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Green Fall
Cafe Metro's earthy fall menu and zenden's White Party.
Green Connection
Café Metro's wild rice and sherry soup.

Downtown’s Hotel Metro was designed with an emphasis on "green." The hotel’s website will tell you all about the cork flooring, carpet made from recycled fibers, and the use of recycled materials in the architecture. Executive chef Justin Johnson, who joined the staff last February, has kept his gaze green, too, with respect to the menu at Café Metro. Johnson plans to unveil his fall menu to the public on September 26. One thing you'll notice is that at that time, the bar will have its own menu of eats like seared tuna tacos, mac and cheese, Wagyu beef sliders, salads and baguette sandwiches ($8-$18). The dinner menu will progress from prosciutto-wrapped monkfish for a starter to rabbit "saddle" for an entrée, from mussels Meunière to salmon en croûte (entrées $18-$35). Among the local farms and food purveyors with whom the restaurant works: Braise RSA, Sweetwater Organics, Maple Leaf Farms (Franksville, Wis.) and St. Paul Fish Company. There are other developments in the works here, too, which I will tell you about at a later date. Hotel Metro (411 E. Mason St., 414-272-1937)

Ivory Toast
There’s a reason I should have bought those white jeans. This Friday night (Sept. 16, 8 p.m.-midnight), the hotel bar zenden is throwing a White Party. It highlights, as you can imagine, all things white. The special three-course menu ($45 per person) features dishes that are, well, white. The featured drink menu is white. If you choose to attend the party, there’s no admission fee, but they will be enforcing a white dress code. From the menu, you could choose parsnip pear soup with crème fraîche, roasted Lake Superior whitefish and white chocolate Bundt cake, among other things. And that is not all. The party will have a white carpet entrance (a photog in tow, as well) and a white chocolate bar. If the only aspect that appeals to you is the menu, it will be served 5:30-10 p.m., so you can come early (wearing any color you wish), dine, drink a "Betty White" (chocolate-infused vodka with Godiva white chocolate liqueur) and move on to your next destination before the other white festivities start. Location: Intercontinental Milwaukee Hotel (139 E. Kilbourn Ave., 414-276-8686)

A German Block Party
Can you run holding a brat in one hand and a beer in the other? It sounds like an intriguing balance challenge to me. The kickoff to Oktoberfest Milwaukee 2011 will find local people – root beer-carrying children, even – running a block and a half in an event called the Brat Trot. You clearly don’t need to be in fighting shape. This sounds like a jam-packed day. Here are some features beyond the trot: 10 Wisconsin-based German bands, five beer gardens, a German fashion show, German dance performances, kid-friendly arts and crafts, and a beer belly contest. Held at Pere Marquette Park (North Old World Third Street and West Kilbourn Avenue). Sept. 24, 12-10 p.m. The trot requires paid registration (the proceeds benefit Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee) and includes some fun prizes. Click here to get those details and many others.

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