Opening Shot | Sept. 20, 2017

Thu. Sep. 21st, 2017  |  photos by Andrea Paulseth

The first-ever Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week (which runs through Sept. 24) kicked off Sept. 14 with the First Taste Culinary Crawl – an event sprawling across the top floor of Banbury Place’s Building 13. Ten of Restaurant Week’s nearly 40 eateries offered special menu samples to attendees who could roam the halls and shops.

Real Food, Real Friends

Elk Mound bistro entices, with pizza, sweets, drinks

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017  |  by Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As a young and exhausted teacher, there are very few things that can convince me to stay up late on a school night. But pumpkin swirl cheesecake and good conversation will do the trick, both of which were delightfully ...

The Right Bites

couple’s hand-made cheesecake delights eaters across Midwest

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017  |  Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘I’m up to my elbows in cheesecake batter,” George tells me, and a smile stretches across my face. Something about spending a Monday morning covered in cheesecake batter sounds absolutely glorious. For George Weimer, it’s how he spends a lot of his mornings at Dairyland Bakery in Menomonie ...

Farewell to Swing Sets

childhood gear carries memories of days gone by

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017  |  Caroline Akervik

Frida Kahlo once said “Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” I would like to claim that I was enjoying a mindful moment of reflection ...

8 Tips for School-Year Meal Planning

prep early in the week to help your family eat healthier and more efficiently

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017  |  Olivia Lockwood

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. As a working mom, I could not agree with that statement more. Since the birth of our daughter just over a year ago I have been meal planning my butt off and I ...

Orange, Black, & Teal

specially painted pumpkins make Halloween less scary for kids with food allergies

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017  |  Susan Krahn

Halloween can be a scary time for the millions of families across the country managing food allergies. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening conditions and are a growing public health issue ...

Who Will Be My Friend?

that’s the question asked (and answered) in a retired teacher’s colorful tale

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017  |  Cassandra Kyser, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Chippewa Valley’s youngest readers have a new book to enjoy at story time. Colfax author Jeanne Styczinski has published her third book, Who Will Be My Friend?

A New District

downtown Eau Claire pub features tasty menu, mega drinks

Tue. Sep. 19th, 2017  |  by Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As we age, our ability to adapt to changes around us gets worse. Or we become apprehensive or perhaps completely cynical. But let me tell you, there’s a change coming your way that you won’t need to get up in arms about – a new place to fill your belly in downtown Eau Claire ...

A First Taste of Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week

Mon. Sep. 18th, 2017

Learn more about Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week 2017 (now thru Sept. 24) and take a peek at last week's First Taste Culinary Crawl kickoff event at Banbury Place in Eau Claire (Sept. 14) ...

WATCH: Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex Fly-throughs

Mon. Sep. 11th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

Today the designers of the forthcoming Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex (Ayres Associates) released a pair of fly-through concept videos showing their vision for the the new facilities. The Sonnentag project is the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's huge new events center – to be built along the Chippewa River on Eau Claire's Menomonie Street ...

Forward Passed: How Dorais Field Got Its Name

more than a century ago, Gus Dorais – a future Notre Dame star and NFL coach – got his first taste of football stardom in Chippewa Falls

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017  |  Joe Niese

Over the last four decades thousands of football players have played at Dorais Field in Chippewa Falls. So, who exactly was Gus Dorais? In short, he was one of the most important figures of football in the first half of the 1900s ...

Could They Go All the Way?

Packers, Badgers poised for big successes … if they can play defense

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017  |  Luc Anthony

One could make the case that the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers are on the cusp of historic football seasons. With a roster full of receiving talent and a future Hall Of Famer to throw the ball to said talent ...

Sod Goals

just one more reason autumn makes me happy

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I spent seven summers working for a local landscape and excavation company. They start you out laying sod. My first day on the job, I walked up to my boss – standing there in his work boots ...

Pop the Cork!

Arc fundraiser features art, beverages, and music

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017  |  Haley Wright

Want to enjoy local art and locally-made beverages? The Third Annual Corks, Canvas, & Brews fundraising event for the Arc of Dunn County will be Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 5-7pm at Lucette Brewing Company, in Menomonie ...