A hotel scavenger hunt
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A hotel scavenger hunt

Every year, Karen Parr and a friend take their now 12-year-old daughters to spend an afternoon at the Pfister’s Lobby Bar for a splash of holiday cheer. The foursome have done this for four or five years in a row and have documented the annual event with photos, including some with the iconic Pfister lion […]

A fireside chat with an unconventional foodie
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A fireside chat with an unconventional foodie

Today was the first snow fall in Milwaukee, 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 farmer’s […]

Do opposites attract?
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Do opposites attract?

Years ago, 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,” she says. “Let’s just say I had some bad habits back then,” says Rick. “I liked to party. Listened to a lot of […]

Chef knows
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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 […]