Tricklebee Cafe

Tricklebee Café (Est. Nov. 2016) is in the Sherman Park community of Milwaukee (45th St. & North Ave.). We are a pay-what-you-can community cafe that offers healthy meals, food service training, and spiritual nourishment. We are situated in an area which provides little access to healthy, local, and affordable food options (a food desert).
   In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are serving curbside carry-out meals only. We very much miss the community aspect of our cafe! 
    When we are open for business as usual, people of all backgrounds gather to enjoy delicious, nutritious, freshly-prepared meals, regardless of their ability to pay. As a member of the One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) Network*, guests may make a donation for their meal (we estimate that each meal costs about $7.22-$9.22 to make), or they can volunteer in exchange for their meal. Tricklebee Café is both a café and a chapel, allowing for continual feasting and sacred encounters with neighbors and the divine.
    We are a sustainable cafe, relying on the seasonal harvests of local farmers, beekeepers, and gardeners to compose our menu (which changes on a daily basis). We seek to give food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, and welcome to the stranger. 
    Thanks in advance for your kind support!

*Tricklebee Café adheres to the 7 Core Values of an OWEE Network Cafe:
-Pay-what-you-can pricing--Each customer sets their own price for their meal. 
-Patrons choose own portion size--We offer smaller, mindful portion sizes. This helps eliminate food waste, curb overeating and supports our customers in adhering to their personal budget.
-Healthy, seasonal foods--We're committed to providing local and organic, sustainably grown and harvested, whenever possible.
-Patrons can volunteer in exchange for a meal--This provides a “hand up, not a hand out” opportunity. Properly trained volunteer can lead to future employment in the food service industry.
-Volunteers are used to the greatest extent possible--This is an important key to building community and sustainability. Volunteers can just be working for meals or because they want to support our efforts to curb hunger in our community.
-Paid staff earn a living wage--This varies by region, but we pay our staff $14.75/hr.
-Community Table--Have a couple larger tables where individuals and small groups can sit with others and make a larger group that can cross social, economic and other societal boundaries.

[Tricklebee Cafe is an approved emerging ministry of the Moravian Church Northern Province. The mission developer for this ministry is Rev. Christie Melby-Gibbons.]


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Christie Melby-Gibbons 
Milwaukee, WI
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