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Meet Team Tomato: Carlton Collins

 

Hometown: Baileys Harbor, WI

Favorite Pizza: Whatever the Donation Creation happens to be!

Favorite Non-Pizza Item: Beer

Favorite Beer: Hoppy Beers, IPAS. His favorite current draft beer is the Lupulin Maximus, a nice even-hopped IPA.

Favorite Musician/Band: All time favorite is Hüsker Dü

Favorite Quote: “If you can’t smile and laugh while working or dining, don’t bother coming in.”

If you get a chance to have a drink with Carlton, take it. The quick-witted, Baileys Harbor-native, and new beverage manager and knows a thing or two about imbibing and always has a few good puns up his sleeve.

After spending 25 years away in Colorado, Santa Fe and San Francisco, Carlton returned to Door County and has been with the Wild Tomato for the last two. “The kindness and community is really what drew me back,” Carlton says. “From Jacksonport to Ellison Bay, you see that in every part of the Peninsula.”

“And that feeling of community AND family at Wild Tomato is why I work here. The guests are wonderful for the most part, but it’s the closeness of staff that’s important to me,” Carlton says.

When he’s not wrestling kegs at Wild Tomato, Carlton can be found cooking a spicy dinner for his beautiful wife of 11 months or blowing off steam in a kayak anywhere there’s water. Or, you might even find him watching baseball and… rooting for the Cincinnati Reds – OK, we’ll pretend he didn’t say that.

Mon, 02 May 2016 07:52:44 -0700|May Donation Creation: Benefiting The Ridges Sanctuary|

 

This month’s Donation Creation features slow cooked beef brisket, grilled local ramps, grilled yellow peppers, King trumpets, roasted garlic potatoes, smoked Gouda, house made O’so Brewing Milkstache BBQ and is finished with beauty heart radishes. It benefits our friends at The Ridges Sanctuary.

The Ridges Sanctuary is one of Door County’s greatest natural assets. Founded in 1937, the 1600-acre property was Wisconsin’s first land trust.

Located in Baileys Harbor, the Sanctuary is home to nearly 500 different species of plants, including 25 species of native orchids, 60 species of breeding birds and 12 threatened or endangered species, including the federally endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly.

Plus, not only can you eat with the satisfaction that a dollar of your pizza order will go to support this amazing organization, The Ridges is giving away a complimentary, 90 minute naturalist-guided hike to anyone who purchases a pizza of either size. This is the best way to experience The Ridges and an $8 value.

Their inclusion in the Donation Creation just happens to coincide with the 14th Annual Door County Festival of Nature, a three day festival featuring field trips, classes and activities hosted by the areas leading conservation organizations.

For more information about The Ridges and information on how to volunteer, visit: ridgessanctuary.org