Blue’s Dinner Club Season 6: Chef Justin Encore


Blue’s Dinner Club Season 6 continued on Oct. 30 with an encore performance by Chef Justin Aprahamian of Sanford. A James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef, Justin kicked off last springs Dinner Club Season 5 “Yes, Chef!” with a fantastic dinner at Blue’s in February.

The encore performance started with a seasonal spin: all of the “Reception and Tasting” hors d’oeuvres incorporated leaves for Fall. Chefs Justin, Joe and Blue’s Executive Chef Erick then took us through a straightforward tour de force.

Our next event is The Grand Tasting on Saturday, Nov. 21, where we’ll have appetizers and A LOT more wine to try. We’ll have tastings of more than 70 wines and more than 100 total beverage selections, with all the wine will be available for purchases at retail-or-better prices, so you can stock up for the holidays or replenish your cellar. Enjoy 15 percent off cases of the same wine, and 10 percent off mixed cases. 6 p.m., $60, buy your tickets here at Blue’s – or online.

Season 6: “Yes, Chef! Pt. 2”

Justin Aprahamian : Sanford

Friday, October 30, 2015

Reception and Tasting

Stuffed Grape Leaves glee • Pickled Birch Leaves & Salmon Mousse saffron cauliflower •

Poached Chicken Sausage in Cabbage Leaves paprika aioli • Breaded Sausage Crépinette pickled chard leaves, creamy tomato sauce

Ercavio Blanco, Four Vines Chardonnay, 

C.H. Meritage, Vignerons du Mont Ventoux Rogue

“Culinary A-Fair”

Foie Gras Cream Puff : Justin’s Daring Attempt at a Corndog

Stewed Raisins, Almond Debris, Vinegar Powder : Salad, Mustard

Prosecco, Candoni, Veneto, Italy

Harvest Salad

Roast Pumpkin, Turnip Confit

Turnip Greens, Whipped Maple Meringue, Smoked Pumpkin Seeds, Beer Vinegar Gatrique

Brouilly, Chateau de Pierreux, La Reserve, Beaujolais, France 2011

Some Things Are Seafood

Charcoal Grilled Snake River Sturgeon

Fresh Herb Pasta, Marinated Black Mussels, Picholine Olive Salad

Vouvray, Marc Bredif, Loire, France 2013

Beef to Behold

Prime Steak Au Poivre

Red Wine Shallot Jam, Pomme Dauphinoise, Watercress, Demi

Cabernet Sauvignon, Carpe Diem, Napa Valley, California 2012

Trick or Treat

Candy Balls

“Take5” Nut Ball, “Mounds” Bon-Bon

Tawny Port, Ramos Pinto, Douro Valley, Portugal

The Grand Tasting


We’re bringing top wine, beer and spirits vendors in to pour us all samples of their superb libations at our 2nd annual “The Grand Tasting,” on Saturday, Nov. 21.

We’re expecting 10 vendors, pouring tastings of more than 70 wines and more than 100 total beverage selections. All the wine will be available for purchases at retail-or-better prices, so you can stock up for the holidays or replenish your cellar. Enjoy 15 percent off cases of the same wine, and 10 percent off mixed cases.

It’s a “sip ‘n shop” event, and a great opportunity to taste a variety of wines from Story Hill BKC’s award-winning wine list, excellent selections from our vendors, and premier wines before the holidays.

  • WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 21; 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Blue’s Egg, 317 N. 76th St., Milwaukee, WI 53213
  • HOW: Tickets are $60 and include tax, gratuity, tastings and light appetizers. Tickets are available here and at Maxie’s and Story Hill BKC, or you can order online here.

Blue’s Dinner Club Season 6: sensational start


Blue’s Dinner Club Season 6 kicked off Friday by hosting Chef Jan Kelly of Meritage – whose fantastic Washington Heights restaurant exemplifies “a contemporary blend of food and wine.” A superb chef and a great friend, Jan and Chef Joe blended inspirations for the dinner: her upbringing in Southern California, and his in Wisconsin, and their shared appreciation for duck, lamb and fresh produce.

10 tickets remain for Episode 2 of Dinner Club, Friday, Oct. 30 featuring Chef Justin Aprahamian of Sanford. Tickets for an individual dinner are $95. A portion of the proceeds from each dinner will go to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.  For tickets, contact Sarah Ash at 414-659-1900 or [email protected].

Details: Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for appetizers and opening drink; Dinner to be served between 7 and 7:30 p.m. No refunds for season tickets, but tickets are exchangeable and can be given as gifts. All tables are communal, seating 6-10 guests. Cash bar is available, in addition to the drink pairings.

Season 6: “Yes, Chef! Pt. 2”

Jan Kelly : Meritage

Friday, September 18, 2015

Reception and Tasting

Cheese Gougère tomato soup • Cottage Cheese gravlax, dill horseradish •

Chicken à la King vol au vent • Tamales cactus, mushroom

Toad Hollow “Eye of the Toad” Rosé, Campo Lindo Blanco, 

Carletto Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Dante Red Blend

Jan and Joe’s Youth

Tostada con Camerones (Jan) : Smoked Beef Tongue, Potato Pancake (Joe)

Chili Poached Shrimp, Black Beans, Avocado, Cotija : Caramelized Onion, Horseradish

Verdejo, Oro de Castilla, Rueda, Spain 2014

From the Deli

Duck Pastrami and Duck Liversausage

Spaetzle Gratin, Saxony Alpine Cheese, Rye Crumbs, Braised Red Cabbage

Riesling, Urban, Mosel, Germany 2013

Sliced Tomato Terrine

Citrus, Fennel, Carrot, Radishes,

Pepitas, Cranberry Jalapeño Dressing

Pinot Noir, Fog Theory, Sta. Rita Hills, California 2013


Leg of Lamb with Lamb Sweetbreads

Mustard Herb Crust, Porcini Arancini, Rapini, Red Wine Reduction

Cabernet Franc, “The Franc”, Cosentino, Lodi, California 2013


Creamy Goat Cheese Tart

Blackberries, Chocolate Semifreddo, Honey, Spiced Crunchy Stuff

Primitivo, Masseria Altemura, Sasseo, Pulia, Italy 2012

Blue’s Dinner Club Season 5: Friday, April 24, 2015


Blue’s Dinner Club Season 5 finished up earlier this year with a visit from Mike Engel of Pastiche Bistro and Wine Bar. At his French bistro and wine store in Bay View, Mike cooks traditional French dishes with locally-sourced ingredients.

Chef Joe Muench, Erick Fisher and the Blue’s crew teamed up with Mike for courses of elegant French-inspired cuisine, paired with excellent wines. Chef Joe brought the house down (but didn’t thankfully didn’t burn the house down) with a show-stopper caramel Grand Marnier flambé to top dessert of an Apple Puff Pastry Tarte.

The visit helped inspire Blue’s to dedicate July to French-inspired breakfast and lunch specials during a monthlong celebration of France – and close out a the season which raised $3,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin.

Season 5: “Yes, Chef!”

Michael Engel : Pastiche Bistro & Wine Bar

Friday, April 24, 2015

Reception and Tasting

Gougère sauce soubise • Salade de Moules brandade • “Saucisson” Filet Mignon de Porc tapenade • Terrine de Veau veal heart tartare, brioche

Bil-a-Haut Rosé, Moreau Vouvray, Delas Syrah

“A Parisian Specialty”

White Ham Risotto Pasta

truffle, arugula, fromage comté

Sparkling, Charles de Fère, Blanc de Blanc, Reserve, Loire Valley, France nv


Torchon de Foie Gras

wilted frisée, roasted grapes, fleur de sel

White Blend, Hugel, Gentile, Alsace 2013


Ballotine of Game Hen

morels, leeks, red wine

Pinot Noir, Albert Bichot, Vieilles Vignes, Bourgogne, Burgundy, France 2012


Seared Scallops

saffron, tomatoes, pomme purée, herbes de provence

Sauvignon Blanc, Eric Montintin, Sancere, France 2013


Apple Puff Pastry Tarte

oeuf à la nage, caramel grande marnier flambé, hazelnut

Noisette Moka Crème

Blue’s Dinner Club Season 6

After an exclusive pre-sale to regular season ticket holders, we have 12 seats left to Blue’s Dinner Club Season 6: “Yes, Chef! Pt. 2.” Please contact Sarah Ash at 414-659-1900 or [email protected] to purchase tickets.


The more the merrier, we always say. We enjoyed such sensational meals this spring by hosting guest chefs; we’re bringing it back. Join us for Blue’s Dinner Club Season 6: “Yes, Chef! Pt. 2.”

Chef Joe Muench and the Blue’s Egg team will team up with star chefs for striking culinary duets. Culinary energies come together, and we really get the juices – and the “juice” – flowing.

First up on Friday, Sept. 18 is Chef Jan Kelly of Meritage, who cooks creative, eclectic dishes and appreciates great wine. Then on Friday, Oct. 30 we’ll see Chef Justin Aprahamian of Sanford, who wowed us all in the spring. To finish up the fall on Friday, Dec. 4, we’ll welcome Chef Justin Carlisle of Ardent, who shows serious cuisine can be earnest, soulful and fun.


A portion of the proceeds from these dinners will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, which has been instrumental in helping Milwaukee youth work toward productive futures.


Season tickets to all three events are $250, which includes food, beverage pairings, tax and gratuity. Tickets for an individual dinner are $95. A portion of the proceeds from each dinner will go to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Season tickets include a $25 gift card good at Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg and Story Hill BKC.

Details: Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for appetizers and opening drink; Dinner to be served between 7 and 7:30 p.m. No refunds for season tickets, but tickets are exchangeable and can be given as gifts. All tables are communal, seating 6-10 guests. Cash bar is available, in addition to the drink pairings.

For tickets, contact Sarah Ash at 414-659-1900 or [email protected].

Blue’s virtual tour

Tour the inside of Blue’s Egg with our new Google Business View. It works just like Google Maps. Click on the arrows to zoom around the room. Follow them down the hallway to see our back dining room, or step outside to check out the patio.

Special thanks to Signal Path Creative for the photography and tech support.

Blue’s 5th B-Day Patio Party


Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They Say It’s Your Birthday / It’s My Birthday, Too / We’re Gonna Have a Good Time

Come celebrate 5 years of serving this great community the best brunch! We’re open our regular hours, and starting at 8 a.m., we’ll be hanging out on the patio. Then we’re bringing in a jazzy trio to play tunes for a “hanging out in the parking lot, enjoying a summer day” patio party!

Blue’s officially opened for business on July 8, 2010. It seems like just yesterday, and yet a long, long time ago. A lot has changed, hopefully always for the better, but one thing has not: our great team of nice, happy people, working hard to show you a great time. Come raise a toast to them!

All guest will enjoy $2 Blue’s Bloody Marys, $2 canned beers,  and $2 mimosas, plus $1 Monkey Breads and $1 Valentine Coffee Roasters’ coffee. Gotta love that Bali Blue Moon.

Share the details here, on our Facebook Event page.

Inside, we’re amping up our CBGB Tuesday specials. If you don’t know, Blue’s culinary team creates delicious burger specials available “all day” every Tuesday. That’s what CBGB stands for (Canned Beer, Great Burgers). The selection usually includes The Filthy Five Cheeses, Big Bacon Blue’s, “Ham” Burger and “Wise Juan,” plus other creations piled high on a 1/2-pound burger with extraordinarily generous toppings.

The Filthy Five Cheeses

We’ll also be rollin’ strong with our second themed month of the year – French month, all through July. Say it right, Frenchie! We’ll see you then!

Blue’s Dinner Club Season 5: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Blue’s Dinner Club kicked off it’s Fifth Season with a guest appearance by James Beard Award-winning Chef Justin Aprahamian of Sanford. Season 5 followed the theme of “Yes, Chef!” Over the course of three Friday night dinners this spring, Chef Joe Muench and the Blue’s team collaborated with local culinary stars to create superb five-course dinners with wine pairings.

Season 5 went on to host Paul Zerkel of Goodkind in March, before closing the show with Mike Engel of Pastiche Bistro and Wine Bar in April. While we were hosting these top chefs, the generous support of our guests benefited Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin (RMHC). A vital local group, RMHC provides a “home away from home” and caring outreach to families whose lives have been disrupted by their child’s injury or illness.

Blue’s Dinner Club

Season 5: “Yes, Chef!”

Justin Aprahamian : Sanford

Friday, February 27, 2015

Reception and Tasting

Headcheese gelee • Braised Goat Samosa saffron cauliflower • Shellfish Boudin brown butter, chive • “Milwaukee” Steak Tartare whitefish roe, mayonnaise

Sparkling Vouvray, Domaine du Petit Coteau / Sauvignon Blanc, Wither Hills / Pinot Noir, Buena Vista / Tempranillo, Campo Lindo

“The Mentors”

Knut Apitz: Grenadiers

Blue Corn Crepe

Spicy Pork Sausage – Spinach– Goat and Sheep Milk Cheese, Sauce Creole

Pinot Blanc, Domaine Schlumberger, Alsace, France 2011

Stephen Wade: Stephan Wade’s Cafe

Duck, Snapper, Clams

Pinot Gris, Benton-Lane, Willamette Valley, OR 2012

The Dual


Justin: Salad of Rabbit Loin, Sunchokes, Caper Berries, Watercress, Course Mustard Vinaigrette

Joe: Sweet and Sour Braise Rabbit Leg, Greens, Beets and Beans, Course Mustard Foam

Beaujolais-Villages, Bouchard Aine and Fils, Burgundy, France 2010

The Collaboration

A Progression of Elk

Frittered Braised Ragout – Justin’s Elk Sausage – Seared Loin

Poached Quail Egg, Mushroom Cream – Slow Braised and Caramelized, Wilted Frisee, Jus – Seared Loin Medallion, Red Wine Jus, Connecting Elements of “Tots ‘n’ Aioli”, Grilled Endive and Pickled Black Currant, Chervil, Parsley, Candied Pistachios

Syrah, Luca, Laborde Double Select, La Consulta, Uco Valley, Argentina 2011


Warm Honey and Black Pepper Pound Cake

Poached Apples, Glazed Almonds, Hooks White Cheddar Ice Cream, Spatlese Syrup

Riesling, St. Urbans-Hof, Ockfener Bockstein, Spatlese, Mosel, Germany 2013

Blue’s Private Parties: Brunch for Dinner (“Brinner!”)

classic eggs benedict

1. The #1 most important thing to know about private parties at Blue’s is that we don’t only cook brunch food.

Blue’s fine dining approach to modern American diner food means elevated preparations of favorites are always available for private parties. It’s after 6 PM, and it’s well past the time for pancakes. Our team loves to party — whether it’s a culinary cocktail parties, a farm-fresh family-style dinner or a serious steakhouse-style sit-down dinner — and we can create custom menus to match the occasion. Click here to learn about the variety of options available for Private Parties at Blue’s. 

2. The #2 most important thing to know about private parties at Blue’s is that we will absolutely cook you brunch food.

If you love breakfast food or you’re a brunch aficionado, don’t settle for anything but the best. If Brunch is a portmanteau of “breakfast” and “lunch,” let’s go for it with BRINNER.

“Brunch for Dinner” is one of the hottest trends in event and wedding planning. Maybe your first date was for Bloody Marys, or you’re the home chef who thinks everything’s better with bacon. What do you want your event to say about you? Brunch is comforting and delicious, and insanely popular.

Our renowned adaptations of classics are right at home in the evening. Who doesn’t love Monkey Bread, Smoked Salmon Crepes and Chicken & Waffles? Top it off with the meaty house-smoked ham of our Classic Benedict — and it all goes great with Champagne.

Here are some selections from a recent BRINNER event with coursed beer pairings. If you would like to learn more about what Blue’s Egg can do for your group, please call our catering coordinator, Sarah Ash at 414-659-1900 or email [email protected].

mini sausage rolls

Mini Sausage Rolls — A miniature version of our famous sausage rolls for a reception or tasting, in puff pastry with coarse mustard. It’s a favorite at the farmers’ market and Story Hill BKC.

bacon wrapped cornbread

Bacon-Wrapped Cornbread — Not everybody loves water chestnuts, but everybody loves cornbread. House-made cornbread wrapped and glazed in our Jones Dairy Farm thick-cut cherry wood smoked bacon.

smoked salmon crepe

Smoked Salmon Crêpe — On the menu since we opened our doors in 2010, this elegant dish draws distant inspiration from simple Bagels & Lox. House-smoked salmon is combined with cool poached potatoes, and topped with sour cream. Possible pairing: Leinenkugel’s Grapefruit Shandy.


Chicken and Waffles — A beloved, bizarre and uniquely American combination of brunch and dinner food, Chicken and Waffles are shorthand for a spectacular time. Crispy fried chicken with an herb waffle, braised greens and chili syrup. Possible pairing: Pilsner Urquell.

classic benedict

Classic Benedict — The Benedict that built Blue’s Egg. Our English muffins are made right here, as is our pulled ham. Topped with a poached egg and hollandaise, it is decadent enough for dinner but light enough to keep you dancing. Seen here with Blue’s Goat Cheese Browns, topped with roasted olives and paprika aioli. Possible pairing: Blue Moon Belgian White.


French Toast — A departure from the expected, it’s French toast for dessert. Roasted sweet potatoes, are topped with a berry compote, peppered bacon, candied walnuts and real Wisconsin maple syrup. Possible pairing: Crispin cider.