The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E 1 7 N E W M E X I C O A thriving Native American culture and influences from south of the border give New Mexico a culinary style that is singular and exciting. SIGNATURE DISH: Green chile is a staple in New Mexico and can be found on everything from enchiladas to cheeseburgers. DON'T MISS THIS: Sopapillas, small pastries made of deep-fried yeast dough, are popular as savory dishes with cheese, meat or beans, or drizzled with honey for dessert. BOTTOMS UP: Local beer has become stylish in New Mexico, and the state's True Ale Trail highlights more than three dozen microbreweries. INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE: Santa Fe School of Cooking offers an array of hands-on classes that teach groups about the foods of the Southwest. FOODIE FESTIVAL: The Hatch Green Chile Festival brings more than 30,000 visitors from across the country to celebrate the distinctive peppers cultivated in the town of Hatch. EAT HERE: El Pinto in Albuquerque serves traditional New Mexican cuisine in indoor and outdoor settings, with plenty of space for large groups. — W W W. N E W M E X I C O .O R G — W I S C O N S I N There's much more than cheese to sample in Wisconsin, a Midwestern capital of agriculture and scenic beauty that is peren- nially popular with groups. SIGNATURE DISH: Friday-night fish fries take place at supper clubs throughout the state and feature staples such as cheese curds, whitefish and ice cream drinks. DON'T MISS THIS: Lake Superior whitefish livers are deep fried or sauteed with peppers and onions, served with toast points and homemade tartar sauce. BOTTOMS UP: The brandy old-fashioned is the state's unofficial cocktail, but beer can be found in dozens of microbreweries. INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE: The Cheesemaker in Mequon offers cheese-making workshops for groups that include plenty of creating and tasting. FOODIE FESTIVAL: The Wisconsin Ginseng Festival takes place in Wausau, the "Ginseng Capital of America," with field tours, cooking demos and lots of food. EAT HERE: Jim and Linda's Lakeview Supper Club in Pipe offers elegant food and scenic views of Lake Winnebago. — W W W.T R A V E L W I S C O N S I N . C O M —

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