In 1993, Joe Bartolotta and his brother Paul opened the first of the Bartolotta restaurants in the Milwaukee area. Now, the Bartolottas have five award-winning, fine-dining restaurants, five casual restaurants and are the exclusive catering company for Pier Wisconsin, The Grain Exchange and Boerner Botanical Gardens. Not only are these restaurants known for exceptional cuisine and classic atmospheres, but also for the people behind-the scenes, specifically Joe and Jennifer Bartolotta.
"I do not know a person that has not been affected by breast cancer.” ~ Jennifer Bartolotta, 2012 Southeast Wisconsin Honorary Race Chair.
Joe and Jennifer not only promote the “Bartolotta Experience” in each of their restaurants, but also through their charitable arm, Care-A-Lottas. These two philanthropists strongly believe in serving others and actively support many local organizations, including Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin, an organization that supports a cause near and dear to them - a family history of breast cancer.
As an effort to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer, The Bartalotta's created a Care-A-Lottas team for Race for the Cure. Joe and Jennifer’s team was the fourth largest team in 2011 with 204 members, and the third largest fundraising team raising more than $24,000 for the cause. Jennifer and Joe defer the credit for their teams’ efforts to their employees, family, and friends. Their restaurants each get very involved with competitions in fundraising and recruitment and it really is a huge team effort.
The Bartolotta’s are a prime example of how together; we can create a world without breast cancer.