This Bites: Supper Club Mania, Mixology Classes and More

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

On 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s This Bites, no culinary topic is off-limits, which is why, later on in this segment, co-host Tarik Moody talks about beverages mixed with Miller High Life. Because that’s just the way he rolls.

But first on our agenda is the plans Lowlands Group announced this week to change the name and concept of Cafe Bavaria in Wauwatosa. Inspired by the Buckatabon lakes near Eagle River, Wisconsin, Lowlands will rename their restaurant The Buckatabon. But you still have time to visit Bavaria before that happens. They don’t plan to close it before November, and the new restaurant is slated for an early 2020 opening. You’ve probably become used to the Lowlands European-style concepts. With The Buckatabon (pronounced ‒ and I just learned that I biffed my pronunciation in our podcast! ‒ “Buck-uuh-taah-bin”), they’re going local with their culinary and beverage programs. That means Wisconsin beers and distillers and foods that are either indigenous to the state or are creations for which we’re known (a.k.a., broasted chicken). I haven’t seen a menu yet, so as far as speculation goes, anything “Wisco” is fair game at this point. Lowlands’ culinary director, Thomas Hauck (of c.1880 fame), is working on it as I write this.  

This is ways out but here’s an event you might want to buy a ticket for now: the MKE Chef Collaboration dinner on Oct. 27. Chefs ranging from Adam Pawlak of Egg & Flour Pasta Bar at Crossroads Collective to Justin Aprahamian of Sanford are part of it. And many other chefs. Tickets might sell out fast, so you may want to jump on it.

Next we follow Interval’s evolution. This is the Jackson Street cafe/restaurant kitty-corner from Sanford. They no longer are offering dinner service, and will start hosting pop-up events. Learn more in our segment.

And yes, Tarik talks about mixing beer with things like tequila, AND a really rad event in Chicago called Foodbowl, a super-foodie extravaganza (Aug. 14-Sept 1). It includes Charlie Trotter Days and millions of other events (OK, I exaggerate). But seriously, wow, Tarik and I excited and you should be, too. 

Listen to “The New Buckatabon, Chicago Eats, and .ore” 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.