This Bites: Chinese New Year, and Restaurant Tipping

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

This Bites, the culinary podcast on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, is gliding through winter like a professional figure skater on ice right after the Zamboni has made its rounds. Well, not really… Tarik isn’t feeling it. But what does get him excited is Chinese New Year. And Dandan in the Third Ward is offering some big-deal dishes this year. For three nights (Thurs Jan. 31-Sat Feb. 2), the American-Chinese restaurant will offer a four-course dinner menu, in addition to the regular menu. Pork and Chinese chive dumplings is one course, as well as others I explain in our segment. And on Tuesday, Feb. 5, chefs-owners Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite are doing a pig roast in honor of the Year of the Pig. The slow-roasted pig and bao buns will come with sauces and various accoutrements so diners make their own small plates. There’s a fixed price for this and you can make a reservation – in fact you should. Learn more about that. 

Is 20 percent still the going rate for restaurant tipping? And is that just at sit-down establishments? We’ll offer some tips on, well, tipping.

In Lake Country, I.d. at the Delafield Hotel is doing a one-night restaurant “flip.” On Feb. 5, I.d. will switch to a supper club format and serve an exclusively supper clubby menu of relish trays, wedge salads, prime rib, twice-baked potatoes and much more.

Valentine’s Day is a few weeks away. Only a few weeks away. Which means… who cares? But if you do care, Tarik and I have a few options for you to consider. First is Strange Town’s Valentine’s Day ode to The Smiths. The dinner (on Feb. 14, 6-11 p.m.) is inspired by the album “Strangeways, Here We Come” by the 1980s English rock band. But my favorite event is at the SafeHouse, also on the 14th (9 p.m.-close). They’re calling it Operation: Bang and Burn – An Anti-Valentine’s Day Party.  This one is definitely for spurned lovers. 

Listen to “Jan 25th – Tipping Etiquette, Dan Dan, I.D. Supper Club & Valentine’s Day Eats” on Spreaker.



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.