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August 2008

Historical society shoulders Bash By Michael Timm he nonprofit Bay View Historical Society will sponsor this year’s Bay View Bash. Planned for Saturday, Sept. 13 from 11am to 10pm along Kinnickinnic Avenue from Potter Street to Clement Avenue, the street festival’s theme is “Bay View, Then and Now.” How the fifth annual Bash has been organized is a complicated tale of tangled interests. Since 2004, the nonprofit Bay View Neighborhood Association (BVNA) had sponsored and run the Bash each fall through 2007, when a skateboard-related incident resulted in a personal injury claim still pending against the BVNA’s insurance provider.


“We’re really behind the eight-ball. We have to raise money to keep ourselves afloat. We can’t make this kind of money any other way.” —Kathy Mulvey, historical society Bash coordinator In January 2008, former BVNA Bash chairperson Amy Schubert (then Carlson; hereafter Schubert) resigned her post, citing differences with BVNA. Feb. 8, BVNA announced its decision to

discontinue Bash, citing the intent to focus on more smaller events rather than one big one. Later in February, Schubert announced she would restart Bash independent of BVNA. She said the community contacted her and wanted Bash to continue. Periodic Bash planning meetings were scheduled and rescheduled at Bella’s Fat Cat starting in March. In April, nominated by historical society member Kathy Mulvey, Schubert was selected as historical society treasurer, following a board shakeup. As treasurer, Schubert inherited financial management of a cash-strapped organization struggling to keep and repair the historic Beulah Brinton House, whose $350,000 mortgage has posed a challenge for the all-volunteer society. At the same time, Schubert and the emerging “Bash committee” of festival devotees were seeking a nonprofit sponsor to replace BVNA. It costs approximately $20,000 to run the Bash, said Schubert, and a nonprofit partner was desired to handle the permitting, insurance, and other paperwork to make Bash 2008 a reality. The nonprofit sponsor would be Bash’s fiscal receiver, processing festival funds and assuming


Smoke-free south shore By Sheila Julson cigarette smoke haze was once as common in a tavern or restaurant as the drinks and food. But with health concerns about secondhand smoke growing in recent years, some taverns, restaurants, and coffeehouses have voluntarily gone smoke-free, without waiting for a city or state smoking ban to do so. Bay View touts a number of smoke-free venues, many of them newer businesses, though some established businesses have chosen to convert while some have not. Others have been smoke-free from the get-go. Sven’s European Café, 2699 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., has been smoke-free since owner Steve Goretzko opened in April 2004. “We’re a community-based café for everyone,” said Goretzko. “Folks can come in with their children and have a healthy environment.” He said his customers are happy with the smoke-free atmosphere and that he’s not received any negative comments. Another benefit, he noted, is that the artwork on his walls isn’t smoke damaged.


“As a singer/musician, every time I play in a very smoky bar, I am usually up most of the night coughing. Not to mention, the smoke affects my ability to sing the next day.” —Jennifer Lee, musician Deanne Wecker, owner of Lee’s Luxury Lounge, 2988 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., allows smoking at her establishment. Across the street at 2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Palm Tavern owners Bruno Johnson and Adrienne Pierluissi went smoke-free in March 2008. Johnson said that the decision to make Palm Tavern smoke-free coincided with the opening of their new smoke-free tav-

ern, Sugar Maple, which opened at 441 E. Lincoln Ave. in April 2008. Wecker said that Lee’s Luxury Lounge has gotten some of Palm Tavern’s smoking patrons after they went smoke-free. “I believe that Lee’s Lounge should remain a tavern that allows smoking because that is what is best for my business,” Wecker said. “In the future, if I feel that is no longer the case, then I will change it to a smoke-free bar, preferably without government interference.” Johnson said that of one of Palm Tavern’s busiest nights was after they went smoke-free. “A lot of this is what the government is supposed to do,” Johnson said, referring to the protections from health risks caused by secondhand smoke. Business has remained steady at Palm Tavern and the reaction from patrons at both Palm Tavern and Sugar Maple has been positive, except from the occasional smoker who says they “stepped all over the Constitution,” Johnson said. “Or, they roll their eyes.” “I prefer it nonsmoking,” said Janine, an employee at Sugar Maple. “I can go home and not smell [like smoke].” Smokers with a Nonsmoking Venue The Alchemist Theatre and Lounge opened in January 2008 at 2569 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. The lounge is also open on non-show nights, and the venue is smoke-free. According to co-owner Aaron Kopec, he, along with partners Erica Case, Mike Temple, and Kirk Thomsen opened as a smoke-free establishment, even though several of the people involved actually do smoke or were smokers at the time of opening. “We all agreed, however, that groups of people smoking indoors can simply be too much smell, dust, dirt, and grime,” Kopec said. Kopec added that the sound and lighting system was also a concern. “The audio

Local author expounds on cheese By Jill Rothenbueler Maher ay View residents peering into the cheese cases at Outpost Natural Foods or G. Groppi Food Market may be standing next to an authority on cheese and other food. Travel and culinary author Jeanette Hurt frequents those stores and recently penned two books on cheese: The Cheeses of Wisconsin: A Culinary Travel Guide and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cheeses of the World with Steve Ehlers. Hurt’s interest in food began early. Her parents created a reading challenge for their daughter: If she read 100 books, she could choose a restaurant to go out to eat. Her sisters opted for McDonald’s but Hurt picked


Local author Jeanette Hurt (with Olivia) has two published books, and three others in the pipeline. ~photo Ken Mobile

es, including those taught by French cuisine instructor Jill Prescott. Hurt learned to discriminate among ingredients, for example choosing a whipping cream free of additives so it does not melt on a warm pie. Her interest in writing developed in high school, when she enrolled in a journalism class to spend time with her Some cheese artisans follow organic best friend. Hurt enjoyed writing practices and others are farmstead and the thrill of seeing her name in cheese makers producing cheese from print. She attended Marquette Unitheir own animals’ milk. In Cheeses of versity and worked as a print jourWisconsin: A Culinary Travel Guide, Hurt nalist in Chicago and Milwaukee. In August 2002, she plunged into the delves into the personal stories behind less secure role of a freelance writer, the Wisconsin dairy industry, making which she calls “one of the scariest both the people and their products seem things I ever did.” approachable and likable. Her first year was minimally profitable, but within six years Hurt built Magic Pan, an upscale restaurant in Oak a steady income from articles and books. Brook, Ill. where she enjoyed the crepes. “At In addition to the two books already pubage 5, I was already into food more than lished, Hurt has contracts for The Complete most people,” said Hurt. Her parents alIdiot’s Guide to Tapas, The Cheese of Califorlowed her to experiment in the kitchen on nia: A Culinary Travel Guide, and The Comcuisine for the family dog—she enhanced plete Guide to the Cheeses of the World. (Tapas canned dog food by putting spices in it and [TAH-paz] is a dining style based on small heating it up on the stovetop. portions.) Eventually she took formal cooking classSEE PAGE 7

“Other cities—Chicago, Appleton, Madison—are more progressive and ban it all together. We hope Milwaukee will soon follow.” —Luke Grant, Telluride system for the lounge is powered by two vintage monoblock tube amplifiers from the original Avalon Theatre system, and gummy smoke residue isn’t the best thing to coat that kind of equipment with.” Some musicians who perform at smokefree establishments appreciate the clean atmosphere. Local singer/songwriter Jennifer Lee played at Alchemist Lounge in May 2008 as part of the Milwaukee Short Film Festival. “As a singer/musician, every time I play in a very smoky bar, I am usually up most of the night coughing,” Lee said. “Not to mention, the smoke affects my ability to sing the next day.” Wayland Graf, a smoker, stopped at Alchemist Theatre and Lounge recently. A sign outside advertising a special on Pabst beer drew him. He entered the building with a lit cigarette in hand, unaware of the no-smoking policy. “They politely told me that there’s no smoking allowed,” Graf said. “I said okay and thanked them anyway, but left.” A Smoke-free Trend

Smoke-free environments are not just a Bay View phenomenon. City Lounge at 3455 E. Layton Ave. in Cudahy opened as a smoke-free establishment in April 2007. Owner Joe Halser IV said City Lounge was the first bar in the area, not including restaurants, to be smoke-free. Feedback from patrons has been positive, Halser said, except from the occasional smoker. City Lounge does have a patio where smoking is permitted. In the colder months, there is also a heater on the patio area. Halser sees a smoke-free atmosphere as a marketing tool. “It brings new people to the area and to the establishment.” SEE PAGE 9

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