2021 Community Spotlight

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Community Spotlight: Rodney’s Cafe in Oshkosh

Community Spotlight: Rodney’s Cafe in Oshkosh

Like many in the Oshkosh community, I was affected by the pandemic. It’s the reason why my finance and I moved to Oshkosh in the first place. I know that others affected by the pandemic have not been as lucky, and I’m proud to help out however I can. This month,...

Exploring Lao Culture with Basil Café

Exploring Lao Culture with Basil Café

 On a cold Saturday night in February, I ventured out to get some takeout from one of my favorite dine in restaurants in Appleton. Now, the aesthetics of a trip to Basil Café is definitely one of my favorite parts. It is like an international night out without even...

Restaurant Reviews

Extremely Good Flavors at The Shop Bar and Grille

Extremely Good Flavors at The Shop Bar and Grille

Half Restaurant, Fully Delicious“Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails (or Johnny Cash, if you prefer) runs through my head as I sit down to write this blog post. The line “I hurt myself today” sticks out in particular. Because, I did in fact, hurt myself when I realized how long...

WeatherVane, What’s Not to Like?

WeatherVane, What’s Not to Like?

WeatherVane, what’s not to like? The Fox Cities really has a variety of places you can get delicious brunch. Recently I went to Weathervane in downtown Menasha. Growing up in Menasha, I never really took the time to explore my city until a few years ago. I honestly...

Community

Community Spotlight: Rodney’s Cafe in Oshkosh

Community Spotlight: Rodney’s Cafe in Oshkosh

Like many in the Oshkosh community, I was affected by the pandemic. It’s the reason why my finance and I moved to Oshkosh in the first place. I know that others affected by the pandemic have not been as lucky, and I’m proud to help out however I can. This month,...

Exploring Lao Culture with Basil Café

Exploring Lao Culture with Basil Café

 On a cold Saturday night in February, I ventured out to get some takeout from one of my favorite dine in restaurants in Appleton. Now, the aesthetics of a trip to Basil Café is definitely one of my favorite parts. It is like an international night out without even...

Shopping Local

Sweets Treats at Carmel Crisp

Sweets Treats at Carmel Crisp

If you’re looking for a place to order coffee, cookies, and other sweet treats, you need to visit Caramel Crisp Corner in downtown Oshkosh. I ordered from them during Downtown Oshkosh’s Lunch Bucks event March 29th-April 2nd.  About Caramel Crisp It’s hard to picture...

I Knead to Tell you About Thunderbird Bakery in Oshkosh

I Knead to Tell you About Thunderbird Bakery in Oshkosh

Since relocating to Oshkosh, my fiance and I have done a good job of finding our new go-to's for things like groceries, pizza, burgers, etc. However, we had yet to find a good bakery in town. That is until we stumbled upon Thunderbird Bakery in Oshkosh. I knew about...

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Jenn Kalchik

My name is Jenn! I’m a digital marketer and lifestyle blogger that recently moved to the Fox Valley area. I can’t wait to learn more about Fox Valley by enjoying the local restaurants. In my spare time, I love to read, watch theatre, play volleyball and shop at thrift stores. I currently live in Oshkosh with my boyfriend and our two cats: Daisy & Duke.

Where are you from?

I was born in Northport, Michigan. I previously lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Crystal Lake, Illinois and just moved to Oshkosh a few months ago.

Why Food Blogging?

I grew up around food. My parents are 4th generation cherry and apple farmers in Michigan. I worked on their farm for two years during the summer, but realized pretty quickly that farm life was not for me. I’ve had several jobs related to food: line cook for a pizzeria, barista for a coffee cart at a hospital, hostess for a pub, and bar staff for the Woodstock Opera House [in Illinois]. Now, I work as a digital marketer for a training company for my 9-5 job and also run my own lifestyle blog

Where I grew up, almost all of the restaurants were locally owned; franchises did not want to open a location in our area because it’s mostly a seasonal economy. Because of this, I’m a big fan of supporting local restaurants. Since moving to Wisconsin a few months ago, my boyfriend and I have been trying to learn more about the area, and what better way than through the local restaurants! 

Food is something that can bring people together. Everyone has different tastes and preferences, but my goal for finding a good restaurant is that they have options for everyone. I’m also excited about how restaurants have adapted to social distancing by adding more options for takeout and delivery, when that might not have been possible a few years ago.

What are some of your favorite restaurants?

Dockside Tavern, Zaroni’s, Ground Round, New Moon Cafe, Manila Resto, and Two Brothers Restaurant.

Blogger

Jenn Kalchik

My name is Jenn! I’m a digital marketer and lifestyle blogger that recently moved to the Fox Valley area. I can’t wait to learn more about Fox Valley by enjoying the local restaurants. In my spare time, I love to read, watch theatre, play volleyball and shop at thrift stores. I currently live in Oshkosh with my boyfriend and our two cats: Daisy & Duke.

Where are you from?

I was born in Northport, Michigan. I previously lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Crystal Lake, Illinois and just moved to Oshkosh a few months ago.

Why Food Blogging?

I grew up around food. My parents are 4th generation cherry and apple farmers in Michigan. I worked on their farm for two years during the summer, but realized pretty quickly that farm life was not for me. I’ve had several jobs related to food: line cook for a pizzeria, barista for a coffee cart at a hospital, hostess for a pub, and bar staff for the Woodstock Opera House [in Illinois]. Now, I work as a digital marketer for a training company for my 9-5 job and also run my own lifestyle blog

Where I grew up, almost all of the restaurants were locally owned; franchises did not want to open a location in our area because it’s mostly a seasonal economy. Because of this, I’m a big fan of supporting local restaurants. Since moving to Wisconsin a few months ago, my boyfriend and I have been trying to learn more about the area, and what better way than through the local restaurants! 

Food is something that can bring people together. Everyone has different tastes and preferences, but my goal for finding a good restaurant is that they have options for everyone. I’m also excited about how restaurants have adapted to social distancing by adding more options for takeout and delivery, when that might not have been possible a few years ago.

What are some of your favorite restaurants?

Dockside Tavern, Zaroni’s, Ground Round, New Moon Cafe, Manila Resto, and Two Brothers Restaurant.

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Jenn is a resident of Oshkosh, and brings a fresh set of eyes to local favorites.