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Chocolate Heart
Love, cocao bean style. And you want to go to a beer dinner? Heck, yeah.

Chocolate Man
What people must endure, all in the name of art. In fall 2011, chocolatier/pizzeria owner Sean Henninger headed to a Milwaukee Magazine photo shoot where chocolate syrup was ladled over his head. Henninger was more than game for the soaking. (Since the syrup was water soluble, cleanup was relatively painless.) Henninger’s Atomic Chocolate is the roommate to Times Square Bistro & Pizzeria in Walker’s Point (605 S. First St., 414-224-6300). This time of year is for heart-shaped boxes and red ribbon. The chocolatier isn’t doing any confections exclusive to Valentine’s Day. He doesn’t have to. He’ll fill a 14-piece box with assorted awesomeness – sea salt caramels, lavender-hazelnut truffles, port wine chocolates, mint creams, even rhubarb wasabi truffles (few combos are too offbeat). Just don’t expect cherry cordials. Boxes run $16.95 and up. Henninger is generally on-site Mon 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tues-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Beer Dinner Benefit
Sgt. Ed Matayka was gravely injured when a roadside bomb tore through his Afghanistan convoy vehicle in 2010. The Vermont National Guard medic lost his legs, but he’s rebuilding his life with wife Karen, also a Vermont National medic. Ed’s story reached Milwaukee chef Dan Jacobs, who knew Matayka when they were in the same Boy Scout troop in Chicago. Inspired to do something to help this couple, Jacobs set the groundwork for the latest Best of Milwaukee Beer Dinner – a fundraiser for the Mataykas. It’s coming up on Monday, Feb. 25 and plenty of spots are available. Jacobs will prepare two of the five courses with his staff at Wolf Peach (1818 N. Hubbard St.), which is also the location of the dinner. He's joined by a stellar trio of chefs – Sanford’s Justin Aprahamian, Hinterland’s Dan Van Rite and Odd Duck’s Paul Zerkel. Each course will be paired with a beer from Goose Island Brewery in Chicago. All proceeds will be donated to a fund benefitting the Mataykas. Dinner: 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $80 per person. Click here to buy tickets.

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