The Return of Riverwest’s, Wonderland, Diverse Dining and More 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 this week. The weekly dining podcast runs Friday mornings at 8 a.m. on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and features 88Nine’s Tarik Moody and me. You can listen to our whole podcast here. 

First up, we discuss the story in MilMag’s October issue about local organization, Diverse Dining, whose mission is to cultivate courage, compassion and connection through meaningful conversations centered around diverse foods and cultural exploration. Pre-COVID, these conversations would take place in restaurant dining rooms. Founder/business strategist Emerald Mills has found other creative ways to engage meaningfully. Learn more about that.

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Wonderland diner is back after a COVID hiatus of several months. The hours are for carryout only – the dining room is not open – Tues-Sun from 4-9 p.m. You can order food in person at the counter or call ahead for pickup. The menu includes sandwiches (Cubano, banh mi), salads, sides like fries and chips, and “munchies” including Cajun corndogs, potato chip nachos and chicken (or tofu) wings. 

Another topic on This Bites is the upcoming Teens Grow Greens Chef dinner: Chopped Edition, a virtual event, on Oct. 22. The celebrity chefs include Jesus Gonzalez of Zócalo Food Truck Park and Mazorca Tacos, Alexa and Matt Alfaro of Meat on the Street Filipino food and Jarvis Williams, formerly of SURG Restaurant Group. They’re all paired with budding teens chefs-in-the-making. The teams will create and cook a meal with the same secret ingredients while viewers at home watch and then vote on winners based on plating and presentation. Find out more about the dinner, as well as a couple of new food truck startups in MKE.

Listen to “Diverse Dining and new food trucks in Milwaukee” 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.