More than 50 wines at Wine Maniacs on the River stand at attention to be served by the glass or bottle. The bistro updates its food menu quarterly with dishes that celebrate the seasons and complement its complex varietals, using gourmet ingredients such as Wisconsin artisan cheeses. Small plates make creative use of such ingredients, with options that may include calamari spaghetti or duck-confit tacos ornamented, like a scarecrow's frankfurter, with corn relish.
Nice weather draws diners outdoors onto the patio overlooking the Milwaukee River, where they can sip while admiring the Water Street Bridge and views of the city from the 5th Ward. Guests can also stock up on their favorite elixirs at the establishment's retail shop, which sells wines by the case.
Whether you're looking for a specialty cheese to pair with a bottle of aged Chianti from your cellar or dying to know the difference between a penne and a ballpoint, the friendly staff at Delafield Fine Foods will gladly guide your gastronomic gondola through the store's tributaries of authentic Italian treats. Lay the foundation for a leaning tower of groceries with a round of homemade pizza dough at the bottom of your shopping basket ($1.99), topped with a jar of all-natural house vodka sauce ($4.99), fresh mozzarella ($7.99 per pound), and Italian sausage from the butcher ($6.49 per pound). Fancy feasts can be made at home with the aid of dry-aged prime rib eye ($15.99 per pound), accompanied by fresh baked bread ($3.50). Popular pre-made sides from the deli counter include Italian tuna salad ($5.99 per pound) and Mediterranean tortellini salad ($6.99 per pound), which turn easy lunches into gourmet meals and already gourmet meals into Double Stuf gourmet meals.
Walls with shelving units full of vitamins, teas, cleanses, and supplements can be intimidating to new customers looking for ways to improve their health. At Natural Health Solutions, an on-staff holistic health practitioner helps customers identify and understand the benefits of various pills, powders, and teas that can boost their immune system and improve overall health. Wellness evaluations and vitamin regimens can also be administered to address specific health conditions, so customers can moderate the effects of their conditions to maintain optimal health without selling their soul for a second liver.
Bin One Eleven Wine Store and Tasting Bar owner Justin Jackson constantly researches new wines, sampling up to 40 varietals every week. He brings the best ones to his shop to serve in German crystal wineglasses and pair with cheese or chocolate. Guests can also sip craft beers at the bar or head outdoors to a brick patio.
Glacier Rock Farms offers year-round family friendly entertainment; the proprietors founded it as a refuge for animals where children could visit to learn about them. The chance to interact with, learn about, and pet this fuzzy bunch is a perennial draw, and the scenic backdrop of the glacial drumlin carved along the banks of the Rock River doesn't hurt, either.
A variety of seasonally-themed events also gives families a reason to return throughout the year. One of the biggest festivals centers around their autumn corn maze, an enormous and challenging labyrinth carefully plotted and sculpted over the course of months. Upon finding the maze's exit, explorers can then brave the the farm's five-part haunted attraction or opt for more enriching entertainment in the form of old-fashioned gem panning. Using a sluice box, visitors sift through water to discover collector's rocks, gemstones, fossils, and artifacts such as the rings the guy ahead of them forgot to take off.
Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters Café achieved a milestone in 2007. In only 365 days, their staff roasted more than one million pounds of coffee beans, or the equivalent of roughly 10 million last-minute term papers. And they continue to rack up impressive numbers on a daily basis. They consistently roast more than 100 types of singe-origin, blends, and Fair Trade-certified beans from across the world, and for some batches, they add more than 40 specialty flavors, including mint, chocolate, and cinnamon.
Some of these freshly roasted beans travel to retailers throughout the midwest, though much of the coffee stays on-site to the delight of local patrons. At the cafe, baristas serve food and pour countless cups of Berres Brothers' most popular flavor, Highlander Grogg: an indulgent blend of caramel, butterscotch, and hazelnut. Additionally, their retail shop brims with the aromas of Berres Brothers' full selection, as well as coffee gear such as grinders and french presses.