Celebrity chefs, Places - Milwaukee

Gourmet vacation and treasure hunt from Andrew Zimmern

Mix together social media, food, a tropical getaway and a celebrity chef …what do you get? A chance to win a gourmet trip to Mexico this fall from Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern and Travel Leaders.

Using Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, contest participants will find the clues so they can find the place in Milwaukee where the grand prize trip tickets are located.

“I have accumulated so many frequent flyer miles that I decided to give some of them away in a creative way to someone here in Milwaukee,” said Zimmern, who hosts “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” on Travel Channel. “Knowing how much I love to travel and explore different locations, I want to give them to someone who has a sense of adventure, a love of travel and a passion for the Greater Milwaukee Area.”

The grand prize for the participant who interprets the clues and finds the prize will be a Mexico vacation package from Travel Leaders and Funjet Vacations.  The winner will receive roundtrip airfare and stay at the El Dorado Seaside Suites by Karisma in Riviera Maya. The seven-day trip features an all-inclusive gourmet food menu available 24-hours a day during the trip.

Finding the tickets won’t be easy, but it should be fun. Participants must correctly answer trivia questions about Milwaukee, travel and Andrew Zimmern, and fill in a puzzle. More details about the contest, and the actual clues, are available at www.paradisepursuit.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ParadisePursuit and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ParadisePursuit.

The first trivia question is: What Milwaukee baseball player has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom? (Hint: He’s also known as the Hammer.)

Zimmern will be in town at Alterra on Prospect Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 30, to give the prize away to the winner.

Good luck hunting, Brew City!

Food - General, Places - Milwaukee

Taking to the skies

The food at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee has greatly improved in the past few years according to a report in The Business Journal of Milwaukee.

The airport has greatly expanded its food offerings in the past year and plans to expand more in the coming year, a reflection of growing traffic at Mitchell, longer wait times at airports since Sept. 11, 2001, and rising demand for quality food at airports nationwide.

In the last year and a half, the airport has added Nonna Bartolotta’s restaurant, Alterra Coffee Roasters, Chili’s Too, Quiznos sub shop, Famous Famiglia pizzeria and Johnny Rockets. French Meadow Bakery, a Minneapolis chain offering vegan and organic fare, opened this month, and a Usinger’s Deli is under construction.

Read more: Expanded menu: With traffic increasing, more restaurants planned for airport – The Business Journal of Milwaukee

Don’t get me wrong, Bartolotta’s is VERY Milwaukee. However, why isn’t there a Kopps custard stand at Mitchell? When I lived away from the midwest that was the first thing I wanted when I got off the plane. It’s like the first thing I wanted when I go to Boston is a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts. There are so many things that are so much more true Milwaukee, even true Wisconsin than Bartolottas. How about – O&H Danish. Their kringles are amazing. What a great idea – Alterra coffee and some kringle! How about fried cheese curds to showcase our dairy roots or taking some influence from our German heritage – something from Mader’s or Karl Ratzsch’s. Maybe a beer garden from Miller? There are so many other possibilities. This is a great food town…er, great food state. Let’s embrace our eclectic food heritage.