6 things to know about the food and drink news in Milwaukee this week


The cocktail tour dates back 100 years

Spirits from the Prohibition Age are part of the Cedarburg Cultural Center “Cocktails Dahling” walking tour on July 24 or August 14.

The three-hour guided tour with a guide includes six sample-sized drinks, starting with the Mary Pickford Cocktail at Cedarburg Cultural Center. The tour will then go to the Stagecoach Inn for a taste of Bee’s Knees, Frannie’s Market for bamboo, and then to the Kuhefuss House Museum for the pink squirrel and corpse. The tour will end at the Cedarburg Cultural Center for the last drink, the first cocktail.

Tickets are $ 22, adults only, and can be purchased online at: cedarburgculturalcenter.org

We are not the big cheese (eater)

Milwaukee cheese consumption ranks # 7 in the Midwest, according to a Crystal Farms Dairy Co.’s Top 10 list. But we love our string cheese.

Milwaukee cheese consumption increased 12% in 2020 from 2019, with residents consuming the most mozzarella cheese in the Midwest. Milwaukee also ranks first in the Midwest for string cheese consumption and second nationwide.

Cincinnati holds the top spot in the Midwest for pounds of cheese per capita, according to Nielsen sales data,

Residents of the Midwest bought an average of 15.5 pounds of cheese per person last year, making it the top region for cheese sales. To learn more: crystalfarmscheese.com

Dashfire arrives in Wisconsin

The Minnesota-based bitters and cocktails company will bring its ready-to-drink cocktails and hard coffees to Wisconsin later this year. The high-strength single-use cans are based on popular classics and contain basic spirits combined with extracts and bitters made by Dashfire.

Capitol Husting will distribute Bourbon Old Fashioned, Chai White Russian and a Manhattan with Black Mission Fig and Cascara Cherry, in cans and 750ml bottles. Allspice, Old Fashioned, and Vintage Orange bitters, as well as the entire Café Dashfire line of hard coffees will also be available in stores across Wisconsin. For more information: dashfire.us

P is for Portillo

The Chicago restaurant brand has launched a spicy children’s book inspired by giardiniera, the spicy pickled relish filling for Italian beef sandwiches.

“G is for Giardiniera” is published to encourage summer reading and complement the brand’s new spicy chicken sandwich, which sports the hot sauce. The ABC teaches young readers a lesson in ABCs using menu photos, such as Chocolate Cake, Hot Dogs, and Giardiniera.

The book is priced at $ 15 and the proceeds are donated to the Heart of Portillo’s Fund, a charitable organization to support members of its team facing financial difficulties. The Chicken Sandwich is available at Greenfield and Brookfield stores, and to purchase the book, use the Shop Portillo’s tab online at portillos.com

Mason Street Grill Wine Dinner

The Milwaukee Restaurant at 425 E. Mason St. is offering a five-course dinner paired with wines from Copper Cane Wines & Provisions on July 16.

The menu includes asparagus and crab with an Oregon blush pink 2020 Elouan Rose, and herb roast lamb with eggplant accompanied by a 2018 Cabernet Quilt. Other wine pairings include a Quilt Chardonnay 2017, Belle Glos Clark & ​​Telephone and Quilt Reserve Cabernet 2015.

The price is $ 198 per person, tax and tip included. To reserve your place, visit www.masonstreetgrill.com

Night at the farm

Stone Bank Farm invites families to enjoy an evening of outdoor fun on July 15 or August 12. The farm’s kitchen team will offer a variety of seasonal salads and grilled meats, LeDuc cream and assorted drinks available for purchase. The evening will include live music, tractor rides and games.

Tickets cost $ 15; no ticket required for children under 10 years old. For more information : stonebankmarket.com


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