Issue #321 November 30, 2016

40 Years of Pancakes & Pie

Eau Claire’s Greg Kotecki has made a career at Perkins

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When Greg Kotecki started working as a busboy at Perkins Pancake House (it was called that at the time) in 1976, the restaurant had a credit card book where cashiers had to look up credit card numbers to make sure they were still active ...

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Issue #320 November 16, 2016

Yankee Pride

an old name in a new place, Yankee Jack’s Public House caters to many tastes

Brendon Paucek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The newest chapter of Eau Claire’s culinary revolution opened its doors Nov. 1. Yankee Jack’s Public House, owned and managed by Jack Schulte, has located to a freshly renovated venue ...

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Issue #320 November 16, 2016

Breaking Down the Old Fashioned

it’s one of the greatest cocktails in the world, and no one does it like we do in Wisconsin

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If there were a drink to define Wisconsin, it has to be the Brandy Old Fashioned. The simple, classic drink is easy to find around the country, but for some reason the Wisconsin variation takes a peculiar and unique turn towards complexity and sweetness.

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Issue #320 November 16, 2016

From Farm to Glass

the freshest ingredients make the freshest cocktails

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

'A bar shouldn’t be considered any different from a kitchen,” Megan Arts – the manager at Dive and The Informalist – told me. “You have a series of ingredients and it’s how you use them to create the drinks.”

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Issue #320 November 16, 2016

Your Top 3 Favorite Local Libations

the brand new ‘best cocktail’ category in Volume One's annual reader poll yielded some crafty results

Natalie Rosenkranz

Infinity Beverages recently moved from Banbury Place to 3460 Mall Drive, and like their new space, their passion for good drinks and cozy vibes stretches to infinity and beyond. Summer Heat is no exception ...

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

Holiday Food Prep 101

five key tips on safely preparing your big meal

Iris Lang

The holiday season is right around the corner and you know what that means – delicious home cooked meals! In Eau Claire County alone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 17,000 residents ...

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

Roll With Rudolph

sick of just having santa at the party? then rent a reindeer.

Tom Giffey

From greeting cards to TV shows – not to mention parades, parties, and shopping malls – Santa Claus is an ubiquitous sight this time of year. So ubiquitous, in fact, that – and we say this realizing it could ...

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

Catering to Your Needs

when a party gets big, it’s time to call a professional

Tom Giffey

So you decided to throw a holiday party – a BIG one. This year, you’re inviting all your friends/relatives/customers/clients/random strangers to eat/drink/be merry in the celebration of the holiday of your choice ...

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

Mr. Smith's Supper Club

Smith’s Country Inn owner to retire after 38 years

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Mark Smith, the owner of Smith’s Country Inn, a supper club on the edge of Eau Claire on Highway 37, is ready to retire after running the popular local establishment since 1978 – and now he’s looking for a new owner to take over the reins ...

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

Food for Change

Market Food Co-op to screen documentary

Laura Lash, photos by Timothy Mather

In celebration of National Food Co-op Month, Menomonie Market Food Co-op is hosting a screening of Food for Change, a documentary detailing food co-ops as both a political and economic movement across the country ...

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Issue #318 October 19, 2016

The Lakely: A Taste of the Upper Midwest

new eatery pushes the creative culinary boundaries of regional Wisco classics

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

On a recent Saturday night, the first night of live music at The Lakely, who should pop in to spin some old country records and jam with friends on his OP-1 synthesizer but musician Justin Vernon ...

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Issue #318 October 19, 2016

Brewing Up Oktoberfest

an overview of our locally made Oktoberfest beers

by Amanda Foxcroft, photos by Andrea Paulseth

October is the best. The intense heat and packed schedule of the summer finally gives way to cooler days, beautiful fall foliage, and a more relaxed routine. It’s historically been a time for harvest festivals around the world, and one doesn’t ...

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Issue #318 October 19, 2016

Coffee on Draft

new N7 Café offers nitro coffee on wheels

Natalie Rosenkranz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Attention all caffeine fiends of the Chippewa Valley: Eau Claire has another coffee outlet wheeling its way into town, and I’m not just waxing lyrical about it. That’s right: N7 Café is a mobile café that offers cold brew coffee as well as nitro coffee on draft ...

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