• Unusual collection makes fine recipe for life satisfaction

    Unusual collection makes fine recipe for life satisfaction

    When Shari and Al asked Pfister executive chef Brian Frakes to sign a toque (chef’s hat), he was honored. “I was truly honored and requested to be displayed between (celebrated Chicago-based chef) Charlie Trotter and Julia Childs, both heroes in the business,” says Frakes. Shari and Al obliged Fra...

  • Pfister familiar faces

    Pfister familiar faces

    As the Pfister Narrator, I've had the chance to meet people from all over the world including Cambodia, Germany and California. One of my favorite things to do is watch guests from afar and wonder where they are from and why they are at the Pfister before I approach them. (I try not to be too creepy gawky. I ...

  • Luckily, he has a sense of humor

    Luckily, he has a sense of humor

    When I found out that Brian was staying at the Pfister on business from Nashville – a place I’ve never been but have on my Bucket List – I was full of questions. Unfortunately, the majority of them were, accidentally, stereotypes. Whoops. I start by asking him if he likes music. I mean, EVERYONE...

  • Blu on blue

    Blu on blue

    I never knew much about Denim Day until this year when I interviewed a woman for OnMilwaukee.com named Dawn Helmrich, a sexual abuse survivor who is responsible for launching Denim Day in Milwaukee. Denim Day was started after a woman in Italy was raped by her driving instructor. The man was originally con...

  • So many strings attached: chatting with violinists

    So many strings attached: chatting with violinists

    The first time Pat stepped foot in the Pfister Hotel was in 1968, and she was immediately smitten. She came to Milwaukee from Cleveland to audition to be a violinist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the auditions took place in the space which is now Blu on the top floor of the hotel. There we...

  • Forever a Pfister family

    Forever a Pfister family

    I have one month left as the Pfister Narrator, and so, I am enjoying the final days, looking ahead to my future endeavors and reflecting on the beauty of what’s passed. One of my favorite aspects of this year is how deeply and richly my family was touched by the Pfister Hotel. My partner, Royal, spent al...

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