I saw a lot of bouquets on desks yesterday. That’s the nature of the beast, right? What I really wanted to see, however, was adoring couples and cute gestures and candle lit dinners. So, I went to the Pfister.
I found out that Hallmark needn’t intervene; the Pfister is like your Valentine. I was met with badges, not bouquets. Haggard business folk still wearing their I.D.s from the conference happening upstairs stumbled around the hallway. It dawned on me that this is a fairly common visage and that each of these beleaguered it’s-been-a…
We will soon be transforming a portion of the entrance area of the Café at The Pfister with a barista counter offering guests gourmet coffee on the go and freshly basked pastries and other items. This week, we’ve begun a six-week renovation project of the Café at The Pfister, located on the lobby level of the hotel, which is scheduled for completion at the end of March.
The renovation plans for the space include incorporating a patisserie into the entrance of the café with casual seating and a Starbucks® barista counter. The patisserie area will feature in-house…
I come from a very small town. Pick just about any country music ditty and the lyrics describe something I grew up with. What’s inevitable about a small town is the odds of bumping into someone you know anywhere you go. My luck was always just after I’d thrown on grubby, weekend clothes, I’d run into people in the grocery store.
When I first moved to Milwaukee, however, I longed for these moments of happenstance—it’s a sign you’ve lived and circulated somewhere long enough to actually have people to bump into.
The Pfister Hotel…
Here’s what I like about Mason Street Grill…the vibe. It’s not just the cool jazz in the corner or the hushed lighting at the bar. It’s the eagerness of the patrons. They don’t have the “whew, it’s over” aura of other happy hour revelers. In fact, I watched as businessmen gathered for a meeting as late as 7 p.m. As one trench-coated executive was mentioning his flight had just arrived and his colleagues greeted him quickly as a matter of task, I said to the man sitting next to me “Wow, they…
Marcus Restaurants welcomes Ed Carrella as the new General Manager for Mason Street Grill. Carrella’s responsibilities include leading daily operations, managing the restaurant staff and continuing the tradition of providing an incredible dining experience for guests.
Congratulations to Mary Lamb, for winning the 2010 Cookie Crown! Milwaukee’s favorite cookie is Mochaccino Thins.
Chef Ash and Chef David stopped by Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin on December 23 to drop off 500 Mochaccino Thins.
Stop by Mason Street Grill, Kil@wat or Milwaukee ChopHouse during the month of January to give the winning cookie a try.*
Make sure to get your cookie recipes ready for the 2011 Cookie Contest! Check back for more information.
The winning baker was chosen by culinary experts from Marcus Restaurants and received a special overnight stay and dinner for two at The…
ESPN Milwaukee radio personality Trenni Kusnierek and Fox 6′s Jen Lada step behind the bar at Blu to slinging drinks to raise money for the Hunger Task Force.
Watch for more Celebrity BLUtender Battles coming soon!
Pit yourself against a friend or rival in a Celebrity BLUtender competition with a part of the proceeds going to a charity of the winners choice.
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS IN BLU, 5PM – 6PM
To nominate a Celebrity BLUtender, give Adam Jones a shout at AdamJones@thePfisterHotel.com…
GreenBay Packer beat writer and ESPN 540 radio personality Jason Wilde stepped behind the bar at Blu to become our inaugural Celebrity BLUtender. After a quick training, from BLU manager Adam Jones, Jason was turned loose to sling drinks to the crowd at BLU and took to it like a pro. His hard work and efforts behind the bar helped raise money for the MACC Fund.
Now it’s your turn. Nominate, delegate or simply embarrass your coworkers, boss, birthday girl–or anyone for that matter–to be a Celebrity BLUtender!
They’ll jump behind the bar for a quick…
As old man winter slowly enters our lives for his winter visit, Valerie has got something to warm you right up and help you beat the winter blues.
It is called glögg. A traditional Sweedish Holiday wine based drink served warm. But our Valerie has put her own spin on it, compete with everything sugar, spice and everything nice.
- Infused honey
- Fresh apples and oranges
- Great seasonal spices blends
- A bit of apple cider
So come down to the lobby, enjoy the holiday decorations, and sip on a glass of glögg by our warm fire…
Chef Robert Ash did an excellent job this past weekend on WISN-TV. Chef Ash shared two great recipes using chicken. In case you missed it, find his recipes and links to his video demonstration on WISN below.
1 lb chicken breast (cubed), 1 lb shucked Peruvian corn, 2 tbsp lime juice, 2 tbsp granulated sugar, 2 tbsp unsalted butter, 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, 10-12 6” bamboo skewer (pre-soaked in cold water)
Cube the chicken into 1-inch pieces and toss with enough marinade to coat them evenly. Place 3 pieces of chicken…
Fox Point’s Maple Dale Jazz Combo Band takes their sound to Mason Street Grill’s music stage this Friday, December 3rd. The group, consisting of seven middle school students, performs there for the first time from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.
Their opportunity was made possible by Maple Dale’s Director of Bands Jamie Breiwick, who also plays jazz music weekly at Mason Street Grill. Breiwick says his love of music was enhanced by a middle school performance and wanted to provide the same opportunity to his students. “I want to show these kids how their music…
Nominate, delegate or simply embarrass your coworker, boss, birthday girl or anyone for that matter to be a Celebrity BLUtender! Have them jump behind the bar where Blu Manager Adam Jones will give them a 10-minute tutorial on bartending. Then watch as they display their skills and serve drinks for you and your friends for the next hour. The Celebrity BLUtender will receive a $25 bar tab for a future visit and a plaque to take home! Take advantage of Beat the Clock happy hour pricing on select drinks.
On December 7th, Jason Wilde of ESPN is the celebrity…
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 10 year anniversary Party of Blu. We hope you had as much fun as we had.
Experience live, acoutiscal music every Saturday from 8pm – Midnight beginning this weekend. Here is the schedule of artists.
Saturday, Oct 16 Ethan Keller
Saturday, Oct 23 Blonde on Blonde
Saturday, Oct 30 Colin O’Brien
Saturday, Nov 6 Litmus Vinyl
Saturday, Nov 13 Greg Flattery
Saturday, Nov 20 Ryan McIntyre
Saturday, Nov 27 Evan Christian
Saturday, Dec 4 Chris Demay
Saturday, Dec 11 The WhiskeyBells
Saturday, Dec 18 Kyle Feerik…
Peter Mortensen, the Chef Concierge of the Pfister Hotel is full of amazing recommendations. This week, Peter visits one of his favorite stops on Brady Street, Peter Sciortino’s Bakery.
The Pfister Recommends: Peter Sciortino’s Bakery from PfisterHotel on Vimeo…
Blu is celebrating a decade of Milwaukee’s best views and creative cocktails. Located on the 23rd floor of downtown Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel, the bar and lounge is commemorating its 10-year anniversary with a huge bash, new live music series, weekly drink specials and events and more.
From drink specials and live music, to raffle prizes, free appetizers, complimentary mini spa treatments and a midnight champagne toast, Blu’s official 10th anniversary party will start off the next decade with a bang. The party will be held on Sat., Oct. 9, 2010, from 4pm to bar close…
The East Town Association’s Jazz in the Park has come to an end for the season, but the music doesn’t have to stop.
Soothe those Jazz blues at Mason Street Grill, where the music is playing Tuesday through Saturday.
Jamie Briewick Group performs Tuesday & Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight.
Jamie is regarded as one of Wisconsin’s most in-demand and versatile jazz trumpet players. Jamie has shared the stage with many nationally recognized musicians including: Dan Nimmer, Joe Sanders, Willie Pickens…
Today’s the big day. It’s opening night of the Milwaukee Film festival and the Pfister is ready to walk the red carpet.
If we had to pick a recommendation of what to see this year at the festival, it would have to be Kings of Pastry, featuring our very own Pastry Chef, Kurt Fogle.
Want to learn more?
Here’s the film’s description and trailer.
Once every four years come the Olympics, the World Cup… and the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France. The what? The striped collar worn by The Best Craftsmen in France is more than the…
Peter Mortensen, the Chef Concierge of the Pfister Hotel is full of amazing recommendations. See what he has to say about our neighbor to the north, George Watts and Son and their second floor gem, Watts Tea Room.
The Pfister Recommends: George Watts & Son from PfisterHotel on Vimeo…
On Friday, September 3, Chef Robert Ash visited the team at 540 ESPN Milwaukee with some items from brunch menu at The Rouge in the Pfister Hotel. Here are some of the highlights from the day.
ESPN Milwaukee’s Free Food Friday with Chef Ash from PfisterHotel on Vimeo…
Stop by the Lobby Lounge and try the signature Pfister Bloody Mary. Valerie has been perfecting the recipe for nearly 35 years.
The Pfister Bloody Mary from PfisterHotel on Vimeo…
Chef Robert Ash will be doing two cooking segments tomorrow morning, September 4, 2010, on WISN-TV.
He’ll be demonstrating two Labor Day recipes that viewer can easily make at home.
Tune in around 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. to see Chef Robert Ash work some culinary magic and compose some phenomenal dishes…