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Local Kwik Trips Explore Delivery via Eatstreet

Not too long ago, I lived mere steps away from the Madison St. Kwik Trip. Those were the days; on a whim I could take the spare change from my couch cushions with me for a quick midnight trek and procure a half-dozen ...

Say Cheese for Cheesesteak

Chippewa Valley Cheesesteak rolls onto the food truck scene

Nothing says ‘Wisconsin’ quite like cheese, and nothing says ‘Food Truck Friday’ quite like the Chippewa Valley Cheesesteak, which will be grilling up good eats at Food Truck Friday with their ...

Northside Neighborhood Joint Gets New Owners

Lisa and Gary Gruen have been regulars at Hobbsy & Me neighborhood bar (3620 Locust Lane, Eau Claire) since they became of-age decades ago. In their late twenties, the couple moved into a house ...

The Great Chippewa Valley Beer Tour

one woman, two days, three cities, and eight local breweries

I can be one of those meme-worthy, wine-loving moms, but what I really enjoy after a long day is a nice cold beer. I am a Wisconsin girl, after all. It wasn’t until I met my husband that I was introduced to ...

Hops4Hockey Offers Local Beer to Support Local Hockey

If you’re on the lookout for a chance to get out, taste some good beer, and support local hockey teams, hop right on over to the Hops4Hockey annual beer festival on Sept. 21 at the Hobbs Municipal Ice Center ...

Full Speed Ahead

UW-Stout senior balances Leinenkugel’s internship, cross country training

The summer of 2019 has been anything but a time to relax for Mike Friedman, who will be a senior this fall at UW-Stout. Quite the opposite: He’s taken things up a notch or two. On weekday afternoons ...

Follow the Cheddar Brick Road

spots to visit on the great Southwestern Wisconsin Cheese Tour

Whether you’ve never visited a factory or your scrapbooks are weighed down with pictures of yourself in front of vats of curd, this unofficial trail of southwestern Wisconsin’s best factories and ...

DUMB CHEESE QUESTIONS

cheesemaker Steve Bechel gives smart answers to our dumb questions

Wisconsinites might be cheeseheads, but we’re not all cheesemeisters. When it comes to the real questions about our state snack, it might be best to call in an expert. Thankfully, no question was ...

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Features Southern BBQ

Brisket pork and chicken sandwiches, loaded mashed potatoes, Mac and Cheese, coleslaw, and potato salad. Are you hungry yet? No worries – Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is set to hit Food Truck Friday ...

A Second Helping of Sunyata

members of Eau Claire’s original food co-op plan reunion

Long before Just Local Food Cooperative, 1117 S. Farwell St., came on the Eau Claire scene, there was the Sunyata Whole Food Co-op and Bakery. “I guess you could say a bunch of hippies started it back in the ’70s,” said Paul Wagner, a retired UW-Eau Claire ..."

New Man Behind the Menu

Eric Mendoza takes the reins as new head chef at The Lakely

In early July, the wind blew Chef Nathan Berg along his way, and Chef Eric Mendoza into his spot as head chef at The Lakely, 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire. Mendoza comes to Eau Claire’s locally sourced downtown restaurant from California, where he headed up the kitchen ...

Life Support BBQ to Zap It up at Food Truck Friday

Don’t let it shock you: Life Support BBQ is zapping up good eats at Food Truck Friday this year, passing out pulled pork sliders, mac and cheese, their classic meat mac, pork belly burnt ends ...

Little Wissota Bakehouse Launches Sourdough-Based Biz

I grew up during the early Wonder Bread Years. It was the bread that “builds strong bodies 12 ways” by stripping all the nutrients out and then re-enriching the bread with additives. But I grew up in California ...

Dhimiters Gets Saucy at Food Truck Friday

Dhimiters gyros began with a trip Vangjel Kapbardhi took to Germany. Kapbardhi stopped at the kabab stands to grab a donër — which is essentially the same as a gyro, he said. Once home, Kapbardhi recreated the donër and, thus, Dhimiters gyros was born. In addition ...

Bloody Awesome

Elk Lake Tavern steps up Bloody Mary game

The competition for Best Bloody in the Chippewa Valley just got stiffer as underdog Elk Lake Tavern moved its way up the power rankings. Just a few miles straight west of Eau Claire at 10500 W. Cameron St., this ...

Keeping It Local

Menomonie Market Food Co-op awards grant to local farms for projects

The Menomonie Market Food Co-op recently awarded $3,000 to local farmers as a part of its Fund Our Foodshed grant. The grant offers small farms the opportunity to expand aspects of their businesses in ways they otherwise ...

Get Ready for Farm Technology Days

Eau Claire’s Huntsinger Farms will host huge statewide AG event next Summer

For those of us who live in cities – even here in the Chippewa Valley, where the natural world remains close at hand – it’s easy to forget the vital importance of agriculture. While the population of Eau Claire County is largely urban, agriculture remains big business ...