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Manager Angela Fort (left) lights a marshmallow with owner Tina Fort Thursday at Pearl Eatery-Drinkery in Menominee. The caramel butter cake with a pecan whiskey sauce will be featured on “Good Day Wisconsin” Saturday morning along with a s’more martini.
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Manager Angela Fort (left) lights a marshmallow with owner Tina Fort Thursday at Pearl Eatery-Drinkery in Menominee. The caramel butter cake with a pecan whiskey sauce will be featured on “Good Day Wisconsin” Saturday morning along with a s’more martini.

MENOMINEE — A jewel of Menominee is going to be featured on Saturday morning’s “Good Day Wisconsin.”

Tina Fort, owner of Pearl Eatery-Drinkery on 1st Street, said she had a conversation with someone a while ago about different cooking segments such as “Living with Amy” on FOX 11. She said she was told that restaurants had to pay to be featured on programs like that. “Somebody told me that it costs a restaurant something like $2,500 to go on those shows. So after we had that conversation, I sent them an email on a whim, out of my own curiosity, asking if that was true,” she said.

After sending the email, Fort said she didn’t really get a response back right away. Then Tuesday night, she got a call from Maggie LaMere, a weekend morning anchor for FOX 11, asking Fort to come on Saturday’s show to feature two of their seasonal menu items: A caramel butter cake with pecan and whiskey sauce and a s’more martini. And as she found out, it wouldn’t cost anything to the restaurant.

“My jaw was on the floor,” she said, “The bartender came and gave me the phone and said ‘‘Good Day Wisconsin’s’ on the phone,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, sure they are.’ Someone had forwarded her (LaMere) my email from weeks ago, and so they checked our restaurant out and decided they wanted to invite us to come on. I called her back later that night and said we’d love to.”

Fort said the station was looking to feature something fall-related on Saturday’s show, which worked out well for Fort as she likes to change up the menu with the seasons. “In the fall we do more roasty, comforty-type things, and then when we get into summer we try to lighten it up a little bit,” she said, “So I had just been tweaking the butter cake recipe and I sent it to her as an option, and she jumped on it. We also just created this new s’more martini with a flaming marshmallow on top, so we’re going to do that one as well.”

Fort said that a lot of restaurants are doing a lot with pumpkin spice flavored things, but she wanted to do something different.

She said there will be two segments featuring her recipes, one at 7:50 a.m. and another at 8:50. She said they’ll be about three to four minutes long, so what they’ll have to do is present the recipe and walk through how to put it together, and “through the magic of TV we’ll pull out a completed one,” she said, “and then they’ll taste it and hopefully make really yummy faces.”

Since this is her first time appearing on TV, Fort said she’s incredibly excited but also very nervous. “I was joking around with Maggie when she called, and I said, ‘Is there going to be a red light on the camera?’ because there was a Brady Bunch episode where Cindy was in a (televised) school debate and when the camera light came on she just froze. I’m not sure if she got the reference, but I made it anyway,” she said.

The butter cake and s’more martini were just added to the menu Wednesday, according to manager Angela Fort. She said they had made a social media post about it yesterday around noon, and “everybody went crazy for it and started coming in for it.”

Fort said her goal is to be a good representative of the community when she appears and “make our community proud.” She also wants this to be an opportunity to let people know that the Pearl offers more than just spicy food. “When people hear Cajun food, they think spicy. We’ve got so much more than that; we’re not going to melt your face off (with spice),” she said.