by Holly on July 15, 2013

in dinner,reviews,Wisconsin










I’ve tried to write a post about my tasting at The Wise at Hotel RED about 12 times…but seriously, there are no words. Mostly because I just get distracted by that cheesecake.

Oooohhhh, that cheesecake has my heart.

When Chef John invited me to come taste The Wise’s spring / summer menu a few months ago, the answer was a pretty easy yes. They let me bring my manfriend to join in the fun, and together, we ate a lot of food. A lot of GOOD food. It turns out Chef John likes to keep it local just like me. Our Monday night feast was filled with grass-fed meats, farmer’s market vegetables and a varied host of interesting pairings and tastes which you can clearly see from above, did not suck.

Nearly half the food we sampled did not even make it into this post. That includes a stone fruit + passionfruit salad with avocado + mango, local pork tenderloin with mango relish + gingered cucumber salad, lamb chops with herb pesto (and the best bacon shallot roasted potatoes) and an espresso pot de crème made with Milwaukee-based Alterra coffee, to name a few.

I totally hate the word food porn (porn can stay far away from my food, thankyouverymuch), but it’s the only think I can think of to describe the food. You’ll be happy to know I left with a gluttonous stuffed belly and didn’t eat again until nearly 24 hours later the next day.

If you live in Madison or are swinging through town, give me a call, and I’ll happily meet you at The Wise for dinner + a cocktail (Moscow Mule, please) as long as we can order the cheesecake.


Rosalie July 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I just need to say how /gorgeous/ these photos are, and the way you’ve presented them, with the graphics detailing the components of the meal is perfection. I mean I know I should be in love with the food itself (and I am) but I’m so in love with the way you’ve presented it, in terms of photography and edits.

Danielle July 16, 2013 at 3:25 am

I need to swing through Madison again!!! Cheesecake.

Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner July 16, 2013 at 4:20 am

I would definitely be up for a Moscow Mule and a piece of that cheesecake. Yum! That seafood benedict looks amazing, too.

Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) July 16, 2013 at 5:47 am

This looks fantastic!

It’s 6:45 in the morning, I’ve had an extra large breakfast, and my stomach is already growling thanks to these pictures…haha! So beautiful, so yummy! :D

Katie B. July 16, 2013 at 6:29 am

I will definitely take you up on your offer to meet at The Wise next time I’m in Madison — beautiful photos and post!

Megan (Braise The Roof) July 16, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Lucky girl! That food looks incredible. That toasted marshmallow…ON cheesecake? I’ll take 10.

Stacey July 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm

I am delighted to say I work in madison and must check this place out. Thanks for sharing!

Laura Rieckmann July 16, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Wow….I think I just drooled on my keyboard….jk….sorta. But seriously, that food looks exquisite. You are one lucky lady! I’m going to be in Madison the weekend of August 17-18 for an illustrator gathering. I might need to stop there, but I can’t decide which meal to have there. Can I have dessert with french toast? :P

Hillary July 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm

You had me at gingered apple french toast. WHAT?!

joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Okaaay. I want that french toast. And then I want that cheesecake. Can you puh-lease take me there?

Clair July 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

Your photos are gorgeous, and your design experience is showing!! And the food looks incredible. Ginger apple French toast with CREAM poured over it?!?!

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