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Wisconsin State Fair

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie Kyle Cherek and Jessica Bell explore the fine culinary delicacies of the Wisconsin State Fair. From maple glazed pork belly wrapped in bacon and deep fried brownies on a stick to the Wis”cone”sin and the iconic Cream Puff, we explore all the fair has to offer.

Sun, May 22 at 11:30 am on WTTW HD

Honeyvalley Apiary / Michael Fields Agriculture

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie Kyle Cherek visits the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, WI. Kyle tours the grounds with the Garden Manager, Christine Welcher, eventually sitting down to a white linen dinner on the farm prepared by Tyler Salsbury of the Black Sheep. Chef Tyler utilizes what’s in season and what’s coming from the fields for an outstanding dinner on the farm. We also profile Dan O’Leary. Dan has been caring for the bees of Michael Fields for 15 years and is a multi generational beekeeper. We follow Dan as he collects and extracts honey from the hives.

Tue, May 17 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, May 18 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, May 29 at 11:30 am on WTTW HD

Wild Tomato / Island Orchard Cider

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie Kyle and Jessica travel to Door County to feature two successful food families making their mark in Door County. First we stop at the Wild Tomato in Fish Creek and meet owners Sara and Britton Unkefer. Kyle tries his hand at making some of their incredible wood fire pizza. We then take the pizza to go and head north to Bier Zot, their specialty beer bar that focuses on European and aged beers. In the second segment we meet Bob and Yannique Purman, owners of Island Orchard Cider. Jessica Bell travels through Death’s Door to meet Bob and Yannique at their orchard on Washington Island.

Tue, May 24 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, May 25 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jun 26 at 11:30 am on WTTW HD

Gordon Edgar Cheddar Tour / Hooks 20 Year Dinner

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie we celebrate everyone’s favorite cheese, Cheddar! First we profile Gordon Edgar, famous Californian Cheesemonger by day and cheese writer by night. Gordon has come to WI, his second home, with his new book “Cheddar” and tours a group of enthusiasts through some of his favorite cheddar makers Hennings and Widmers. In our second segment, Kyle travels to L Etoile resturant in Madison for a dinner that brings together three of the best chefs in Wisconsin to celebrate Tony Hook’s special 20 year old cheddar. Chef’s Tory Miller, Justin Aprahamian and Justin Carlisle each prepare a course using a different aged cheddar culminating in the big reveal...Hooks 20 year cheddar.

Tue, May 31 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, Jun 1 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime

Driftless Organics / Rooted Spoon

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie we travel to one of our favorite spots in Wisconsin, the Driftless area. Rolling hills and fertile soils, the Driftless is home to one of the best food scenes in the midwest. We feature Driftless Organics and meet the young farmers responsible for one of the most influential organic farms in the state. Kyle meets farmer Josh Engel and tours their fields finding their way to the acres of sunflowers that Driftless cultivates for oil that can be seen in the brightest kitchens. In our second segment we meet Dani Lind, owner of the Rooted Spoon popup and wife of Driftless Organics farmer Mike Lind. Dani cooks a very special monthly dinner inspired by a different region. This dinner is inspired by the flavors of Portugal but utilizes ingredients from Driftless Organics and other nearby purveyors.

Tue, Jun 7 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, Jun 8 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime

New Glarus Oktoberfest / Co. Brewing Hops

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie we are able to cross an item from our bucket list, spend the day in New Glarus with Deb and Dan Carey of New Glarus Brewery for Oktoberfest. Jessica Bell meets up with Deb and Dan at their home as they prepare for Oktoberfest, lederhosen and all. As the honorary hosts of the New Glarus Oktoberfest they tap two wooden kegs of staghorn and pass it out to the rabid fans. In the second segment we profile an upstart brewer with big plans of his own. George Bregar of Company Brewing is new to the neighborhood of Riverwest in Milwaukee and to give back to the community he plans to brew a special beer utilizing backyard hops from his neighbors.

Tue, Jun 14 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, Jun 15 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime

Stoney Acres

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie we profile a new wave of farming, from multigenerational farming roots to first generation pizza making. Kyle visits Stoney Acre Farm in Central Wi. We meet a young family that has decided to stay on the family farm but try something totally different, a pizza farm. To compliment their CSA program, every friday night in season the family opens their farm to the public for a popup pizza shop on the farm. From the crust to the veggies, everything comes from the farm. Utilizing two brick ovens that living outside they have taught themselves the art of pizza making and the community has taken notice as hundreds of people come out each Friday.

Tue, Jun 21 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, Jun 22 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime

Cheesetopia / Laclare Cheese

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie we feature a festival that beats all festivals (for cheese) Cheesetopia. Cheesetopia is an event created by Cheesemonger and overall Cheese geek, Jeanne Carpenter, that showcases the best of the best in Midwest cheeses. Kyle crashes the first ever party, meets some of our favorite Wisconsin cheesemakers and tries some award winning cheese. At the event Kyle meets one cheesemaker in particular, Katie Furman of LaClare farms. Katie is in her twenties and becoming one of the most awarded cheesemakers in Wisconsin for goat cheese, most recently winning runner up for Best Cheese in America. Kyle hits the road to visit, tour and indulge in some of the award winning cheese coming from LaClare farm and get some perspective on what makes their cheese so special.

Tue, Jun 28 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, Jun 29 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime

Indian Summer : Wild Rice

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie we feature the true local food of Wisconsin and explore native cuisine from festival favorites like Fry Bread to the more traditional and historical like Wild Rice. In our first segment Kyle stops by the Indian Summer Festival in Milwaukee. There we meet local characters and try some delicious native staples. In our second segment we travel to a reservation near Lac du Flambeau to profile Greg Johnson of the Ojibwe tribe. Greg takes us out on the water to show us how to harvest wild rice. Later we return to cook the rice, but in a very unconventional way. All while learning about the culinary traditions and philosophies of the Ojibwe tribe.

Tue, Jul 5 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Perch Science / Wendt's Fish Fry

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie we explore the world of Perch. First we visit the UWM school for Fresh Water Science in Milwaukee and hear what they are doing to help fish farmers breed a more healthy and sustainable perch. Then we travel to Fond Du Lac to visit an icon in the Fish Fry biz, Linda Wendt, owner of Wendt's on the Lake. We go behind the scenes to see what makes their lake perch fish fry so special.

Tue, Jul 12 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Kickapoo Country Fair / Organic Valley Family

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie Kyle travels to a small dairy farm to meet the Gretebeck family in Chaseburg WI. The Gretebeck’s run a small but special dairy farm producing some of the finest milk that goes to Organic Valley for grassfed milk and butter. Organic Valley is revolutionizing a new farming economy in Wisconsin, rewarding farmers for quality over quantity. We follow the family’s milk from their farm to a nearby butter plant and watch their grass fed milk become a butter. Kyle then returns to the farm the plant with some new butter to enjoy back on the farm, making the journey full circle.

Tue, Jul 19 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Espana Foodie

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie we take our show on the road (and the air) and travel with sisters Chef Karen Bell of Bavette and Jessica Bell and visit Spain. Spain was very influential in the sisters' culinary lives, both living and working in the country before coming back to and settling in their home town of Milwaukee. We tour from Madrid to San Sebastian and try to eat and drink everything in between. From famous ham makers to cheesemakers to award winning chefs and wine. We explore how the trend of eating local within a culture that knows no other way. We also bring some of our finest products to share with some award winning chefs of Spain.

Sun, May 8 at 11:30 am on WTTW HD

Tue, Jul 26 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Odd Duck / The Vanguard / Goodkind

In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie hosts Kyle Cherek and Jessica Bell head to Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood to explore some of the hottest restaurants to pop up in the city. Bay View has always been thought of as a working class neighborhood with mom and pop restaurants, ethnic eateries, delis and butcher shops littered throughout the tree dotted streets. Over the last couple of years there has been a group of young chefs and restaurateurs that want not only to preserve that tradition but elevated it to a whole other level, making Bay View one of the hottest culinary destinations in Wisconsin. In this episode we feature a small sample of restaurants leading the charge - Odd Duck, The Vanguard and Goodkind.

Sun, May 15 at 11:30 am on WTTW HD

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