Adventures at Wine and Dine Wisconsin + Giveaway Winners!

I’m so sorry I was MIA for my Thursday Things (I was even hoping to make it up with some Friday Things but no cigar). Last week was literally insane. Don’t worry, I’ll explain later. Just stay tuned for an exciting announcement later this week!

I’ve been looking forward to this past weekend for awhile. The lovely folks over at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (they sponsored our cheese road trip this summer) gave me a few tickets for Wine and Dine Wisconsin, which they also sponsored. It takes place over two days, Saturday and Sunday, at the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee. The venue is gigantic and was filled with food, wine and beer galore. Each guest was given a commemorative wine glass for tasting throughout the event.

Just like at Milwaukee Brew Fest, I gravitated toward Cider Square like white on rice (sorry, I just love that phrase and thought it needed a cameo on the blog). I discovered a new favorite – Hornsby’s.

The Nueske’s booth and a mystery appetizer from Molly Cool’s

Although Wine and Dine has a good selection of food (and especially cheeses), I thought the sweets to savory food ratio was a little off. I would have liked to see a wider variety of “real food.” There is a separate section called Critic’s Choice where you pay $19 extra to gain access to 30 additional restaurants (ticket prices for general admission are $45 in advance and $55 at the door). I’m sure the VIP section gave more savory options, which would have changed my opinion.

Bacon jam crostini from the Rumpus Room

You could also buy some really unique wine racks from The Barrel Broker. I just love that one on the far right — how elegant if you had a real dining room.

The gadget I was most impressed with was the Verismo from Starbuck’s (Oh, and I’m smiling like a crazy person because I sneaked a coffee for the second time that day and felt like a bandit). This appliance makes single-serving lattes in about a minute. I’d love to put this baby on my desk along with my Capresso electric tea kettle, but the Verismo starts at $199 and  you can only buy Starbuck’s special pods. Still, this thing was pretty cool.

The Pasta Shoppe Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered my holiday gift box giveaway for The Pasta Shoppe. The winners are Sarah, Lisa and Sun! Please send me your mailing address to so you can get your prize asap!

Question: Do you own a single-serve coffee machine? Do you think it’s worth it?

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