Welcome to EsterEv

Our great-grandmothers, Evelyn and Ester, were women who had a spark of joy about them and a passion for cooking for their loved ones, and we wanted to honor their adventurous spirits. In the tradition of gathering around the table with friends old and new, EsterEv celebrates our past while looking to the future through an ongoing series of special dinners.


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Reservations are required and can be made here. Please contact us with dietary restrictions at least 3 days in advance of your reservation.

Given the nature of the space and our limited seating, a cancellation within 48 hours will incur 1/2 price charge of dinner. A no show or cancellation after 12pm day of will incur the full amount of the dinner including a service fee.


Dinner at EsterEv is offered Friday and Saturday, starting promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The ten-course menu is $95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity; beverage pairings are available for $50.

Seating is family style at two tables of ten.

The globally influenced menu changes monthly and will be available on or around the 20th of the prior month.

Linda Thai

Pastry Chef, EsterEv
Pastry Sous Chef, DanDan and Batches.

Interested in the arts from a young age, Linda Thai found a creative outlet in baking and decided to pursue her passion at Milwaukee Area Technical College for Baking and Pastry Arts. There, she honed her classical French technique adding a signature whimsical touch wherever she could.


Upon graduation, Thai joined SURG Restaurant Group under renowned pastry chef Kurt Fogle and learned the ins and outs of pastry development and execution. While at SURG Restaurant Group, Thai met fellow pastry chef Jaceleen Latin-Kasper. The two forged a lasting friendship and together joined the opening team of DanDan, the Chinese-American concept owned by chefs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite, to oversee the pastry program. DanDan’s fine dining sister concept, EsterEv, opened in 2016 and Thai joined the team as pastry sous chef under Latin-Kasper’s leadership.


In late 2017, Thai was promoted to pastry chef of EsterEv where she currently creates the inventive dessert program for the weekly changing tasting menu. In addition to her work at EsterEv, Thai still holds her position as pastry sous chef at DanDan where she assists in seasonal menu development and day-to-day kitchen operations.


In February 2018, Thai and Latin-Kasper opened Batches, the classic American bakery located across the street from DanDan and EsterEv. As pastry sous chef Thai develops recipes for the sweet and savory baked goods including breakfast pastries, cookies, cakes and house-made candy bars.


Thai’s deft hand and creativity have allowed her to juggle the three vastly different concepts. She enjoys the artistic freedom and strives to deliver delicious and unique desserts for all guests to enjoy. When not in the kitchen, the 25-year-old Milwaukee native can be found thrifting for vintage cookie jars around the city.

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