I had heard about The Kohler Resort, just about an hour north of Milwaukee. I knew the Forbes Five Star Resort Hotel that was also AAA Five Diamond rated had one of the nicest spas in the country and was on every golf lover’s bucket list. But one thing that I was pleasantly surprised to find out was that is also a foodie destination if there ever was one.
The Immigrant Restaurant, located inside The American Club, is a Four Diamond rated restaurant and was given Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence.” The six rooms are dedicated to the immigrants who settled in Wisconsin: French, Dutch, German, Norman, Danish, and English. I got the chance to try the 30-day aged prime tenderloin with garlic sautéed spinach and a potato gratin with bacon that was just as good as it sounds. The restaurant also has a noteworthy wine and cheese list.
I visited the resort during their annual Kohler Festival of Beer, which allowed me to get a true glimpse of all the culinary excellence offered. Friday night was a Beer Pub Crawl, which consisted of three restaurants on the resort offering food and beer pairings.
Cucina offers Italian food with a raw bar and wood fire grills. The night of the bar crawl, they served Southern Tier and New Holland Brewing Company paired with tender clams in a tomato beer sauce. I also got the chance to dine at Cucina the next morning for a breakfast buffet featuring traditional favorites along with signature items like the cinnamon crumb coffee cake, Wisconsin brat, and fried egg sandwich.
The next stop on the bar crawl was at The Horse & Plow, which serves casual pub food of high quality and serves local beers on tap. The bar crawl offered Louie’s Demise from Milwaukee Brewing Company paired with pork belly chicken wings with a blue cheese coleslaw. I got the chance to dine here for lunch, as well, and had a succulent, fresh lobster roll that brought me back to a summer day in Maine.
The third and final stop on the beer crawl was Blackwolf Run, which served pretzels, cheese, bacon brittle, their “famous” sweet potato chips, and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.
The weekend was also filled with events geared towards food lovers like the Grilling University where James Murray, National Foodservice Marketing Manager for the National Pork Board, taught us how to properly grill all different cuts of pork while sipping on Goose Island beers.
My weekend ended with a trip to The Wisconsin Room, which features Midwestern food. The brunch was exceptional and featured a plethora of options including fresh seafood, tender prime rib, desserts and pastries, and much more.
If you’re a food lover, the Kohler Resort should definitely be on your must-travel list!
All photos are courtesy of the author.