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Growing Pains For Local Entrepreneurs

Scaling up creates raft of hurdles for small food businesses

Story by Heather Ray
Photography by Joe Laedtke

Scott Buer was all smiles during the Eat Local Resource Fair last August at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverwest. Offering samples of dry-cured salami to patrons and sharing the story of Bolzano, the business he and his wife Christin launched in 2009, was evidently an act of pure joy. Few attendees could resist a visit to their booth, wanting to meet the guy with the prized handlebar mustache and taste that artisan charcuterie that spent months in the making.

The media, too, boldly sang the praises of the beloved Milwaukee company, for being one of the few meat producers in the nation to make salami the old-fashioned way, handcrafting every batch from locally raised heirloom hogs.

So it came as a shock to the community—and to the Buers—this past spring when the USDA issued a recall of more than 5,000 pounds of Bolzano salami—one that had little to do with safety concerns, and everything to do with labeling.

The USDA stated the “products being recalled incorrectly bear the Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program version of the USDA Mark of Inspection, … Read More

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Afro Cuisine

African Food Finds Able Missionary

Story by Will Workman
Photography by Joe Laedtke

 

Yollande Deacon is on a mission: carrying the message of African food – and its smells and tastes – to a Milwaukee audience.

Deacon grew up on a farm in Cameroon, dubbed “Afrique au Miniature” (Africa in miniature), because of its incredible diversity, especially culinary, with 181 tribes, a wide range of climate and agricultural zones, and a prominent port, Douala, for shipping abroad foodstuffs from the African interior.

Cocoa, coffee and sugarcane all played significant roles in the country’s history, while the slave trade carried its food culture to the Caribbean and beyond.

Her family of two girls and five boys farmed near the city of Mbouda, dubbed the “avocado capital” of the country.

“What the women of the region are famous for is each has their own blend of spices,” she said, adding that their ability can affect their marriage prospects.

“I had this emotional need of wanting to get people to discuss a culture that I feel they don’t know well – or only know through the lenses of media that don’t necessarily present it authentically – and to do that through a language that is universal, and

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