Dream Dance

1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
414.847.7883 · paysbig.com

As the fine-dining venue of the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Dream Dance brings Vegas-style luxury to Wisconsin. It's one of seven eateries gracing a gaming complex that was just a bingo hall when opened by the Forest County Potawatomi Community in 1991. In 2008, the thriving casino underwent a $240 million renovation; Dream Dance got a makeover that combines upscale decor with Native American art. Chef Jason Gorman's New Wisconsin Cuisine is seasonal and oh-so-deliciously local. (Think Lobsterwurst—lobster, scallop and shrimp terrine with traditional "wurst" seasonings, with mascarpone pierogies and morels, paired with Pierre Peters Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Champagne.) Christian Damiano, restaurant ops manager and sommelier, designed the cellar, with all 900 selections priced at or near retail. Sparkling wine and Cognac carts circulate before and after dinner, offering complimentary tastings.

The Stats
Number of selections: 900-plus
Bottles in inventory: 6,000
Number of wines by the glass: 16
Wine list highlights: The big names, plus small-production boutique labels from both Old and New Worlds. Some 30 verticals, including Mondavi Reserve dating to 1992; Heitz Bella Oaks and Trailside Vineyard bottlings and Corison's Kronos Cabernet. Château Musar from Lebanon dating to 1967. Nice selection of Burgundies and Italian wines. "I liken them to my children," says Damiano. "I love them all."

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