13 Nov 2013

Get a whiff of this: the Pfister’s best-smelling guests

Get a whiff of this: the Pfister’s best-smelling guests

When I was in college, I had a roommate who wore Eternity perfume, and to this day, when I smell it, I am flooded with college memories of cramming for Psychology tests and going out for Mexican food at 2 a.m. Personally, I’m not much of a fragrance wearer myself. Not for any particular reason […]

11 Nov 2013

A fireside chat with an unconventional foodie

A fireside chat with an unconventional foodie

Today was the first snow fall in Milwaukee, medicine but the Pfister Lobby Bar’s fireplace has been ablaze on and off for weeks already. It also suggested to me the ideal time to share a conversation I recently had with Young Kim, the executive director of the Fondy Food Market, Milwaukee’s oldest and largest year-round […]

4 Nov 2013

Virgie: a woman of great words, great work

Virgie: a woman of great words, great work

Seven months ago, recipe Virgie Johnson found poetry. Or maybe it found her. It started after she went to a poetry set at a Milwaukee nightclub called Nostalgia that features a spoken word event every Tuesday night called Poetry Unplugged. “I went and I fell in love, sick ” says Virgie, who has worked in […]

28 Oct 2013

Do opposites attract?

Do opposites attract?

Years ago, health Rick and Debbie went to high school together in Oak Park, Mich., but they were not friends. Debbie remembers Rick, but Rick does not remember Debbie. “He was a burnout, prescription ” she says. “Let’s just say I had some bad habits back then,” says Rick. “I liked to party. Listened to […]

24 Oct 2013

The Packers’ good luck charm

For three decades, Jane has been going to Packers games. She grew up in Kenosha and from the time she turned 16 she drove every year to a game. And every year – EVERY YEAR – the team won. “Thirty years, 30 games, 30 wins,” she says. Jane now lives in Florida with her husband, […]

20 Oct 2013

Chef knows

Chef knows

Last week, I interviewed the Pfister’s executive chef, Brian Frakes. He told me a number of interesting things and I sampled a lot of fantastic food (the lemon garlic hummus is criminally delish!), but the nugget that I took away from our conversation – and will never forget – was how he moved back to […]