Sunday, March 30, 2014

From Milwaukee with Love: AKA Where We've Been for the Past Few Months

My guess is that you've noticed it... the way our blog posts have gradually grown fewer and farther between. And if you're a regular reader, you may even know why.

We started putting out the word back in October that we were starting a new business venture. But, we never really went into much detail about what we had up our sleeves.

Some of our awesome
Milwaukee producers
In some ways it feels a bit obnoxious and self-serving to talk about the business here at Burp! -- because we know that you're here for the recipes and the banter about what's going on in our kitchen.  But, on the other hand, when we have a project that's taking up some much of our time, it feels pretty awful to be keeping that out of the conversation.

So, without further adieu, we'd like to let you in on what's up with our new company, From Milwaukee with Love -- a food-based gift box company that focuses on artisan products made by small businesses right here in Milwaukee. 

I've always been a firm believer that the best way to get to know a place -- any place -- is to taste the food that it produces. It's such a powerful way to capture the cultures and spirit of the people who live in a given area -- and the foods produced in any given region are also highly reflective of the terrain, the traditions, and the deeply held beliefs of an area.

I've also been saying -- for more years than I care to admit -- that Milwaukee's food scene has really become worthy of more widespread attention. Many of you also know that, through my food and dining writing for, I've met a lot of great chefs and food entrepreneurs -- many of whom I've gotten to know quite well over the years (you'll see a number of them pictured on the right). And I found myself frustrated that there wasn't a locally owned company that really took advantage of show-casing how awesome they really are.

So, From Milwaukee with Love has become our labor of love, in a sense.

It's a project that's both dear to our hearts and which supports some of our most sincerely held beliefs about supporting entrepreneurism and keeping money in the local economy.

We're just starting out, but our goal is to change our selections seasonally, and really offer people a taste of Milwaukee and the surrounding areas.

Around mid-April, we'll be rolling out a number of new boxes that feature a number of great new products that are just perfect for food lovers like yourselves. And, at that point, we'll be pulling together a great giveaway of Milwaukee-made products for all of you -- our loyal readers.

In the meantime, we'd love to hear what you think of the concept and our current selection of products. So, please feel free to leave your comments, questions, and suggestions.

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Thanks for hanging in there. And stay tuned for a real recipe in the next day or two!  We promise :)


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