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Catch This
It’s a Catch 22. Better put, it is Catch 22 – the name of the new bar that replaced Zim’s (770 N. Milwaukee St., 414-223-1031). The watering hole opened without much fanfare a few weeks ago. You can experience Catch 22’s sliders (22 kinds) and TVs (guess how many? 22!) right now. But it’s not until next week that the bar will roll out its Happy Hour specials. Will there be 22 of them?

More to Lux
Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.

Do I really not have much time left in 2011 to wear white pants? And linen? Such a shame. I haven't heard a deadline for patio dining. Keep it going as long as possible. The rooftop patio at the Third Ward’s new Café Benelux (346 N. Broadway) is the cat's meow. But it’s not the only reason diners will check out Benelux. Since the cafe is also an annex of the Milwaukee Public Market, it also operates as a market. If you’ve looked around inside, they have key chains, glassware and T-shirts, among other gifty items. This Monday (Aug. 22) is the roll-out date for Benelux’s selection of grab-and-go food items. For breakfast, look for house-baked muffins and granola parfaits. For lunch and anytime eating: a rocket salad with apples, pears and Gorgonzola; a chopped salad with bacon and salami; and two kinds of croissant sandwiches – roasted chicken salad, and roast beef with pepper Jack, cheddar and sweet chile sauce. In other Benelux news, the cafe’s parent company, Lowlands Group recently hired a new culinary director. Wisconsin native Wilhelm Borgstrom has an interesting background. He attended New York City’s Culinary Institute of America, then dove into culinary work at hotel restaurants in many lovely sounding places, notably London, Barcelona and Munich. His most recent job was as a corporate chef in Minneapolis. One of Borgstrom’s many tasks as culinary director is to create a fall menu for Benelux. And there are other menus for him to oversee. The company also runs Cafe Centraal, Trocadero Gastrobar and two locations of Cafe Hollander.

Festivals of Food
Outside the Milwaukee Magazine office a few hours ago, I heard somebody barking orders over the loud speaker at the Summerfest grounds. Another ethnic festival is upon us: Milwaukee Irish Fest (Aug. 18-21). It might be interesting to note that aside from having the opportunity to buy mostaccioli and meatballs from Johnny V’s Classic Cafe (on the festival grounds), there’s at least some quasi Irish food to be had: shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, and a banger platter. I don’t know how to categorize Irish nachos and Leprechaun sundaes, which are also available.… There was a time when local band the Bodeans headlining an event like Zoo a la Carte would be small potatoes. (I suppose I’m thinking of the late 1980s/early ’90s.) There was also a time when the Bodeans performing without Sam Llanas would be unthinkable. But other news media have reported that Llanas has left the band. A "reconfigured" Bodeans will play at 8 p.m. Saturday night at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Zoo a la Carte (Aug. 18-21). How do we get from the Bodeans to food? Easy, Zoo a la Carte offers specialties from 28 local restaurants and bakeries. They include Aladdin, Café El Sol, Cafe Hollander, Sabor Brazilian Churrascaria and Simma’s Bakery. For more details, click here.

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