I tried peeking in the windows of Verduras Tea House & Cafe (across the street from the Broadway Theatre Center) the other day. I didn’t see much other than tables and shelving topped with various tea things. The Third Ward business is very close to opening. Owner Jennifer Nowicki has said that, in addition to hot and cold teas, she will offer vegetarian soups, sandwiches and salads. (The word "verdure" refers to things "green" and "fresh.") For menu specifics, the sandwiches will range from a teriyaki vegetable wrap to grilled cheese to grilled eggplant and peppers with goat cheese, Parmesan and tapenade ($4.95-$8.95). Nowicki plans to have a soup of the week, along with her gypsy soup ($2.95-$4.50). For salads – spinach with grapefruit and roasted almonds, or a mesclun toss with feta, roasted red peppers and kalamata olives ($7.25-$7.95). Since the day will start shortly after the crack of dawn – and what’s a tea house or cafe without something sweet? – there will be assorted cookies, cakes, bars and tarts. Again, Verduras is not open, but it's so, so close. Hours-to-be: Tues-Wed 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs-Fri 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (181 N. Broadway, 414-224-5401)
Tales From the Tap
Beer drinkers, listen up. This Saturday should be a big deal for aficionados of foamy refreshment. Milwaukee Brewfest, in its second year, will keep thirst at bay with an ambitious roster of attractions. First and foremost, it’ll feature brews from 150 beer producers. Aside from the Milwaukee contingent (Lakefront, Milwaukee Brewing Co., etc.), names from beyond the MKE area code include Ale Asylum, The Wild Onion, Crispin, Spaten, Furthermore, The Great Dane, Shmaltz and Bitburger. Food – from vendors like Fuel Cafe and Crawdaddy’s – will be available for purchase. Your admission ticket entitles you to beer samples, home-brewing demos and activities like keg barrel races. (It’s a tented event, so it’ll still go on, rain or shine.) Other than loading up with food and drink, Brewfest will have live music, exhibits by the Museum of Beer & Brewing. Location: Old Coast Guard Pavilion Park in McKinley Park (1600 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive). July 30, 3-7 p.m. VIP tickets are sold out, but you can still buy general admission: $40 in advance, Want more info? Click here.
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