Founders and owners, Tim and Connie Friesen, work their magic weekly by offering interesting food, varied wine and outstanding musical entertainment for their Saturday Night Chefs Table. Centered around a different global theme each week, the prix fixe menu is served “small plate style”, with assorted multiple courses. The global small plates offer a wide variety of delicious food. The broad and affordable wine selection, beer and cocktail choices, round out the evening.  Interesting paired wines or featured cocktails compliment the menu. The evening is unique and memorable.

Musical talent spans from nationally known to local; from classical, jazz and contemporary to folk. Each week the musical performers change.

The small and intimate dining room doubles as an art gallery, with the exhibits changing frequently. Open to the public during restaurant or event hours.

Tim and Connie Friesen support the arts and local culture by routinely featuring events such as open- mike night,  “Mostly” Thursday Readers Theater, Annual Art Auction, assorted holiday programs, pop-up art happenings, and special Friday night concerts. Every summer they host outdoor events.

The Big Easel also offers Catering for special events, at the Bistro & Gallery,  or at your selected location.

Location: 1784 Maple Avenue, Wabeno, WI 54566

Dinner reservations strongly suggested. Walk-Ins accommodated when possible.  Call 715.889.1179. Email: bigeaselgallery@gmail.com

A note on our hours: We will occasionally have special hours to accommodate events.  Please call to confirm events and make reservations.


Monthly Program Overview

In any given month there is much happening at The Big Easel. Take a look at the overview of the monthly calendar: 

Saturday Night Chefs Table …..

         Featuring themed multi-course, global small-plate dining known as the Chefs Table.  Each week the fun cultural theme changes, with popular ethnic cuisine ranging from Spanish, Scandinavian, Moroccan and Hungarian, to American BBQ, a Seafood Sampler, and even an Iditarod Tribute! A broad selection of wine, beer and signature cocktails are offered.

Live musical performances, ranging from acoustic, folk and pop to jazz accompany the dining experience. The musicians are both local/regional and nationally recognized, and their performances are supported by tips/donations, or sale of their CDs. Reservations required. The small venue fills quickly. Hours are 5 to 8pm.

  Friday Night Dinner Concert……

  Features special musical talent in dinner-concert format, with pris fixe dinner, followed by concert. Dinner service begins at 5:30pm, and when dessert is delivered, the concert begins- usually around 7pm. Check the website’s Upcoming Events section for announcements regarding the musical line-up. Often the musicians will have their CDs for sale or they appreciate donations/tips.  These concerts are typically held once, or sometimes twice, a month.

Workshop Wednesday’s……

The Big Easel has relaunched the 2019 Workshop Wednesday program, dedicated to Artists teaching their craft to others. This year, the theme concentrates on artists sharing their vision, and leading others through their path of creativity. Stephen Wysocki, Johanna Axelrod, Judy Gozs, Chad Forrest, Connie Friesen and others are guides. Happening on Wednesdays throughout the year, watch for the forthcoming exciting offerings.

Theater Thursday’s ( mostly Third Thursday)…..

     Features a unique and entertaining production of “Readers Theater” plays developed by various Authors, or culminating from the Workshop Wednesday series. Check the website for upcoming productions. Typically once a month. 

The Thursday theater production is preceded by a pris fixe dinner ( pre-set entree and dessert).  Wine and Cocktails available. Reservations required. This fun night fills up quickly.

Holiday or Special Events….

      Watch for special programs throughout the year which feature a variety of local talent coming together to present holiday or specially themed programs. The Christmas show is wildly popular. The Art Auction draws a big crowd. Summer outdoor concerts are planned. Check Upcoming Events section on the website.  


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