Looking to capture all of the Pokémon lurking around Milwaukee?

Looking to capture all of the Pokémon lurking around Milwaukee?

Looking to capture all of the Pokémon lurking around the Milwaukee area? Then let Milwaukee Food & City Tours transport you to train, battle, and capture Pokémon Go items at the many Pokéstops around the city.

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Delicious Activities in Milwaukee before the Carmex Lambeau College Classic

Delicious Activities in Milwaukee before the Carmex Lambeau College Classic

Milwaukee Food & City Tours delivers a wide selection of delicious pre- and post-game food tours for the whole family ranging from craft brewery and cocktail tours to pizza and the ultimate Friday Fish Fry tour.

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Korean War Veterans Explore Milwaukee with Custom Private Tour & Bus Rental During Reunion

Korean War Veterans Explore Milwaukee with Custom Private Tour & Bus Rental During Reunion

I've often said that the best benefit of starting Milwaukee Food & City Tours is the amazing people we get to meet along the way. This adventure started with a phone call from Bob and Richard, who began to plan out a reunion trip for their fellow Korean War comrades who served in 1952 in the 25th Division. Bob and Richard met in the war and have been best friends ever since. They set out to plan a nationwide reunion with their other Wauwatosa friend, Roolie, who not only served in the Korean War but WWII as well!

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Historic Brady Street Food Tour Is Simply Delicious

For the 8th year, Milwaukee Food & City Tours is offering food tours of historic Brady Street.  Owned by Theresa Nemetz, she explains, “The tours are inspired by my great-grandparents, Guiseppi and Rosa, who 110 years, ago immigrated to Milwaukee from Santa Flavia, Sicily.  There is no better street in Milwaukee to share the immigrant story than historic Brady Street.  Eight years later, the tour continues to be a very popular tour route, although we now offer over 15 different tours of the city – both by foot and bus.  Our Pizza Bus and Custard Capitol of the World (available year round), as well as our Milwaukee Fish Fry tour (offered only during Lent), are very popular bus options!” On Brady Street, the 2.5 hour, 1-mile walking tour combines the owner’s love of great food with the rich history of the neighborhood. The tour includes stops at Zaffiro’s on Farwell, for the thinnest pizza in the city, as well as two other iconic symbols of the Italian culture on Brady Street – Peter Sciortino’s Bakery and Glorioso’s Italian Market. Highlights include historical buildings, background on Polish and Italian immigrants settling here and the industrial developments that drew them to the Brady Street area.  It reviews the significance of the Milwaukee River, Beerline Railroad, tanneries and meat packing industries that provided employment and opportunities for immigrants. Guests enjoy delicious tastings along the way at authentic Italian eateries as well as at several newer establishments that have helped to revitalize this ever-changing enclave.

All of the tours are an all-inclusive price with the food / drinks included in the price - it’s like a progressive meal with a side of history. Neighborhood walking tours and specialty bus tours range in price from $35 - $75 per person. To reserve your spot on an upcoming tour, go to www.milwaukeefoodtours.com or call 414.255.0534.

Milwaukee Food & City Tours Supports 250+ Area Non-Profits Annually

Did you know that in 2013, Milwaukee Food & City Tours donated more than 250 gift cards valued at over $10,000 to area non-profits? We believe strongly in our community and donate gift cards through the year to support important initiatives in both the greater Milwaukee and overall Wisconsin community. We are happy to entertain requests to support non-profit organizations making a positive impact in our community. Our founder, Theresa Nemetz, shared recently that, “having a background as a non-profit professional myself, I know the direct impact that an auction item can have on the bottom line of a community organization. Contributing to our community is important to my family and my company, Milwaukee Food & City Tours.” We take pride in the impact we are making in the community. Martha Moore of Marquette University shared, “Milwaukee Food & City Tours has been very generous with donating gift cards to the Marquette University College of Engineering Alumni Association Auction. The proceeds from the annual auction go to their scholarship fund to assist students in their pursuit of a Marquette engineering education. This item is always a hot ticket!”

Our gift card donations for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Cancer Center fundraisers have, along with other contributors, allowed them to invest in the future of cancer care through advances in professional development, technology, facilities, and, for each patient, provides the personalized, compassionate care that Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is known for.  According to Shelli Marquardt of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Foundation, this compassionate care includes providing patients with “yoga classes, patient massages, access to the Hope Fund (which pays for utilities, rent, car payments, etc), transportation to appointments, medications and more.”

If you work for an area non-profit or are a non-profit volunteer, we invite you to request a gift card to be used as an auction item or raffle prize. Please email Theresa at Theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com with the request on letterhead. Be sure that the request includes the tax-identification number of the non-profit in addition to the mailing address for where the gift card should be sent. Please note that phone calls are not encouraged – your organization will receive a response directly from us within 14 days of receipt of request.

A Birthday Party for the Young Foodie in your Life

Do you have a young foodie in your life? Through the years, we've received many requests to offer a birthday party option for children. We're thrilled to share that we recently had an opportunity to test the concept with an 11-year old foodie birthday party! We hosted Nicholas and his friends on our inaugural birthday tour. Afterwards, mom to the birthday boy shared with us, "Nicholas said it was the best birthday party ever, the parents were impressed and some told me the kids were talking about it all the way home."

During the 2.5 hour birthday adventure, we hosted a scavenger hunt through the Historic Third Ward, stopped along the way to make individual gourmet pizzas for attendees, played some ping pong and enjoy soda, and sung Happy Birthday over a cupcake dessert!

Interested in scheduling a similar birthday party for a child or grandchild?  Email us at theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com for more details.

As a reminder, we host many adult birthday parties too! Often times guests will pick a date and time to attend a public tour from our calendar for their celebration, or you may schedule a private outing for just their friends and family.

Our personal recommendation for which tour to pick for your celebration? We've noticed that our Pizza Bus as well as our new Pre-Prohibition Historic Bar Tour are hot sellers for birthday outings, and they are our winter favorites too!

Tour Company Founder Recognized by Milwaukee Business Journal

Tour Company Founder Recognized by Milwaukee Business Journal

As founder of Milwaukee Food & City Tours, I was SO honored when I discovered that I had been nominated by one of our great tour fans and then in February 2014, recognized as a 40 Under 40 in Milwaukee. As I said at the awards reception, "I've always loved Milwaukee, but now I'm head over heels in love with Milwaukee!"  I'm so proud to show off our great city to tourists and locals alike. Thank YOU for allowing me to do so.

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Going Back to Her First Slice of Pizza

Meet Gail, in town from Albuquerque to visit her daughter, Renee.

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Gail grew up in Milwaukee and took our Brady Street tour while in town this month. We started with a visit to Zaffiro's Pizza. It turns out that this was the place that Gail first tried pizza. It was the 1950's and she was 11 years old. Her Dad told the family that he was taking them out to try a "new food called pizza." She loved it, but never having had oregano either, she shared with us that she wasn't exactly sure what to make of it!

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Gail's daughter Renee shared with us that it was great to take her back to the original Zaffiro's to have the pizza again - and it was still great after all these years.  "Our whole group enjoyed being a tourist in our own town. We learned a ton and loved seeing Milwaukee from a new perspective."

Meet Jessie: A Guide with a Ghost Story

Meet Jessie, a Milwaukee Food & City Tours guide for the past 3 years. An East Sider, who has lived on Brady Street for many years, she loves to share her neighborhood’s pedestrian-friendly streets with locals and tourists alike. One of her favorite stops on our Brady Street tour is Cempazuchi's where she greets the staff by name when ordering their traditional Mexican street food. The house made chips and peanut salsa are muy buenos! Taste for yourself and learn the story of the restaurant’s name when you and your friends join us for a Brady Street Food Tour…  purchase your advance tickets today! When Jessie isn't leading tours on Brady Street, or reading a book in one of its many cafes, she shares her passion for the performing arts by working for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) at The Broadway Theatre Center. For those of you who have taken our Historic Third Ward dinner tour, you probably already know the story of Clair Richardson and his many hauntings within that building. Clair is one of the most well-known ghosts of Milwaukee's past.  We'll be sharing his tale, and the tales of many more, on our Ghouls & Spirits Adult Trick or Treat Bus tour in October.  This 3-hour bus tour features a haunted city tour with ghost stories throughout the Third Ward, along Brady Street, down Wisconsin Avenue in the Concordia neighborhood, and even through a historic cemetery. Enjoy three food/drink stops along the way - appetizers and wine while exploring a historic hotel, an entree while sipping your choice of pumpkin punch or seasonal craft beer, plus dessert and more at our final resting stop of the evening!

To get in the mood before joining us on this special Halloween adventure, why not enjoy a ghost story first? Get $10 OFF tickets for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's THE DETECTIVE'S WIFE, September 18 – October 13. The plot of this play centers on Alice Conroy, an avid fan of murder mysteries. When her own husband, a Chicago homicide detective, is gunned down, she sets out to uncover who did it... and why. As a special offer to all Milwaukee Food & City Tours fans, Jessie has arranged a $10 discount for you! Just ask for “GHOST10” when ordering at the box office or by phone at 414-291-7800. You can also purchase tickets online at http://milwaukeechambertheatre.com/ Enter coupon code: GHOST10. (Not valid on previously purchased tickets or with any other discount or special offer. Restrictions apply.)


Free Church Shuttle provided for Doors Open by Milwaukee Food & City Tours

On the weekend of September 21-22, 2013, Doors Open Milwaukee will open the doors to over 100 wonderful buildings free-of-charge to the public – from churches to office buildings, theaters to work sites, museums to hotels, clubs to universities. The event allows you to design your own itinerary to visit over 100 buildings that will open their doors to the public. In 2013, Milwaukee Food & City Tours is proud to be offering a complimentary church shuttle for guests to have a hassle-free way to enjoy Milwaukee’s historic steeples. You can enjoy the sights of the city and then hop-on and off for visits at the churches of your choice. Pick up points are: Milwaukee City Hall (200 E. Wells Street) Cathedral Church of All Saints (818 E. Juneau Avenue) Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (1209 N. Broadway) ** Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church will be offering brats and beverages for purchase each day. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (1046 N. 9th Street) St. James Episcopal Church (833 W. Wisconsin Avenue)


Tickets are not required. The shuttle will be available on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 from 10 am to 5 pm. Shuttle picks up from each location approximately every 30 minutes. Last shuttle lap of each day departs from Milwaukee City Hall at 5 p.m.

To map out your day, view the list of all Doors Open Milwaukee buildings, including 17 churches accessible by using the Church Shuttle provided by Milwaukee Food & City Tours, at http://doorsopenmilwaukee.org/buildings/

Also, during Doors Open, more than 40 in-depth tours will be offered free of charge. Our sister company, Milwaukee Photo Walks, will be offering tours on both Saturday and Sunday at 10 am as part of this; pre-registration through Doors Open is however required. If you'd like to learn more about how you can sign up one of the in-depth tours offered during Doors Open Milwaukee, please visit here: http://doorsopenmilwaukee.org/event-guide/in-depth-tours/.

Christkindl Milwaukee Market launches in 2013!

When it comes to Christmas, every family has special traditions they call their own. In Milwaukee, family traditions include the Milwaukee Ballet performance of The Nutcracker, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s A Christmas Carol, the BMO Harris (formerly M&I Bank) window displays, ice skating at Red Arrow Park, Jingle Bus to view the holiday lights, and of course, Candy Cane Lane.

But, there has always been one thing missing when celebrating the holidays in Milwaukee. While we are a German town by nature, we have never had a Christkindlmarket. These open-air markets with their German roots have been popping up around the world in places including Chicago, Denver and Baltimore. In 2013, Milwaukee Food & City Tours is proud to be a driving force behind the start-up of the Christkindl Milwaukee Market. We are doing so because we want to bring home the traditional German Christmas market tradition to Milwaukee.


The tradition of the Christkindlmarket can be traced back to the year 1294 when in Vienna they held what was known as a “December market.” The market was an opportunity for farmers to come into town to shop and at the same time as offering their wares. With the reformation of the church in the 16th century the markets changed. Saint Nikolaus was replaced by the Christkindl; Nuremberg was the very first city to hold a Christkindlmarket. As time passed the market developed into a celebration and embodiment of the holiday season. To this day, Christkindlmarkets light up communities with fun, laughter, friends, family, good food, and drink during the advent season. Towns throughout Germany and Eastern Europe hold markets unique to their community. Local tradesmen line the streets with their handmade wares that display distinctive regional characteristics. Although seasonal markets are held year round throughout Germany, the Christkindlmarket is an especially joyous event because it brings light and laughter to the cold, dark winter season.

Milwaukee residents may already be familiar with this concept because they have traveled to Chicago for a traditional Christkindlmarket experience. The Chicago market, which takes place in Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, is known for bringing international traditions to Chicago as is the closest Christkindlmarket to Milwaukee.

In 2013, the inaugural Christkindl Milwaukee Market will be on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Sunday, November 24, 2013 in downtown Milwaukee outside of Best Place on the Pabst Brewery site. Once visitors arrive at the Christkindl Milwaukee Market, they will be able to explore traditional timber houses with Christmas trees and décor, while shopping many ornament and Christmas vendors, and eating and drinking traditional German items. After the Market opens with a keg tapping ceremony, carriage rides, breakfast/photos with Santa, cookie decorating sessions, live performances, and a prayer service will be available throughout the Market. Of special note, the Market on Friday, November 22, 2013 will be welcoming field trips and provide unique educational and tasting opportunities for German high school students throughout the day.

Milwaukee Food & City Tours will again be offering the ever popular Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus tour, plus the Christmas Lights & Desserts Bus tour, throughout the holiday season.  For ways to celebrate the holidays with Milwaukee Food & City Tours, including details about the Christkindl Milwaukee Market, please call or email us at info@milwaukeefoodtours.com.

If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to become a fan of the ChristkindlMKE Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/christkindlmke as well as the Milwaukee Food & City Tours page at http://www.facebook.com/mkefoodtour

Fruit will fly at the Tomato Chomp

The fruit will fly on the East Side when the Tomato Romp returns this September. This is Wisconsin's only tomato festival, and the 1st tomato fight in America. The day includes entertainment and bands on the streets, a Bloody Mary competition and at 4 pm, a tomato fight! Keeping with the theme of celebrating all things tomato, NEW in 2013 is the addition of the TOMATO CHOMP. Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm 

Attendees will have the opportunity to stroll through the East Side at their own pace tasting tomato-themed plates plates from 9 delicious restaurants including Beans & Barley, Chubby's, Divino Wine & Dine, G-Daddy's BBC, Ian's Pizza, Love Handle, Melthouse Bistro, Schoolyard Bar & Grill and Two Bucks.

Please be sure to reserve a ticket to guarantee your spot in the TOMATO CHOMP at: http://tomatochomp.brownpapertickets.com


Limited tickets will also be available onsite beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 14. Go to the outdoor registration tent at Beans & Barley, 1901 E. North Avenue, to purchase these day-of tickets.

PRICING: Green Tomato - includes 3 small plates for $20 Red Tomato - includes 9 small plates for $50 (FYI - If you would like, you can share a plate/divide the vouchers between guests.)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Vegetarian items will be options; please be sure to indicate that you are a vegetarian during the Check Out process.

Suggestions for safe and low-cost parking options will be made to you at the time of purchase.

Upon check-in, attendees will receive their vouchers, listing of menu items, and a map of participating restaurants.

Although beverages are not included with the cost of the ticket, restaurants will be offering drink specials.

Please tweet photos of your favorite dishes with hashtag #tomatoromp to be entered to win our grand prize!

A list of restaurant menu offerings will be provided 1 day prior to the event via email to all pre-registrants.

Purchase your tickets at: http://tomatochomp.brownpapertickets.com