Mussels photo from Wolf Peach by Dan Bishop
Tomato on the Hill
This weekend, the pitter-patter of new restaurant feet will sound. Chef Dan Jacobs’ prediction that Wolf Peach – the successor to Roots Restaurant and Cellar – would open by the end of October was pretty much on target. The restaurant serving “rustic European cuisine” is open for dinner this Friday and Saturday night (Nov. 2 and 3), then moves into its regular lunch/dinner hours starting on Monday, Nov. 5. Since Roots’ closing in mid-September, the space has undergone some renovations. There’s now – a very obvious addition, I’d imagine – a 6,000-pound brick oven. A local artist by the name of Charles Dwyer painted the walls. Communal dining – at a stammtisch (large table) – is an optional style of dining here. What about the food? The menu jumps from “Breads, spreads and chips” (like bone marrow with sea salt and parsley, $8) to “Vegetable” (squash mezzaluna, blue cheese and walnuts, $12) to “Fish” (grilled ocotopus, faro, red pepper and arugula pesto, $10) to “Meat,” phew (steak tartar, smoked kielbasa with pierogi, roasted ribeye, $4 up to $32). Wolf Peach is serving brunch, too. More info needed? Click here! Hours, beginning Monday: Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (1818 N. Hubbard St., 414-374-8480).
The red cups at Starbucks are back. It is November 1st, after all…. The Pfister Hotel is getting in that infectious holiday spirit as well. Who needs dinner when you can have late afternoon tea? The Pfister’s pouring it at Blu on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (3-4:30 p.m.) starting this week (Nov. 2). Ceylon black cinnamon, Chinese oolong, red berry. Pick your pleasure and tea butler Juan Rodriguez will make you feel like you’re sipping tea at Harrod’s. Perhaps. Pair that thirst with some hunger and you can get this: fresh scones with mascarpone, lemon curd and strawberry preserves; cheeses with crackers, lavash and sliced baguette; and a tricked-out tray of curried quail eggs, turkey pinwheels with red onion marmalade, crab Louis salad with gherkins and pumpernickel rye, opera torte, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Blu (23rd floor) at Pfister Hotel (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.) Reservations required: 414-935-5942.
You could eat at 25 restaurants in one night – in a way. This weekend’s 2012 Lombardi Food & Wine Experience features some pretty cool events. First off, Friday night’s Food & Wine Tasting Gala (6:30-9:30 p.m.). Some 20 local restaurants are in charge of the “tasting” part of the event. Examples: Capital Grille, Dream Dance Steak, Eddie Martini’s, Rumpus Room, Jake’s Restaurant, Maxie’s Southern Comfort and Zarletti. Tickets are $100 each, and the event is held at the Pfister Hotel (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.). On Saturday night (Nov. 3), there’s the Celebrity Chef and Wine Dinner (6:30-10 p.m.) held at the Milwaukee Athletic Club (758 N. Broadway).The celeb chef is Ken Frank, of Napa Valley’s La Toque. Frank will prepare the multi-course meal, paired with wines from Robert Sinskey Vineyards. Tickets? $250 per person. Later in November – the 30th, to be exact – is the final Lombardi event, the Connoisseur Room (6:30-8:30 p.m.) at the Intercontinental Milwaukee Hotel (139 E. Kilbourn Ave.). High-end wine is the main order of business, with food provided by the hotel’s Kilawat. All the events benefit the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center and cancer clinics.
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