Pork pizza, an item on the Porkapalooza menu.
Doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that the pig was an underdog. (Were the old “Pork. The Other White Meat” TV commercials that effective for raising swine consciousness?) One thing’s certain: A pig is good eating. Lots of chefs know it, so there are events like this Saturday’s Porkapalooza, the anniversary party at Stubby’s Pub & Grub. The festivities start at 11 a.m. with a tapping of Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat beer. Chef Brad Clark has been painstakingly planning his pig menu – available from 4 p.m. Some examples: braised pork cheek sliders with pickled red onions, pigs and pints chili, confit pork belly club on brioche, pork belly flatbread, pork schnitzel a la Holstein, pork belly mac and cheese, and Sprecher root beer braised pork shank with whipped cheese curd mashed potatoes. ($3.95-$17.95) Aug. 4. (2060 N. Humboldt Ave., 414-763-6324)
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s... blinding. Maybe being blinded by a pizza - a Zaffiro's pizza - isn't such a bad way to go. Marcus Theatres brought the Zaffiro's brand to the Majestic and North Shore cinemas. They're doing it again with the Zaffiro’s Pizzeria & Bar, opening tomorrow at the Ridge Cinema in New Berlin. That’s Friday, Aug. 3. The menu includes classic and specialty pizzas, pastas, small plates and what they call torpedoes (baguette sandwiches). The restaurant also offers delivery and carryout service. Something to think about before seeing the 7:25 p.m. showing of Magic Mike. (5200 S. Moorland Rd.)
Coquette Cafe's monthly three-course "Travels" menu hits Brazil in August. Brazilian chicken croquettes, seafood stew in coconut lime broth, and Brazilian banana cake ($32) all sound rather tasty. The cool thing is you can learn how to make them in the first in Coquette's next series of cooking classes. The Brazil class is Tuesday Aug. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Another upcoming class: "All Butter" (Sept. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.), featuring grilled smoked mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto and Swiss chard with anchovy butter; cream of Yukon Gold potato soup with butter dumplings; butter-poached shrimp and grits with brown butter asparagus; and opera cake with espresso buttercream. For more, click here. Cost: $59 per class. To register, call 414-291-2655. (316 N. Milwaukee St.)
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