Travel to Door County to visit Waseda Farms and the Wickman House. Meet with Tom Lutsey, owner and farmer at Waseda Farms, to get his philosophy on farming and a tour of his land. Then, we travel with some Waseda chickens to the Wickman House to follow our meal from ground to plate. There, we meet owners Joe Fahrenkrug and Mike Holmes, and wrap up the day with dinner with the Lutsey family.
Tue, May 16 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Wed, May 17 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime
Meet chef Patrick DePula, owner of Salvatore’s Tomato Pies in Sun Prairie and Madison. Patrick brings us to Vitruvian Farms in McFarland to meet the upstart twenty somethings who are changing the world one tomato at a time. Then we check out the first Yum Yum Fest celebrating the Madison Area Chefs Network and featuring chefs Jonny Hunter, Tory Miller and Daniel Bonanno to name a few.
Tue, May 23 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Meet Milwaukee's Gretchen Mead and discover her Victory Garden Initiative, a program in which volunteers create raised bed gardens throughout the city to promote food growth in urban spaces. Host Kyle Cherek helps build gardens and meets the lucky folks receiving them. We catch up with Gretchen four months later to see the progress at the Victory Garden's own urban farm, Concordia Gardens.
Tue, May 30 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
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, Mar 28 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Wed, Mar 29 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime
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, Apr 4 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Wed, Apr 5 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime
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, Apr 11 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Wed, Apr 12 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime
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, Apr 18 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Wed, Apr 19 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime
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.
Tue, May 2 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Wed, May 3 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime
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.
Tue, May 9 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Wed, May 10 at 1:00 am on WTTW Prime
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