The 10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival is underway, and Black Shoe Hospitality is proud to sponsor the American Independents program.
As independently owned restaurants celebrating American cuisine — from Southern to Upper Midwest to classic American brunch — we’re excited to watch these narratives set across the U.S. We hope you’ll have a chance to explore the films of the Milwaukee Film Festival, which continues through Nov. 1.
If you’re heading to Maxie’s before or after a film, show us your MFF ticket or pass to get $2 OFF a pint of Good City Brewing’s Film Fest Lager through 11/1. Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg, and Story Hill BKC are Community Partners of these specific films. Check them out — they look amazing.
Story Hill BKC — “Michelin Stars: Tales From The Kitchen”
We cherish excellent restaurant experiences. These days, when everyone is obsessed with sharing statuses and posting food pics, Michelin stars remain a coveted mark of excellence. This film takes a look at what it takes to achieve this famous distinction, exploring Guide Michelin’s role in this “golden age of gastronomy.”
10/29, 4 p.m., Avalon Theatre
11/1, 1 p.m., Fox Bay Cinema Grill
Maxie’s — “Satan & Adam”
A celebration of the blues, the transformative power of music, and the friendships that develop when artists collaborate, Satan & Adam tells the story of a blues duo. Sterling “Mister Satan” Magee and Adam Gussow played Harlem’s sidewalks in the late ’80s and early ’90s. A celebrated debut album seemed to have them primed for stardom, but their rise was cut short by Mr. Satan’s mysterious and sudden disappearance.
10/19, 10 p.m., Oriental Theatre
10/21, 9:30 p.m., Jann Serr Studio Cinema
10/26, 8:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Blue’s Egg — “Daughter Of Mine (Figlia Mia)”
A young girl finds herself torn between two mothers in this stirring, sun-dappled drama. When Vittoria learns that her nuturing, supportive mother, Tina, is not her biological mother and, in fact, that honor belongs to the town wild child, Angelica, it kicks off a summer of simmering resentments.
10/20, 3:30 p.m., Fox Bay Cinema Grill
10/25, 1 p.m., Fox Bay Cinema Grill
10/27, 5 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Team Maxie’s is working on our next culinary collaboration: a whiskey-paired dinner featuring selections from Jefferson’s Bourbon. Jefferson’s is known for quality and for innovative and experimental blending and aging techniques. These quality and specialty bourbons — often aged in unique casks — will be an exciting match for a Southern-style supper. Four plated courses and a reception with hors d’oeuvres will be coupled either with craft cocktails featuring Jefferson’s mixed by Maxie’s bar team, or served on the rocks or neat.
For this dinner, our plan is to go “WHOLE HOG” — cooking an entire heritage breed hog and incorporating some of the pork in each course.
The dinner will also feature special pricing on additional pours of Maxie’s collection of Jefferson’s Reserve Selections. Sample 1oz pours available will include Jefferson’s Presidential Select 16-Year, Jefferson’s Grand Selection Chateau Pichon Baron Cask Finish, and Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Finish. Badger Liquor’s spirits ambassador will help guide us through the dinner and share insights about this unique whiskey producer.
Jefferson’s Whiskey Dinner at Maxie’s, Monday, October 22; 6 p.m.; $75 plus tax and gratuity ($90 total) includes 5 courses, cocktail reception, beverage pairings, tax and gratuity.
Working draft menu, subject to change…
1st • Arrival
Pimento Gougères • Porchetta di Testa • Crawfish Fritters • Wood-Grilled Liver Skewer • Pork Fat-Fried Cauliflower
Cajun Kani Salad
crispy cracklings, lump blue crab, shredded butternut squash, spaghetti squash, pickled zucchini, caviar
Outer Banks Bouillabaisse
housemade pork sausage, scallops, shrimp, shucked oyster, fried catfish, tomato-saffron pork reduction
Family-Style Red Wattle
crispy chunks of cured pork belly, pan-roasted crusted pork loin, smoke-roasted pork shoulder, roasted root veggies, pickled veggie slaw
Blackberry Brown Butter Tart
sweet corn ice cream, blackberry-black pepper reduction, candied pork jowl
At Black Shoe Hospitality restaurants, 10 Days in Tosa is the best time to buy gift cards. Every $100 in gift cards purchased from Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg in Milwaukee, or Story Hill BKC between Sept. 10 and Sept. 19 will receive an additional $20 dining comp gift card.
Our gift cards are good at all three Tosa-area restaurants, including the Wine Shop at Story Hill BKC, as well as the new Blue’s Egg in Shorewood.
As a member of the Best Guest Club, you can earn one point for every dollar you spend at a Black Shoe Hospitality restaurant — including gift cards during 10 Days in Tosa. For every 140 points, you will receive $10 in rewards credit, which can be redeemed on your next visit. Just ask your server to sign up the next time you’re in.
10 Days in Tosa is the 8th annual week of special offers hosted by the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce to highlight the best the Tosa dining scene has to offer. Check out the 10 Days in Tosa website to see more participating businesses, including an interactive map.
10 Days in Tosa Details: Gift cards can be purchased and redeemed interchangeably at Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg and Story Hill BKC. Gift cards can be redeemed for food, beverage and merchandise. Black Shoe comp dining cards can only be used for future dining purchases, and cannot be used for retail purchases. Offer only good during 10 Days in Tosa, Sept. 10-19, 2018. Offer available on-site at Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg in Milwaukee, and Story Hill BKC only; offer not available at Blue’s Egg in Shorewood; offer not available on online gift cards sales.
It’s BBQ season! We have an action-packed run lined up through the end of summer. C’mon out and join us at these special events around the community — most of which are FREE to attend — and get some South in yo’ mouth!
• Aug. 23, 5 p.m. — NEWaukee 7 Bridges BBQ
Team Maxie’s will be down at Grant Park for a sublime evening on Aug. 23, when NEWaukee presents a progressive dinner and music event on the Seven Bridges trail. Wander through the forest, sip and sample local food and beverages, and make your way to the beach to enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Michigan on a warm summer evening.
Tickets are $35 each and include six food and beer samples (Click here). A cash bar will be available on the beach at the end of the trail. If you want to experience the night hike and not sample food or beer, there is no charge to attend.
• Aug. 25, 12-8 p.m. — WMSE’s 9th Annual Backyard BBQ
You’re in for a helluva good time as longtime alt-country rockers the Old 97’s headline WMSE’s Backyard BBQ, a FREE day of concerts at Humboldt Park in Bay View, Milwaukee. Maxie’s is serving (and catering to the VIPs). Music starts at noon with WMSE DJs, followed by Buffalo Gospel with special guest, Vitrolum Republic, Altered Five Blues Band, and Bailey Dee, before Old 97’s go on at 6:30 p.m.
• Aug. 29, 6 p.m. — Tosa Tonight
The final night of our beloved FREE outdoor concert series features Mike Mangione & The Kin. Opener Caley Conway gets things started at 6 p.m. at the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Hart Park, Wauwatosa.
• Aug. 30, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, 5:30-11 p.m. — Harley-Davidson Anniversary Party in the Park
Wauwatosa welcomes the 115th Harley-Davidson Anniversary with FREE nights of entertainment, food and drink at the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Hart Park. Thursday features Joe Wray, followed by Roanoke opening for Stetsin & Lace. Friday is Eric Darnell before Eagle Trace warming up for The Hot Reds. Saturday sees Brett Gaertner on first, with Art’s Fishing Club up next, and The Clique closing it out.
• Sept. 2, 12-7 p.m. — Big Gig BBQ
Team Maxie’s is competing against 14 local BBQ vendors for the fan favorite vote and the Big Gig Pig award! Big Gig BBQ features FREE admission and FREE parking, music, picnic games and more at the Summerfest grounds.
We’re back for the third straight year at the 3rd Annual Big Gig BBQ! This family-friendly party features FREE admission and FREE parking at Summerfest on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 12-7 p.m.
Team Maxie’s serving up signature dishes and taking on 14 local BBQ vendors for the fan favorite vote and the Big Gig Pig award. There’ll be plenty of brews and BBQ, plus cooking demonstrations, picnic games, attractions, and music. New this year: an Amateur BBQ Rib Competition, in which local backyard BBQ enthusiasts will show off their smoking skills. Click to visit the Big Gig BBQ website.
Maxie’s features outstanding nightly specials during the week, including…
• Sunday Family Night
• Mardi Gras Mondays
• Chicken-Fried Tuesdays
• Wine & Whiskey Wednesdays
• Rack ‘n’ Mac Thursdays
In our constant quest to bring dining value and quality unparalleled in Milwaukee, we’ve improved our Monday night special. Once known as Mojito Monday and NOLA Night, our new weekly event brings it all together: Mardi Gras Monday.
Look for a weekly featured NOLA-inspired cocktails, dinner, and Po’Boy specials, PLUS $5 Mojitos, $5 Hurricanes, and $3 Abita Beers. Join us Monday nights from 4-10 p.m. for this unique experience of creative New Orleans cuisine.
Join us on Saturday, May 5 for Milwaukee’s best Derby Day party. We’re working on making the party bigger and better as always, after more than tripling the space of the event last year and enjoying a truly special day. Proceeds from the fun will go to support the Hunger Task Force – Free & Local. Through the generosity of our guests, Maxie’s Derby Day party raised more than $10,000 in each of the last two years, and more than $40,000 in the last five years, to prevent hunger by providing food to people in need.
An entry fee of $15 goes entirely to Hunger Task Force. Doors open at 1 p.m. The Jackson Park Jazz Orchestra, our friendly neighborhood Big Band, will perform jazzy tunes before and after the race. Screens throughout the restaurant and party tent will show coverage of the 144th Kentucky Derby.
Get your outfit ready — our guests certainly dress for the occasion. Show off for the photo booth and enjoy photo strip prints for a suggested donation of $5. The photo booth will be the entry point for Best Dressed contests, with categories including Best Hat Most Elegant, Best Hat Most Creative, Best Dressed Family, Couple, Gentleman, Lady, and Gentleman.
Looking for a hat? The Hen House and The Brass Rooster Hat Company have generously donated prizes for the party, AND offered a 10% discount for all guests who are referred by Maxie’s to buy a Derby hat. Tell ’em Maxie’s sent ya!
We’re remaking our menu for the big day with Derby party favorites and Kentucky-inspired specials amongst Maxie’s menu classics. Look for Pimento Cheese Flatbread, Bourbon BBQ Salmon, Fried Chicken, Kentucky Hot Browns, and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Beer Cheese Soup.
Drink specials will be available at our two full-service bars, as well as at an outdoor bar. Enjoy a Four Roses Bourbon Mint Julep, Oaks Lily and Peach Vodka Derby Tea. Beer specials include Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.
The party includes raffles and a silent auction, with fabulous prizes including hotel and dining packages, gift baskets and catered parties from Maxie’s. Entry includes a $5 “bet” on the race (correct selection of Win, Place & Show are entered in a raffle for prizes). Additional “bets” are $5. All Derby “bets” are for prizes only; no cash will be tendered. All entry, raffle, auction and “betting” proceeds go to Hunger Task Force.
Note: Maxie’s daily Happy Hour special will not be available on Derby Day. Maxie’s will serve its special Derby Day menu only on Derby Day; regular menu items may not be available. Maxie’s does not accept reservations, call-aheads, or remote NoWait/Yelp app check-ins for our Derby Day party.
This year, we are adding a very limited opportunity to enjoy a reserved table for 10 in the party tent at Maxie’s Derby Day Party for Hunger Relief. This exclusive offering is limited to 4 tables for $1,000 per table, which goes entirely to the Hunger Task Force. (UPDATE 4/13: only 2 VIP Reserved Tables still available.) Tables include 2 bottles of bubbly set at the table, 2 drink tickets per person for featured drinks, a family-style meal, and admission to the party. Buy your table below, or inquire at Maxie’s.
Derby VIP Reserved Table Menu: Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with Chicken Gravy, Stewed Beans, Coleslaw, Biscuits, Kentucky Hot Browns, Derby Pie Squares, Key Lime Pie Squares.
Race time is approximately 5:24 p.m.
“Rye whiskey, rye whiskey, rye whiskey I cry…”
Mondays are rough. But as ol’ Tex knows, whiskey can make it better. Join us Monday, March 5 for a special pairing dinner matched with rye whiskey and rye-based cocktails.
Ryes featured include Sazerac Rye, Rittenhouse Rye, Jim Beam Rye, High West Double Rye vs. Knob Creek Rye, and more.
Some courses will be paired with a cocktail to show how well rye does in a cocktail, while others will be paired with the course neat/rocks.
Tickets are $75 plus tax and gratuity ($90 total) and include 5 courses, cocktail reception and pairings.
Tickets are not refundable but are exchangeable and can be given as gifts. All tables are communal and seat between 8-12 guests. In addition to the drink paired with each course, a cash bar is available and will feature super premium selections of rye.
Here’s a working draft menu…
Pork Belly with Fermented Cabbage Slaw and Johnny Cake • Buffalo Tartare with Quail Egg • Foie Gras Torchon with Huckleberry Jam • Bologna Hushpuppies with Smokey Rye Ketchup
shredded brisket and pork, soft egg, chili oil, smoked broth
marble potatoes, mandarin vinaigrette, crispy caper, burnt shallot, whiskey remoulade
Braised Niman Ranch Short Rib
crispy grouper cheek, black trumpet and chanterelle mushrooms, creamed greens and gnocchi
Dessert to follow…
Watch some of our previous whiskey dinners here, here, and here.
Join us here at Maxie’s for Milwaukee’s best Mardi Gras party on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13. This is our 11th year, and we’re again sporting a “culinary costume” of New Orleans-inspired creations. For these two days, we’ll skip our Low Country and BBQ dishes, and double down on pure New Orleans realness. Expect our unique Strawberry Beignets, Crispy Boudin Balls, and, of course, Muffuletta. (And save room for a slice of King Cake at the end of the night on Mardi Gras!)
Drink specials for both nights include $4 Abita beers and $5 real passion fruit Hurricanes.
Lundi Gras, Monday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m.
Lundi Gras is an excellent opportunity to dine on classic New Orleans dishes and Maxie’s original creations before the party rages. Maxie’s opens at 4 p.m. on Lundi Gras. Members of the Extra Crispy Brass Band (ECBB) will perform roving throughout the restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m.
We’re accepting a limited number of reservations for parties of 7 people or
more on Lundi Gras via 414-292-3969. On Lundi Gras, parties of up to 6 are encouraged to check live wait times and get on the list via the NoWait app or Yelp app. (Once you arrive, please check in with a host and we will seat you when your table is available and your entire party is present. Wait times are estimates; seating order is not guaranteed. If there is not currently a wait, it will say “Come on in!”).
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m.
Maxie’s opens at 2 p.m. on Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13. Matt “MF” Tyner will play onstage in the heated party tent from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. ECBB will play onstage in the heated party tent from 6 to 10 p.m. An outdoor bar in the tent will serve the party’s signature drinks.
Click here or the menu for a PDF of the special menu.
Maxie’s is not accepting reservations on Mardi Gras, Feb. 13. NoWait app and
Yelp app remote wait list check-in function will not be available on Mardi Gras.
Dressing up is always fun, but #dowhatchawanna. (#maxiesmardigras, #teammaxies)
NOTE: Maxies’ weekly NOLA Night (formerly Mojito Monday) and Chicken-Fried
Tuesday specials will not be offered on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, respectively.
Maxie’s will not be offering its $1 Fresh-Shucked Oyster and “Buck Off!” Drinks
Happy Hour on Lundi Gras or Mardi Gras.
P.S. The day after, we’re accepting reservations for parties of all sizes for Valentine’s Day and/or your Ash Wednesday Fish Fry!