A Winter Smorgasbord

It’s often hard pressed to find good events happening in the winter around Wisconsin (hint: because it’s real f*cking cold). However, those behind the Emmy Award-winning television series, Wisconsin Foodie, decided to put on a foodie event for all of us in the midst of our winter woes.

The Winter Smörgåsbord was held at Potawatomi Casino and featured some of the best culinary masterminds from the state along with local artisans. Guests were able to sample bite-sized dishes from local restaurants, cheeses from the heart of Wisconsin’s dairyland and various beer from around Brew City. Restaurants such as Bacchus, Braise, Lake Park Bistro, Bavette, Heritage Tavern and Goodkind were on the bill along with James Beard Award nominated chefs Justin Carlisle, Luke Zahn and Tory Miller. Check out some of my favorites from the day below:

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Death’s Door Spirits – sampling a basil gin & tonic and Earl Gray tea gimlet

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Nueske’s – sampling applewood smoked beef & cheek-wood uncured bacon

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Iron Grate BBQ – sampling BBQ’d Wisconsin sturgeon with pickles & caviar

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Heritage Tavern – sampling lamb tartare with wasabi cream and kettle chips

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Roth Cheese – sampling fondue with grapes, pears, bread and pretzel bun to dip

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Martha’s Pimento Cheese – sampling various pimento cheese (PSA: these bring the heat!)

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Wienke’s Market – sampling various pickles, pickled beets and cherry pie filling

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Rumpus Room – deviled eggs with candied bacon

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Braise – sampling pancakes with quark cheese & apricot jam

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