By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Nov 26, 2020 at 12:01 PM

My annual article, 52 Restaurants for your Bucket List, was originally created to provide readers with an easy way to explore the wealth of restaurants in the Milwaukee scene over the course of one year (52 weeks). Today, as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it provides a fun and equally compelling guide for folks who’d like to bring variety to their weekly meals while providing vital support to some of our finest local restaurants.

The Tandem
1848 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 885-1919

Both Southern and soul food are filled with heart. And you'll find fewer restaurants with a bigger heart than The Tandem, a venue that has proven its commitment to community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The restaurant is currently CLOSED for dining. However, they're busy helping others. Early on in the pandemic, they served up free community meals; currently they are hosting a one-on-one after school tutoring program, complete with meals for students.

Dish it forward:

  1. Learn more about the work The Tandem is doing in this podcast with owner Caitlin Cullen.

  2. Consider taking the money you would ordinarily spend on a night out at a restaurant and donating it to support their work. [Click here to donate directly]

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.