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Alisa Malavenda

Alisa Malavenda has garnered distinction as a professional chef, culinary instructor, private caterer, cookbook author, culinary consultant and research and development culinarian. She is the Culinary Director and Chef Ambassador for POSH Salt TM and pioneered many techniques for the unique Saltware TM product as see on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” She is a TV personality on Fox-6 News’ Real Milwaukee and has participated in Disney World Epcot International food and wine festivals. Her extraordinary skill and creativity is only eclipsed by her joyful spirit and contagious enthusiasm. She has a strong foundation in food science and culinary techniques and integrates the most current culinary trends with classic techniques to develop creative and successful recipes and menus for her clients and students. Chef Malavenda has extensive experience and knowledge of traditional and current regional Italian cuisines and other world cuisines and culture.

Named for F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Fitz sets the tone for a look back at the remarkable period of time when creativity brought about bold movements in art, literature and design. The newly renovated dining area at the historic Ambassador Ho... more

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Cloud Red has Shorewood buzzing. It’s a hot new place to socialize, with the bonus of good food and libations. The former Village Pub now has a sleek décor, but retains a warm and friendly atmosphere with a staff that draws you in for a fun... more

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Milwaukee Art Museum is stunning to look at with its outstretched wings and Lake Michigan as its backdrop. Inside hangs some of the world’s most beautiful artwork, but what you may not know is that it is also home to Café Calatrava and East... more

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Located on a busy strip in Muskego, Twisted Cork is a warm and welcoming place for neighbors to meet and, as owner Greg Gonzales says, “to educate people on other great wines that are out there.” The establishment offers classes; a wide ... more

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Antigua serves well-prepared dishes from across Latin America. more

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Milwaukee boasts many ethnic traditions and culture, including bakeries that are still holding on to their roots. more

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The Original Pancake House started as a family business built on generations of hard work and has maintained it’s high standards and ingredients since 1953. The OPH on Downer is no exception and is one of the city’s gems for breakfast no ma... more

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Mad Rooster serves both breakfast and lunch all day and has a long list of choices in the sweet and savory category and even some interesting dishes that combine both for the ultimate taste sensation. more

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This year marks the10th anniversary for Balzac, a restaurant that served small plates before it was the trend. They still do it in style. more

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Top cinemas in Milwaukee for good food and drink. more

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Alisa Malavenda, daughter of an Italian pizzaiolo living in New York City, surveys the Milwaukee area’s pizza offerings, especially the Napoletana varieties. more

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The Elephant Café, a sister restaurant to EE-Sane, has an extensive menu using fresh and traditional Thai ingredients and many dishes with ginger and Thai basil. more

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Wolf Peach has much to offer. Chef Cole Ersel has as much passion for local communities of artisans and farmers as he does for his eclectic menu—and it shows. more

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Alisa Malavenda describes projected restaurant and food trends in 2015, from the rising popularity of fermented foods to the changing of the guard in upscale desserts (designer ice cream sandwiches may replace cronuts). more

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Just like the highly anticipated morel mushroom after a long winter and the promise of what spring has to offer, farm-to-table enthusiasts and locavores were excited for one of Walker’s Point’s hottest new restaurants to open its doors this... more

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Boone & Crockett, home of interesting craft cocktails and the renowned taco truck sporting the new name Taco Moto, has a new location in the harbor district on Water Street. more

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Milwaukee’s Hospitality Democracy’s new restaurant, Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria is an outstanding spot to unwind, grab a light bite for lunch or enjoy an evening with friends. more

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Texas de Brazil, a chain focused on delicious, traditional Brazilian steak and voluminous salad bar options, graces Mayfair Mall with a branch. more

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Kompali is the newest addition to the food culture on Brady Street and represents the hottest trends in modern taquerias, specializing in tequila, mescal, and both traditional and fusion tacos. more

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Burger Week kicks off with a party on Monday, May 14, at Mulligans Irish Pub & Grill. Restaurants participating in Burger Week will donate $1 to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin for every specialty burger sold during the week. more

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Café Calatrava is a hidden gem located on the ground floor of the Milwaukee Art Museum. The menu changes often and is seasonal, using many locally sourced ingredients. more

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Milwaukee’s only entirely Cuban restaurant, Cubanitas, has opened a second location in Oak Creek’s Drexel Town Square. The restaurant features cheery décor, fresh ingredients and inspiring family recipes. more

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Birch + Butcher has managed to perfectly marry contemporary and primitive styles in both décor and food. more

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The Third Ward’s new breakfast-brunch spot, Sweet Diner, is upscale and modern, featuring a great selection of juices, alcohol and delicious breakfast staples, including many vegetarian and gluten-free options. more

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Hungry Sumo Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro has opened their doors to all anxiously waiting for their "sushi fix" in Bay View. more

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After 18 years in Brookfield, a second Mr. B’s Steakhouse has opened in Mequon in the site of the former Joey Gerrard’s. more

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One of the summer’s highly anticipated restaurant openings, The Diplomat, serves big flavors in the form of small plates and refined American cuisine. Chef Dane Baldwin, along with his staff, bring decades of experience working in Milwaukee... more

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Named for F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Fitz sets the tone for a look back at the remarkable period of time when creativity brought about bold movements in art, literature and design. The newly renovated dining area at the historic Ambassador Ho... more

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A new French restaurant, Maison, opened in the spot that once housed Meritage. more

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Stella Van Buren in Downtown Milwaukee’s new Westin Hotel has the kind of Italian American comfort food you would find at a red-and-white-checkered tablecloth restaurant, but also the kind of small plates selection and outstanding steak men... more

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The menu has the classic steakhouse fare and a variety of offerings in every category. more

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A review of Dorsia—a new Italian restaurant located at 1307 E. Brady St. on Milwaukee’s East Side. more

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Located in the new Kinn MKE guesthouse in Bay View, Kindred is a warm space to get together for innovative cocktails and modern twists on classic food. more

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Chic Underground Lounge’s unique location on the lower level of the building on Jefferson between Wells and Mason adds to the allure of the jazz and blues club and is reminiscent of the basement lounges in New Orleans. This lounge is nothin... more

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Belfrē Kitchen, located in the heart of Delafield, is housed in one of the city’s oldest existing buildings and was built in 1868 as a church. The charming and beautiful establishment offers an ever-changing menu featuring farm-to-table dis... more

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