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Archive for August, 2012

Field Food, Growing Power Deli and Market

Growing legend and proprietor of Growing Power Will Allen delayed the grand opening of the Growing Power Deli and Market to pay small token of respect to his neighbors in Oak Creek. Just another reflection of the thoughtfulness that lends soulful heartiness to Growing Power’s most recent effort to sew seeds where they are most needed and might take. MLK is ready to add a handsome crop to its mixed yield of previous development plantings; across the street lay the hulls of Stella’s Restaurant, which before that was a Ponderosa Steakhouse.

In partnership with the King Commons development in the Harambee neighborhood, Growing Power now offers fresh produce and dry goods in a retail market storefront located on Martin Luther King Drive just north of Center Street. To make it even better, there is a modest but appetizing menu of sandwiches and salads salads available from the cafe’s kitchen. MilwaukeeMag did a taste test of the chicken and dumplings, jumbalaya and the Cucavo (cucumber and avocado) sandwich. Then there is every grill’s old reliable: the burger.

The Great Burger Debate

Much ongoing talk is uttered concerning the where-to for a great burger in Milwaukee. Growing Power can safely join the shortlist. For a flat $6, you get a thick grass-feed lean beef patty that you can have with your choice/combination of fixings and bread. The great part about grass-fed beef, in similar way as with free-range chicken eggs, you are reminded of how accustom to com-agra products you are as to find adequately raised and prepared meat and vegetables surprisingly full of unfamiliarly delicious flavors.

I choose to have my burger with pepper jack cheese, Growing Power’s famous mixed-green lettuce, tomato and fried onions. Half-way through my meal, it didn’t cross my mind to rip the corners off of my mustard packets. Don’t bother asking for fries, the menu is designed to fight unhealthy food choices. Instead Growing Power’s produce refrigerators have many choices to accompany any meal. I chose a handful of fresh and crispy green beans for fifty cents.

Growing Power Deli and Market’s friendly service and nice causal atmosphere comes with all the great food Monday through Saturday from 7:00a to 4:00p, serving coffee, bakery and breakfast sandwiches, and a variety of other lunch fare.

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Growing Power Aims to bring fresh produce to food desert by Lori Friedrich, OnMilwaukee

The Growing Power Cafe by Chris Christie, MilwaukeeMag

The Growing Power’s Deli and Food Market open for breakfast and lunch by Carol Deptolla, TapMilwaukee

Making Tracks, Talgo, Trains Down Capitol Drive

We won’t get to use them in Milwaukee, oh well. Anyone who doubts the new intersections between the old industrial age, and the new one taking place the in Cream City, a sight to behold on West Capital Drive and 21st Street made a believer out of me that Milwaukee should be a place that makes stuff for the world, instead of just feeding it. Talgo was sending this train off to somewhere that knows the value of rapid transit. This one looks to be part of the Talgo Amtrak Cascades series.

Talgo train being shipped

New Ends, African World Festival

Twenty-years ago it spanned the entire Henry Meir Festival Grounds. Tough social times in Milwaukee’s Black community that spilled over from the 1980s, entrenching the 1990s and 2000s, eventually dried African World Festival to dust. Over the past three years, African World Festival has made a quiet comeback carried by the regular everyday-working, tax-paying, and unheralded Black people that the mainstream Milwaukee media outlets tend to forget reside North of I-94 and live typical American lives.

The bivouacs of local and national independent vendors have strengthened with renewed enterprising energy. Ample traditional African jewelry, clothing and accessories lend roots to contemporary artisan jewelry and fashion, silver craft and high style fedoras capturing attention easily. A mature selection of jazz and R&B musicians keeps things family friendly and mature.

Last year, anybody writing African World Festival off missed out on a classic afternoon performance by Roy Ayers. Today, Milwaukee’s R.A.S Movement, headlined by American Idol phenom Niama Adedapo, upbeats the stage (I got conflicting show times one says it happened already and one says 8p, but definitely worth a cover on some other occasion) and at 10p tonight Angie Stone brings some neo-oldy but goodies to the microphone. Many other performances of R&B and Gospel will also coincide with what is touted to be the largest Step Music DJ set in Milwaukee yet.

R.A.S Movement at the High Noon Saloon, Madison via NickyRondinelli

…And of course you can eat. Southern style food is the flavor of the day and night, and plenty of festival corn stands are around to compete with Wisconsin State Fair. Available Pan-African cuisine takes fair goers taste buds abroad.

Graciously and earnestly, Mayor Tom Barrett took time out of his Saturday afternoon to declare the first weekend in August African World Festival days. African World Festival ends tonight at midnight and opens again tomorrow at noon.

Additional Note: Despite what the JSOnline reported the Festival admission is $17 (not $12) which I was still happy to pay.

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African World Festival picks up steam, Yolanda White, Shepherd Express