By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published May 05, 2020 at 1:01 PM

It’s been five years since Chef Daniel Jacobs of JVR Hospitality and local artist Kate Riley launched the Plate Collective, a creative dinner series featuring collaborative menus showcasing delicious dishes on unique hand-thrown pottery.

In that time, they’ve hosted over 20 dinners with chefs all across the city and beyond. In fact, the dinner series has not only continued to provide an amazing experience for guests and cleverly designed dinnerware for chefs, but also an income for Riley, who has focused her ceramics business around the regularly scheduled events.

"With pottery and with art, you find your niche… " says Riley. "And I found that niche with Plate Collective. The events and extra orders from chefs have given me a regular income. But when we had to cancel our April 19 dinner, I knew I had to really think about a new way to approach the idea."

The solution? A "Dinner at Home" version of the Plate Collective which would be available to individuals at an affordable price point.

At the end of April, Jacobs and Riley launched their very first Dinner at Home offering. The dinner featured hand thrown ramen bowls made by Riley, a set of chopsticks and portions of heat-and-eat ramen made by Chef Daniel Jacobs. The heat-and-eat ramen kit sold for $35 per person. And it was such a hit, it sold out in the first hour after it was announced.

But Plate Collective fans can rejoice, because the duo will be offering more curbside pick-up events, including another ramen event, plus a very special Mother’s Day ice cream sundae offering this weekend.

Mother’s Day Sundaes

This week, Plate Collective will launch a special Mother’s Day offering featuring two handmade ice cream bowls and spoons along with a pint of homemade vanilla ice cream, three sauces (bananas foster, fudge and caramel), and three toppings (funfetti crunch, candied pistachios and chocolate crunch.) Ice cream sets are $35 each.

The ice cream kits will be available beginning today (May 5) for purchase at platecollective.net, with pick-up available at Dandan, 360 E Erie St. on Sunday, May 10 between 1 and 3 p.m.. Quantities are very limited.

Another round of ramen coming soon

And there's more. Plate Collective will be bringing back their ramen offering next week. The popular dinner will come with hand-thrown ramen bowls, chopsticks, Chinese style broth spoons (photo above) and Jacobs’ Shio ramen broth with roasted pork belly, chicken, handmade egg noodles and ajitsuke tamago (ramen egg). All ingredients will come separate with heating instructions to build at home ($35).

Riley says they plan for future offerings to be released one or two times per month for the foreseeable future.

Want to be in the know? Head to platecollective.net and click the Contact button. Enter your contact information and request to be added to their mailing list. You can also follow Plate Collective on Instagram for updates.

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.