The exterior of the Villa Terrace

Are You So Milwaukee It Hurts? Prove It

On May 26, some of Milwaukee’s best makers, musicians, brewers and restaurateurs will set up shop at the Villa Terrace for its annual So Milwaukee Night.

Villa Terrace exterior
Photo courtesy of the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Have you sampled every custard sold within city limits? Strolled along the RiverWalk enough times to navigate it blindfolded? Memorized this year’s Summerfest lineup already?

Then you should probably head over to the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum on Friday, May 26, for its annual So Milwaukee Night. From 6 to 10 p.m., locals and out-of-towners alike can revel in all things Milwaukee while being serenaded by musicians Anthony Deutsch, Neil Davis, Pete Billman and Scott Hlavenka.

The event celebrates both the obvious and unexpected things that make Milwaukee great. Samples of the city’s sudsy drink of choice will of course be well represented, courtesy of Milwaukee Brewing Company, Good City Brewing and Enlightened Brewing. And some of the city’s most iconic dishes – Usinger’s brats, Polonez’s pierogies and Sciortino’s cookies – will be available too.

So Milwaukee Night at the Villa Terrace
The 2017 So Milwaukee Night event poster

But the event isn’t all beer and brats. Bittercube and Twisted Path Distillery will offer up less conventional alcoholic drinks. And catering company Ball & Biscuit has created an innovative, internationally inspired menu for guests to nosh on:

  • caprese skewers
  • chicken curry wonton purses
  • apple with brie, arugula and honey on pitas
  • tuna arugula and wasabi mayo on tortilla chips
  • pulled pork sliders and portabella sliders
  • charcuterie boards with cheeses, sausages, jams, chutneys, olives, bruschetta, fruits and nuts
  • roasted veggie tray with dipping sauce

There will also be a raffle at the event. And some of Milwaukee’s finest makers – Jasbo Jewelry, Martian Press, Tippecanoe Herbs & Apothecary, Quinn Blackshere Studio, Rain and the River, Shovel + Spade, Shelby Page Ceramics, Flying Ox Creations and Erin Paisley – will be setting up their wares in the Villa Terrace galleries.

If you tire of eating, drinking and shopping, you can stroll along the museum grounds too, or admire its Italian Renaissance architecture.

Admission to the event is $15, or $10 for museum members. Proceeds will benefit the preservation of the Villa Terrace.



Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.