Walker's beer, brat summit dishes up some local delights

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Food is a great way to bridge divides, at least that's what Scott Walker hopes.

The Wisconsin governor is laying out a spread of beer, brats and other speciality food items from the Badger State for his so-called "beer and brat summit" on Tuesday.

One week after the Republican governor fought off a Democratic-led attempt to recall him from office, Walker is trying to mend fences by inviting state lawmakers from both parties over for a big barbecue.

“Food is always a good starting place, and beer is always a good starting place,” Republican consultant Brandon Scholz told the Associated Press.  Scholz now heads the Wisconsin Grocers Association, which is handling food for the event.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

--Brats from Trig’s

--Brats from Johnsonville

--Brats from Brat Stop

--Brats from Usinger’s

--Italian sausage and cheddarwurst, and buns from Sardino Brothers Sausage

--Bison burgers, bison bratwurst – onion leek, and bison bratwurst – jalapeno cheddar from Northstar Bison

--Burgers from Roundy’s Supermarkets

--Beer from Sconnie Beer

--Potosi Beer

--Beer from Title Town Brewing Company

--Beer from MillerCoors

--Large cheese tray from Cheesers

--Brownies, cookies, veggie burgers, cheese from Sendik’s Food Markets

--Buns from Pan-O-Gold

--Condiments, potato & pasta salad, baked beans, pickles and candy from Lipari Foods

--Lettuce, tomato, onion, green salad w/ dressing, fruit from Russ Davis Wholesale

--Soft drinks and water from Coca Cola Refreshments

--Soft drinks and water from Pepsi of Madison

--Soft drinks and water from Dr. Pepper/Snapple

--Root beer from Sprecher Brewery

--Iced tea and juice from Kwik Trip

--Chips from Frito Lay

Also Sprecher Brewery has created a special label to mark the “beer and brat summit,” which features an American flag with an inset map of Wisconsin with the words “Moving Wisconsin Forward” and the June 12, 2012, summit date.