When Jacques Chaumet was running Jacques Café in its old Second Street space, it was laid out as follows – the main room with a wooden bar and small adjacent dining room. Rather tight quarters. When those digs reopen as Braise Restaurant and Culinary School this fall (at 1101 S. Second St.), chef Dave Swanson will show off elements that have been in the building for centuries, including the wood from the bowling lanes once in operation here. The old lanes have been used for flooring and tables in the dining room. Swanson calls the look-in-progress “farmhouse chic.” Swanson, who has been trumpeting community-supported agriculture through Braise RSA, will use a local mindset to guide his menu. But nothing is culinarily set in stone yet. In fact, you can offer your input on the menu by attending a Braise preview dinner on Sept. 24 (6 p.m.). It’ll be held at Fountain Prairie Farms in Fall River, Wis. There’s a set number of dinner spots available, so don’t wait long to register. Cost: $95 per person. Click here to sign up.
Yo, I’ve got news. If you have frozen yogurt cravings in the worst way – and Wauwatosa (home of the Yo Mama! shop) isn’t exactly convenient, there is hope. More than hope. In mere weeks, you could look outside the windows of Ma Fischer’s and think, “Why am I eating at Ma's? My dairy destiny is across the street.” In October, eight flavors of soft, creamy frozen yogurt should be flowing at Yo Factory (2203 N. Farwell Ave.). The self-serve yogurt operation is using the moniker, “Be creative. Your taste buds will thank you.” You choose the cup size, fill with the desired froyo(s) and sprinkle with toppings (candies, cereal) from the factory-style dispensers. Then, you weigh it and pay. The owners are also considering offering baked goods. Yo, D-day will be here before you know it.
Fall can be an inspiring time. A time to work on keeping dining rooms busy, as the season starts to make nesting at home more appealing. Bay View’s Hue Vietnamese Restaurant & Lounge is incorporating a few additions. Starting the week of Sept. 12, the restaurant will give you something to look forward to mid-week. On Wednesdays – which already is Asian Beer Night – Hue will also offer two rotating vegetarian specials. (The regular menu is available, as well.) Owner Cat Tran says this will let the restaurant show some meatless creativity. On Thursday evenings, the bar will prepare tiki/tropical cocktails using house-made syrups and fresh fruit infusions. On Friday and Saturday nights, the kitchen will also serve a late-night menu until 1 a.m. (2691 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 414-294-0483)
Here’s a thought if you haven’t firmed up your plans for Friday night (Sept. 9). The West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce is hosting Forks & Corks, a tasting event extravaganza. The raison d'être of F&C is to showcase vino, as well as food "samples" from local restaurants like Antigua, Crawdaddy’s, Steakhouse 100 and the Painted Parrot. The festivities – which include live music and art exhibits – will be held outdoors, at the West Allis Farmer’s Market (65th and National). Sept. 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets: $45 at the door. Need more details? Call 414-302-9901.
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