By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Sep 23, 2022 at 10:02 AM

North Avenue Market, the community-oriented food hall at 5900 W. North Ave., will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark its official grand opening on Tuesday, Sept. 27 beginning at 5:01 p.m.

The event, which is open to the public, will include brief remarks from Chris Harris-Morse, food hall founder and owner, who will share the story behind the journey to bring the market to life, as well as the charitable giving program which will allow the food hall to give back to the community.

“The day had finally come, and I could not be prouder of the space we’ve created to welcome in our neighbors and highlight the diversity of our community,” noted Harris-Morse in a release about the event.

“My vision for North Avenue Market is for it to be a hub for the four surrounding neighborhoods – a place where anyone feels welcome no matter who they are or where they come from.” 

The Market, which hosted its soft opening earlier this month, showcases craft cocktails from Bittercube at both its main bar and Mosler's Vault, along with a diverse line-up of delicious fare from vendors including S’blendid Boba Tea, Fresh Farm Bowls, Miss Arty’s Cupcakes, Sam’s Deli, A&B Desserts, and A Taste of Java, was created to provide a meaningful gathering place for social interaction and innovation. But it was also established as a mechanism to support community organizations which align with the food hall's inclusive mission.

A portion of the profits will support three distinct area nonprofits, Fostering Success at UWM, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and The Ability Center. 

“Each organization we will be supporting has a very specific meaning to me,” said Chris Harris-Morse. “We are so appreciative of the support we’ve received so far from our neighbors over the last few weeks during our soft launch. This ribbon cutting event will be the official start to the positive impact North Avenue Market will make on the surrounding neighborhoods and greater Milwaukee area.” 

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.