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Cooked to Order
A bounty for the food-and-wine inclined. A cooking series and a pilgrimage to Kohler.

Vine Ripe Tomato Salad at Kilawat

Hot for Harvest
Have you noticed that fall chill in the air? How could you not. Makes me feel like having a bowl of butternut squash soup and a steak with roasted purple potatoes and sauce choron. It just so happens that Kilawat is running these very item on its fall menu. And there's more: Wisconsin charcuterie plate; a salad featuring Growing Power greens, heirloom tomato and herbed goat cheese; and a maple pork chop entree with butternut squash risotto, caramelized apples and port cherry jus. Appetizers $8-$15; entrées $17-$37. (Intercontinental Milwaukee Hotel, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., 414-291-4793) And before you move on to the cornucopia of chefs mentioned in the following write-up – the Kohler Food & Wine Experience – I must mention the chefs of Marcus Corporation strutting their stuff in the Celebrated Chefs Fall 2012 Cooking Series. What it is: a 1.5-hour demo/presentation held at the chef’s counter at Mason Street Grill (Pfister Hotel, 425 E. Mason St.). There are six classes, each helmed by a Marcus chef. For instance, the Oct. 20 class: “Pear With Us,” orchestrated by none other than the Pfister’s Brian Frakes. His repertoire includes blackened Gulf snapper with succotash of pear, squash and white beans. Classes are held Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Click here to get the full monty:

Kohler Caravan

Did someone say road trip? Coming up in the dining and imbibing events department: Two weekends from now is the Kohler Food & Wine Experience (Oct. 18-21), which offers knowledge with a capitol “K.” The four-day affair held at the American Club offers a mother lode of tastings, cooking demos and wine seminars. I can’t mention them all here, but some celeb chefs are doing demos. They include: Lidia Bastianich, Italian Cooking (Fri, 4-5 p.m.; $47.25), Anne Burrell, Fresh Fall Harvest (Sat, noon-1 p.m.; $47.25), and Christopher Kimball and company, the Best of “America’s Test Kitchen” (Sat, 2-3 p.m.; $47.25). But just as important are the Wisconsin chefs and wine experts on the schedule: Stefano Viglietti (co-owner of Sheboygan’s Trattoria Stefano), Jessica Bell of My Wine School, and Tony Mantuano (of Kenosha’s Mangia and Chicago’s Spiaggia), to name a few. Thurs Oct. 18- Sun Oct. 21. Call 800-344-2838 to buy tickets to specific events. And to read much more about it, lay your cursor down here.


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