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 opened back in 1893. The Pfister Hotel leads the way in hospitality, and our gracious staff treats your furry friend like a welcomed guest. Animals are invited to stay for a weekend getaway or extended vacation. Our pet friendly accommodations include superior service, breathtaking architecture and modern amenities. The Pfister Hotel will also make a monetary donation to the Elmbrook Humane Society with every reservation.

Every pet also receives a complimentary Welcome Tail Wagon gift basket. Some of the enclosed items include: a plush pillow, treats, toys and maps to local parks. We know animals are members of the family; that’s why we want you to bring them with when you stay with us.

Ask Ash: Pfister House made Yogurt Recipe

Whether you want to learn how to perfect a particular cooking technique, learn how to use a certain ingredient or have a dish related question, Chef Robert Ash has the answers for you.

The Pfister’s yogurt is a breakfast favorite of mine. Could you tell me how I can create that same recipe at home?

Thank you for your question. I’ve enclosed the recipe which we also enhance by adding a little vanilla. I hope you enjoy it!

Pfister House made Yogurt Recipe
4 cups of fresh, organic 2% milk
1/3 cup of powdered milk
1/2 cup organic yogurt (this will be your starter)

Directions

Slowly heat the milk on the stove over low-medium heat.
At this point you can choose to add powdered milk. Powdered milk creates thicker yogurt that takes less time to ferment. It’s optional if you are using whole milk or two percent. Some skim and one percent milk include added milk proteins which make the product taste less watery and will behave the same way as if you added powdered milk.
For your first batch we are going to go with two-percent milk plus 1/3 cup of powdered milk.
The most tedious thing about making yogurt is watching the milk get hot. You need it to hit 170 degrees, but not have it boil. So you want to pay attention to the pot and have a thermometer at hand. Once you’ve hit the target temperature, remove from heat and then wait for the milk to cool. Unless you put the pot in the refrigerator it will take some time to cool to 108-112 degrees.
If you are using existing yogurt as a starter, have it handy in a cup. When the milk is cooled to the proper temperature, mix a small amount it in with the yogurt. This will break up the yogurt and makes blending it with the rest of the milk easier. Once you add the starter, the milk can be placed in the pre-heated yogurt maker for four to eight hours. Refrigerate before serving. Makes one quart.

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Ask Ash: How do you eat a pomegranate?

Whether you want to learn how to perfect a particular cooking technique, learn how to use a certain ingredient or have a dish related question, Chef Robert Ash has the answers for you.

How do you eat a pomegranate?

They look unusual, but they’re very easy to eat. Here are some simple ways to slice up and enjoy the fruit.

You can peel the rind off, like you would an apple, and then eat it. Cut the fruit in slices, and use a spoon to scoop the pieces out.
You can take all of the red seeds out, place them in a bowl, and enjoy them. The seeds can also be used to garnish salads, side and main dishes. The white seeds inside of the red ones can also be consumed.To loosen the seeds, you want to take the palm of your hand and roll the fruit on a solid surface for a few minutes. Cut the pomegranate in half. Pick up one half and with a large wooden kitchen spoon, tap the back of the fruit so the seeds slide right out. You can catch them in your hand or collect them in a bowl. Watch what you’re wearing, the fruit is juicy and can splash you. Have an apron on or towel handy to clean up up any extra juice.
The only part of a pomegranate that can’t be eaten is the red skin covering the outside, and the thin white layer of skin beneath the fruit. Otherwise there is plenty there that you’ll learn to love.

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Ask Ash: What is blanching?

Whether you want to learn how to perfect a particular cooking technique, store learn how to use a certain ingredient or have a dish related question, Chef Robert Ash has the answers for you.

What is blanching?

Blanching is a cooking term that means to quickly cook the outside of usually a fruit or vegetable. You plunge the food into boiling water for a brief time of usually 3-4 minutes. You then quickly remove the produce and place into into ice water to immediately stop the cooking process. You can then either freeze the item or start cooking it. Blanching food softens it by either partly or fully cooking. Blanching can also be done to remove a strong taste like in onions.

When nuts like pistachios or almonds are blanched, sickness the skin of the nut is softened, making it easier to remove.

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Ask Ash: What is the best way to marinate a steak?

Whether you want to learn how to perfect a particular cooking technique, learn how to use a certain ingredient or have a dish related question, Chef Robert Ash has the answers for you.

What is the best way to marinate a steak, chicken and what type of marinade works best?

I think for steak an acidic marinade works the best. I suggest, placing olive oil, a little garlic, and a splash of cranberry in a large mixing bowl. Place the steak in the bowl and make sure you’re covering the meat with the marinade. You want to set the steak in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before you start cooking. You could leave it to set overnight, but really a window from 30 minutes to 2 hours will give you sufficient flavoring.

For chicken, again olive oil, garlic, and splash of lime juice in a large mixing bowl. Cover the meat with the marinade and let it set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. After that time, you can start cooking.

The marinade you select really depends on your taste. One isn’t going to be necessarily better than another.

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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 charged. It’s a great place to get some work done, afternoon meetings, or host a mid-day gathering.

The Cafe is open until 8pm, daily.

Cafe at the Pfister

Ask Ash: How can I make a thin, crispy pizza dough?

Whether you want to learn how to perfect a particular cooking technique, learn how to use a certain ingredient or have a dish related question, Chef Robert Ash has the answers for you.

How can I make a thin, crispy pizza dough? Is there a secret?

The secret to a thin crust is in the baking process. You first want to make sure you’re cooking your dough inside an oven that’s hot. Restaurants cook their pizza crust sometimes as high as 750 to 800 degrees. Set your oven at broil.

The real trick I rely on, is something unusual, I bake my pizzas on a slate tile. You can find the tiles at home improvement stores and they are usually inexpensive. After your pizza is prepared, you place it on the slate and then into your hot oven. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, then it should be ready. A sign that your pizza crust is complete, the edges will be slightly brown.

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The Pfister Hotel Ranks Among Top 1% of Hotels in the World

Expedia® has named The Pfister Hotel among the top-ranked hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list. The Insiders’ Select list formally recognizes individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value. The full list represents only 500 of Expedia’s top-ranked hotels selected from the more than 130,000 properties offered by Expedia®, placing The Pfister among the top one percent.

“Delivering our guests superior service is a top priority at The Pfister,” said Joe Kurth, general manager. “We are pleased that our efforts have been acknowledged by Expedia travelers and we look forward to extending our high level of service to even more guests.”

The Pfister continuously works to improve upon its guest experience with unique initiatives such as its Artist in Residence program, which features a working artist studio inside the hotel. Its expansive collection of Victorian art is another distinctive element that helps elevate the guest experience.

The 2011 Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list is compiled based on the more than 500,000 annual Guest Reviews collected by Expedia, combined with a value rating and the local market expertise of more than 500 Expedia employees in local markets worldwide, resulting in an easy-to-browse list that provides travelers with a powerful way to find the perfect hotel using the trusted insight of other travelers like them.

The Pfister Hotel has received AAA Four Diamond status for 35 consecutive years and is one of Wisconsin’s six lodging properties that received AAA’s highest Diamond Award ratings for 2011. Additionally, it is one of only 14 hotels in the nation that has received this designation since the inception of the award program in 1977. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. More information and updates on the hotel can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thePfisterHotel and on Twitter @PfisterHotel.

Capture and Share your Pfister Memories

Capturing special moments and sharing them with family and friends has never been so simple. Let us take the moments you’ve captured and turn them into treasured memories.

  1. Check out one of The Pfister’s digital cameras at the front desk
  2. Take photos of your time in Milwaukee and at The Pfister
  3. Turn in the camera before you depart
  4. A Pfister associate will use your top 10 photos to create a personalized photo website, available to you the very next day
  5. Share with family and friends via email, Facebook, Twitter and more

If you prefer to use your own camera to take your photos, you can email your top 10 photos to us at pfisterphotos@thepfisterhotel.com or allow a Pfister associate to download the pictures directly from your camera during your stay.

Your personalized photo website is a simple and creative way to share the memories you make with us, so be sure to take advantage of this complimentary service.

Visit the front desk fro details.

Gallery Night with Shelby Keefe [VIDEO]

Shelby Keefe put on quite the show on Gallery Night on Friday, here April 15 at the Pfister Hotel.

With a great display of a few of her current pieces and a live performance of a completed piece in 20 minutes on her first Gallery Night, buy viagra we are in for a treat this year with Shelby Keefe as our current Artist-in-Residence.

Listen in to hear about her approach and the culmination of her first Gallery Night as the new Artist-in-residence.