We’d like to recognize our advisory panel for their valuable time and even more valuable insight into Milwaukee’s local food movement.
Arthur Ircink, Executive Producer, Wisconsin Foodie
Arthur Ircink is the creator and director of the Emmy-nominated Wisconsin Foodie, a local PBS television series dedicated to telling the stories behind the food we eat. A die-hard Milwaukeen, Arthur can be found on Milwaukee’s roof-tops at any time, preaching the virtues of our great city, where he was born and raised. Arthur has been nominated for Milwaukee’s Best Filmmaker two years in a row by the Shepherd Express and has also been nominated for an Emmy with Wisconsin Foodie. Most recently he worked with the Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, to produce a video called Home Gr/Own, for the city’s application to the Mayor Bloomberg Challenge. He has future plans to do a feature documentary. Among his many many different quirks and nuances, Arthur has been a vegetarian for 16 years, a Milwaukee Bucks season ticket holder for 3 and is an aspiring Alderman.
Justin Johnson, Owner and President, Sustainable Kitchens, LLC
Justin Johnson is the owner and president of Sustainable Kitchens, LLC. Johnson believes passionately that so-called, “institutional” food service, does not need to fit a predictable mold. Over the course of his 17 year career, Johnson has challenged conventional wisdom and pushed non-commercial food service operators to develop a real relationship with the food and the people they serve. This has led Johnson to receive national acclaim and recognition for the focused efforts that he adheres to simply because, in his words, “I don’t know another way.” Johnson studied at both, Le Cordon Bleu Chicago and the CIA and has been recognized by such publications as The National Culinary Review, Today’s Dietitian and Food Service Director magazine, to name a few. In 2013, Johnson was honored by the National Restaurant Association for “Operator Innovations in Sustainability” for developing a farm-to-table restaurant in a Wisconsin hospital.
Lori Fredrich, Board Member, Outpost Natural Foods Co-op; Co-founder, MKE Foodies
Lori Fredrich is a writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener, blogger and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives. When she’s not searching for the next big food story or planning events for her MKEfoodies group, you’ll find her cooking up a storm in her tiny urban kitchen, volunteering with organizations like Eat Local Milwaukee, envisioning the future of clean food as a board member for Outpost Natural Foods Coop and making whimsical birthday cakes for her nieces and nephews. Lori’s recipes and food writing have been featured at OnMilwaukee.com, in GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cooking Light Magazine, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and more. Read more about her adventures in the kitchen on the award-winning blog, Burp!.
Martha Davis Kipcak, Community Food Systems Organizer, Center for Resilient Cities; Proprietor, Mighty Fine Food
Martha Davis Kipcak comes to food activism by the way of the kitchen, having owned and operated her own catering firm in Milwaukee, WI, dedicated to local, seasonal ingredients interpreted in her born and bred Texas style, while also raising three children and one smart cat. Martha founded the Milwaukee Food Council in 2007 to help build capacity in key organizations across Milwaukee promoting a socially just, sustainable food system which connects food to issues of environmental stewardship, equity, policy, economic vibrancy and healthy communities. She works as a Community Food System Organizer for the Center for Resilient Cities in Milwaukee, WI, promoting a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system in the context of resilience. Through this work Martha has served in board leadership positions for Growing Power, Sweet Water Foundation, Milwaukee Food Council, Slow Food WI Southeast, Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market, Milwaukee 7’s Food & Beverage Advisory Council, Edible Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Local Food Network. She is also the Regional Governor for Slow Food Upper Midwest and a budding food entrepreneur with the recent launch of her social enterprise Mighty Fine Food LLC, producing Martha’s Pimento Cheese for the marketplace.
Tarik Moody, Digital Community Manager, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
Tarik Moody graduated in 1996 from Howard University’s School Of Architecture in Washington DC. He’s since lived all over the country, practiced architecture in Detroit and Minneapolis, served 14 years in the Army Reserves, and recently made the leap to radio, working as the evening music host and digital and online community manager for 88Nine RadioMilwaukee. He leads the award-winning Rhythm Lab Radio show on that station, which started back in 2005 on The Current in the Twin Cities. Tarik has a love for food since we was young, and learn how to cook from his parents and grandparents.
Venice Williams, Director, Alice’s Garden
Venice is the Director of Alice’s Garden, a two-acre urban farm and community garden that works with inner-city families, teaching them to grow their own food, to love and respect the land, and to be caretakers of Creation. Alice’s Garden offers twelve programs that invite the community to explore the relationships between, culture, food, health. In addition, she teaches Women’s Rites of Passage courses, based on the four seasons, helping women to understand their life’s journey by exploring the cycles of the seasons. She believes, “everything you need to know about life, you can learn from the natural world.” A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Venice has been living and working in Milwaukee since 1989. Venice’s love of the land orginates from her Choctow and African roots, and her foremothers’ love of gardening.
Young Kim, Executive Director, Fondy Food Center
Young Kim has been the Executive Director of Milwaukee’s Fondy Food Center since 2003. The nonprofit agency’s mission is to connect North Side Milwaukee to local, healthy food – from the farm to the table. The organization fulfills its mission by operating the city’s largest farmers market, food stamp and produce consumption incentive programs, culinary education, and an 80-acre vegetable farm in nearby Port Washington. Young is the recipient of the 2006 Wisconsin Hunger Hero and the 2012 Doug Janssen Emerging Milwaukee Leader Awards. In 2013 he was named Owner of the Year by Outpost Natural Foods. He is also the Urban Foodie columnist for UrbanMilwaukee.com. Before to moving to Milwaukee, Young lived in the Seattle area and worked with that city’s homeless population. His corporate job experiences include stints as a custom bicycle wheel builder and a bicycle component buyer with factories in the Far East. A second generation Korean American who was born and raised in the American Deep South, Young loves food and is always on the lookout for culturally significant recipes. When he’s not thinking of food and food systems, he likes to read poetry, restore vintage fountain pens, and work on a standup comedy routine that will probably never see the light of day. Young is a graduate of Oberlin College. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife, the Rev. Suzelle Lynch, and daughter, Grace.