Thursday, January 22, 2015

MKEtable - Purveyor Dinner at Locavore: Photo Recap

We are thrilled to kick off 2015 with a new event series called MKEtable. This series will occur alongside other MKEfoodies events, including our more traditional socials.

The MKEtable concept is meant to offer Milwaukee food lovers the opportunity to experience unique dinners at area restaurants for a reasonable price. These aren't the dinners you'd get at the restaurants on just any evening. We'll be working with each venue to showcase unique aspects of their operation, including creative (sometimes off-menu) dishes and unique insight into their food & philosophies.

Our inaugural event was hosted by Locavore, located inside the new Potawatomi Hotel. They delivered an amazing five course meal based on locally sourced ingredients.  And we were given the opportunity to hear from not only Chef Van Luu, but also a selection of local purveyors, who gave us insight into their practices.

Chef Van Luu welcomes the group
Will Allen of Growing Power talks about their initiatives in urban farming.

Chris Kaufmann of Clock Shadow Creamery spoke about the cheeses they produce
in their one-of-a-kind urban cheese factory.

We had a full house of attentive listeners.

First course - Butternut Squash – micro kale, paprika, pepita, black garlic

Second course - Chevre stuffed cheddar “ravioli” – sourdough garlic crisp, portabella mushroom, spinach, pinenut

Peter Fritsch of Rushing Waters in Palmyra talks about the fishery, which has been in operation for 20 years.
Purveyor Bob Uphoff raises pigs on the family farm a stone's throw from Madison 

Third course -  Rushing Waters Rainbow Trout – watercress, cauliflower, cured pork broth, prosciutto, crouton

 There were plenty of pictures taken of this dish.
Fourth course - Uphoff porchetta – caramelized onion & mustard, salt pickled turnip, rye crisp, red wine essence, jus
Pre-Dessert Kringle Martini
Fifth Course: Stout Cake – Chocolate Mousse, Oatmeal Ice cream, Salted Chocolate Rye cookie, caramel sauce

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

January: MKEtable at Potawatomi's Locavore

 Join us for a very special event at

MKEtable: Locavore
Wednesday, January 14
1721 W. Canal St.
5:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $40, 
includes 5-course dinner & FREE valet parking at hotel
Please bring cash for  beverages and tipping your server!
We're pleased to roll out the first in a series of special MKEtable events at Locavore in the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. These events aim to showcase intimate dining experiences at area venues at an affordable price.

Our very first MKEtable will be held at Potawatomi's newest restaurant venue, Locavore. The event will feature a cash bar and a five-course meal including local products from area vendors, including Clock Shadow Creamery, Growing Power, Miller Bakery, Rushing Waters and Uphoff Pork.Representatives from the purveyors will also be available to chat with attendees.

Tickets are very limited, so be sure to purchase yours early to ensure admission.

This exclusive five-course menu will include:
  • Butternut Squash – micro kale, paprika, pepita seeds, black garlic
  • Chevre stuffed cheddar “ravioli” – Miller Baking Sourdough garlic crisp, portabella mushroom, Growing Power spinach, pinenut
  • Rushing Waters Rainbow Trout – watercress, cauliflower, cured pork broth, prosciutto, crouton
  • Uphoff porchetta – caramelized onion & mustard, salt pickled turnip, rye crisp, red wine essence, jus
  • Stout Cake – Chocolate Mousse, Oatmeal Ice cream, Salted Chocolate Rye cookie, caramel sauce
Tell your friends! And be sure to use #MKEtable to tweet about this event!
Get your tickets now!

Food Lovers Making a Difference in Milwaukee

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Why You Need to Support the MKEfoodies Holiday Bake Sale: Facts about Kids' Cancer

Still on the fence about attending our bake sale on Saturday, December 6?
Here are some facts that we hope will change your mind!

All proceeds from our bake sale go directly to Cookies for Kids' Cancer!

Cookies for Kids' Cancer
Facts about pediatric cancer and the need for research funds

  • Cancer claims the lives of more children annually than any other disease – more than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis & AIDS combined.
  • An average of 46 children per day are diagnosed with cancer totaling nearly 13,000 new cases per year.
  • Cure rates have improved dramatically and advances in childhood cancer research has provided seminal insights into the cancer problem in general. Today, 4 out 5 children diagnosed with cancer can be cured.
  • The major problem is that this cure rate has come at significant cost. First, the intensity of chemotherapy and radiation therapy used to achieve this cure rate has increased substantially, so that the majority of survivors have significant long-term complications of therapy. Clearly, cure is not enough.
  • Of equal urgency, several cancers, especially the solid malignancies like neuroblastoma, have not shown improvement in cure rates and current treatments are at their maximal intensity. Indeed, several cancers have seen no significant progress in over a decade.
  • Cancer research is essential to achieving the goal of cure with quality for all children with cancer. Cancer research is responsible for the achievements to date, with pediatric oncologists showing the world how to perform meaningful clinical research that influences clinical care. However, the next generation of research that will lead to meaningful differences is quite different, and will rely on a detailed understanding of cancer biology with a newly facile was to translate discoveries to the clinic.
  • It is often said that it takes a decade to develop a new cancer drug. Clearly, this timeline is not acceptable. We have recently dramatically decreased the time line to get new targeted therapies to children with refractory cancer, and this new translational molecular oncology will be the pathway to the next revolution in cure rates. However, this type of research with demanding deadlines and urgent translation to patients is resource intensive.
  • It is daunting that only 7/100 submitted NIH applications receive funding in 2011, and that it typically takes 1-2 years to receive funding after application.
  • While long-term goals for the pediatric cancer community will focus on securing more federal funding for childhood cancer research (more than the 1-2% of the National Cancer Institute budget that is current expended), philanthropy plays a critical and essential role in the ongoing battle against childhood cancer.

We raised over $8100 last year at our bake sale, thanks to the generosity of Milwaukeeans and matching funds from OXO and the Glad Corporation.  

This year, we have matching funds again from OXO -- but we'll need a few more buyers to meet our goal. Help us to make this year the BEST YET.

Can't attend?  Donate online!