This Bites: A Laotian Food Pop-Up Is Coming to Crossroads Colletive

The culinary podcast featuring 88Nine’s Tarik Moody and MilMag’s Ann Christenson talking about all things dining-related.

In this episode, This Bites dives into topics like pizza, pasta and paczki. But we begin with SapSap’s plans for a Laotian food pop-up at Crossroads Collective food hall on March 12-22. Besides the homemade sausages and Laotian beef jerky it’s known for, SapSap will offer a love song to Laos, the country in Southeast Asia, with Mama’s egg rolls, a pork curry noodle soup called mee ka tee.   


Pasta is getting really big right now. It’s winter so that’s not exactly surprising. Pasta in any form is pure comfort. We talk about a new restaurant that opened in the 100 East Wisconsin building called Tua Pasta. The restaurant (in what was formerly John Hawks Pub) focuses on build-your-own pastas. Diners choose the pasta, the sauce and the toppings. In other carb-related news, chef Adam Pawlak is planning to pasta bar takeover this Thursday, Nov. 30, with a chef from San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana, a great pizza joint on North Third Street, next door to Calderone Club (San Giorgio’s sister restaurant). You’ll hear more about that. 

Andrew Miller, co-owner of Merriment Social and Third Coast Provisions, is planning to open the pizzeria Flourchild on Milwaukee Street this spring. Miller calls it a “casual neighborhood restaurant focused on quality, scratch pizza,” along with small plates, a few sandwiches and entrees, etc. He told me his team has spent over a year working to create the style of pizza and dough they want. There’s much more to the story, including some tentative menu items. 

Also in our convo: A big dairy event happening this summer called The Art of Cheese Festival. Tarik is calling it The Coachella of Cheese. It’s on Aug. 14-16 in Madison and will include classes, tastings and tours of local cheese farms. And finally, Fat Tuesday is coming up in late February, and the Wisconsin Bakers Association is throwing a Paczki Party ahead of time (on Sunday, Feb. 9). That’s where you go nuts on Polish doughnuts. Listen for the details on that.

This Bites airs at 8 a.m. on Friday mornings on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. If you miss it, no sweat. You can catch our podcast right here.


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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.