Fall is here. Along with autumn’s dropping temperatures and ever-shortening hours of daylight comes the mounting hunger for comfort food. And in Wisconsin, few (if any) dishes scratch that itch better than the almighty casserole. The only drawback of this rib-sticking and budget-friendly seasonal standby is it’s something usually enjoyed at home. Well, what if some of your favorite restaurants made their own rendition of casserole for you?

Join Milwaukee Record at Central Waters Milwaukee Taproom on Sunday, December 10 for a daylong celebration of casserole (a.k.a. “hot dish” for our readers with Minnesota roots). The inaugural installment of our “Casserole Call” event will feature a wide range of area businesses serving up their own unique take on this beloved Midwest culinary favorite and vying for the title of Milwaukee’s Best Casserole—which will be decided by those in attendance.

From noon to 5 p.m., casserole connoisseurs are invited to taste samples from the likes of Archie’s Flat Top, Beans & Barley, Crafty Cow, Flour Girl & Flame, Hot Dish Pantry, Red Maple MKE, Riverwest Co-Op, Semolina MKE, The Real Good Life, Tots On The Street, Trouble Makers Cocina, and more TBA (restaurants should reach out if they’re interested in taking one of the last remaining spots!). Meanwhile, Central Waters will have its delicious, award-winning beer available to help cut through the sodium and starch intake.

Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Warning: Attendance for this first-year event is LIMITED TO JUST 200 TICKETS. Each ticket includes three sample vouchers. Additional samples can be purchased for $1 apiece. Best yet, a portion of proceeds brought in from Casserole Call will be donated to Kinship Community Food Center.

Come eat some casserole, drink some beer, and help an area food pantry in the process. We’ve officially issued a Casserole Call. Will you answer?

[All art by Andy Tyra]

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.