Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ONE Thing: The story of our support for Cookies for Kids' Cancer

Each year, we host a bake sale to support the work of Cookies for Kids' Cancer.

If you've ever wondered why we chose them as the recipient for our funding, this video will give you the idea:

Learn more about the work of Cookies for Kids' Cancer.

And watch for more information about this year's bake sale, held every December!

On the Menu: Upcoming Food Picks for October

Aud-Mar Fall Festival

Spend a day on the lake in beautiful Muskego while enjoying the newly rennovated grounds of the classic Aud-Mar Supper Club property. [Read more about the Aud-Mar]

Enjoy live music, food by Bass Bay Brewhouse and a tap tent sponsored by Steven's Point Brewing Company! There will be a pie eating contest, Bloody Marys and more. Kids will enjoy the bounce house, face painting, an pumpkin decorating.

You'll also get a sneak peek of what the Bass Bay Brewhouse restaurant (coming in 2015) will look like once it is finished!

Location: S79W15851 Aud Mar Dr. in Muskego
Date: Saturday, October 4
Time: 11 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Cost: Free Admission
Family Friendly

Empty Bowls

Fight hunger by eating soup!
Empty Bowls guests will have the opportunity to choose from thousands of ceramic bowls handcrafted and donated by local artists, teachers and students. Bowls, which are sold for $20 ($10 for children's bowls) will be filled with soups prepared by local chefs are served with bread and other refreshments.

The organization will build on last year's event where nearly 2,000 people were served and $40,475 raised in support of local food programs. This year, empty bowls hopes to raise $45,000 in just three hours to benefit five local nonprofits, including the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, Central City Churches, Milwaukee Christian Center, Friedens Community Ministries and the Fondy Food Center.

Location: MSOE Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway
Date: Saturday, October 12
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost: $20 per bowl; $10 for kids' bowls

Mysteries of Vanilla
Professor Ken Cameron, vanilla orchid specialist from UW-Madison, will offer up the history and science behind the vanilla flavor we all know and love, while Chef Patrice Caillot of the French Pastry School in Chicago will demonstrate the use of vanilla in pastry and baking. Kyle Cherek will moderate.
Location: North Shore Boulangerie, 4401 N. Oakland Ave.
Date: Sunday, October 19
Time: 3 p.m.
Cost: A $10 refundable deposit is required. 
For reservations, call (414) 963-2153. 

Apple Sauced!
Join us for our annual harvest event. It's sweet, spirited and oh-so-much fun!

We'll have fall themed food & drink samples from vendors including 5 Lilies, Afro-Fusion Cuisine, Amilinda, Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro, Honeypie Cafe, Island Orchard Cider, Juniper 61, Larry's Market, Purple Door Ice Cream, Sassy Cow Creamery and MORE!

Meanwhile, our gracious hosts at Great Lakes Distillery will be providing libations at a cash bar in the tasting room. And the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association will whip us into a frenzy with a live auction of food items donated by our local partners.

As an added bonus, this year Dy Godsey, the Edible Milwaukee Mixology columnist, will be mistress of ceremonies at an apple-cocktail throwdown. The Great Sconnie Sip-Off is a competition with a twist: all ingredients must come from the state of Wisconsin or be made by bartenders themselves. Cocktails will be evaluated on their presentation, aroma, taste, balance and originality by a panel of local judges, then sampled by attendees for the People’s Choice awards (tickets for People's Choice are $10 each and can be purchased at the event).

Location: Great Lakes Distillery
Date: Tuesday, October 21
Time: 7-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 in advance; $45 at the door

Sitka Salmon Class
Sitka Salmon Shares is a fishermen-owned company in Sitka, Alaska that helps its independent small-scale fishermen sell their product to consumers in Midwest. Sitka Salmon Shares runs a Community Supported Fishery, much like a CSA, but for fish! They also provide fish to food co-ops, health food stores and restaurants throughout the Midwest.

Join Sitka fisherman, Marsh Steele, as he shares the Sitka Salmon Shares story as well as shows you how to break down a whole king salmon. Then, Chef Dave Swanson will demonstrate how to prepare some delicious seafood dishes!  Class includes a 30 minute reception beginning at 6 pm in the culinary school featuring a complimentary cocktail and Braise Bite.

Location: Braise Restaurant
Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 6 pm reception/6:30 class
Class Length: 1.5-2 hours
Cost: $65
Kohler Food & Wine Experience
Join the Village of Kohler for a weekend of exciting wine seminars, educational demonstrations and delicious tastings. The event includes nationally-renowned chefs, regional restaurateurs, entertaining seminars from award-winning local and international chefs, and opportunities to mingle with the top wine and culinary experts from across the nation. 

Some events are ticketed, but many events are complimentary including food and wine samplings, book signings, trunk shows and more.

Location: Kohler, WI (a 40 minute drive north of Milwaukee)
Date: October 23-26

Friday, September 26, 2014

October Event: Join us for a Fondy Farm Tour

Behind the Scenes Farm Tour

Join us for an inside look at the Fondy Farm in Port Washington

Join us on Sunday, Oct. 5, as we take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the the Fondy Farm Project. The farm’s primary purpose is to support small-scale, limited-resource farmers and continue providing fresh produce to families on Milwaukee’s North Side at Fondy Farmers Market.

We'll take a tractor ride around the farm and get a first-hand glimpse at the workings of the farm. During the tour, you’ll hear from Stephen Petro, farm manager, who will talk in detail about the Fondy Farm Project, which is located on 80 acres of land near Port Washington. He’ll talk about how the farm provides growers with the amenities they need to succeed — including affordable access to farmland and agricultural and business support — and how they, in turn, sell produce at the Fondy Farmers Market.After the tour, Stephen will answer the questions as the group noshes on seasonal snacks.

The tour is limited to 25 people, so sign up now!

Directions to the Farm
From Milwaukee:Take I-43 North of Milwaukee about 25 miles. Take Exit 100/Route 32 South at Port Washington and turn right onto Route 32 South. Take the first (immediate) left onto Highway LL and go north about 4 miles to the intersection of Highway LL and County Highway P. You will drive past a supper club on your right hand side, then a bar on the SW corner of Highway LL and County Highway P. Turn right onto County Highway P. As you’re driving, you’ll cross over I-43 on an overpass. Then, you’ll pass a house on your left.
 Directions Using GPS:
The Fondy Farm Project does not have a mailing address per se, but if you enter the following address in your GPS, you’ll get directions: 821 County Highway P, Port Washington, WI 53004
The Fondy Farm Project was launched in spring 2010 on 80 acres of land in Port Washington.

Its primary purpose is to support small- scale, limited resource farmers and to continue providing fresh, locally grown produce to families on Milwaukee’s North Side at Fondy Farmers Market.

The Farm supports farmers by offering the amenities needed to succeed – affordable, long-term access to farmland, agricultural and business support, and infrastructure improvements such as irrigation, hoophouses, greenhouses, and gravel roads.

Farmers at the Fondy Farm in turn sell their vegetables, fruit, and flowers at the Fondy Farmers Market, preserving food access to more than 74,000 residents on Milwaukee’s North Side, an area marked by high poverty and a severe lack of access to fresh, affordable produce and fruits. Last year more than 260,000 pounds of produce was grown at the Fondy Farm.