Announcing the Release of We're Here for a Fish Fry! a new documentary by producer/director Ron Faiola (Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience, Tilt-A-Whirls, Cowbells and Beer, Fish Fry Night Milwaukee).

We're Here for a Fish Fry! takes a new look at the Wisconsin Friday fish fry tradition from the peak season of Lent to summer lakefront dining featuring different types of fish including cod, perch, bluegill, haddock and smelt as well as a trip on a commercial fishing boat in the bay of Green Bay, a fish fry pizza and all-you-can-eat buffets.

The premiere screening of We're Here for a Fish Fry! was held at the Oriental Theatre on Thursday, October 26th, 2017. The movie's Premiere Broadcast in Southeast Wisconsin will be on Milwaukee PBS (10.1) February 12 and 13, 2018 and will premiere in Chicago on WTTW (11 & Prime) February 22 through 25th.

DVDs with two bonus features are available on our DVD Shop Page and on Amazon.

We're Here for a Fish Fry! also includes appearances by two fish fry bloggers: Mike Seidel of Madison Fish Fry who has reviewed over 1,200 fish frys at 400 locations and Caleb Westphal who has been to nearly 200 consecutive fish frys since 2013 and currently posts his reviews on

This is a follow up to the 2009 documentary Fish Fry Night Milwaukee in which a variety of fish fry places were featured mainly during Lent, including a Catholic church, a tavern, a butcher shop and a supper club drive through, which you can now see streaming on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast, plus the web. Rent or purchase here Fish Fry Night Milwaukee. Use the Lenten discount LENT10 to get 10% off! (Offer expires April 1, 2018.)

PROMO PHOTOS (all photo credits: 2017 Ron Faiola)

Cod Plate at Crawfish Junction, Milford

Bluegill Plate at Stolley's Hogg Alley, Oconomowoc

Perch Plate at Wendt's on the Lake, Van Dyne

Bone-In Real Lake Perch at Maricque's Bar, Green Bay

One of the many fish fry signs that pop up during Lent

The fish breading crew at the Polish Center of Wisconsin, Franklin

Student volunteers serving dessert at Catholic East Elementary, Eastside

Fresh smelt being washed at the American Legion Post 82, Port Washington

Fish Fry Pizza at Ian's Pizza, Madison

The Robert Louis, a Commercial Fishing Boat with Owner Bob Ruleau, Cedar River MI

Just Announced! We're Here for a Fish Fry! will be screened at the 2017 Weyauwega International Film Festival in beautiful Weyauwega, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 11th at 11:00am.

Fish Fry Night Milwaukee was released in 2009. The film takes you to some of Milwaukee's most popular, historic and unique fish fry places, to see the people who make them and enjoy them.

Fish Fry Night Milwaukee was screened at the 2012 Chicago Film Festival hosted by George Motz (Hamburger America).


Milwaukee PBS has licensed Fish Fry Night Milwaukee through 2019.

The March 25, 2010 MPTV broadcast generated a lot of good feedback including May We Have Another Fish Fry Please? by media columnist Tim Cuprisin.


Ron Faiola was interviewed on Rick Kogan's Sunday Papers show on WGN 720 AM in Chicago on March 7, 2010. Click Here for the Ron Faiola Interview as an mp3 podcast.

News from the 2010 Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF)

The February 19 screening of Fish Fry Night Milwaukee was SOLD OUT!

The venue, Bushel & Peck's, also added fish fry to their menu in honor of the film and that sold out as well! Approximately 120 people saw the Beloit premiere of the film. Some people had to be turned away at the door.

From the Beloit Daily News, February 22, 2010: "[president of Stateline Festivals, Becky] Rogers said although BIFF is hoping to increase its online sales in the future, most of the seats at many of the venues were full. Friday night's viewing of "Fish Fry Milwaukee" (sic) left several people standing outside asking if there could be another show scheduled. It also inspired [film venue] Bushel and Peck's to purchase a fish fryer.

From the Beloit Daily News, February 19, 2010:


Fish Fry Night Milwaukee is a production of Push Button Gadget by Ron Faiola