The Urban Ecology Center is localed in Riverside Park on the eastside of Milwaukee.

1500 E. Park Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53211




The third Thursday of every month, from 6 - 8 pm, the Friends of Real Food gather at the Urban Ecology Center. High energy programs and conversation accompany a tasty potluck dinner making for a memorable evening centered on the pleasure of shared meals and learning.

Our gatherings alternate between programs and book club meetings. For the odd numbered months (Jan, March etc.) our potluck dinner is followed by a speaker, film or other program. For the even numbered months (Feb., April etc.) we have a discussion based on a book or articles. All are invited to attend, whether you've done the reading or not.

The Friends of Real Food educate ourselves about mindful eating, sustainable food systems, the local and national food movements, and other food related issues. All are invited to join this welcoming community of real food enthusiasts – no need to sign up in advance.

Since the summer of 2006, the Friends of Real Food have learned together about a wide range of timely food related topics from speakers, farmers, films (e.g., King Corn) and their own lively discussions. The topics have included:

The group has also taken field trips together to listen to authors like Michael Pollan and to visit local farms including an organic strawberry U-pick. Whether you are new to the group, or a veteran member, you are always welcome to suggest new meeting topics and to get involved in other real food activities at the Urban Ecology Center, including volunteering at the Local Farmer Open House.