Joe Muench is best known for his culinary career as a leading chef in Southeast Wisconsin for the past 27 years. A graduate of the MATC Culinary Arts program, Joe worked his way from short order cook to Chef and Owner of Black Shoe Hospitality (BSH) with partner Dan Sidner. BSH is comprised of Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg and Story Hill BKC, all of which are a large part of the Wauwatosa and Milwaukee communities. Joe has kindly lent the culinary expertise of BSH and himself as the organizing Chef for RMHC Eastern Wisconsin’s Chefs’ Dinner for almost 20 years.
“I was introduced to Chefs’ Dinner when I worked for the chef who started the event and was handed the baton in 2002/2003. I like what RMHC® is about – families staying together during hard times with children’s health issues. It is really important to support a cause like that.”
In addition to his commitment to Chefs’ Dinner, Joe volunteers once a month as a Van Driver, transporting guests to and from the hospital and the grocery store. Joe loves being a Van Driver because it allows him to see how the House has a direct impact on guest families.
Joe feels so connected to RMHC and its mission because of one word: hospitality. To Joe, “RMHC is this neighborhood, this community woven into our own community, and the service that the volunteers and staff provide to the people that are in need emulates a lot of what we do at our restaurants. It’s really just about creating a community.”