Reconnecting people with their food.


Our mission at Braise is to reconnect people with their food. There is no better way than to spend time on the farms where it was grown and learn from those who grew it.

Braise hosts multiple outdoor events throughout the year centered around the food and activities we love. Join us for a snowshoe in the winter, mushroom hunt in the spring, farm dinners in the summer, and a bike ride & cookout in the fall!

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Leaders in Local Food

Being a farm to table restaurant is about much more than putting food on a plate; it is a commitment to larger principles of sustainability and supporting the local economy. During the months of August, September & November we are excited to host 3 different chefs from around the Midwest who are committed to making their local food system a priority on their menus.

Join us for a 4 course Sunday supper prepared by each of these accomplished chefs and learn about their commitment to sustainability in their region of the Midwest. After dinner there will be a moderated discussion with our visiting chef and the chefs of Braise to share ideas and talk about making our local food systems more viable and prosperous. 

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Sunday, August 12th: Tyler Salisbery, the black sheep, whitewater, wi

Sunday, september 30th: Jordan & Aurora Coffey, American Harvest, Springfield, IL 

Sunday, November 4th: Marshall Paulsen, Birchwood Cafe, minneapolis, mn

Get to know a little bit about our upcomming featured chef, Tyler Salisbery, by reading his bios below.

 
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Jordan & Aurora Coffey, American Harvest, Springfield, IL

Working his way up from a dishwasher to eventually leading the team as the Executive Chef of American Harvest, Chef Jordan Coffey knows every aspect of the kitchen.  After cutting his teeth under Springfield's August "Augie" Mrozowski, Jordan did a two year stint staging and studying at multiple top-tier restaurants in Chicago, accompanied by his future wife and fellow Springfield native, Aurora, whose drive, determination, and love of food made them the perfect match.  

After Aurora graduated at the top of her class at Robert Morris University's School of the Culinary Arts while simultaneously earning her Bachelor's in Hospitality Management, the two returned to Springfield with one goal: to bring a new face to the Springfield culinary scene.

Together, they elevate the idea of farm-to-table.  With two minds and hearts dedicated to the restaurant, they are able to take the experience of dining beyond your expectations and to a level not previously seen in Springfield.  Let their exquisite cocktails and inventive plates redefine central Illinois' culinary for you.

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Farm Dinners

Held throughout the Summer and Fall

Chef Dave Swanson first started Braise as a traveling culinary school in 2004 by holding classes and dinners directly at our farm partners. We continue this tradition by hosting dinners directly in the farm fields throughout the summer and fall. 

Enjoy the fresh bounty of small Wisconsin farms while taking in the beautiful scenery. When guests arrive they receive a small appetizer and cocktail to enjoy while strolling the grounds and talking with the farmers. All farm dinners are 3-course family style with wine pairings. Farm dinners have a maximum of 30 guests. 

2018 Farm Dinner Dates on Sale Now

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Four Chefs, a Farmer & a Pig

Held every August

Steve & Marie Deibele of Golden Bear Farm host Braise, along with 3 of Milwaukee's top chefs, to prepare a 4-course meal on the hillside of their farm in Kiel, WI. Take a tour of the farm, stroll the grounds with a cocktail, and meet the pigs before dinner. Each course features a section of pig, even dessert! Each course is paired with local micro-brews.

 

2018 Four chefs will be released in spring

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Tour De Farms

Held every September

Tour de Farms is an annual fundraiser held for the RSA. Over 200 cyclists, ranging from beginners to avid riders, gather every year at Jeff Leen Farm for a day of scenic bike riding, locally sourced food and refreshing drinks. We begin the morning by fueling up with homemade goodies from Braise, sports drinks, water and coffee. Our route then takes us winding through 25 miles of country roads, stopping at Willoway, Wellspring and Rare Earth farms along the way for tours, lunch and refreshments. The ride finishes with a farm dinner and cookout featuring meats from Jeff Leen Farms with beer and wine. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, awards and games.

2018 Tour de farms Will be held on sUNDAy September 9th

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Snow Shoe

Held every February

Every winter we bundle up, strap on our snowshoes and brave the cold out at Jeff Leen Farm in Random Lake, WI. We spend the afternoon snowshoeing on trails around the farm, then return to the barn for a meal prepared over an open fire by Chef Dave Swanson and his staff. The cider, cocoa, wine and beer are flowing to warm you up!

The Snow Shoe event FOR 2018 wAS held on saturday, february 17, at 3 pm

Check back later in the year for 2019 Snow Shoe date! 

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Garlic Fest

Garlic Fest is our annual Walker's Point street festival celebrating all things garlic. Various restaurants around Walker's Point dish up their favorite garlic cuisine. There are drinks from local distillers, brewers, and you don't want to miss the Braise Green Garlic Bloody Marys! Listen in on live music, jam with our DJ,  or play some games. Crafts by local artisans are also for sale.

 

2018 garlic fest will be HELD ON SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH, from noon to 4 p.m.

Featured resturants include:

  • Purple Door Creamery
  • Transfer Pizza
  • Sabrosa
  • Tenuta's
  • Snack Boys &
  • Braise
  • Black Sheep
  • Cafe India
  • Cocina 1022
  • Clock Shadow Creamery
  • The Diplomat
  • Iron Grate BBQ
  • Morel

Visit our Garlic Fest event page on Facebook for more details and developments. Let us know you're interested in attending! 

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Morel Hunt

This year's hunt will take place on Sat May 19th.

Join Chef/Owner David Swanson of Braise and Chef Thomas White of Mama's Distributing as they take you out on the hunt for the elusive morel in the Kettle Moraine area. After a few hours of collecting mushrooms, we head to a tented area and enjoy a meal prepared with our treasures! Depending on the size of the bounty you may even be able to take some home!

 

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