This week, on the dining podcast This Bites (on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee), Tarik Moody and I discuss the new dining and drinking spots at Saint Kate, the 219-room arts hotel opening this spring in the former InterContinental Milwaukee (which closed in January). They include a cafe/restaurant open all day, a pizzeria, a bar called (um) the Bar, and a champagne bar called Giggly. It’s also going to have a gallery, theater space and artist-in-residence studio, so there’s your arts component. We get into more of the nitty-gritty.
The 4th Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week is happening soon (April 14-20). More than 30 black-owned restaurants are taking part, including Funky Fresh Spring Rolls, Irie Zulu, Mr. Perkins, Uppa Yard Jamaican Restaurant and Coffee Makes You Black. If you’ve never visited these restaurants, it’s a great time to do that.
Blue’s Egg in Shorewood is hosting a Gamba Wine Dinner on Thursday, April 11. The winery specializes in Old Vine Zinfandels from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. The four courses are paired with a different Gamba wine. This looks like an event wine/food lovers should not pass up.
And finally, we talk about the latest news from the Dans — chefs/restaurateurs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite. The’ve formed a hospitality company and have signed up to reconcept all the food & beverage operations at the Iron Horse Hotel. That includes replacing the hotel’s Smyth with an as-yet-unnamed new restaurant.