The Masterminds Behind MKE Charcuterie
The combination of cheese and sausage has a rich history of bringing family and friends together around the dinner table, party buffet and game-day tailgate. It is also the inspiration and foundation for MKE Charcuterie, LLC.
When sisters-in-law Courtney Reese and Patti Wainscott established the Milwaukee-area business in the spring/summer of 2020, they did so with a passion for snacking and the desire to build a career around doing what they love and loving what they do.
After being furloughed in April 2020, Courtney was left with time on her hands and creativity in her spirit. Inspired by her enthusiasm for cheese, she started to dabble around with flavors and textures used in charcuterie. The result: the original MKE box. At first it was meant be a delicious gift for family and friends, but the MKE box quickly became a savory sensation that had nibblers hungry for more. The requests came pouring in!
Knowing her sister-in-law Patti has an eye for design and is a devout lover of cheese, the two decided to unite in charcuterie! That’s how the business of MKE Charcuterie was born.
The reception from other cheese lovers across southeastern Wisconsin has been phenomenal. Courtney and Patti are thrilled that so many others share their excitement for transforming cheese and sausage into classy snacks and sophisticated meals.
“We are grateful for all the love we receive from those who pick up their boxes from our kitchen and partner locations, as well on social media with your likes, hearts and WHOA face emojis.
More about Courtney Reese, MKE Charcuterie co-founder
Not only a smart and savvy charcuterie maker, Courtney holds a BA in Interior Design and an MBA from Concordia University. She also teaches dance at Aspire Dance Studio. When Courtney is not busy building boxes and leading students to the beat, she lives in Milwaukee with her husband, Decker, and daughter, Kaelyn.
More about Patti Wainscott, MKE Charcuterie co-founder
Patti has an incredible knack for listening to what customers want and delivering with satisfying results every time. Credit it in part to her BA in Communications-Public Relations from UW-Whitewater. Patti currently calls Oconomowoc home and happily greeted after a long day in the charcuterie kitchen my her husband, Chris, their dog, Balki, and some feline friends.