Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cookies for Kids' Cancer Bake Sale and Silent Auction

Check out the write-up on this event in the Milwaukee Biz Times!

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a not-for-profit organization committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers. 

#MKEfoodies will be holding a bake sale and silent auction to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. The sale will feature items made by local food bloggers, bakers, and celebrity chefs, with silent auction baskets featuring items donated by local area businesses. There will also be Milwaukee trivia games, and a full bar (thanks to our friends at Best Place).

Bake Sale & Silent Auction for Kids' Cancer
Saturday, May 21, 2011
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
901 W. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee
Parking available in the structure adjacent to Best Place 
[RSVP on Facebook]
[Can't attend?  Consider making a donation online!]

BIG THANKS to our promotional sponsors:
Yelp Milwaukee

First Priority

More Info About Cookies for Kids' Cancer:
The first Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale was held in December 2007, when the mom of a young child with cancer decided to have an enormous bake sale where she and others would sell 96,000 cookies to raise money to help fund a pediatric cancer treatment in development. With the help of more than 250 volunteers, all 96,000 cookies were baked and sold in just three weeks. The bake sale raised over $400,000. From the support the first bake sale received, the idea to create an organization for people to hold their own bake sales came to life with the creation of a national organization.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is not about one child or one type of pediatric cancer. It is about changing the facts of pediatric cancer for the better, forever. Childhood cancers are the number one disease killer of children - more than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and pediatric AIDS combined. Nearly 13,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Survivors of childhood cancer face a broad range of physical and psychological challenges imposed by the disease, and some will suffer its long-term effects for the rest of their lives. Despite all these statistics, there has not been a new drug developed specifically for pediatric cancer in 20 years.

Together we can raise the funds and awareness necessary to change the face of pediatric cancer research and to provide more families and children with the hope they deserve. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is committed to raising the funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. Make the future of pediatric cancers something more than a scary statistic.

Join the fight because every child deserves a chance to live their dreams.

Friday, April 15, 2011

#MKEfoodies: Who are we?

#MKEfoodies is a group of Milwaukee area food bloggers, food enthusiasts, and food geeks. We are a food-centric social network aiming to bring the “foodie” community together through experiential, affordable events geared around food, drink and education.

of our members are on twitter.
are bloggers focusing on food, restaurants, or something to do with the food industry in this region.
appreciate good food and love to get together to talk about it.

The Birth of #MKEfoodies

The concept for #MKEfoodies grew from series of conversations (both on Twitter and in person) among Milwaukee food bloggers who expressed a desire to establish connections with others who shared their interest in food and love for the Milwaukee dining scene.  Once we realized that there was an interest, we set to work forging connections with Milwaukee area restaurants and formulating a plan for regular foodie get-togethers.  

The first #MKEfoodies gathering took place on December 8, 2010 at Roots Restaurant & Cellar.  The event, sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Outpost Natural Foods, Nueske's, and Milwaukee Food Tours, attracted over 40 area foodies, who got together to network, socialize, and enjoy the best of local food in Milwaukee.

Since that time, #MKEfoodies has been featured in the Milwaukee Business Journal, and online at

Are you a Milwaukee Foodie?
Then join us!  Visit our Facebook page to keep up with Milwaukee area food events and get more information about upcoming events.  Follow the #MKEfoodies hashtag on twitter to keep up with the conversation!

Are you a business or restaurant who would like to host an #MKEfoodies event?
As the host of an #MKEfoodies TweetUp, all we ask is that you provide space to accommodate 40 – 50 guests. If requested, we would be happy to provide you with a final head count a few days prior to the date of the event. Each person attending will be responsible for paying for any items that they order, with the exception of any specials you may choose to offer our TweetUp guests (see below). Although a typical TweetUp will not infringe upon your ability to do “business as usual,” these events present a great opportunity for you to promote the best face of your business to area foodies.

Adding Value to a TweetUp
We would love it if your chef wanted to mingle with our guests and showcase any new menu items or special events which are coming up in the weeks following the TweetUp. Since our TweetUp attendees tend to be key influencers in the arena of food, this is your chance to spread the word about your business. Impress them, and they are likely to tweet about their experience or recommend others to check you out in the future.

One thing that always makes a TweetUp more fun is when the host chooses to feature a “TweetUp only” food or drink special, giveaway, or special exclusive sampling. Even better, offer to provide light appetizers for the event! If you are interested, please let us know in advance what you are willing to donate so that we can advertise the special when promoting the event. Likewise, if you have strong ties with a business in the area and think they would be interested in providing samples, hosting a giveaway, or providing any promotional materials or “swag” for the event, please let us know since we typically work to solicit area businesses to act as in-kind sponsors for our gatherings.

Group contact:
Co-founders Paul or Lori Fredrich
@Burp_Blog on Twitter

Restaurants who have participated in #MKEfoodies events: