Cafe at the Plaza’s New Chef

                                                       Photo via Shutterstock My Milwaukee Magazine comrades and I offer our daily Morning Links column, a hodgepodge of must-reads to consume before starting the weekday. Café at the Plaza offers its own version of Morning Links, in the form of corned beef hash, vanilla malt French toast, a Breakfast club sandwich, buckwheat ricotta pancakes, and much more. The café, which serves breakfast and lunch every day, is sporting two new hires –  chef Earl Brooks…

Seasonal Soulful Foods

                                      Photo of sour cherries in light syrup by Rebecca Gagnon Food blogger Rebecca Gagnon – whose “Becky Home Ecky” column once brightened our website, milwaukeemag.com – is now a cookbook author. Gagnon recently released The Little Book of Home Preserving, a cute little spiral-bound volume that contains more than 40 recipes capturing the seasons in a jar or bottle. Among the recipes: candied jalapenos, elderberry drinking vinegar, strawberry guajillo jam with orange, figgy conserve, autumn spice pear sauce, orange liqueur, jicama apple cumin…

Morning Links for Oct. 10 2013

Wake up late? Hey, we do sometimes. But you still gotta shower, brush your teeth, and read Morning Links: At least somebody’s thinking about the grass. One Chris Cox, of South Carolina, brought his lawn mower and leaf blower to the nation’s Capitol to attend to the lawns neglected during the partial government shutdown. Gotta keep that Lincoln Memorial looking groomed. An Ohio man has been declared legally dead. Only he’s, um, very much alive. Despite the fact that the man was seated in a courtroom hoping to overturn his “legal death ruling,” the man has lost both his social…

8-Twelve’s Successor Rolls Out Menu

                                                                    Image via Shutterstock So now you’ve had time to remove “8-twelve” from your vernacular. More details have emerged about the SURG-owned restaurant replacing it: HŌM Wood Fired Grill. While some “tweaks” are being made to the Brookfield restaurant’s interior, the menu rolls out Wednesday, Oct. 9. Executive chef Andrew Miller (also 8-twelve’s head chef) is making generous use of the wood-fired oven. His entrees include wood-grilled venison…

Cocktails “In Costume” at c. 1880

                                                     Photo via Shutterstock          What’s more fun than those pop-up Halloween costume shops? Walker’s Point resto c. 1880 (1100 S. First St.) is doing a Halloween huzzah with its October wine list. Each cocktail is like a different persona. For the list, general manager Joshua Wolter looked for muse material in Milwaukee-born celebs. Stars such as Deidre Hall – Dr. Marlena Evans from the daytime TV soap “Days of Our Lives.”…

Trocadero’s Smashing Pumpkin Dinner

                                               Trocadero patio photo by Scott Starr Lakefront Brewery will launch its Imperial Pumpkin 25th anniversary beer this Saturday night (8 p.m., to be exact). Wait, that sounds like fodder for Brew City? Not so fast. It’s not the only thing happening at Trocadero (1758 N. Water St.) this Saturday. Two hours before the beer launch is a cocktail dinner that combines elements of pumpkin and spirits. The kitchen staff – including sous chef Brad Clark – are doing…

Morning Links for Oct. 3 2013

Get on the bandwagon — the Morning Links bandwagon. Reading our collection of morning must-reads will make you smarter. For real. Singer Sinead O’Connor cares. At least about being in the news. The Irish songstress has written an open letter to Miley Cyrus after the latter’s music video inspired by O’Connor’s song “Nothing Compares” came out. The letter begins, “I am extremely concerned for you…” Clicking this might make your coffee taste better. Or not. Oh, to be Wayne Klinkel!  Mr. Klinkel’s one-eyed Golden Retriever, Sundance, ate five $100 bills. But before you feel bad for him…. Klinkel was able…

Chef Sandy D’Amato’s Book Tour

                                      Photo of Sandy D’Amato’s curry soup with pear chutney                                                                by Kevin J. Miyazaki In a month, you’ll be able to get your hands on a copy of chef Sandy D’Amato’s memoirs, Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer. The former Sanford Restaurant owner writes about his MKE upbringing (his family lived in…

He’s the Man

Photo by Chris Kessler Wading through a sea of couples, parents attempting to soothe fussy toddlers and small armies of hungry locals, we reach the hostess station, where a frazzled-looking person stands before a clipboard. The blasted clipboard. Line after line, name after name. She hands us a beeper and we dive back into the crowd, hoping we’ll resurface somewhere near the bar.  Welcome to Pizza Man. Your wait time is an hour and 15 minutes. Give or take. Most likely, take. The old Pizza Man, that cavernous dive on Oakland and North, this is not. The restaurant – whose…

Door Number 2

Photo by Chris Kessler Restaurant operators are stalked as much as Hollywood celebs, thanks to people such as, uh, me. We pry for menu details and projected opening dates. Rare is the restaurant that opens “on schedule.” Rare is the restaurant that doesn’t stir up some preopening momentum on social media. But the genesis of AP Bar and Kitchen – the new project from Crazy Water owner Peggy Magister – escaped the lion’s share of scrutiny.  Once Magister and business partner/nephew Justin Anthony were handed the lease (at 814 S. Second St., across the street from Crazy Water), they hit…