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Bringing a Southern Culinary Tradition North

When life’s road led Martha Davis Kipcak north from her native Texas to Milwaukee, she fell in love with Wisconsin’s world-class cheese, but longed for a favorite Southern staple: pimento cheese. It was then that the community food advocate and chef decided to set out on a new culinary adventure. Mighty Fine Food was born with Martha’s Pimento Cheese leading the way, marrying the best of Southern foodway traditions with the best of Wisconsin’s finest contribution to American eating: great cheese.

Martha’s Pimento Cheese is the evolution of generations of pimento-cheese-eating and pimento-cheese-making, weaving the culinary traditions of Martha’s Southern roots to her new found home in America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin. Martha grew up in the Piney Woods of East Texas (hometown of Tyler), where the sensibilities lean more southern than western, holding the kitchen and dining tables in high regard as the source of nourishment and enlightenment.

A philosophy of sustainability

As a community food system activist in Milwaukee, Martha has dedicated herself to creating a food environment that is socially just, ecologically sustainable and economically vibrant. In keeping with that spirit, she founded Mighty Fine Food to produce small batch, handmade, high quality food that honors the producers on the farm, the factory, the kitchen and elevates the role of good food well made in our lives.

Martha’s Pimento Cheese is produced at Clock Shadow Creamery, which is housed in a cutting-edge green building built by Juli Kaufmann and Fix Development using locally sourced and recycled materials, innovative sustainable technologies and a deep commitment to community. Clock Shadow Creamery is one of only three urban cheese factories in the United States, and the first urban cheese factory in Wisconsin.

If our retail outlets are within reach of MPC production site at Clock Shadow Creamery at the edge of downtown Milwaukee, we are proud to partner with FLAVOR Cycle for our delivery system. That means Martha’s Pimento Cheese is delivered by bicycle, powered by the strength of determined cyclists undeterred by Wisconsin weather.

It all starts with great Wisconsin cheese

Martha’s Pimento Cheese showcases great aged Wisconsin Cheddar cheese sourced from Cedar Grove Cheese in Plain, WI, the first cheese factory in the country to label its cheeses as 100% rBGH free in 1993. Bob Wills, Master Cheesemaker and owner of Cedar Grove Cheese and Clock Shadow Creamery, is known across the country for producing and incubating great cheese and great cheesemakers. Cedar Grove is home to the Living Machine, an innovative water purification system which takes wastewater from the cheese plant and filters it through microbes, tropical plants, fish and snails, returning clean water to the earth in nearby Honey Creek.

Locally grown jalapeño peppers add a Texas kick

As a born and bred multi-generation Texan, Martha loves robust and vibrant flavors in her dishes. That means a love of jalapeños and peppers of all kinds. Jalapeños may not be native to the Midwestern palate, but they grow well here. And that means Martha’s Pimento Cheese with Jalapeños is made with peppers grown under the hand of skilled farmers and gardeners at Fondy Food Center and Alice’s Garden. The Fondy Food Center, led by visionary director Young Kim, operates a farm and a market which allows small-scale and limited resource farmers to produce fresh, high-quality produce for a diverse hungry community.

Alice’s Garden is a 2-acre community garden in the heart of Milwaukee growing food, growing community, growing resilience, growing dignity, growing inter-generational, multi-ethnic wellness. And wonderful jalapeños grown by young men and women in the neighborhood mentored by Demetrius Brown (UW Cooperative Extension) and Venice Williams (Seedfolks Youth Ministry).

Packaging that stays out of the landfill

Martha’s Pimento Cheese comes to you packaged in 100% corn-based plastic (rather than the less expensive petroleum-based plastic), an annually renewable resource. NatureWorks LLC is an innovator in creating alternative materials for the health of our environment through its Ingeo technology, ingenious materials from plants not oil. This container is appropriate for recycling and commercial composting operations. Please advocate for your municipality to make commercial composting an option for waste in your community.

Mighty Fine Food LLC is committed to elevating good food to the highest level of social and environmental responsibility. Thank you kindly for sharing our values.

Onward together.