The Curd of Truth – Wisconsin Rocks Series

As a long-time Wisconsinite, there is a deep pleasure to be gleaned from introducing the uninitiated to the cheesehead staple: the humble cheese curd. It is my belief that besides butter, cheese curds offer the fastest and most pleasant route to angioplasty. Under their influence, you will roll over, like a dog dreaming deeply of … More The Curd of Truth – Wisconsin Rocks Series

Wisconsin Rocks: The Trempealeau Hotel: Trempealeau, Wis.

The Historic Trempealeau Hotel, in Trempealeau, Wis. is the kind of place you dream about after two weeks of -20 temperatures and gray skies, mid-January or so, in Wisconsin. While huddled in your living room under blankets, you dream of a lazy, sunny, 90-degree day. You dream of a light breeze and a cool, spicy, … More Wisconsin Rocks: The Trempealeau Hotel: Trempealeau, Wis.

Wisconsin Supper Club Extinction, and The English Inn

More and more, the classic Wisconsin Supper Club is disappearing. Slowly, as cities expand and incorporate chain restaurants with sinister consistency, the Stepford Wives-like sameness of their menus, and their artificially-distressed decor, the warmth of authenticity vaporizes.Give me a supper club, with its dimmed light, authentic yet sometimes kitschy decor and polished silver. With its roaring fire and linen tablecloths and menu, fat with painstakingly-prepared options of old: French onion soup, escargots, prime rib, Beef Wellington. … More Wisconsin Supper Club Extinction, and The English Inn