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Win a True Spreadhead package for all three Widespread Panic shows at the Riverside Theater on Oct. 24, 25 and 26.
Win a True Spreadhead package for all three Widespread Panic shows at the Riverside Theater on Oct. 24, 25 and 26.

Three nights of Widespread Panic

Want to help Hunger Task Force and its mission?  Want to go to all three nights (Oct. 24, 25 and 26) of Widespread Panic at The Riverside?  Want a limited edition Widespread Panic tour poster signed by the entire band?

All of this, and more, can be yours if your price is right.

That's right, just click here and begin bidding on a three-night True Spreadhead package for all three Widespread Panic shows at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Oct. 24-26.

The auction begins Oct. 17 and ends at 5 p.m. on Oct. 22. 

The auction winner will receive:

  • Two Widespread Panic Weekend Passes featuring tickets for all three nights.
  • Two tickets to the show after parties at Mo's Irish Pub with Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormans for all three nights.
  • A limited edition Widespread Panic tour poster signed by the entire band. (The poster will be mailed to the winner the week after the show.)

Auction item and tickets are non-transferrable. Thanks to Widespread Panic and the Riverside Theater for generously donating these auction items to benefit Hunger Task Force and Milwaukee’s hungry.

Already going to the show?  Hunger Task Force and Widespread Panic also are teaming up to run a food drive before each show.  All concert-goers are encouraged to bring a food donation.

Frank Almond is the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony.
Frank Almond is the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony. (Photo: frankalmond.com)

Vanity Fair's Bissinger profiles Milwaukee's "Stradivarius Affair"

Writer Buzz Bissinger profiles the Milwaukee "heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter" online and in the November print edition of Vanity Fair. 

Bissinger opens the more than 5,300-word piece with a cliche-ridden description of Milwaukee saying, "Maybe it wasn’t the crime of the century, but it definitely was the crime of the century in Milwaukee. The city, known for beer, bratwurst, the Brewers and frighteningly large portions at German restaurants, had never been a hotbed of headlines. But this made national and world news not seen since the days of the city’s own serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer."

Seriously, "frighteningly large portions at German restaurants"?  Two?   

Otherwise, the piece is well done, researched and offers insight into the crime and even the Taser used on Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond. 

Read the full story here

Some of Milwaukee's best.
Some of Milwaukee's best.

Milwaukee's best burrito?

For the eighth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Locavore, the newest restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2014."

Maybe it's our swift movement into a higher-end food scene. Maybe it's our brats, cheese and beer culture? Who knows? 

All I know is that for some reason the "where's Milwaukee's best burrito" conversation just doesn't happen as much here as it seemingly does in other cities.

I love a great burrito as much as the next person.  My favorites?  Beans and Barley, Margarita Paradise at the Milwaukee Public Market, an occasional Chipoltle run, La Perla's three homemade tortilla version and the always tasty Cempazuchi chicken burrito.

Honestly, stuff a burrito with tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, black beans, jalapeno and guacamole and I'm pretty satisfied.  But, the above choices lead the way for me.

How about you?  End this not really so burning question now. Where is Milwaukee's best burrito?  

It's convenient, and I love it.  Calderone Club in Downtown Milwaukee.
It's convenient, and I love it. Calderone Club in Downtown Milwaukee.

Does convenience drive your dining?

For the eighth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Locavore, the newest restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2014."

I wrote this blog in 2012 noting that most of my "where to eat" decisions were based on convenience and routine.  

I still find this to be true that I seem to eat at the same handful of restaurants because they are easy, close to home or work or I'm just comfortable there. Routine rules and when it comes to dining, deciding based upon quality, locally sourced ingredients, design, personality of the chef, price, etc., all still sound great. Yet, most of the time I decide where to eat based upon simple convenience. Where the restaurant is. Is it close? Do I like the items, the space and the owners? Do I know the menu? Done.

We are all creatures of habit, and to step outside the box I still make "new places I have to try" lists and force myself to go to places that I "always forget about."  It's Dining Month, so it's high time you do the same. Milwaukee's restaurant scene is exploding, and with more options than ever we all need to be -- I think -- more mindful on where and how we dine out.  

Do you agree? Do you dine out mainly based upon convenience or does your restaurant decision go deeper?