Driftless Glen, Wisconsin Craft

Recently I made a visit to Driftless Glen Distillery, a relatively new craft distillery, located in Baraboo, WI. Craft distilleries have become a national phenomenon and have also become so ubiquitous that it’s worth giving them a critical look. It’s no longer good enough to be “local” as most bars, restaurants, and even retailers can attest. In the recent past being the local distiller...

Jefferson and Wine

Many people’s immediate association of Thomas Jefferson and wine is the bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite engraved with Jefferson’s initials that sold at auction (1985) for 105,000 pound Sterling. Of course later the authenticity of the bottle(s) came into question in an extended investigation but the images of the old, dusty bottles remain. Thomas Jefferson was America’s first wine connoisseur. Jefferson approached wine as...

Chicken in Mushroom, White Wine & Cream Sauce

Mushrooms are incredibly versatile, delicious, and super nutritious. They are a great source of fiber, potassium, antioxidants, vitamin D and B while being very low in calories. Mushrooms can add flavor and complexity to everything from pizza to salads. Mushrooms are very easy to find and in your better groceries you can find a great variety of mushrooms as well. They are easy to...

Where has Hospitality Gone?

Where has hospitality gone? When I started out working in the front of the house customer service was job one. I miss those days. Nowhere has hospitality taken such a steep decline than behind the bar. The bartender was the beating heart of the bar and restaurant. They most often earned their spot behind the bar for their ability to handle pressure with a...

Shifting Beer Styles

The fact is that beer, beer styles, and how beer is being consumed and discussed has changed. The craft beer movement 2.0 (I consider the first movement to have occurred in the 1980s) has brought a lot of good things to those of us who crave quality beverages. On the other side of the coin there has been a growing movement rooted in the...

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