Waterhouse Foods

coffee shop, cafe, & bakery


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Around the Corner with John Mcgivern, January 2016

The Joy Cardin Show, October 2015

Wisconsin State Journal article, June 2014

Wisconsin Foodie episode, 2014

REAP locally sourced food reward restaurant, 2014

jefferson county sustainability task force meeting, 2012

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online/Tallgrass Kitchen Blog, Oct 2012

REAP spring 2012 newsletter

innovative downtown businesses

eating in madison A to Z, 2011

isthmus article, may 2010

discover article, summer 2010

isthmus article, march 2009




previous blogs

may 6, 2013

we have a full week coming up and want to share all the cool stuff that is happening!
the lake mills farmer’s market starts this wednesday – stop out to see Shawn or Rae and take home some great breads & treats!
this thursday (5/9) at 6:30pm, join Eric Chesney as he talks & plays Bach pieces in our Classical Music Klatch. Eric has this to say about his evening: “we will be featuring good ol’ Bach (“there’s no J S like our J S”). We’ll be featuring a student from Oconomowoc performing one of the unaccompanied cello suites and then he and Eric will play a couple of two part inventions and talk about the history of these pieces.”

this saturday (5/11) at 6:30pm, we are so thrilled to have both Celia & Lil Rev playing live music. Celia is national touring artist living in Prescott, AZ.  She dishes up the most delicious concoction of the silly & the sacred. A cross between an Earthy Enya, Joan Baez, ……and Tina Fey. Lil Rev is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and story-teller from WI. He is the 1996 National Blues Harmonica Champion and was Voted Best Folksinger in WI in 2004. His concerts are well known for their interactive, toe-tapping pace. tickets: $12 advance/$15 at door

and this sunday, is mother’s day -let us help you celebrate mom and share a meal and family with her. check out our 3 course brunch menu (rsvp recommended)

stay tuned for our Scones baking class on sunday may 19 & our 2nd Local Foods Cookoff on tuesday may 21!


april 2, 2013

first, we want to thank all of you for such great feedback on our easter treats – the hot cross buns were a hit and the crescia sold out and is in popular demand already for next year!

fundraiser month for the Jefferson Co Humane Society. they have an amazing schedule planned, with volunteers here everyday, so come ask the questions, learn about the humane society, see current adoptable animals – and help us support them as we donate 1% of the bistro sales to HSJC (plus 20% on tuesday april 23)!
dog talks with Mittsy Voiles (sponsored by the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic): “fears & phobias” on sunday april 7 & “separation anxiety” on sunday april 14
for kids: pawprint tattoos every saturday from 10am-2pm & face painting on sunday april 28 from 12-2pm

music: this saturday, april 6 at 6:30pm we are excited to have for the first time Ida Jo. Her soulful vocals with folk fiddle style called “chopping” and classical violin have her nominated for both MAMA & WAMI awards – come check her out! And, speaking of music, our dear friend Washuntara returns for a night of passionate music on saturday april 20. Wash has played for Sir Paul McCartney, written for Disney, and is also a Buddhist spiritual teacher. Tickets for Wash’s concert are $12 advance/$15 at door.

cake classes:“cake theory 101 unlock the mystery: hands on cake making from scratch & the science that holds it all together” sun, apr 14 & sun may 5. join our fantastic cake decorator Cheryl as she helps you learn all about cakes. the classes run from 3-5pm and costs $15/person (incudes class & bakery to take home). rsvp today!

garden party & talk with Sustain Jefferson. friday, april 5 at 6pm. join master gardeners for a talk & social evening on gardening & climate change

coffee drink of the week: our new signature drink of the week is a caramel mocha (with your choice of white or dark chocolate). Try it, give us your feedback, and name suggestion and enter to win free drinks (and the drink named what you suggest!)

market place spotlight this month will be on our fantastic coffee -come learn & taste Valentine Coffee Roasters super quality coffee!


march 26, 2013

yikes – Easter is this Sunday…wasn’t it just St. Patrick’s? we know we extended the Irish happiness with the phenomenal Tallymoore Irish band this past Saturday night, but we just shifted from the naughty cupcakes and cinnamon rolls to our spring and Easter goodies. we are sampling daily, so stop in to try our crescia and hot cross buns. We will be open Easter Sunday from 8am-noon for both your holiday order pick ups as well as breakfast & brunch.

Crescia. A classic Italian specialty, whose name refers to its domed shape, this bread came into our repertoire via Rae’s mom via Rae’e great grandmother. She would bake crescia every Easter and we’d wait all year for a slice of her peppery, cheesy goodness. Our version is 4 parts flour, 2 parts cheese (Sartori’s award-winning parmesan, and pecorino romano – direct from Italy), 2 parts JRS Country Acres eggs, 1 part Grassland butter, and a healthy shake (or 2!) fair trade,  organic ground black pepper. Light as air, with a flaky upper crust, enjoy this one warmed with butter, then improvise with beef or chicken or a bit of marmalade or raspberry jam.

Hot cross buns  have a long history, not all of it sweet. They have been associated with spring, round with a cross – symbolizing the balance of energy and the four directions/elements/seasons. During the Middle Ages, the Church tried to outlaw the making of these relics of older faiths, and severely punished those who made them. Then, the story goes, Queen Elizabeth sanctioned hot cross buns as a celebration of Easter, and they once again returned to favor. Our version is stuffed with rum-soaked fruit (currants, blueberries, cherries, figs, apricots, golden raisins), painted with Jenks honey, and crossed with a rum-lemon-orange-cherry glaze.

It is also the last week in April, which means it is the last week to save 10% on natural sweeteners, like Jenks & Thymely Herbals honey, Rolling Meadows sorghum syrup, and Kickapoo Gold organic maple syrup. And it means our new signature drink of the week: a maple latte. Try it, give us your feedback, and name suggestion and enter to win free drinks (and the drink named what you suggest!)



march 11, 2013

we are all about the green this week! as lovers of all things celtic, st. patrick’s day is one of our favorite holidays (2nd only to halloween), so we have a number of returning favorites and new specials this week: soda breads (plain, cheddar, or “the meal” with corned beef & cheddar), the bailey’s oat scone, decorated cupcakes, a peppermint patty mocha, and more!

play with your food! all weekend kids under 10 eat FREE with purchase 2 entrees. and we think they could enjoy some green (green smoothies, green mashed up potatoes, chocolate mint milk and more)

friday (3/15) at 7pm, we have our dear friend and amazing singer-songwriter Celia return for a celtic concert. Show only: $15; Irish dinner, drink, & show: $27, dinner at 6pm. rsvp suggested

sunday (3/17) from 11am-1pm we are having an irish brunch with the farmers – come meet the folks at JenEhr Family Farm and talk about farming, growing veges, and CSA – and get a chance to win a special box from Farmer Paul.

later sunday from 3-5pm, learn how to make your own irish soda bread with Shawn in our irish bread making class. $15, rsvp class includes a loaf to take home.


march 4, 2013

Coffee Contest – try our new signature drink the Vanilla White Mocha. Be creative and tell us what you would name the drink as you could win 1) the actual name of the drink and 2) 2 free drinks of this mocha. And, speaking of coffee – check this On Milwaukee article on our coffee roaster Valentine Coffee

Live music with our favorite Madison award-winning songwriter Beth Kille on Saturday March 9 at 6:30pm. She has a new album, 2 major nominations for best of Madison, and she just rocks.

Cake Making class this Sunday March 10, from 3-5pm. Join Cheryl, our master cake maker & decorator as you learn the hows and whys of cakes. Class includes a cake to take home! rsvp

Shawn will be talking this Thursday at 10th Annual Sustainability Summit & Exposition in Milwaukee – more on that as he does it!

We have a new artist of the month – Trish Kalhagen. Come check out her amazing nature photos. And, read about the book study she will be leading using Tama Kieves newest book Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work!” Mondays, 6:30-8pm, April 1-May 20. Cost: $15 (plus book), rsvp today.

March is also a fundraiser for the Lake Mills Main St Program. 1% of March bistro sales will be donated to the Lake Mills Main Street Program. And, on Tuesday March 19, 20% of bistro sales will be donated  on that day – meet program members & find out more about the LMMS program. They also just hung a ton of artwork and event information about what they do for our town

We have Celia coming for a celtic music concert on Friday March 15 at 7pm. We went to high school with her, and we are so thrilled to reconnect with this national touring singer-songwriter. She has a huge Irish repertoire (including a super bodhrán drum); she turns into these hilarious characters during her show, and she has a looping device so she can harmonize with herself (you need to hear her combination of Ave Maria & Amazing Grace done in this fashion). Show only: $15; Irish dinner, drink, & show: $27, dinner at 6pm. rsvp suggested

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