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Where can you find inventive dishes created by adventurous chefs using fresh, nutritious, locally grown and harvested food?
If you’re thinking the farm-to-table movement is limited to big cities like Los Angeles or New York, think again. Milwaukee chefs are leading a growing “locavore” movement with unstoppable momentum. And the skills of these creative culinary masters guarantees that “back to basics” is anything but.
We’ve got farm-to-table. We’ve got roof-to-table. When you eat local in Milwaukee, everywhere from food trucks to fine dining, your food is closer than you think.
Perched atop a bluff in Milwaukee’s historic Beerline neighborhood, Wolf Peach (the literal translation of the word “tomato”) is an irresistible and rustic dining experience. Fresh ingredients from local farms, purveyors and artisans are paired to create food that “feeds the soul.” In addition to an off-site farm, Wolf Peach grows produce, garnish and more at their 1000 square-foot on-site garden. Food at Wolf Peach is served “como viene” (“as it comes”), with each dish coming from the kitchen as soon as it’s ready, encouraging your table to taste and share.
The Walker’s Point neighborhood on Milwaukee’s south side is a hotbed of restaurant development – the New York Times called it “the city’s go-to district for innovative artisanal food.” If you want to eat local, you have to make a stop. The Braise Restaurant Supported Agriculture program helps make local products from Wisconsin farms accessible to member restaurants, making it easy to eat local from coffee shops like Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. (a certified Organic roasting facility) to the artisan frozen treats at Purple Door Ice Cream. When you dine at Braise (named one of Fodor’s “Top Ten Roof-to-Table Restaurants” for 2014), know that from baking bread to butchering meat, everything on the menu is hand-crafted.
Even hotels are getting in on the action: while dining at the iconic Pfister Hotel, your meal might be sweetened with honey from one of the 23,000 bees that live in two hives on the hotel’s rooftop.
No matter where your culinary journey in Milwaukee takes you, you’re likely to find local influences on the menu. Chefs throughout the city are creating dishes that showcase the best of seasonal flavors with fresh approaches. From upscale restaurants to casual, cornerside bistros, there’s sure to be a choice to please every palate that has its roots close to home.