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320 East Buffalo St., Suite 100, Milwaukee, WI 53202   |    1.414.978.5000

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Wild Rice Restaurant

Wild Rice is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Wisconsin. Wild Rice serves as the dining lab for students in the culinary program, offering a unique combination of real-world experience and instructional content.

Under the supervision of Chef J. Claire Menck, Ph.D. and an experienced and credentialed faculty of chef instructors, students create bistro-style dishes in the kitchen and run all aspects of the dining room. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Wild Rice is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations and additional information, please call 414.978.5000

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The Art Institute of Wisconsin on FOX's Studio A The Art Institute of Wisconsin on FOX's Studio A

(Milwaukee, June 2, 2015)  Chad Schlei, fashion instructor at The Art Institute of Wisconsin, and three students appeared on FOX 6’s Studio A to promote the upcoming fashion show, Haute List: Lights, Camera, Fashion. 

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Are You on the Haute List?  Third Annual Student Fashion Show: Lights, Camera, Fashion Are You on the Haute List? Third Annual Student Fashion Show: Lights, Camera, Fashion

The Art Institute of Wisconsin presents its third annual student fashion show, Haute List: Lights, Camera, Fashion. The fashion show is 100% student produced and features more than 40 original garments. These garments include evening wear, swimwear, children’s and men’s clothing, and corsets. Some of the garments will be part of a special design challenge to create a look inspired by a movie or Broadway glam. Culinary students also get a chance to show off their sartorial skills with bread designs that will be shown off on the runway.

Pabst Theater
144 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Saturday, June 6, 2015
6-7 pm Networking Hour
7-8 pm Fashion Show
8-9 pm Post Party

VIP: $30

Haute List: Lights, Camera, Fashion is a collaboration across all fields of study at The Art Institute of Wisconsin. Fashion students created the garments, created materials to seek event partnerships, created promotional materials and will oversee the entire event. Culinary students created bread designs for the runway show and will provide a food tasting for the VIPs. Design students created the Haute List logo, and Media Arts students will serve as photographers and videographers for the event.

During the runway show, student garments will be judged by a panel of fashion professionals. Awards will be given in the following categories: Best in Show, Most Marketable, Best Construction, Attention to Detail and Forward Thinker.  In addition to the fashion awards, The Art Institute of Wisconsin will also award its first Excellence in Art Education Award. This award was created to recognize and honor an individual’s contribution to excellence in art education.

Partnering with the campus for Haute List are Model and Talent Management Agency and Aveda; The Institute of Beauty and Wellness.

 To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 414.978.5000.

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Mint Lightens and Brightens Summer Dishes Mint Lightens and Brightens Summer Dishes

(June 2014)  The Kentucky Derby, held the first Saturday in May, may be responsible for making mint the king of summertime drinks. Along with big hats, the Derby is famous for its mint juleps, kicking off the warm weather season.

This year, mint is making its mark in the culinary scene in some new—and unexpected ways. From pesto to rice salads, mint adds a summery tone to dishes that’s unmatched by other herbs, according to Michael Zappone, Academic Department Director of Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Mint is used by chefs to add an additional level of flavor to dishes and drinks, according to Linda Marcinko, Culinary Academic Director at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of St. Louis.

“I think mint is great in summer because it brightens up so many dishes. It’s so good to use in sweet items as well as savory dishes,” she says. Marcinko enjoys utilizing mint in Thai beef and noodle salad and iced tea.

Having mint on hand is easy, too, because it’s a perennial herb that will come up each year in the garden.  According to Marcinko, “it is so easy to grow and so versatile.”

The unique flavor of mint may also be used to replace calorie-heavy ingredients in traditional dishes, according to Claire Menck, Chef Director of Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Wisconsin.

Marcinko lightens up pesto by replacing the traditional basil with mint—and eliminating the cheese. Try her mint pesto, mint syrup, and rice salad to give your summer meals an extra minty kick.

Mint Pesto – Great with pasta or lamb chops

2 large bunches mint, trimmed of stems (just use the leaves)

1 bunch cilantro (can use some of the stems if they are not too thick)

6 cloves garlic, peeled

¾ cup walnuts

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup vegetable broth

Salt and pepper

Crushed red chilies, optional


Combine the mint leaves, cilantro, garlic and walnuts in place in the bowl of a food processor.

Pulse the mixture until it is roughly chopped.

With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and vegetable stock. Process until smooth.

Season to taste with salt, pepper, and the Chile flakes.

Summer Rice Salad

4 cups cooked basmati rice

1 cup trimmed sugar snap peas, blanched

4 green onions, thinly sliced

1 small red bell pepper, diced

1 small jalapeño pepper, finely minced

½ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted

½ cup chopped mint leaves

½ cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Cut the blanched sugar snap peas in half, lengthwise.

Put the rice, peas, onions, red bell pepper, jalapeño, pine nuts, and mint leaves in a bowl. Toss together well.

Pour on the olive oil and stir to coat all ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill for about 2 hours before serving. Serves eight.

Mint Simple Syrup – Perfect with lemonade or mojitos

2 cups sugar

6 cups water

1 large bunch mint, roughly chopped


Combine the sugar and water in a medium-sized sauce pan. Stir to moisten the sugar. Add in the mint leaves.

Bringto a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the syrup sit until it is cool. Strain the syrup to remove the mint.

Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


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Top Trends in Bridal Wear Top Trends in Bridal Wear

Although the latest Brides American Wedding Study shows the average cost of a wedding in 2010 was $26,501, a decrease of 5 percent from 2009, weddings continue to be big business. But many couples are opting to cut the guest list instead of big ticket items like wedding gowns.

In fact, according to the study, the average wedding gown cost $1,289 in 2010, a 20 percent increase over 2009. This is no surprise to the millions who were glued to their television sets this past April during the most talked about wedding since the 1981 royal wedding of Lady Diana to Prince Charles. Many brides are now emulating the elegant lace gown worn by Catherine Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge.

In addition to beautiful lace, the newest trends in wedding gowns include color, soft sleeves, short hemlines and eco-friendly materials.

Whether it is Chantilly, Alençon, Duchesse, Guipure, or ribbon, lace has become one of the hottest trends this year. “Designers at all price points have debuted collections featuring full frothy skirts, wildflowers, and lace used in both traditional and modern ways,” says Kate Campbell, department chair of Fashion & Retail Management at The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design. “This particular trend parallels the more feminine, elegant trends we see in fashion everywhere – including more fitted and ladylike styles reminiscent of Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.”

While not for everyone, the use of color in wedding gowns has been growing in popularity. Rich and vibrant or more subdued, color in bridal wear is everywhere. Some brides choose soft pastel colors, such as blush, rose or skin-tone. Others opt to wear vibrant hues of lavender, green and deep pink. Less bold brides are more likely to use hints of accent color on sashes, bows, embroidery, hems, necklines or beading. “The bride who chooses to add color to her dress is fashion forward and confident – it’s not for the faint of heart,” says Amber Chatelain, lead faculty for the Fashion & Retail Management program at The Art Institute of Nashville — Tennessee, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Another interesting new trend in bridal wear is short gowns, especially for brides choosing destination and beach weddings. While they may be short in length, these dresses are not short on style. Some offer sophisticated laces, chic feathers or multilayered organza mini-skirts.

Soft sleeves are enjoying a comeback. Designers have debuted soft, romantic sleeves, including traditional cap sleeves in florals and tulle, modern silhouettes using vintage elements, sequin fringe and flutter sleeves, and romantic off-the-shoulder versions. “The softness and elegance of the sleeves in bridal wear mirrors today’s general fashion trends, where designers are highlighting the elegance and beauty of the female form in very soft ways,” says Charlene Parsons, who heads the fashion programs at Miami International University of Art & Design.

Eco-friendly options have also increased in popularity. “There are now numerous eco-friendly designers whose sole business is to create wedding dresses made with earth-friendly fabrics and materials, using techniques that are in harmony with the earth,” says Crystal Shamblee, department chair of Fashion Design for The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Second-hand and vintage wedding dresses are another eco-friendly choice.

Whatever fashion trends a bride chooses, one that will never go out of style is a gown that fits well, is figure flattering and makes the bride feel she’s the most beautiful woman in the world on her big day.


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