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6 Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Milwaukee

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By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

A couple enjoying dinner at Milwaukee's Harbor House restaurant

Whether you’re in the mood for a sophisticated meal, an offbeat adventure or still waving that “Singles Awareness Day” flag, we’ve collected some of the best ways to treat your special someone (or yourself) this weekend. Sit back, relax and let these Valentine’s Day date ideas lead you to the perfect celebration.

For foodies
The romantic dinner is a classic for a reason. There are so many great restaurants to choose from this Valentine’s Day, but if you’re looking for something extra special, try the Big Night Aphrodisiac Dinner at The Chef’s Table, an interactive dining experience featuring six courses guaranteed to stoke the fires of your passions. If bacon and beer are more your style, don’t miss the Brenner Brewing Co. dinner at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

For starry-eyed lovers
Take in the most romantic show in the universe. Valentine’s Day at the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum promises to be out of this world with a two-evening run of “Romancing the Stars.”

For quirky couples
So you and your partner aren’t so into gazing into each other’s eyes? How do you feel about racing through an inflatable arena or blasting each other during a no-holds-barred laser tag battle? The Valentine’s Day package at Bounce Milwaukee gets you dinner (including loaded tots!) and non-stop fun.

For a sweet tooth
If you love your sugar as much as you love, well, sugar, indulge in aphrodisiac-inspired chocolate and wine pairings at the appropriately named Indulgence Chocolatiers.

For artistic souls
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Feel free to pull that one out to describe your darling this Valentine’s Day, but I was talking about a two-canvas couples’ painting you and your honey can make together at Splash Studio: A Painting Bar during their Red Hot Love Fest.

For singletons
If you’ve been bitten by love, shake off those blues at the Love BITES party at Miller Time Pub, featuring comfort food bites, special “hook-up” shots and a therapeutic “ex-destroying” contest. Or work out your frustrations with free ping pong and a “worst kiss” story contest at Evolution MKE’s Kiss & Tell Un-Valentine’s Day party.


Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

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By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

Entry to Inspiring Beauty exhibit at Milwaukee Art Museum

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair at the Milwaukee Art Museum certainly lives up to its name. The “beauty” part is to be expected; how could it not be beautiful, with ensembles created by Givenchy, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, Yves Saint-Laurent, Bob Mackie and more? This fashion obsessive was swooning to be in the same room with these stunning pieces.

Most people never get a chance to see haute couture in person, much less from this close up, so I would heartily recommend that anyone who loves clothes check out the exhibit for that opportunity alone. The exhibit is carefully set up to allow you to view almost every ensemble from a variety of angles, and you better believe I was craning my neck to take in every last detail. Thanks to the Mount Mary University collection, visitors in Milwaukee will get the chance to see thirteen additional garments from the University’s signature Ebony Fashion Fair collection, an awesome opportunity that makes seeing the exhibit here, at the Milwaukee Art Museum, even more special.

But more importantly, the exhibit really shines when it comes to the first part of its name: “inspiring.” Upon entering the show, you’re greeted with an over-sized photograph of Eunice W. Johnson, the creator of Ebony Fashion Fair. Over its 50 year history, the Fair raised $55 million dollars for charity and featured all African American models. But when the show began in 1958, the European designers were reticent to sell their clothes to a black woman. There was a belief that bright colors didn’t suit dark skin, and touring through the south meant that models who wore the finest of haute couture were not able to eat in a restaurant.

The aspirational side of the Fair, highlighted in the exhibit’s themes of vision, innovation and power, can’t be underestimated. This event was about a change of beauty standards and empowering African American women. Eunice Johnson’s vision is the very definition of inspiring; as Camille Morgan, the guest curator of the exhibit, said, Eunice was “a fashion civil rights activist.” There’s more than one way to inspire people, and more than one field in which to make a difference.

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair is on display February 5 – May 3, 2015. Learn more about the exhibit here.


Q&A with Christine Specht of Cousins Subs

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By Katy Deardorff
Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee

Milwaukee is proud of its homegrown businesses, from breweries to sandwich shops! Christine Specht, president and chief operating officer at Cousins Subs, was kind enough to take a moment to chat with VISIT Milwaukee about what makes our city’s culinary scene so fantastic.

Q: How do you feel that food and a city’s culinary scene make an impact on a destination?

A: Most major cities offer a wide variety of food and culinary delights so it is important to differentiate from the rest. Milwaukee has a lot of fantastic restaurants that celebrate our German heritage as well as restaurants that speak to what Milwaukee was built on – industrious people who were looking to better their life through hard work. I’d say Cousins Subs certainly tips its hat to those folks. When travelers visit a region, they can learn so much about the people and culture through its restaurants. You can see the diversity of the residents as well as the generations that continue to build on the foundation. In my opinion, the culinary selection a destination has to offer is just as important as a museum, landmark or sporting venue. 

Q: How do you see Cousins making an impact? 

A: I’m proud to say that Cousins was founded right here in Milwaukee by my family and my dad’s cousin in 1972. We celebrate the best Milwaukee has to offer and we understand that the sub sandwiches we serve have to be better. Our products are a nod to the industrious work ethic the city was founded on by being heartier, fresher and more authentic. Our staff serves our guests as if they are an extension of our family. 

Q: Why do you think that Cousins is such a great fit for a traveler? Specifically a family? 

A: Cousins is great for travelers because of the portability of our product. You can very easily take our subs to go so that you get to see all of the fantastic Milwaukee sites. Of course we welcome our guests to visit one of our restaurants to enjoy a cheese steak hot off the grill and don’t forget to pair that with deep-fried Wisconsin cheese curds – a dairy state classic. We are the perfect lunch and dinner spot for families because our subs are completely customizable and will accommodate even the most particular guests. 

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in Milwaukee?

A: My husband and I love to eat at the fabulous restaurants found west of the city to downtown. Residents of Milwaukee are very fortunate to have nationally recognized chefs and specialty restaurants right in their hometown. Not only is it wonderful to experience their creativity but the service is nothing short of warm and genuine.  

Q: What is your favorite family vacation memory?

A: When I was a kid my family would hop in our van and drive to New Jersey for a few weeks each summer. My dad is from Atlantic City so when my grandparents were alive we would stay with them. We would visit my dad’s favorite submarine shop in Atlantic City (the inspiration for Cousins Subs) and we’d also hit the beaches and the boardwalk.  Good times!