Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kristine M. Kierzek

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Recent articles by Kristine:

Her liquor-infused frozen custard gives a tasty Wisconsin twist to the trend

Drinks and dessert are one in the products of Creme de Liqueur, which Elizabeth Nash started as a project for a business class. → Read More

Kohler Food & Wine speaker Melissa King found success in unexpected ways

Melissa King expected to go to culinary school, work in kitchens and own a restaurant. But her career plans changed when she went on Top Chef. → Read More

When her Madison cafe closed, woman turned the recipes into a cookbook

Barb and Mike Pratzel ran a B&B for decades, then started Manna Cafe in Madison. When COVID-19 hit, the cafe closed, but Barb is passing her recipes along. → Read More

'Keeping the cows healthy': Herd manager helps run 6th-generation Allenton dairy farm

Karen Hughes and nine others — most of them family — own Sunset Farms, where cow care is a science and the herd has steadily grown to 1,150 cows. → Read More

Dasha Kelly Hamilton plans a tasty conversation about race, class and equity in 'Making' Cake'

Through a performance about the history of cake in America, Dasha Kelly Hamilton hopes to stimulate conversations about race, class and equity. → Read More

'Nothing is frozen': Riverwest Pizza owner puts her Sicilian heritage to work

"We did not care if we made a single dime, " says Andrea Haas, who was able to pay vendors and take care of her employees during COVID by offering takeout specials. → Read More

DanDan restaurant co-owner Dan Jacobs is happy to tarry on a new Fool's Errand

Dan Jacobs describes Fool's Errand as "a celebration of American comfort food and all the things I’d like to eat." He opened it with Dan Van Rite. → Read More

When their farm was in decline, Elkhorn couple started a country brewery

Duesterbeck’s Brewing Co. opened in late 2019, and the rural setting and outdoor patio proved prescient after COVID-19 struck the country. → Read More

One Barrel Brewing founder thought about selling after COVID-19 shutdown. Now he's planning grand reopening

Peter Gentry opened his Madison taproom for One Barrel Brewing in 2012 and a Door County one in 2019. Then COVID-19 shut everything down. → Read More

Sugar cookie sales help Hearts in Unity creator keep Tanzania mission going

Sue Lievrouw helps provide meals, supplies and clothing for schoolchildren in Tanzania. When COVID-19 struck, she found a sweet way to raise money. → Read More

Think Germany, think beer, right? This wine ambassador wants you to know otherwise

Joe Kane, who works as Milwaukee ambassador for Wines of Germany, is bringing his expertise to a local wine dinner in September. → Read More

'Everything is done with passion': Immy's African Cuisine creator serves foods from her homeland

Immy Kaggwa began by cooking for others. When her children reached school age, she turned that skill into a business. → Read More

Aquaponics hobby grows into Pewaukee fish and organic vegetable business

The now small business pulls from experience in plumbing, electrical, mechanical and water chemistry systems. → Read More

'I never thought of food as nutrition.' She nearly went blind, but now she's the No Sugar Baker

Jayne Jones turned her major health crisis into a blog, becoming the No Sugar Baker and dropping 60 pounds. → Read More

Kringle maker O&H Danish Bakery adds a new store, keeps the family tradition

Eric Olesen guided O&H Danish Bakery through the pandemic, shifting from store sales to mail order. The iconic Wisconsin treats are also at Trader Joe's. → Read More

Cocktails become a career for director of Crossroads Collective bars

From washing dishes to overseeing expansions, Daniel Dufek has worked his way through the restaurant industry. Next up: the KinetiK apartments food hall. → Read More

How hot is it? World's biggest horseradish grower-producer strives to measure 'zing'

Eric Rygg runs Huntsinger Farms and Silver Spring Foods, a titan in the world of horseradish. Eau Claire is perfect for growing it, he says. → Read More

An industrial Riverwest parking lot is now an urban farm, created by Crops on Top restaurateurs

Joel and Jamie Lichosik, who grew up in native, hope to grow food for restaurants and eventually create an event space. → Read More

With a new 18-acre site, Clare Gardens expands mission to provide food for senior living centers

Clare Gardens started as a way for Milwaukee Catholic Home to grow produce for its residents. Its mission has expanded, and it now has a new, larger home. → Read More

Taking care of the land is paramount for a fifth-generation Oconomowoc dairy farmer

Rather than trying to compete with the huge dairy farms, John Koepke turned to making cheese, and gave his land a conservation easement. → Read More