Sunday, July 26, 2015

MKE Summer #Giveaway: Win this Cocktail Kit from From Milwaukee with Love

We're celebrating summer AND looking forward to Milwaukee Cocktail Week (SEPT 16-22, 2015) by hosting a very special giveaway for Milwaukee cocktail lovers.

We've teamed up with the local gift experts at From Milwaukee with Love to bring you the perfect summer cocktail kit featuring a host of great local products.

Entries will be accepted until NOON on August 5. Winners will be chosen through a random drawing and announced here and on our Facebook page before the end of the day on August 5, 2015.

What you'll win: 

This brand new (not yet released) Cocktail Kit from From Milwaukee with Love (value: $70), which contains:

  • Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters
  • Top Note Tonics bitter orange premium soda concentrate
  • Forest Floor maraschino cherries
  • set of four sterling silver MKE cocktail skewers from Copious Design 
  • a recipe card with instructions on how to make a bad-ass Milwaukee summer cocktail (recipe also provided by the folks at Bittercube)

How to enter (it's easy):

1)  SIGN UP for our MKEfoodies mailing list HERE. You'll get first dibs on tickets to our upcoming events! (Already on the list? Let us know by commenting below.)

2) BE SOCIAL. For an extra entry, use #MKECocktailKit in a tweet or Instagram post featuring a photo of your favorite Milwaukee beverage (see an example below).

BONUS POINTS: And, just because you're awesome, go over to the From Milwaukee with Love Facebook page and give 'em a like.


It's not summer until I've had my @GLDistillery Rehorst gin & tonic. #MKECocktailKit #Giveaway

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

7 Tips for Getting the Most out of the Walker's Point Food Crawl

-- By Chelsie Niehoff

Last year was the first time I attended the Walkers Point Food Crawl and I had a blast! However, I didn't know what to expect and wish I would have been more prepared to conquer my afternoon of eating!

So, I've put together a list of Tips and Tricks for mastering the crawl. Anyone else have other suggestions?
  • Strategize! 
    • Before you run off for food, set a strategy for the day.  Prioritize which restaurants you want to go to (which are already published on the website) and plot your route from there.  You can then figure out how long you'll have each restaurant and how long you'd be willing to wait to ensure you see all the ones you want. 
  • Keep it moving.  
    • Because the crawl is only 3 hours long (4 for some of you lucky folks!), you're better off not waiting around too long at one restaurant if you want to hit them all.  If a crowd starts building, consider moving onto another place and stopping back later.  
  • Don't fill up!
    • I'm embarrassed to admit but this was my big mistake last year (rookie move).  Make sure to pace yourself throughout the day. There is more than enough food to fill you up and share with others in your party. My strategy around eating is my boyfriend and I always order different dishes and split them, that way we can have a taste of everything- if you don't mind sharing, this is the way to go.  
  • Wear layers.
    • I'm always surprised with how different the temperature is down in Walker's Point from other areas of the city- especially the western 'burbs!  Because of it's proximity to the water, expect cooler temps and maybe more wind the day of the event.  Layers are perfect for an event like this, especially with all the walking you'll be doing. 
  • Don't forget comfortable shoes!
    • This may be obvious but still worth noting.  Because the crawl spands quite a number of blocks, make sure you wear comfy shoes. Last thing you want is blisters getting in the way of delicious food. 
  • Consider bringing your bike. 
    • Biking is a good alternative to getting down to Walkers Point since parking is limited to whatever you can find on the street.  Biking is also a great way to travel quickly between each of the restaurants and beat the crowds. 
  • Tip, tip, tip!
    • Lastly, in case you needed reminding, our partners in this event go above and beyond to serve all 300 of you.  It's not an easy feat and we appreciate there support each and every year.  If you get good service and enjoy the food, make sure to tip your bartenders and servers. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Who's Who at the Walkers Point Food Crawl

With the Walkers Point Food Crawl just around the corner (Saturday, May 30), we thought it'd be great to profile a few of our awesome partners for this event.

Braise​ - James Beard Nominated Chef David Swanson takes farm to table seriously, aiming to serve up small dishes that incorporate locally sourced food from as close as Braise's own rooftop garden.  Last year, he served a grilled chorizo sope that I paired with a Pearl St. pale ale for a delicious bite along my route.

Chez Jacques​ - Owner Jacques Chaumet boasts a menu that exhibits all the true flavors of France, stemming from passed down family recipes and specialties of his classically trained French chef.  Some of my personal favorites are the french onion soup and daily quiche specials.

Wayward Kitchen Co.​ is a small plate restaurant with a diverse menu of dishes that are sure to please.  Wayward was my first stop on the crawl last year and I ordered a watermelon mojito (delicious!), the pork belly toastada, and eggplant involtini.

Blue Jacket offers up more than just meets the eye.  In addition to it's beautiful decor and calming ambiance, a seasonal menu with a focus on Midwest comfort food has people coming back for more. Last year they hosted the bloody mary kickoff to the crawl and people werelined up out the door"

Screaming Tuna Sushi & Asian Bistro - Newcomer to the crawl, Screaming Tuna is a casual Asian-fusion bistro offering some of the best views of the city. I've personally been here for dinner and their sushi knocks it out of the park, especially when coupled with their daily drink specials.

Clock Shadow Creamery​ - One of my favorites on the list, Clock Shadow Creamery is a must when talking about Milwaukee food.  Last year for the crawl, the local creamery offered up pretzels and cheese among other cheese-tastic dishes to satisfy hunger crawl-goers.

 Meraki - Another new restaurant on the crawl, Meraki is owned by Chef Chad Meier and his wife Malissa. The restaurant specializes in modern, shareable plates, and features an open kitchen so diners can get in on the action. It earned three (3) stars in a recent review by Journal Sentinel critic, Carol Deptolla.