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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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Roasters such as Valentine Coffee, Hawthorne and others have created delightful mash-ups of coffee shop-meets-bar ambiances. more

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Peck & Bushel Organic Fruit Company in Colgate is still a bit of a secret, but that’s okay with Joe and Jenny Fahey, the husband and wife team behind the organic apple orchard. more

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The celebration includes a block party, sabering of DeuS Bottles by the hour, and brewing legend Jack Van Antwerpen. more

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Apple cider has enjoyed something of a comeback, and three Milwaukee-area artisan beverage producers are dedicated to making hard cider in its truer form. more

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Lovino's new owner, Jennifer Clearwater, is taking a more selective approach with the brand. more

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When Frank Greguska Sr. and his wife, Irene, first opened Discount Liquor in 1960, martini drinkers made gin “in,” beer and soda was sold in returnable bottles, and beer choices were limited to about a half-dozen domestics like Blatz or Hamm’s. more

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It wasn’t long ago that the only menu choices for vegans were French fries or a basic garden salad. Today, Milwaukee’s culinary repertoire has grown along with rest of the nation’s desire for vegan food options. more

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A few quick coffee drink recipes that come together easily and do not require any unusual or pricey ingredients. more

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Imperfect Produce co-founder Ben Simon, while studying as an undergrad at the University of Maryland, noticed how the cafeteria wasted a lot of food, particularly produce. Imperfect Produce has spread ever since and has now come to Milwaukee. more

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The Lowlands Grand Cafes are known for seamlessly blending influences from the lowlands of Europe with local food and beverage favorites. more

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Thai Bangkok Express is tucked into a busy intersection near a strip mall, so it might be easy to pass it up, but don’t. more

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“Cold brew as a product category has seen an amazing rise in the past five years, and now we are starting to see the category itself evolve and become more innovative.” more

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South Milwaukee’s AM Ice Cream specializes in rolled ice cream. Slightly creamier than regular ice cream, rolled ice cream is made by pouring liquid ice cream base onto a cold metal pan and working in flavorings of the customer’s choice. more

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Julie Crnkovich’s Tribeca GalleryCafé & Books reflects the ethos of its namesake Manhattan neighborhood. This past December, Crnkovich opened a second location in Walker’s Point, 1318 S. First St. more

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Fair trade advocates often cite coffee as the consumable that kicked off mainstream awareness of the fair trade movement. more

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Through the organization’s philanthropic arm, Care-a-lotta, the Bartolottas have become stalwarts in community outreach. more

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The couple behind East Troy Honey, Susan and William Palmer, share information about their products, problems facing honeybees, and efforts to educate the public. more

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Turkish coffee is actually not a type of coffee, but a method of bringing very finely ground Arabica beans to a boil (or near-boil, depending on who you talk to) with sugar. more

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Creativity abounds at the Wisconsin State Fair’s culinary competitions, and amateur bartenders have long enjoyed pouring their originality into the cocktail contests. This year's featured cocktail concept is the Milwaukee Mule. more

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Although the Wisconsin State Fair has myriad foods that draw throngs of people every year, the Original Cream Puff is THE iconic food item at the State Fair, as well as the longest running food item. more

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