We are proud to present the supplier partners that enabled our cuisine. We are grateful for their commitment and encourage you to support their efforts.
At The Red Oak Restaurant we say we source our ingredients “with a preference and priority to locally produced items using sustainable and organic methods, and humanely raised animals”. But what does that mean?
When we say locally we look for products produced within 100 miles. Many of our ingredients come from within 10 miles of the restaurant! Of course that doesn’t mean we are always able to do that and in some cases we have to go much farther. For example, we’ve made the decision to use lemons in some of our recipes and serve cod in our Fish Fry knowing we would have to source them from farther away.
We look for producers using sustainable and organic methods. We understand achieving the USDA Organic certification can take years and money that many of the small producers we work with don’t have. However they are committed to building healthy soil, plants and animals in a sustainable way that respects the land and we want to support their efforts even if they are not certified Organic.
We have chosen to offer meat and other animal products on our menu. We look for producers that are committed to the welfare and humane treatment of their animals. This includes, for example, methods to minimize stress and the use of antibiotics and allow animals to engage in their natural behaviors.
We give a preference and priority to the above criteria. When evaluating supplier partners we consider their proximity and methods. In practice this may require trade-offs between the criteria. For example, we source our chicken from Pennsylvania in order to get humanely raised birds in the volume a restaurant requires.
Wild Flour Bakery MILWAUKEE
Great River Organic Milling FOUNTAIN CITY
MEATS & DAIRY
AquaTerra Farms BRISTOL
Glas All Naturals UNION GROVE
Hook’s Cheese MINERAL POINT
Rushing Waters PALMYRA
Sassy Cow Creamery COLUMBUS
Wilson Farm Meats ELKHORN
Wisconsin Meadows Co-op
Yuppie Hill Poultry BURLINGTON
Boom Brothers MILWAUKEE
BEER, WINE & SPIRITS
45th Parallel NEW RICHMOND
Black Dot MADISON
Capital Brewery MILWAUKEE
Great Lakes Distillery MILWAUKEE
Great Northern Distillery PLOVER
J. Henry & Sons Farms DANE
Milwaukee Brewing MILWAUKEE
New Glarus Brewing Company NEW GLARUS
Rustic Road Brewing Company KENOSHA
Three Lakes Winery THREE LAKES
Twisted Path Distillery MILWAUKEE
Wollersheim Winery PRAIRIE DU SAC