Archive for the ‘Dining around Wisconsin’ Category
After working for 14 years in German restaurants in Milwaukee, Mader’sand Karl Ratzsch’s, I was up to find out how Essen Haus in Madison compared. I was having dinner with my collage roommate, Dennis, who was in town for a meeting. He doesn’t like to make decisions so it was up to me to pick a place. I’ve known about the Essen Haus for years, but never went because I had worked in two of the best German restaurants in the USA.
I wasn’t disappointed. The atmosphere is very old world beer hallish. Great displays of steins and other old world memorabilia. The waitress was in a Durandal to add to the atmosphere. (more…)
Wild Rice Cran-Apple Breakfast Bake, Nancy Bowman. But I came in Second. You are asking, what is he talking about? Just got back from the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association annual conference where we have a cook off. Yes I came in second out of 9 entries. My entry was Wonderfully Wild, Wild Rice Quiche. We had 6 judges this year including, Mark and Mike Obois, House of Embers Wisconsin Dells, Justin Draper and Wade Bernander, High Rock Café Wisconsin Dells, Mary Bergin, Roads Traveled Column, and Patricia Simms, Wisconsin State Journal. (more…)
In the last few weeks I’ve been called a chef, gourmet chef, gourmet cook, and I suppose some things that you can’t print here. It got me to wondering about the word CHEF. (more…)
I don’t know about you, but I usually get a little nostalgic at the beginning of a new year.
This year is no different. I had to go to Milwaukee to take care of some family business so decided to go out to dinner with my sister to Karl Ratzsch’s Restaurant. Some of you may have heard of it. It’s one of the old established restaurants in downtown Milwaukee. By old I mean that it has been there for over 100 years.
Now if you have looked at my website and done any reading you’ll know that I worked there. 1973-1980 was when I did my stint at this old establishment. I can say that there are a lot of great memories associated with those years and the restaurant. This is the restaurant that I actually learned the most jobs. I started out in the kitchen as a line cook, and worked all the stations in the kitchen then moved to the front of the house and learned all the jobs out there from bus boy to waiter, bartender and host. I even did a stint in the basement as storeroom manager after Anne left.
Well enough about that. Walking into the place Tuesday night was a step back in time. Three of the people that I worked with, way back when, were working that night. Maybe a little grayer around the temples but looking good. The rooms look great with all of the antiques still adorning the walls and all the glass ware behind the bar shining on the glass shelves. Even the cooper steins looked especially good. We had a drink at the bar and did some reminiscing and then went to a table for a feast. Rita was outstanding as our waitress, although she didn’t have to help us decide on to much. (more…)