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Food Culture

Food Culture2018-08-09T00:39:27+00:00

GOOD FOOD STARTS AT THE ROOTS

Our roots are deeply embedded in a history of cultivating food from planting to plating, during a time when farm-to-table still meant backyard-to-kitchen. Our experience in food production and agriculture has made us leaders in artisan cheese, microbrewing, organic produce and more while allowing us to create unique local- and regionally-sourced dining experiences across the state.

Here, you can stroll around the state capitol, enjoying fresh bread, baked goods and juicy produce from the farmers’ market by day and a gourmet meal at one of the best restaurants in the Midwest by night. Here, you can eat to your heart’s content at one of a thousand Friday fish fries while the dim supper club lights reflect off the glass of an Old Fashioned. Here, you can taste food that matches the passion behind it, food that’s always fresh, distinct and homegrown.

FOOD CULTURE RANKINGS

Fresh, farm-grown food has made Wisconsin one of the tastiest states to live in the nation.

ONLY

MASTER CHEESEMAKER PROGRAM OUTSIDE EUROPE
To qualify, you must have 10 years license cheesemaking experience and more.

Center for Dairy Research, 2017

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JAMES BEARD NOMINATIONS IN 2017
Wisconsin is a place filled with acclaimed chefs and restaurants, including 31 James Beard nominations in the past five years.

Wisconsin Public Radio, 2017

LARGEST

PRODUCER-ONLY FARMERS' MARKET IN NATION
Madison's farmers' market is 2nd largest in the nation overall.

Dane County Farmers' Market

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Charming small-town living with close proximity to major metro areas

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Education, culture-rich communities and $1 billion in yearly research

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Lake Michigan, old world charm and craft beer and Wisconsin’s largest city

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Scenic landscape, high qualify of life and an abundance of recreational activities

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Extraordinary quality of life, outdoor recreation and business-friendly communities

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Impactful careers, family living and recreational opportunities galore​

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Recreational playgrounds, safe neighborhoods and a small-town feel

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Recreational playgrounds, safe neighborhoods and a small-town feel

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One thing Wisconsin’s regions all have in common is how unique they are. Every community in Wisconsin holds its own individual charm and characteristics, making our state one of the best options for fulfilling your personal and career goals.

From the natural playground of our forests and lakes to the vibrant communities hosting world-renowned festivals and farmers markets, Wisconsin balances enriching experiences with the essentials of a superior education and high-quality healthcare. Regardless of what you’re looking for, one of our safe, diverse neighborhoods is a good place to start being more you.

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WISCONSIN STORIES

Our residents are some of the happiest and most ambitious people in the nation—but don’t just take our word for it. Take theirs.

“I think the best part of living and doing business in Wisconsin really is the people. Everyone is so nice. I’ve heard people say there’s something in the water. I don’t think’s that’s quite right … I really just think there’s something in the beer.”

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GRANT PAULY • 3 SHEEPS BREWING • SHEBOYGAN

“We came here for the beautiful countryside, we came here for the schooling options, the access to amazing food. It’s really been a great place to start a family and start this business.”

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TJ SEMANCHIN• KICKAPOO COFFEE • VIROQUA

“Not all of the owners are from Park Falls specifically, but choose to live in this state because they find a quality of life that [they] haven’t found elsewhere.”

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SETH CARLSON • PARK FALLS GASTROPUB • PARK FALLS

“If this (game development with his current company) is going to happen – it needs to happen in Wisconsin. The state has a strong engineering background and strong education background, but also a strong artistic background. Wisconsin brings the best of these unique backgrounds together.”

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TIM GERRITSEN • BUSINESS OWNER

“Wisconsin is the best state for us. The balance of network support, the economics and the opportunity for social and culture. Wisconsin is ideal for anyone’s success.”

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WESLEY ESCONDO • BUSINESS OWNER

“Living in Austin (Texas) was getting to be too expensive. There are a lot of opportunities in Wausau with major companies. We took promotions when we moved here. And the commute times are shorter so I get more time with my family.”

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TINA & PATRICK REVELL • HOMEOWNERS

“Wisconsin is great for it. The cost of living is amazing, the people are amazing, you have access to so many things. You don’t need to live in a Chicago, San Francisco, New York … they are great cities, but if you can get  all those amenities here, at a much lower cost, why wouldn’t you?”

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DAVE HEALY • MADMARKER STUDIOS • MOUNT HOREB

“There is a sense of belonging that I feel in Eau Claire that I don’t think I would feel if I was living in a different city.”

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AARON BRICE • AMBIENT INKS • EAU CLAIRE

“Choosing Wisconsin was a perfect fit for our company and part of it was the people that live in the great state of Wisconsin.”

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LARRY KLENC • MCPHERSON GUITARS • SPARTA