Local First Milwaukee

We invite you to Eat, Shop, do Business, and Invest Locally!

In 2006, a small group of like-minded independently-owned Milwaukee businesses began to meet to discuss how to make Milwaukee a more sustainable community and how to highlight the unique character of our local businesses. 

A commitment grew from those conversations to create a network that could advocate to the community all of the benefits of choosing local businesses first. The founding members named their group Our Milwaukee because they felt the name demonstrated the pride they felt about their City. The network grew quickly and by 2011, with more than 200 member businesses and non-profits, a name change to Local First Milwaukeehelped strengthen both our identity and mission. 

Part of our advocacy work is to demonstrate how dollars spent locally effectively impact the local economy. Studies show that every $1 spent at a locally owned business, more than 68¢ stays local and impacts the local economy. Compare that same $1 spent at a chain store and only 43¢ remains in Milwaukee. Locally-owned businesses strengthen the local economy and create benefit for everyone!

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For general inquiries about Local First Milwaukee, please email us at info@www.localfirstmilwaukee.com

If your question is specific to membership, please email membership@www.localfirstmilwaukee.com

Local First Milwaukee Mailing Address

Address Details

PO Box 100283 Milwaukee, WI 53210

E-mail: info@www.localfirstmilwaukee.com Website: http://www.localfirstmilwaukee.com/


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10 Reasons To Get Your Food Fright Tickets TODAY!

It’s fall in Milwaukee, which means it’s time to start planning your Halloween costume, and deciding which parties to attend. May we recommend our very own Food Fright? We guarantee, you won’t get this much fun for your ticket price anywhere else, plus it benefits a great local non-profit, LocalFirst Milwaukee! 

Here are 10 great reasons to buy your ticket today for Food Fright 2016!

1. Food. 

It’s called Food Fright for a reason, folks. We’re so thrilled to welcome thirteen (lucky 13!) chefs to the Foodie Face-Off. We’ve invited each of them to provide a small plate in savory and/or sweet categories, and many will add on a locally crafted cocktail as well! They’ve been challenged to use at least 50% local ingredients, and you’ll be able to vote for the People’s Choice of 2016!

As if that wasn’t tempting enough, here are our Cuisine Curators, the folks behind the Foodie Face-Off:

Double B’s BBQ
Good City Brewing
The Hudson
Irie Zulu
Juniper 61
Lakefront Brewery Beer Hall
Larry’s Market
Miss Molly’s Pastries
The Naked Baker
The Rumpus Room
Tall Guy and a Grill
Wy’east Pizza

2. Drinks.

Your admission gets you 4 Lakefront Beer tokens, plus samples of any of the craft cocktails in the Foodie Face-Off. Lakefront will also have a cash bar if you’re on a roll once your tokens are gone (just be sure to have a safe ride home, k?)

3. CityTins 2017 Launch Party.

We are super excited to have CityTins co-hosting this crazy party and launching their 2017 tins the same night! Celebrate another year of eating, drinking, and being entertained locally with CityTins and Local First, and have the opportunity to spin the CityTins wheel for prizes, purchase your 2017 tins, and even win a tin for best costume, which leads me to…

4. An Epic Costume Contest.

Don’t take it from us, just take a look at some of the past winners of this creative battle. This year’s judged categories include: “LocalFlavor,” “You’re Creepin’ Me Out,” and “Clever is the New Sexy” and winners in each category will receive a 2017 CityTin and $100 CASH MONEY. Bring your best game, yo.

5. Haunted Brewery Tours.

You’ve been on the Lakefront Brewery tour…79 times. And you keep coming back because you love it, but you could probably give it yourself if Russ would hire you. Get ready to get your mind blown, as the creative genius’ on staff at Lakefront take it to a new level in storytelling, costumes, and surprises galore.

6. The Entertainment Doesn’t Suck.

What’s a party without some inspiration to cut a rug? Your feet will be moving and grooving with DJ Cat Reince’s spooky set and the live vibe of the 5 Card Studs. Add on the intensity of a well-curated silent auction featuring all sorts of local experiences and items and you’re bound to stay entertained throughout the evening!

7. Indulgence Chocolate Pairing-Pull.

Local FirstMilwaukee is a non-profit, and Food Fright is our annual fundraiser, but unlike other fundraisers, we’ve got the power of Indulgence Chocolatiers on our side (owner, Julie, is the President of our Board of Directors!). For $10, you can pull a cork and you’re guaranteed to receive a custom chocolate pairing featuring wine, beer, or cheese (and chocolate).

8. Swag.

Remember when we said you’d get a chance to spin the CityTins prize wheel all night for cool swag? Well you’ll also leave with a signature pint glass to commemorate the event.

9. Because…Hunger Task Force.

Just because we’ll have plenty to eat at Food Fright, doesn’t mean everyone in our community is so lucky. We’ve partnered with the Hunger Task Force, so for each non-perishable food item you bring to support their cause, you’ll receive one additional entry to win our local door-prize. (And if you’ve been silly enough not to order your ticket in advance, three non-perishable food items will get you a $5 discount at the door).

10. Showing Your #LocalLoveMKE is a big deal.

Studies show that every $1 spent at a locally owned business, more than 68¢ stays local and impacts the local economy positively. Compare that same $1 spent at a chain store and only 43¢ remains in Milwaukee. By choosing to join us for Food Fright, you’re literally putting your money where your mouth is – Eat local, Milwaukee!

All the details:

When: Thursday, October 27 | 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Where: Lakefront Brewery | 1872 N.Commerce St. MKE

Tickets: $35 in advance | $40 at thedoor | PURCHASE HERE

Hosted by: Local First Milwaukee & Lakefront Brewery

Sponsored by: CityTins, ExpressCreative, Outpost Natural Foods Co-op, and Shepherd Express


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Local First MM

27 Oct, 2016

Local First Milwaukee & Lakefront Brewery Present Food Fright! 

Sponsored by Outpost Natural Foods Co-op, CityTins, Shepherd Express and Express Creative

Food Fright is Local First Milwaukee’s annual fundraiser, which supports our mission and helps us reach and support small businesses and consumers in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha, and Racine counties. 

Your ticket includes: 

Sample locally-sourced small-plates from 12 local restaurants and chefs competing in the "Foodie Face-Off"

Boogie down with the musical stylings of The 5 Card Studs and DJ Cat Reince 

Take a special Haunted Brewery Tour with Russ and the staff at Lakefront

Receive 4 complimentary Lakefront beer tokens to use throughout the event

Compete in an (optional) costume contest for fabulous local prizes

Participate in the silent auction, cork pull, and more opportunities to support Local First Milwaukee

Test your luck by spinning the CityTins prize wheel to win cool swag and your first chance to win or purchase the 2017 CityTins Restaurant edition

Tickets are $35 when purchased in advance, and $40 at the door – click here to purchase today! 

We’ve also partnered with Hunger Task Force to collect non-perishable food items for those less fortunate in our community. For each food item you bring to donate, you’ll be given an additional ticket to win our door-prize (stay tuned to find out which great, local products are featured).