Underground Meats’ Kickstarter Campaign

                                                 Photo by Adam Ryan Morris  Madison’s Underground Meats produces salami and cured meats sold at local restaurants (Hinterland, Odd Duck) and grocery stores (Glorioso’s). Their saucisson, Tuscan salami, and nduja (spreadable salami) are so good (a few tantalizing links are in the photo above), we gave them some ink in our “Food Lover’s Guide” in the May 2013 issue. The company just launched a campaign on Kickstarter to help them publish an open-source food safety model…

New Name for 8-twelve

                                                      8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill (17800 W. Blue Mound Rd., Brookfield) is, well, no longer “8-twelve.” Parent company SURG announced the restaurant’s new name – HŌM Wood Fired Grill – via social media today. The old name paid homage to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and embattled Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. The new name effectively removes the sports figure connection, and no details were mentioned about Rodgers’ involvement in the new joint. The concept will push the…

Morning Links for Sept. 19 2013

Docs say the first meal is the most important of the day. But combine it with Morning Links, and you’ve really got the Breakfast of Champions. The National Book Award Longlist for Fiction was announced this morning. Click here for the nominees. Looking for a tourist attraction like no other? There would be the Haw Par Villa, a theme park in Singapore that pays homage to Chinese mythology. The 76-year-old park was built by the same brothers who developed Tiger Balm ointment. Among of the park’s 1,000 attractions is a diorama of a woman breastfeeding an old lady.  Actor/singer Zac…

Wolf Peach’s Race to Win

                                                  Wolf Peach’s ricotta cavatelli Wolf Peach’s ricotta cavatelli shows the Brewers Hill restaurant’s commitment to using local ingredients. It shows more, too. The cavatelli also a Taste of America Local Dish. Which means that every time you order this pasta (using house-made ricotta cheese and vegs from Wisconsin farms) before Oct. 31, 2013, one dollar from each dish will go to an education drive sponsored by the James Beard Foundation. Wolf Peach is one of…

Morning Links for Sept. 12

We’re visual people. That’s why Morning Links gives you things to look at, as well as read. The Jimmy Fallon parody included below? Watch it, yo. And the award for the ugliest animal goes to… the blobfish? There are some ugly animals out there, but this gelatinous bugger really takes the cake. And now it’s the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. Wish I had time to sit around watching parodies by Jimmy Fallon. But you might. And you should. Fallon’s “Joking Bad” (a play on the AMC series “Breaking Bad”) is really a gas, yo. Actor Bryan…

Hinterland’s Hank Shaw Dinner

                                         Cover of Hank Shaw’s book, Duck, Duck, Goose On the first of October, Sacramento-based food blogger Hank Shaw will embark on his 39-state book tour, arriving in Milwaukee around the middle of the month. Shaw – whose James Beard Award-winning blog (Hunter Angler Gardener Cook) sums up his way of life. The former line cook and newspaper reporter is particularly keen on foods that “people don’t eat much anymore,” he’s said, referring to pigeon. He’s got other birds on his…

Tosa Dining Bonanza

                                                           Photo of Blue’s Egg by Adam Ryan Morris Tosa is all over a certain event that starts today – 10 Days in Tosa. It’s 10 days of rock-’em, sock-’em restaurant deals (Sept. 9-18), along the lines of Downtown Dining Week. The event has 31 restaurants offering $5, $10 and/or $20 menu deals. Restaurants include Blue’s Egg, BelAir Cantina, Eddie Martini’s, Firefly Urban Bar & Grill, Juniper 61, Rocket Baby Bakery, Maxie’s,…

Ryan Braun’s Restaurant Ouster

The wind has been pulled out of the sails of local restaurant group SURG in the wake of Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun’s performance-enhancing drug scandal and his 65-game suspension from Major League Baseball. Yesterday, the group announced it has severed ties with the tainted star, who, through a licensing agreement, had lent his name to the SURG restaurant Ryan Braun’s Graffito. Now shortened to Graffito, the restaurant will close at the end of 2013, giving the company “time to place our employees,” says co-owner Omar Shaikh. The bigger problem is what Braun’s ouster will mean for SURG’s other sports-themed restaurant,…

Morning Links for Sept. 5 2013

Toast is dull enough. We wouldn’t want your news to be dull, too. Your wake-up call comes in the form of these five must-reads:  Uh-huh. Listen up, parents. According to a new study, teenagers are as adversely affected by verbal abuse from their parents (e.g., yelling, insults, cursing) as physical abuse. Says the co-author of the study: “Shouting cannot reduce or correct their problem behavior.”  It’s time for your Thursday morning cute. The National Zoo in Washington D.C. has a new baby – a 2-week-old panda cub – and now, ladies and gentlemen, both the gender of the cub and the…

Burger Night at Third Ward’s Bavette

                                                            Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki Yes, it really is September. But that doesn’t mean the outdoor grill is going anywhere. Third Ward butcher shop Bavette (330 E. Menomonee St., 414-273-3375) isn’t letting a little autumn air get the best of it. Every Wednesday night in September is Burger Night at Bavette. Tonight’s the first one (5-9 p.m.). Cooking is happening outside on the grill. Each week, the half-pound burger is offered…