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Touring Wisconsin Food

Month: February 2016

Dunn and Eau Claire County Edibles

This week’s Wisconsin county culinary tour visits Dunn and Eau Claire Counties.  Interesting not only are they next to each our alphabetically but they are also next door neighbors.

Dunn County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dunn County by David Benbennick

Dunn County is 852 square miles and is home to about 44,000 people.  County seat is Menomonie.  Some of the villages in Dunn County include:

  • Boyceville
  • Colfax
  • Downing
  • Elk Mound
  • Knapp
  • Ridgeland
  • Wheeler

The University of Wisconsin – Stout campus is located in Menomonie with many outstanding career focused majors.  The Chippewa River is an excellent recreational resource and flows through the south east corner of the county.  The Red Cedar River and state trail run north and south through much of the county.  The county is blessed with a number of state hunting and fishing grounds that attract visitors and fans.

Edible Antics recommendations located in Dunn County include:

  • The Grain Bin market and bakery near Boyceville stocks bulk supplys of grains and baking supplies and also has fresh baked goods to take home
  • Sailer’s Cut Rite meats in Menomonie for local meats
  • Jake’s Supper Club on Tainter Lake five miles north of Menomonie features three outdoor decks overlooking the lake, live music on weekends and 20 beers on tap.
  • Zanzibar restaurant and pub in historic downtown Menomonie
  • The Waterfront restaurant on Lake Menomonie offers outdoor seating in the summer with great views of the lake
  • Lucette Brewing company is a small batch craft brewer with interesting brews
  • Legacy Chocolates in Menomonie for expresso and hand dipped chocolate truffles

Eau Claire County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Eau Claire County by David Benbennick

About 99,000 people live in the 637 square miles that is Eau Claire County.  The County seat is in Eau Claire.  Other cities in the county include Altoona and Augusta.  Villages include Fairchild and Fall Creek.  The Eau Claire River merges into the Chippewa River in the city of Eau Claire.  The city is home to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire campus, the Chippewa Valley Museum and the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp.  .  The county straddles an area where the agricultural lands of southern Wisconsin transition into the forested north woods of Wisconsin.

Edible Antics recommendations in Eau Claire County include:

  • Randy’s Family Restaurant
  • Mona Lisa’s in historic downtown Eau Claire
  • Grizzly’s Grill wood fired oven treats
  • Eau Claire Firehouse in an updated firehouse with good beer selections
  • Bijou Bistro with an interesting menu
  • Silver Spring Foods provide condiments derived from horseradish roots.
  • Otter Creek Inn bed and breakfast in Eau Claire.  Here is their recipe for Easy Blonde Brownies from the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast cookbook:

Easy Blonde Brownies (makes 12 servings)


  • 2/3 cup margarine
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9X12 inch baking dish.  Melt the margarine in a saucepan over low heat.  Add the brown sugar and stir until melted.  Beat in the eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt.  Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and top with chocolate chips.  Bake for 25 minutes.

Blonde Brownies are said to have been invented before traditional brownies.   January 22 is National Blonde Brownie Day.

Join us next week as we hunt down more edible antics in Florence and Fond du Lac Counties searching for stuff that is Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.


Wisconsins Door and Douglas Counties Edibles

This week we continue our culinary tour of Wisconsin counties with visits to Door County and Douglas County.

Door County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Door County by David Benbennick

Door County is home to about 28,000 Wisconsin residents and covers 483 square miles. The County seat is in Sturgeon Bay.  Other villages include:

  • Egg Harbor
  • Ephraim
  • Forestville
  • Sister Bay
  • Bailey’s Harbor
  • Ellison Bay

The county has 298 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan and Green Bay and is often called the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.”  The county is a very popular summer vacation destination with the population swelling to about 250,000 in summer with tourist visitors from Illinois, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison and Minneapolis. There are five state parks in the county; Peninsula, Newport Beach, PotawatomiWhitefish Dunes and Rock Island. County parks are also numerous with Cave Point being the most popular.  There are ten light houses, eight wineries, three microbreweries and one distillery.  As a major tourist destination the county has much to offer visitors with various recreational activities, camping, fishing, boating, biking and hiking.  Numerous Door Count Lodging options are available and the local shop owners and merchants welcome all.

The artisan partners located in Door County include:

  • Door County Confectionary maintains a number of shops in Door County featuring their chocolates.
  • Door County Coffee has many flavors all roasted in small batches in Door County
  • Trillium Herbal  is an industry leader producing organic lotions, soaps and oils
  • Brushstrokes provides the Log Teepee that is designed to hold firewood in an upright teepee style position for a better burning fire
  • Seaquist Orchards offers a variety of premier cherry products as well as other fruit and baked items

In addition to our artisan partners Edible Antics Door County recommendations include (please check ahead before your visit – some of these locations are closed in winter):

Restaurants we like and we think you will too:

Door County Bakeries worth a visit:

Cheese shops for you to visit:

Unique specialty shops with good food:

Door County Wineries include:

  • Door Peninsula Winery sells their own wines but also offers olive oils, vinegars, jams, sauces and more from Door County, along with being the only distillery in door County.
  • Door 44 Winery has award winning wines for you to try
  • Harbor Ridge Winery is one of the newer producers in Door County
  • Lautenbach’s is a country market and winery
  • Red Oak Vineyard has recently moved to a new location just south of Sturgeon Bay.
  • Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery has tastings, an outdoor deck overlooking the property and a gift shop to complement their wines.
  • Stone’s Throw Winery offers in addition to their wines olive oils and an outdoor dining setting to enjoy the wine.
  • Von Stiel winery in Algoma makes award winning wines and is the oldest licensed winery in Wisconsin

Map of Wisconsin highlighting Douglas County by David Benbennick

Douglas County

Douglas County is part of the “North Shore” of Wisconsin in the far northwest corner of the state on the south shore of Lake Superior and it occupies 1,309 square miles and is home to about 44,000 people.  The county seat is Superior.  Other villages in Douglas County include:

  • Lake Nabagamon
  • Oliver
  • Poplar
  • Solon Springs

Douglas County is home to the Pattison State Park with Big Manitou Falls that drops 165 feet and is the fourth tallest falls east of the Rockies.  Amnicon Falls State Park and the Brule River State Forest are also here.  The Brule River flows north into Lake Superior and is a challenging canoe river with substantial rapids and small waterfall ledges along the way.  Much of the county is wilderness and park lands with recreation opportunities.

Edible Antics recommendations in Douglas County include:

Did we miss your favorites?  Let us know.

Join us next week for the edibles in Dunn and Eau Claire Counties where we hurt for more goodies Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.


Dane And Dodge Edibles

We continue our culinary tour of Wisconsin counties with a visit to Dane and Doge Counties.  Both of them offer wonderful opportunities to enjoy Wisconsin’s special flare for food and fun.

Dane County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dane County by David Benbennick

About 490,000 people live in the 1,202 square miles that is Dane County. The county seat and also the Wisconsin State Capital are both in Madison.  Other cities in Dane County include:

  • Fitchburg
  • Monona
  • Stoughton
  • Verona
  • Middleton
  • Sun Prairie
  • and 18 more villages

The University of Wisconsin main campus with about 40,000 students is located in Madison.  Dane County is the second most populous county in Wisconsin, but it is also the most productive agricultural county in the state.  This output is in corn, soybeans, milk and meat.  Madison is a tourism and convention destination centered on the beautiful State Capitol building and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace Convention Center

Convention Center and Wisconsin State Capitol

.  The supporting infrastructure is blessed with many restaurants, shops, bakeries, meat markets, wineries, breweries and supper clubs.

The partner artisans located in Dane County include:

In addition to our Artisan partners Edible Antics Dane County recommendations include:

  • Dane County cheesemaker Bleu Mont Dairy’s cheddar cheese with a glass of Syrah or Pinot Gri.
  • Dane County cheesemaker Babcock Hall Dairy Gouda cheese with a glass of Beaujolais, Champagne or Potter.

Dane County Bakeries:

Dane County Meat Suppliers:

Dane County beer and wine producers:

Dane County Supper Clubs and Restaurants

And if you prefer the newest food stops in Madison try:

Dodge County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dodge County by David Benbennick

Dodge County occupies 882 square miles and is home to about 89,000 Wisconsinites.  The county seat is in Juneau.  Other cities in the county include:

  • Beaver Dam
  • Fox Lake
  • Horicon
  • Mayville
  • and parts of Watertown and Waupun

The vast Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is in Dodge County and is home to 268 species of bird, including ducks, cranes, herons and shore birds plus numerous marsh dwellers large and small.  It is a favorite migratory stop in the fall for an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 Canada geese and other migrating birds.  It is the nesting grounds for many species birds and is a favorite stop for over 400,000 travelers per year. artisan partners in Dodge County include:

In addition to our Artisan Partners Edible Antics recommends:

  • Widmer’s Cheese Cellars in Theresa.  No other US plant produces smear-ripened, aged, foil wrapped, tangy Brick cheese.  Try their Colby cheese with a glass of Malbec, Riesling or a Pilsner beer
  •  Crave Brothers  Farmstead cheese is known for their award winning sweet Mascarpone cheese and their fresh mozzarella.  Try the mozzarella with a glass of Chianti or Pinot Gri.
  • LeRoy Meats in Horicon features the freshest cuts of meats combined with award winning homemade sausage products.
  • The Audubon Inn in Mayville is a historic inn and is close the Horicon Marsh.
  • Feil’s supper Club in Randolph

Did we miss any of your favorites?  Tell us about them.

Join us next week to find Edible Antics in Door and Douglas Counties,

We are very fortunate to live in Wisconsin, a state that has so many good places to eat, sites to see and people to meet.  We hope you get a chance to try some of these recommendations that all are Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.



Columbia and Crawford Edibles

The Wisconsin culinary tour continues into Columbia and Crawford Counties.  Can we find cheese, fudge and fun stops too?


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Columbia County by David Benbennick

Columbia County

56,000 people occupy 773 square miles with Portage as the county seat.  Other cities include Columbus and Poynette.  The Wisconsin River forms the western border of the county.  The Merrimac ferry, a free car ferry, crosses the river from a point in the southwest corner of the county. artisan partners based in Columbia County include:

Edible Antics recommendations in Columbia County include:



Map of Wisconsin highlighting Crawford County by David Benbennick

Crawford County

About 17,000 folks occupy 572 square miles with Prairie du Chen as the county seat.  Other cities include Gays Mills and Soldiers Grove. A great recreational river, the Kickapoo River, runs south through the county.  The rolling hills and valleys of this county are classic driftless examples of the southwestern Wisconsin topography. The apple orchards and their shops are very popular in the fall harvest season especially the Apple Festival each year in late September. artisan partners in Crawford County are:

  • Mt. Sterling Cheese makes goat milk cheeses
  • All County provides apparel with the multisport logo for the Packers, Brewers and Badgers


    Wisconsin Sports sweatshirt

Edible Antics recommendations in Crawford County include:

Did we miss your favorite recommendation for Clark or Crawford County?  Let us know and we’ll add it the list for future recognition.

Tune in next week for Dane and Dodge county spots and recommendations of products Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.




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