Green Roof

                                            Photo of CORE/El Centro’s rooftop garden You know what makes a 50-degree, drowned-rat kind of day better? Envisioning a sunny, 80-degree day at a rooftop farmers market. It just requires a bit of patience. This year, just such a market will be the Saturday attraction (June 1-Sept. 17) at 130 W. Bruce St. in Walker’s Point. Building tenant CORE/El Centro is expecting a motley group of vendors at the weekly event, which will include produce grown in the rooftop garden. CORE/El Centro — a bilingual national healing center — also intends to have vendors selling items such as cheese, eggs and poultry,…

Another 8-twelve

                                        Photo of 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill in Brookfield  As COA leaves behind massive space at Bayshore Town Center (click here), it begs the question, “What is moving in there?” The SURG Restaurant Group people just announced that they’re opening 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill in those very Bayshore digs. Opening may be later this year. Will offer more details when I have them. Do me a favor, will you? Follow me on Twitter: @ann_christenson If you spot a restaurant opening or closing, post it on the comments section of my column, or e-mail me directly: ann.christenson@milwaukeemag.com

COA Leaving Bayshore

COA, an occupant of Bayshore Town Center (5750 N. Port Washington Rd.) since 2009, is leaving the mall at the end of June, according to owner Marc Bianchini. The Mexican “street food” restaurant had taken over the 7,000-square-foot space occupied by Cameron’s Steakhouse. Bianchini closed his Italian place, Osteria del Mondo, in July 2011. He and his wife, Marta, also own Milwaukee Street’s Cubanitas. COA’s last day in business is June 30. Do me a favor, will you? Follow me on Twitter: @ann_christenson If you spot a restaurant opening or closing, post it on the comments section of my column, or e-mail me…

Morning Links for May 20 2013

The weather forecast is not kind for today. But guess what? It’s almost summer, it’s the best time in the day for coffee, and – as if we need a drum roll – it’s also time for the latest installment of our own Morning Links: Do you think George Webb’s would give out free burgers for a Milwaukee Brewers losing streak? Ahh, think not. Yesterday, the Brew Crew had another game like a lot of other games… While sunglasses-wearing Justin Bieber (a.k.a., The Biebs) accepted a Billboard Music Award last night, he was met with something he didn’t quite expect…

Restaurant of Love

                                               Photo courtesy of Chris and Ally Benedyk Some people have a thing for handles. Take the couple who just opened a diner across the street from Columbia St. Mary’s. They are Chris and Ally Benedyk, who uprooted from Indiana several months ago to make their home in Wisconsin. Their love of antique handles influenced the name and decorating theme of their 20-seat restaurant, Love Handle (2215 E. North Ave., 414-271-1093). The couple is also channeling a love for such varied foods as charcuterie and ice cream into their menu. Facebook — @LoveHandleFoodDrink — is their method for advertising the daily menu.…

Morning Links for May 16 2013

Welcome to another edition of Morning Links, a mix of substantive news, practical matters and downright fluff. Folks in Venezuela are blaming their toilet paper shortage on politics. But that’s no consolation when you need to wipe your rear. This story may make you want to stock up on Charmin. How perfect is a wake-up story about Pop Tarts? Kellogg’s has added two new flavors, each incorporating peanut butter. Be sure to check out the slideshow of “Outrageous Desserts” at the bottom of the page. Hungry? Brett Favre is apparently mending fences in Green Bay. Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy…

Raising Funds With Food

Pathfinders, a local organization devoted to empowering youth and teens in crisis situations, has a tantalizing plan to get food-loving locals involved. The org is partnering up with Bartolotta Restaurant Group’s Care-a-Lotta philanthropic division for a fund-raiser on June 3. Four Bartolotta chefs will compete in a cookoff using food pantry ingredients and Bunsen burners (yes, you read that correctly). Wisconsin Foodie host Kyle Cherek functions as the moderator. The four chefs are Mark Klinkowitz from the Grain Exchange, Amber Dorzinski from Joey Gerard’s Mequon, Kevin Beutin from Ristorante Bartolotta, and Andrew Fisher from Harbor House. The $75 per person cost includes…

Italian Spring

                                             Fried artichokes from Wild Earth Cucina Italiana Deep inside the recesses of the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, up the escalator, across from the gift shop… there is a place of wildness. And it’s not the blackjack tables. Audrey Vandenburgh runs the kitchen at Wild Earth Cucina Italiana, an oasis inside that gambling complex. Today is the debut date for Vandenburgh’s spring menu. Making their first appearance: PEI mussels steamed in lemon-vodka cream with stewed tomatoes, fried artichokes with white truffle mayo, wild king salmon with cheesy polenta and sautéed spinach, bone-in pork loin chop with a mushroom-onion cream sauce (appetizers $4-$10; entrées $13-$24).…

New Gig

                    Brandade, one of the dishes from a Carlisle menu at Umami Moto Justin Carlisle has six more weeks at Umami Moto, the Milwaukee Street Asian-fusion restaurant. Carlisle gave his notice last week. While he finishes out his days at Umami, he will continue to work on his own restaurant – or rather, two restaurants – opening in the old Holiday House. One, the casual Jefferson House (525 E. Menomonee St.), seating a maximum of 30 people, will be only Friday and Saturdays nights. Ardent will serve tasting menu exclusively. The other unusual detail about Ardent is the décor. It…

Italian Spring

                                             Fried artichokes from Wild Earth Cucina Italiana Deep inside the recesses of the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, up the escalator, across from the gift shop… there is a place of wildness. And it’s not the blackjack tables. Audrey Vandenburgh runs the kitchen at Wild Earth Cucina Italiana, an oasis inside that gambling complex. Today is the debut date for Vandenburgh’s spring menu. Making their first appearance: PEI mussels steamed in lemon-vodka cream with stewed tomatoes, fried artichokes with white truffle mayo, wild king salmon with cheesy polenta and sautéed spinach, bone-in pork loin chop with a mushroom-onion cream sauce (appetizers $4-$10; entrées $13-$24).…