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Milwaukee’s Ultimate Cheese Experience

What do you get when you pair award-winning Wisconsin cheese with a fresh, cold brew—and a sweet treat to top things off? Pure happiness!
If you’re making your way to Milwaukee on an empty stomach, keep reading for some of our favorite bucket list-worthy spots for Wisconsin cheese, artisan chocolate and local brews!

Tour Wisconsin’s First Urban Cheese Factory
Located in Milwaukee’s historic Walker’s Point neighborhood, Clock Shadow Creamery is an absolute must for every Wisconsin cheese devotee. As the first urban cheese factory in Wisconsin, the creamery is all about arming folks with fresh, local cheese while being environmentally conscious and educating customers about the craft of cheesemaking.
Speaking of going green, Clock Shadow Creamery’s impressive building features a geothermal heating and cooling system, a rooftop garden, rainwater reuse system, a power generating elevator and other ecological innovations.
As for a cheese that comes highly recommended? We suggest nabbing a sample of Quark, the creamery’s melt-in-your-mouth signature Wisconsin cheese, soft and creamy with a bit of a tang. Clock Shadow Creamery is the only cheese factory in the state that makes this popular European cheese! While you’re there you might as well grab some fresh, squeaky cheese curds too!

Cheese and Beer are Not in Short Supply at this Milwaukee Shop…
Just two miles north of Clock Shadow Creamery is a gem of a spot called Wisconsin Cheese Mart & Uber Tap Room. Founded in 1938, the Wisconsin Cheese Mart has grown from a small shop to a leading cheese retailer in the state. They’ve been around for 70+ years but the goal at Wisconsin Cheese Mart has never changed: to celebrate the cheesemakers’ craft, showcase their hard work and innovation, and serve cheese fanatics everywhere!
With over 175 Wisconsin cheeses to enjoy—plus more than 36 tap beers to try next door at Uber Tap Room—we can’t think of a better spot to kick back and relax…Wisconsin-style! Wisconsin Cheese Mart & Uber Tap Room’s in-house cheese bar offers unique pairings of cheese and Wisconsin craft beer, so go with one of their super savvy staff recommendations or step outside the box and create one of your own.

Take a Chocolate Pairing Class in Walker’s Point
Ready for dessert? To satisfy your sweet tooth, we suggest you pop in to Indulgence Chocolatiers on 2nd Street. Founded in 2007, and using only the finest chocolate from around the world and other locally sourced ingredients like cream from nearby Sassy Cow Creamery, the skilled chocolatiers craft absolutely, positively delicious confections.
For the ultimate date night or girls’ day, register for one of Indulgence Chocolatiers’ two-hour pairing classes. Learn which foods and beverages each chocolate complements perfectly…and do a little taste-testing along the way!

Who’s up for a road trip to Milwaukee? Let us know about some of your favorite spots for Wisconsin cheese below!
Ellen Fallon is the Marketing Coordinator for Discover Wisconsin. Growing up in Madison she has enjoyed spending her weekends exploring the state and finding new and exciting destinations to travel to with her friends and family. You can watch Discover Wisconsin online at discoverwisconsin.com.
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5 Things You Need to Do in Reinvented Oak Creek

Over the past few years Oak Creek has reinvented itself! With a beautiful downtown square, fun thriving local businesses, and staple shopping spots Oak Creek is reinvigorated and on the rise.
Take A Walk Downtown – In an area that used to be a large automotive and electronics plant now resides a beautiful downtown, Drexel Town Square. Surrounded by restaurants, housing, and the new city hall and library, it’s a busy hub for this changing city. And all year round the square is full of fun events that will keep you coming back, from their weekly Farmer’s Market to special events like Dog Days.
Grab A Quality Cup Of Coffee – Just outside Oak Creek’s main square now lives Valentine Coffee’s newest café and wine bar. Offering specialty roasted coffee from their roastery in Milwaukee, this is their second café in the greater Milwaukee area. Joe and Robb, the co-founders of Valentine Coffee, also have a love for wine and have finally been able to incorporate that aspect of their business into this new spot. From building personal relationships with respectable farmers, to responsibly sourcing all the materials and ingredients that go into their drinks, Joe and Robb are doing right by this planet and their customers. So whether you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix, or a tasty meal with a nice glass of wine, Valentine Café has got you covered.
Escape From City 13 – Milwaukee’s newest escape room can be found in Oak Creek. City 13 brings you into the different scenes of a city in crisis in each of their rooms, and you are the heroes that need to save it before time runs out. With challenging live-action puzzles and well-made tech devices throughout, this place keeps you engaged with your team to find your way out. Nick and Ashley Timber are the young couple that are doing an incredible job running this spot. Together they make a great team and present an escape room experience that you won’t have anywhere else.
Try The Pinsa Romana – Unlike so much of Oak Creek, Trattoria Di Carlo has been a staple in this community for 16 years, and for good reason. Coming from parents and grandparents of the restaurant business in Siclily, founder Carlo Pedone has grown up in this industry and has been making quality food since he was young. Bringing this experience and culture to our state, it’s no wonder why he makes some of the best Italian cuisine and pizza in Wisconsin., including Pinsa Romana, or Roman-style pizza.
Shop at Wisconsin’s first and only IKEA – If you haven’t been in it already, I’m sure you’ve at least seen it if you’ve driven down I-94 in the last year. IKEA has arrived in Wisconsin, and it’s taken up shop in Oak Creek. With over 10,000 items ranging from silverware to couches, IKEA has everything in terms of furniture and home décor. Follow the flow of customers through this world of various, inspiring room displays and if you get lost in the maze, follow the arrows and make your way to the restaurant to get some Swedish meatballs to refuel. If you have impatient children, don’t worry, there’s a place for those too; Småland is a free supervised play area equipped with a ball pit, toys and other activities.
Learn more about Oak Creek by watching Discover Wisconsin’s episode, Oak Creek – Reinvented & On The Rise now available on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Smart TV, Amazon Fire, and at DiscoverWisconsin.com.
Brian Mohsenian is a producer of Discover Wisconsin. Watch the show on Fox Sports Wisconsin every Saturday at 10am or on Roku, Chromecast, Smart TV, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV.
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Four Great Areas to Sip, Savor, and Shop in Wisconsin

Here in Wisconsin we’re known for our award-winning cheeses, beers and wines, and there’s no shortage of great places to try them. Whether you consider yourself a foodie or just love a delicious meal, there are so many amazing areas to check out across the state to enjoy all sorts of Wisconsin delicacies!
Milwaukee
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is perhaps best known for its famous breweries, but increasingly it’s known for its local food scene. Milwaukee is rich in historical and cultural attractions, making it the perfect place for a day or weekend of exploring, drinking, and eating!

Check out Clock Shadow Creamery; where you can see firsthand how your cheese is being made. In 2012 Master cheesemaker Bob Wills opened the state’s first urban cheese factory, and the factory gets much of their milk from the cows at the Milwaukee zoo! Visitors can tour the city’s first all-green building, which is made out of 50% recycled materials. The building boasts a geothermal heating and cooling system, a rooftop garden, rainwater reuse system, a power generating elevator and many other ecological innovations! Not to mention they make great cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches!

Must try item: Clock Shadow Creamery’s signature cheese Quark: similar to cream cheese, this slightly tart and milky fresh cheese is light and spreadable and tastes like a cross between ricotta and sour cream. Try it in a savory or a sweet variety!

On the other side of town you can visit the Wisconsin Cheese Mart and Uber Tap Room. Spend few minutes sampling all the different varieties of cheeses they carry, and then head to the taproom for a Wisconsin cheese board paired with your favorite wine or cheese.
Don’t forget dessert! Indulgence Chocolatiers is one of Milwaukee’s premiere chocolatiers. Offering tasting classes where you can pair decadent hand made chocolates with beer, wine, and even old fashioneds!

Door County

Door Artisan Cheese is a place that you could spend the better part of a day! Head to the cheese store where you can, not only sample cheese, but see it being made, tour cheese caves and learn about Wisconsin’s cheesemaking history. Then head over to the attached restaurant Glacier Ledge for a great meal prepared with local ingredients!

Must try item: Valmy Cheese, a Wisconsin original cheese honoring the Belgian heritage in Door County, WI.  Valmy is a beer washed rind cheese, with hints of the yeasts and malts emerging from the Trappist style beer.  And it’s named after the small town in southeastern Door County!

Then head south to Renard’s Cheese for a family-friendly excursion where you can sample and try locally produced cheeses, stop for a meal in the deli, and work off some calories at the attached playground!
Then grab ingredients for your own meal by heading to Waseda Farms Market located in Baileys Harbor. Stroll the beautiful gardens and pick your own produce, then head to the on-site store to pick up some cheese, beer and wine to compliment your meal.

New Glarus
The village of New Glarus is a popular tourist destination best known for its Swiss heritage, old-world architecture, traditional dining, and, of course, the famous New Glarus Brewing Company. An area worthy of a weekend visit!

First stop should be near Brodhead at Decatur Dairy for their unique cheese varieties such as Colby Swiss (a mix of Colby and Swiss), Chedster (a mix of Cheddar and Muenster cheeses), and their signature Stettler Swiss!

Must try item: Any of their signature grilled cheese sandwiches made on-site!

Next stop: New Glarus Brewing where you can tour the facility to see how beer is made and relax on the patio with a fresh-made craft beer while enjoying a cheese plate full of locally-made cheeses.
Top off your stay-cation with a visit to the Glarner Stube: a traditional Swiss restaurant serving up cheesy delicacies like Swiss fondue, homemade deep fried cheese curds, and Roesti potatoes loaded with Swiss cheese.

Northwest Wisconsin

Head to Grantsburg and Burnett Dairy Cooperative for a day trip! The cheese store, full-service deli and ice cream parlor are attached to a working cheese factory, so all of the cheeses on your sandwich and in the store are guaranteed fresh.
Then head south to Menomonie and grab a pizza and freshly brewed beer at Lucette Brewing Company! With an official Neapolitan-style brick pizza oven and fresh hand-pulled mozzarella, the pizzas are to die for!

Must try item: Feta Bruschetta! Made with whipped feta cheese instead of Ricotta, these little appetizers are a meal all its own.
And there you have it! Four great areas in Wisconsin to sip, savor, and shop! Learn more in this weekend’s episode of Discover Wisconsin – it airs on Saturday, April 27 at 10am on Fox Sports Wisconsin and is now available on Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Apple TV, Smart TV, Roku, and DiscoverWisconsin.com.
[All photos from @wisconsincheese]
Amy Wallace is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Stream Discover Wisconsin on Roku, Apple TV, Smart TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast or discoverwisconsin.com. Or tune in Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
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What Happens When You Challenge 3 Wisconsin Chefs to a Cheese Duel?

What happens when you challenge three talented and award-winning Wisconsin chefs to create three different dishes using the same variety of cheese? Magic!
If Wisconsin is well known for anything, it’s got to be for our award-winning cheese! So we decided to have three talented chefs make three very different dishes using the same type of cheese!

First up is Nathan Berg, head chef at the Lakely Restaurant in the Oxbow Hotel in Eau Claire. We challenged him to use Kammerude Gouda from Comstock Creamery.
His first course consisted of Kraut Balls! Using strained sauerkraut, shredded Kammerude Gouda, and a bit of flour and panko bread crumbs to bind it together! Serve with a house-made Cranberry mustard; it’s a mouthful of Wisconsin goodness!

For his second course, he made an airline chicken breast served with a Kammerude Gouda potato gratin. Thin layers of potato covered with shredded Gouda cheese and layered with heavy cream and baked to perfection!
The dessert course consisted of a strawberry rhubarb tart topped with a creamy Kammerude Gouda and whiskey ice cream! Scrumptious!
The next chef we challenged was Luke Zahm of the Driftless Café in Viroqua. We challenged him with Sid Cook’s Glacier Penta Crème Blue Cheese.
For the first course Luke created a pizza. Starting with an herbed aoli base, topped with house-cured bacon, figs, caramelized onions, and of course; Glacier Penta Crème Blue Cheese!

For the main course, Luke created a creamy wild rice risotto using the blue cheese as the base, and serving it with a pork chop covered with door county cherries in a bourbon and local honey sauce reduction and edible flowers!
For the dessert course, Luke and his pastry chef concocted a whipped Penta Crème blue cheese cake with a walnut crust. Amazing lemony taste with just a hint of blue cheese flavor! Delicious!

And last, but certainly not least, is Chef Adam Siegel from Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee. We challenged Chef Siegel to create three dishes using a Wisconsin original; Widmer’s Aged Brick cheese or Aged Brick cheese spread!
For the first course, Adam created an appetizer of ravioli pasta stuffed with Aged Brick spread, basted in a brown butter sauce with wild mushrooms and brick cheese shavings! Incredibly tasty!
For the second course, chef created another form of pasta infusing a choux pastry with aged brick and poaching it to create a flavored gnocchi tossed with summer vegetables like sweet corn, sweet bell peppers, patty-pan squash, some duck confit added in, and covered with a brick cheese fondue sauce! Completely scrumptious!
And for the pièce de résistance, a peach tart with accents of Aged Brick cheese! Devine!
Well one thing is certain, not only is Wisconsin Cheese the best, it’s also incredibly diverse in the many different ways to enjoy it! I hope we’ve inspired you to try some new cheeses and maybe even do a little experimenting in your own kitchen! And no matter how you use it, there’s no wrong way to hit a Wisconsin cheese trifecta!
 
Amy Wallace is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Stream Discover Wisconsin on Roku, Apple TV, Smart TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast or discoverwisconsin.com. Or tune in Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
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