The Bright Side
Gooseberries Fresh Food Market is a quality grocery store and so much more. Gooseberries feature gourmet meats and cheeses, a large organic selection, and a great deli sandwich shop with an eat-in area, and catering. The latest addition to the services it provides is online shopping. Shop Gooseberries with the Rosie app and you can get your groceries ready for pick up or delivered to your door. Getting set up with Rosie is simple; you just go to gooseberries market.com/online shopping, click on the Rosie app or go to the App store on your phone and get the app. Then you create an account and start shopping. Shopping online for groceries may not be comfortable at first, but after they do it a few times it can become quick and easy. Finding the items you are looking for can still be challenging, though, and not every item in the store is available for delivery.
There is a thirty-dollar minimum per order and delivery, and the charge from Burlington to Lake Geneva is $11.99. This may seem pricey, but what you are paying for is convenience. A GSR Reporter placed an order early one morning before work and had it scheduled for delivery after work. The shopper filling the order called twice during the day to ask questions and make substitutions for unavailable items, and the delivery was ten minutes early.
We decided to try another online shopping app in the area. Instacart. This app worked much the same, but the only store available for delivery was Steinbrink’s Piggly Wiggly in Lake Geneva. Many of the items known to be in the store were unavailable, which was quite frustrating. When the order was placed and we were led to believe it would be a $3.99 delivery fee, but in fact the fee changes with the amount of your order. This delivery was only 1½ miles from the store, and the fee was $7.99. This is a newer service just getting started in our area and perhaps it needs the bugs worked out. For some people and situations online grocery shopping may be the right choice for them, but others, not so much.
The Taste of Lake Geneva is ending after ten years.
The outdoor food festival that showcased local eating establishments, and last year was the kick off for Lake Geneva’s Restaurant Week, was a great day in Flat Iron Park that many looked forward to. The Business Improvement District was the organization that organized the event. After much discussion with BID members and business owners, however, it was decided that the event did not significantly help the downtown businesses, especially as most of the participating restaurants were not in the BID’s district. Unfortunately, the cost and time the BID put in were not recouped. The Taste of Lake Geneva was a great day in the park and it will be missed.
The annual Burger Throwdown at Ridge was a huge success.
Thirteen hundred people came out to sample the best burgers in the area. This sold-out event raised close to twenty thousand dollars for the Badger High School culinary and hospitality program. The votes are in, and the winners are: Judges Choice went to Simple Restaurant, and People’s Choice went to the Hunt Club!
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