Experience farm-to-table eating at this outstanding eatery. By Carol Deptolla | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Luke was among the seven chefs nominated for Best Chef Midwest. We are at Roelli Cheese House in Shullsburg, WI, home of the award winning Dunbarton Blue. She keeps the café functioning, is a fantastic mother of three, and also holds down a job as a part time RN for UW-La Crosse. — K.C. “As a kid growing up in a small, rural town in Wisconsin, I found my identity in food,” Zahm said in Monday's announcement. On each episode of Strong Songs, host Kirk Hamilton takes listeners inside a piece of music, breaking it down and figuring out what makes it work. Luke Zahm is a member of Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. It’s late morning when we roll into Viroqua, Wisconsin, population 4,362. Luke Zahm, the host of Wisconsin Foodie, joined us to cook up Venison Osso Buco. Chef Luke Zahm shares a delicious recipe that he's adapted from from his time at Lombardino's. Photo by Megan Monday. Today on Rootstock Radio, we’re speaking with Luke Zahm, chef and owner of the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, Wisconsin. From left to right, chefs Luke Zahm (Driftless Café), Kevin Micheli (Charmant) and Anthony Swartwout (The Mint). Luke Zahm grew up in La Farge, Wisconsin- a rural community in the heart of Vernon County with a population of 775 residents. i've had issues with the way luke has been portrayed throughout most of the post rotj eu, and it's one of many reasons why i think that era of eu... Log in or Sign up. Viroqua’s Driftless Cafe is among the Wisconsin restaurants to have racked up nine nomination for this year’s James Beard Awards, which is the highest honor in the industry. Dixon and his wife married in January 2016 and announced in February that they were expecting their first child. But then, Zahm, 37, developed a passion for food. In 2013, Zahm and his wife Ruthie took ownership of Driftless Café and began applying their version of a farm-to-table philosophy that works to incorporate seasonal ingredients while minimizing the distance between the farm and the diner’s plate. By  Rick Nelson for Star Tribune | READ MORE. “For my staff ... we tell them all the time that people are paying attention to what we’re doing, the food we’re making, the impact on the community.” She investigates the dining scene anonymously, to make sure she's getting the same experience that the rest of us receive. Zahm also hosts “Wisconsin Foodie” on PBS Wisconsin. Cherek said he has a long slate of projects, including a radio series with WUWM-FM (89.7) on heritage restaurants, a chef demonstration series at Madison Area Technical College with food-service equipment-maker Vollrath Co., podcasts, speaking appearances and dinner-series events. Dixon and Annie Dixon told People they are "over the moon to experience life with these twin girls." Photo by Jim Klousia. Luke Zahm has told stories through his food for years, but he never thought his career in the kitchen would lead to one in front of a television camera. One Wisconsin name was new: chef Luke Zahm, co-owner of Driftless Café in the small town of Viroqua, two hours west of Madison. Luke Zahm is the host of “Wisconsin Foodie,” which airs on Wisconsin Public Television. "I grew up in La Farge and had a paper route in the 80's. Morel Pasta at Driftless Cafe (Viroqua, Wisconsin). Luke Zahm, owner and chef of Driftless Cafe and television host of Wisconsin Foodie, welcomed 2019 Wisconsin Idea Seminar participants to his restaurant last May. This bounty of quality ingredients is exactly why Luke Zahm, a James Beard-nominated chef and host of Wisconsin Foodie, chose this area ... these guys have such heart! Fortunately for Zahm, there were eyes on his work. Luke Zahm's Reputation Profile. Before sitting down to eat, Luke makes a brief stop at Meadowlark Organics and The Cider Farm. Zahm has operated the Viroqua restaurant with his wife since 2013. Listen for free to their radio shows, DJ mix sets and Podcasts When she reviews a restaurant, she visits at least three times to better evaluate food and service. WELCOME TO THE GAZETTE The Gazette is a quarterly publication that celebrates the people and stories behind Wisconsin Cheese. “Some of them come from a long ways away,” including people who live in Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis, said Luke, who manages the restaurant. VIROQUA — The Driftless Cafe, a farm-to-table restaurant that Luke and Ruthie Zahm bought in 2013 and expanded last year, is drawing customers from miles away. The relationships the show has fostered remain some of my most cherished," Cherek said in an email. This is Me - Control Profile . Luke Zahm left Vernon County, a farming region in southwestern Wisconsin, as soon as he could.