Kyle Cherek

Culinary Contributor

Kyle Cherek is the Emmy-nominated host of Wisconsin Foodie, broadcast on PBS to over 8 million households. Kyle has what Andrew Zimmern called “Midwestern sensibilities shot through a prism of wit and food smarts (which) make for great watching, listening and reading."

Kyle has been featured on the Travel Channel and Food Network as well a regular contributor on public radio. His video series Chef Talk with Kyle Cherek has received wide acclaim and he regularly hosts food related author tours, forums, and culinary events.

Twitter: @Kylecherek

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Like most major metropolitan areas, there was a time when most of southeastern Wisconsin was farmland.  And while the area that surrounds the city of Milwaukee is today home to suburbs and exurbs, there is still much evidence of our agricultural heritage - in many cases, a living heritage.

This summer, Lake Effect is exploring what agriculture means to our region in a series called Full Plate. Help us shape this series, what questions do you have about food and its production?

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This spring will see the return of pop-up restaurants in Milwaukee. While the dining phenomenon has been relatively dormant the past few years, Lake Effect food contributor Kyle Cherek says the area has seen a resurgence. 

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The Trump Administration appointed former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture, but for some in the agriculture business the announcement came too late.

The appointment was announced long after every other cabinet member had already been announced, a perceived slight to a community that had overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump during the election. 

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Why are we so driven by smells and tastes of delicious, delectable foodstuffs, like mom's homemade lasagna? And, for that matter, why do we have an emotional connection to it?

Not too long ago, Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek, host of the Emmy-winning public television show Wisconsin Foodie, gave a TEDx talk discussing these queries, focusing on the intersection between flavor, history and memory.

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Cranberries are one of the only truly traditional foods present at the Thanksgiving table. While a full-turkey likely wouldn't have been on the menu at the first Thanksgiving, cranberries were a staple part of early American diets. 

Lake Effect food contributor, Kyle Cherek, says the cranberry is one of the only fruits native to North America. The tiny fruit was originally cultivated by Native American tribes in bogs in the Northeast, but eventually made its way to Wisconsin. 

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If you've been paying attention to current events, it's pretty hard not to notice all the conversations surrounding immigrants and what it means to be an American. In a country founded by immigrants and outsiders, differing opinions on immigration have become a dividing force in an increasingly divided nation. Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek has also found himself thinking about immigrants – especially when it comes to food production.

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The James Beard Awards are only a big deal if you’re a chef, or you’d like to be a chef, or you might eat at a restaurant sometime in your life. 

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Recently, the Urban Ecology Center held its annual meet your farmer event here in Milwaukee. It featured different Community Supported Agriculture programs. CSAs allow growers to directly reach their consumers. 

CSA programs have been growing in popularity since the 1980's, and now more than 1,700 farms are involved with them. But despite their popularity, the concept of a CSA program can be a bit confusing for some consumers. 

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Tomorrow night Milwaukee celebrates 170 years as an incorporated city. The Milwaukee Press Club is hosting the city birthday party, Savoring Our City, that kicks off at 5:30 Thursday evening at The Grain Exchange.

The city birthday party looks back at some of the top food products Milwaukee was founded on, such as pork and grains, but also celebrates our culinary scene by recognizing the top chefs and restaurants the city has to offer today.

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Milwaukee’s food and dining scene seems to be getting better every year, with not only new restaurants opening up but new food ventures and collaborations taking place across the city and suburbs.

Kyle Cherek, Wisconsin Foodie host, Lake Effect food contributor and essayist, says 2015 saw exponential growth for Milwaukee's food and its people who are invested in it.

Milwaukee has experienced restaurant booms, such as in Walker's Point, as well as an increase in local food production.

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Earlier this month a potential seismic shift occurred in the restaurant world. American restauranteur Danny Meyer announced he was eliminating tipping in all thirteen of his restaurants.

Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek wonders if this heralds the end of the world as we know it:

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For the next two weeks, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival will present more than 300 movies. Some, like Jaws, are one offs. Others, like Cream City Cinema, are united by a common theme.

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The James Beard Awards are a big deal in the culinary world.

Milwaukee has been well-represented in the past - Chefs Sanford d’Amato, Adam Siegel and Justin Aprahamian have all won James Beard's Best Chef: Midwest award.

Chef Justin Carlisle of Ardent was nominated this year. Though he didn't win, food contributor Kyle Cherek explains what a big accomplishment it is to even be nominated.

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A pop-up restaurant will appear somewhere in Milwaukee this Saturday.

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As 2014 winds to a close, we typically look back at the year that was and look ahead at what the year to come might hold.

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