Thinking of Starting a Garden?

There is a lot of chatter on the internet regarding food. It’s generally agreed that Genetically-Modified foodstuffs are a bad thing, both for the environment and, more importantly, bad for your health.


The easy answer is for you to start growing your own herbs and fresh veggies, and this can sometimes be easier said than done. Where to start? If you live in an apartment you can always grow herbs in pots indoors, just give them plenty of sunlight. If you have space outside that you can use for a garden, all the better.


There is plenty of advice online that will give you information on ideal locations, planting and care of seeds and plants, and if you check out the different brands’ websites you can often find out a lot on their “about us” pages. Some make a point of mentioning that they do not use GMO seeds, and I would steer clear of those that do not make a point of doing so, just in case.


Using your home-grown produce in your cooking is not only cheaper, but there is no question that the food will be more flavorful, of higher quality and much, much better for you.


Taste & Learn Artisan Food Event


You are invited to join the Wisconsin Artisan Food Producers Association (WAFPA) for a special event that will provide attendees a chance to sample and pair their favorite local artisan foods and beverages, meet and visit with the people behind these artisan products, and participate in educational breakout sessions conducted by WAFPA members. There will also be artisan food/beverage giveaways, and other fun activities. We hope you will join us!

Kasana – The Gallery, in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward
241 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Samplings and classes throughout the day

The inaugural Taste & Learn Artisan Food Event will feature 10 of Wisconsin’s finest purveyors of artisan food and beverages, including Bolzano Artisan Meats, Clock Shadow Creamery, Great Lakes Distillery, Indulgence Chocolatiers, Lakefront Brewery, Miller Baking Co. (Pretzilla), Purple Door Ice Cream, Stone Creek Coffee, Treat Bake Shop, and Wild Flour Bakery.

Tickets are available for purchase through
Cost is $30 per ticket until February 22, 2013, and $35 per ticket thereafter.

Cooking Class with Alice’s Garden Gourmet Shalanna Wright

Would you like to get a sneak preview of one of the most creative new food businesses to open in Milwaukee? Do you like to explore new cuisines and learn new tricks for the kitchen?  This is your chance! KASANA now offers cooking classes every Monday night!

Each week we will welcome a different guest chef into our space to demonstrate how to cook some of their favorite foods. Guests will enjoy a sample of each dish created, paired with a tasting of wine or beer, to add to the tasting experience.

Our first class will be held just over a week from today on Monday, October 29th with guest chef Shalanna Wright!



Shalanna Wright’s interest in food began at an early age, whether it was helping her grandmother cook and setting the table, or taking her notebook and pen, walking around the table asking everyone what it is that they would like to eat.  Her childhood played a big role in her current career choice. She studied culinary arts at Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina before returning home to Milwaukee to begin her culinary career.

Shalanna is now owner of QL’s Catering, Foodservice Manager in Aramark’s K-12 education unit, where she manages Dominican High School’s foodservice program.  She is also the resident chef at Alice’s Garden, an urban garden on Milwaukee’s north side, where she teaches the gardeners different methods of preparing their harvested foods.


Shalanna’s three dishes are Chilean salmon, grilled vegetable wrap, and homemade salsas.  The Chilean salmon is marinated in a blend of fresh spices, juices, and oil.  It can then be grilled, sauteed, or baked to finish the cooking process.  On the side, a variety of seasonal vegetables are grilled and wrapped in a tortilla, accompanied by a honey sesame spread.  Finally, Shalanna makes mango, cantaloupe, pineapple, and tomato salsas. These go great with appetizers but are the best when paired with entrees such as fish, chicken, beef, and pork. So if you are looking for some new ideas for your favorite entree, try making one of these salsas and make your taste buds jump for joy!

Regular ticket price: 

$30 for 1

$50 for 2 – bring a friend or make it a date!