Lake Effect

Steering Food Manufacturing Our Way

Nov 17, 2010

We learn about the present and future of food manufacturing here in the Milwaukee area as part of our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series. Shelley Jurewicz is Vice President of Economic Development for the Milwaukee 7. The organization has just issued a report on the Milwaukee region’s food and beverage manufacturing industry.

From Soy Sauce to Seasonings, What We Make Around Milwaukee

Nov 17, 2010

Southeastern Wisconsin has a diverse food industry, and we hear about why three vastly different companies – Kikkoman Foods, Inc., Archer Daniels Midland, and Wixon - all call the Milwaukee area home.

The Milwaukee-area company Northwestern Extract is playing a behind-the-scenes but also vital role in the flavor of Wisconsin beverages – as well as products made by companies around the country. Bill Peter is President of Northwestern Extract, the flavoring company his grandfather started in Milwaukee almost a hundred years ago. The company just left Brookfield and moved into a new facility in Germantown. We spoke with the company as part of our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series.

Rishi Tea Links Global Ingredients with Local Market

Nov 17, 2010

As we're exploring in our series Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate?, Milwaukee’s food and beverage industries don’t just send products out to the world – foreign ingredients also make their way to our market through local companies, like Milwaukee-based Rishi Tea. Ben Harrison is the Co-owner and VP of Sales for Rishi Tea, Todd Wickstrom is the company's chief operating officer. They spoke with Bonnie North.

The State of Our Food Economy

Nov 16, 2010

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.

Expanding Fruit & Vegetable Production

Nov 16, 2010

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.

We travel to Organic Valley to learn how supporting family farms and committing to organic practices made this Wisconsin company very successful – and a national role model. WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence takes us there for our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series, and we hear from reporter Joanne Weintraub, who wrote about Organic Valley in the current issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Wisconsin's Food History

Nov 15, 2010

Wisconsin food history marks the first segment of our Project Milwaukee: What’s on Our Plate? series. John Gurda is a Milwaukee historian, the author of nineteen books, including The Making of Milwaukee and Cream City Chronicles, and he’s our regular Lake Effect history contributor.

Milwaukee's Brewing Tradition

Nov 15, 2010

Our series on Wisconsin’s food economy wouldn’t be complete without a look at Milwaukee’s brewing tradition. Brewery historian Leonard Jurgensen owns the largest private collection of Schlitz memorabilia in the nation. Kevin Cullen is an archaeologist and educator at Discovery World in Milwaukee. He helps run the museum's "Distant Mirror" archaeology program and blog and teaches the "Ale Through the Ages: The Anthropology and Archaeology of Brewing" courses. Cullen and Jurgensen lead the museum's "Legacies of Milwaukee Brewing" tours around the city. They spoke with Stephanie Lecci.

Terese Allen is the author of the new edition of The Flavor of Wisconsin: An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger State, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Tomorrow on our Project Milwaukee series, What’s On Our Plate?, we move into the present and take stock of what’s being produced in Wisconsin today.

Latino Arts Strings

Oct 29, 2010

Lake Effect contributor Amy Kiley produced our report on the Latino Arts Strings Program. The musicians of the program will be performing for the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Day of the Dead Family this Sunday at 1:30 PM.

Raving About Ravinia

Jul 22, 2010

Contributor Amy Kiley takes a look at the three-month Ravinia concert series… held an hour south of Milwaukee, in Highland Park, Illinois. Kiley is a freelance journalist and musician who lives in the Chicago suburbs.

Teacher Round-table

Jun 4, 2010

Our MPS teacher round-table featured members of the Educators' Network for Social Justice, who talked about their experiences working in the district and the challenges they face.

Teacher Mentor

Jun 4, 2010

We learn about a program within MPS to mentor teachers during the earliest and often most challenging years of their career. Amy Mizialko is a district mentor with Milwaukee Public Schools. She’s also a former teacher – she’s been with MPS for 18 years. Mitch Teich spoke with her for our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series.

Special Ed Teacher

Jun 4, 2010

We hear the perspective of one woman who is fairly new to teaching, but not to the education world. Nancy Wisniewski is a special education resource teacher at Milwaukee German Immersion and Milwaukee French Immersion schools. She was interviewed in the basement of her house, by her daughter, our intern, Kirsten Wisniewski. Their conversation is part of our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series.

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