Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Farm-to-table in Wisconsin--A lifestyle

What is now a marketing campaign and movement around the US has always been the way things are in Wisconsin: a farm-to-table dining experience. With its natural surroundings and a thriving agriculture industry, Wisconsin prides itself with fresh and healthy produce served in homes and restaurants around the state.

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To uphold this culture, many restaurants and markets in Wisconsin feature farm-to-table food. Annually, special farm-to-table dinners are organized to support the movement and t0 discuss local agriculture news, animal and environmental care, and the value of safe, fresh market produce.

The sustainability and social responsibility of farm-to-table practices are the reason why the movement has spread to other parts of the country. The emphasis is in supporting locally produced foods to support the municipality's economy, farmers, and food co-ops. Because of a more immediate source of food, there is less requirement for preservatives so the produce are more organic, healthy, and environmentally sustainable. The farm-to-table scene also eliminates long-distance transportation, reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption.

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As a food critic, Angelo Talebi reviews restaurants, cafés, and street markets to discover Wisconsin's best food offerings. Likened to critics such as Gordon Ramsey, Talebi is stern and straightforward in his critique but less caustic. To know more about the Wisconsin food scene, subscribe to this blog.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Three Wisconsin Food Traditions You Have To Know

Wisconsin is known for its food and beer. The reason for its popularity is because many Wisconsinites stay true to certain food traditions that have remained for as long as anyone can remember. Having said that, it is important that any self-respecting foodie understand the three biggest Wisconsin food traditions.

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Friday Fish Fry: What began as a Catholic religious following has now become a stable Wisconsin diet. When earlier European immigrants settled in the state, they adapted their cooking techniques to the local environment. Many avoided meat on Fridays during Lent and taverns began offering weekly fish fry. This was also another way for the taverns to make money during the prohibition. Eventually, the practice became so popular that almost all restaurants in Wisconsin offer fish every Friday.

The Beer Brat: One of the most recognizable foods Northeast Wisconsin is known for is the bratwurst. Many food enthusiasts in the area say the best way to eat them is grilled and soaked in onions and beer. There are many available recipes online, but as a general rule of thumb, great beer brats use enough beer to cover the meat (perhaps three to four cans or bottles of beer).

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The Cheese Curds

: Wisconsin is known for its cheese curds. Why? Maybe it’s because there are many ways Wisconsinites like them. Some prefer them fresh, others fried. Either way, cheese curds have become somewhat of a delicacy here. These curds are made from pieces of baby cheddar that have not aged at all or gone through any form of processing. One of the reasons Wisconsin has the best cheese curds is because diners can eat them a mere 12 hours after they are made. Our curds are the freshest in the country.

Angelo Talebi reviews restaurants around Wisconsin. His love for his state extends far beyond his stomach (although he admits to being a foodie because he grew up with the best food). To learn more, subscribe to this blog.