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Karin Savage

Produce That Pops

3 New Varieties to Seek Out This Summer

Story by Amy DeWall Dadmun
Illustrations by Karin Savage

Ninety-seven. Incredibly, that’s the number of small farms listed in the Farm Fresh Atlas of Southeastern Wisconsin. How fortunate we are in this corner of the state to have such an abundance of fresh veggies, fruits, herbs, poultry, pork, meats, honey, nuts, bakery and mushrooms! That number doesn’t even include our dairy farms.

Not long ago, I remember it used to be that you could find fresh produce and prepared goods at a farmers’ market only on Saturdays. The farmers’ market business has boomed in the last few years as more chefs and home cooks insist on buying and whipping up fresh and regional. So now Monday–Sunday, you can find a market to visit, taste-test delicious stuff, and stock up for the week on the goodness of locally grown.

From Whitewater to West Bend, Fox Point to Lake Geneva, Horicon to Janesville, Thiensville to Bristol, there are plenty of tantalizing opportunities to rest your eyes on sparkling colors and surprising shapes, and smell the freshness of things which grew in the dirt or on a tree just hours ago.

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Behind the Kitchen Door

The Milwaukee Restaurant Ecosystem

Story by Brett Kell
Graphic by Tim Demeter

There are an estimated 1,300 restaurants in Milwaukee, with more than 50 opening in the past year. These range from neighborhood mom-and-pop operations to expensive gustatory palaces, each of them vying for the attention and dollars of an increasingly savvy audience.

What’s remarkable about this burgeoning scene is that when digging at the roots that anchor and connect these establishments, some familiar faces emerge cloaked in chef’s whites. As much as restaurants live or die by their food, their leadership and staff play perhaps an even more important role.

The chefs who have worked in these kitchens are as numerous as they are talented, and each of them has taken something from his or her experience that has shaped an approach to subsequent roles. Together, this deeply interconnected network of chefs and owners has helped Milwaukee become recognized as one of the top food cities in the nation.

For the Love of It

“Milwaukee has come a long way,” says Joe Bartolotta, co-owner of The Bartolotta Restaurant Group. “The growth is expansive. It’s awesome. Part of what makes it so special is that the community of chefs … Read More

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Pet-Friendly Patios: Places to Roam with Rover

Story by Rebecca Ratterman
Illustration by Michelle McCammon

Dog lovers will all agree with one simple thing: their dog is a huge part of their life. They’re not called man’s best friend for nothing! We wake up to walk them, fall asleep near them, and lots of folks even travel with them. Well, local businesses have taken note, and now there are more products and services available than ever before.

Milwaukee has a huge patio scene in the summertime, so it’s natural to assume that dog-friendly patios should exist. And we have good news: boy, do they ever. Today, dog lovers can unite and have a nice meal with Fifi, Spot, or Buddy all over Milwaukee and beyond. Take a look at some restaurants across EMKE territory, where you can dine with your furry best friend! (Please, take note: these patios open beginning, weather-permitting, in late April.)


Bay View


Open 7 days a week for dinner starting at 5:00 PM and open for brunch on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Their dog-friendly patio is open in summer months. Goodkind changes their fresh and local menu regularly; be sure to check out their amazing cocktail menu for … Read More

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