As Wisconsin natives, the Driftless Region is where we call home. Dinner menus are created on a day-to-day basis, so the freshest local ingredients can be incorporated accordingly. Zahm is the owner and head chef of Driftless Cafe, which he has operated with his wife in Viroqua, Wisconsin since 2013. Photo by Drew Shonka. Luke Zahm, and his wife Ruthie Zahm (University of Wisconsin Madison alumni 2002) own The Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, WI. The Stoughton spot led by chef Sean Crowley and wife Nancy Crowley creates a white tablecloth feel in each to-go box. The relationships the show has fostered remain some of my most cherished," Cherek said in an email. We’re here to meet the owner, Luke Zahm. The new host, Luke Zahm, is the chef and co-owner of Driftless Cafe, an announcement from the show on Monday said, and was himself the subject of "Wisconsin Foodie" segments. by Kristine M. Kierze for the JOURNAL SENTINEL | READ MORE. “It’s super flattering,” said Zahm, who purchased Driftless Café with his wife, Ruthie Zahm, four years ago. Criminal or Civil Court records found on Luke's Background Report Criminal or Civil Court records found on Luke's Family, Friends, Neighbors, or Classmates View Details. Photo by Second Cloud on the Left, Facebook. 4,362). After working in Chicago, he made his way to kitchens in Madison. … I am most proud of the crucial role I played in getting the show's initial funding, through my relationship with Jennifer and Joe Bartolotta, as well as the episodes I co-produced, including the show's only episode concerned with food insecurity," Cherek said. Zahm is the owner and head chef of Driftless Cafe, which he has operated with his wife in Viroqua, Wisconsin since 2013. Saying Luke is merely chef and owner of this small-town farm-to-table favorite doesn’t do his work justice. Driftless Café chef Luke Zahm brings the bounty together. It makes it easier that Wisconsin has the highest concentration of organic farms in the nation; the ubiquitous Organic Valley brand has its HQ 15 miles away, and 200 farms are in the area. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Andy Hatch and Luke Zahm for welcoming us into their worlds with open arms (and more than a few nibbles of Wisconsin cheese.) HOURSTHURS-SAT 11A-3PM LUNCH 5PM-9PM DINNERSUNDAY BRUNCH 9A-1PMKITCHEN CLOSED FROM 3 TO 5 PM T-Fr and 4 - 5PM Sat. Chef Luke Zahm travels to Sheboygan, home to world-class Brats and Hard Rolls. Cherek said he has a long slate of projects, including a radio series with WUWM-FM (89.7) on heritage restaurants, a chef demonstration series at Madison Area Technical College with food-service equipment-maker Vollrath Co., podcasts, speaking appearances and dinner-series events. Details here! We purchased the Café in 2013 with the idea that we could create a restaurant that was about more than just food – we wanted to showcase the amazing farmers and food artisans that call this place home. Those who don't want to want to muddy themselves in the woods, head to local farm stands and grocery stores to stock up. “Kyle was the first face of 'Wisconsin Foodie' and played an integral role in helping thousands of Wisconsinites fall in love with local food and culinary culture,” Arthur Ircink, founder and director of the show, said in the announcement. Join outdoor guide Keith Warnke to explore the edible outdoors of Muscoda. By  Lori Fredrich for ON MILWAUKEE | READ MORE, Luke Zahm says the James Beard honor is as much for the farmers in Wisconsin as anyone. An elegant, turn-of-the-century former hotel bearing the name FORTNEY sits at the corner of Main and West Court Street. Originally, every single little outskirt community had their own creamery. In fact, Luke is a two-time Edible Madison Local Hero Award winner, and a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for Best Chef Midwest in 2017. Apr 14, 2017 - VIROQUA — Driftless Cafe chef Luke Zahm, who has owned the downtown Viroqua establishment with his wife, Ruthie, since 2013, is among seven Wisconsin semifinalists in the best chef in By  Thrillist Features for Thrillist | READ MORE. Zahm took over Driftless Cafe with his wife, Ruthie, in 2013 and was a semifinalist in the best chef: Midwest category of the James Beard Awards in 2017. After working in kitchens for over a decade, I decided that if I wanted to cook with the best ingredients possible I would need to move back to the Driftless – back to the epicenter of the organic food and farming movement. Great restaurants usually begin with a chef, and so it is with Viroqua’s Driftless Café. Wisconsin Foodie is an Emmy nominated independent television series dedicated to discovering the stories behind the food we eat. © 2021 www.jsonline.com. — K.C. View Photos. A short stroll up the block from The Fortney, Google Maps alerts us that we have arrived at The Driftless Café. Luke Zahm's Reputation Profile. WELCOME TO THE GAZETTE The Gazette is a quarterly publication that celebrates the people and stories behind Wisconsin Cheese. A UW-Madison ‘03 grad and La Farge local, Luke was able to share perspective on food and how his identity as a chef is deeply rooted in and shaped by the contoured lands of the Driftless Area. Photo by Jim Klousia. While production for this season has been going on, Zahm has out of necessity stepped away from the restaurant somewhat, but he is unworried as he says he has been “blessed with an amazing staff” and that his wife, who runs the restaurant with him, has been key to keeping things going smoothly. In this interview, he discusses his experiences growing up in Vernon County, the importance of community supported agriculture, and the influence of the University of Wisconsin, among other things. Luke Zahm grew up in La Farge, Wisconsin- a rural community in the heart of Vernon County with a population of 775 residents. Wisconsin made a great showing, with four nominations from Milwaukee and an additional four from across the state. Milwaukee's Top 30 restaurants for 2018, plus 20 more good eats, Kyle Cherek, TV's Wisconsin foodie, talks more than he cooks, James Beard nominee returned to his roots with Driftless Cafe, Journal Sentinel Food & Home page on Facebook, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Working at Lombardino’s and making trips to the Dane County Farmers Market both helped him appreciate his Wisconsin roots. He also shows us his cheese caves where we get to have a taste test of an experimental cheese! But then, Zahm, 37, developed a passion for food. There are currently 33 undergraduate residence halls at the University of Notre Dame, including 32 active residence halls and Pangborn Hall, which serves as a transition dorm when residence halls undergo construction.Several of the halls are historic buildings which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Situated in the Driftless region (where there is a higher concentration of organic farms than anywhere in the state), the cafe is a magnet for locals and visitors alike who appreciate rustic cuisine and sustainable ingredients grown nearby. The farm-to-table focus and dedication to local producers is what makes Driftless Café worth the nearly two-hour drive from Madison to Viroqua. Luke Zahm, a James Beard Award semifinalist and the owner of Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, ... Zahm and his wife have operated Driftless Cafe since 2013. From there Luke is invited to check-out Enos’ unique pig farm and their Harvest Moon farm dinner. “It’s super flattering,” said Zahm, who purchased Driftless Café with his wife, Ruthie Zahm, four years ago. In Memoriam New Boards. View Luke Zahm’s profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. Luke Zahm grew up in La Farge, Wisconsin- a rural community in the heart of Vernon County with a population of 775 residents. In late spring, many Wisconsin families head out to the wooded hills and river-filled valleys in the southwestern corner of the state in search of morel mushrooms, one of the most-elusive and -coveted of 'shrooms in the United States. Luke Zahm, University of Madison Alumni 2003, was nominated for James Beard Award in 2017. Photo by Megan Monday, Ruthie&Luke Zahm. Photo by Courtney Pedroza. Contact her at carol.deptolla@jrn.com or (414) 224-2841, or through the Journal Sentinel Food & Home page on Facebook. Driftless is the latter. We are a locally-focused, farm-to-table restaurant in rural WI. Luke Zahm has told stories through his food for years, but he never thought his career in the kitchen would lead to one in front of a television camera. Before sitting down to eat, Luke makes a brief stop at Meadowlark Organics and The Cider Farm. Tucked in the tiny town of Viroqua, Driftless Café is a Midwestern gem. "They truly are our two little miracles," the couple said. i've had issues with the way luke has been portrayed throughout most of the post rotj eu, and it's one of many reasons why i think that era of eu... Log in or Sign up. WHAT: A reverent homage to the land through inventive farm-to-table menus and masterful flavors. While growing up in a small town in western Wisconsin, he worked as a car hop and spent time as a “certified sandwich artist” before moving away to pursue music. The Stoughton spot led by chef Sean Crowley and wife Nancy Crowley creates a white tablecloth feel in each to-go box. 1 Profile Search Follow. From left to right, chefs Luke Zahm (Driftless Café), Kevin Micheli (Charmant) and Anthony Swartwout (The Mint). We’ve been selected to feature in Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery, a new guide to the world’s truly exemplary, ethical, organic and sustainable restaurants and food experiences, created by 57 leading food writers from 45 countries. ‎Music: it's good. Luke Zahm loves his community. Luke Zahm, owner and chef of Driftless Cafe and television host of Wisconsin Foodie, welcomed 2019 Wisconsin Idea Seminar participants to his restaurant last May. “It’s super flattering,” said Zahm, who purchased Driftless Café with his wife, Ruthie Zahm, four years ago. He came home to cook for the town of 4,362 and took over the Driftless Café with Ruthie Zahm, his wife, in 2013. Whether it’s the bitter cold of Wisconsin in February, Minnesota’s long winter nights, or gray Iowa Decembers, few things can cure chills like a hotdish or casserole, Zahm says. Lucas a 3 postes sur son profil. The ribs are such a crowd … As such, dinner menus are finalized just hours before the meal is served. Apr 14, 2017 - VIROQUA — Driftless Cafe chef Luke Zahm, who has owned the downtown Viroqua establishment with his wife, Ruthie, since 2013, is among seven Wisconsin semifinalists in the best chef in Luke Zahm grew up in La Farge, Wisconsin- a rural community in the heart of Vernon County with a population of 775 residents. So much of the magic of this place begins before the ingredients even hit the kitchen. Zahm also hosts “Wisconsin Foodie” on PBS Wisconsin. By  Danielle Renwick for The New Food Economy | READ MORE, Craig and Connie Minowa of the band Cloud Cult had been living in Minneapolis and were looking to settle in a small, progressive town with a thriving food culture — a place to get “back to the land.”, By  Samara Kalk Derby for WSJ | READ MORE, Eric Hartwig and his son, Ernest, 3, pass Driftless Cafe during an afternoon walk in Viroqua. For most restaurants the magic happens in the kitchen, but for Driftless Café the alchemy really originates beyond the back door. In 2013, Zahm and his wife, Ruthie, took over Viroqua's Driftless Café, creating a small focused menu using locally grown organic products. We wanted to support our friends and neighbors to create a stronger financial community. Zahm's force theories and his issues with Luke … When I think of my schedule being chaotic, she definitely carries more than her fair share of weight. As such, dinner menus are finalized just hours before the meal is served. Luke was among the seven chefs nominated for Best Chef Midwest. At this small Viroqua restaurant, the back of the house is truly the back of the house, where one can find the new pit smoker, a basement chock-full of summer preserves, and a delivery location for local farmers, foragers and vendors from the region. The ribs are such a crowd … With the help of my wife Ruthie and 30 employees, we own and operate our 44 seat restaurant. The TV show airs on PBS stations in Milwaukee and Madison, as well as on YouTube and on the "Wisconsin Foodie" website. He and his wife Ruthie bought the Driftless Café in 2013. The opportunity will give him a chance to tell the stories of chefs from all over Wisconsin, which is a dream come true, he said. Spoon. In her visits, she usually brings along other diners to sample as many flavors as possible. 4,362). Wisconsin | Driftless Cafe, ViroquaPopulation: 4,362There are restaurants that are farm-to-table, and then there are restaurants that don't know what's on the dinner menu until all the deliveries from nearby farms are in at around 4pm. Chris Roelli takes us through his process of making a batch of the Dunbarton Blue. Zahm took over Driftless Cafe with his wife, Ruthie, in 2013 and was a semifinalist in the best chef: Midwest category of the James Beard Awards in 2017. She keeps the café functioning, is a fantastic mother of three, and also holds down a job as a part time RN for UW-La Crosse. Luke Zahm, 28 Saint Cloud, MN. If their walls could talk, one can be certain they would have stories to tell. "I feel I am departing the show at a high-water mark. By Carol Deptolla | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Luke Zahm left Vernon County, a farming region in southwestern Wisconsin, as soon as he could. 4,362). As a kid in a small town looking for an identity, he found it in a newly formed cooperative of family farmers that became Organic Valley. “Those stories are what fuel my creative passion for cooking.”. This is Me - Control Profile . "There is no shortage of great stories to tell across Wisconsin's great food landscape," Cherek said. Even more impressive is that one of the semi-finalists was Luke Zahm, chef and owner of Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, a town of just over 4,000 people. Start by harvesting roadside asparagus, then head to the hills to hunt for morels, and finally jump into the streams and try fly fishing for trout. We're 100% free for everything! By Vanessa Herald for EDIBLE MADISON | READ MORE. The farm-to-table focus and dedication to local producers is what makes Driftless Café worth the nearly two-hour drive from Madison to Viroqua. For Season 12 (airing locally Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m. on MPTV Channel 10), Arthur Ircink, the producer and brainchild of “Wisconsin Foodie,” crafted a new introduction and debuted new host Luke Zahm—a James Beard Best Chef Midwest semifinalist who co-owns Driftless Café in Viroqua, Wis., with his wife, Ruthie. “For my staff ... we tell them all the time that people are paying attention to what we’re doing, the food we’re making, the impact on the community.” “For my staff ... we tell them all the time that people are paying attention to what we’re doing, the food we’re making, the impact on the community.” Zahm has been a guest host of "Wisconsin Foodie" and has collaborated with the show to present farm dinners around Wisconsin. A conversation with Luke Zahm. "I grew up in La Farge and had a paper route in the 80's. In 2011, as they were weighing their options, Zahm visited the visited the Culinary Institute of America, in … On each episode of Strong Songs, host Kirk Hamilton takes listeners inside a piece of music, breaking it down and figuring out what makes it work. Zahm took over Driftless Cafe with his wife, Ruthie, in 2013 and was a semifinalist in the best chef: Midwest category of the James Beard Awards in 2017. Photo by Drew Shonka. When he's not working as a side man in a variety of killer bands, Luke joins his wife Rachael to form the excellent songwriting duo DEAN!. Vernon County, where the restaurant is located, is said to have one of the highest concentrations of organic farms in the country. “54665" is a podcast for entrepreneurs who are on the go. Early adventures I grew up in La Farge, Wisconsin, a whopping 13 miles away from Viroqua. He recently named Mary Kastman as executive chef to oversee daily operations at Driftless Cafe while Zahm spends time away with "Wisconsin Foodie." My name is Luke Zahm and I'm the Chef and Owner of the Driftless Café. Or they just go to Driftless Cafe in Viroqua. By  Carol Deptolla | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The new host, Luke Zahm, is the chef and co-owner of Driftless Cafe, an announcement from the show on Monday said, and was himself the subject of "Wisconsin Foodie" segments. MILWAUKEE –Wisconsin Foodie, the Emmy Award-winning production aired locally on Wisconsin Public Television, announced today that Chef Luke Zahm will formally join the show as the host for the 2020 season. Find more information on website at Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery, PROHIBITION PIG IN WATERBURY, VERMONT | FRANCIS STELLATO. As the clouds begin to break and sunlight streams into downtown, it’s not hard to imagine what these buildings have seen in their lifetimes. With buildings lining the road into town, it’s the very picture of Main Street, America. Kastman, a graduate of Madison Area Technical College's culinary program, most recently worked in Cambridge, Mass., at Oleana, a Turkish restaurant that's received national attention. “That was the light bulb for me,” he says. Fork. Chef Luke Zahm has been called a sort of “Prodigal Chef.” He grew up in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin, moved around gaining important and transformative cooking experience, and finally decided to move back to the area, settling his family in the small town of Viroqua, Wisconsin (pop. Luke Zahm, founder of the celebrated Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, Wisconsin, will take over as host of “Wisconsin Foodie,” replacing Kyle Cherek. Saying Luke is merely chef and owner of this small-town farm-to-table favorite doesn’t do his work justice. Luke has 6 jobs listed on their profile. For Season 12 (airing locally Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m. on MPTV Channel 10), Arthur Ircink, the producer and brainchild of “Wisconsin Foodie,” crafted a new introduction and debuted new host Luke Zahm—a James Beard Best Chef Midwest semifinalist who co-owns Driftless Café in Viroqua, Wis., with his wife, Ruthie. Chef Luke Zahm, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Ruthie, works closely with nearby farms; the restaurant is amid the highest concentration of organic farms in the country. Inscrivez-vous sur Facebook pour communiquer avec Brian C. Turner et d’autres personnes que vous pouvez connaître. First, there’s the dramatically carved landscape, a breathtaking roller coaster of hills, valleys and vistas that locals probably learn to take for granted, but here’s hoping they don’t. The dairy farming industry had bottomed out, and these farmers were losing their century farms.. frederick zahm is on Mixcloud. Luke Zahm loves his community. By  Rick Nelson for Star Tribune | READ MORE. Morel Pasta at Driftless Cafe (Viroqua, Wisconsin). Food became the vehicle for his aspirations to build strong community between farmers and diners in the Driftless Region. MAGAZINE | READ MORE. Ruthie Zahm, the business manager for Driftless Cafe, said, "Part of what Luke does here, and part of what our restaurant is, is representing the food culture in the Driftless Region." Then we head to Driftless Café in Viroqua, WI where Luke Zahn uses Roelli cheese to make two incredible dishes! Consultez le profil complet sur LinkedIn et découvrez les relations de Lucas, ainsi que des emplois dans des entreprises similaires. Magic! Feb 26, 2017 - VIROQUA — Driftless Cafe chef Luke Zahm, who has owned the downtown Viroqua establishment with his wife, Ruthie, since 2013, is among seven Wisconsin semifinalists in the best chef in Zahm is the owner and head chef of Driftless Cafe, which he has operated with his wife in Viroqua, Wisconsin since 2013. Jedi Council Forums. All of us are just trying to get through the day— be good people, spouses, parents, friends, citizens. In fact, Luke is a two-time Edible Madison Local Hero Award winner, and a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for Best Chef Midwest in 2017. Dixon and Annie Dixon told People they are "over the moon to experience life with these twin girls." Chef Luke Zahm was selected as a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef: Midwest 2017, and since then he continues to deliver excellent flavors. They're going to be SO talented," Zahm said. Chef Luke Zahm, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Ruthie, works closely with nearby farms; the restaurant is amid the highest concentration of organic farms in the country. Luke Zahm is the host of “Wisconsin Foodie,” which airs on Wisconsin Public Television. Look here for the blog and social media accounts: Instagram & Facebook. That being said, it comes as no surprise that Viroqua would make a perfect location for an outstanding farm-to-table restaurant. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Andy Hatch and Luke Zahm for welcoming us into their worlds with open arms (and more than a few nibbles of Wisconsin cheese.) Since the average population of Midwestern cities with James Beard nominated chefs is 220,000, it's common to see honorees from cities like Madison, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. It features many ingredients that are the stars of the summer garden, with an eclectic twist. This bounty of quality ingredients is exactly why Luke Zahm, a James Beard-nominated chef and host of Wisconsin Foodie, chose this area ... these guys have such heart! Zahm moved back to Vernon County in 2011 after cooking in the Madison area at Lombardino’s, The Old Fashioned, Kennedy Manor and Epic Systems, where he spent five years. by Jet Waller&Megan Monday for LOVE WISCONSIN | READ MORE, Chef Luke Zahm (Driftless Café). Driftless Cafe in Viroqua draws customers from miles away. RELATED:Milwaukee's Top 30 restaurants for 2018, plus 20 more good eats, RELATED:Kyle Cherek, TV's Wisconsin foodie, talks more than he cooks, RELATED:James Beard nominee returned to his roots with Driftless Cafe. Chef Luke Zahm stops by an infamous music venue, Sh!tty Barn in Spring Green to where he samples tacos from Enos Farms. “It’s super flattering,” said Zahm, who purchased Driftless Café with his wife, Ruthie Zahm, four years ago. This bounty of quality ingredients is exactly why Luke Zahm, a James Beard-nominated chef and host of Wisconsin Foodie, chose this area ... these guys have such heart! VIROQUA — The Driftless Cafe, a farm-to-table restaurant that Luke and Ruthie Zahm bought in 2013 and expanded last year, is drawing customers from miles away. Vernon County happens to have the highest concentration of organic farms anywhere in Wisconsin - over 200 to be more specific. “The café menu has always been about the people who are producing it, and I found that I really connect with that,” he said. Hollywood couldn’t have written it any better. Since 2013, Zahm and his wife, Ruthie, who grew up in Viroqua, have operated Driftless Café at 118 Court St. in Viroqua. Vernon County has the second-highest concentration of organic farms in the United States.”, by Clay Riness for L.I.N.K. Voir le profil de Lucas ZAHM sur LinkedIn, le plus grand réseau professionnel mondial. His mission is to shine the national spotlight on the area’s role in organics, farming and cooperatives — and it seems to be working. Fortunately for Zahm, there were eyes on his work. Court Records found View. In 2017, Executive Chef Luke Zahm’s masterful cooking earned him a nomination for “Best Chef Midwest” from the James Beard Foundation, making Driftless Café the first restaurant between Madison and Minneapolis to earn such an honorable recognition. Get current address, cell phone number, email address, relatives, friends and a lot more. She investigates the dining scene anonymously, to make sure she's getting the same experience that the rest of us receive. Chef Luke Zahm has been called a sort of “Prodigal Chef.” He grew up in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin, moved around gaining important and transformative cooking experience, and finally decided to move back to the area, settling his family in the small town of Viroqua, Wisconsin (pop. Chef Luke Zahm has been called a sort of “Prodigal Chef.” He grew up in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin, moved around gaining important and transformative cooking experience, and finally decided to move back to the area, settling his family in the small town of Viroqua, Wisconsin (pop. “I love being completely immersed in the culture of the Driftless through its farms, food and people,” Zahm, owner of the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, Wis., said. The longtime host of the "Wisconsin Foodie" TV show is stepping down, and a chef from Viroqua is taking his place starting with the 2020 season. In 2013, Zahm and his wife Ruthie took ownership of Driftless Café and began applying their version of a farm-to-table philosophy that works to incorporate seasonal ingredients while minimizing the distance between the farm and the diner’s plate. 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