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Pork Talk Oakland Wine Bar has a new wine list, created by owner John Nehring, who also gave wine bar GM Scott Jordan his walking papers a few weeks ago (4011 N. Oakland Ave., 962-9463). What the wine list was lacking, Nehring thought, was enough of a European influence. You could say he’s pushing Portugal […]

Pork Talk
Oakland Wine Bar has a new wine list, created by owner John Nehring, who also gave wine bar GM Scott Jordan his walking papers a few weeks ago (4011 N. Oakland Ave., 962-9463). What the wine list was lacking, Nehring thought, was enough of a European influence. You could say he’s pushing Portugal a little bit. Three Portuguese reds available by the glass or bottle are also part of a wine flight (alongside a flight of three “Funky French” wines). The dining menu continues to have cheese boards and flights, tapas, a few entrées and desserts.

Debuting this weekend at all of Nehring’s stores ( V. Richards, Groppi’s and Sendik’s in Shorewood ) is the pièce de résistance — roast pig. And not just any roast pig. We’re talking a pig filled with a sauerkraut-stuffed chicken. Why? Because it tastes good. I’ve never eaten a double-stuffed pig, but Nehring is keen on it. The meats play off each other, he says. The fat from the chicken seeps into the pig, making it moist. And the pig infuses the chicken with flavor. Nehring is calling this pig-meets-poultry union “pig-ens.”

Come to the Falls
John Harbor’s Main Street Coffeehouse is a full-fledged thing — meaning it’s officially open. The cafe replaces Stormi’s in Menomonee Falls’ little downtown. John Harbor’s is about casual food and drink: wraps and made-to-order sandwiches, soups, pastries (cheesecake to lemon bars), gelato, plus the expected roster of coffee drinks. Madison’s Ancora is the roaster used here, and cafe co-owner Jody Kuhlenbeck clearly seems enthused about that (Ancora touts the trademarked Small Batch Artisan Roasted technique). At some point, Kuhlenbeck says the cafe will also start serving beer and wine. N88 W16521 Main St., 262-250-7700.

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Oh, What a Night
Pampering and restaurants. Restaurants and pampering. There’s clearly a correlation here. In September (date not yet set), The Social will start doing a ladies’ Pampering Night (170 S. First St., 270-0438). As co-owner Kevin Sloan describes it, the night will include a DJ, menu specials for food and drinks and the involvement of some local salons and boutiques (maybe offering services and showing merchandise). In The Social’s former digs (434 S. Second St., 831-1112), Room 434 is no longer offering a dinner menu, but almost every night, the fare is “deejay spins.” If you’re into late-night clubbing, you’ll know what this means. I was in the school-themed bar a few weeks and was pleased to see Hungry Hungry Hippos on the shelf of games. A happy flashback to childhood.

Whole Way
Do you eat a lot of, for lack of a better word, junk? Cheetos and Oreos just not cutting it anymore? I know. I’ve got my vices. Anyway, there’s a woman in Menomonee Falls, K.C. Thorson, who started a natural foods “lifestyle” business called K.C.’s Kafe. The company is educational (holds workshops and classes) and service oriented (catering). It’s focused on whole foods. This fall, a slate of classes starts at venues in Waukesha and the Falls. On Sept. 14 (6-7:30 p.m.), there’s “Breakfast, Is It Really Brainfood?” at Good Harvest Market (1850 Meadow Ln., Waukesha; $16 per person). Future classes cover crock pot cooking, kid-friendly healthy eating, chocolate and comfort foods. Check out K.C.’s Web site for more: www.kcskafe.com.

Can’t get enough dining? I chat about restaurants every Friday with Jane Matenaer and Kidd O’Shea on “The Mix.” Listen between 8 and 9 a.m. on August 18. That’s 99.1 WMYX-FM.

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