local food

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris / Milwaukee Magazine

One of the great joys of traveling is eating. Trying out the gustatory specialties of a city, a region or even a country can introduce us to a place and its people in a very immediate way.

But most of us can’t travel as much as we’d like to. So in order to immerse ourselves in the flavors of the world, we depend on restaurants here at home. And as you might guess, some of them do really well representing their cuisines and others tend to “Americanize” their offerings.

S Bence

Potawatomi Hotel and Casino on Canal Street has played a central role Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley revitalization.

Not only does it draw tourists eager to try their luck at slot machines or see a concert; Forest County Potawatomi is also making a name for itself in sustainability.

Its 381-room hotel achieved gold LEED certification. And all of Potawatomi’s food waste lands in a $20 million digester - just west of the complex - producing 2 megawatts of electricity.

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Almost exactly a month from now, the climate for grocery shopping in southeastern Wisconsin will see some significant changes.

The first two Meijer stores in the state – in Grafton and Kenosha – will open their doors. The 190,000 square foot stores will feature the sorts of products you’d find at both a supermarket and also a retailer like Target, following the supercenter model.

Meijer seeks to be a one-stop shopping center and hopes that their company's philosophies will appeal to Wisconsinites and their Midwestern values.

Mitch Teich

Angelic Bakehouse President and CEO Jenny Marino didn't come to her profession with a long background in food.  But her learning curve has taken off impressively - along with the size of her customer base.

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Consuming a large of amount of food and drinks is often on everyone's mind around the holiday season, and Wisconsin is a great place to find fresh produce...in the warmer months.

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and you are not alone if you have not finished the grocery shopping required to put a holiday meal on your table.

S Bence

With the tag line of “Wisconsin’s Right To Real Food”, leaders will speak tonight at Turner Hall.

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If you’re looking for fresh produce, this is the right time in Wisconsin.  

Susan Bence

The Milwaukee area could get an infusion of federal money -- or at least advice -- on how to grow its manufacturing sector.

S Bence

The Milwaukee co-op opened its fourth store this week; this one in Mequon.

Susan Bence

A new Milwaukee initiative will be featured at the 8th annual Wisconsin Local Food Summit kicking off Friday. The Institute for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition grew out of a conversation between Will Allen, internationally lauded founder of Growing Power, and UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell.

simmermilwaukee.com

Back in June, Steve Perlstein visited Lake Effect to introduce us to The Simmer Truck. Five months later, the truck is thriving.


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Milwaukee is in something of a food renaissance, for restaurants, ingredients, and simply for the interest of people in what goes onto their plate.

Susan Bence

This month, a new quarterly magazine launches with a specific focus on food in Milwaukee.

Susan Bence

Michael Pollan is no stranger to the murky world of food production and how we humans fit in the chain.