Merriment Social to Host Benefit Dinner for Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative

Eleven local chefs are creating specialties inspired by The Waffle House restaurants.


Eleven chefs are pooling their talents for a benefit dinner May 23 at Merriment Social (240 E. Pittsburgh Ave.). There are couple really interesting elements to the event. First, the proceeds go to Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative, a nonprofit that helps homeless and at-risk vets.

Secondly, for their food stations – and stations will be set up throughout the restaurant – the chefs are using menu items from The Waffle House Southern chain of restaurants as inspiration. The chefs include Merriment co-owner Andrew Miller, Justin Carlisle (of Ardent), Thomas Hauck (c.1880 and Karl Ratzsch), Paul Zerkel and Lisa Kirkpatrick (Goodkind), Erik Hansen (Supper), personal chef Susie Fortman, Aaron Patin (Iron Grate BBQ) and Dan Van Rite and Dan Jacobs (of the projected summer 2016 opener Dandan).

Of these 11 chefs, two – Carlisle and Fortman – are veterans. May 23, 6:30 p.m. Click here to reserve your ticket ($150, which includes food and drink options). Seating for “Milwaukee Chefs for Homeless Vets: Waffle House Re-Imagined” is limited.




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.