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Wisconsin is known for its artisanal agricultural offerings, from family-farm-raised meats to fine, small-batch cheese and organically grown vegetables. These five food experiences are among the Kohler area's best:
1. The Immigrant Restaurant's Wisconsin-produced ingredients. Chef Matthew Bauer grew up in the Kohler area, so he's well acquainted with all the small-batch, artisanal ingredients available at his fingertips. Since taking the helm at The American Club's showcase restaurant, he's incorporated some of the area's finest locally crafted cheeses, produce, meats and other ingredients into his dishes.
2. Bratwurst Days. Sheboygan is known as the "World's Bratwurst Capital," so if you're lucky enough to be in town for Bratwurst Days, we highly recommend checking out this odd but endearing ode to the encased meat. Since 1953, the festival has brought music, a parade, a circus, and heaps of brats to the lakefront, where a mutant-food gallery serves up abominations such as bratwurst tacos, bratsagne and more. Or take the authentic route and order it grilled on a Sheboygan hard roll.
3. Trattoria Stefano Italian specialties. Stefano Viglietti is the closest thing Sheboygan has to a restaurant czar with his four varied concepts: Il Ritrovo, a certified Neapolitan pizzeria, the locavore-friendly Field to Fork, the Duke of Devon English-style pub and Trattoria Stefano. If you're still skeptical that skillfully executed, authentic Italian cuisine could make a serious play in the middle of Wisconsin, give the Vitello Stefano Strauss veal rib chop a try — it comes stuffed with prosciutto, black truffle cheese and sage.
4. Kohler's handmade chocolates. What can't Kohler do? Between the company's stunning bathroom fixtures, the luxury American Club accommodations and the world-class golf course, we now have to add Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates to the family's list of talents. Stop into the Craverie Chocolatier Café in the Shops at Woodlake to pick up gifts or sample the shop's handmade botanical truffles, toffee bark or terrapins.
5. Real Wisconsin cheese. Henning's Wisconsin Cheese in Kiel is a fourth generation producer offering a large variety of Wisconsin cheeses, warm curds on weekdays and a selection of brats and other locally made meats to take home. Views into the factory and a small museum of cheese making equipment from the turn of the century also make it a family-friendly stop.
The five best Kohler food experiences are: lobster and shrimp bisque at the Immigrant Room, brunch at The Wisconsin Room, cheese curds at Horse and Plow, corn sausage chowder at Blackwolf Run, granola bars at Whistling Straits, and capellini at Cucina.