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Summit Up: Full of cheese


Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column chock full

of Wisconsin cheddar.

We recently returned from a week in Wisco, and throughout our stay we’d periodically visit our favorite food market to eat yummy cheese samples. Of course we bought some stuff too, but it was mainly the horseradish, bacon and chipotle cheese flavors that lured us back again and again. We love cheese, and the Milwaukee-based grocery store Sendik’s has it all. It’s actually our favorite Milwaukee store ever- it’s high quality, well-stocked and you can learn so much about various foods just by asking.

The market also has a fairly creative history, and we like how Sendik’s got its name.

Sendik’s website reads: “The name Sendik’s is derived from a simple misunderstanding. As new immigrants to America, the family needed to acquire many household items. While attempting to purchase a stove, Great Grandpa Balistreri, through broken English and a thick Italian accent, asked the sales clerk to ‘send it’ to him. To the salesman, it sounded like Great Grandpa was saying ‘Sendik,’ which is the name that was written on the order. When the stove arrived, the delivery person asked some neighbors where he could find “Mr. Sendik.” They pointed him in Great Grandpa’s direction because they knew he was expecting a stove. Great Grandpa became known as Mr. Sendik and the rest is history.”

That’s clever and we like it. To read more about Sendik’s, visit

This place makes us feel at home, well-fed and happy.


We also have an Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!!

Steve Jensen wrote in, saying: “I am a frequent visitor to Summit County and a daily reader of your paper online version. I have noticed commendations in the ‘Summit Up’ column and would like to relate one to you. I was in Summit County by myself last weekend. Saturday night, April 3, I ate dinner at (an undisclosed place) in Dillon. When it came time to pay the bill I realized (I) somehow forgot my wallet back at the condo. I have never been so embarrassed. When I told the waiter – a young man named Jay, he told me just to stop back to pay the bill. I offered to leave my cell phone as collateral and he told me not to bother because he trusted me. I had never been in to this place before. Needless to say, when I returned I gave a pretty generous tip. Talk about small-town friendliness!”

Yes, Steve, we agree that Summit County is a great place to visit. Hospitality is key. Come back soon to play in the High Country!


Liz from Breckenridge also wrote in to Summit Up, saying: “After telling my grandma about the local robber who robbed the Loomis guard in the Bank of the West, she had a piece of advice for him – ‘Just go home and mooch off of Mom! Your moms would probably love having you home for a little while.'”

A mother’s love is beautiful, and unconditional. Here’s to mothers!


We also are hoping for this truly inspiring spring-like weather to stick in our fair mountain town. We love wearing T-shirts in the snow.


On that note, we’re out, basking in the glory of the sun.

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