Why We Love 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s SoundBites Fundraiser

They uniquely combine dining with music.

It’s amazing to think 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s SoundBites fundraiser is in its ninth year. The event takes place this Thursday from 6:30-10 p.m. at The Ivy House (906 S. Barclay St.). 

The idea of tailoring a dish to a song (and vice versa) through the partnership of an 88Nine DJ and a local chef has stayed fresh and fun. That’s not only because new restaurants have been added each year. This year, more than half of the restaurants participating in the 12 pairings are making their SoundBites debut. (One participating restaurant hasn’t even opened yet.)

Also, for the first time, five of of the food/song stations are actually trios in that a beer will be served with the dish presented. Beers are provided by MobCraft, Hacienda, Indeed, PBR and Brew City Distribution. 

What also makes the format unique is that the chefs and DJs are present at the individual stations so guests can talk with them about the inspiration for a particular pairing.

Photo of Ivy House by Shannon Wucherer Photography
The 12 restaurant and DJ pairings:

Anytime Arepas with Marcus Doucette, midday host as well as host of “Sound Travels”

Birch + Butcher and Tarik Moody, host of Rhythm Lab Radio

Brandywine and Justin Barney, music director and host of “5 Songs I Can’t Stop Listening To”

Buckatabon (which will replace Cafe Bavaria in Wauwatosa) and weekend host Sarah Fierek

Fauntleroy and Ayisha Jaffer, host of “Ayisha Does Stuff”

Firefly and evening host Nate Imig

Lake Park Bistro and DJ Kat Froehlich

Maya Ophelia’s and social media guru/musician Amelinda Burich

Screaming Tuna and Kenny Perez, host of “In the Mix”

Pabst Theater Group’s executive chef Kevin Sloan and morning host Dori Zori

Uncle Wolfie’s Breakfast Tavern and program director Jordan Lee

A dessert pairing of fruit hand pies provided by Hatched MKE, along with a beverage by Lost Valley Cider. Also, Gentleman Jack will offer cocktail samples. 

The event supports non-profit, listener-supported 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Tickets ($125 for general admission; $189 for VIP) are available online.



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.