Cafe at The Pfister Press Coverage

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Café at The Pfister Refines Menu
You talked, and the Café at The Pfister listened. The menu is updated to focus more solidly on the restaurant’s popular soup, salad and sandwich offerings.

Executive Chef Brian Frakes has expanded the sandwich options to include a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich and firecracker guacamole burger. A brand new “Chips n’ Dip” section features housemade Garlic Parmesan Truffle Chips, and Lemon Garlic Hummus. Notable specialty dishes include Memphis French toast, a cereal coated deep fried croissant with peanut sauce and griddled bananas and housemade bacon maple icecream.

The café will also feature Bavarian-style pretzel served with butter mustard sauce and edible dessert shooters, including flavors like grasshopper pie, Brandy Alexander, and key lime, which are meant to satiate your craving for something sweet without filling you up.

The Café at The Pfister, located in The Pfister Hotel at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fall Wine Dinners at Marcus Restaurants
Wine lovers should take note of two pairing dinners offered in October by the Marcus Restaurants.

First up, on Thursday Oct. 10, experience the Sturino Trotta Wine Dinner. Join Kil@wat’s Executive Chef Robert Druschitz and Kil@wat General Manager Anthony Trester for an evening of fine wines and decadent food pairings. David Trotta Barnes, Wisconsin native and founder of California-based Sturino Trotta Cellars, will be the evening’s featured guest speaker. Pairings include Pan Seared Diver Scallop & Pork Belly Duo, with pickled cucumber, and lemongrass-mango coulis, paired with Sturino Trotta Chardonnay; and Pan Seared New York Strip, with celery root salad, star anise and port wine demi, paired with Sturino TrottaCabernet Rutherford and Sturino Trotta Cabernet Special Select.

The dinner will include a 6 p.m. reception with dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $85, plus tax and gratuity. For more information, visit For reservations, contact Anthony Trester at or (414) 276-8686.

The second dinner, celebrating Terlato wines, will take place on Friday, Oct. 18 at Mason Street Grill. Experience a five-course wine dinner with Terlato’s hand-crafted boutique label wines from the Russian River Valley and Rutherford regions of California, perfectly paired with Executive Chef Mark Weber’s culinary creations.

Examples of pairings include Seared Diver Scallops, with a collage of wild mushrooms, black truffle parsnip puree, and snow pea endrils paired with Terlato Chardonnay, 2011; and Palmetto Farms Roasted Squab, with green lentil, Tuscan kale and frisee salad, paired with Terlato Pinot Noir, 2011.

The dinner will begin with a 6 p.m. reception, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $95 plus tax and gratuity. For more information, visit For reservations, call (414) 298-3131 or email

December 2022