My journey from writer to published author has been filled with blessings. And one of them comes directly from these great folks at Purple Door.
My journey from writer to published author has been filled with blessings. And one of them comes directly from these great folks at Purple Door.

Milwaukee blessings: Purple Door donates book sales to food pantry

For the ninth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2015."

During the past month or so – as I’ve made the journey from writer to published author – life has been a bit of a blur. I’m busier than I’ve ever been, and despite the constant hum of activity, I’m also finding myself regularly overwhelmed by the kindness of those around me.

Ever since the Sept. 21 release of "Milwaukee Food: A History of Cream City Cuisine," I’ve had any number of delightful things happen to me.

Last week, I got a lovely email from someone who’d started reading the book and just wanted to let me know that, although they hadn’t finished it yet, they found it difficult to put it down.

Just yesterday, I showed up at Anodyne in Walker’s Point to grab a cup of coffee with an acquaintance (soon to be friend, I'm quite sure), and she presented me with a bouquet of beautiful flowers with a lovely note, telling me how much she enjoyed reading the book.

And this morning I learned that Purple Door Ice Cream will carry copies of my book in its scoop shop.

That news was cool enough all by itself. But, it got even better when Purple Door owner Steve Schultz told me it will be donating all of the profits from the sales of the book (from now through Thanksgiving) to the Bay View Community Center Food Pantry.

"They are a very busy food pantry just blocks from our home in Bay View," Schultz wrote in an email to me. "...this just made sense. Using your book about food to raise money for a local food pantry seemed like a natural relationship."

My eyes welled up. My heart swelled. I'm so grateful to know such wonderful, generous people – and to have them in my life.

I think the gesture means even more to me since Steve and …

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Sometimes it pays to embrace our sausage and beer-filled heritage.
Sometimes it pays to embrace our sausage and beer-filled heritage.

Pride Points: Brat House gets a shout out in USA Today

For the ninth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2015."

Milwaukee may be on the rise as a food city, but it still pays to be proud of our old school traditions, including our sausage and beer.

An article published in USA Today yesterday highlights a few of the reasons why.

In "Milwaukee Brat House: Wisconsin classics done right," writer Larry Olmstead highlights one of Old World Third Street's most classic stops:  Milwaukee Brat House.

"For the sausage lover (or beer lover) it is almost impossible to go wrong at Milwaukee Brat House," he writes, giving the popular restaurant a rating of "YUM!" (on a scale which includes the choices: Blah, OK, Mmmm, Yum! and OMG!)

Olmsted cites highlights like the bratwurst Reuben, tiger sauce hot wings, beer cheese soup and locally brewed beer. He also gives a shout-out to Usinger's Sausage, cheese curds and Lakefront Brewery's IPA.

Pretty sure he hit that one right on the head.

We have our first round winners for the Steinhafels Dine In & Win Big Contest.
We have our first round winners for the Steinhafels Dine In & Win Big Contest.

Drum roll please: 10 finalists for Steinhafels #DineInWinBig Contest

For the ninth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2015."

It's official: 10 candidates have made it to the final round of the Steinhafels Dine In & Win Big Contest.  And soon, you'll have your chance to vote for your favorite.

Beginning next week, we'll be showcasing brand new photos and recipes from each of the first round winners. And you'll have an opportunity to cast your vote for the very best submission.

The recipe and photo with the most votes will win the Steinhafels Dine In & Win Big prize package, including a $3,000 gift card good towards any purchase of dining room furniture, as well as a meal for four – cooked in your home – by Masterchef contestant Katrina Kozar.

In the meantime, here are the winning photos (in no particular order):

@Steinhafels we like breakfast around here. ;) Yes, I took this. We hope we win!  #dineinwinbig

A photo posted by Wendy (@lostinspaces) on

Chicken tostadas with #wildtree fajita seasoning, yum. #dineinwinbig @steinhafels

A photo posted by @roxhunt on

#dineinwinbig

A photo posted by @jdrury474 on

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Watts Tea Shop is on the list of spots to visit in a new Travel + Leisure feature on Milwaukee.
Watts Tea Shop is on the list of spots to visit in a new Travel + Leisure feature on Milwaukee. (Photo: Nikki Bidgood/Travel + Leisure)

9 things to do, eat and see in Milwaukee, according to Travel + Leisure

For the ninth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2015."

"There’s a lot more to this lovely Wisconsin city than beer, brats and bowling."

That's the introduction for a new "Trip Ideas" feature produced this month by Travel + Leisure, which focuses on spots in Milwaukee's Downtown and lower East Side.

A slideshow with accompanying narrative features popular Milwaukee destinations, including The Plaza Hotel, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Jewish Museum, The Grohmann Museum at MSOE and The Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. Milwaukee Food & City Tours is another notable, described as "a tour that brings together thoughtful conversation and really good food."

Of course, no feature would be complete without a mention of edibles to try along the way, and here are the ones the magazine staff chose:  

Cafe at the Plaza is noted for its chive hash browns and Wisconsin-style poutine complete with chorizo gravy and cheese curds. 

Meanwhile, AJ Bombers gets a mention for its Colonel Mustard (complemented by tangy mustard and chipotle cheese).  

Watts Tea Shop is noted for its quiche and "genteel atmosphere," as well as a plug the "Walk in the Woods," omelette featuring sautéed cremini mushrooms with tarragon and garlic.

And Buckley's gets a plug for its signature drinks including the Nutcracker Manhattan, made with Fee Brothers black walnut bitters, and the Last Word, featuring Death’s Door Gin and green chartreuse. 

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