If you’re an admirer of all things cooked to perfection, Tandem, located at 1848 W Fond Du Lac Ave., is worth a night out. But this new restaurant in Lindsay Heights offers more than a menu of family favorites—everything from steak chimichurri to what patrons are calling the best fried chicken in town—it offers jobs and food service training to neighborhood residents in an area with an unemployment rate of roughly 22 percent. And it’s only a taste of the inspiring neighborhood development projects in the community.
Less than half a mile away, the Innovations and Wellness Commons developed by Walnut Way Conservation Corp houses The Juice Kitchen, where local owners source as much nearby produce as possible. Next door, in the same complex, an Outpost Coop Learning and Event Center complements what’s in the area by offering vendor space for local makers, such as Funky Fresh Spring Rolls and That Salsa Lady. The mission of the Commons is to develop a neighborhood that fosters innovation and sustainability, rounding out the food hub with a commercial kitchen for the Milwaukee Center for Independence and Fondy Food Market. And there’s more on the way for 2017.
Two miles west on North Ave., Tricklebee Café will soon be dishing up seasonal local fare on a pay-what-you-can scale. As a member of the One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) network, Tricklebee operates according to principles that allow customers to choose portions to help alleviate food waste. Patrons may also choose to volunteer in exchange for meals, or simply enjoy soup and salad around a large community table.
Supporting these organizations and businesses does more than fill your belly with good, clean, and fair food, it fortifies local entrepreneurship and defends community-driven efforts that make Milwaukee thrive. We hope to see you around the neighborhoods.
Check out the pre-holiday vendors that will be at the Outpost Learning & Event Center and stock up on a few of these delicious gifts: