This Bites: Spring Rolls, An Ode to Abu’s and a Food Hall

A culinary podcast where the conversation focuses on MKE’s ever-growing dining scene.

Hey, it’s time for a new installment of the podcast This Bites, on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Tarik Moody and I have quite the feast of topics for you. First up is the new Dinner Series at Celesta (1978 N. Farwell Ave.). The first one (on Nov. 25) is an homage to the late Abu’s Jerusalem of the Gold. We talk more about that. 

The story of how Milwaukee’s TruMan McGee started his healthy spring rolls is inspiringly told in Mil Mag’s October issue. McGee is really close to opening his space in the new Sherman Phoenix development, which means more spring rolls to go around. The grand opening is Nov. 30.

East Side plant-based resto Strange Town (2101 N. Prospect Ave.) is doing a cooking class with Jesus Gonzales from Mazorca taco truck. They’re doing plant-based tacos and homemade tortillas. Sounds awesome. 

A food hall is coming to the East Side (southeast corner of Prospect and North avenues) later this year. It’s called Crossroads Collective and it will feature up to eight small food businesses, including Scratch Ice Cream, Laughing Taco, Pedro’s South American food, Frida (a soup/sandwich place) and Falafel Guys.Can you say fast-casual dining?

And in anticipation of that big day for consuming large birds, for the magazine’s November issue I talked to restaurateurs Zak and Sarah Baker, who are opening an Italian restaurant in the old Juniper 61 in Tosa. They shared their Thanksgiving traditions, including Zak’s cauliflower gratin recipe. Learn more about the Bakers and their restaurant-to-be. 

Listen to “Nov 9th – Celesta, Funky Fresh Spring Rolls, Sherman Phoenix, Mazorca Fest and more” 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.