Unique outings for Scouts to explore Milwaukee

Milwaukee Food & City Tours offers tour options perfect for Scouts of all ages and interests. We would love to have you on tour with us so that we can show the Milwaukee community to you and your troop!

Milwaukee Photo Walk

This 2-hour walking tour is led by a professional photographer that not only provides historical narratives about the Historic Third Ward and downtown Milwaukee but also provides photography tips along the way. Cameras are not provided; attendees may want to use parent cell phones, disposable camera, or family camera on the tour.

  •   Regular price: $20 per person; Scout price: $10 per person

  • Offered to the public every Saturday from June – October from 10 am – Noon.

  •  Available as a private tour any date/time for 8+ guests.

  • Ties nicely to the Digital Photography badge for Juniors!

  Scouts photo bombing a bride (and Girl Scout alumna herself) during a Milwaukee Photo Walk in the Historic Third Ward.

Scouts photo bombing a bride (and Girl Scout alumna herself) during a Milwaukee Photo Walk in the Historic Third Ward.

Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

This bus tour shows the key neighborhoods of downtown Milwaukee as your tour guide narrates about the history of our city. Tour with roundtrip transportation lasts 1 hour, or you may “hop off” and explore a spot such as the Milwaukee Public Market to get a treat on your own to make it a longer experience for the troop.

  • Regular price: $30 per person; Scout price: $10 per person

  • Offered to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May – mid November with departures at 10 am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm and 2 pm from the Hilton City Center.

  • Not available as a private tour with the discounted price. 

  • Ties nicely to the Celebrating Community badge for Brownies, or any exploration or adventure activity!

  German exchange student exploring Milwaukee with their host family on the Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Tour in downtown Milwaukee.

German exchange student exploring Milwaukee with their host family on the Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Tour in downtown Milwaukee.

Organize a Field Trip

Learn about the history of Milwaukee through one of our field trip offerings! We offer an Italian & German field trip on Brady Street & Old World 3rd Street, a French in Milwaukee tour, a Latinos of Milwaukee tour, and a Civil Rights & Black History in Milwaukee tour. Each is a 3 - 4 hour tour and includes lunch as well as cultural experiences and meeting business owners within the chosen focus community. Itinerary details HERE

  • Regular price: $55 per person; Scout price: $35 per person

  • Offered as a private tour for groups of 15 or more.

  • Transportation is not included in pricing – groups need to arrange for bus transportation for the tour or can rent our bus for $300 (based upon availability).

  • Ties nicely to the Locavore badge!

 Students enjoying a rooftop view of Milwaukee during a Latinos of Milwaukee field trip.

Students enjoying a rooftop view of Milwaukee during a Latinos of Milwaukee field trip.

Join a Public Tour

We frequently see local troops on our public tours! This is a great option, especially for smaller groups, and ties nicely to the Locavore badge.  

Ideal tours include:

My troop had a great time on the Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus. They enjoyed sampling treats and were happy to take samples home. My own daughters still recognize the various bakeries as we drive past today. I especially enjoyed the history we learned about the various Christmas traditions from other countries and the traditions we have here in the United States. I also appreciated how welcomed the girls felt on the tour… they all felt included and respected by the other tour attendees
— Debra, Troop Leader
  Scouts enjoying 5 – 7 bakery stops and treats during our public Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus

Scouts enjoying 5 – 7 bakery stops and treats during our public Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus

To Make a Reservation

To join a public tour, simply visit milwaukeefoodtours.com or milwaukeecitytours.com to review tour options, pricing and calendar of events.

For private groups, or to set up a meet-and-greet for your troop with our founder, Theresa (Dodson) Nemetz, to learn more about her path from Brownie to woman entrepreneur, please email theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com or call 262-853-5239.

 Theresa (Dodson) Nemetz, founder of Milwaukee Food & City Tours, circa 1982 taking the Girl Scout Promise:  On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Theresa (Dodson) Nemetz, founder of Milwaukee Food & City Tours, circa 1982 taking the Girl Scout Promise: On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Best Spots in Milwaukee to Snap a Selfie

Preserving memories with through a camera has been a travelers best friend for a long time. Today, with cameras in our pockets, we have the opportunity to take so many photos, including the now ubiquitous “selfie.” Milwaukee is the place to do it.

Good Pics in The Good Land

The city has plenty of “selfie spots” and we scoped out some of the best ones in Milwaukee. Our top selfie spots in Milwaukee include:

#1. The Fonz:

Happy Days is a big part of Wisconsin’s history and Fonzie is famous throughout the country, so snap a selfie with the Bronze Fonz along the Milwaukee riverfront. He doesn’t mind if you throw a pair of sunglasses on him either! Two thumbs up and say, “Ayyyyyyyy!”

 Photo Credit: @tonyasbeautybox

Photo Credit: @tonyasbeautybox

#2 Pretty in front of the Pabst:

Milwaukee’s informal nickname is Brew City for a reason. Brewing was and remains a huge part of our history and the old Pabst Brewing campus makes for a great spot to stop for a selfie (and maybe a sip or two of beer!)

 Photo Credit: @sockdollager_chris

Photo Credit: @sockdollager_chris

#3. Snap a Skyglider Selfie!

Get a selfie in the sky high above the Wisconsin State Fair or at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest. Hop on the skyglider, grab your phone, and click away - just be careful not to drop your phone!

 Photo Credit: @matthewsbrooke

Photo Credit: @matthewsbrooke

4. Bloody Mary Selfie!

Bloody Mary’s are very loved in Milwaukee and a must try for anyone from out of town. Bonus, Milwaukee Food & City Tours offers a Bloody Mary Brunch tour every Sunday morning with tour guides always ready to jump in a selfie with our guests! Score. 

 Photo Credit: @mkefoodtours

Photo Credit: @mkefoodtours

5. Selfies for Sports Lovers

Milwaukee’s major league baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers, is affectionately known by locals as “The Brew Crew.” Miller Park has a retractable roof, meaning you can get a great shot rain or shine! Bonus points if you can score a selfie with Milwaukee’s Famous Racing Sausages!

 Photo Credit: @jakereddevils

Photo Credit: @jakereddevils

6. Indoor Delights

Weather outside isn’t ideal? Milwaukee has plenty of things to do in the winter, and the Mitchell Park Domes will not disappoint. With a desert oasis, a tropical jungle and floral gardens, not only can you enjoy a mid-winter warm up by walking through the front doors, but you can snag a great selfie here too. 

 Photo Credit: @tangled_up_in_blue_hausfrau

Photo Credit: @tangled_up_in_blue_hausfrau

7. Smile in the Shadow of the Polish Moon

Many Milwaukeeans take pride in being raised in the shadow of the Polish Moon, and many others enjoy a great beer from Milwaukee Brewing Company named after this iconic landmark. Side streets in Walker’s Point offer the best vantage points to frame the Polish Moon in your next Milwaukee selfie.  

 Photo Credit: @milwaukeeblacksmith

Photo Credit: @milwaukeeblacksmith

8. When in Milwaukee…

Milwaukee has a strong brewing history, and the tradition continues today with more than 25 craft and regional breweries. Lakefront Brewery not only offers one a brewery tour, but houses pieces of Milwaukee history such as Bernie Brewer’s chalet from the former Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium. Be sure to cap your next trip to Milwaukee with a Milwaukee brewed beer and snag a selfie to show it off!

 Photo Credit: @roxicopland

Photo Credit: @roxicopland

50 Delicious Restaurants & Bars on the Milwaukee Streetcar Route

The age old conversation that we all dread starts with, "Where do you want to go out to eat?" The other person responds, "I don't know, where do you want to go?" You know where this leads...

Starting in November, you'll have a new way to explore your downtown dining options and here at Milwaukee Food & City Tours, we are already plotting our attack.

No matter if you are a tourist or a local looking for a stay-cation, The Hop, Milwaukee’s new streetcar, is a new way to explore the city!  We’re excited to launch our Milwaukee Streetcar Food Tour to show off the city and enjoy some delicious bites and sips along the way.

We've done the leg work for you! Can you believe that there are 50 restaurants and bars within 2 blocks walking distance of a streetcar station? Some tasty spots include:

Intermodal Station

Beginning your day in Milwaukee by arriving at the Intermodal Station? Not only is this the name of the streetcar stop, but home to our bus and Amtrak train station. After arriving in town, grab a Milwaukee-brewed coffee across the street at Stone Creek Coffee - Factory Cafe, or embrace the Milwaukee mindset of it being “Miller Time” at Miller Time Pub & Grill!

  • Miller Time Pub & Grill

  • Stone Creek Coffee - Factory Cafe

 Miller Time Pub is open daily from 11 am - 1 am and offers authentic Milwaukee-brewed Miller Beer along with a delicious menu.

Miller Time Pub is open daily from 11 am - 1 am and offers authentic Milwaukee-brewed Miller Beer along with a delicious menu.

Historic Third Ward Station

Next stop is the entryway into the Historic Third Ward. One of our favorite stops on our Historic Third Ward walking tours is the Milwaukee Public Market, which brings together an eclectic collection of Milwaukee-made treats and products. Hop off at the St. Paul at Plankinton station and just walk across the bridge of the Milwaukee River, or use the Historic Third Ward station for door-to-door access.

 The Milwaukee Public Market offers access to an array of Milwaukee-produced vendors including C. Adams Bakery, The Spice House, St. Paul’s Fish Market, and Kehr's Candies.

The Milwaukee Public Market offers access to an array of Milwaukee-produced vendors including C. Adams Bakery, The Spice House, St. Paul’s Fish Market, and Kehr's Candies.

The Historic Third Ward is approximately 16 square blocks packed with dining, drinking and shopping options. In the heart of downtown, this neighborhood should be a “don’t miss!” item on your itinerary. Some of our favorite stops within 2 blocks of the Historic Third Ward streetcar station include:

  • Milwaukee Public Market

  • Milwaukee Ale House

  • Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria

  • Cafe Benelux

  • Wicked Hop

  • Smoke Shack

  • Holey Moley Coffee + Donuts

  • FreshFin Poke

  • Hudson Business + Lounge

  • Kanpai Izakaya

  • Tre Revali at the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel

  • Onesto

 There are lots of shopping and food options in the Historic Third Ward.

There are lots of shopping and food options in the Historic Third Ward.

Wisconsin Avenue Station

Not only can you sample plenty of cuisine along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor, but be sure to check out Sculpture Milwaukee, a collection of 21 free outdoor art installations along the avenue every June - October. A wide variety of cuisines within 2 blocks of the station include:

  • Swinging Door Exchange

  • East Town Kitchen & Bar

  • Carvenor

  • Indulge Wine Room

  • Third Coast Provisions

  • Cubanitas

  • Mason Street Grill

  • Blu

  • Amilinda

  • Pastiche

  • Chic Underground

  • Ward’s House of Prime

  • Nomad SC

 Be sure to stop during your visit to see the stunning artwork installed along Wisconsin Avenue every June - October.

Be sure to stop during your visit to see the stunning artwork installed along Wisconsin Avenue every June - October.

City Hall Station

While in the shadow of City Hall at this next station, be sure to stand back and sneak a peek of the Bell Tower which is named Solomon Juneau after Milwaukee’s first mayor. Hoisted into place by a team of horses in 1896, the bells were cast from melted church bells from around the city. On street level, many tasty treats and sips are available to you including:

  • My Office

  • Real Chili

  • Flannery’s

  • Mi-Key’s

  • Belmont Tavern

  • SportsClub

  • Plum Cafe

  • The Outsider

  • The Dogg House

  • Zarletti

  • Ouzo Cafe

  • Taco Bar

   Mi  -  Key's   features a down-to-earth menu with a casual vibe overlooking Cathedral Square.

Mi-Key's features a down-to-earth menu with a casual vibe overlooking Cathedral Square.

Cathedral Square Station

During the summer season, Cathedral Square transforms into a park into a bustling marketplace with markets and outdoor entertainment such as Jazz in the Park and Bastille Days. During the winter season, Cathedral Square becomes a winter wonderland with the Holiday Lights, Cocoa with the Claus’s and Santa’s Mailbox. And year round, you will have plenty of dining and drinking options available to you such as:

  • Elsa’s on the Park

  • Classy Girl Cupcakes

  • This Is It!

  • Buckley’s

  • Whiskey Bar

 Yummy and unique flavors like Cookies & Mike, as well as Party Animal cupcakes, are available at Classy Girl Cupcakes. They have many gluten free options as well!

Yummy and unique flavors like Cookies & Mike, as well as Party Animal cupcakes, are available at Classy Girl Cupcakes. They have many gluten free options as well!

Jackson At Juneau Station

Although primarily a residential stop in the Yankee Hill neighborhood, this station is complete with several restaurant options. A personal favorite is breakfast at Cafe at the Plaza in the Plaza Hotel on Astor Street, or late-night Greek eats at Mykonos on Van Buren Street.

  • Bollywood Grille

  • Cafe at the Plaza

  • Mykonos

 Breakfast at Cafe at the Plaza

Breakfast at Cafe at the Plaza

Ogden / Jackson Station

Want some of the best chicken wings in Milwaukee? Points East Pub has them!
Looking for a unique gaming experience? Oak & Shield Pub is not-to-be-missed.
And if you are seeking fine dining… look no further than one of Milwaukee’s best! Sanford Restaurant is owned and led by Justin Aprahamian who in May of 2014 was honored with the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Midwest.

  • Oak & Shield Pub

  • Points East Pub

  • Sanford Restaurant

 Fine dining is just steps away from the streetcar station at Sanford Restaurant

Fine dining is just steps away from the streetcar station at Sanford Restaurant

Ogden At Astor station

The end of the line on the Milwaukee streetcar is not the end of Milwaukee’s fantastic dining scene. Be sure to check out these quaint and romantic stops during your time in Milwaukee:

  • County Clare Irish Inn & Pub

  • Monica’s on Astor

  • The Knick Restaurant

Kick start your next celebration in Milwaukee with Tacos & Tequila!

Great ideas for birthday celebrations and Bachelorette parties that explore Milwaukee’s Mexican food scene!

Milwaukee’s ethnic culinary scene is far more diverse than most visitors (or locals) would suspect. Walker’s Point, founded by a fur trader and home of the Polish Moon, now boasts Wisconsin’s largest Spanish-speaking population. There’s no shortage of Latin-infused hidden gems in Milwaukee’s Walkers Point community, and we love to show guests these off-the-beaten-path, authentic restaurants.

Mix in a few libations as you eat your way through this vibrant neighborhood, and it’s no wonder the Tacos & Tequila Tour is our most popular option for those celebrating special occasions. Milwaukee Food & City Tours has become a destination for Bachelor and Bachelorette parties, as well as a top birthday party celebration in Milwaukee.

Here’s our list of Top 5 “must-haves” for a memorable Tacos & Tequila excursion:

1.      Fun-loving companions. Let’s face it, a night on the town is best enjoyed with a friend or two (or more!). Not saying “I do” anytime soon? Our tours are also great for birthdays, anniversaries and other group outings. Or, maybe you want to explore some of the southside gems you may have missed. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy door-to-door service without worry as we chauffeur you to each restaurant in one of our private green buses.

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2.      Tacos. Corn or flour, flat or folded—whoever invented this tortilla-wrapped deliciousness is a winner in our book. We sample different taco variations at each stop, so you can get the most authentic, flavorful Latin experience. And, of course, chips and salsa!

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3.      Tequila. It wouldn’t be a true Milwaukee tour without a little something to whet the appetite. Frozen, on the rocks, or flavored. With so many tasty combinations, it is any wonder that tequila is North America’s oldest distilled beverage? No reason to mess with a good thing.

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4.      Mariachi. While it’s not guaranteed, you’ll often find a Mariachi band serenading brides-to-be and other diners alike at one of our mainstay tour stops, El Senorial. We won’t blame if you if you want to get up and dance a little merengue—it’ll be our secret.

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5.      A sweet treat. Every great meal ends with dessert, which leads us to our final stop of the evening at a family-owned traditional Mexican bakery. You’ll need the extra dose of sugar to keep your energy levels up. Our tour will conclude in plenty of time for you to continue enjoying the nightlife that Milwaukee has to offer!

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The Tacos & Tequila tour happens nearly every Saturday night, and we’d love to celebrate your special day with you!

For smaller outings of 15 or fewer guests, groups often book tickets on our regularly scheduled tours by making their reservations online and joining a public tour. To do so, just view our calendar HERE.

For private tours of 15 or more, your reservation does not require any additional cost. You can pick the tour route, date and start time of choice (based upon availability). Simply provide us with a final head count and payment 5 days prior, and we take care of the rest. We can even provide a private link for your guests to purchase tickets, eliminating your hassle of collecting payments. Please contact info@milwaukeefoodtours.com to schedule your special occasion tour today!

Cruising into Cream City

While the city was abuzz with the 115th anniversary of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Milwaukee Food & City Tours was keeping busy with the many passengers of the Pearl Seas Cruise Ship! Yep, you heard us correctly, cruises in Milwaukee!

Port Milwaukee is aiming to secure more cruise ships to visit the city during the luxury cruise excursions. Milwaukee Food & City Tours is the premier provider of shore excursions for boats large and small docking in Milwaukee. Accommodating 200 to 400 guests, Great Lakes cruises give passengers an intimate, luxury cruise experience with exceptional shore excursions. And the staterooms have spectacular views of the Great Lakes from private balconies.

 Milwaukee Food & City Tours tour guides and staff ready to show the best of Milwaukee during a shoreline excursion to passengers cruising the Great Lakes.

Milwaukee Food & City Tours tour guides and staff ready to show the best of Milwaukee during a shoreline excursion to passengers cruising the Great Lakes.

So, what do you do with 200 passengers from Pearl Seas on a sunny Friday in Milwaukee? The day kicked off with an early opening of the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by famed architect, Santiago Calatrava, and filled with nearly 25,000 works of art. This was a great stop for both a cup of coffee to kick-start our day together and an iconic Milwaukee gift shop! 

 Say, “CHEESE!” Cruise ship visitors from South Africa take advantage of a photo opps offered at the Milwaukee Art Museum while visiting Milwaukee.

Say, “CHEESE!” Cruise ship visitors from South Africa take advantage of a photo opps offered at the Milwaukee Art Museum while visiting Milwaukee.

After watching the Brise Soleil open on the horizon of Lake Michigan, we continued via bus to North Point Lighthouse. This was a perfect chance for passengers to relax, stretch their legs and learn more about this preserved lighthouse turned museum.

 Passengers sit back to enjoy an overlook at the North Point Lighthouse while touring town with Milwaukee Food & City Tours.

Passengers sit back to enjoy an overlook at the North Point Lighthouse while touring town with Milwaukee Food & City Tours.

We’ve been to Chicago but heard so much about Milwaukee. The North Point Lighthouse is fabulous. This is the first time we’ve been to this part of the country and people have been so incredibly nice!
— Beth of Baltimore, MD

Continuing our sightseeing excursion, our experienced tour guides shared Milwaukee’s beer-filled past while we stepped into The Pabst Mansion—home to Milwaukee’s famed brewer, Frederick Pabst.

We concluded our shore excursion in the Historic Third Ward neighborhood, stopping at the Milwaukee Public Market to pick up the last of the crew's Milwaukee souvenirs.

Arriving back at their ship in time for lunch, passengers shared that they were pleasantly surprised by the sheer beauty of the Milwaukee shoreline along Lake Michigan.

WATCH THIS VIDEO recap of their day in Milwaukee!

 Docked in Port Milwaukee ready to visit Milwaukee during a shore excursion.

Docked in Port Milwaukee ready to visit Milwaukee during a shore excursion.

We cannot believe how fabulous this city is. We had no idea!
— Butch & Jenny, Colleyville TX

One of our tour guides, Caitlin, said, "These are my absolute favorite type of tours to lead. I love knowing that I’m the ambassador to Milwaukee, and that I have just a short time to share our beautiful home, history and hot spots!"

Whether arriving by boat or bus, Milwaukee Food & City Tours continues to be the experts in navigating each and every visitor’s itinerary and are a resource for groups looking to offer their guests world-class experiences. Available to host groups of 1 to 400+ to show off the city, Milwaukee Food & City Tours provides step-on guide services, hop on hop off sightseeing experiences, themed food tours, and receptive tour itinerary planning to meet the needs of your group. Let our 12 years of experience creating itineraries and leading tours be the next tour your guests can't stop talking about!

The Best Italian Bakeries in Milwaukee to find Easter Treats

At Milwaukee Food & City Tours we love our sweets. Whether its a scoop of cool, creamy custard on our Burger & Custard Capital of the World tour, a stop on our Cedarburg Sweets & Treats tour every Sunday afternoon, or a buttery Christmas cookie on our special Christmas tours, there isn’t a dessert we can turn down.

We kicked off spring and prepared for Easter with a special daytrip to Racine with a bus full of tour guests. During our travels, we heard from the curator at the 9th Annual International Peeps Art Exhibition at the Racine Art Museum, enjoyed brunch at a historic B&B overlooking Lake Michigan, toured a greenhouse and shopped at iconic Milaeger’s, and satisfied our bunny ear craving at a local chocolatier!

As tour attendees prepare for holidays, we frequently are asked, “Which Italian bakery in Milwaukee sells the best breads and cookies?” We decided to delve into learning about the Italian baking traditions for Easter by visiting the best Italian bakeries in the greater Milwaukee area.

Pupa Con L'ouva

One of the most popular Easter treats in Sicily is Pupa Con L’uova (also spelled Pupi and Pupo frequently) translates to “the doll with the egg,” a sweet treat usually given to children as Easter gifts. This treat is made of sweet dough wrapped around decorated eggs into various shapes like birds, dolls, hearts, bunnies and more. An egg is held into place by strips of crossed dough.

 Duck shaped Pupa Con L’uova from Scordato's Bakery Inc.

Duck shaped Pupa Con L’uova from Scordato's Bakery Inc.

Many area Italians and Sicilians recall waking up on Easter morning to find this pastry in their basket as a special breakfast treat. It is lightly sweetened with orange and anise and resembles a very thick cookie dough. This sweet dough is a wrapped around a raw egg that is sometimes dyed before being baked. Once the pastry is baked it is decorated with a thin frosting and decorated with sprinkles, colored frosting or Jordan almonds.

Tradition says that the bigger the pastry and the more eggs in the pastry, the more important the recipient is. Therefore, the biggest pastry is traditionally given to the head of the household.

Milwaukee has no shortage of wonderful options to get your own Pupa Con L’uovas! We visited four best Italian bakeries in the greater Milwaukee area and love how each bakery put their own spin on the traditional Pupa Con L’uova and made it their own.

Want to stock your Easter table with these delightful treats? Here’s where to go:

Canfora’s Bakery
1100 E Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee
Cost: $5.99
Featuring dyed Easter eggs, a thicker cookie and frosting, sprinkled with Jordan almonds on top. Whimsical shapes including hearts and doves, in addition to traditional shapes. Not a Pupa Con L'uova, however, Canfora Bakery also sells loaves of bread shaped as bunnies.

 Special bunny shapes bread loaves from Canfora Bakery. Pre-order required; $6.99 each. 

Special bunny shapes bread loaves from Canfora Bakery. Pre-order required; $6.99 each. 

Nino’s Italian Bakery & Deli
N88 W16683 Main Street, Menomonee Falls
Cost: $4.99
Featuring a moist cookie with distinct almost flavor and dyed Easter eggs. Traditional shapes of baskets and crosses.

Scordato Bakery Inc.
5011 W Howard Ave, Milwaukee
Cost: $3.99
Featuring undyed Easter eggs and light anise flavoring. Shapes include traditional basket, nest, duck, bunny and cross.

 Hard boiled egg in Pupa Con L’uova from Peter Sciortino Bakery

Hard boiled egg in Pupa Con L’uova from Peter Sciortino Bakery

Peter Sciortino Bakery
1101 E Brady St, Milwaukee
Cost: $5.99
Featuring a more cookie-like consistency, undyed Easter eggs, and glazed with a consistent and thick frosting. Traditional shapes of baskets and bunnies.

Pane Di Pasqua

Pupa Con L’uova is commonly confused with its Italian cousin, Pane Di Pasqua, or Easter Italian Bread. Pane Di Pasqua is like a bioche bread that is braided into various shapes with eggs nestled among the folds.

Want to order some traditional Italian Easter Bread in Milwaukee?  The only bakery we have been able to find this product is at:

Aggie’s Bakery & Cake Shop
7328 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis
Cost: $7.95
Must pre-order, or will be available in-store 3 days prior to Easter.

If you know of an area bakery that sells Pane Di Pasqua, please email us at theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.co
 

Join us year-round with your sweet tooth!

Interested in learning more about Milwaukee bakeries? Join us on our Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus this December! On each action packed 3-hour tour, we visit 6 – 8 of the best bakeries in the Milwaukee for treats and shopping, and learn about the traditions of Christmas in route to each stop on the bus!

We also offer several Christmas trips each December, including a trip to Poland!  On the trip we enjoy cooking classes and learn to prepare various dishes traditionally served during Wigilia (Polish Christmas Eve). During a Polish Christmas baking class, we bake the most popular Christmas cookies in Poland too. Along the way, we make shopping stops at the most festive Polish markets in Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw, Zakopane and Krakow.

It’s never too early to begin planning your Christmas festivities! Details and tickets are available at: https://www.milwaukeefoodtours.com/christmas/

Planning a Fun Birthday Party in Milwaukee

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We love to plan a customized birthday party for a milestone year! Through the years we get to know our clients who become repeat tour attendees. One of our regular tour attendees, Carrie, has been on five tours with Milwaukee Food & City Tours, and we were thrilled when her niece, Megan, asked for our help to make her 50th birthday celebration one she would never forget. 

A fan of all things Prince, our signature green bus pulled up piping out tunes by her favorite artist to kick the party into high gear. Upon arrival at our first stop, Carrie and her friends and family were treated to a custom created doughnut cake from Cranky Al's in Wauwatosa.


There were a total of five different stops on Carrie’s birthday tour – each personalized specially for her! The group favorite was a private class at Square One Art Glass on Vliet Street. The group experienced a basics of glassblowing session and were able to pick custom colors to make their very own glass blown ornament.

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Thank you so much for an amazing experience that gave us all some pretty great memories. My favorite part of the birthday tour was the glass blowing. Blown glass is something we collect whenever we travel and being able to make our own with our family members was fun and meant so much to me.

On the bus throughout the day, our tour guide hosted Carrie-specific trivia!Megan created a quiz that posed silly questions such as, “How many cars did Carrie total in high school?”, and memorable ones like, “Who was Carrie’s childhood best friend?” Prizes were awarded for the correct answers, and all were Carrie-themed! Megan curated some of her favorite candy and other Carrie memorabilia were shared with her friends and family as prizes.

The group enjoyed some of our favorite hidden gems that Carrie has discovered while on previous tours with Milwaukee Food & City Tours. This included stopping for the giant 26” pepperoni pizza at Classic Slice Pizzeria that is featured weekly on our Pizza Bus tour, and stopping at El Canaveral, for fajitas estilio made with chicken, chorizo, steak, peppers, onions and tomatoes. These delicious fajitas are a fan favorite when featured on our Tacos & Tequila tour, along with a Tequila Sunrise. 

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Carrie has a special place in her heart for rescue animals and requested a very special stop. At the Wisconsin Humane Society we arranged for a private tour and donation on behalf of the group. The visit was complete with a walk-through of the wildlife rehab center, viewing of the nursery, and seeing the vet clinic. We ended our time in the adoption area and meet some of the animals. Who could resist the adorable eyes and snuggles of a dog? Megan's aunt and uncle who were also on the tour returned the next day and adopted a puppy – what a beautiful way to commemorate this milestone birthday!

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Our final stop of the was at Indulgence Chocolatiers for a wine and truffle pairing. A sweet ending to an absolutely amazing day!

Carrie continues to be hooked on Milwaukee Food & City Tours and the work that we do to help make memories for our tour attendees. She shared,

Celebrating my 50th birthday with Milwaukee Food & City Tours was the perfect way to celebrate my favorite things, foods and drinks. Jean was the perfect guide and the day was perfectly planned and executed!  Letting Milwaukee Food & City Tours run plan and execute our celebration made this the most stress-free party ever!  I can’t wait to take our next tour!
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We were so excited when we are asked to plan a special birthday outing in Milwaukee and can’t wait to personalize your tour with special moments around your favorite things.

Celebrating an Iconic Milwaukee 50th Wedding Anniversary

Wedding anniversaries are one of the most special celebrations that you can share with your loved ones. Sometimes it’s difficult to decide what to do! Do you have a nice quiet night in, or go out on the town with friends and family? For Jill and Peter, they wanted to do something special with their family to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary!

Personalizing a Tour to You

At the beginning of the planning process, we sat down with Jill and asked her questions such as, “where did you go on your first date with Peter?” Armed with the story of their romance, Milwaukee Food & City Tours was able to propose a custom tour to not only show off Milwaukee, but also to show their family some very special places.

 Jill and Peter's Milwaukee Wedding Day, July 1967

Jill and Peter's Milwaukee Wedding Day, July 1967

The 50th Anniversary Celebration

Entitled, Celebrating a Classic Love in Classic Milwaukee, we picked up the group at the North Point Congregational Church, where the two married 50 years ago! We drove past their high school and past their favorite hangout – the old Milky Way. The Milky Way was the inspiration to Happy Days producers for Arnold's Drive-In and is now where Kopp’s Frozen Custard resides. During the tour, we stopped at the Wisconsin Cheese Mart, where we sampled cheese, sausage, beer for the grown-ups and root beer for the grand-kids. Next was a visit to Milwaukee’s Golden Boy, the iconic Bronze Fonz statue for a photo!

 Two thumbs up from family from near and far celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jill and Peter.

Two thumbs up from family from near and far celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jill and Peter.

We walked along the Riverwalk to the Intercontinental Hotel and went for the classic Marc’s Big Boy Burger at Kilowat. Once upon a time, Peter was the Commissary Manager for the Marc’s Big Boy Restaurants, Captain’s Steak Joints and the Red Garter downtown. Needless to say, Jill and Peter had many date nights with that classic burger. Jill’s sister and daughter both worked at Big Boy’s too – a family tradition! 

 Once again delving into the classic Marc's Big Boy Burger

Once again delving into the classic Marc's Big Boy Burger

After a delicious lunch, the tour stopped at Indulgence Chocolatiers - because nothing is sweeter than love. The afternoon ended at North Point Custard, where everyone could enjoy the lakefront and a frozen treat!

 Jill enjoying a custard treat with her grand daughter at the conclusion of their Milwaukee Food & City Tour excursion.

Jill enjoying a custard treat with her grand daughter at the conclusion of their Milwaukee Food & City Tour excursion.

In route, our tour guide even hosted a personalized trivia game for their children and grandchildren to play during the bus ride! As the tour concluded and we retraced Peter and Jill’s steps of courtship, we sent our guests off with a special Milwaukee party favor, a personalized golden wedding cake cookie created by La Tarte Bakery.

Our team was so excited to help make Jill and Peter’s 50th wedding anniversary tour a special one, and after the tour, the thank you e-mail from Jill and Peter affirmed that this was a home run. She wrote,

THANK YOU for planning this tour.  It was wonderful.  Everything was perfect and we especially enjoyed meeting with the new minister at the Congregational Church in Fox Point. We had so much fun with the grandkids as well.  They enjoyed every part of the tour.  Lots of time for them to run around and experience the sand at Bradford Beach and the custard they’d never had before, and the delicious chocolate their mom loved!!!  What a fantastic time. It was the highlight of the entire weekend!!

At Milwaukee Food & City Tours, we want to plan a special day for you! Whether it be an anniversary, Bachelorette party, birthday, we love customizing our itinerary to help make your day EXTRA special. 

 Jill and Peter, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family where it all began at the North Shore Congregational Church

Jill and Peter, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family where it all began at the North Shore Congregational Church

This Guy Proposed on a Milwaukee Food & City Tour and it was Awesome!

Mike planned the perfect winter anniversary getaway in Milwaukee for his unsuspecting bride-to-be, Kristin, complete with tickets to one of our signature bus tours. The Craft Brewery & Cocktails tour provided a unique proposal backdrop for the couple who have enjoyed discovering new craft beers throughout their courtship.

 Hopping on the Craft Brewery & Distillery Tour to visit our first tour stop, Twisted Path Distillery in the Lincoln Warehouse. 

Hopping on the Craft Brewery & Distillery Tour to visit our first tour stop, Twisted Path Distillery in the Lincoln Warehouse. 

The Secret Plan

On the tour, we visit 4 – 5 hidden gems in Milwaukee’s craft beer community for discussion and tastings. Mike called Milwaukee Food & City Tours prior to the proposal to ensure he knew the layout of the tour, and shared with us feedback about some of their favorite breweries to visit. We made sure to plan a tour itinerary with some of their favorites, and incorporated in some hidden gems as well. We also arranged for Troy Freund, a Milwaukee Photo Walk tour guide and professional photographer, to attend the tour and document the occasion.

 Touring Third Space Brewery

Touring Third Space Brewery

The Proposal

During the tour, Good City Brewing served as our third stop of the day and location for the proposal. While sampling Motto pale ale, we learned about Brewmaster and Co-Founder, Andy Jones', inspiration to open the brewery. As our time at Good City Brewing came to an end, the tour guide asked our attendees, “Are there any questions?” In that moment, Mike had a very special question for Kristin and indeed, she said, “YES!” Our stunned tour attendees applauded in witness to this special moment and quickly surrounded the couple to congratulate them on their Milwaukee engagement. The tour truly became a celebration because in "small-waukee" fashion, the group soon discovered multiple mutual connections among them. 

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Departing Good City Brewing in the height of winter, we returned to the warmth of a cozy tour bus and visited our final destination of the day – Urban Harvest Brewing Company. Located in a former theatre space, Mike arranged for friends and family from near and far to sneak in and join the celebration in the theatre space as our tour concluded.

 Congratulations Mike and Kristin on your engagement!

Congratulations Mike and Kristin on your engagement!

Whether helping you plan the perfect engagement moment, working with bridal parties to coordinate Bachelorette / Bachelor parties, providing a party bus for your wedding photos, or helping show off Milwaukee to your out-of-town guests, Milwaukee Food & City Tours provides a wide range of unique options. We work with each couple individually because we truly believe every wedding memory is one-of-a-kind.

Other Ways We Can Help

  • We hosted a tour with a couple on the way to their courthouse wedding! Sarah and Jacob wanted to treat their families to a fun event to celebrate their marriage, and thought that the Brady Street Lunch Tour would be the perfect neighborhood tour! They were very pleased with our tour and shared this positive review: “Our families really enjoyed themselves! Karen was a great guide. Thank you for making our wedding weekend special.”
  • Rather than a traditional wedding reception, we can help you plan a moveable feast to showcase Milwaukee’s great ethnic heritage and cuisine. Consider a progressive meal with appetizers on Old World 3rd Street, entrée in the Historic Third Ward, and dessert along Brady Street.  Optional stop to see Milwaukee's Golden Boy is available too!
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  • Allow Milwaukee Food & City Tours to show off Milwaukee to your out-of-town guests in for the big day. We host a sightseeing city tour that is perfectly timed to fill the gap time between wedding to reception!
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  • Caitlin, Michigan-native, married Greg in his hometown of Racine, WI.  The day after their wedding they took a deep-dive into Racine history and the famous Danish pastry, kringle, with her entire family on a customized version of our Kringle Tour. Now, she isn't allowed to visit her family without stopping at O&H Bakery to pick up a kringle or two.
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  • Our buses are available to rent for wedding photos, or to shuttle guests between venues – with no hourly minimums required! Our bus drivers go the extra mile for our groups too. One bride thought that her guests may be hungry after the reception, so ordered 100 McDonald’s hamburgers and cheeseburgers and asked that our driver pick them up at 11pm before the celebration ended. She handed them out to all guests after leaving the reception!
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  • We've had the pleasure of being a part of many anniversary celebrations. Planning your 50th wedding anniversary? Check out this nod to the past, complete with Marc's Big Boy Burgers!

Let Milwaukee Food & City Tours make your celebration incredible! Not only will you have an amazing time, we will love planning it for you! Give us a call at 262-853-5239 to tell us a little bit more and let’s begin to plan an incredible experience!

Use Tinkergarten discount code theresanacf0 to save $25 (no expiration)

We've often said that we loved Milwaukee, but fell head over heels in love with Milwaukee once we started our tour company. We now often say the same thing about parenthood and discovering the many great activities around the city to do with children. Today was no different when we attended our first Tinkergarten sessionin Estabrook Park.

Designed an outdoor class for kids to learn through play, it was founded in the similar concept of the Forest Kindergartens of Germany. This morning the attendees gathered sticks during an ice breaker, sang a welcome song, collected leaves & flowers to make a "magic potion," and enjoyed a snack together before climbing trees and saying goodbye. 

If you are interested in learning more and saving $25, use discount code theresanacf0 when you register online for a fall class.

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Milwaukee Sightseeing City Tour with the MKE Pass

If you’re looking to get the most immersive sight-seeing experience this side of Lake Michigan, add a MKEPASS to your Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus. For only $50, the MKEPASS is the most convenient way to access Milwaukee’s premier tourist attractions. You can stop spending your vacation time trying to plan point a to point b and instead enjoy the ride. There are plenty of things to do in Milwaukee, but only one pass will afford you access to the following destinations as part of an inclusive city tour that is customizable to your own personal preferences. Sit back, relax, and treat yourself to a day of sightseeing, dining, and exploring with the help of the MKE Pass.

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Imagine this:
You and your friends are standing in front of the Lakefront Brewery. You’ve just finished a pint and you’re waiting for your Hop-on bus to arrive. Our signature green bus pulls up to the sidewalk and opens its doors for you to board. You take a seat near a window and glance outside to see a gorgeous view of Schlitz Park, Pabst Brewery and Old World 3rd Street on the way to your next stop of Urban Harvest, Lost Valley Cider, and Milwaukee Brewing Company. There’s a great selection of craft beer in Walker's Point, so you make a mental note to come back later for a few more drinks of some local brew. You’re already starting to get a feel for this unique, vibrant city, and you know it’s only the beginning of day packed with new tastes, experiences, and adventures.

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Choose 2 of the following with your MKE Pass:

Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum houses four floors of over forty galleries of regularly rotated artwork varieties. Some of the most notable artists featured include Nardo di Cione, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Winslow Homer, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Jóan Miro, Mark Rothko, Robert Gober, and Andy Warhol. It’s important to note, the art inside the museum isn’t the only work worth experiencing. Stroll the Cudahy Gardens surrounding the main museum buildings, explore the gigantic Quadracci Pavillion, and give reverence to the War Memorial Center as you tour the property.

Harley-Davidson Museum – includes Audio Tour!

Get up close and personal with the history surrounding the rise of the great motorcycle empire, Harley-Davidson. The galleries inside the museum are completely interactive, so sitting atop the display motorcycles is encouraged. If you’re looking for insider access, visit the engine room. Set against a wall of orange, the engines on display illustrate the evolution of the Harley-Davidson engine from its earliest to its latest incarnation. With the MKE Pass, every participant will take an audio tour through the museum while being guided by the great legends who made Harley-Davidson great. 

Discovery World

This 120,000-square foot science and technology center is full of exhibits that are fun no matter your age. Explore the human biome inside the Zoo in You exhibit, or take a walk inside a virtual world in the center’s brand new virtual reality center. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to experience something new and magical at Discovery World, and you’ll definitely leave with some new science know-how to brag about back home.

Milwaukee Public Museum – includes Planetarium!

The Milwaukee Public Museum excites the senses and curiosities of its visitors, and you’re sure to be no exception. The museum covers three and a half floors of exhibit area, with additional space for traveling and temporary exhibits. Tour the museum's 150,000-square feet of exhibit space to visit continents and habitats. Take a small step back in time to the turn-of-the-century Streets of Old Milwaukee, European Village, and to ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Choose to be delighted by galaxies and constellations with the MKE Pass, which includes admission into the museum planetarium.

 Hop off at the Milwaukee Art Museum to visit the stunning Calatrava entrance.

Hop off at the Milwaukee Art Museum to visit the stunning Calatrava entrance.

Choose 3 of the following with your MKE Pass:

Grohmann Museum

The Grohmann Museum exists to showcase the evolution of human work through art. Inside its glass doors and giant winding staircase, participants will experience over 1,000 different paintings in various styles that illustrate different forms of human work; whether in the home, on the farm, or inside a factory. The museum itself stands as a representation of human excellence and drive, and evokes a sense of wonder at the human condition and at man’s way of maintaining a sense of purpose with personal achievement.

Milwaukee County Historical Society

Located in a historic bank building along the Milwaukee River in downtown Milwaukee, the Milwaukee County Historical Society houses the museum, research library, offices, some collections storage and events. Participants who choose to explore the building will have access to the historical center and research library, the perfect spot to explore some Milwaukee history on your own or to take in the ambiance of that decadent old book smell while ruminate at one of the tables around the room.

Beer pint of choice at Lakefront Brewery (Tier 1)

Lakefront Brewery came about when two competitive hobbyist brewers joined forces to create what is now a fortress of alcoholic delights, and visitors to the brewery always leave with a deeper understanding of its history and a tummy full of delightfully organic craft beer.

Cocktail of choice at Great Lakes Distillery

(Excludes Special Spirit Release Cocktails)

Great Lakes Distillery has a great bar showcasing their spirits, and a seasonal menu to match the tastes of any spirit connoisseur. The staff is friendly and open, so whether you’re just beginning to enjoy craft cocktails or you’re a cocktail maven, this place is for you.

 Attendees on the Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus can visit Lakefront Brewery. Add-on the MKEPASS and receive a free beer upon arrival too!

Attendees on the Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus can visit Lakefront Brewery. Add-on the MKEPASS and receive a free beer upon arrival too!

Purchase your MKEPASS online in advance of hopping on the bus, or purchase when you get on the bus at any of the 11 convenient Hop On locations throughout downtown Milwaukee.  Complete details of pick up locations are listed HERE; sightseeing bus operates every Friday, Saturday & Sunday through mid-November. 

A Culinary Vacation to Poland with Milwaukee Food & City Tours

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Milwaukee Food & City Tours, we ventured overseas for a culinary vacation to Europe's best kept secret - Poland!  

Day 1 & 2 - Traveling to Poland
We had door-to-door service from our homes in Milwaukee to Chicago O'Hare airport. We arrived in Krakow and began our visit by checking in at The Grand Hotel, right on the main square. Many of us visited Auchwitz Museum or used the extra day and explored Krakow and the Pierogi Festival where we ate, drank, shopped the many outdoor vendors and listened to music.

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Day 3 – We attended Mass in one of many Catholic churches in Krakow, and toured the Jewish district of Krakow which used to hold the biggest Jewish population in the world pre-1940. And the reason for our August 2017 visit? We attended the annual Pierogi Festival and even got to judge and pick the best tasting one. Our favorite? The banana/nutella filled pierogi.

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After enjoying so many delicious treats, we drove north to Zakopane highlander country, where Pope John Paul lived. During our drive we stopped in Chocholowska to sample oscypek cheese and highlander tea made with raspberry vodka. Then, we checked into a small palace called Hotel Art & Spa for the next 4 days. The Polish people are so proud of their country; it is truly one of the most friendliest and hospitable people we have ever encountered.

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Day 4 - Today, we attended our first cooking class in one of the highlander villages in the Podhale region. We made beet soup, potato and blueberry pierogis, potato bread, stuffed cabbage rolls, homemade cheese, and plum cake - all made with fresh ingredients including sour cream and butter. We washed it down with homemade raspberry and cherry vodka. In the afternoon, we traveled back to Zakopane and tour this beautiful mountain town for the rest of the day including a stop at a cemetery known locally as the "Happy Cemetery," with mainly artists that are buried there. Highlanders are carpenters and wood carvers, so we toured and saw many churches and buildings made of wood along the way as well. We rode a cable car up Gubalowka Hill to see the Sleeping Knight Mountain, and ended the day shopping and eating on our own at the Zakopane Festival.

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Day 5 - We traveled to Sromowce-Wyzne village to begin our trip on a wooden raft through the Dunajec River Gorge. The rafting trip is one of the best-known attractions of this region and what an absolutely gorgeous day for the relaxing ride ahead! After rafting and lunch, we traveled to Debno Podhalanskie village to visit timber churches where the interior includes unique paintings and precious Gothic sculptures from the 15th and 16th centuries. The churches are on the UNESCO List of World Heritages. At the end of the day, we took a stroll down Krupowki Street, a pedestrian only street with many shops, restaurants, and music vendors.

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Day 6 - What an absolutely gorgeous and enjoyable day in another little highlander village of Podhale. Today we enjoyed a private cooking class and made crepes stuffed with chicken goulash and sweet cheese and apricot jam, sauerkraut soup, cabbage slaw and carrot slaw, potato dumpling stuffed with meat, sweet stick cookies and rose petal jam cookies. We cooked our meal, ate the meal and washed it down with homemade lemon vodka. We also stopped at a woodmakers cabin to see and buy his carved arts. The villages are so quaint and beautiful; many of their houses are 100's of years old. To celebrate our day, we dined at Gazdowka u Zajaca restaurant, a highlander family owned restaurant, which offers regional specialties with folk entertainment. We had a ball dancing, and the owner was very gracious and entertaining.

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Day 7 - Breakfast is included in our stay at the hotels, with beautiful European continental breakfast each day. After breakfast, we said goodbye to Zakopane and visited Bacowka on the way to Krakow, a small mountain shepherd hut, where smoked sheep cheese “oscypek” is made in a traditional way by highlanders.

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Once in Krakow, we took a guided tour of the city. Krakow is the 3rd largest city in Poland and escaped the devastation that obliterated other Polish cities during WWII. Our first stop was a 14th century Wawel Castle and Cathedral where Pope John Paul previously served Mass and served as Cardinal for 14 years. No pictures could be taken here but it is absolutely gorgeous. We visited the Old Town Market Square, the largest medieval town square in Europe, and even snuck pictures in St Mary's Church, the oldest alter in Europe. 

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Day 8 - We concluded our last full day in Poland with a final cooking class. On the way to class, we stopped at the local farmers market and then learned to prepared a typical 3-course Polish meal with Chef Marek Widomski, a famous Polish chef in a of Poland. We prepared the city version of pierogis, beet soup, and stuffed cabbage rolls, made with the old country recipes but as a lighter and "outside of the box" version. We made tartar with ground sirloin and quail eggs, which were absolutely delicious, and washed it down with Buffalo vodka. Dessert was apple compote, sweet cream and raspberry sorbet with a homemade raspberry cordial.

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After our class we toured the famous Wieliczka Salt Mile, an underground city with galleries, lakes, chapels and murals, all carved from salt.

Our culinary vacation to Poland concludes here, but this trip was beyond our expectations, the country and city sides were beautiful, weather perfect, and the local people could not have made us feel any more welcomed!  

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Want to join us on a future trip? Email theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com or visit https://www.milwaukeefoodtours.com/trips to learn more! We will be traveling to Italy in September 2018 to deconstruct the pizza, and then returning to Poland in spring 2019!

Top 10 Moments in 10 Years of Milwaukee Food & City Tours

When we started Milwaukee Food & City Tours in 2007, we had no idea the collection of stories that we would amass from meeting such unique individuals from around the Midwest, country and world!  One of the frequent questions we are asked now is, "What are some of the oddest or coolest tour situations you've been in?"  After 10 years, we’ve seen our share of interesting scenarios!  Here’s our “Top 10 Moments in 10 Years”:

1.     Broken Hearted in Milwaukee: Our very first accident involved a gaggle of girls on one of our high school field trips, ogling a shirtless Milwaukeean putting his trash container on the curb… and then said high school girls proceeding to trip off the curb. Several bloodied toes and knees resulted; no broken bones though – just broken hearts.

2.     A Midsummer Night’s Mooning: There is nothing more beautiful than a summer’s moon. With one exception. Our group was standing in front of The Irish Pub in the Historic Third Ward when a patron inside mooned the entire tour group- checks pressed perfectly up against the bay windows. Much tour laughter ensued on our Bloody Mary Brunch tour and we had quite the blushing tour guide!

 Stopping in the Historic Third Ward & The Irish Pub for a Bloody Molly during a recent Bloody Mary Brunch tour

Stopping in the Historic Third Ward & The Irish Pub for a Bloody Molly during a recent Bloody Mary Brunch tour

3.     The Summerfest Swimmer: During Summerfest, we often come across festival goers walking home through the neighborhood. One late-night tour group encountered a young man stripping down to his skivvies, then jumping into the Milwaukee River for a swim home?  Eventually he was fished from the river to safety.

4.     The Cheesy Bride: We love renting our buses to local brides and grooms on their wedding day to take wedding photos around Milwaukee, as well as to shuttle guests to/from area hotels. Often times we accommodate very special bridal requests, so when local bride Janna asked our driver to pull into McDonald’s, we were happy to do so. She pre-ordered 100 cheeseburgers as a late-night treat for her guests in route to the reception. Hours later our driver made sure to pick up the burgers and have them hot and ready on the bus for the post-wedding reception trips back to the hotel!

 Stopping at the Golden Arches to pre-order cheeseburgers for a late-night, post-wedding snack on the wedding shuttle!

Stopping at the Golden Arches to pre-order cheeseburgers for a late-night, post-wedding snack on the wedding shuttle!

5.     Food Tours – Not just for Humans: It was impawsible to say no to this far-fetched idea, but we hosted a food tour for our 4-legged friends during National Dog Week. We raised the ruff at The Wicked Hop to eat outdoors on the patio, visited some local stores for dog food tastings and agility sessions, were pampered at a doggy spa, and even stopped at a dog friendly bakery for some treats to cap off our tour together. Bone Appetit!

 Bone Appetit Dog Friendly Food Tour hosted during National Dog Week.

Bone Appetit Dog Friendly Food Tour hosted during National Dog Week.

6.     No Ring? No Problem: We love celebrating brides-to-be on our tours, but discovered that we can celebrate brides-to-NOT-be just as easily. We planned a fantastic outing for a destination bridal party, but discovered on tour day that the groom last minute declined the pending nuptials. The bride decided that the party must go on, and we had a fantastic time celebrating the single life, and bridal party friendship. 

7.     Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood: We have met so many Milwaukeeans on tours that share wonderful memories from their own lives during our tours. While on a Brady Street lunch with generations of women from a family celebrating Mothers Day, mom (Gail) shared about the time she went out as a little girl for this extra special treat that her father had heard about called… PIZZA. Her first slice of this exotic dish was at Zaffiro’s, right on Brady Street, and the starting spot of our Brady Street lunch tour

 Gail shared with her daughters about her first slice of pizza, enjoyed right on Brady Street in the 1950's.

Gail shared with her daughters about her first slice of pizza, enjoyed right on Brady Street in the 1950's.

8.     YES, That Was A Camel: We pride ourselves on having well-versed tour guides able to easily navigate the city and change course at a moment’s notice. This was put to the test when our Sightseeing City Tour was rerouted for a wedding party, featuring a camel, walking down the middle of Wisconsin Avenue in route to The Pfister Hotel.

 Pre-Wedding Toast on our Brady Street Lunch Tour

Pre-Wedding Toast on our Brady Street Lunch Tour

9.     She Said YES! We were cheering when a gentleman took to bended knee in Cathedral Park surrounded by the beauty of the Christmas lights and their families, to ask a blushing bride-to-be for her hand in marriage during our Christmas Lights & Desserts tour. And we were really cheering when we said our tour goodbye's and sent a bride and groom with a late afternoon wedding to the courthouse. They chose Milwaukee Food & City Tours as their pre-wedding activity for their families to get to know each other and their neighborhood before they said, “I Do, I Do.” 

 A mid-tour proposal on our Christmas Lights & Desserts Tour

A mid-tour proposal on our Christmas Lights & Desserts Tour

10.  Nature At It’s Finest: As we’ve expanded through the years, we’ve begun to offer daytrips and overnight adventures. During a weekend excursion to Frankenmuth, MI, we discovered the importance of always being prepared for a deviation in a tour day. A squirrel ate through the main power line leading into Frankenmuth and knocked out power to the entire city!  We adjusted our itinerary to feature non-electric required activities until the lines were fixed! In 2017 we're offering several trips, including a "Real Housewives of Amish Country" overnight trip to Indiana!

In Search of the Best Milwaukee Fish Fry

Whether you find yourself dancing to a polka in a traditional beer hall while enjoying locally brewed beer batter delights, eating a fish fry with your family in a church basement, sitting in a local tavern washing fresh fried perch, or in a classic supper club when it comes to fish fry’s - Milwaukee does not disappoint. Milwaukee restaurants are serving up this Friday night staple during the Lenten season, and Milwaukee Food & City Tours is excited to help showcase a few of these classic Milwaukee Fish Fry hotspots on a special Milwaukee Fish Fry Tour this Lenten season.

What creates the best Milwaukee fish fry?

On our Milwaukee Fish Fry Tour, it quickly becomes clear that the ‘best fish fry” is a matter of personal preference. The star of the Milwaukee fish fry begins with a beautifully seasoned piece of fish, dipped in flour and often a secret beer batter recipe, and then either pan fried or deep fried to a delicious golden perfection. We asked recent food tour attendees what they love about a good fish fry, and Debra from Sheboygan, commented, “It’s that crunch - I love the crispy breading and then the flaky melt in your mouth tenderness of the fish.”

Iconic Milwaukee Not-to-be-Missed Fish Fry’s During Lent

1.      Clifford’s Supper Club: Serving up tasty All You Can Eat Deep-Fried Iceland Cod with homemade tartar sauce and crispy French fries. Perfectly paired with an old fashioned!

2.      Do you prefer a little polka entertainment with your beer battered cod? If that is the case, you can’t go wrong with Lakefront Brewery with its family style seating and serving. The batter is a secret blend of tasty Lakefront beers, battered and fried to perfection. If drinking locally brewed beer, polka and one of the best fish fries in town isn’t Milwaukee, I don’t know what is.

 Relish tray at Dobie's Steak House in St. Francis, WI

Relish tray at Dobie's Steak House in St. Francis, WI

3.      Dobie’s Steak House; established in 1954 in St. Francis, WI: There is something nostalgic about grabbing a Brandy old fashioned and cozying up on a Friday night while nibbling on pickled eggs, cucumber slices, radishes and green onions right off the relish tray as you wait for your battered fish fry of perfection to arrive.

4.      Brown Bottle Pub in historic Schlitz Park: It only makes sense in Brew City that we would feature beer battered fish fries in some of our top restaurants. A beer batter recipe substitutes beer for milk or water in the batter, but this isn’t just for novelty – it’s serious science as those golden bubbles in the beer add body and lightness to the fish and beautiful color and flavor. The traditional Milwaukee beer battered fish fry recipe pairs best with a piece of cod or haddock. Whether you prefer a thick beer battered cod, or lightly breaded freshwater fish fillet, you can’t go wrong with a fish fry as a delicious way to celebrate the end of a long work week!

 Sampling both beer battered cod and smelt at St. Florian Catholic Church in West Milwaukee. 

Sampling both beer battered cod and smelt at St. Florian Catholic Church in West Milwaukee. 

5.      St. Florian Catholic Church offers one of the most popular church fish fries in town, serving up not only fish, but salad and dessert bars with all of the fixings! (P.S. On our tour, when we have a chance to visit this churches, we also enjoy a church tour provided by Father Mike!)

6.      Mibb’s & Viv’s in Sussex, WI. Located in its original location since the late-1800’s and operated by great-grandson of its founders Mibb and Viv, this classic Wisconsin bar makes a fantastic breaded version of the classic fish fry. The side dishes are a standalone supporting cast of stars with perfectly seasoned potato pancakes, apple sauce, coleslaw, bread and tartar sauce. Upon arrival at Mibb’s & Viv’s, be sure to place your food order at the bar, then order a Milwaukee brewed beer and sit back to unwind to the weekend while waiting for your table and meal to become available and served.

 Breaded haddock with apple sauce, potato pancakes, cole slaw and rye bread at historic Mibb's & Viv's in Sussex, WI

Breaded haddock with apple sauce, potato pancakes, cole slaw and rye bread at historic Mibb's & Viv's in Sussex, WI

Travel anywhere else in the United States and ask a local, “Where can I find the best fish fry?,” and you may be met with mixed reactions. Sometimes a blank stare, a clarifying question such as “you mean fish and chips?,” or my personal favorite, “do you mean like a Fillet-O-Fish?” Here in Milwaukee though, one could argue that outside of a controversial referee call during a Green & Gold football game, there are few things that can spark more passionate conversation than comparing favorite fish fries in the city.

Are you up to spotting the best fish fries in Milwaukee?  Join our tour! Offered now through April 21, 2017 every Friday beginning at 5:30 pm – or available year-round for private tours - the Milwaukee Fish Fry Tour offered by Milwaukee Food & City Tours let’s you decide for yourself who offers the best Milwaukee fish fry! 

Finding the best fish fry in Milwaukee is no easy task though, as it’s often a combination of personal taste preferences, side dishes and atmosphere. Offered now through April 21 every Friday beginning at 5:30 pm, the Milwaukee Fish Fry Tour offered by Milwaukee Food & City Tours visits 3 establishments during the 3-hour tour so that you can decide for yourself who offers the best Milwaukee fish fry. You’ll sample a half-sized portion of a fish fry along with sides such as potato pancakes, coleslaw and apple sauce at each stop that we visit. And as with all of our food tours, guests are encouraged to save room for dessert - in this case, a scoop of legendary Milwaukee-style custard. Reserve your seat before they sell out at HERE

Milwaukee Food & City Tours Offering Shuttle Service To U.S. Open Championship

For over 120 years the country’s greatest golfers have been gathering on the nation’s top golf courses. This year, they are coming to Wisconsin’s prestigious Erin Hills golf course to determine who’s the best of the best in 2017.

Need shuttle services from downtown Milwaukee to the 2017 U.S. Open Championship? 

Milwaukee Food & City Tours is happy to be offering a shuttle services for guests in town during the 2017 U.S. Open Championship. The shuttle will pick up at 5 convenient hotels in downtown Milwaukee before heading to the event. Guests will be dropped off at a remote parking lot, go through remote security, then board a different shuttle provided by the event to gain entry to the course. Seats are limited and reservations are required for our shuttle service. Our tickets cost $30 each way. (As a point of reference, the estimated taxi fare is $50 - 60 each way.)

Bus departs downtown Milwaukee at 7:30 am, 8:30 am, 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 2 pm
Bus departs Erin Hills back to downtown Milwaukee at 4 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE or call 414-255-0534.

Shuttle Service from downtown Milwaukee to Erin Hills in June 2017

World class dining and entertainment venues for the whole family are par for the course in Milwaukee. However, if you haven’t dined, drank, or scored a double bogey in Brew City recently, then take a moment to enjoy this tasty refresher course before grabbing your clubs and planning a trip to the shores of Lake Michigan this summer.

Plan your trip to Wisconsin by booking a unique Milwaukee hotel and finding the perfect Milwaukee attractions. While in town, be sure to check out the many fun (and food!) filled Milwaukee Food & City Tours available while you are in town. Also, while in town why not let us do the driving as you explore Milwaukee on our convenient Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

Looking for great places to eat in Milwaukee in-between watching Erin Hills tee times? Here’s our Top 5 list of restaurants sure to deliver a hole-in-one:

5. Nibble on Pizza at the Caradaro Club
Check out the original thin crust recipe at Wisconsin first pizzeria, or hop on our always popular and delicious Pizza Bus Tour to explore Milwaukee’s rich, deep, and always cheesy pizza history. On our tour we visit not 1, not 2, but 3 world class pizzerias and top it off with a divine scoop of gelato at the end. Just remember this little golf pro tip, when you’re hungry after a long day on the course, there’s no shame in a slice!

4. Try the Tacos at El Carneval
Mexico is known for amazing food, friendly people, and some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. So, while you are in Milwaukee experiencing the 2017 U.S. Open Championship why not enjoy a siesta and some traditional Mexican dishes and drinks at El Carneval, and authentic taco shop.  Or, join Milwaukee Food & City Tours on our Tacos & Tequila tour in which we’ll take you on a 3-hour bus tour adventure to discover 3 off-the-beaten-path hidden gems in Milwaukee’s Latin community.

3. Discover Stupefacente Deals in Milwaukee’s Little Italy!
Begin your journey with a stop at the historic Peter Sciortino’s Bakery on Milwaukee’s eclectic and sometimes eccentric Brady Street for a scrumptious cannoli or spumoni cookie. Next, head on down to the iconic Glorioso Brothers’ Deli for handmade pasta, a wide selection of imported and domestic cheeses and meats.  Looking for a guided walking tour? Get your fill of all the amazing sights and smells that Brady Street has to offer on our original Brady Street Lunch Tour

2. Go Bavarian at the Most Famous German Restaurant in North America
There isn’t a more authentic Milwaukee experience than a stop to the world-renown Mader’s German restaurant. Toss back a Spaten Lager or a Bitburg Pilsner while dining among a stunning $3 million dollar art collection ranging from suits of medieval armour to antiques dating back to the 14th century. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget! Or, join us on our Old World 3rd Street tour to visit, among 5 other locations, this fine German restaurant. 

1. Eat Like a Local With an Authentic Milwaukee Fish Fry
Last, but certainly not least, while soaking in all the culture and culinary delights that Milwaukee has to offer, be sure to experience a traditional fish fry at the award-winning Lakefront Brewery. And, while you are there be sure to kick up your heals and ‘roll out the barrels’ with a traditional polka band, brewery tour, and pints of some of Milwaukee’s finest brewed beer!

Or, allow us to show you all that Milwaukee offers to tourists and locals alike! Walking and bus tours are offered daily, with an all-inclusive price including food, drinks and transportation. Some of our favorites not noted above include a Bloody Mary Brunch to start your day off right, and a Craft Brewery & Cocktails tour! Each of these unique experiences visits 4 – 5 locations for generous samples, Milwaukee history and guided fun.

So, in addition to cheering for your favorite Golf Pro while you are in Milwaukee, be sure to reserve your ticket on one of our delicious experiences at www.MilwaukeeFoodTours.com.

Or, simply looking to explore Milwaukee’s wide range of food and shopping destinations without having to worry about parking or transportation? Hop aboard the Explore Milwaukee Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus. This convenient option runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm with 11 hop on / hop off stops that make visiting Milwaukee’s major attractions and neighborhoods a breeze. Complete route map and details are available at www.MilwaukeeCityTours.com – purchase tickets in advance or buy day-of as you enter the bus as any of the noted 11 locations. 

The Top 5 Milwaukee Sites To Experience Between Tee Times During The 2017 U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills

For over 120 years the country’s greatest golfers have been gathering on the nation’s top golf courses. This year, they are coming to Wisconsin’s prestigious Erin Hills golf course to determine who’s the best of the best in 2017.

Need shuttle services from downtown Milwaukee to the 2017 U.S. Open Championship? 

Milwaukee Food & City Tours is happy to be offering a shuttle services for guests in town during the 2017 U.S. Open Championship. The shuttle will pick up at 5 convenient hotels in downtown Milwaukee before heading to the event. Guests will be dropped off at a remote parking lot, go through remote security, then board a different shuttle provided by the event to gain entry to the course. Seats are limited and reservations are required for our shuttle service. Our tickets cost $30 each way. (As a point of reference, the estimated taxi fare is $50 - 60 each way.)

Bus departs downtown Milwaukee at 7:30 am, 8:30 am, 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 2 pm
Bus departs Erin Hills back to downtown Milwaukee at 4 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE or call 414-255-0534

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World class dining and entertainment venues for the whole family are par for the course in Milwaukee. However, if you haven’t dined, drank, or scored a double bogey in Brew City recently, then take a moment to enjoy this tasty refresher course before grabbing your clubs and planning a trip to the shores of Lake Michigan this summer.

Plan your trip to Wisconsin by booking a unique Milwaukee hotel and finding the perfect Milwaukee attractions. While in town, be sure to check out the many fun (and food!) filled Milwaukee Food & City Tours available while you are in town. Also, while in town why not let us do the driving as you explore Milwaukee on our convenient Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

Looking for great places to eat in Milwaukee in-between watching Erin Hills tee times? Here’s our Top 5 list of restaurants sure to deliver a hole-in-one:

5. Nibble on Pizza at the Caradaro Club
Check out the original thin crust recipe at Wisconsin first pizzeria, or hop on our always popular and delicious Pizza Bus Tour to explore Milwaukee’s rich, deep, and always cheesy pizza history. On our tour we visit not 1, not 2, but 3 world class pizzerias and top it off with a divine scoop of gelato at the end. Just remember this little golf pro tip, when you’re hungry after a long day on the course, there’s no shame in a slice!

4. Try the Tacos at El Carneval
Mexico is known for amazing food, friendly people, and some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. So, while you are in Milwaukee experiencing the 2017 U.S. Open Championship why not enjoy a siesta and some traditional Mexican dishes and drinks at El Carneval, and authentic taco shop.  Or, join Milwaukee Food & City Tours on our Tacos & Tequila tour in which we’ll take you on a 3-hour bus tour adventure to discover 3 off-the-beaten-path hidden gems in Milwaukee’s Latin community.

3. Discover Stupefacente Deals in Milwaukee’s Little Italy!
Begin your journey with a stop at the historic Peter Sciortino’s Bakery on Milwaukee’s eclectic and sometimes eccentric Brady Street for a scrumptious cannoli or spumoni cookie. Next, head on down to the iconic Glorioso Brothers’ Deli for handmade pasta, a wide selection of imported and domestic cheeses and meats.  Looking for a guided walking tour? Get your fill of all the amazing sights and smells that Brady Street has to offer on our original Brady Street Lunch Tour

2. Go Bavarian at the Most Famous German Restaurant in North America
There isn’t a more authentic Milwaukee experience than a stop to the world-renown Mader’s German restaurant. Toss back a Spaten Lager or a Bitburg Pilsner while dining among a stunning $3 million dollar art collection ranging from suits of medieval armour to antiques dating back to the 14th century. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget! Or, join us on our Old World 3rd Street tour to visit, among 5 other locations, this fine German restaurant. 

1. Eat Like a Local With an Authentic Milwaukee Fish Fry
Last, but certainly not least, while soaking in all the culture and culinary delights that Milwaukee has to offer, be sure to experience a traditional fish fry at the award-winning Lakefront Brewery. And, while you are there be sure to kick up your heals and ‘roll out the barrels’ with a traditional polka band, brewery tour, and pints of some of Milwaukee’s finest brewed beer!

Or, allow us to show you all that Milwaukee offers to tourists and locals alike! Walking and bus tours are offered daily, with an all-inclusive price including food, drinks and transportation. Some of our favorites not noted above include a Bloody Mary Brunch to start your day off right, and a Craft Brewery & Cocktails tour! Each of these unique experiences visits 4 – 5 locations for generous samples, Milwaukee history and guided fun.

So, in addition to cheering for your favorite Golf Pro while you are in Milwaukee, be sure to reserve your ticket on one of our delicious experiences at www.MilwaukeeFoodTours.com.

Or, simply looking to explore Milwaukee’s wide range of food and shopping destinations without having to worry about parking or transportation? Hop aboard the Explore Milwaukee Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus. This convenient option runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm with 11 hop on / hop off stops that make visiting Milwaukee’s major attractions and neighborhoods a breeze. Complete route map and details are available at www.MilwaukeeCityTours.com – purchase tickets in advance or buy day-of as you enter the bus as any of the noted 11 locations.  

Caitlin Weitzel Taking On New Role In 2017

We’re so excited to announce Caitlin Weitzel’s new position with Milwaukee Food & City Tours. Caitlin will ring in 2017 as our Private Events & Logistics Manager, focusing on building out our offerings for corporate clients and group travel; designing daytrips in Wisconsin and the Midwest; and working with our many Milwaukee hotel, attraction and restaurant partners.

Caitlin first was hired with Milwaukee Food & City Tours as a singing tour guide 3 tour seasons ago. Caitlin has led our Christmas Lights & Desserts Tour, bringing Christmas cheer for all to hear! Not only does the Christmas tour offer great dessert stops all over Milwaukee along with a chance to view area Christmas light displays, but it includes caroling on the bus from stop to stop. Helping with family outings and corporate team outings on the tour, she brought a dash of light-hearted holiday spirit to those looking to discover Milwaukee’s Christmas lights. In the past, much of her focus was on the Christmas tours and she’s excited to be more heavily involved in execution of all of our tours, including private team outings in Milwaukee.

Caitlin comes to us with a background in communication, event planning and leadership development.  She received her Master's degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Marquette University where she spent the last five years coordinating large scale programming for new students and their families.  She looks forward to using her background in a new way. Caitlin is especially looking forward to two special projects: taking a more hands-on role with coaching our tour guides to bring their best to the tours that they lead, and helping implement a year filled with  10th anniversary celebrations for Milwaukee Food & City Tours.

I am thrilled to come on board during such an exciting time for Milwaukee Food & City Tours. I look forward to working with the tour guides and Milwaukee partners as we move into this significant anniversary.
— Caitlin Weitzel

Caitlin’s early work as a tour guide with the company fueled a love for the creative side of Milwaukee Food & City Tours work, and her new role will allow her to focus entirely on new opportunities and growing the company.  Ready to book your private tour? Find out more about our tour options HERE.

Now Hiring: Milwaukee Food & City Tours

Would you like to join the Milwaukee Food & City Tours team? We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Bus Driver We are seeking 2 new part-time bus drivers to join our team. You would have very limited hours in the spring as you get trained with us, but more hours once our tour season kicks into high gear beginning May 1st. Driver must have excellent weekend availability - driving schedule varies each week depending on our tour schedule. Driver is required to have, at a minimum, a CDL Class C license with passenger endorsement, and must pass random drug tests on a regular basis. You'll earn $14 an hour, plus may receive gratuities. Weekend driving shifts available as well, but daytime availability is the critical need we currently must fill. To apply, email Theresa Nemetz, owner / operator, at theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com to set up an interview - please indicate some times that you are available for an interview in the coming weeks. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CDL, THANK YOU!

Tour Guides Do you have a strong love of Milwaukee? Do you have a high energy and confidence level and can lead tours in a witty and intelligent fashion? Do you have an ability to interact and communicate well with others? OK with 16 - 50 sets of eyes looking to you for direction at the same time? We're in search of tour guides for the upcoming tour season. Auditions to be a tour guide will be held in January. Training of new guides will begin in February. Tour season picks up in April/May. 

We are in search of excellent tour guides who can:

  • Lead walking and bus tours in a timely, witty and intelligent fashion
  • Communicate and interact well with guests and vendors alike
  • Maintain flexibility and willingness to work in situations of flux
  • Be available to lead weekday and weekend lunchtime tours

We are primarily seeking candidates with excellent weekday and weekend, daytime availability. Candidates without weekday, daytime availability may apply, however, must be committed to working 2 - 4 weeknight or weekend tours on a regular basis beginning in May.

  • Our ideal candidate will have a theater or speaking / presenting background
  • Cooking professionals and public relations and marketing professionals/reporters with food and dining experience are encouraged to apply
  • Must have an ability to memorize lengthy script while also being able to adapt said script to the needs of each tour. Tour guides go through a lengthy training process in order to learn how to incorporate stories from the script into the tour in a casual and conversational manner.
  • Must have an ability to work well independently
  • Must have an ability to receive feedback on an ongoing basis from customers
  • Must contain a strong passion for Milwaukee
  • Should be comfortable spending 3 hours in various weather elements (sun, heat, cold, rain, snow)

It is important to note that a significant portion of your time leading tours (about 85%) will be in trouble shooting - finding ways to accommodate a guest with food allergies, having patience when a guest needs to walk a little slower, and dealing with the many challenges that may arise with working with restaurants and other vendors on busy Milwaukee days and nights. We are seeking extremely flexible candidates that are calm and yet quick on their feet to resolve a problem when under pressure.

To apply, please send a letter of interest highlighting why you are an ideal candidate to Theresa Nemetz, owner/operator, at theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com. Be sure to indicate your level of availability (weekdays, weeknights, weekends beginning April/May) in the letter, along with any significant spans of vacation dates or weekends that you would need off that you already have planned/will plan in June/July/August/September.

Vintage Wedding Car Rental in Milwaukee

Are you the type of bride willing to sacrifice air conditioning for that cute photo?
Can you handle a potential mid-drive breakdown?
Well… I was!

On our own wedding day, we were blessed to be driven in a vintage car from the ceremony to our reception. We’ll never forget the laughter that ensued as the car broke down on the side of the road, and our driver had to crank the Model A back into working order while we waited. In the end, our only regret was that we didn’t get a photo of the moment. It has remained a fond memory many years later and is reflective of the many unexpected curves in the road that marriage is certain to bring.

Beginning in 2017, you can make your wedding day even more special and hire our vintage Fiat 500 Cinquecento!  This iconic classic is one of the cutest ever made.  Heck, even William and Kate came home on their wedding night in a classic Fiat 500!

We’ll make sure that everything is perfect for your day, complete with white ribbons. We’ve made extra space for the bride by removing the passenger seat, so you can relax as your driver takes you to your ceremony and / or reception during its 3-hour rental.

Cost is $500 for a 2-hour rental. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. Each additional hour is $200. The Fiat is only available for rent May - October. 

Price includes:

-        Professional and friendly service from your chauffeur

-        Pick-up within 20 miles of Wauwatosa, WI. For further travel, please ask for a quote. A supplement would need to be added any time a trailer is required to travel longer distances.

-        We will drive the wedding couple up to 15 miles for your wedding tour. An additional fee of $5 per mile for longer distances will apply. Route will be determined in advance of rental day. We will not drive on the freeway or interstate.

-        Ribbons / car decorations (If you prefer car ribbons other than white, you may provide ribbons or flowers on the day of the wedding for no additional charge.)

-        Car Insurance

Important Note: We accept no liability for disappointment caused by circumstances out of our control. In the event of a breakdown, we will try to fix the car. Please understand we may not be able to repair the car during the hire period as we do not carry of a full stock of classic car parts with us. We check the Fiat 500 weekly and service it on a regular basis. In case of a breakdown, we will make a full refund should this happen on the way to your initial pick up point. A partial refund will be made should a breakdown occur after we have begun driving the wedding couple. It must be understood that classic cars are not as reliable as modern cars and we suggest (as a precautionary measure) that a friend or family member is prepared to use their car as back-up in the unlikely, yet possible, event of a breakdown. We are not liable for any costs incurred for the use of any additional transportation needed to take the couple for a drive-in case of breakdown or any other issue.

Email theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com or call 262-853-5239 to make your reservation. 
If desired, you may set up an appointment to view car prior to wedding, otherwise the provided photos are a good representation of the vehicle condition. The Fiat is in winter storage from November - April, and therefore unavailable for in-person viewing during those winter months. 

Interested in a different classic car? Please let us know. We do have access to classic Minis, along with other vehicles. 

Interested in one of our mini coach buses? Learn more about our fleet and pricing HERE.

 

Halloween in Milwaukee Isn’t Just For Kids Anymore!

Don’t spend this Halloween season gobbling down handfuls of leftover candy or raiding the kids’ trick-or-treat-bags. Join Milwaukee Food & City Tours for a spook-tacular evening filled with ghoulishly good pizza, hauntingly delectable chocolates, and tales from Brew City’s haunted past.

Looking for things to do in Milwaukee as an adult for Halloween? We realize that you don’t have to be a kid to get excited about Halloween, so we’ve organized a spooky night on the town that you and all of your friends can get excited about.

Our terrifyingly-terrific Ghouls & Spirits Adult Trick-or-Treat tour features a 4-hour bus tour that creeps through Brew City's haunted history and the many tales of ghosts that still lurk among the streets and houses in the Historic Third Ward, Walker’s Point, Wisconsin Ave and the Concordia neighborhood. We’ll also take you through one of the city’s oldest…and most haunted cemeteries.

 Who you gonna call?  Milwaukee Food & City Tours!

Who you gonna call?  Milwaukee Food & City Tours!

Reservations are filling up fast and each soul joining this mysterious evening of food and drinks must be 21 or older. Sit back and let us capture your imagination with tales from Milwaukee’s haunted past as you sip from an eerily delicious selection of seasonally themed BOO-ze that is guaranteed to lift your SPIRITS!

While you are enjoying an evening with friends---exploring the dark side of Milwaukee, be sure to dress in your favorite weather-appropriate costume and taking part in our annual costume contest complete with delicious prizes.

There’s no trick to experiencing this treat! Reserve your seats today HERE