The foodies are alive and eating well here in Wisconsin. And we've got proof: Wine & Dine Wisconsin.
In its second year, Wine & Dine Wisconsin features some of the best in wine, beer, food, and spirits in the area. Interested onlookers can sample delicious creations, imbibe a variety of delicious drinks, and learn more about locally made products.
We managed to make it downtown for a few hours this morning to enjoy the festivities. And here are some of the highlights of our day.
First, there was plenty of wine. But, it's "Wine & Dine Wisconsin" -- so you'd sort of expect that, wouldn't you? What you might not expect to encounter is a whole line of libations produced in support of God's work. And I present: Holy Spirits: Great Wine on a Mission.
Sartori Foods and ice cream from Sassy Cow Creamery.
greatbrewers.com), we were a bit surprised that there wasn't more representation from our talented Wisconsin breweries.
Fortunately, we saw plenty of our favorite local artisans, including Scott from Bolzano Artisan Meats. In addition to some scrumptious charcuterie, Scott also has a pretty impressive moustache -- look at it in the photo below! Rumor has it, he keeps up his snappy style with a bit of Elmer's Glue. Scott -- fact or fiction?Tutto.
Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern. (Incidentally, Molly Cool's will be serving up some of their delicious fare at the Gumbo Git Down next weekend... you won't want to miss it!)
Roaring Dan's Rum -- deliciously smooth stuff with a hint of Wisconsin maple syrup.
Bittercube brand. These amazing mixologists showed us how to brew up our own nifty homemade bitters and flavored liquors. In addition to being clever, they also mix up a pretty mean Whiskey Old Fashioned (a recipe they actually call the "Old Double Gold" so as not to confuse WI folks who think an old fashioned needs mashed up orange & maraschino cherry).
Oro di Oliva oil & vinegar shop -- mixing up delicious blends of olive oils and vinegars for sampling.
Of course, there was no better way to finish our field trip than with a few sweet treats. First, we sampled deliciously smooth gelato from our neighbors at Cold Spoons Gelato. First, we tried the amazing salted caramel gelato... and we cleansed our palates with some of their amazing lemon sorbetto. YUM.Indulgence Chocolatiers in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Truly exceptional stuff. The Mayan Spice bar is fantastically rich, with an amazing kick from cayenne pepper. And the milk chocolate sea salt chocolate... well, you've just got to try that to believe it.
Wine and Dine Wisconsin runs through tomorrow, October 3rd. Tickets are $49 at the door.
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