Bavette is a modern rendition of a time honored tradition, which is that of the neighborhood butcher shop. Bavette strives to honor those traditions of quality and excellence by sourcing whole animals raised responsibly on small, local farms and custom cutting the meat. By getting in whole carcasses, Bavette achieves more sustainability and less waste. In addition, Bavette provides total traceability of its meat back to a singular farm and in many cases, a singular animal. At Bavette, the consumer will enjoy complete transparency of its food moving from farm to plate.
Bavette wants to create the feeling of community and neighborhood that old world butcher shops did in the past... a place to come and enjoy a coffee in the morning, a sandwich in the afternoon or a glass of wine and cheese or charcuterie plate in the evening.
Bavette is owned and operated by Karen Bell, a Milwaukee native with over 15 years culinary experience around the world. She has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, Madrid and Caracas, with each place adding to her culinary identity. Along the way and as her career progressed, she became more interested in the politics of food and focusing on where our food comes from and how it gets to our plates. After opening and successfully running her own restaurant in Madrid, Spain, she decided to move back to Milwaukee to embark on a new chapter. Opening a butcher shop was her way of carrying on a dying craft, honoring time old culinary traditions as well as providing a direct link from farmer to consumer.