Indulge Milwaukee to host exclusive fine dining event at AmFam Field
Milwaukee’s food industry is getting a spotlight as the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation (WRAEF) is putting on the city’s first exclusive tasting experience on Aug. 20-21.
Indulge Milwaukee provides an opportunity for top Milwaukee restaurants, national wine and spirits brands as well as regional specialty producers to offer the very best products for tasting. All proceeds of the event will go to WRAEF which oversees workforce development initiatives to attract and train workers for the food service industry.
WRAEF executive director Connie Fedor said the event will be important for the local and regional food service industry, which has suffered greatly through Covid-19.
“This is an opportunity to invest in the future workers of the industry and to attract that pipeline of talent,” Fedor said. “Restaurants serve at the center of our community, and this is a great way for people to support restaurants and ensure that they’re around.”
The event will take place at American Family Field as part of a two-day tasting experience. Indulge Milwaukee has secured 35 Milwaukee restaurants, 60 wine and spirit vendors, and 15 specialty food vendors all offering over 300 tasting opportunities.
With only 4,000 tickets available, the one-day ticket price is $150 with a VIP opportunity at $350 which offers on-field experience with some other exclusive opportunities.
Dan Sidner, who co-owns Milwaukee’s Black Shoe Hospitality, said all of his group’s restaurants and locations will be taking part in Indulge Milwaukee; that includes Story Hill BKC, Blue’s Egg, Buttermint Finer Dining, Maxie’s and Black Shoe Catering and Bakery.
“Our industry is faced with the lowest biggest deficit of employees in our history and we desperately need people not just work in restaurants but to think of restaurants as a career,” Sidner said. “Milwaukee, a community with the culinary caliber it is, should have an event like this. This is the kind of focused opportunity for someone to get hip to the restaurant community in Milwaukee.”