September 21, 2012

Restaurant: Joey Gerard's {Milwaukee}

When MKEfoodies descend upon a Bartolotta restaurant, you know a good time will be had. Have you heard of Joey Gerard's which opened less than a month ago in Greendale? It's a spin on an old-fashioned Wisconsin supper club and I loved it.

Chris was unable to join me, so he and I need to return another time because everything about this supper club is perfect for Chris. We'll likely visit their Mequon location, which opens October 3rd and is closer for us.



I had never been to Greendale before and found it to be a charming community.  I arrived a little early, so I took a walk around the neighborhood.

I also popped into the Taste of Home Outlet Store across the street from Joey Gerard's.  The store offers a decent selection of cooking gadgets and cookbooks, but at no better prices than other stores.


It's been quite awhile since I've been to a supper club and I really like Joey Gerard's updated version.  Starting the meal with a relish tray is mandatory at a supper club and reminded me of special occasion dinners at my grandma's house.
 

The kitchen tour was one of my favorite aspects of the event.  We got the chance to see their Josper charcoal oven (only one in the Midwest) in action.  This 700 degree oven can cook a thick steak in 8 minutes!

I've been told the intense heat and coals produce fantastic steaks, but being a mostly non-meat eater, I didn't test that theory myself.


Instead, I sampled food from the relish trays and bread baskets.  Everyone else enjoyed Steak Diane, which is a pan-fried filet mignon and often flambéed at the table in restaurants, though not at Joey Gerard's.


I got a kick out of their "Drink Like It's 1958" cocktail menu and tried the Jack Rose, which I loved.  Both Inger and I talked about how it's a cocktail we'd like to make at home.


We were also treated to a cocktail demo, which was fun to see.  I think it's great that Bartolotta's is using locally made whiskey and gin from Great Lakes Distillery and Death's Door.


Below is a short video I captured during the cocktail demo, in which the concept of a Wisconsin Old Fashioned is explained.



A couple people at my table recommended a movie called Wisconsin Supper Clubs - An Old Fashioned Experience, which is being shown on PBS. According to the MPTV.org schedule, there are no future showings scheduled, so hopefully that changes.

8 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to go here. I love supper clubs. And I hope that documentary airs soon!

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    1. Me too. If not, I hope it eventually finds its way to Netflix.

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  2. I was looking forward to trying the Steak Diane until they added soy sauce. I am #gf so soy sauce is off limits.

    Like you, I enjoyed the relish trays they had out for us, and the drink demos.

    I look forward to going back, and you meeting you at future events.

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    1. I look forward to meeting you too! Hopefully at the Iron Horse next month.

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  3. The outside of it is just so cute. I will have to check it out. Supper clubs totally remind me of Fri night dinners with my grandparents, except this place will be way less smoky these days!

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    1. Same here! Friday nights at The Timbers in Platteville with my grandparents with the organ playing.

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  4. I knew you'd get your post out before mine! Wasn't that fun? Can't wait to go for a real dinner!

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    1. I'm glad you pointed out the $29.95 family-style menu option. Now I just need to get a group of at least 6 together to take advantage of that option!

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