MKE unboxed, wine lessons and things to know in food and drink news

MKE unwrapped

SHARP Literacy will hold its spring edition of “Unwrapped” in Milwaukee at 3rd Street Market Hall on May 19.

Using staple McDonald’s ingredients, the chefs were asked to create indulgent bites reminiscent of iconic Milwaukee dishes, and here’s the menu they created: Wisconsin Beer Cheeseburger Soup by Chef Angela Rondinelli of Downtown Kitchen; a Jerked McChicken Rice Roll from Chef Jason Alston of Heaven’s Table BBQ; MKE BBQ Grape Jelly Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes by Chefs Andrew Koser and Lauren D’Amico of A to Z Dinners; a BBQ Tempeh sandwich, inspired by the classic McRib sandwich, by Chef Jordan Wollin of On The Bus and Make Waves; an Americana Apple Cobbler with Strawberry Caramel Sauce and Candied Bacon by Chef Sarah Mironczuk of Bakehouse23MKE; and savory chicken bread pudding with caramelized apples and onion compote by chefs Brian Taborski and Alex Thorson of Saz’s Hospitality Group.

Money raised goes to SHARP’s STEAM-based learning efforts. Individual tickets for the event are $100 and can be purchased online at

Oenology course in May

Sharpen your wine knowledge and pairing skills with seminars offered by Waterford Wine & Spirits. Explore the red and white wines of the Loire Valley with wine tastings on May 5. The next course, Cellar Selections: The Art and Science of Aging and Collecting Wine on May 12, will provide wine samples and resources to help you decide which wines are best to age, as well as tips for getting started making or expand your collection. On May 19, Islands in the Stream: Exploring the Influence of Coastal Vineyards Around the World will take you from Sardinia to South Africa, to discover and taste the quality and variety of coastal wines available and the winemakers who produce them.

Classes are $30 each and are offered at all Waterford Wine & Spirits locations. RSVP to attend. Milwaukee: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 231-9393; Delafield: 631 Genesee Street, (262) 337-9774; Green Bay: 2665 Monroe Road, De Pere, (920) 632-7896.

East Troy Railroad Museum Dinner Trains

All aboard for the 50th season of railroading by East Troy Electric Railroad with the Dinner Train season starting May 7 and Sunday Brunch Trains starting June 12.

The dinner trains are available from May to October and offer three- or four-course meals with elegant tables on linen tablecloths.

Menus and prices vary for each dinner train, from $59 for the Burger Train or Mac ‘N Cheese Train, to $99 for the Halloween Train for Adults on October 29.

Sunday brunch trains were new to the East Troy Railroad’s dinner train schedule last year and will return this year with a menu of breakfast casseroles, pastries and a fruit bowl , as well as juice or coffee. Brunch trains will run on June 12, August 21, September 18 and October 16 and will cost $59 per person. Trains depart from East Troy Depot, 2002 Church St. Advance reservations are required with online ticketing at the East Troy Railroad Museum website:

12 days of mom

Celebrate mom for more than a day with a 12 Days of Mom Gift Set from Delicious Food Delivered. The box contains products from small businesses and food producers, such as coffee, honey, chocolates, salted caramels and dried apple slices, as well as pampering products such as shea butter balm, soaps and lotion. The box retails for $69 and can be purchased online at:

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