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Restaurant Week - Chippewa Valley Essential Drink Checklist

The Chippewa Valley is becoming increasingly known for its breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Be sure to plan a stop during Restaurant Week to check out the following picks for the perfect cocktail, beer, or glass of wine ...

Restaurant Week - Local Restaurant Trivia Night

Put your townie knowledge to the test and win $200 in gift cards

Two-hundred bucks worth of gift certificates to local restaurants are on the line, and only the smartest teams – with the most knowledge of Chippewa Valley food from the present and past – have a shot at them.

Restaurant Week - Leinenkugel Beer Dinner

Your favorite Leinie’s paired with a 5-course meal

Dick, John, and Katie Leinenkugel will host this evening of fine dining and drinking Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Leinie Lodge in Chippewa Falls.

Restaurant Week - “Mangiare E Bere Italiano” Eat and Drink Italy

a very special one-of-a-kind culinary experience from CVTC

Thursday, Sept. 26, culinary management students will provide an authentic Italian dining experience at 620 West, the fully functional demonstration kitchen and dining room at the technical college.

Restaurant Week Event: Fabulous Fall Colors & Food Tour

Explore area farms first hand & enjoy a countryside lunch

This four-stop, easygoing tour of the Chippewa Falls area will take participants on a relaxing bus ride through the countryside amid a rainbow of autumn foliage.

Restaurant Week - First Taste Culinary Crawl 2019

the exclusive & tasty kick-off party of Restaurant Week

The exclusive kick-off to Chippewa Valley Restaurant, featuring a dozen local restaurants, a cash bar of featured beers and wines, music, and more at River Prairie in Altoona.

Restaurant Week - Eat Local, Win a Trip to Las Vegas

Fill your Passport at 10 restaurants in 60 days to qualify for big prizes

How do you enter to win? Simply stop in to eat at any of the nearly 50 participating restaurants during Restaurant Week (listed in the back of this guide) and pick up your passport, which you can only get during Restaurant Week.

Restaurant Week - Celebrating & Building Our Restaurant Scene

You can be a part of the return of Restaurant Week, featuring nearly 50 restaurants, Sept. 20-29

Nearly 50 visionary restaurants in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls have signed on for the third year of Restaurant Week, offering special menus and deals with the hopes that you’ll come out to support their endeavors and celebrate their hard-working staffs.

UW-Stout Launches Esports Program

Building a competitive intercollegiate program from scratch is no small feat, but that is just what Andrew Cleveland and Matthew Gunderson are doing at UW-Stout. Cleveland, the assistant director of ...

Menomonie Bookstore Keep Indie Bookselling Alive

In the past decades, independent bookstores around the United States have battled against corporate giants like Amazon, who offer good reads for low prices, and many have lost. However, independent bookstores ...

Menomonie Community Gardens Offer Food to Green Thumbs

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, a stroll through the Menomonie Community Gardens can be a beautiful thing. Anyone can stop by and enjoy the sight of growing things, or reserve their own spot to get ...

Wakanda Water Park Hosts Annual Dog Swim

For the 10th summer in a row, dogs are invited to close out the swimming season at the Wakanda Water Park in Menomonie. About 80 to 100 dogs and their humans are expected to turn out for the event ...

Phelan Park Makes for Great Skateboard Adventures

They say life is no walk in the park, but at Phelan Park, you can do just that – or you can take a roll in the park with the Menomonie Skate Park for local ‘boarders. It’s one of the few entirely concrete ...

Farmers Market-Goers Enjoy Barking Dog Bakery Treats

A yellow lab named Gypsy inspired the name for Richard Thomas’ most recent endeavor, Barking Dog Bakery, a popular outfit at the Menomonie Farmer’s Market. Thomas said Gypsy liked to have ...

Music in Menomonie: A Closer Look

Menomonie was built in an interesting spot in western Wisconsin. It’s less than a half hour from Eau Claire and an hour from Minneapolis. Among other things, this means locals have always had the option ...

Dirt Track Destination

Red Cedar Speedway is home to generations of racers and their fans

Full disclosure: On a Thursday night, I drove to the races at Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie in a 2014 Kia Forte. It’s comfortable, gets good gas mileage, and has a touch screen with a map. I like ...

Hiding in the Woods

What’s out there waiting for us?

There are a good many things hidden out in the woods of Wiscosnin. Old things. The things we’ve forgotten. The things we’ve stopped caring about. But new things, too. The things we keep private ...

Talking Smack With Facts

sports evolve over time, maybe team records should too

Talking sports smack is not always an equal proposition. Consider the plight of yours truly, a Vikings fan and Wisconsin native: any attempt to highlight why the Vikes may be, in some way, superior to the Packers can immediately be met with this stat: thirteen championships to zero ...

A Community Like No Other

Eau Claire soccer enthusiasts are welcoming to residents and transplants alike

In mid-January, I officially became a resident of Eau Claire. For the first time in 25 years, my whole life to date, I left Milwaukee. It was time for a change ...

Wisconsin Game Fest Rolls Into State Fairgrounds

More than 100 hunting, fishing, and recreational displays and exhibits will crowd the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls on Sept. 7-8 at the Wisconsin Game Fest. ...

There’s so much art! Just follow the Yellowstone Trail!

Vallians and visitors alike will weave their way around Lake Wissota and east past Cadott, taking in the autumn scenery on their way to 10 locations on the annual Yellowstone Art Trail. With 10 artist stops featuring ...

Putting the Fun in Fundraiser

Festival in the Pines offers activities for everyone

The 37th annual Festival in the Pines will take place in Carson Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25. The festival is back for another year of food, and fun, including craft booths featuring unique handmade items ...

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 ...

Memorial Grad Brings Conversation-Starting Play Back Home

An Eau Claire native is bringing his passion project back to the Chippewa Valley for a series of religiously challenging performances. Daniel Floren graduated from Eau Claire Memorial high school ...

Gallery Show Explores Natural Beauty of Stones

Alicia Hash has been hooked on rocks since she was a kid. It’s in part because of her father, who she refers to as a “rock hound.” He taught her how to see the beauty in stones, which have become the inspiration ...

5 Famous Blugolds

No, for the last time, the super-enthusiastic white-haired guy in the old Menards TV spots wasn’t John Menard ...

On the Cover | Aug. 21, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Grace Pedersen

“This piece was made to reflect the nostalgia of growing up in rural Wisconsin. The character in this piece is inspired by my husband, who was the little boy that spent his long summer days out in the woods chasing squirrels and building forts ..."

Opening Shot | Aug. 21, 2019

THE LOOK THAT SAYS “BLUEGRASS.” The WHYS Radio Bluegrass Festival returned to Lake Altoona County Park on Saturday, August 17, featuring the Seeger Boys (pictured), Olive Sings, The Lowest Pair, the Root Tappers, Noah John, Woodland Spring, and the No Man’s String Band.

Die Happy

Them Coulee Boys level up big time for new record

There’s a proverbial sea of so-called bluegrass music out there in the world that all, for better or worse, sounds exactly the same. I get it, there’s subtleties to the formula, niches yet to be explored, and ...

Help With Healing

musicians and friends band together for benefit concert

The Chippewa Valley’s musical community will come together Sept. 6 to launch a three-day benefit event to support Duane (Danno) Kebschull, founder of DMi Sound, member of the Chippewa Valley Blues ...

Construction Completion

campus projects at UWEC, UW-Stout wrap up as students return

Summertime means construction time for many a college campus while students are (mostly) away. Here’s an inside look at new campus construction projects at ...

Summertime Souvenirs

the gold we find on summer vacation

We went searching for gold, and we came home with a rock. It was the classic Wisconsin family road trip – the longest that my family would ever take – to the Badlands of South Dakota. With my parents in the front, my two brothers ...

A Helping Hand

the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library's new social worker is ready to serve

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire is one of only 40 public libraries in the country that has a certified social worker on staff. Libby Richter, a graduate of the Social Work program at ...