This summer, dozens of brides and grooms have tossed out the idea of a stuffy hotel ballroom or a country club cliché and opted instead for a rural barn reception, lit by fairy lights and strung with fresh flowers.
What may never have occurred to them as they stocked the bar from the aisles of Costco is that doing so might be illegal. Or maybe not? The law isn't clear.
"The hands-off approach to wedding barns and other unregulated events spaces highlights a lack of consistency when it comes to enforcing liquor laws," wrote Katelyn Ferral, an investigative reporter at the Cap Times, in a recent cover story.
Katelyn joins host Lindsay Christians on the podcast this week to talk about that story, "Who's calling the shots? Tavern owners want more regulation from the state in an increasingly competitive market." They discuss what the three-tier system of makers, distributors and retailers is intended to do, how well it actually works, and why craft distillers have found themselves at odds with the powerful Tavern League of Wisconsin.
The Corner Table recently wrapped up a short series, Making a Restaurant, about how restaurants are built from the first idea, the financing, the design and the menu. To get started with that, go here. We also did a live podcast with chef Nyanyika Banda of Martha's Daughter in Duluth, available here.
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