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Sheila Julson

Sheila Julson is a freelance writer who enjoys capturing the stories behind Milwaukee’s happening food, beverage and urban farming scenes. She also pens articles about holistic health, green living, sustainability and human-interest features. As a long-time fiction writer, her novel, Thorn, placed in the General Fiction quarterfinalist round of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. When she’s not hammering away at a computer keyboard, she enjoys hiking, gardening, vegetarian cooking, sewing, making homemade wine (and drinking it) and any other urban homesteading pursuits that catch her interest. She lives on Milwaukee’s South Shore with her musician husband and a spoiled hound dog.

As Johnsonville rose from the ashes, management chose to thank their Watertown employees in a unique way. They partnered with celebrity chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Fabio Viviani, of “Top Chef fame," to prepare a gourmet Italia... more

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Red Elephant Chocolate (333 N. Broadway) strives to take chocolate consumption to a whole new level with their new Third Ward chocolate café by living up to their motto: “A chocolate experience you’ll never forget." more

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In today’s online shopping environment, everything from clothing to books to food items can be purchased and shipped with a click. While there areBrewers Organics offers home or office delivery of fresh, certified-organic and organically gr... more

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Inspired by a recurring dream that she was running through a bountiful garden, surrounded by fruits and vegetables, Karen Long founded Garden of Eden Kingdom Living, a business offering handmade juices, along with all-natural dressings, coo... more

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Cudahy continues to reinvent itself with new bars and restaurants, and among the new lineup is Cudahy Burger Joint (4905 S. Packard Ave.). In the remodeled, contemporary space, one can savor burgers made from hormone-free ground chuck, as w... more

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Since 1984, Superior Equipment & Supply has been a respected name in the food service industry. But since the company moved in 2008 from the corner of 13th Street and Oklahoma Avenue into spacious new digs at 4550 S. Brust Ave. in St. Franc... more

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Jane’s Simply Delicious Gourmet Popcorn offers a wide variety of popcorn including cholesterol-free white popcorn, cheese-coated popcorn, caramel corn and novelty flavors like tutti-fruitty, hot cinnamon and root beer float. They also offer... more

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Within Milwaukee’s bustling urban agriculture scene, a new organization cultivating greens may get lost in the shuffle. However, We Grow Greens, a cooperative of educators and sustainability leaders committed to healthy food systems and nat... more

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Whenit comes to Conejito’s Place, either you love it or you hate it. At thetime that Conejito’s opened, more than two dec,Dining Out more

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Lindsay Erickson’s successful company, GetHappy, offers chocolates and candies, for all events and occasions with supreme customizability. more

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The unique partnerships forged among some of Milwaukee’s food, beer and coffee businesses will be on display at Beer Beans Burritos: South Side Brunch at Hawthorne. more

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Milwaukee Beer Week will spotlight some of the personalities, places and producers who have cultivated the craft beer community we know and enjoy today. more

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"Put very simply, a great latte embodies the harmonic synergy between the craft of well steamed milk and properly pulled shots of espresso.” more

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Nick and Mary Deviley, the husband-and-wife team behind Tapuat Brewing Co. in Sister Bay, Wis., have been making kombucha since 2008. Their unique and healthful products have garnered well-deserved popularity. more

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Hawthorne Coffee Roasters (4177 S. Howell Ave.) strives to bring not just great coffee to their Garden District neighborhood, but also a connection to the bean-to-cup process. more

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Two years after a large expansion and approaching its sixth anniversary, 3 Sheeps Brewing focuses on unique and highly drinkable beer. more

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Bay View’s foodie scene just keeps getting better, thanks to off-the-beaten-path gems like Sabrosa Café & Gallery. more

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Here’s an overview of some of the most popular coffee brewing techniques in use today. more

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1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) espouses the principal that slow is the way to go when it comes to producing their quality, old world beers with modern twists. more

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Apples From Eden has your Easter candy needs covered with original confectionary choices and some of the best caramel apples in the area. more

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Matt and Clare Stoner Fehsenfeld, the husband-and-wife team behind Quince & Apple, joke that they’re “the fancy condiment company,” but their quality preserves and fruit syrups are approachable and designed to appeal to all tastes. more

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The long-running Samano’s Mexican Restaurant is housed in an impressive 1894 building that originally served as a Miller Brewery tavern. more

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The Shepherd Express surveys the many fine wineries of Wisconsin’s Glacial Hills region, most of which incorporate Wisconsin-grown fruits in their vintages. more

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In the foodie world, everything old is new again, and micro farms like Wauwatosa’s Aromatic Acres are prepared to educate people in rediscovering culinary classics. more

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The aptly named Bowls, a fast-casual restaurant that opened in Walker’s Point in June, has an entire menu dedicated to smoothie bowls, grain and green bowls, and even pudding. more

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Since 1969, The Purple Foot has been providing supplies and guidance to home wine, beer and cider makers. In a new space in an historic farmhouse on Forest Home Avenue, the company continues to expand its offerings. more

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Tom Dorairaj, founder of Milwaukee-based Patra Eco-Dinnerware, got the idea for his elegant, biodegradable line of plates, bowls, trays and flatware by watching his grandmother while growing up in India. more

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Since 1916, Buddy Squirrel has brought fine chocolates and other confections to the greater Milwaukee area. With Valentines Day and Easter on the horizon, there’s a lot to look forward to. more

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A recent addition to Shorewood’s business district, Cloud Red is a quaint bar and casual eatery with a wide drink selection and menu defined by variety, quality and sensitivity to dietary restrictions. more

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