Food

Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Milwaukee's Restaurant Scene Is Booming - But Why?

What new restaurants will open in your neighborhood?
Credit New Zealand Defence Force

Considering the challenging economy of the past few years, Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek might have some surprising news: Milwaukee’s new local restaurant scene is booming.

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Economy & Business
1:13 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Fondy Market Supports 'Opinionated Food Culture' On Near North Side

Vegetables abound at Fondy's Food Market.
Credit Fondy's Food Market

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Young Kim.

The Fondy Market at 22nd and Fond du Lac is one of the Near North Side’s success stories. There had been a farmer’s market in the area for decades, but about 10 years ago the market really took off in its present form, thanks in great part to Young Kim.

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Regional
12:13 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Three Pop-Up Dinners You Should Know About

The Sensorium Gallery was the site of the city's latest pop-up dinner featuring the culinary creations of two renowned chefs.
Credit Kyle Cherek

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews “Wisconsin Foodie” host and Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek.

Tucked away above the Starbucks on Water Street is the Sensorium Gallery. It’s an art gallery and the workspace of designers and artists Neille Hoffman and Ken Kornacki.

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Economy & Business
1:34 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Spices to Send You On a Flavor Safari

Yollande Tchouapi Deacon's company, Afro Fusion Cuisine, produces a variety of spices used in West African cooking.
Credit photo courtesy Afro Fusion Brands

  Earlier on today's show, essayist Kyle Cherek reflected that the word foodie is not just for trendy east or west coasters.  It’s a word that can – and is – used to describe people right here in the heartland that are passionate about food, especially locally sourced and prepared food.  But eating local doesn’t necessarily mean eating from a culinarytradition that is local.

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Project Milwaukee
11:00 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Local Food Movement Growing Here

Dave Swanson (right) and Dan in south side warehouse that transfers Wisconsin produce to Milwaukee restaurants.

All week, WUWM has been exploring the strength of Wisconsin’s food industry, including its economic impact here in the southeast.

The state’s lion’s share is its commodities such as grains and dairy products, as well as processed foods. They’re sold across the country, and Wisconsin continues to develop markets overseas, because that’s where 96 percent of the world’s eaters live.

But the state is also begun promoting the local food movement; it encourages residents to buy foods produced close to home. The goal is to put fresher, more nutritious items on tables, while generating more business for Wisconsin producers.

Here’s more from WUWM's Marge Pitrof, on this, our our final day of Project Milwaukee: What’s on Our Plate?

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Project Milwaukee
10:48 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Building Innovative Food Systems

Jesse Hull, Sweet Water Organics horticulturalist

There’s a national movement afoot to grow more food in cities.

And the Milwaukee area stands out as an urban agricultural hotbed, as raised gardens multiply in backyards, empty lots and community spaces. Another promising piece of urban food production is called “aquaponics”.

They’re systems that combine fish and produce.

On this final day of our Project Milwaukee series on the local food economy, Environmental Reporter Susan Bence introduces us to local innovators using this fishy model to inspire future leaders.

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Project Milwaukee
9:40 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Tracking a Tater

Hancock Agricultural Research Station

Lake Effect’s Stephanie Lecci produced our feature for Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? on following the economic impact of a Wisconsin potato. She visited locations including Heartland Farms, the University of Wisconsin’s Hancock Agricultural Research Station, and Frito-Lay. She also spoke with Joe McCarthy of Diamond Foods, which owns the Kettle brand potato chips, and Duane Maatz of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association.

Project Milwaukee
9:09 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Many Foods Made in Southeastern Wisconsin

Weighing Cheese at the Sargento Plant

Southeastern Wisconsin has long been a leader in the world of manufacturing. That reputation might conjure images of machinery and tools. But nine percent of the items manufactured here are food products.

There are more than 250 food and beverage factories in southeastern Wisconsin, and the economic development group, the M7, estimates that those companies employ more than 14,000 workers and generate nearly $600 million in annual salaries. In this installment of “Project Milwaukee: What’s on our Plate?” WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson takes us to several operations that have been growing.

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Project Milwaukee
8:50 am
Tue November 16, 2010

The State of Our Food Economy

Our Project Milwaukee series What’s on Our Plate? continues with an overview of Wisconsin’s place at the food producing table. Kyle Cherek is known to many of us here in Milwaukee as the host of the syndicated television show Wisconsin Foodie, currently in its third season. It profiles where our food comes from, the region’s artisanal resources and culinary high points. Cherek is also a frequent contributor and speaker on culinary topics and the farm to table trend.

Project Milwaukee
8:48 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Expanding Fruit & Vegetable Production

While Wisconsin may be number one, or close to it, in growing and producing many foods, a new agricultural report from Iowa State University finds there’s even more we could be doing in terms of fruits and vegetables. But some believe the issue is more challenging than just changing what farmers grow. Michelle Miller is associate director for the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at UW-Madison. She spoke with Stephanie Lecci as part of our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series.

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