Sprecher beer switching from bottles to cans
Sprecher’s seasonal and year-round beers, including its flagship Special Amber and signature Black Bavarian, are shifting from bottles to aluminum cans with a refreshed design of the classic griffin logo.
The new can label features a wraparound Sprecher griffin and the words “Fire-brewed for bold flavor.” Sprecher is one of the only breweries in the U.S. that use a fire brewing process, rather than steam-heated kettles, to create craft beer and soda.
Sprecher’s new packaging is reflective of the trend in the beer industry toward canning beer to increase convenience and freshness, while retaining environmentally friendly product packaging. For more information visit: sprecherbrewery.com/beer-bottles-or-cans/
Paczki pre-order has begun
The Polish Center of Wisconsin, at 6941 S. 68th St. in Franklin, will be taking pre-orders for Paczki Day on March 1. The deadline for ordering is Feb. 22.
Paczki are sold by the dozen for $15. The pastries will be available in custard, lemon, chocolate custard, prune, raspberry, or a mixed box of prune and raspberry.
All orders must be picked up from 7 a.m. to noon March 1. Delivery is available for orders of 5 dozen or more with a $10 delivery fee within a 10 mile radius of the Polish Center.
An order form is available on the center’s website for mail-in orders, or use the online link to place your order: polishcenterofwisconsin.org, or call (414) 529-2140.
If you know of other community groups, bakeries and supermarkets selling paczki for 2022, send the information to [email protected]
Unwrapped in Waukesha
SHARP Literacy will hold its first Waukesha edition of the annual Unwrapped fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at Magellan’s on Main Street, 370 W. Main St., Waukesha.
SHARP’s Unwrapped event challenges local chefs to create savory and sweet plates of bite-sized food using ingredients donated by McDonald’s suppliers. New this year is the addition of Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Stout to the ingredient list, and chefs will be allowed to use a few of their own favorite ingredients, as well as a variety of oils, herbs and spices.
Participating restaurants in the Unwrapped event include: Albanese’s Roadhouse, Club 400, Daybreak Prime Meats and Deli, and Magellan’s on Main Street.
Individual tickets are $50, and guests are also asked to bring nonperishable food items, which will be donated to The FOOD Pantry Serving Waukesha County.
All proceeds will support SHARP’s STEAM-based program in schools across Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha. STEAM involves science, technology, engineering and math integrated with art.
Tickets may be purchased online at Waukesha22.givesmart.com, or call (414) 410-3203.
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Crave Brothers hosts recipe contest
Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese of Waterloo announces its 20th Anniversary Recipe Contest and invites home cooks, culinary students and food professionals to submit original recipes featuring Crave Brothers cheeses.
Recipes must include any one or more of the Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheeses, including fresh mozzarella, mascarpone, chocolate mascarpone, farmers rope string cheese/Oaxaca, and cheddar cheese curds.
Recipe entries will be accepted in three categories: appetizer/side dish (including salads), main entrée, and desserts, and the recipe should yield six to eight servings. Contest entrants may enter a maximum of three entries total and may enter the same category more than once.
All entries must be submitted by midnight March 21. For official contest rules, visit cravecheese.com
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Brunch at the Q
The Q, the restaurant at 2730 N. King Drive by Darnell Ashley, now serves brunch Tuesday through Saturday in addition to dinner. The new brunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To give you an idea of what’s on the brunch menu: Skillets ($13 to $16), which include two eggs, cheese and potatoes, include options like the Veggie (mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, green pepper and broccoli) and shrimp with lobster in Cajun seasonings and butter sauce.
Omelet options (most $13) served with hash browns include The Q (smoked pork shoulder, cheese, mushrooms, green peppers, onions).
“Old-school breakfast” items ($11 to $17) include shrimp and grits or Land and Sea grits (beef brisket with shrimp), and corned beef hash with two eggs; and sandwiches with fries ($13 to $17), such as barbecued pork shoulder, or fried boneless chicken between waffles, are on the menu, too.
Customers can dine in person or pick up takeout. Call to order in advance, at (414) 810-4096.
Crustology introduces new pizza crust
Waukesha-based pizza crust maker Crustology has introduced a new chipotle crust for building homemade pizzas, in time for National Pizza Day Feb. 9.
The new crust is mildly spicy and pairs well with Hispanic flavors, according to Crustology, which offers recipes online to help inspire pizza-makers.
The company was founded by siblings Anne Cookson and Chris Miller, who have a family pedigree of pizza making since their grandfather owned a chain of pizza parlors in the Milwaukee area, and their parents founded Baker’s Quality Pizza Crusts Inc., based in Waukesha. To order, visit: www.Crustology.com
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It’s Phobruary in Silver City neighborhood
It’s time for the annual Phobruary event in Silver City, when restaurants offer specials on pho, the Vietnamese bowl of noodles, broth, meat and garnishes that’s been adopted by the cuisines of Laos and Thailand, as well.
Until the end of February, Vientiane Noodle Shop, 3422 W. National Ave., will have $5 pho bowls when dining in. It’s open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
And Thai Bar-B-Que, 3417 W. National Ave., is offering $5.99 pho and $1 crab rangoons from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Tuesdays, either dining in or taking out. To order takeout: (414) 647-0812.
Face masks are required when moving about the restaurants.
Organizer VIA CDC is hosting a weekly Phobruary giveaway through Facebook and Instagram of a $25 gift card to one of the restaurants; details are at viacdc.org/event/phobruary.
February pause at some restaurants
Several restaurants are closed for a February break: Cavas, the Latin restaurant at 401 E. Erie St.; La Dama, the upscale Mexican restaurant at 839 S. Second St., as it changes ownership; and Ruby’s Bagels, at Zócalo Food Park, 636 S. Sixth St. — with a few exceptions for Ruby’s.
The bagel-maker is still supplying its wholesale accounts, such as Small Pie in Bay View, and it will be open Feb. 13 for Valentine’s weekend and Feb. 26 for a pop-up at Milwaukee Public Market.
Sometimes breaks like these are planned, but early and other temporary closures can happen abruptly in the pandemic because of labor or other issues. It’s a good reminder to check a restaurant’s social media accounts or call before heading out.
Carol Deptolla of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report.