Hello Falafel may have closed its doors (for now) this past weekend, but that doesn’t mean the former Chef de Cuisine of Hello Falafel is resting on her laurels. Today, chef Theresa Schuenke announced a series of brunch pop-ups dubbed Cryril&Alice—inspired by, and named after, her grandparents.

“I spent many of my early years at my grandparents house,” Schuenke says in a press release. “My mother is the oldest of five girls. Each morning, I would wake up to the smell of coffee and the sound of laughter. The eight of us would eat, sing, spin tales and debate around a round wooden table that my grandparents still have to this day. We would snack on Schnecken, a German sweet roll that is as delicious as it is fun to say, and would sit at that table for hours.”

The first brunch is set for Monday, January 29 at Amilinda, 315 E. Wisconsin Ave., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dishes will feature local and seasonal ingredients, and will include those Schuenke has “shared around crowded family tables.” Classic brunch cocktails will also be available.

A full press release is below:

This month chef Theresa Schuenke will be embarking on a series of pop ups under the moniker Cyril&Alice. Schuenke, 35, has spent the last decade working in Washington D.C (Cork Wine Bar), New Orleans (La Petite Grocery), Milwaukee (Odd Duck, GoodKind) and was the Chef de Cuisine at Hello Falafel. Her new solo venture is pulling inspiration from the kitchen she first realized the power of food, her grandparents.

On Monday, January 29th, Schuenke will be host a brunch that relies heavily on local and seasonal ingredients. These will compose dishes she has shared around crowded family tables and will be held at Amilinda, 315 E. Wisconsin Ave, from 10am – 2pm. The event will have table service and consist of a menu of 8- 10 items, some being vegetarian friendly, and classic brunch cocktails.

“I spent many of my early years at my Grandparents house. My mother is the oldest of five girls. Each morning, I would wake up to the smell of coffee and the sound of laughter. The eight of us would eat, sing, spin tales and debate around a round wooden table that my grandparents still have to this day. We would snack on Schnecken, a German sweet roll that is as delicious as it is fun to say, and would sit at that table for hours.

I learned here that a meal shared is one of the most intimate experiences in our everyday lives. I carried this with me and made meals for groups of friends in high school. I would cook for my roommates a night a week while in college. I then decided to quit college and pursue cooking so I could be a part of a space for people to make these kinds of memories. I thought for my first, of hopefully many pop ups, I should start at the beginning. That round wooden table that is my guiding force for almost all of my cooking.”

To make a reservation on Opentable: https://www.opentable.com/r/amilinda-milwaukee

For additional information follow the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1888251158170620/

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