Restaurant Week Events
We invite you to attend a handful of unique food-themed events that raise money for community causes.
Hear from some of the chefs who took part in the event and learn more about the mission behind Restaurant Week! Video created by Tim Schwagel, Audio Engineer: Lincoln Myers.
First Taste Culinary Crawl
Thursday, September 14th 2017 • 6:00 - 8:30pm
Centered around Forage, the food-focused space inside Banbury Place, The First Taste Culinary Crawl is the exclusive kickoff event for Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week.
Taste a full meal's worth of both savory and sweet samples from a select list of 10 local restaurants, enjoy a cash bar of featured beers and wines. Experience the valley's culinary scene in a way you never have before.
Sample cuisine from these restaurants:
- Cowboy Jack’s
- The Lakely
- Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
- Mahli Thai
- Roble Tacos+Tequila
- The Informalist
- Zanzibar Restaurant & Pub
- CVTC’s Culinary Team
Plus, every ticket raises money for our partner, Feed My People Foodbank.
Local Farms Tour, by Menomonie Market
Saturday, September 16th 2017 • 8:00am - 4:30pm
$30 + optional boxed lunch
Part of the inaugural Restaurant Week, this farm tour by our friends at Menomonie Market is your chance to see four local farms/businesses and get exclusive tours from the owners! The full day bus tour will include Future Farm Grown, River Bend Winery and Vinyard, Deutsch Family Farm, and Mary Dirty Face Farm. Enjoy learning what makes their businesses unique, and what it takes to get their product on the shelves of Menomonie Market as well as, in many cases, into restaurants throughout the area. Registration is required in advance.
Future Farm Grown • Baldwin, WI - Since 2010, Future Farm Grown has been producing fresh lettuce and herbs year-round in their large greenhouse in Baldwin, WI. Steve Meyer and his team use aquaponics and hydroponics to conserve water, energy, and grow the most nutritious lettuce indoors all year. Through their distributor their products are served at restaurants throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.
River Bend Vinyard and Winery • Chippewa Falls, WI - Founded in 2009 by husband/wife duo Donna & Al, River Bend Vinyard & Winery is producing high quality wine from locally grown grapes. Starting from a passion of making wine at home and winning competitions, they opened for business selling to consumers, retailers, bars, and restaurants. River Bend’s award winning wine and tasting room has become a must-see destination for travelers. Wine and cocktails available for purchase for 21+ during the lunch break following the tour.
Deutsch Family Farm • Osseo, WI - Located on 160 acres of beautiful, certified organic land in Osseo, WI, Alison, Jim and their two children have been raising hogs outside all year in deep bedded pens and on pasture since 2006. Their pork has been featured by local chefs in dishes at many farm-focused restaurants in the region.
Mary Dirty Face Farm • Menomonie, WI - Anton and Rachel own and operate Mary Dirty Face Farm with their two young boys in Menomonie, WI. They grow sustainable, perennial fruit and berries on their 60 acre certified organic farm. They were certified organic in 2016 and remain “off-grid” by utilizing solar power and rain water collection for all of their infrastructure.
Suppertime In Lake Wobegon: An Evening With Holly Harden
Saturday, September 16th 2017 • 6:00 - 8:00pm
Hosted by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, join Holly Harden – a writer for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and the author of Good Food from Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen and Recipes for Gatherings from Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen – for an evening of fellowship, food, and stories at Forage in Eau Claire. For the occasion, Chef Brent Halverson has prepared a meal inspired by the Midwestern “church social.” Enjoy new creative takes on many old favorites as you hear about (Fall Creek native) Harden's adventures in writing.
Clear Water Comedy Presents: Local Restaurant Trivia
Wednesday, September 20th 2017 • 8:00pm
Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 20 as Clear Water Comedy presents a special Restaurant Week edition of trivia night, this time with a local restaurant theme. Gather your team of foodies and arrive on time because we’re giving away $200 in gift certificates from a bunch of different eateries to the teams with unsurpassed knowledge of local restaurants both past and present. Think you have what it takes? Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week kicks off Sept. 15 and lasts through Sept. 24, where restaurants all over the Valley offer limited-time menus of some amazing food plus a calendar of special food-themed events.
Eau Claire’s Culinary Future, Food Panel
Tuesday, September 19th 2017 • 2:00 - 4:00pm
CVTC will host a panel discussion featuring two chef instructors from their new Culinary Management Program.
Chefs Kevin Brown and Jonathan Fike will walk you through their course plans, and discuss the training needs of the growing Chippewa Valley culinary scene.
Kevin and Jonathan have also invited several area professionals to discuss how CVTC’s new culinary mission can assist local restaurateurs.