Goodbye, Essenhaus!

Dear Friends,

We’re sad to share that the great experiment that was the Essenhaus Arts Emporium has come to an end. We are grateful for all the artists, musicians, chefs, and friends who made this little corner of Wabeno something unique and unforgettable.

But fret not! Chefs Tim and Connie will still be cooking and creating at their original location, The Big Easel Gallery & Bistro, just down the street from the Essenhaus. We hope to see you there soon!



Third Thursday Theater, May 19th!

Practice makes perfect and the Wabeno Area Players know that is true!


Here’s a glimpse from Monday night’s rehearsal for this Thursday Theater’s “A Little Night of MURDER, MAYHEM, and MIRTH” It is going to be a great evening of fine food and entertainment!

Make reservations now for the May 19 performance at the Essenhaus. Dinner at 5:00-6:30PM; show at 7:00PM. Call 715-889-1179

February 18-21, a new play “Just Desserts”

February 18-21…Mark your Calendars…Murder Most…

Just Desserts
One of the contestants at this year’s bake-off has decided to let Judge Cogsworth judge a “dessert-to-die-for.” But who did in the cantankerous Judge Cogsworth (Bob Brown)…? Was it Edna Mae Carter (Wendy Richards), the spinster librarian or Miss Peabody (Carol Bartlein), the bake-off organizer, or Margaret Mason (Linda Zuleger), the wealthiest woman in town, or Scooter Bright (Lori Mattern), the town’s flirt? Attend a performance of Wabeno Area Players’ “Just Desserts” and find out!


All performances at the Essenhaus: February 18, 19, 20, dinner served 5:00- 6:30 PM, show @ 7:00 PM AND February 21 MATINÉE, doors open at 1:30 PM with sweets and savories at the table, show @2:00 PM.
Call 715-889-1179 for reservations

 Call for more information and reservations:

715 889 1179

Sunday Brunch, January 17

Sunday Brunch at the Essenhaus 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

We’re excited to announce the premiere of a new dish…
“SAM I AM” a whimsical alchemy of Greens, Eggs and Salmon!

Steve and Sophie Wysocki will weave their magic all morning long

Don’t forget dinner at the Big Easel on Saturday, January 16 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. featuring a special Chef’s Table:
Pollo Pipian, from salad to dessert $18

Second selection features Fresh Whole Trout $20

Plus all our regular a la carte favorites!

Call for more information and reservations:

715 889 1179

December 17th – 20th

Enjoy the season with our full line up of performances this weekend at the Essenhaus!

December 17 Third Thursday Theatre Christmas Extravaganza! SOLD OUT!!!
Wabeno Area Players under the direction of Carol Bartlein and featuring a new playwright: Neal Defour
Begins at 5:00P.M.

December 18 & 19 Songs Under the Mistletoe…featuring Mary Ellen Keller and Joshua Jameson…special guest Carol Bartlein
a few seats are still available for both shows…complimentary holiday fare served from 5-6:30 $20
Show at 7:00


December 20 Sunday Brunch at the Essenhaus 10:30-1:00

The Big Easel will be closed December 11, 18, 19, 25, and January 1 & 2, 2016!

Call for more information and reservations:

715 889 1179

December Special Events

Dear friends, there is so much going on this month!

December 11- Christmas song sing along at the Essenhaus
featuring the Ukulele group, Cheri and Paul, and open Mic…Special Forest County Fish Boil and Pizza Menu!

December 12- Skip Jones at the Big Easel 
Special menu items : Roast Prime Rib of Beef (limited servings…reserve yours early!) or Steak au Poivre

December 17- Third Thursday Theatre
 Wabeno Area Players under Carol Bartleins direction, present a series of Christmas themed short plays and skits, one written by our very own Neal DuFour!

December 18 & 19 Songs Under the Mistletoe
featuring Mary Ellen Keller and Joshua Jameson and special guests

December 31- Bring in the New Year with Jerry and Sandee’s Lil Opry Variety Show at the Essenhaus!

The Big Easel will be closed the following days in December- 11, 18, 19, 25, and January 1

 Call for more information and reservations:

715 889 1179