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“Taste of Lindsay Heights,” a carryout cafe featuring cuisine from local food entrepreneurs, will host a grand opening on Saturday, October 2nd, from 9:30am to 4:00pm. The café, located at 1617 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, is owned and operated by Walnut Way Conservation Corps, a resident-driven nonprofit organization which promotes work, wealth and wellness within the Lindsay Heights community. The Grand Opening includes a ribbon cutting with community leaders at 9:30am, followed by food and beverage samples, opportunities to meet food entrepreneurs, and order from the fresh food focused menu between 10:00am and 4:00pm.
Featured entrepreneurs represent a wide array of tastes and styles including Jamaican-inspired ginger beers, fresh-pressed juices, rum cakes, fruit dips, and much more. The café will have a regular menu and feature “pop-ups” for new entrepreneurs to test and promote their products. The youngest entrepreneur is Kyric Burt, 11 years old, owner of Kyric’s Lemonade.
“The Taste of Lindsay Heights is part of Walnut Way’s strategy to help food entrepreneurs grow their businesses and offer fresh, healthy foods within our community. Customers will be delighted with the choices and quality of our products, made fresh by the most talented chefs in Lindsay Heights! We are also pleased to partner with United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee and Milwaukee Center for Independence on the workforce development components of this innovative project, ” said Antonio Buttts, Executive Director of Walnut Way.
The Taste of Lindsay Heights is an initiative of Walnut Way’s “Community Wealth Building” campaign to identify resident skills and assets and help them turn these into economic opportunities. Walnut Way is partnering with other tenants of The Wellness Commons, where Taste of Lindsay Heights resides, to offer workforce and employment support. Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI) is sharing kitchen facilities for chefs, and United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM) is assisting with café staffing through their Employ Milwaukee workforce program.
Participating food entrepreneurs include Poundcakes by Paula, GLDN HNY, Inc., Kreative Fruitz, Simple Snacks, Kyric’s Lemonade, Aunt Manda’s Beverages, as well as Funky Fresh Spring Rolls. The café will also feature other local talents in the form of “Pop Up’s.
More information on the chefs, menu and hours is available at https://www.tasteoflindsayheights.com/
About Walnut Way: Walnut Way Conservation Corp. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit neighborhood organization founded in 2000 by Lindsay Heights residents to reclaim and redevelop the economic health and vitality of the community. In the years since, Walnut Way and its partners have rolled out a series of successful and innovative programs and initiatives addressing the neighborhood’s most pressing economic, environmental, and health issues. Lindsay Heights is a 110-block, predominantly African American community on Milwaukee’s near north side and home to nearly 9,000 residents. Through its programs and partnerships, Walnut Way has built a national model for place-based environmental sustainability, racial equity, and wellness. www.Walnutway.org