By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jul 21, 2021 at 2:31 PM

Local meal delivery service, The Real Good Life, is looking for partners to continue their Local Flavor Campaign, an initiative built to introduce the community to new and new-to-them food businesses.

The campaign, which showcases a home delivered meal from a local restaurant, caterer or food business on the last Wednesday of every month, launched in early 2021, with the goal of assisting restaurants and food businesses in navigating the pandemic. Ultimately, it was such a success that the program has been extended through December of  2021.

"The Real Good Life was able to offer a hand to these businesses while introducing their delicious foods to a new audience,” says Brooke Creagh, Kitchen Manager for The Real Good Life “My hope is that we can continue to support food businesses in the Milwaukee area by delivering their flavors right to our customers’ doors."

During the inaugural run of the program featured meals from a wide range of local food makers including Driftless Provisions (salami and charcuterie kits), Heaven's Table BBQ (the Mosley Platter) Mekong Cafe (panang curry with rice), Ono Kine Grindz (char siu bento box), Tatay’s Truck (chicken kebabs, garlic rice, cucumber salad) Tall Guy and a Grill (smoked ribs dinner) and Flour Girl & Flame (French toast and sausage kit).

French toast kit
French toast kit from Flour Girl & Flame

“Serving our French Toast kits with homemade bread and locally sourced maple syrup to The Real Good Life community back in January lit the fire we needed to navigate starting up a business in the middle of a pandemic,” notes Dana Spandet, owner of Flour Girl and Flame. 

“Besides the monetary benefits, this program helped introduce our business to the world. We’ve also continued a relationship with The Real Good Life as they have our hot honey, which is created by bees right at our shop in West Allis, on their menu every week. As a fellow cheerleader for local businesses, we love collaborations like this!”

Restaurant partners needed

To keep the momentum going, The Real Good Life is looking for additional partners to participate in the program. Interested parties are invited to apply online on or before Friday, July 30. 

Participating businesses are encouraged to prepare one entrée in a two-serving or four-serving sizes. The meals would need to be delivered to The Real Good Life kitchen at 7227 W. North Ave. by 10 a.m. on the assigned delivery day. 

Benefits for participating organizations include: $2,500-$3,500 of sales per the order; exposure to a new community of over 3,000 Milwaukee area fans; and a feature (indefinitely) on the Local Flavor section of The Real Good Life website. Organizations are also asked to provide a $50 gift card to be used in a customer giveaway or for The Real Good Life employee appreciation.

Boosting community

The Local Flavor Campaign is all part of the mission for The Real Good Life, a meal delivery service which launched in 2018 with the goal of boosting the dreams of local professionals, moms, dads and other busy people by saving them time, allowing them to focus on the things in their lives that really matter.

“While we technically sell food, we are really here to support our community,” said The Real Good Life owner, Maggie Joos. “And that means our whole community, not just our clientele. Our Local Flavor campaign is a great way to cheer on everyone — loyal customers and fellow small business owners.”

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.