By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Mar 03, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Bartolotta Restaurant Group’s Care-a-lotta program has partnered with Milwaukee’s Victory Garden Initiative, an organization committed to building communities that grow their own food for the purpose of creating a community-based, sustainable, nutritious food system. 

As part of their partnership, throughout the month of March, every Bartolotta restaurant will feature one specialty cocktail and one first course, all profits from which will be donated to VGI.

In addition, during the sixth annual Victory Garden Blitz, which will take place May 10-24, Bartolotta’s has committed 1,000 hours of staff time to the organization. During the Garden Blitz, VGI and hundreds of volunteers will build at least 500 4x8-foot raised-bed gardens throughout the Milwaukee community. 

"We immediately recognized the passion and importance behind VGI’s mission, and we share their dedication to providing fresh, quality food," said Jennifer Bartolotta, chair of the Care-a-lotta board. "Our employees are very excited to grab their shovels and roll up their sleeves to take part in this exciting and worthy endeavor."

Following the Blitz, the Victory Garden Initiative is expected to have a strong presence at Northpoint Custard on Milwaukee’s lakefront, where the two organizations aim to find creative and impactful ways to raise funds, friends and awareness for VGI throughout the summer. Watch for more details on OnMilwaukee.com.

For more information on Care-a-Lotta and the Victory Garden Initiative, visit their web sites: bartolottas.com and victorygardeninitiative.org.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener 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.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.