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ntertaining friends and family during the holidays is one of life’s great pleasures. There is no better time to whip out the cocktail shaker or put the kettle on and turn ordinary booze into merry cocktails. You don’t need a fully stocked bar to impress your guests

or give Aunt Barb the buzz she needs to make her interesting. This time of year I like to trade in my martinis for Manhattans and warm up post-milking with a hot toddy. No matter how you celebrate the season, these cocktails will be the perfect compliment.

MOM’S HOT BUTTERED RUM A tradition in my family during the holidays. Hold off on the rum and make mocktails for the kiddies.

BATTER INGREDIENTS 1 lb. brown sugar 1 lb. butter 3 cups vanilla ice cream, softened A bit of fresh grated nutmeg Cinnamon is also a nice addition. A tablespoon should work.

CHRISTMAS PUNCH Be careful: This one can sneak up on you. For a festive alternative to plain old ice cubes, freeze water in a Bundt pan to form a pretty ice ring. If you’re feeling extra fancy, add some cranberries or lemon slices to the pan before freezing.

INGREDIENTS 3/4 cups sugar The peel from 3 or 4 lemons 4-5 sprigs of rosemary, crushed with your hand to release the oils 3/4 cups lemon juice 4 cups water 1 cup pineapple juice (or a bit more if you like) 1 bottle dark rum

TO MAKE BATTER Cream the butter and sugar together stir in ice cream. This mixture freezes well.

TO MAKE DRINK Add a heaping tablespoon of the batter to a mug. Mix in 2 ounces of dark rum and top it off with boiling water. Stir to combine.

hot toddy Just the right amount of whiskey and warm water to warm you and your guests up on a cool evening. Makes one drink.

DIRECTIONS Add the sugar, lemon peel, and rosemary to a mason jar. Shake like crazy for about 5 minutes. Let sit in a sunny window for at least 3 hours or up to 8. Add lemon juice to the mason jar and shake until the sugar dissolves. Strain lemon juice mixture into a punch bowl. Add water, pineapple juice and rum. Serve chilled.

INGREDIENTS 2 ounces whiskey 1 spoonful of honey Squeeze of lemon juice Hot water

CLASSIC MANHATTAN A perfect accompaniment to a classy evening. Makes one cocktail.



2 parts whiskey 1 part sweet vermouth A few dashes of bitters Maraschino cherries for garnish

Add everything but the cherries to a cocktail shaker. Shake until it’s good and cold. Strain into a cocktail glass. 34 Nov. 25, 2015

DIRECTIONS Add the whiskey, lemon juice, and honey to a mug. Fill with hot water.

Osthoff Resort

Sven Fritz, his father, Jeff, and a reindeer

REINDEER GAMES sick of just having santa at the party? then rent a reindeer. WORDS: TOM GIFFEY


rom greeting cards to TV shows – not to mention parades, parties, and shopping malls – Santa Claus is an ubiquitous sight this time of year. So ubiquitous, in fact, that – and we say this realizing it could put us on the naughty list – there’s a danger we’ll get sick of the Jolly Old Elf. With that in mind, what’s the planner of a big yuletide shindig to do? Call for reinforcements, North Pole-style. We’re talking about Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Co.: Yes, for the right price, you can rent reindeer. In fact, just down the road from Eau Claire you’ll find a herd of 50 of the docile, antlered animals at Noel Productions of Osseo, where Jeff Fritz and his family have been raising reindeer for 28 years. In November and December, the Fritzes have animals at as many as three events a day, ranging from parades (in 2001, eight of their reindeer pulled a sleigh through downtown Chicago) to corporate parties. They’ve done events throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, and this winter are even branching out to a gig in Aspen, Colo. They also lease some of their animals out to others who exhibit them. Interested in getting the reindeer for your event? Fritz advises that you contact him as early as possible. The reindeer do certain events year after year, so the calendar fills up fast. In fact, he suggests that potential clients try to plan their events around the animals’ availability. Even though reindeer are a rare sight in Wisconsin, Fritz avoids using the term “exotic” to describe them. “Exotic” calls to mind wild animals like lions and tigers, he notes, whereas reindeer have been domesticated for millennia by the

people around the Arctic Circle. “They’re a very personable animal,” Fritz explains. “It’s like having a dog. They know who you are. Like a dog, they come when you call them. … They’re not easy to train, but they’re very smart.” Reindeer really can be taught to pull sleighs (although there’s no word on whether the Fritz family’s animals can fly) and are even-tempered enough to tolerate being exhibited in display pens and standing around for photo ops, as the Fritzes’ animals do. Fritz, who grew up on a dairy farm, bought his first reindeer in Canada nearly three decades ago and in the years since has developed a thriving business. Rather than dressing as storybook elves, the Fritz family dons authentic Laplander garb when displaying their reindeer. Their costumes help them educate the public about the history of human-reindeer interaction and the species’ cultural importance to the Laplanders – or Sami people – who live in northern Scandinavia, Finland, and Russia. Around the North Pole, reindeer – who are cousins to caribou – are raised for meat, hides, antlers, milk, and (yes, it’s true) transportation. The family and their reindeer are as busy as Santa’s elves during the Christmas season, but everybody’s ready to rest by the New Year, especially the cows, who begin calving in mid-April. “The biggest thing about it is people really do enjoy them,” Fritz says of the reindeer. And while adults are fascinated by their historical and cultural importance, he adds, “Kids really get a kick out of reindeer and Santa Claus.” Learn more about Noel Productions at or by calling (715) 533-0637. 35 Nov. 25, 2015 36 Nov. 25, 2015

fill those party platters From SWEET TO SAVORY, here are some bite-sized recipes SURE TO PLEASE YOUR SEASONAL GUESTS. WORDS & PHOTOS: kylie lato of the tattooed foodie



enjoy a good ol’ classic pumpkin pie anytime, but when the leaves start falling and the air gets crisp, I’ve got pumpkin on the brain. I came across this recipe during a lazy Sunday afternoon of Pinterest browsing. I LOVE gingersnaps. They remind me of my dad because he LOVES them too. So the thought of combining pumpkin and gingersnaps was almost more than I could handle. If you’re in charge of dessert at your upcoming holiday party, try this recipe. Your friends and family will be impressed and delighted!

INGREDIENTS For the cookie dough base you will need: 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup softened butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1/2 cup dark molasses For the pumpkin layer you will need: 2 cans pumpkin puree 2 cans sweetened condensed milk 4 eggs 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1/4 teaspoon salt Optional: You can finish the bars off with a nice dollop of Cool Whip and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 9-by-13-inch pan with tin foil. Use enough foil so that there is about 2-3 inches extra on either side. This will allow you to pull the bars right out of the pan after they have cooled. Whisk flour, ginger, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. 2. Then add butter to the bowl of a stand mixer (or you can use an electric handheld mixer) and beat on high



re you trying to decide what to bring to your next holiday party? Tired of the same old boring BBQ meatballs, cheese and crackers, or deviled eggs? Well these Avocado Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs are a new twist on an old classic and are the perfect appetizer or dish to pass at your next Friendsgiving or holiday bash! The creaminess of the avocado pairs perfectly with the crisp bacon and slightly tangy ranch. These are the deviled eggs for people who don’t like deviled eggs!

INGREDIENTS 12 large eggs 1 ripe avocado, skin removed, cubed 2.5 tablespoons mayo pinch of black pepper 3 teaspoons Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning 8 strips bacon, broken into 3/4 inch pieces 1 tablespoon smoked paprika


until butter is creamy. Slowly add the sugar and mix on medium speed until fully combined. Next add the eggs and molasses and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until it starts to look creamy. 3. With the mixer on medium low, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. The dough will be thick and sticky. 4. Wet your hands with water to prevent the dough from sticking to them and press the cookie dough in an even layer across the bottom of the pan. Try to make all the edges the same thickness, or slightly thinner, than the center. If the edges are too thick the cookie base will bake up through the pumpkin layer. 5. Now whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a medium sized bowl. 6. Pour pumpkin mixture over the gingersnap base and use a spatula to spread it into an even layer. 7. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for about 2 hours. Using a sharp knife cut into slices, add a big dollop of Cool Whip and a sprinkle of cinnamon and serve! If you want, you could make this a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator. I would wait to add the Cool Whip and cinnamon until just before serving it.

1. Start by adding your raw eggs to a large pot with a tight fitting lid. Add water to the pot until it comes up one inch above the eggs. Place the pot over high heat, uncovered and let the water come to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, turn off the heat but leave the pot on the burner. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and let the eggs cook for 12 minutes. Then drain water from eggs, and immediately run super cold water over the eggs for at least 2 minutes. Then place them in the fridge for a half hour to cool completely. 2. Remove eggs from the fridge

and peel. There are a lot of different techniques for peeling, but I find what works best for me is to gently roll the egg across a countertop covered with a clean kitchen towel, creating small cracks all over the egg. Then peel the egg while running it under cold water. 3. Slice each egg in half lengthwise, remove yolks and place yolks in a medium sized bowl. Place empty egg whites on your serving platter. Add mayo, pepper, ranch seasoning, and avocado to the egg yolks. Using a fork mash everything together until a creamy filling forms. If you want to get a little fancy, you can use a frosting tip to pipe the filling into the eggs. Add the tip to a small Ziploc baggy or piping bag and then transfer filling to the bag. Pipe filling into each egg, filling the egg generously. Sprinkle smoked paprika on each egg, add a piece of bacon, and try not to drool before you serve these! NOTE: This recipe can be made up to a day in advance and then refrigerated in an airtight container.

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PARTY LISTINGS PARTY PLACES 29 Pines Family Restaurant and Lodge Bar

Located in the Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center, 5872 33rd Ave., Eau Claire • 874-2929 •

America’s Best Value Inn Campus View 809 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 834-6611 • • Avalon Hotel & Conference Center 1009 W. Park

Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-2281 and (888) 727-5288 •

Bresina’s Hometown Bar and Grill 12037 Country Hwy B, Chippewa Falls • 288-6303.

Brickhouse Pub & Grub Bar & Banquet Hall 2233 Birch St., Eau Claire • 832-6227.

Bye the Willow 501 High St., Chippewa Falls •

559-0371 // 559-0468 • •

Cabin Ridge Rides 4271 220th St., Cadott • 723-9537 • • Chippewa Valley Golf Club 2200 Crestwood Dr.,

Menomonie • 235-9808 •

City of Chippewa Falls Parks 723-0051 • chip- Rental locations include Irvine Park (Activity Building, Band Shell, Bear Den Road Shelter, Flag Hill Large Shelter, Hollow Shelter, Knights of Pythias, Loretta Cutsforth, Main Pavilion, Pine Grove Shelter, Roger Meier Shelter), and more.

DON’T FORGET THE DISCO BALL City of Eau Claire Parks 915 Menomonie St.,

Eau Claire • 839-5032 • • Rental locations include Boyd Park Pavilion on Eau Claire’s East Side Hill (off Main St.), Carson Park (Birch Pavilion, Braun’s Bay Pavilion, Oak Pavilion, Pine Pavilion), Mount Simon (Dell’s Pavilion, Hillside Pavilion), Owen Park Bandshell Pavilion, Phoenix Park (Labyrinth, Pavilion, Riverside Terrace & Celebration Plaza), Riverview Island Pavilion, Riverview Park (Lions Pavilion, North Pavilion), Rod & Gun Park Pavilion, and more.

City of Menomonie Parks 232-1664 • menorec@ • Rental locations include Elmwood Park, Fowler’s Court, Lakeside Park off Wolske Bay Rd. looking over Lake Menomin,  Leisure Services Center Shelter, Phelan Park Main Shelter, Point Comfort Park (Byron Smith Shelter J, Lions Club I),  Riverside Park Main Shelter, Wakanda Park (Beach, Farm Bureau Shelter C, Jim Miller Shelter F, Letty M. Trainor Shelter E, Lions Club Shelter D, Northside Shelter D, Northside Shelter G, Open Area #3, Southside Shelter A, Park Pavilion), Wilson Park Bandshell, and more.

From the Vine Wine Room 2526 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 833-8989 •

Fuji Sushi & Steak House 4864 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 832-3388 •

Fuzzy’s Bar & Grill N5729 410th St., Menomonie •

231-3899 •

Galloway Grille 409 Galloway St. • 514-0751 •

The Goat Coffee House 408 Water St., Eau Claire • 831-4491.

Godfather’s Pizza 2510 Mondovi Rd., Eau Claire •

830-9362 •

Grand Occasions Event Center W16181 Hwy 10 / 53, Osseo • 597-2789 • • Green Mill Restaurant & Bar 2703 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 839-8687 •

Heyde Center for the Arts 3 South High St., Chip-

pewa Falls • 726-9000 •

Clarion Hotel Campus Area 2703 Craig Rd., Eau

Hickory Hills Golf Course E4080 Hickory Rd.,

Connell’s Supper Club 18525 50th Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-5656 • Find this business on Facebook.

High Shores Supper Club 17985 Co. Trk. X, Chip-

Claire • 835-2211 and (866) 539-0036 • clarionhotel. com.

County of Eau Claire Parks • 839-4783 • •; Rental locations include Lake Altoona County Park (604 Beach Rd., Altoona), Lake Eau Claire County Park (E19230 Cty Rd. SD, Augusta), Tower Ridge Recreation Area Chalet (955 S. 82nd Ave., Eau Claire), and more. Curvue Hideaway & Trees 6760 Curvue Rd., Eau

Claire • 878-4366 • • ctreesonc. com.

Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill 2002 Midway Rd., Menomonie • 235-9940 • Find this business on Facebook. Deb’s Café 1120 122nd St., Suite 3, Chippewa Falls •

833-2233 • •

Dooley’s Pub 442 Water St., Eau Claire • 834-2388 •

Double Days Sports Bar & Grill 3020 London

Rd., Eau Claire • 833-2255.

Draganetti’s Ristorante 3120 Hillcrest Pkwy, Altoona • 834-9234 • Dunn County Fish And Game Association Banquet and Reception Center 1600 Pineview Ave.,

Eau Claire • 878-4543 • •

pewa Falls • 723-9854 •

Hipps Pub-N-Grub S7650 State Highway 37, Eau

Claire • 834-7822.

Historic Eau Claire Masonic Ballroom 616 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • 456-2466 • •

Holiday Inn Eau Claire South 4751 Owen Ayres Ct., Eau Claire • 830-9889 • Horizons Lounge & Banquet Center 10764 Cty Hwy Q, Chippewa Falls • 724-1444 • horizonslounge. com. Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub 415 S Barstow St., Eau Claire • 835-6621 •

James Sheeley House 236 W. River St., Chippewa

Falls • 726-0561 • Find this business on Facebook.

Knights of Columbus Hall 236 Pumphouse Rd., Chippewa Falls • 726-2002 • Lake Hallie Golf 2196 110th St., Chippewa Falls • 861-5442 • Lake Wissota Golf Course 16108 97th Ave. South, Chippewa Falls • 1-888-382-4780 • •

Menomonie • 235-8155 • •

The Lismore Gibson St., Eau Claire • events@

Eagles Club 2588 State Hwy 53, Chippewa Falls •

The Livery Restaurant aka Cowtown Saloon

723-0172 •

Eau Claire County Expo Center 5530 Fairview

Dr., Eau Claire • 839-3755 • •

The Edge Pub & Eatery 9504 Cty Hwy S, Chippewa Falls • 723-2400 • •

316 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire • 833-7666 • theliveryec. com.

Log Jam 709 South Broadway, Menomonie • 235-0703

• • logjambarandeatery. com.

Loopy’s Grill & Saloon 10691 Business 29,

Exit 45 Restaurant & Bakery 2100 County Rd B,

Chippewa Falls • 723-5667 • •

Family Farms Market 50684 N. Main St., Eleva •

Lucy’s Delicatessen 117 N Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • 720-9800 •

Menomonie • 235-1166 • 287-3332 •

Famous Daves 2811 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 835-2227 •

Farm to Fork Retreat S1-93 County Road BB, Mondovi • 833-9975 • Fill Inn Station 104 W. Columbia St., Chippewa Falls • 723-8282 and 723-6551 • fillinn@fillinnstation. com • Florian Gardens 2340 Lorch Ave., Eau Claire • 8328836 • Four Corners 14982 Co. Hwy. S, Chippewa Falls •


Fox Run Tavern 1515 S. 65th Ave., Eau Claire • 8356489 • 38 Nov. 25, 2015

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts 205 Main St. E., Menomonie • 235-9726 • •

Manny’s Cocina 4207 Oakwood Hills Pkwy., Eau Claire • 514-0818 • The Maple Lounge 2507 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire

• 552-1998.

Menomonie Family Restaurant 2616 Hils Ct., Menomonie • 235-9000 • menomoniefamilyrestaurant. com. Metropolis Resort 5150 Fairview Dr., Eau Claire • 852-6000 Ext. 422 • •

Moe’s Diner 12701 10th St., Osseo • 597-3912 •

Mogie’s Pub and Restaurant 436 Water St., Eau

Claire • 836-9666 •

Mona Lisa’s 428 Water St., Eau Claire • 839-8969 • • Off Broadway Banquet Center 1501 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • 233-3333 • • Ojibwa Golf & Bowl 8140 136th St., Chippewa Falls • 723-8823 • •

The Oxford 1814 N. Oxford Ave., Eau Claire • 8398877 • •

Pine Meadow Golf Club 4324 Fairfax Park Dr., Eau Claire • 832-6011 • PineMeadowGolfClub@gmail. com • Pioneer Grill & Saloon E5699 Co. Trk. D,

Menomonie • 235-9927, 235-4973 •

Pizza Ranch 2815 Truax Blvd., Eau Claire • 5144143.

The Plaza Hotel & Suites 1202 W. Clairemont Ave.,

Eau Claire • 834-6498 •

The Nucleus Café 405 Water St., Eau Claire • 8347777 • Sammy’s Pizza 2812 London Rd., Eau Claire • 8311300 •

Schultz’s Country Barn 50996 N. Main St., Eleva •

287-4684 • • schultzscountrybarn. com.

The sideBAR on Grand 115 W. Grand Ave., Eau

Claire • 832-5478.

Skoog’s Parkside 932 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • 235-6124 • Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center 5872

33rd Ave., Eau Claire • 874-2900 • sleepinnsales@ •

Smith’s Country Inn S5786 State Highway 37, Eau

Claire • 836-9003.

St. Mary’s Church and Community Center 1828

Lynn Ave., Altoona • (616) 295-0797 • andreahesssm@ •

Stella Blues 306 E Madison St., Eau Claire • 8557777 • • Stout Ale House 1501 N. Broadway St., Menomonie • 233-3333 •

TGI Fridays Oakwood Mall, 4800 Golf Rd., Eau

Claire • 830-1424 •

UW-Eau Claire Event Services Several locations available on the UW-Eau Claire campus • 836-5631 • • UW-Stout Memorial Student Center 302 10th Ave. E., Menomonie • 232-2000 • mscreservations@ • VFW Club Post 305 1300 Starr Ave., Eau Claire • 552-8438 •

VFW Post 7232 2900 W. Folsom St., Eau Claire • 832-

3528 •

VisionQuest Entertainment Center N4439 440th

St., Menomonie • 235-7769 •

Wagner’s Lanes 2159 Brackett Ave., Eau Claire • 833-6700 •

Westgate Sportsman Club 4909 Sportsman Dr., Eau Claire • 832-4548 • • Wild Ridge Golf Course 3905 Kane Rd., Eau Claire • 834-1766 and 858-7960 • • Yankee Jacks 2300 W. Princeton Ave., Eau Claire •

(715) 834-4050 • • yankeejacks. com.

CATERERS Asian Café 2121 Eddy Ln., Eau Claire • 852-0552 • Pan-asian cuisine featuring crayfish, coconut shrimp, egg rolls, salad, steak, pizza, and other American choices.

Augusta Meats & Catering 825 Industrial Dr., Au-

gusta • 286-2920 • Find this caterer on Facebook Featuring a variety of meat cuts, 21 flavors of homemade brats, six flavors of beef sticks and sausage, all natural Amish chicken, and several flavors of cheese.

Bar-B-Q Express: BBQ & Grill Located at the Eagles Club, 2588 Hallie Rd., Chippewa Falls • 828-7910 • • Find this caterer on Facebook Authentic pit barbecue for catering, pick-up, delivery, and vending. Several meat choices and sides available. Servicing events of up to 1000 people. Bijou Catering 2629 East Clairemont Ave., Eau

Claire • 832-6778 • • Continental cuisines with flavors and style outside the realm of what people are used to, presented by Chef Anthony Draganowski.

Billy’s Grill & Catering 1019 15th Ave., Bloomer

• 828-1186 • Serving events of all sizes with a wide variety of dishes featuring beef, pork, chicken, seafood, turkey, Italian, BBQ, vegetables, salads, side dishes, appetizers, and more.

Black Tie Catering N2702 690th St., Menomonie • 664-8430 • • cateringbyblacktie. com Since 2003, Black Tie Catering has been serving the greater Menomonie area in catering and event planning with innovative designs and wide arrange of available styles. They can help you plan the event of your dreams and offer you a memorable experience. Blugold Dining W.R. Davies Center, Room 250, UW-

Eau Claire, Eau Claire • First contact Event Services at 836-5631, then contact Blugold Catering at 836-2632 • • htm Blugold Catering is available to assist you with planning every aspect of your event, providing the highest level of food quality and service to assure the success of your special event.

Bresina’s Carry Out 10 Jefferson Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-7869 • info This buffet-style caterer can serve a group of any size. Burrachos 5314 Prill Rd., Eau Claire • 834-1843 • Let Burrachos bring their fresh Mexican food to your next event or party. They cater for all sorts of groups: big or small, from corporate events to weddings and graduation parties.

Connell’s Supper Club 18525 50th Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-5656 • Find this caterer on Facebook Connell’s can handle your needs, whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with items running from eggs to lobster. Creative and Passionate Personal Cheffing

Eau Claire • 590-4515 • personalchefgolden@yahoo. com • Let C&P Personal Cheffing cater your next home event rather than the traditional caterer. Service includes grocery shopping, cooking and clean-up.

Deb’s Café 1120 122nd St., Suite 3, Chippewa Falls • 833-2233 • • With everything from fresh veggies to sandwiches and salads, Deb’s offers a fresh, healthy alternative to the typical hot and greasy catering experience. Dessert First 2425 Seymour Rd., Eau Claire • 833-8440 • • getdessertfirst. com Famous for its multitude of gourmet cupcakes, this California-inspired bakery offers quality sweet temptations and lunch time treats and now serves customized cakes decorated especially for your special occasion. Free wedding consults with sampling available. Dessert First also sells at Find Dessert First on Facebook too. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 311 E. Clairemont Ave., Eau

Claire • 830-9790 // 6202 Chuck Ln., Eau Claire • 830-9790 // 1320 N. Broadway, Menomonie • 231-3227 • Catering: 866-BARBECUE • Meat lovers rejoice - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit features a delivery buffet or boxed lunches with tender meats topped with their family recipe barbecue sauce, plus a tall list of sides to select. Get a catering quote online for your convenience.

Draganetti’s 3120 Hillcrest Pkwy, Altoona • 8349234 • • Draganetti’s can deliver and set up throughout the Chippewa Valley. They can customize your request to your specifications and many menu options are available. Famous Daves 2811 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 835-2227

• Famous Dave’s catering crews bring plates of lip-smackin’ barbeque to all occasions.

Fat Boy’s Pizza 1312 Main St., Bloomer • 568-4464 •

Find this caterer on Facebook Customize your menu to exactly what you want from a large list of options. 39 Nov. 25, 2015

PARTY LISTINGS DON’T FORGET THE DISCO BALL Festival Foods 3007 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 8381000 • Festival Foods features lunch and dinner buffet catering options with a variety of styles, including classic meat dishes, world cuisine, soups and sandwiches, a picnic menu, breakfast menu, a la carte menu, plus fruit, vegetable, and shrimp platters. Fill-Inn Station 104 W. Columbia St., Chippewa Falls • 723-8282 and 723-6551 • fillinnstation.

com Can accommodate up to 275 wedding guests in its banquet hall, roomy enough to include a DJ and dancing. Choose from a buffet-style meal or a menu of traditional banquet plates.

Fox Run Catering 1515 S. 65th Ave., Eau Claire

• 835-6489 • Fox Run offers a catering menu that includes selections for breakfast, brunch, luncheons, casual and fine dining and hors d’ oeuvres. For parties of 40 or more, choose

a wonderful buffet style dinner with several choices.


Franzwa’s Custom Catering Serving Eau Claire,

Smiling Moose Deli 329 Riverfront Terr., Eau Claire • 838-9999 • With breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options, Smiling Moose can handle it all.

Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls • 225-6983 • Known for the famous seasoned charcoal chicken, Franzwa’s customizes every event to the customer’s preferences. Whether you have a big or small event they will take care of you.

271-7680 • A cafe, bakery, and catering service offering fresh, made from scratch, high quality products that will satisfy customers’ pallets.

Sweet Clarisse Catering 134 W Lincoln St., Augusta • 563-5145 • Find this caterer on Facebook Featuring menus customized to best fit the specific vision and theme of your event. Their range of menu selections is expansive and not limited by technique or cooking style, boasting offerings that are not only progressive, fresh and exciting, but savory and traditional as well.

Gordy’s Market 3310 E. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire

Taverna Grill 2839 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 835-2845

The French Press 2823 London Rd., Eau Claire •

• 834-3993 // 2717 Birch St., Eau Claire • 836-8246 // 1031 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 839-0220 // 212 Bay St., Chippewa Falls • 726-2500 // 17158 Cty Hwy J, Lake Wissota • 726-2505 • Gordy’s locations has catering services for all occasions.

Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub 415 S. Barstow

St., Eau Claire • 835-6621 • When you pick Houligans’ Gharrity Room for your private banquet facility, their great catering options come alive. Accommodating 10-70 people with a private bar for sit-down, buffet and appetizer style functions.

Infinity Beverages 930 Galloway St., Eau Claire • 402-DRINK iB (374-6542) • info@infinitybeverages. com • A Winery & Distillery producing a wide range of innovative and unique wines and spirits. KB Catering2U Catering & BBQ 11958 16th Ave. N, Chippewa Falls • 514-5565 (Eau Claire); 608-7697253 (cell) • Mobile on-site cooking for corporate events, wedding, banquets, and all other occasions. KP Katering 809 W Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire

• 855-9055 • • kpkatering. com From specially made menus to exceptional decorations, KP has everything to make your day exactly as you envisioned. Full set-up and clean-up services. We will be at your service throughout the entire planning stages to the day of the event.

Legacy Chocolates Wholesale and special orders:

3375 Kothlow Ave., Suite #20, Menomonie • 231-3266 // Legacy downtown café: 632 South Broadway St., Menomonie • 231-2580 • Gourmet chocolate ruffles the perfect size to give to guests at a wedding reception, anniversary dinner, holiday party, or family get-together, and add elegance to your special day. Also featuring dessert tables (e.g., chocolate dipped strawberries) and catering with soup, bread, coffee and dessert.

Lucy’s Delicatessen 117 N Bridge St., Chippewa

Falls • 720-9800 • Lucy’s will customize your orders with its menu of sandwiches, pizza, soup, meat/cheese platters, and more.

• • From delicious flatbread pizza to homemade lasagne, from formal to casual, Taverna Grill’s premium catering menu can be customized to fit your occasion. Whether you are servig ten or two hundred, our expert staff is dedicated to delivering the quliity food and service you desire.

UW-Stout Catering UW-Stout, 712 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 232-3463 • • Featuring a professional service staff with an executive chef. Catering available at UW-Stout locations or your own off-campus location. Choose from a menu of gourmet items, including desserts. Westgate Sportsman Club 4909 Sportsman Dr., Eau Claire • 832-4548 • Featuring hors d’oeuvres as hot and cold platters, multiple banquet options with meat-based entrees, vegetables, pastas, sides, and salads, plus specialty buffet options including Italian, Mexican, pizza, Chinese, soup and salad, and American cuisine. Yankee Jacks 2300 W. Princeton Ave., Eau Claire

• 834-4050 • • yankeejacks. com Yankee Jack’s takes great pride in serving only the freshest and highest quality foods and libations. A private banquet facility and off site catering is also available.

DEEJAYS All Occasions DJ Service 828-3536 • Info@ • alloccasionsdjservice. com From music, lighting, planning and customization, All Occasions DJ Service strives to serve you, From ceremony production, cocktail and dinner music, to dance music. Art of Entertainment Events-DJ Service 829-

0354 • Event. Sound. Atmosphere. DJ service for any occasion. Reasonable rates. Good music. Great service. Keeping it simple since 2001. Family owned and operated.

Mancino’s 4056 Commonwealth Ave. and 809 W.

Audio Tonic Entertainment 505-3490 • audio-

Mega! Co-Op 1201 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 839-5200 // 2615 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 836-6342 • Catering services for all occasions.

Barstow Productions 343 N. Eau Claire St., Mon-

Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 835-4000 and 835-4100 • Mancinos offers grinder platters, party salads, pasta platters, cookie platters, and any other sides on the menu such as chips, drinks, and soups. For more info, call or visit one of its locations.

Noodles & Co. 4653 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire

• 858-9000 • Featuring a buffetstyle NoodlesBar service making it easy to serve unique flavors from around the world to your party of 20-200.

Pammy K’s Cafe & Catering 26126 W. Mondovi St., Eleva • 287-3226 • • Find this caterer on Facebook See contact info for details. The Raw Deal 603 S. Broadway St., Menomonie •

231-3255 • The Raw Deal is a socially and eco-conscious business just waiting to welcome you in and introduce you to a new way  of thinking about and appreciating the world around you. Featuring raw and vegan food, coffee, juices, smoothies, beer, wine, and more.

Sitha Indian Kitchen 3619 Altoona Ave., Altoona •

874-9750 • • chait-gaddam. We cater for all occasions including birthdays, family gatherings, graduation parties and anniversary parties. If you are looking for a real authentic taste, this is the place for you! All dishes are made from scratch with healthy whole grains and fresh 40 Nov. 25, 2015 A privately owned, professional DJ service giving customers a fun experience unique to them. Every crowd is different, so shouldn’t every show be different? They work with their clients to make sure that they, as well as their guests, are happy. dovi • 835-5299 See contact info for details.

Beam Entertainment 579-5456 • beam_entertain- • Unmatched experience, over 100 events a year for nearly two decades. Personal consultations, customizing your event with great detail. Professional service that will exceed your expectations. Perfect reviews & approaching 30,000 fans. Digital quality BOSE surround sound & elegant L.E.D. uplighting.

Beckfield DJ Entertainment 559-4442 • will@ • With experience working as the Master of Ceremonies for everything from festivals to concerts to wedding celebrations, Will Beckfield is able to entertain, direct, and keep your guests involved, no matter the event size.

Best Sound & Light Show DJ & Karaoke 835-4888 • • Serving the Chippewa Valley for over 15 years, Best Sound and Light Show provides DJ and karaoke entertainment perfect for any event. Blue Thunder DJ E6885 N Cty E, Menomonie • 2353280 • Customizing the

playlist to you and featuring a full light show and the best equipment available.

Carlson Entertainment Building D02, Suite 313,

800 Wisconsin St., Mailbox 40, Eau Claire • 797-2476 • • Carlson Entertainment brings together both live and DJ’ed music to create a unique entertainment experience.  We work very hard to provide a fun and professional atmosphere to create an exceptional day for you and your guests.

D’Zired Sound Mobile Entertainment 2514 Bev-

erly Hills Dr., Eau Claire • 832-6934 • Find this deejay on Facebook Small mobile entertainment company with over 20 years experience entertaining the Chippewa Valley. Entertainment for weddings, corporate events, birthdays, and any other reason you have to celebrate. Professional, insured, reasonably priced, and great fun.

DJ Matteo 937-4923 • A

mobile DJ in the central Wisconsin area with several years experience playing all types of events. Extensive ever growing music library packed with the latest and the greatest.

Get DJ Bob - Electra Entertainment PO Box 115, Menomonie • 235-1754 • Offering the area’s largest mobile DJ sound and light shows plus karaoke. The show features several smart lights along with colored floods. Fog, bubbles, black lighting, strobe and lasers also available. Capable of large and small events. Over 20 years experience. Ignite Lighting & Entertainment • 563-4748 • • Ignite Lighting & Entertainment prides itself on presenting a night you will never forget with fun, unique ideas to personalize your party. Kadinger Event Production 928-1097 • • With an extensive knowledge of music, this DJ can play or mix just about anything you want, though club music thumps especially nice on this sound system. All events feature lighting performed by an experienced lighting designer. Kaleidoscope DJ Entertainment 225-3533 • kalei- • Kaleidoscope DJ Entertainment offers professional, customized wedding entertainment and event production with DJ services, karaoke, music videos, venue lighting, sound reinforcement, projectors and screens, and more.

Mobile Express DJs P.O. Box 776, Eau Claire

• 379-5849 • • Mobile Express DJs aims for a personal, tasteful, and accommodating approach to your event to keep your guests dancing and make your evening unforgettable. From country to pop to rock to alternative to rap, your party, reception, or dance should be the time of your life and consist only of the music you enjoy most.

Music & More Entertainment 828-2983 A fun DJ

service that won’t break the bank yet provide you with

everything you need. With over 30 years of experience in the entertainment business, Music & More Entertainment is a well seasoned company that will provide you with exactly the right entertainment to fit your event.

Music in Motion Disc Jockeys 835-6663, (800)

356-2442 • • A full time business that is available for weddings, corporate events, game shows, and inflatable games across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Music in Motion is a professional business that can deliver what they promise. 

Parkside Entertainment 523-0677 • Custom disc

jockey service Serving Eau Claire, the Chippewa Valley, West-Central Wisconsin, and beyond, committed to excel above and beyond your expectations of simply playing music. Featuring an impressive light display for the many moods of the evening.

Party Hits 7539 Curvue Rd., Eau Claire • (952)

334-7642, and 874-5244 • • Party Hits’ mission is simply to keep your party going from the first tune to the last, with plenty of variety and just enough personality.

Premier Sound & Video P.O. Box 1345, Eau Claire •

271-0968 • • Ensure your event is filled with the music you and your guests want to hear. PS&V have two professional DJs at every event at no additional cost. They take care of the entertainment so you can enjoy your big day.

Pure Energy Productions 831-8003 • Find this deejay on Facebook With Pure Energy Productions, your event is a mirror image of your personalities– it will be one-of-a-kind and never to be duplicated by anyone else. Your event will not be a cookie cutter replica of our last 25 events; it will be special, original, and most importantly, memorable. Rock n Roll To Go Plus 6517 Pleasant View St., Eau Claire • 839-7951 and (800) 799-4386 • rnrtogo. com Providing quality DJ entertainment, Vegas nights, limos, tents, inflatables, mechanical bulls, searchlights, photobooths, and more for over 25 years. Rock’It Out Entertainment • 835-3857 • • rockitoutentertainment. com Rock’It Out Entertainment is owned and operated by Nick Arnold. With 15 years of experience DJing and hosting hundreds of events, there are few scenarios we haven’t encountered. Nick has been the winner of the Volume One Best of the Chippewa Valley poll, and has placed in the top three numerous times.

Shawtown Productions 13249 38th Ave., Chip-

pewa Falls • 720-8807 • • With their excellent sound and lighting systems and large selection of music, Shawtown will make your wedding reception the success it should be.

ShowTime Entertainment 821-1100 • • showtimeentertainmentdj. com Featuring services including DJ and light show, social hour/dinner music, photo montage/slideshow, videography, photo booth, and ceremony sound. Skate City 234-6070, 319-415-3608 • letsgosk8n@ • After DJing a skating rink for 18

years, Steve is now available to DJ for you. He loves music and equipment and have put together a awesome sound and light show that amazes.

Slanedog Productions Mobile DJ Service

Chetek • 651-5526 • • Offering an L.E.D light show, concert style sound, a professional DJ mixing today’s hottest hits and the dance classics, and an energetic MC guaranteed to get the crowd pumping at your event.

Solid Gold Entertainment 1625 Eddy Ln., Eau

Claire • 835-4996 • This DJ company’s specialty is weddings, from the dinner music to the hours upon hours of dance music.

Sound Riders DJ 425 S. East St., New Auburn •

237-2036 • • soundridersdj. com Sound Riders DJ is a local and family owned and operated business, who provides great light and sound shows for all of Northwestern Wisconsin and the surrounding areas.

Tricia Bradley Studios Entertainment 2737

London Rd., Eau Claire • 831-8003 • •

ZENON Premium DJ Entertainment N4439 440th St., Menomonie • 235-7769 • • A unique DJ/Emcee interactive flare, advanced Audio equipment, and a customized light show.

PARTY SUPPLIES 50-50 Factory Outlet 3315 State Road 93, Eau

Claire • 833-0019 • This store is a great place to shop for a wedding, bachelorette party or a bridal shower. 50-50 Factory Outlet also offers a wide selection of party supplies, greeting cards and novelty gifts.

A1 Express Rental Center 2515 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 834-2727 • Choose from an assortment tents, fine china, chocolate fountains, arches, and much more. A Wedding and Party Specialist will assist in rental and planning. Awards & More 2425 Seymour Rd., Eau Claire •

839-8666 and (888) 811-2020 • • Featuring flasks, cake cutters, fancy mugs and glasses and more.

Big Dot of Happiness 412 Technology Dr. E.,

Menomonie • 800-274-4282 • • Set a table that’s as stylish as the rest of your party space with bridal shower tableware. Each collection includes coordinating dinner plates, dessert plates, luncheon napkins, beverage napkins, cups, cake toppers, candy, banners, balloons, and other decorations.

Briggs Tent & Party Rental 3350 Horlacher

Ln., Eau Claire • 839-0218 and (800) 281-7070 • This large party rental company offers an extensive list of equipment including tables, linens, gazebos, tents, dance floors, lighting, and more. 41 Nov. 25, 2015

Bye the Willow 501 High St., Chippewa Falls •

559-0371 // 559-0468 • • Hosting private and public events, plus services including event planning to rental services, party favors, and entertainment. After regular business hours Bye the Willow will convert into a beer and wine lounge.


Livid 559-9876 • •

Mojo Lemon

513FREE 790-5130 •

The Cutaways 235-7281 •

AcoustiHOO • • Facebook. com/AcoustiHOO.

D. Janakey 577-6951 •

North of Dixie 577-7457 • • Find this band on Facebook.

40 Fingers

band on Facebook.

Le Jour Designs N7391 County Rd. F, Menomonie •

The Bent Corsicles (773) 936-4953 • philcirclemu-

North Country Enterprises 289-4632 • • northcountryenterprises. com Offering tents, pipe and drapery, tables, chairs and skirting rentals, plus event set up and take down.

Rock n Roll To Go Plus 6517 Pleasant View St.,

Eau Claire • 839-7951 and (800) 799-4386 • rnrtogo. com Providing quality DJ entertainment, Vegas nights, limos, tents, inflatables, mechanical bulls, searchlights, photobooths, and more for over 25 years.

UBR: Ultimate Bouncy House Rentals Eau Claire • 379-5396 • Competitively priced bouncy house rentals for the ultimate party. Locally owned and operated. A portion of proceeds are donated to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.


Liscio 864-3074, 514-8741 •, • Find this band on Facebook.

Crystal and the Commotion 577-1661 • slant-

Countryside Cooperative Ace Rental Place  (Main Complex), 514 East Main St., Durand • 672-8947, (800) 236-7585 // Ace Rental Place, 735 E. Main St., Mondovi • 926-4214 // Ace Rental Place, Hwy 35 & Prairie St., Pepin • 442-2009 • • countrysidecoop. com While they primarily rent out industrial equipment, Countryside Co-Op also rents chairs, party tanks, roasters, tables, tents, and coffee pots. 379-7499 • • Elegant ceiling decor to compliment the look you want for your day. Providing an elegant, chandelier canopy over you and your guests. Chair covers also available for rental.

The Cragars 579-5764 •

Assembly Required 271-4086; 931-7409 • Find this Beacon James 214-5223 • beaconjamesec@gmail. com • Find this band on Facebook.

Bear Creek Band 672-4491 • • Find this band on Facebook.

Big Backyard 529-4602 • •

Big Deeks 456-1046 • • Brass Monkey 815-519-7025 • john_shenk@hotmail. com.

Bumblefist 271-0320 • bumblefistrocks@bumblefist.

com •

Catya’s Trio 726-0500 • • Clear Water Comedy clearwatercomedy@gmail.

com • Find Clear Water Comedy on Facebook

Code Blue 726-0500 • • Contingency 456-7469 • contingencyofeauclaire@ •

Contradiction 271-3950 • Find this band on


Dan Zerr 834-1393 •

OCD 514-4011 • Find us on Facebook.

Divided Highway 533-0918 • dividedhighwayrocks.

Paul Tweed 210-1312 • •

Dixie and the Dreamers

Polly Baker Band 308-3297 • pbakerband.blogspot.


Doks Robotiks • Find this band on Facebook.

The Double Shot Band 367-6360. Eau Claire Jazz Booking Agency 836-4092 • info@ •

Equinox Jazz Group 210-0567 • freddy@fred- •


Prismatic • Find this band on Facebook.

The Pumps 828-3084 • Qwikfire 864-5427 • •

Rada Dada

Fully Loadid 829-3019 • •

Rhythm Playboys

Rhythm Posse Find this band on Facebook.

HGT Band Eau Claire • 559-5763 or 834-3450 •

Rockalypse 514-3262 • • Find this band on Facebook.

The Hollywood Rockstarz 403-1850 • rul-

Schuh Fly 726-2376 •

Howard “Guitar” Luedtke and Blue Max • 726-

8876 • •

Jayson Collins Sextet 658-1581 • jaysoncollins@

Jeff White • jeffwhite-

Jenny and the Jets


Jim Herrick & Friends 962-4402 • geoentz@yahoo. com.

John Nielsen and Friends 568-3980 • Nielsen@ • Larry Past Music •

Last Open Road 379-2423 • failhammer@hotmail. com • Find this band on Facebook.

Left Wing Bourbon 647-2154 • leftwingbourbon@ • 42 Nov. 25, 2015

The Shillelagh Lads 894-0272 •

Sloslylove 379-6424 • Sonic Void • Sue Orfield Band • sueor-

Sunset Strip 519-7025 • • Find this band on Facebook.

Them Coulee Boys 533-4155 • themcouleeboys@

Third Gear 532-3001 • The Thundermen 834-8890 • Todd Barneson 533-1423 • Two Rivers • Find this band on Facebook.

U.K.E. - Ukulele Klub of Eau Claire Yata 285-5101 • • 43 Nov. 25, 2015

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