SloPig Milwaukee Event

I was honored to attend an event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last night known as SloPig. In a nutshell, it is an event and competition celebrating amazing food and great punch. According to their website “SloPig is designed to be a giant cocktail party with lots of nibbling, lots of roaming around and plenty of punch sampling. The evening involves three primary components, a chef competition, a bartender competition and the Tasting Hall.” It was spot on, and truly an amazing time.

SloPig Milwaukee Event

The event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Milwaukee and was located on two floors of the hotel. I immediately climbed the stairs to the second floor only to be introduced by the rectangular shaped room where amazing chefs and mixologists were eagerly waiting to serve. For some reason I walked to the back of the room to be introduced to some pretty awesome culinary delights from chef Nelly Buleje of Hilton catering. He served me something on a spoon that was just out of this world. A one bite pork and mushroom concoction that just blew me away. I thought if this event was going to be like this (and it was), then I just entered culinary heaven.

As I wondered through the hall, I quickly saw that chef David Swanson from Braise was hanging around in his corner as was chef Tory Miller from L’Etoile in Madison. It was that feeling of being a kid in a candy store for me. What I really enjoyed was being able to talk not only to chef Swanson and Miller, but also to chef Dan Van Rite from Hinterland and chef Justin Aprahamian from Sanford. Every chef was completely accessible, and each one of them were truly genuine and super friendly.

SloPig Milwaukee

As I continued to eat their array of offerings, and blown away from their bite-sized presentations and flavors, I had to wash it all down with the punch offerings around the floors. Ice sculptured pigs were extracting punch concoctions from bartenders from such great establishments such as L’Etoile, The Aviary, Distil, Merchant, The Hotel Foster, and Burnhearts. All punches were concocted using some killer spirits, and I must say, all were amazing. Most of them had some great fruits, and amazing bitters, that you could probably get away with sipping on those punches for breakfast.

Punch Competition at SloPig

But remember, this was a competition, and I had to keep eating and drinking. Smelling each plate, and tasting every bite. As I went around looking for the voting box, I encountered a butchering demonstration from Scott Buer from Bolzano Artisan Meats.

Butchery Demo - SloPig Milwaukee

As I continued to walk through the event, I noticed that Sassy Cow Creamery was also there. They offered up a create your own ice cream sundae, with, get this, toppings such as a maple bacon caramel, chicharrones, and ham marshmallows! As I am not big on desserts, I continued walking to the next table, only to encounter some really nice folks from Hometown Sausage Kitchen.

As I casted my vote, I thought it was time to call it quits. As tough as it was to leave the event, I decided to move along. As I was walking out, low and behold my friendly greeting with Kyle Cherek from Wisconsin Foodie.

The winners ended up being:
Best Chef: Justin Aprahamian
Best Punch: The Aviary

If this event happens again, and I hope it will, it is a must for any Wisconsin foodie. More information can be found online at

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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