As the new year begins, John McGivern is on the road once more, visiting cities across Wisconsin to uncover unique locations in each neighborhood – and meeting the interesting people who make our state’s communities thrive.
For years, Wisconsin Public Television has partnered with Holiday Vacations to provide unique travel opportunities around the world. Viewers join experienced guides and enthusiastic WPT personalities to visit many sites they may have experienced for the first time through a program on PBS.
The delights and wonder of travel abroad stand in stark contrast to many headlines these days. But The New York Times, among others, suggests one way to ease anxiety about travel in the age of unexpected attacks: travel more.
Wisconsin Foodie is back for a fifth season on Wisconsin Public Television, and I’m excited because that means it’s time to start planning new culinary adventures.
As the title indicates, “Foodie” is a show about food, but the program also fits nicely into the travel genre. Each episode, host Kyle Cherek visits restaurants, bars, creameries, farms — you name it — that are among the most talked about in their communities. All are certainly worth a visit, whether that means driving across town or across the state.
I’ve been to a handful of venues based on Foodie’s recommendation and was delighted when I saw that I’ve already been to one exceptional pizzeria featured on the new season. Last summer, I stopped at Salvatore’s Tomato Pies in Sun Prairie to break up a long drive to the Twin Cities from Lake Geneva. My dining experience was great and it’s been enhanced now that Wisconsin Foodie has revealed the chef and the story behind a pizza you can’t get anywhere else in Wisconsin.
Check out Salvatore’s and more culinary delights on Wisconsin Foodie Thursdays at 7:30, following another great travel show Around the Corner With John McGivern. Both are available to watch online, anytime. Oh, and if you visit Salvatore’s don’t be afraid to keep it simple…the crust, sauce and whole-milk mozz are perfect as is. Happy (culinary) travels.
If your Thanksgiving is at all like mine it goes a little something like this. After the feast, after the multi-table euchre tournament and after the football, inevitably someone breaks the saran-wrap seal over the leftover gravy (and all the sides that accompany gravy) and soon enough everyone in the house has had their second gut-busting meal of the day. Well this year, when you dig into the leftovers, be sure to save room for a third and fourth helping of Wisconsin Supper Clubs and Milwaukee Fish Fry.
Thanksgiving night, WPT will present a full plate of specials dedicated to eating in Wisconsin. (Dare I suggest this become a WPT Thanksgiving tradition). First up, Wisconsin Supper Clubs takes you across the state to find the best brandy old-fashioneds and prime rib – king cut, please! You’ll visit 14 supper clubs in all; from Ishnala in Lake Delton to Chippewa Falls’ High Shores and my personal favorite The Tornado Steakhouse in Madison.
Milwaukee Fish Fry focuses on the southeast part of the state, but easily resonates with anyone who’s had to choose between cod, perch and walleye. Hmm, I wonder if I could get a boat of gravy with that? Two things you can count on getting with the fish are cole slaw and fries. Enjoy these, and all the other fixins along with your turkey, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.