Keeping it local, fresh at 225 So.

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff 

July 23, 2016

Executive Chef Tomas White of 225 So. Mia Famiglia turned an urban space next to the restaurant into an active garden that provides vegetables and herbs for the Waukesha restaurant.
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WAUKESHA — Executive Chef Tomas White loves to garden, so he turned a space filled with garbage in downtown Waukesha into an oasis of green.

His father, Tom White Sr., owner of 225 So. Mia Famiglia, said his son took a space between a building next to the restaurant on South Street and a driveway, filled it with dirt and created an active garden. Previously, it was a space filled with garbage, he said.

Before moving to downtown Waukesha, the Whites operated Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners for 16 years. There, White Jr. had a huge garden that was his passion.

“We were farming before farming became fashionable,” White Sr. said.

Missing that green space, White Jr. decided to transform the urban environment into a space where he could grow vegetables and herbs to be served in the restaurant.

“He took something that was absolutely nothing but garbage and made it into something,” White Sr. said.