The ping of popping kernels and aroma of simmering caramel drift out of Knights Gourmet Popcorn throughout the day, heralding the arrival of the shop’s latest batches of fluffy popcorn. This commitment to freshly popped kernels has earned Knights Gourmet Popcorn the spotlight on Fox 6 Now, and a devoted following since the shop’s inception in 1952. Popcorn pros coat popcorn kernels in sweet and savory toppings such as cheddar cheese, buttery toffee, and Cajun seasonings. Though the shop specializes in indulgent flavors, health-conscious patrons can veer toward cholesterol-free treats that garnered a nod from the author of The Thin Commandments as the healthiest alternative to sprinting through a corn maze.
Tired of all the “stuff” buried in his basement and attic, Chuck Niles created a forum for neighbors and friends to swap their unused belongings with one another. Since its foundation in the late 1950s, Niles's forum has grown into a 40-acre farmer’s and flea market known as the 7 Mile Fair. Chuck's son Scott has since taken over operations, and the fair has expanded into both an indoor and outdoor space for vendors to sell everything from electronics and clothing to locally grown produce and real Wisconsin cheese. Shoppers can pick-up “As-Seen-on-TV” products, auto parts, and gift baskets every weekend of year—rain or shine—before strolling into one of several restaurants on the grounds, including the same coffee and donut shop that once fed Chuck and his pals.
Located in the historic Old World Third Street district, the Wisconsin Cheese Mart is a destination for those who want to purchase and depart with flavorful dairy goodies. But within the Cheese Mart's golden walls sits the Über Tap Room, a friendly watering hole where patrons can sample cheeses and sip beers from local and national craft breweries, 36 total on tap with more than 30 of those coming from Wisconsin.
The Oilerie Brookfield offers a wide selection of extra-virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, and specialty foodstuffs, as well as a variety of cooking classes. Beef up your roasting repertoire on a weekday night or Saturday afternoon with a step-by-step guided tour through the culinary process. Learn how to make marinara, béchamel, and arrabbiata sauces to dress up naked bowls of pasta, or explore the mysteries of paella, an authentic Spanish melting pot of shrimp and rice. Mastering tuna, green bean, and orzo salads, prosciutto ravioli, and beef-and-arugula penne will help avert future dinner-party disasters. After your lesson, you'll receive a complimentary bottle of extra-virgin olive oil, hand-bottled straight from one of the shop's stainless-steel tanks. With olive oils from Greece and Italy and nut oils from California and Japan, as well as a variety of flavors such as truffle and basil, there's an oil for every occasion from Sunday-school potlucks to dinner with Aerosmith.