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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

Boris and Doris On the Town

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Best of the Best: More than 1,000 Shepherd Express fans poured into the annual Best of Milwaukee party at the InterContinental Milwaukee for noshing, schmoozing and cheering on this year’s winners. Queues formed to sample an array of food and froth. Chris Johnson poured Lakefront Brewery’s new Local Acre Lager, the first with 100% Wisconsin-grown ingredients since Prohibition. Nas Musa, co-owner of Casablanca (Best Middle Eastern Restaurant winner), bustled about, reporting on his recent marriage in Jerusalem to Hind. Maxie’s Southern Comfort, Zaffiro’s Pizza (which captured Best Pizza), Sake Tumi and others provided fine food.

The Shepherd staff both worked and played, with publisher Louis Fortis schmoozing his way around the crowd. Spotted at the sampling tables were arts and entertainment editor Dave Luhrssen, with Mary Manion of Landmarks Gallery. Columnist Art Kumbalek eagerly tried out his Focktoberfest beer. Called to action as the Klement’s Racing Sausages were online editor Justin Krol, graphic designer Dave Zylstra, copy editor Robbie Hartman and calendar manager Brian Muilenburg, plus Milwaukee Art Museum’s Jonas Wittke.

Senior account executive Mark Krueger, once known as “Mangy Man” from his WQFM era, met up with pals Terry Gibson, Keith (Abdul) Harmon, Mary Dukes, Tom Sheridan and Dana Brown to reminisce about their radio days. Other Shepherd minglers included sportswriter Frank Clines.

Among nominees awaiting the coveted award results was Mayor Tom Barrett, who snared the Most Trusted Public Official title, while finishing as runner-up to singer Danny Gokey as Milwaukeean of the Year. Winners on hand included Yigletu Debebe from Ethiopian Cottage, taking Best African Restaurant. Cheering their victory for Best Women’s Clothing were SHOP owners Mary LeBlanc and daughter Liz, with Liz’s boyfriend, Nathaniel Sumner,and his brother Sam and his wife, Jaci, from Gloss Photography, plus pal Erin Thull, owner of Miss Ruby.

Best Local Filmmaker, Firestarter Films, was represented by Shawn Monaghan, Phil Koch, Brittany Farina and Rex Sikes. Andy Stillman and fellow Shorewest Realtors David Ray, Sara Jo Dederich and Nancy Meeks from the Cityside Plaza team celebrated for Best Real Estate Agency.

Other partiers included Jim Linneman and partner Marty of Linneman’s Riverwest Inn; Sun Torke, Alysha Witwicki and Miles Fabishak from the Zizzo Group; FEMA inspector Mary Harmon; Judge Tom Donegan; Sigmund Snopek, who has a new CD, Ornaments; and Judith Hooks from Gallery 218 with artist pals Bernie Newman and Tom Kovacich.

Remarkable Milwaukee: Historic Milwaukee Inc. (HMI) honored the Pfister Hotel and the Marcus Corp. for their contributions to Milwaukee at the third annual Remarkable Milwaukee soiree. The program featured a video by Neille Hoffman’s Aurum Design, highlighting the hotel’s memorable moments, plus stories by Pfister GM Joe Kurth. HMI’s board President Ann Tylenda presented the Remarkable Milwaukee award to Greg Marcus.

The evening included history tours by 25-year-veteran concierge/hotel historian Peter Mortensen and art tours by Reginald Baylor, the Pfister’s resident artist.

Anna-Marie Opgenorth, HMI’s executive director, and Program Director Laurel Turner, hosted, along with many of the organization’s tour guides such as E.J. Brumder, Bob and Mary Anne Dude, Judy Wimmer, Mary McAndrews and Jeff Jordan, the evening’s official photographer, there with his wife, Maria Costello, Charles Allis Art Museum’s general manager. A table from Uihlein-Wilson Architects included Debra Zins, Keith Stachowiak and Lisa Ulatowski, Eric and Abbey Manders and recently married Chris and Renee Love.  

After dinner, a group ascended to Blu to continue partying to the Neil DavisDuo. The revelers included Dan Cooper, HMI’s board VP; board members Alderman Nik Kovac and Rick Donner; treasurer Tim Cotter and his girlfriend, Sam Green, from Columbia St. Mary’s; and architect Phillip Katz.

Kid Joy: Jo’s Daycare Academy held a holiday party/open house at its expansive complex on 48th and North. Founded in 1967 by Mrs. Joceal (Miss Jo) Price, the facility is now run by her daughter Schnell Price-Lambert. Guests got a jump-start on holiday shopping, with items donated by Cindy Parsons from the former Montmartre Gift Store. For the event, Schnell’s aunts Jeanette Harris came from North Carolina and Janis Harris from New York.    

Touring were the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Doris Heiser; mayoral staffer Myra Edwards; Legacy Bank’s José Mantilla, Heather Nelson, and Deloris Simms; Joe Heil, VP of investments at Smith Barney; Barbara Heil, executive director of the center’s planned charter school; Pace Architects’ Pat Frost; and Sally Leiser, who helped organize the event. Nine-year-old Amaree Moore manned the front door, supported by proud dad Anthony Moore of Advanced Communications.  

Ward's Steak-out: Brian Ward’s chic new House of Prime on Mason debuted with much fanfare and enough Irish relatives to run a festival. After an eight-year GM stint at Mo’s, Ward felt the time was right, and his executive chef Billy Baumann joined him. Among family at the pre-opening gatherings was Ward’s wife, Jennifer, due soon with a baby son, plus mom and dad Jack and Margaret Ward, Tom and Colleen Kennedy and Katie and Kurt Mayes with their 6-year-old, Aidan.  

If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at borisanddorisott@aol.com. Their next column will appear in the Dec. 3 issue of the Shepherd.n