Pfister Hotel

9 o'clock on a Saturday

While the evening was waning for most of Gallery Night attendees in the Third Ward — and elsewhere around the city — in the main ballroom off the Pfister lobby, Rouge, the party was just beginning.  In the center of the room, quite literally taking main stage, was a set-up ready…

30 Jul 11:20 PM 1 Read More...

Games People Play

There’s a clattering sound that breaks into the still, Sunday afternoon quiet of the lobby lounge.  It’s startling, but muted enough that nobody else turns to look.  When I do look, I see wooden blocks, scattered over the top of one of the lobby tables, as three young…

29 Jul 5:44 PM 0 Read More...

Things That Make You Go "Mmmm!"

I’m standing with one of the bellmen at the main entrance when a hotel events coordinator approaches to let the young man know about an important arrival: 30 boxes of cookies that will need to go immediately into a refrigerator, so she needs to be notified as soon as…

23 Jul 9:32 PM 2 Read More...

Making Music

A couple recently told me that playing cribbage was part of their secret to a long, happy marriage.

After being married for thirty years, “there are only so many TV shows you can share,” said Tim and B.C. as we sat with crisp, cool drinks in hand, waiting out…

11 Jul 10:27 PM 0 Read More...

Coming Together

Floating around the room, dressed in white linen, her red curls a striking contrast to the layers of turquoise, jade and green crystal beads that encircle her neck and dangle from her ears.  She slices pieces from two birthday cakes, after being serenaded by a gallery full of friends, new…

08 Jul 7:39 PM 3 Read More...

Summer in the City. . . of Festivals

It’s summer in Milwaukee.  Finally.  We know the calendar has said it’s summer for some time now, but the weather simply hasn’t cooperated, as evidenced by the city’s wavering between the wet, cold of March and the hottest, most humid dog days of August.  Not only…

02 Jul 8:09 PM 2 Read More...

A World Away (or, just down the hall)

While the lobby bar hosts an array of Monday night businessmen having a casual beer and some mixed nuts with colleagues, buoyed by a soundtrack of classical and jazz piano tunes, just down the hall and through a set of doors is the entrance to the Mason Street Grill. It…

30 Jun 10:05 PM 1 Read More...

Fireworks in Blu

Enjoy the view in Blu during the city’s fireworks display on July 3rd.

Our personal favorite, Jenny Thiel will be providing live entertainment during the night.

Blu will be offering 3 packaged deals for the Fourth of July to ensure you have front row seats for the show.

Package…

23 Jun 10:06 PM 0 Read More...

Lost and Found

“Hey! Keyser Soze!”

The guest at the other end of the bar shouts towards me.  He’s referencing a conversation the entire bar was having earlier that led into someone trying to describe Gabriel Byrne, and ultimately referenced the film, The Usual Suspects.  I’m a huge fan of Kevin…

23 Jun 5:13 PM 2 Read More...

Shelby's First Painting as Artist in Residence

We’re honored to have such talent within our midst. Shelby is not only a very talented painter but she’s also pretty quick at it, too.

So we asked Shelby if we could set up a camera in her studio to capture one of her pieces from start to…

21 Jun 3:08 PM 0 Read More...

Little Things

From the brass knocker that indicates a guest’s room number to the matching brass plate on the electronics charging box inside; from the intricate patterns of the stair railings to the wallpaper stripes; from the ever-changing flowers in the front hall to the roses on the carpet – the…

18 Jun 2:54 AM 2 Read More...

The Pfister Recommends: Lakefront Brewery

In 1987, the Klisch brothers rolled out their first barrel of beer and in the process Lakefront Brewery was born. Lakefront currently brews a specialty amber for Mason Street Grill and who better to lead us on a tour of the  Milwaukee beer making institution than the Pfister’s Chef…

18 Jun 1:45 AM 1 Read More...

Cooking with Chef Ash: Vanilla Creme Brulee

This recipe will surprise you! It’s incredibly delicious, but it’s also very easy to make. With a few simple ingredients you’ll be able to create this creamy, rich custard base coated with a decadent caramelized layer in minimal time. This is a one recipe you’ll turn…

17 Jun 7:29 PM 0 Read More...

Beethoven Meets Gershwin Meets Albrechtson

Dan Albrechtson is slight of stature, stooped as though permanently shaped to sit on a bench and let his shoulders lead dancing fingers across a black and white striped musical floor.  A retired math and computer teacher, his spectacles echo the days of computer programming gone by: large, square rims…

12 Jun 12:28 AM 1 Read More...

Piano for Three: Sunday Snapshots

Where: Parking garage
When: 7:30pm
What: Power-washing of the parking ramps. Motors running, water streaming, hoses draped across the cement. Cars with license plates from Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee all sport bike racks. Perhaps for people taking part in the UPAF Ride for the Arts which went on…

07 Jun 5:03 AM 1 Read More...

Grand Cafe Mornings

He sits by the window, the only person wearing a t-shirt amidst suit jackets, colorful ties, and stylish vacationers.  Looking around, he says “I like the way it feels in here. It’s nice, but casual.” He glances up, gesturing to the red, brown & cream striped awning where…

03 Jun 4:57 PM 0 Read More...

Tuna Salad Relleno with Chef Robert Ash

This isn’t your typical tuna salad. It’s a unique blend of tuna, onion, olive oil, watercress pesto and red pepper.
The creative and healthy combination is perfect as a light snack, but could also be served as a satisfying meal. The colorful watercress pesto adds the finishing flavors…

02 Jun 11:50 PM 0 Read More...

Pool With a View

“It’s a marvelous night for a moondance,” croons Marcell Guyton, guest musician at the Blu.  This sweet Van Morrison melody happens to be one of my favorites.  Despite the fact that the moon isn’t out tonight, it is, indeed a marvelous night.  The sky is clear, the lights…

28 May 10:57 PM 4 Read More...

Safe and Sound

I can’t see Beth and she can’t see me.  Even if we weren’t talking on the phone, she still wouldn’t be able to see me.  Blind since 1985 when she was only 26 years old, Beth Finke is a mother, NPR commentator, and author of two…

25 May 2:51 PM 3 Read More...

The Pfister Hotel is Going Dog-Friendly!

You don’t have to leave your four-legged family friend behind when you make your travel plans. Your pets are welcome when you stay at Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel.

The prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Award winning hotel has welcomed dogs into its doors since the luxurious hotel first…

24 May 2:20 PM 0 Read More...

Rick Week

A blond, a brunette, and a redhead sit at the bar.  But this isn’t a joke.  They’re lifelong Rick Springfield fans, in town for his shows at the Northern Lights Theater.

“It’s not just a show,” says Jeanne, the most outgoing of the trio, “It’s also…

21 May 8:49 PM 4 Read More...

Business Casual

Two men casually sit in the lobby lounge, amidst a loud, chattering crowd of entrepreneurial salesmen and women converging for an annual gala.  They sit in facing chairs with an immense, dark walnut coffee table between them, each mirroring the other’s physicality and body position.  Perhaps it’s their…

18 May 2:19 PM 0 Read More...

It Really Is a Small World After All

The lobby is packed with people. It’s prom season and dozens of couples have appeared to pose for photos together, even though the dance is being held elsewhere. Their dresses are brightly colored: sunny yellows, crisp greens, rich pinks and deep purples – embellished with crystalline drops or lacy embroidery…

14 May 1:21 PM 2 Read More...

May I Suggest…

The art of the recommendation. It’s a skill born of the preternatural ability to read people and an intimate knowledge of available options. It’s why you go to your local bookstore or record store: the clerks who enthusiastically love what they stock and sell are guaranteed to connect…

12 May 2:59 AM 1 Read More...

Welcome to Starbucks at the Pfister [VIDEO]

The historic Pfister Hotel has transformed a portion of the entrance area of Café at The Pfister with a barista counter offering gourmet coffee, fresh baked pastries and other items. The Cafe Pfister now includes an area with casual seating, free WiFi and plenty of outlets to keep your devices…

11 May 2:42 PM 0 Read More...
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