food

Edyn Herbert

The growing shortness of attention spans affects more areas of society than you might think. The food industry has seemed to play into this as well, but there are some chefs that still take the time and care in their cooking. Milwaukee chef Gene Webb of North Shore Boulangerie explains the changes he’s noticed in the food industry and what he’s doing to preserve what he learned while studying in France.

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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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True Swiss-style cheese that is made in Wisconsin may seem unlikely. While the Dairy State has produced quality cheese for over a century, mastering Swiss-style cheese-making requires near-perfect conditions. Fresh off a trip to Schuman's Cheeses near northern Wisconsin’s Turtle Lake, Jeanette Hurt found that Wisconsin cheese makers are creating products similar to the highly sought-after Alpine cheeses of Switzerland.

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Before the terms "farm-to-table" or "farm-to-fork" came to be, “slow food” was the watchword.

"Slow Food is an international organization that is dedicated to inspiring people to create a better, more fair and more delicious food system," explains Jennifer Casey. She's executive director of the Fondy Food Center and the Wisconsin governor of Slow Food USA.

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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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Later today, the winners of the annual James Beard awards will be announced, honoring chefs around the country.  Three Milwaukee chefs are among the semifinalists for the Best Chef award for the Midwest: Justin Carlisle, Thomas Hauck and Karen Bell.

Wisconsin creamed the competition.

America's Dairyland took home the first, second and third-place prizes at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest this week — with a black-pepper-flavored hard cheese from Antigo, Wisc., at the top.

Second place went to an aged cheddar from Weyauwega, and third place to a gouda from Thorp.

A record 2,303 dairy products — included butter, yogurt and cheese — were submitted to the contest, according to the organizers.

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For many people in Milwaukee, their fish consumption increases exponentially during the season of lent.  But for others, the Friday fish fry is simply part of the year-round culture.

Regardless of how you come down on the issue, our dining contributor Ann Christenson tips the scales towards some of the top fish frys in town in the current issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

The average American eats more than 33 pounds of cheese a year.

This is according to Neal Barnard, physician and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. And that's a problem, he says, because it's helping to make us overweight and sick.

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Heather Terhune knows a lot about ice. The executive chef at Tre Rivali has a lot of opinions about the ice used at the restaurant, a fact she let slip at the first MilMag Live! event on the influence of insiders and outsiders in Milwaukee. 

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With the abundance of Yelp - and other - reviews on the Internet, it can take a lot of time and research to figure out where to grab Sunday brunch or drinks with friends. 

A new app created by Milwaukeeans Ben Bourgeois and Brian Kopp, aims to make this dining decision-making process easier. Called “MealSteals,” the app points users to local restaurants and bars based on their current discount offerings. 

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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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When you think back on your childhood, what did dinnertime look like? Many of us might think back on meals eaten around the kitchen or dining room table in idyllic terms: good food, conversation and togetherness. While the reality might have been a little more nuanced, there was a time when the family meal was a pretty typical shared experience in America.

For someone who didn't set out on a career in food, Pati Jinich has certainly gone places. Jinich grew up in Mexico in a Jewish-Mexican home, and after moving to the United States with her husband, she initially pursued a career in international relations.

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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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