By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Mar 29, 2017 at 2:06 PM

Get your burger eating chops ready.

The new Crafty Cow in Bay View will open on Wednesday, April 5, at 2671 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View, right next to sister restaurant Bumstead Provisions.

But you can get a preview of some of the great things on the way – including inventive stuffed burgers – at the Great Milwaukee Project Burger Collaboration Event, which will take place at Bumstead Provisions on Friday, March 31 from 10 p.m. to midnight.

During the pop-up, guests can indulge in all-you-can-drink beer or wine for $10. Meanwhile, Chefs Shay Linkus of The Vanguard and Greg Gannaway will be slinging creatively topped (and stuffed) burgers created through collaboration with 21 Milwaukee-area businesses.

And we’ve got a preview of the burger menu, proceeds from which will go to support a variety of difference makers in the city of Milwaukee. Read more about the project here.

Surgeons in Meat

A one-third-pound burger stuffed with mozzarella cheese and topped with the chef’s charcuterie selection, truffle oil, arugula, aji de amarillo, marinara and a beet and grilled onion relish ($12.50, pictured above).
Collaboration between: Crafty Cow, Bumstead, Solid State Tatooing Co., Good City Brewing Co., Surgeons in Heat, Girls Pint Out, C-Viche and Gibraltar.
Proceeds benefit: The arts in Milwaukee.


A half-pound burger topped with Merkt’s cheese spread, duck fat onions, fries, a roasted avocado and Bittercube Corazon Bitters aioli ($12.50).
Collaboration between: Crafty Cow, Bumstead, Ardent, Vanguard, Milwaukee Home, Bittercube, Drink Wisconsinbly Pub and Milwaukee Alt.
Proceeds benefit: Milwaukee animal shelters and rescues.

Bone Marrow Butter Burger

A one-third-pound burger stuffed with gouda and topped with bone marrow butter, beer battered smoky onions and Iron Grate bacon ($12.50).
Collaboration between: Crafty Cow, Bumstead, Bavette, Indulgence Chocolatiers, The National, Iron Grate BBQ, Lori Fredrich of OnMilwaukee, Third Space Brewing Co., Eagle Park Brewing Co.
Proceeds benefit: Milwaukee difference makers in education.

The Southsider

A one-third-pound burger stuffed with honey infused goat cheese and topped with gin-pickled red onions, mushroom ragout and thick pork belly ($12.50).
Collaboration between: Crafty Cow, c.1880, Gypsy Taco, Camino, Milwaukee Record and The Sugar Maple.
Proceeds benefit: Milwaukee community gardens.

Beginning April 5, Crafty Cow in Bay View will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to close.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.