Garlic Fest 2018

BYOM (bring your own mints).

Garlic has many known health benefits. From its cholesterol-lowering power to its ability to regulate blood pressure, it’s known to help issues big and small.

It’s also more commonly known for its deliciously pungent smell and flavor.


To celebrate this heavenly vegetable bulb, Braise closed down several blocks in the Walker’s Point neighborhood in Milwaukee to host the 7th annual Garlic Fest on June 24th.

With support of some of Milwaukee’s finest kitchens in the local area, Garlic Fest served up quality dishes featuring the coveted ingredient. Participating restaurants included Cafe India, Transfer Pizza, The Diplomat, Clock Shadow Creamery, Morel, The Iron Grate, Cocina 1022, Snack Boys Snack Bar, Purple Door Ice Cream, Black Sheep MKE and Braise Resturant.

Dish from Black Sheep MKE: Charred Corn with pickled onions, cotija cheese, picante sauce and a garlic crema.

Dish from Black Sheep MKE: Charred Corn with pickled onions, cotija cheese, picante sauce and a garlic crema.

In addition to the food, Garlic Fest also offered several free activities including kid friendly face painting, garlic games and animals from the Racine Zoo. For the adults, rowing contests from Orange Theory Fitness and yoga classes from Elle Studio + Wellness got their blood pumping before consuming everything in sight. Local artisan craft vendors gave the crowd something to admire between dishes.

Mister Mellow’s Cartooning & Mustachery

Mister Mellow’s Cartooning & Mustachery

A major highlight of the day was Braise’s famous garlic eating contest. Contestants ate the bulbs raw to prove their toughness against the pungent flavor. Many of them quickly learned to regret their braveness.


Miss the festivities this year? Stay connected with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get information about next year’s Garlic Fest.

Visit our website at braiselocalfood.com for more information on future Braise events.

A look back: Igniting a renewed passion for food

Morel Hunt 2018

On Saturday, May 19, a group of curious foragers joined Braise owner and head chef Dave Swanson in La Grange, Wisconsin for Braise’s annual morel mushroom hunt.

The group collected for coffee and pastries early in the morning before heading out to explore the Southern Kettle Moraine in search of the delicious and edible fungus. They learned from Swanson’s expertise on how to spot and harvest morels, as well as other useful foraging skills such as how to identify a “false morel.” Thankfully, the weather was nice (for Spring in Wisconsin) and the group stuck some luck. Together, they amassed around 10 pounds of morels!



Morel mushrooms are one of the most easily identifiable mushrooms found in Wisconsin. When rainfall and sunlight strike the right balance, the fungus usually begins to emerge in the late days of March throughout May.

Not only are morel mushrooms easy to spot, they’re known to be a delicious and savory treat. After the group finished foraging, Swanson cooked the group a delightful lunch filled with their morel discoveries. Swanson believes it’s important to know that delicious ingredients, such as the morel, can be found in nature.

“People don’t always know what is okay to eat and what isn’t okay to eat in nature,” Swanson says. “There’s also a big difference between knowing what is edible and knowing what is good to eat. I think this is a perfect way to connect those two things.”


Swanson also notes that collecting your own ingredients is a great way to connect with the food you are eating and the natural environment around you.

“It’s all about reconnecting people with their food,” he says. “And spring is the perfect time to ignite a renewed passion for food.”

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