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Get the scoop on Door County food and drink scene, including breweries, restaurants and taverns. From Brussels to Washington Island, we’ve got the latest on what the peninsula’s chefs, bartenders, and artisans are cooking up for you in Door County.

  • Wild Tomato Brings Fine Ingredients to Pizza

    Most business deals that start with a bet don’t end happily ever after, but Sara and Britton Unkefer are beating the odds. Two years after purchasing iconic Digger’s restaurant in Fish Creek, the couple has transformed it into Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza and Grille with a following as rich as the local ingredients used in […]

  • Fresh From the Farm

    Meg Goettelman recently discovered that her great-grandfather was a gardening fanatic. “Maybe it’s in my DNA,” says Meg, which could explain why she and her husband Adam launched a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm from their home in the Clay Banks area of Sturgeon Bay last summer. CSAs are a farming model in which community […]

  • Canine Gourmet

    Since the inception of the “On Your Plate” department in Door County Living, it has been the usual custom for a restaurant, chef, or local food to be featured. Of course, while going out to various eateries of the peninsula might seem commonplace to us, our pets who are stuck at home might ask (if […]

  • Savory Leek, Gorgonzola, and Bacon Custards

    Leeks, with their mild and sweet onion flavor, do not often find their way onto our tables, except in soups, like potato-leek soup and its cool French cousin, vichyssoise. These rich, savory custards, however, showcase the subtle sweetness of leeks, brought out by the mellow tang of Gorgonzola cheese and the salty, smokiness of bacon. […]

  • Fun, Casual and Familiar

    For me, JJ’s/La Puerta is the closest I’ll ever come to Cheers:  when I walk in, I usually know the names of many of the customers as well as staff, and vice-versa. If I order a margarita, Dave knows to make it “on the rocks with no salt,” or, if I order the Mexican beer […]

  • But the Greatest of These Is Charity

    The genesis for Edgewood Orchard Galleries’ latest cookbook, An Artist’s Food for the Soul, lay in the past. “Twenty years ago my mom had the idea,” Nell Emerson Jarosh recalled, “and began gathering recipes.” But that project was eventually set aside. “[Our] 30th anniversary [in 1999] was really fun, with bands and tents,” she continued. […]

  • Southern Taste, Northern Place

    For carnivores, there is no greater scent than the smell of barbeque, of meats being slowly cooked over low heat produced by real wood. It’s the scent of backyard barbeques, competitive festivals and wildly popular restaurants around the country, with regional favorites from Texas to Kansas City, Memphis to the Carolinas. These days, Door County […]

  • A Warm Drink for the Cold Country

    Bayside Coffee:  it sounds innocuous enough. When I first heard the term, I figured it referred to a Door County coffee shop I’d somehow never heard of, a sunny café that featured cheerful baristas serving hot coffee in thick mugs to content, relaxed patrons. The servers of the Bayside Coffee are indeed cheerful and their […]

  • More Than Fruit by the Roadside

    Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market of Door County is located on a working fruit farm comprised of 100 acres of orchards and vineyards. “The working farm aspect is important,” says owner/general manager Carrie Lautenbach Viste, “because it allows visitors to experience everything that happens on a fruit farm, from planting in the spring to […]

  • The Door County 100-mile Diet Challenge

    In 2005, Vancouver residents Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon decided for economic, environmental, and health reasons to only eat food grown within 100 miles of their home for one year. (On average, your food travels between 1,200 and 2,500 miles to reach you.) Their efforts have inspired many, including 14 Door County households who began […]

  • Fresh Offerings & Saving Favorites

    What would you do with your last day on Earth? A tough question to answer but Barbara Luhring knows; she would spend it at T. Ashwell’s, eating at the bar and sipping her favorite cocktail made for her by her favorite bartender, Zack Lozoff. If that isn’t a restaurant recommendation, I don’t know what is. […]

  • Ever Wonder…Why there are goats on the roof at Al Johnson’s?

    For 36 years the goats grazing on Al Johnson’s roof in Sister Bay have attracted thousands of tourists, but very few know the story behind them.

  • Bea’s Ho-Made Products: Start With a Picnic Table and a Coffee Can

    If a story is good, it is worth telling over and over again. Such is the case with Bea’s Ho-Made Products. In 1962, Beatrice (Bea) and Bob Landin were raising their two daughters and working their Gills Rock farm. Their elder daughter, Linda, put a picnic table out by the roadside and sold some cherries […]

  • A New Twist at The Nautical Inn

    Sometimes putting a new twist on an old favorite works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Lucky for Door County residents and those who like to visit, Chef Andy’s Nautical Inn (referred to around town as “The New Nautical”) is a winner. Tucked into 234 Kentucky Street in downtown Sturgeon Bay, just a half block from the […]

  • Start with the Familiar

    When Chef Terri Milligan creates a new recipe, she begins by identifying a single item around which the entrée can evolve. As Terri explains, “I look at the item and simply ask, what goes well with this?” For example, cherries in season could inspire a new sauce for wild game. Freshly gathered morel mushrooms might […]

  • Door County’s Other Accents

    “How are you?” It’s the most common of questions, and usually doesn’t elicit much thought before a response. “I’m fine, thanks,” is the standard, no-thought response, whether true or not. But for the 400 or so international students who come to Door County to work in its kitchens, dining rooms, and shopping aisles each summer, […]

  • Farewell to the Father of the Norzwich

    The Father of the Norzwich, Gerald Norz, died June 8 at age 78. For 30 years he was a fixture, along with his wife Ann, in the aisles and behind the deli counter at the Fish Creek General Store.

  • Introducing “Wild” Asparagus

    Popping out of the pages of Paul and Marilyn Mahlberg’s fantastic little book, Wildflowers of Door County, are Marilyn’s lively watercolor renderings of the peninsula’s treasure trove of plants. Enshrined on page 116 is the tasty little gem, Asparagus officinale! However, in Paul’s succinct description of the plant appears a word that raises an eyebrow […]

  • In Love with Food & Wine: Twenty Years of the Mission Grille

    Fine dining can be intimidating. There is a perception that the wait staff will be snooty, the sommelier will talk down to you and the atmosphere will be stuffy. That is a misconception that the Mission Grille has successfully turned on its ear for the past 20 seasons. Diners are greeted with more than just […]

  • A Culinary Anchor: The Inn at Cedar Crossing

    It takes just one bite of the Brie Cheese Beignet (a brie cheese wedge, breaded, fried crisp, and served with raspberry coulis and fresh fruit) to let me know that I’ve made the right decision to lunch at the Inn at Cedar Crossing in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Located on the corner of Third Avenue and […]