’re catching fresh fish year-round,” Fritsch adds. N301 County Road H, Palmyra, (262) 495-2089,

Five O’ Clock Steakhouse

There’s a certain old-school charm that defines the authentic supper club, and no one does it better than this downtown favorite. Sinatra and his Rat Pack would feel right at home here. Your first stop is the bar. Relax and sip an old-fashioned or specialty martini while an attentive server takes your dinner order. Arrive at your table to find a salad, a relish tray and warm bread waiting. Sorry, but really not sorry, vegetarian friends: It’s all about the steak here. After dinner, head up to the swanky Alley Cat Lounge for live jazz on weekends. Reservations required. 2416 W. State St., (414) 342-3553,


Dicken’s Dinner at The Grain Exchange

’Twas just days before Christmas, in Milwaukee’s downtown; happy diners were smiling, and no one wore a frown. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, and Christmas décor filled the room with such flair. The evening begins, wine and beer freely flowing — anticipation of three delicious courses is growing. To this delightful tradition, fans flock without hesitation.

All cheerful rhymes aside, visit or call (414) 727-6980 for tickets to the annual dinner event, which runs Dec. 21-23. 


All’! Chocolat

Are you a chocoholic? Do you need a support group to cure your chocolate addiction? You aren’t alone. Satisfy your cravings at this Waukesha-based gourmet shop, where chocolate isn’t just a tasty treat — it’s a way of life. Celebrate the holidays with a Chocolate Make & Taste class on Dec. 19, where you’ll sample and compare various varietals, or explore the history of hot chocolate and learn how to make homemade mixes on Jan. 4 at the Warm Up With Chocolate class. 234 W. Main St., (262) 544-8030,


Braise Snow Shoe Dinner at Jeff Leen Farm

Hoping to beat the winter blues? Here’s our recommendation: Step 1: Bundle up in your warmest, most wind-proof gear.

Step 2: Strap on a pair of snow shoes.

Step 3: Hike through the snow-covered fields of a working farm. Step 4: Post-hike, arrive at a cozy barn for an amazing foodie experience. While you warm up with hot cocoa, cider, wine or beer and snack on appetizers like roasted winter vegetable tartlets with locally produced cheese, Braise owner/chef Dave Swanson will cook a hearty, one-pot meal over an open fire. (Cassoulet, anyone?) What’s the sweetest way to end this memorable evening? S’mores, of course. Exact date TBA. Jeff Leen Farm, N254 County Road I, Random Lake, (414) 212-8843,


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