Phat Dumpling Is the Pop-Up We Need Right Now on This Bites

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

This Bites offers up some new, delicious talk every week. The dining segment runs on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and features 88Nine’s Tarik Moody and me. You can listen to our podcast version here. 

First on the agenda is a monthly pop-up – called Phat Dumpling – from Milwaukee chef Kristen Schwab and her husband Jeff Marquardt. In addition to holding the position of chef de cuisine at Dandan, Schwab has worked at Odd Duck, Goodkind and the former Hinterland. Their dumplings are available for online pre-order. For this month’s pop-up, ordering starts on Saturday, Nov. 7, for curbside pickup on Sat. Nov. 14 or Sun Nov. 15 – from noon to 3 p.m. on both days. The pickup location is the former home of Fauntleroy in the Third Ward (316 N. Milwaukee St.). The dumpling menu sounds pretty amazing: cumin beef with Sichuan dipping sauce, chicken and wild mushroom with garlic black vinegar dipping sauce, coconut curried greens with coconut sambal dipping sauce and others. Each other includes 10 pieces ($12-$14).  

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We also talk about the temporary shutdown of Riverwest bar-restaurant Nessun Dorma. With patio season, over, the venue hasn’t been able set up the interior for dining inside during the pandemic. But the latest news is that Nessun has received a grant that will enable it to invest in PPE, train its staff and make other improvements so that, as of this time, it will only be closed for the month of November. 

In the weeks ahead, I’m sure Tarik and I will talk about restaurants offering Thanksgiving pickup meals. To kick that off, we talk about one of them in this segment: Twisted Plants, the vegan place based in Cudahy. Learn more about what they’re offering on This Bites.

Listen to “Dumplings, a vegan Thanksgiving and more..” on Spreaker.

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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.