Shaun Lapacek is the owner and winemaker at Poynette-based Rock N Wool Winery, which is found on the 40 acres his parents purchased in the mid-80’s to raise sheep. The winery is not only home to spaces to sip the wine, but also a saloon, diner and plenty of family-friendly activities, like disc golf and wagon rides.
It is safe to say that teachers hold a special place in the lives and hearts of just about everyone. Especially after an unprecedented school year of virtual learning and grasping for a “new normal,” it’s time to celebrate some of Wisconsin’s top educators.
Shaina and Joe Papach are the husband-and-wife co-owners behind The Harvey House, a celebration of Wisconsin’s supper clubs and located behind Madison’s Historic Train Depot. With Joe in the kitchen and Shaina as the creative director, The Harvey House is a true family affair and a labor of love.
Sharon Hinnendael is the owner of Door County’s Sustainable Style, a thrift and vintage women’s clothing boutique experience. “As a single mom, I needed a career where my children can be with me. I love showing them you can do anything you set your mind to.”
Wisconsin is home to one of the most eclectic food scenes in the country, with delicacies like the Danish Kringle that pay homage to the state’s history, and more modern culinary developments that celebrate the region’s excellence in cheese production (we’re looking at you, cheese curds). But Wisconsin also has a number of more under-the-radar restaurants and foodie hotspots that are now being celebrated through some of the state’s most popular social media food influencers. Here are a few of Wisconsin’s most fabulous foodies to follow for a more authentic glimpse of the state’s thriving culinary scene.
Madison’s Laura Bird is the author of Crossing the Pressure Line, a middle-grade novel for girls that is set to be published March 1, 2022 by Orange Hat Publishing, which is based in Waukesha. After a career in the field of nonprofit fundraising, Bird “finally decided to make the leap to creative writing.”
Matt Weir is the general manager of Liberty Station Madison, which opened in Summer 2020. The smokehouse and tavern is known for its delectable smoked meats, local draft beer lineup and award-winning cocktail program.
Kate Bast is the founder and certified nature and forest therapy guide of Shinrin-Yoku Madison. “It’s all about immersing in the atmosphere and pace of nature to open and activate the senses (there are more than five!) to find stillness and yet be fully alive and awake to the moment.”
He gives the best bear hugs and has jokes for days–and it’s time to celebrate him! In honor of Father’s Day on June 20, meet six Wisconsin dads and learn their advice for new papas, their greatest joys and challenges, and how they plan to spend their big day.
Araceli Esparza is the founder of Wisconsin Mujer, a multimedia social engagement company, who has more than 15 years of nonprofit and diversity experience. “I’m a poet first, speaker, content producer, with a side of a culture connector diva for good measure.”