➸ The urban, not uppity feel of the low-key, deco-designed Café at the Plaza is perfectly matched with its menu of brunch items (egg dishes, pancakes, meats), which can be set up buffet style in one of the dining rooms or the new, private Walnut Room. The café can accommodate parties of up to 50 diners. (Plaza Hotel, 1007 N. Cass St., 414-272-0515)
➸ For a gathering of 8 to 14 people, the cozy private dining room at Story Hill BKC is available for weekend seatings at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The staff can create a special menu ahead of time, or guests can order from Story Hill’s brunch menu of plates like frittata, baked French toast bread pudding, and savory and sweet crêpes. (5100 W. Bluemound Rd., 414-539-4424)
➸ Order a selection of doughnuts from Holey Moley – they deliver! – and pick up coffee from your favorite roaster. The Third Ward bakery offers yeast-raised and cake doughnuts in flavors such as whiskey salted chocolate and maple pecan. Vegan and gluten-friendly options, too. They’ll even package your doughnuts in bags printed with the words “Holey Moley We Got Married.” (316 N. Milwaukee St., 414-455-2115)
➸ Book something your BBQ-loving next-of-kin won’t soon forget: a catered midday meal by Iron Grate BBQ, based in St. Francis. Owner Aaron Patin will transport one of his smokers (“Roxanne” or “Big Boss Lady”) to the setting of your choice for a finger-licking spread of brisket, pulled pork or his signature Milwaukee Rib, along with mac and cheese, grits and other sides.
➸The Third Ward’s Kimpton Journeyman Hotel offers a couple of stylish settings for brunch – the 18-seat private dining room (called La Sala) in street-level restaurant Tre Rivali and a secluded 1,400-square-foot event space in The Outsider indoor/ outdoor rooftop level. The catering staff can customize a menu – a la carte, hot buffet, continental breakfast – suited to the size and tenor of the party. (200 N. Broadway) ◆
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